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Hiscock & Barclay awarded for ‘Pro Bono’

Hiscock & Barclay LLP received the 2010 President’s Pro Bono Service Award from the New York State Bar Association, the first upstate law firm to receive the distinction in the large law firm category.

Partners Sheila Gaddis — executive director of the Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County Inc. — Connie Cahill and Larry Zimmerman accepted the award on the firm’s behalf at the association’s awards luncheon at in Albany earlier this month.

Hiscock & Barclay attorneys and paralegals dedicated thousands of hours in pro bono legal services through volunteer lawyer programs throughout the state. A cornerstone of Hiscock & Barclay’s pro bono program involves its participation in Syracuse City School District’s innovative Say Yes to Education program

The award is given annually to firms and individuals who have rendered extraordinary pro bono service, which includes free legal services.

“The firm is extremely honored to receive such a prestigious award,” Hiscock & Barclay’s Managing Partner John P. Langan said in a release. “We recognize our professional responsibility to provide legal services on a pro bono basis to persons of limited means and support a variety of civic and charitable organizations as well. … Pro bono work provides meaningful opportunities for training and professional development of our lawyers while serving a segment of the population that has great needs.”