2017 – 18 PAI Attorneys

Private attorneys provide important civil legal services through LASNNY’s PAI (Private Attorney Involvement) Program, which encourages and supports attorneys who offer pro bono services to needy people in Northeastern New York. Support for PAI volunteer attorneys includes client and case screening, CLE credits, free training, secondary professional liability insurance and reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses.

 

List of Pro Bono Attorneys: 2017-18

 

Albany

  • Stanton F. Ackerman
  • Mara Afzali
  • Jennifer Albright
  • Courtney Alpert
  • Paula Barbaruolo
  • Lawrence Becker
  • Will Bergland
  • Justin Birzon
  • Joel Blau
  • Ira Bloom*
  • Leah Bojnowski
  • Michael J. Boxley F
  • rank Brennan
  • Michelle Browne***
  • Paul Cardinal
  • John Casey*
  • J Rochelle Cavanagh
  • Jordan Chisolm
  • Anne Reynolds Copps
  • Kelly M. Curro
  • Jon Crain*
  • Nina Daratos
  • Elizabeth D’Agostino
  • Justin deArmas
  • Melissa Dobson
  • Caitlin Donovan
  • Joseph Dougherty
  • Christian Dribusch
  • Eric Dyer
  • Byrgen Finkleman
  • Brent Frary*
  • Tara Gaston
  • Charles Harding
  • Carl Hasselbarth
  • Stephen Hayford
  • Daniel Hurteau
  • Jellisa Joseph
  • Thomas Keefe*****
  • Alexis Kim
  • Kristen King
  • Christopher Langlois
  • Mark Lansing
  • Chelsea Lester
  • Gabriella Levine
  • Max Lindsey
  • Salvatore Lomanto
  • Gloria Lopez
  • Erin Lynch*
  • Tara MacNeill
  • David Marinucci
  • Justin Myers*
  • Vanessa Murphy
  • Michael O’Brien**
  • Michael J. O’Connor*****
  • Thomas O’Connor
  • Matthew O’Neil
  • Lynne Papazian
  • Kristin Petrella
  • Joseph Pinto*
  • Tara Anne Pleat
  • Saima Qureshi
  • Erica Rangel**
  • Margaret Surowka-Rossi
  • Morgan Ruthman**
  • Robin Pforr
  • Ryan Lawrence Schillinger**
  • Tina Sciochetti*
  • Arthur Siegel*
  • Harvey Silverstein
  • Breanna Staffon*
  • Mary Louise Stanford
  • Christopher Stevens
  • Edwin Tobin
  • Peter Trimarchi
  • Alex Turnello*
  • Raysheea Turner
  • Bruce J. Wagner
  • Kathy Walter*****
  • Stephan Weiss*****
  • Marissa Wiley**
  • G. Kimball Williams*
  • Melissa Zambri
  • Jeffrey Zimring

 

Clinton/Essex/Franklin

  • Heidi Dennis
  • Joel Peller***
  • Jack Piller

 

Columbia/Greene

  • Veronica Kosich
  • Lisa Mills***
  • Louise Roback Max Zacker

 

Montgomery/Fulton/Schoharie

  • Robert H. Cohen
  • Eileen Walsh Gallagher
  • Theresa Levine
  • Shain Neumeier
  • Amanda Rose*****
  • Bethany Schumann-McGhee***
  • Vikki Prager***

 

Rensselaer

  • Laura Darling
  • Sharon Cough Debonis*****
  • Teresa Eddy
  • Marc S. Ehrllich**
  • Robert Hussar
  • Joseph Kay
  • David Morgen
  • Erik Pinsonnault
  • Jena Rotheim
  • Mia Wolfe

 

Saratoga

  • Tammy Arquette
  • Heather Brondi
  • Christine Carsky
  • Daryl Cutler
  • Nancy Delain
  • Andrea Didomenico
  • John Dormin
  • Alex Dunshee*****
  • Michael Englert
  • Meg Gilmartin
  • Ron Kim
  • Christopher Luhn
  • Robert Anfrew McNee
  • Mireille Nitti
  • Brianna Pearce
  • Bruce Steves
  • Debra Verni
  • Jon Whalen**
  • James Wighaus

 

Schenectady

  • Michael Basile
  • Paul Callahan
  • Hermes Fernandez
  • James Gross
  • Nicole Helmer
  • Simon Gwenn Mayers
  • Rachel Rappazzo
  • Veronica Reed
  • Lauren Sharkey
  • Jessica Zwicklebauer

 

St. Lawrence

  • Andrew Moses****
  • Daniel Pease
  • Denice Smith
  • Megan Whitton

 

Warren/Washington

  • Courtney Delia
  • June Caudill*
  • John Patterson
  • Richard Rowley
  • Jessica Vinson***

 

Albany/ Rensselaer County Assigned Counsel Program

  • Robert L. Adams
  • Michael Assaf
  • Ellen Bennett
  • Becker David Brickman
  • Lisa Brown
  • Murray Carr
  • Rochelle Cavanaugh
  • Kevin Colwell
  • Ryan Cooke
  • Anne Reynolds Copps
  • Gloria Arroyo Copland
  • JoAnn E. Coughtry
  • Daniel Cunningham
  • Justin DeArmas
  • Elenor Decoursey
  • Kathryn Dell
  • Paul Devane
  • Dennis Englert
  • Shawn D. Flaherty
  • Joyce Galante
  • Eric Gee
  • David Goldin
  • David Gruenberg
  • Thomas Hall
  • Trevor Hannigan
  • Michelle Haskin
  • Chad Jerome
  • David Kavanaugh
  • Andrea Kelsey
  • Randall Kehoe
  • Barbara King
  • Larry Kivitz
  • Charles Kriss
  • Gerald Leary
  • Barrett D. Mack
  • Jean M. Mahserjian
  • David Marrinucci
  • Mark McQuery
  • John McFadden
  • Stephen Molinsek
  • Robert Molloy
  • Joanne Monagan
  • Asa Neff
  • Roy Nestler
  • Kevin O’Brien
  • Karen Rhoades
  • Florence Richardson
  • Peter J. Scagnelli
  • Jo Ann Shartrand
  • David Siegel
  • Wayne Smith, Jr.
  • Thomas A. Snyder
  • Justine Spada
  • Edward Stano
  • Carol Stiglmeier
  • David Swyer
  • Margaret C. Tabak
  • Kevin Tollisen
  • Megan Van Aken
  • Bruce Wagner

 

*5 or more
** 10 or more
*** 15 or more
**** 20 or more
***** 25 or more

 

The fall of 2017 was a busy time for the Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) program. In early October a CLE entitled “Tax Ethics” was organized in conjunction with the Low Income Tax Payer panel. Additionally, LASNNY held a Landlord/Tenant Training and added wonderful new lawyers to the Attorney for the Day Volunteer list. November featured a LASNNY co-sponsored CLE/Training on assisting transgender clients with name and gender marker changes. The calendar year ended with a CLE/ Training on representing victims of domestic violence in Family Courts. LASNNY was happy to co-sponsor this training with The Legal Project and the Albany Law School Domestic Violence Clinic. LASNNY volunteers were able to close out over 260 cases. At the Holiday Party jointly sponsored by LASNNY, The Legal Project and the Albany Bar Association, PAI attorney Morgan Ruthman and the firm Nixon Peabody, LLP received the Distinguished Service Award.

 

2018 has been fruitful as well. The Assigned Counsel Program, previously closed due to staffing, reopened in January 2018. In July 2018 pro se divorce clinics were stated in Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. A pro se clinic started in Albany County in October 2018. Legal Aid now has pro se divorce clinics in all parts of the 16-county service area. In 2018 LASNNY increased its presence at the Albany City Court Attorney for the Day program by adding one day per month of offering representation to clients during first appearances. A two-tiered panel was created to allow volunteers to pick up cases set for trial. In the coming year this program may be expanded to other City Courts.

 

Since 2017 LASNNY has been working with the Pride Center and In Our Own Voices to help meet the demand for name and gender marker changes. At the Pride Center Annual Gala in October 2018 LASNNY, along with name change volunteer attorney, Sharon Couch DeBonis, was honored to receive a Community Service Award. LASNNY also acknowledged the firm Nixon Peabody, LLP for their attorneys’ outstanding work in the area of name and gender marker changes. Expanding the name change program, LASNNY now assists with name changes for Domestic Violence Victims and First Name Unknown (FNU) clients whose names were incorrectly listed on US arrival and entry documents such as green cards and other immigration documents. At the end of 2017, Ryland Wiseman and Sarah Buckowski joined the LASNNY staff as PAI Coordinators. Ryland and Sarah are quick studies and appreciated by volunteer attorneys and clients alike. With Canton paralegal Linda LaRue’s talent needed elsewhere in LASNNY, Ryland and Sarah will put snow tires on their vehicles this winter and start embracing the clients and attorneys of St. Lawrence County. Melody Harkness continues her tireless work as the PAI paralegal for Closing the Gap and Attorney for the Day. In October she successfully organized a “Friend of Pro Bono Night” where current and new volunteers met to talk and get excited about pro bono work. In August it was a blessing to have Amanda Ahrens join the Assigned Counsel Program to assist with the considerable paperwork the program generates.

 

I am grateful for the guidance offered by Judges Breslin and Caruso, Dan Hurteau, Mal O’Hara, Bethany Schumann-McGhee, Beth Diebel, Joel Peller, Carl Hasselbarth and Lisa Mills of the PAI Advisory Committee. Having been the PAI Director for over a year now, I can attest to the incredible community of lawyers and judges who truly believe in access to justice and are committed to doing their part in bring everyone a little closer to justice for all. Thank you all for the work you do.