October 13, 2021

Willkie attorneys Richard Mancino, Romane Paul and Brenton Clarke and summer associates Garry Canepa and Rachel Winters received the City Bar Justice Center 2021 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. They are five of just eleven recipients of this award, out of the more than 2,000 attorneys who volunteered with the City Bar Justice Center in 2020.

This award honors the commitment of attorneys in each City Bar Justice Center project to providing quality legal work, displaying willingness to take on challenging cases, and achieving positive outcomes for their clients.

At the CBJC's 2021 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award ceremony, which took place on October 26, Willkie’s pro bono work with CBJC's legal clinic was recognized as a "shining example" to others. The attorneys represented low income New Yorkers at risk of losing their possessions in self-storage units due to financial hardships during the pandemic. City Bar noted that it was recognizing summer associates for the first time in its history.

The City Bar Justice Center provides free civil legal services benefiting approximately 24,000 vulnerable New Yorkers each year. Their clients have experienced wide-ranging health, economic, and legal difficulties associated with the pandemic and they will continue to experience the pandemic’s long lasting effects.

Read the full announcement here.

Read: Law360: Willkie Team Sweeps NY Bar Awards For Pro Bono Work (subscription required)