The City Bar Justice Center salutes the following individuals who were honored at our annual Epstein Awards event in October 2019. The awards ceremony is named for Jeremy G. Epstein (1946-2009), a Shearman & Sterling LLP partner and board member at the City Bar Justice Center, The Legal Aid Society, and the Fund for Modern Courts. Mr. Epstein logged over 5,000 hours of pro bono and public service over 20 years.

Consumer Bankruptcy Project: Rachael Bazinski, Kirkland & Ellis

Many Justice Center clients cannot begin to think of preserving even modest wealth, as they are overburdened by debt.  Rachael Bazinski of Kirkland & Ellis is exemplary in serving such individuals and families, having participated in ten Consumer Bankruptcy Project clinics in just a couple of years, providing dozens of hours of pro bono assistance to low-income consumers seeking bankruptcy relief.  For low-income New Yorkers burdened with medical, credit card or other debt who cannot afford to pay for a lawyer, the road to a successful discharge and a fresh start is difficult.  Rachael’s calm demeanor, encouraging smile and patience in explaining all the required steps in filing for bankruptcy have given numerous Justice Center clients the courage they need to navigate an intimidating process.  In addition, Rachael has helped train and mentor new Consumer Bankruptcy Project volunteers, and this past summer mentored summer associates from her firm as they conducted pro bono intakes at bankruptcy clinics for the first time.