Legal Aid Society


44th Annual Servant of Justice Awards

At the 44th Annual Servant of Justice Awards, The Legal Aid Society recognized the amazing work of our staff, the resilience of the people we represent and this year’s honoree, Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.

Hosted by MSNBC’s Ali Velshi, this year’s virtual event featured stories and conversations that spoke to the impact of our work as “legal first responders” during this past year where COVID-19 and racism plagued our nation and city. We were joined by advocates and partners in this work, including Wes Moore, CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation; Dr. Yusef Salaam, poet, advocate and a member of the Exonerated Five; and hundreds of friends and supporters whose generosity and partnership make our work possible.

Watch the full program below.

We were also proud to recognize the partnership and support of our past year’s honorees – Eric J. Friedman of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and BNY Mellon – as well as pay tribute to our late President, Blaine V. (Fin) Fogg.

As we help our city recover from the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, we rely on our friends now more than ever, and are most appreciative of their continued support. Donate now.

We are deeply thankful to all those who made this virtual event a success, especially our committed law firm and corporate partners, and our staff whose tireless dedication to those we serve continues to be an inspiration to so many. We extended an additional thank you to this year’s Event Co-Chairs.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Milbank LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
White & Case LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

American International Group, Inc
Arnold & Porter
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr and Annette L. Nazareth
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Cooley LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Goodwin Procter LLP
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Mayer Brown LLP
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Reed Smith LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Bank of America
Dechert LLP
FTI Consulting, Inc.
New York Life Insurance Company
Kathryn H. Ruemmler
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
ViacomCBS Inc.
Willis Towers Watson

Comcast NBCUniversal
CBRE, Inc.
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
GFP Real Estate, LLC
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Perkins Coie LLP
White and Williams LLP

McCarter & English LLP
Outten & Golden LLP