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Alumni Receive NYS Bar Pro Bono Awards

Three Cornell Law graduates were among the 20 honored at the New York State Bar Association’s Law Day luncheon on May 2, 2011.

In presenting the awards, State Bar President Stephen P. Younger remarked “As lawyers we have a duty and responsibility to better our communities and help our neighbors. Particularly now when government support for legal services has dropped and the need for legal services has grown significantly, pro bono services are more essential than ever. The recipients of our President’s Pro Bono Service Awards have answered the call with genuine concern, dedication and generosity. The State Bar is thrilled to recognize the work of this year’s honorees. I congratulate each of them on a job well done.”

Cornell Law alumni received awards in the following categories:

1st Judicial District (Manhattan): Through the Iraqi Human Rights Project sponsored by Proskauer Rose LLP, Eric Blinderman ’99, leads a team of more than 60 lawyers and staff to help Iraqis, whose lives are in danger, find refuge in the United States. He has devoted nearly 2,400 hours to the project, including 570 hours in 2010. The project has handled more than 160 cases involving more than 400 individuals.

2nd Judicial District (Kings County): The youngest associate ever appointed to Kay Scholer’s Pro Bono Committee, Larissa Eustice ’07, served as co-chair of the firm’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability Project. She helped train and supervise more than 40 junior and summer associates on 32 SSI cases, resulting in 27 favorable decisions and hundreds of thousands in benefits dollars to clients. She donated more than 600 hours to the project.

Young Lawyer: A blind attorney, Angela C. Winfield ’08 of the Syracuse firm Hiscock & Barclay, volunteers with the Onondaga County Bar Association’s Eviction Defense Clinic in Syracuse Housing Court. She appeared in Housing Court representing tenants monthly.

The annual NYSBA President’s Pro Bono Service awards are bestowed on members of the legal profession whose outstanding pro bono contributions have greatly expanded equal access to justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.