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SAVE THE DATE!

Volunteers to be recognized at
National Pro Bono Week Celebration 

 
Wednesday, October 26th  5:30pm to 7:00pm
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
90 Maple Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601

 
LSHV is grateful to our dedicated Pro Bono volunteers for assisting clients whose basic human needs are at stake.  We honor the following who have played an important role in this mission by helping clients file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection: Julie Cvek Curley, Deyanira Gonzalez, Nathan Horowitz, Dawn Kirby, Natasha Meruelo, Susan Mills Richmond, Hugh Rothbaum, Wendy Marie Weathers, and N. Theodore Zink, Jr..

RSVP to Jackie Childress, jchildress@lshv.org
From Pro Bono Scholar to Staff Member:
Ancy Thomas, Esq.
The Pro Bono Scholars Program, announced in 2014 by then-Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, is the first of its kind in the country.  This initiative allows law students to devote their last semester of study to performing pro bono service for the poor through an externship program, law school clinic, legal services provider, law firm or corporation.  In return for providing much-needed assistance to disadvantaged individuals and families, pro bono scholars gain valuable experience in the profession and learn first-hand the importance of public service.

Ancy Thomas came to LSHV as a pro bono scholar in February of 2016, and her story represents the best of what the program intends to accomplish.  Her experience at LSHV confirmed for Ancy that she wanted to practice public interest law and devote her legal career to helping the low-income clients who are in need of assistance.

Always aware of the importance of public interest work, Ancy had worked in the DA’s office, the Public Defender’s office and at the Westchester County Bar Association.  She was hoping to see another aspect of this type of work by exploring different areas of civil practice for low-income clients.  Ancy, a Rockland County native, worked as a pro bono scholar in LSHV’s Spring Valley office where she learned about different practice areas, including housing, disability and family law. 

She was touched especially by a case involving the prolonged representation of a domestic violence survivor embroiled in custody and visitation disputes with her ex-husband, who had abused her physically, emotionally, sexually and financially – the same person that she had to see in court over and over again as she sought to protect her children.  Ancy’s dedication to helping this client and many others led her to seek a position as a LSHV staff attorney in the White Plains office.  As a Disability Advocacy Project attorney, she works primarily to insure that clients who are dependent on SSI and SSD maintain the benefits they rely on to survive.  Realizing the importance of maintaining a healthy balance while working in a high-stakes environment, Ancy has found that working out – especially running – provides both physical and mental benefits.   

We spotlight Ancy because she embodies the selfless and hard-working values that led her first to volunteer, then to devote her career to working for those in need.  Ancy believes that all law students and attorneys should volunteer to help clients who might have no recourse without the assistance provided by legal volunteers.  In her words, “In helping low-income clients, you not only help one person but impact and build an entire community.”

About LSHV Pro Bono

The volunteer attorney program offers opportunities for attorneys to:

  • Provide legal assistance in civil matters to needy residents of Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, Ulster, Orange and Sullivan counties;
  • Stay active, develop new skills and gain courtroom experience, if they are currently seeking employment in the field of law or want to take on new challenges in a not-for-profit law firm environment;
  • Mentor staff attorneys;
  • Provide training to LSHV staff and other pro bono attorneys;
  • Conduct clinics for pro se clients;
  • Earn CLE credits for doing pro bono work.

You can volunteer as an independent attorney or partner with LSHV on a project involving your law firm or corporation. To get started or learn more, please contact Sherri Rozansky at 914-949-1305, x176 or srozansky@lshv.org.

Look for our next Pro Bono update after the new year!
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
90 Maple Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
LSHV.ORG
877-574-8529
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