On October 26, 2020, the City Bar Justice Center commemorated the tremendous response of ten volunteer attorneys who rose to meet the challenges of 2020, awarding each of them with a 2020 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. Our honorees demonstrated an unwavering commitment to supporting disadvantaged New Yorkers, particularly in times of crisis. Congratulations!

Veterans Assistance Project: Patricia T. Fox, Deputy General Counsel, Reinsurance at American International Group, Inc.

The Veterans Assistance Project (VAP) assists disabled, low-income veterans with legal assistance on issues related to their claims for benefits from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

Patricia T. Fox, a deputy general counsel at AIG, recognizes veterans’ benefits work is, for VAP’s low-income clients, anti-poverty work. While many offer heartfelt words of support to veterans such as, “Thank you for your service.”, Ms. Fox has gone much further in acknowledging the service and sacrifice made by our veterans, truly changing the lives of VAP clients.

In 2016, Ms. Fox met her client, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan and suffered from PTSD. He had been struggling with trying to navigate the VA’s benefits process for years. Ms. Fox went on to represent her client all the way up to the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. After years of representation, the VA finally recognized that Ms. Fox’s client deserved a 100% total disability rating. This rating was effective all the way back to 2010, which resulted in over $135,000 in retroactive benefits. Ms. Fox single-handedly lifted this client and his loved ones out of poverty.

Ms. Fox has also attended VAP legal clinics to assist clients as well as mentor peers and colleagues. She has an unwavering commitment to pro bono and to supporting our disadvantaged clients. We are incredibly honored to present Ms. Fox with a 2020 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award.