For the first time, the Onondaga County Bar
Association submitted three nominations in three separate categories for the New
York State Bar Association's President's Pro Bono Award, and they all won!
Award ceremonies will take place in Albany on May 1, Law Day, and will be
competing with our own local Law Day celebration. Later in May, our
honorees will be recognized at a local reception.
Nominations increased in 2002, and the OCBA is very
proud, not only of the services represented by its nominees, but also of the
recognition afforded by the State Bar Association. Award criteria included
tabulation of the total number of new pro bono clients served and hours of
service, along with a description of the significance of service to the
clients. Special contributions to the establishment or expansion of pro
bono programs were also considered.
Pro bono publico (for the public good) is alive in
Onondaga County and organized daily through the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
All three winners serve the community through the VLP.
George H. Lowe (Bond, Schoeneck & King, LLP) - Attorney Award, Fifth
M. Akram Faizer (Mackenzie Hughes, LLP) - Young Lawyer Award (renamed the Hanna
Cohn Young Lawyer Award)
Mr. Lowe won for the Fifth Judicial District, while
Mr. Faizer and Hancock & Estabrook competed at a statewide level.
Congratulations to all!
Click each winner's name to view each winning