October 29, 2013
The Legal Aid Society honored Kelley Drye and KDW associate Jaclyn M. Metzinger and Pro Bono Counsel, James V. O’Gara, with 2013 Pro Bono Publico Awards for outstanding service to The Legal Aid Society and its clients on October 29, 2013 at the Society’s annual award ceremony.
The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, the chief judge of the State of New York, presided over the ceremony. Judge Lippman met with the KDW team, and took the time to personally thank Jaclyn for her work in D.R. v. State. In that case, Jaclyn is representing a Bedford Hills Correctional Facility inmate in a civil rights action in which the client alleges she was assaulted by a guard. The KDW team under Jim’s supervision also advises the client about child custody issues and access to other programs.
The Legal Aid Society is the oldest and largest legal service provider to the poor in the nation, dedicated since 1876 to providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers It is dedicated to one simple but powerful belief: that no New Yorker should be denied access to justice because of poverty.
Each year, the Society recognizes the outstanding work of volunteer lawyers, law firms, corporations and other professionals who support The Legal Aid Society and participate in the Society’s Pro Bono Program.
Kelley Drye has a long-standing relationship with the Legal Aid Society and is a sustaining member, and sits on the Board of Directors. While we are justly proud of our firm’s commitment, support and contribution, we always should take the time to especially recognize those attorneys like Jaclyn who give their time and efforts directly to the poor and disenfranchised.