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New York City Bar Association Announces Winners of the 21st Annual Legal Services Awards


Eric Friedman
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Kathryn Inman

New York City Bar Association Announces Winners of the 21st Annual Legal Services Awards

New York, May 3, 2010 – New York City Bar Association has named four legal services attorneys and one non-attorney as recipients of the Twenty-first 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, May 19th at 4 p.m. at the Association, to which the legal services community is invited.

This year’s recipients are:

Jojo Annobil, Attorney-in-Charge, Immigration Law Unit, The Legal Aid Society

Eugene Doyle, Founder & Director, People Organized for Our Rights (P.O.O.R.)

Jennifer Levy, Deputy Project Director, South Brooklyn Legal Services

Armen H. Merjian, Senior Staff Attorney, Housing Works, Inc.

Randye Retkin, Director of Legal Health, New York Legal Assistance Group

A special Legal Services Award will be bestowed posthumously on Steven B. Telzak, Director of Legal Services NYC – Bronx, who passed away last month.

This year’s Awards will be presented by Hon. Rolando T. Acosta, Justice, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department.

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 ( 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.