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Volunteer Recognition

Lawyers Alliance believes that the exemplary work and outstanding accomplishments of our volunteer attorneys deserve recognition from clients, peers, employers, and the general public. We are privileged to work with so many dynamic clients who not only are running extraordinary programs but also take the time to say "thank you" to our volunteers. Contact us if you are an attorney interested in becoming a volunteer.

Cornerstone Awards

Since 1997, Lawyers Alliance has presented Cornerstone Awards annually to a select group of individuals and institutions that have made extraordinary contributions through pro bono legal services. These services help nonprofits to address critical human needs and improve the quality of life for thousands of low-income New Yorkers.

Lawyers Alliance presented the 2016 Cornerstone Awards for pro bono excellence on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Viacom.

Read the press release.

The 2016 Institutional Honorees:

The 2016 Individual Honorees:


Lawyers Alliance for New York 2016 Cornerstone Award Winners
(Back row, left to right) Mark Schonberger, Goodwin Procter LLP; Glen G. McGorty, Crowell & Moring LLP (accepted on behalf of Crowell & Moring’s Paul Pollock); Brian S. Cousin, of Institutional Honoree Dentons US LLP; Elai Katz, of Institutional Honoree Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP; Jessica Falk, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Mara B. Levin, Herrick, Feinstein LLP; Jonathan Bloom, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; and David M. Feldman, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

(Front row, left to right) Michael Kessler, Clifford Chance US LLP; Rita Dattola, Holland & Knight LLP; Jill Rosenberg, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Anthony J. Distinti, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; Sandra D. Hauser, of Institutional Honoree Dentons US LLP; David Harty, Kaye Scholer LLP; and Shellie Weisfeld Freedman, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Photographer: Lily Kesselman

The complete list of Lawyers Alliance's Cornerstone winners from 1997 to 2016 includes 196 of Lawyers Alliance's more than 6,500 individual volunteers during this period.

Previous Institutional Cornerstone Award winners include:

2015: Duane Morris LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
2014: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
2013: Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Additional Honors

Volunteer Accomplishments: Lawyers Alliance regularly identifies outstanding volunteers who reach a milestone in their pro bono project and issues a "Volunteer Accomplishment" announcement recognizing this work. These callouts are available in the News section of this website.

Bar Association Awards: Many of Lawyers Alliance's volunteer institutions have received accolades from state and national bar leaders for their business law pro bono work. We are honored to have nominated a strong list of winners of American Bar Association and New York State Bar Association pro bono awards.