Apr 6, 2017
Meyer Suozzi is pleased to share that The Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA), The Safe Center LI (TSCLI) and Nassau Suffolk Law Services (NSLS) has recognized both the firm and Hon. Ira Warshawsky at the Third Annual Access to Justice Pro Bono Reception. The event recognized Long Island's top law firms and 400 volunteer attorneys who have provided the most pro bono hours of service in 2016. The Reception was held at NCBA's headquarters in Mineola on April 6th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. "Helping as many people in need is our ultimate goal," said Nassau County Bar Association President Martha Krisel, whose top priority is access to justice for everyone. "I am incredibly proud of the volunteer attorneys who work with NCBA and our not-for-profit legal service partners, who work tirelessly to ensure access to the civil justice system." “The premise of the recognition is to honor those who place the highest priority on helping society and those less fortunate. Our efforts to identify where there is need and communicating this to the legal community results in more attorneys becoming involved," said NCBA Vice President Elena Karabatos, co-chair of the Access to Justice Committee. Committee Co-chair Joseph Harbeson added, "Attorneys, as professionals, have a duty to help those less fortunate try to obtain justice. The top Long Island law firms and attorneys we recognize today are the leaders that embrace this calling." In the past year, volunteer attorneys have provided more than 7,100 hours of pro bono service, resulting in more than $2.5 million in free legal services. NCBA, TSCLI and NSLS provide pro bono legal services, consultations, guidance and referrals to address crucial legal needs of thousands of lower income Nassau residents in crisis. Mortgage foreclosure, bankruptcy, domestic abuse, matrimonial cases, senior citizen concerns and landlord tenant disputes. The NCBA Access to Justice Committee is a joint effort of the NCBA, The Safe Center LI and Nassau/Suffolk Law Services and other legal service providers, working together to coordinate assistance, strengthen the core of volunteer attorneys through education and professional development, and provide information on free and reduced fee legal resources for those most in need.