Jane Greengold Stevens received the New York County Lawyers’ Association Public Service Award on September 27. She was one of seven attorneys honored at the 21st annual awards reception for their commitment to ensuring that all people have equal access to legal representation.

Ms. Stevens has worked in civil legal services representing indigent clients since 1969. With an illustrious career specializing in class actions, she joined NYLAG in 2001 and became Director of Litigation in 2007. Her successful impact litigation cases have enforced the rights of public assistance recipients, people with disabilities, and others denied rights, benefits, and services due to them under federal and state law.

Presided over by Justice Carmen Beauchamp Ciparic, the Awards ceremony praised Ms. Stevens for her role as lead counsel in a 1982 class action that found the NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the NYC Transit Authority in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The government agencies had failed to make public transportation accessible to people with mobility impairments. Of her many career victories, Ms. Stevens says this case gives her the most on-going satisfaction because she can see its effects every day when people in wheelchairs ride NYC buses.