Award Recognizes Significant Joint Achievements
NEW YORK, NY – LAWFUEL – Law Firm Newswire – December 5, 2007 – New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) is proud to announce that it has selected Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP to receive the 2007 “Partnering for Justice” Award. This is the second time the firm has received the award. This year’s selection was based, in part, on Patterson Belknap’s continuing pro bono efforts in connection with several NYLPI projects, including, among many others:
· a key case involving the rights of children in foster care with developmental and other disabilities;
· an initiative with New York State CARES to provide prompt and appropriate placement to individuals with developmental disabilities in the least restrictive setting; and
· a successful U.S. Supreme Court case involving the rights of children in New York with learning disabilities.
John Siffert, NYLPI’s Board Chair, will present the award at Patterson Belknap’s offices on Wednesday, December 5. Several lawyers from NYLPI and Patterson Belknap will attend and provide remarks. Mr. Siffert said of the award: “We are delighted to present our Partnering for Justice Award to Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP for their outstanding pro bono work particularly their extraordinary efforts in defending and expanding the rights of children and adults with disabilities throughout New York.”
Lisa Cleary, Chair of Patterson Belknap’s Pro Bono Committee, said, “Our firm is honored to receive this wonderful award. This year’s achievements in partnership with NYLPI are a great source of pride to all of the firm’s attorneys, legal assistants and administrative staff who worked so hard to help bring justice to those in need.”
About New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
Founded in 1976, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest is a nonprofit, civil rights law firm that strives for social justice. In partnership with member law firms, corporate law departments and other organizations, NYLPI helps underrepresented people develop legal strategies to serve their vision for themselves and their communities. To find out more about NYLPI please call 212 244-4664 or visit the NYLPI website at www.nylpi.org.
About Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Patterson Belknap is one of only five law firms to be ranked in the top 10 of The American Lawyer’s “A-List” of the nation’s elite firms each year since the list’s inception. The firm has ranked in the top 10 of The American Lawyer’s pro bono survey since it began in 1999. Ranking second overall on that survey this year, the firm was first in pro bono among all “A-List” firms. Patterson Belknap is based in New York City with nearly 200 lawyers delivering a full range of services across approximately 20 practice groups in both litigation and commercial law. For more information, call 212-336-2000 or visit www.pbwt.com.