|Russell Hirschhorn with Kevin Prindiville, executive director of NSCLC, and Carroll Estes, recipient of the NSCLC’s Paul Nathanson Distinguished Advocacy Award|
October 20, 2014 (New York) – Global law firm Proskauer has been recognized by the National Senior Citizens Law Center with the inaugural NSCLC Justice Award for its work on the Clark v. Astrue litigation.
The Justice Award honors those who have made outstanding contributions to protecting the rights of older women and all seniors to justice, economic security and quality health care. Proskauer senior counsel Russell Hirschhorn accepted the award on the firm’s behalf at the “Older Women in Poverty: Honoring Advocates Who Care” event on October 17 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
In addition to Mr. Hirschhorn, partners Betsy Plevan and Steven Obus, and Proskauer alumnus Brian Rauch ledthe successful class-action lawsuit. Clark v. Astrue challenged the U.S. Social Security Administration over its practice of denying old age and disability benefits to otherwise eligible people based solely on their having outstanding probation or parole warrants. The case led to a federal court order restoring up to $1 billion in benefits to more than 140,000 Americans.
Kevin Prindiville, executive director of NSCLC, noted, “We are proud to honor Proskauer Rose with this award. Our partnership was essential to the outcome of this case, restoring benefits to people who depend entirely on their SSI benefits for survival.”
The Proskauer lawyers who worked on the matter were also honored last year by the New York State Bar Association with its 2013 President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the First Judicial District.
Proskauer’s Pro Bono Initiative provides legal services to low-income and disadvantaged individuals, not-for-profit organizations and public interest causes. Clients include community groups, refugees seeking asylum, domestic violence victims, struggling artists and musicians and Holocaust survivors.