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Eric Friedman
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Kathryn Inman
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New York City Bar Association Announces Winners of the 23rd Annual Legal Services Awards

New York, May 30, 2012 - The New York City Bar Association has named four legal services attorneys and one non-attorney as recipients of the Twenty-third Annual Legal Services Awards, which give recognition to attorneys and non-attorneys who provide outstanding civil legal assistance to New York's poor. The Awards will be presented on Wednesday, June 13th at 4 p.m. at the Association, to which the legal services community is invited.

This year’s recipients are:

TRACEY BING, Family Law/Domestic Violence Unit, Manhattan Legal Services

JANE SUJEN BOCK, Homeless Rights Project, The Legal Aid Society    

NELSON GUTIÈRREZ, Elderly Project, Volunteers of Legal Service

LEAH MARGULIES, Law Help/NY Project

IVY SURIYOPAS, Anti-Trafficking Initiative, Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund

This year, the City Bar will also present a special recognition to the late MICHAEL ROTHENBERG for his outstanding work as Executive Director of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

This year’s Awards will be presented by HON. THEODORE JONES, Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.

The awards are administered by the Special Committee on the Legal Services Awards, chaired by William T. Russell, Jr., and sponsored by the Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services, chaired by Stacey O’Haire Fahey. The awards have been endowed by a generous contribution from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

About the Association
The New York City Bar Association, since its founding in 1870, has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged.  Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.