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Media Advisory
March 31, 2008



Eric Friedman, 212-382-6754




Celebrating the Year of the Lawyer

April 9, 2008

WHAT             The City Bar Justice Center – the legal services arm of the New York City Bar –  will hold its third annual Gala on April 9, 2008. Citigroup, Inc. and Davis Polk & Wardwell will be honored with the City Bar Justice Award for their leadership and dedication to public service. Accepting on behalf of Citigroup will be Jane Sherburne, General Counsel, Global Consumer Group. John R. Ettinger, Managing Partner, will accept on behalf of Davis Polk & Wardwell. Co-chairs for the evening are Brad S. Karp, Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Chet W. Gerdts, General Counsel of PricewaterhouseCoppers LLP.

                        The City Bar’s historic 1897 landmark building will be transformed into an upscale eatery with Asian-themed décor, including a brilliant 40-foot long dragon. Mingle among good company at the dim sum bar while sipping sweet lychee martinis. For one night, the House of the NYC Bar—the city’s focal point for shaping legal and public policy—will become an oasis of fine delicacies and drinks in an awe-inspiring setting.

WHEN             Wednesday, April 9, 2008; 6:00 – 9:00 pm
                        6:00 – 7:30 cocktails
                        7:30 – 9:00 dinner and award presentation

WHERE            New York City Bar
                        42 West 44th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues

WHO               In addition to the award winners and co-chairs, guests will include Barry Kamins, President of the New York City Bar; Samuel W. Seymour, Chair of the City Bar Justice Center and partner at Sullivan & Cromwell; and many other leading figures in business and law.

WHY               Proceeds from this gala will benefit the City Bar Justice Center, which offers free legal assistance to New Yorkers in need. Among those expected to be helped include immigrants seeking asylum, victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, the homeless, the elderly, cancer patients and survivors, consumers filing for bankruptcy, struggling small businesses and ex-offenders needing assistance to accomplish a successful re-entry into society. 


For more information or to cover:  Eric Friedman, Director of Communications, City Bar Justice Center, 212-382-6754;

About the Association
The New York City Bar Association ( 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. 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.  


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