Norton Rose Fulbright New York-based senior counsel Susan Ross has recently been honored by the Lawyers Alliance for New York with a "Cornerstone Award" for pro bono excellence. The "2017 Cornerstone Award" winners included 14 individuals selected from more than 1,800 business and transactional lawyers who volunteered through Lawyers Alliance during the past year. The awards also marked their 20-year anniversary. The ceremony took place November 14, 2017, at Viacom.
Sue began volunteering with Lawyers Alliance in 1992, when, as an attorney at MetLife, she developed a pro bono relationship with The Caring Neighbor, then a project of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood Association. She eventually served as the organization's volunteer general counsel and advised it on board governance and regulatory issues. At the same time, she took on pro bono work for Standup Harlem, an organization founded in response to the crisis in communities of color around the issue of HIV/AIDS. Sue took a generous approach towards the pro bono services and assisted Standup Harlem with governance work as well as trademark and copyright issues.
Sue assisted The Caring Community, a senior serving organization located in Manhattan, and JustTell.org, which raises awareness about and seeks to address childhood sexual abuse. She also assisted Dress for Success Worldwide with its launch of a database accessible to its affiliates. For her most recent project, she worked with the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project on a contract review and negotiation for the purchase and implementation of a new case management system and a separate contract for an IT consultant to manage the project.
Since 1997, Lawyers Alliance has presented "Cornerstone Awards" annually to a select group of individuals and institutions that have made extraordinary contributions through pro bono legal services. These services help nonprofits to address critical human needs and improve the quality of life for thousands of low-income New Yorkers.