Are You an Access to Justice Champion?
Nominations Now Open
Nassau County Bar Association attorneys have always been known for their generosity and willingness to step up to the plate. Hundreds, of attorneys volunteer their legal skills to help others in need. Now, the Nassau County Bar Association in collaboration with its Access to Justice Committee is planning to honor these individuals for their selflessness and dedication by launching the Access to Justice Champions.
"We wanted to find a way to recognize the hard work of these attorneys, and to encourage more volunteers," noted Martha Krisel, chair of the committee, which includes NCBA members, the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV), Nassau Suffolk Law Services (NSLS), the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, the Assigned Counsel Defender Plan, and Hofstra and Touro law schools. The committee members work together and with the County of Nassau to provide information on free and reduced fee legal resources, to coordinate legal services and to strengthen the core of volunteer attorneys through education and professional development.
Any NCBA member who has provided pro bono assistance through a recognized organization or activity can be nominated for this award. The final list of all the Champions will be published in the October 2013 issue of the Nassau Lawyer, timed to coincide with national Pro Bono week.
Nomination forms for Access to Justice Champions are available here. The nomination deadline is July 15, 2013. Accepted nominees will then be contacted to be sure that they would like their information published, which can include the attorney name, firm name, address, phone, email and area of practice, thus creating a special promotional ad. Attorneys may also use the designation in their CVs and resumes.
"This is a win-win because in recognizing these deserving individuals, they receive publicity for their practices while the NCBA encourages more attorneys to participate," Martha Krisel said. "This will also help us put a value on the pro bono work performed in Nassau County."

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