Lois Carter Schlissel, president and managing attorney of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., has been named chair of Touro Law Center’’s new “Long Island Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year” initiative. This initiative will add a major recognition component to Touro’’s already successful “Goods and Services Auction,” which annually benefits the school’s Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program. The 2003 event will take place on Thursday, April 3rd from 5:30 until 9:00 PM at Touro Law Center in Huntington. According to Ms. Schlissel, “Touro has a long-standing commitment to the value of pro-bono service. In fact, Touro is still one of only a few law schools in the country with a pro-bono requirement for graduation. As practicing attorneys, we too recognize the moral imperative of pro-bono work within our own firms. I am proud to publicly join in Touro’s dedication to the values of pro-bono service and am pleased to help raise the profile of our profession through a meaningful recognition program.”
The Long Island Attorney Pro-Bono Recognition initiative will recognize one Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year from each of the firms included in the Long Island Business News Top Long Island Law Firm listing. Each of the firms has been asked to identify an attorney in the firm who has had an outstanding year of Pro-Bono service. Each attorney who is nominated will be recognized.
The Public Interest Law Fellowship Program was created to encourage and facilitate the placement of students in public interest law employment. Each year, a limited number of upper-division students are placed with public interest law employers for summer internships. These Fellows receive a $3,500 stipend from Touro Law Center for ten weeks of employment. All of the proceeds from the Auction go directly to the Public Interest Law Fellowship Program. A sample of auction items includes vintage wines, exciting trips and weekend getaways, tickets to the theater, opera and sporting events, jewelry, fine restaurants, artwork, home furnishings and more.