Legal Aid Society


The 42nd Annual Servant of Justice Awards

On Thursday May 9th, The Legal Aid Society celebrated our 42nd Annual Servant of Justice Awards Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street. This annual celebration was attended by over 700 guests, with significant representation from the New York business and legal communities.

This year, we were proud to present the Servant of Justice Award to Jeffrey L. Kessler, Executive Co-Chairman of Winston & Strawn LLP, and Michele A. Roberts, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association, for their lasting impact on our city’s legal community.

The theme for this year’s dinner was  Community | Leadership | Impact, exemplifying what we hope to achieve through our work: the creation of new leaders from within the communities of New York City, while positively impacting individuals and families across the five boroughs.

Brian Vines – host of BRIC TV’s Going In with Brian Vines – served as the emcee for the evening. Some highlights from the night included an art auction showcasing artwork from Project Attica, and a paddle raise live auction headed by Adriene Holder, Tina Luongo and Dawne Mitchell, the heads of The Legal Aid Society’s three legal practices.

All proceeds from the event benefit The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice, which serves vulnerable New Yorkers with a wide range of legal issues, from housing and immigration to health benefits and employment.