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
  • Frank 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 Couch DeBonis*****
  • Teresa Eddy
  • Marc S. Ehrlich**
  • 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***

 

Other

  • Clifford Eisenhut (Utica, NY)
  • Shain Neumeier (Springfield, MA)
  • Helen Lee (NYC)
  • Rebecca Janes (New Zealand)

 

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 cases
** 10 or more cases
*** 15 or more cases
**** 20 or more cases
*****25 or more cases

 

As I look back on the past two years, I am humbled by what our Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) Program and volunteers have accomplished. In 2017 the PAI Program closed 264 cases, assisting 605 individuals in our service area. In 2018 our numbers increased to closing 412 cases, assisting 965 individuals. I am happy to have this opportunity to share some of the highlights of the past two years.

 

In January of 2018, we re-opened our Assigned Counsel Program for clients residing in Albany and Rensselaer Counties, whereby we assist clients petition the court for an attorney to handle their contested matrimonial matters. In 2018, we also expanded our Pro Se Divorce Program to include clients in Saratoga, Washington, Warren, and Albany Counties. We now offer Pro Se Clinics in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Amsterdam, Hudson, Saratoga, Plattsburgh and Canton for clients seeking an uncontested divorce. We also expanded our Attorney for the Day Program, an in-court limited-scope representation program where volunteers assist tenants at their first appearance. We increased our presence from two to three days a month. We also added a second tier to the program, so that any client put down for trial could potentially be placed with a volunteer beyond first appearance on a full representation basis.

 

The PAI program continued to host professional CLE trainings in 2018. In the Spring and the Winter we co-sponsored Representing Victims of Domestic Violence in Family Court, a biannual CLE held at the Legal Project. In April we held an Ethics in Technology training, in additiona to our annual Attorney for the Day Training in the Fall, both held at NYSBA. 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.

 

On May 1, 2018, NYSBA awarded two of LASNNY’s PAI attorneys with Pro Bono Service Awards. Alexander Dunshee received the President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the Fourth Judicial District and G. Kimball Williams received the President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the Third Judicial District. At the 2018 Holiday Party jointly sponsored by LASNNY, the Legal Project and the Albany County Bar Association, LASNNY awarded PAI attorneys Sharon Couch DeBonis and Kathy Walters with Distinguished Service Awards.

 

I am personally grateful for the guidance offered by Judge Bresin, Judge Caruso, Dan Hurteau, Mal O’Hara, Beth Diebel, Joel Peller, Carl Hasselbarth and Lisa Mills, who currently sit on our PAI Committee. Additionally, I am thankful for the PAI Staff at LASNNY including Ryland Wiseman and Sarah Buckowski, our PAI Coordinators and Melody Harkness, our PAI Paralegal. Thank you all for your time and hard work and for truly being committed to justice for all.