City Bar Justice Center Announces Honorees of 2018 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service



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Michael Fil
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City Bar Justice Center Announces Honorees of 2018 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service

New York, October 18, 2018 – The City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, has announced the winners of the tenth annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service. Honoring the outstanding volunteer attorneys in each Justice Center project, the awards will be presented at a Celebration of Service reception on October 22 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the New York City Bar Association, 42 W. 44th Street, to launch National Pro Bono Week.

This year’s awardees are:

Michael S. Arlein, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP

Wen-Ying Angela Chang, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Antony Chu and Erica Yalagi, Goldman Sachs

Michael A. Guerra and Adam G. Possidente, Venable LLP

Patricia H. Heer, Duane Morris LLP

Jinyoung Joo and Daniel G. Nelson, Proskauer Rose LLP

Aaron M. Kleinmann, Capital One

Samantha R. Koplik, Dechert LLP

Marcia Tavares Maack, Mayer Brown LLP

Cecilia Norat, Cecilia Norat Consulting LLC

Henri M. Gueron, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by the Honorable Jesse M. Furman, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Judge Furman serves as the Chair of the Court’s Pro Se Committee, and in that capacity is involved in the Court’s efforts to promote pro bono service. City Bar President Roger Juan Maldonado will provide introductory remarks, and the awards will be presented by City Bar Fund Board Chair Robert F. Cusumano.

“The Jeremy G. Epstein Awards celebration is a signature Justice Center event that we eagerly anticipate each year, said Lynn M. Kelly, Executive Director of the City Bar Justice Center. “It is with great pride and appreciation that we salute our 2018 Epstein Award honorees for exceptional dedication to pro bono work on behalf of clients from across our practice areas. They have demonstrated the true meaning of justice for all and the value of pro bono work by donating their time and talent to make a difference for dozens of low income and otherwise vulnerable clients.”

Jeremy G. Epstein (1946-2009) was a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP and a board member at the City Bar Justice Center, The Legal Aid Society and the Fund for Modern Courts. He logged over 5,000 hours of pro bono and public service over 20 years.

About the City Bar Justice Center
The City Bar Justice Center increases access to justice by leveraging the resources of the New York City legal community. The Justice Center operates the city’s largest civil legal hotline and annually provides direct legal representation, information and advocacy to over 26,000 poor and vulnerable New Yorkers in areas including cancer advocacy, civil rights and employment discrimination, consumer credit, elderlaw, trusts and estates, homelessness and homeowner assistance, immigration, LGBT rights, microenterprise assistance, and veterans assistance.