June 14, 2019
The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York (LASNNY) announced that Marc S. Ehrlich, Esq. an attorney in private practice in Troy, New York has been selected as one of five awardees nationally for the 2019 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award Recipients. Mark has volunteered as a pro bono attorney since the mid-1980s and has taken hundreds of cases in his area of bankruptcy and bankruptcy related issues. He has been a volunteer with LASNNY’s Private Attorney Involvement Program since 1993 and was nominated for the award by LASNNY.
“Marc’s commitment to assuring fairness to those who cannot afford representation is outstanding. LASNNY and his client are fortunate to have him as a volunteer”, said Lillian M. Moy LASNNY’s Executive Director.
“By sharing his experience, providing draft motions and writing amicus briefs, Mr. Ehrlich has encouraged countless attorneys to take on pro bono cases of their own. Marc has transformed hundreds of client’s lives over the years” said Jim Hacker, LASNNY Board Member. “In his last five cases alone, he assisted our clients in discharging collectively over $150,000 of debt.”
Marc has served as a Chapter 7 panel Trustee for the Northern District of New York since 1991. He is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification. “I am honored to receive this award from the ABA. It is a credit to all of the good work that the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York does for the people of the Capital Region in helping attain a fair and just society”
Marc is a three-time winner of the Distinguished Service Award for Private Attorney Involvement for pro bono work by the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. and was awarded the President’s Pro Bono Service Attorney Award by the New York State Bar Association in 2001 and its Small Firm Pro Bono Award in 2013. He was awarded the Barry A. Gold Law Firm Leadership Award by the Legal Project of the Capital Region Women’s Bar Association in 2004. He is a graduate of Hobart College, member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law.
Marc lives in East Greenbush with his wife Judy. His two children Rachel and Joel are both adults.
About the ABA Pro Bono Committee
The ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service works to ensure access to justice through the expansion and enhancement of the delivery of legal and other law-related services to the underserved through volunteer efforts of legal professionals nationwide. The Committee fosters the development of pro bono programs and activities by law firms, bar associations, corporate legal departments, law schools, government attorney offices and others; analyzes the scope and function of pro bono programs; and proposes and reviews policy that affects lawyers’ ability to provide pro bono legal services.
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The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York fights for fairness, dignity, and justice for those living in poverty and for a society which is inclusive and equitable for all. LASNNY transforms lives, builds community, and empowers people by using the law to address individual and systemic wrongs and inequalities, and provides assistance and representation to low-income residents in 16 counties from the Catskills to the Canadian border in civil legal matters.