Jward Law Firm is proud to announce that attorney Robert R. Jones was recently awarded the TED SOMMER AWARD for advocacy at the Broome County Bar Association’s Annual Law Day Dinner, held on May 16, 2019. This prestigious award is presented annually to an attorney “member of the BCBA who throughout his or her career has consistently exhibited the ability, integrity, and dedicated advocacy on behalf of his or her clients which represent the highest ideals of the legal profession.”
On the same date,Jward attorney Mark L. Rappaport was honored for his longstanding service to the legal profession and as a member of the Association for over 50 years. In addition, Jward Law Firm own Kurt D. Schrader, who recently joined the firm in January, completed a successful term as President of the BCBA on the same date.
Jward Law Firm is honored to have attorneys Jones, Rappaport, and Schrader, and congratulates them on their honors and service to the legal profession!
Jward Law Firm receives NYSBA Pro-Bono Award
Jward Law Firm was recently selected as the recipient of a prestigious Pro Bono Service Award (in the Mid-Size Firm category) by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).
The award was presented to Mark Gorgos, Managing Partner of Jward, and Oliver Blaise, Partner, on behalf of the entire firm, at a luncheon ceremony in Albany on May 1, 2019.
Each year on Law Day, NYSBA proudly bestows the President’s Pro Bono Service Award on individuals and entities who have rendered extraordinary pro bono service. The awards are presented to publicly recognize and thank those who provide pro bono service and also to convey a message to the profession and the public about the importance of pro bono efforts in achieving equal access to justice.
Jward Law Firm was nominated by Arlene Sanders of the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York (LASMNY) to receive this award. According to Sanders, Jward has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to LASMNY and its Private Attorney Involvement Program, making pro bono service a strong priority within the firm.”
This included the involvement of Jward Law and their partners, associates, and staff in many programs such as LASMNY’s “Child Support Referral Program,” their eviction defense initiatives, the annual “Race for Justice 5K,” and other community programs, including the annual “Golf for Scholars” tournament to raise money for local scholarships. Sanders also pointed out that for several years in a row Jward has been named among the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms.”
According to Gorgos, “Justice in America shouldn’t just be for those who can afford it. I applaud all of the lawyers and staff at our Firm for their outstanding pro bono work in our community. Many thanks also to Arlene Sanders for her thoughtful nomination of our Firm. Our pro bono work won’t end with this award.”