New York, NY. We are proud to announce that Stacey B. Slater, our firmwide pro bono partner, has been recognized by two separate organizations this month for her outstanding commitment to pro bono service.
The Public Interest Resource Center at Fordham University School of Law presented Stacey with the PIRC Louis J. Lefkowitz Public Service Award. Others honored included: James B. Barton, Senior Attorney, Manhattan Legal Services (retired); and Angela Albertus, Chief, Family Court Division, New York City Law Department.
Stacey was also honored by City & State Reports as part of their program recognizing outstanding professionals from New York’s law, consulting and business services industry. Stacey received an award for “Outstanding Achievement in Protecting the Rights of At-Risk Populations.”
“Whether helping victims of domestic violence obtain orders of protection, providing assistance to low-income tenants, supporting immigrant rights or being active in any other community improvement programs, pro bono service is about making a difference in the lives of others and helping to give these individuals an equal access to justice,” said Stacey.
Stacey joined Nixon Peabody after graduating from Fordham Law School and practiced in the firm’s Litigation department for 10 years. During this time, Stacey started to seek out pro bono opportunities on her own. One of her first matters was helping a Tibetan monk who had been beaten and humiliated by the Chinese government, and who wasn’t allowed to practice his religion, to win asylum. She since took on many more asylum matters and later, U visa and special immigrant juvenile status matters as well.
In 2005, Stacey was named the firm’s first pro bono partner. In addition to doing pro bono work, Stacey spends her time, together with the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, finding pro bono opportunities and organizing interesting initiatives to involve our 700 attorneys in pro bono work. Under Stacey’s leadership, our attorneys averaged nearly 60 pro bono hours per lawyer for the past three years and have met the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge for the past six years.