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Kaye Scholer Honored by The Legal Aid Society For Its Representation of the Disabled

October 23, 2007

Kaye Scholer was honored on October 23, 2007 as one of the recipients of The Legal Aid Society's 2007 Pro Bono Awards for outstanding service to The Legal Aid Society and its clients. The firm is being recognized for its many years of successful pro bono representation at administrative hearings by dozens of our lawyers, who have successfully obtained Federal Supplemental Security Income awards for Legal Aid's clients with disabilities.

For more than ten years, Kaye Scholer has represented physically and/or mentally disabled children and adults in administrative hearings before the Social Security Administration and in appeals of unfavorable decisions in federal court. Acting as advocates for their clients, our lawyers analyze case files and medical records, interview and prepare clients for direct testimony, prepare prehearing briefs and represent clients in hearings before an administrative law judge, often involving the cross-examination of medical and vocation experts.

Kaye Scholer has designed a system whereby each case is staffed by two associates, including summer associates, and supervised by a senior associate and a partner mentor. In the summer of 2007, fifteen summer associates, under the supervision of more senior attorneys, represented eight clients seeking disability benefits. Kaye Scholer represented clients ranging from a 7-year-old child suffering from mental retardation, behavioral disorders and physical impairments, to a 51-year-old woman suffering from mental and physical disabilities, in administrative hearings throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.

 

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