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Association Announces Winners of the 16th Annual Legal Services Awards

Media Advisory
May 8, 2006
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Association Announces Winners of the 16th Annual Legal Services Awards

When: Tuesday, May 16 at 4 p.m.

Where: New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street

The New York City Bar Association has named four legal services attorneys and one non-attorney as recipients of the 16th Annual Legal Services Awards, which give recognition to lawyers and non-lawyers who provide outstanding civil legal assistance to New York ‘s poor. The Awards will be presented on Tuesday, May 16th, at 4 p.m . at the Association, to which the legal services community is invited.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Tara Foster, Senior Attorney, Education Rights Project, Queens Legal Services
  • Andrew Goldberg, Supervising Attorney, MFY Legal Services, Inc.
  • Joyce Heller, Director of Government Benefits Unit & New Initiatives, South Brooklyn Legal Services, Inc.
  • Cary LaCheen, Senior Staff Attorney, Welfare Law Center
  • Ellen Friedland, Accredited Representative, Safe Horizon Immigration Law Project

This year’s Awards will be presented by Hon. Victor Marrero, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York.

The awards are administered by the Special Committee on the Legal Services Awards, chaired by James H. R. Windels, and sponsored by the Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services, chaired by William T. Russell, Jr. The awards have been endowed by a generous contribution from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

About the Association
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York ( was founded in 1870, and since then 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.