Mayer Brown recognized by New York Legal Assistance Group for pro bono efforts related to Superstorm Sandy
30 October 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, was recognized by New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) for assistance that the firm provided to NYLAG in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. NYLAG is a legal services organization that provides access to justice for low-income New York residents who cannot afford private attorneys.
When Superstorm Sandy struck on October 29, 2012, NYLAG’s downtown headquarters was flooded, displacing hundreds of staff attorneys, paralegals, administrators, and volunteers. Mayer Brown provided ten weeks of temporary office space for NYLAG’s Disability Advocacy Project, enabling staff to almost seamlessly continue to serve their clients. In addition, in the immediate aftermath of the storm, Mayer Brown attorneys functioned as legal first responders in hard-hit neighborhoods, working side by side with NYLAG attorneys at community sites and aboard NYLAG’s Mobile Legal Help Center to provide legal advice to victims of the storm.
“We are grateful to Mayer Brown, whose support made it possible for NYLAG to respond quickly and effectively to the legal needs of low-income New Yorkers at a time of unprecedented crisis,” said Yisroel Schulman, NYLAG’s President and Attorney-in Charge.
The Mayer Brown team included Assistant Director of Pro Bono Activities Marcia Maack (Washington DC) and Litigation & Dispute Resolution associates Melissa Francis and Laura Graham (both New York). The firm’s conference room services, reception, and facilities teams were instrumental in providing NYLAG’s Disability Advocacy Project with office space and support while they were displaced.