Pro Bono

 

RECOGNITION OF ATTORNEYS
OFFERING PRO BONO SERVICES IN THE
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT
 
October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
 
As we close calendar year 2014, it is important to note the outstanding pro bono work by numerous practitioners who regularly practice in our court.  These dedicated professionals assisted debtors across our district in two hundred thirty-five (235) cases.  Whether it was Utica, Syracuse or Albany, the benefit to the debtors and the court was immeasurable.  The families or individuals in need of bankruptcy relief might otherwise have navigated the difficulties of a bankruptcy case without any professional guidance.
 
The past five years document the priority the bankruptcy bar has placed upon doing the public good.  Yearly totals for pro bono cases were two hundred eighty-three (283), three hundred twenty-four (324), two hundred seventy-one (271), two hundred sixty (260) and two hundred thirty-five (235) for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively.  Over the last five years, the bankruptcy bar has volunteered its services in one thousand three hundred seventy-three (1,373) cases.  This effort is as notable as it is laudable.
 
Chief Judge Margaret Cangilos-Ruiz, Judge Robert E. Littlefield, and Judge Diane Davis thank all the attorneys who contributed to this outstanding effort over the last five years.  They also wish to acknowledge the attorneys listed below for their public service to parties needing representation in bankruptcy court over the last quarter of 2014. 
 
During the past three months, thirty-eight (38) attorneys rendered pro bono services in sixty-one (61) cases.  Five attorneys performed pro bono services in three or more cases, namely:  Lindy M. Madill (6); R. Thomas Miller (8); Michael Jude O'Connor (6); Michael Toomey (3) and Jonathan David Warner (3).  These public-spirited attorneys offered their services gratis in forty-three percent (43%) of the cases filed pro bono in the last three months of 2014.
 
The attorneys listed below filed at least one pro bono petition, represented a pro se party, acted as a mediator or participated in a pro bono training.
 
 
Kim F. Lefebvre, Clerk of Court
 
 
 Special thanks to Edward Didonna, Operations Supervisor for tabulating the pro bono case statistics.