New York City Bar Association Announces Winners of the 28th Annual Legal Services Awards

The New York City Bar Association has named the recipients of the twenty-eighth Annual Legal Services Awards, which give recognition to attorneys and non-attorneys who provide full-time outstanding civil legal assistance to New York’s poor. The awards will be presented at a reception on Tuesday, June 6, at 4:00 p.m., at the Association, to which the legal services community is invited.

This year’s recipients are:

Catherine Ford Bowman, Legal Services NYC

Elizabeth Maris, Part of the Solution

Orier Okumakpeyi, MFY Legal Services

Sadia Rahman, Urban Justice Center

Laura Redman, New York Lawyers for Public Interest

This year’s awards will be presented by Zachary Carter, Corporation Counsel of the New York City Law Department, and John S. Kiernan, President of the New York City Bar Association.

The awards are sponsored by the Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services, chaired by Alison King; candidates are recommended by a subcommittee of that committee chaired by Martin Needelman and Jessica Klein, and the awards are administered by the Legal Services Awards Committee, chaired by William T. Russell, Jr. The awards have been made possible 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.