Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to Deliver Remarks at the 20th Anniversary Gala of the New York Legal Assistance Group

February 25, 2011 – The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) will hold its first-ever Gala, commemorating its 20th Anniversary, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will deliver remarks at this milestone event, which will be held at the historic Pierre Hotel in Manhattan. The Gala will honor Abby S. Milstein, longtime Chair of the NYLAG Board and a Founding Partner of Constantine Cannon LLP; and Sharon L. Allen, Chairman of the Board, Deloitte LLP. Event Co-Chairs are Joseph Polizzotto, General Counsel, Deutsche Bank; Marcia N. Riklis; and Barry Salzberg, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte LLP.

Founded in1990, NYLAG has never before held a large-scale event to commemorate its achievements and raise funding in support of its mission to provide high quality, free civil legal services to New Yorkers who cannot afford attorneys. NYLAG’s comprehensive range of services includes consumer law, public benefits, eviction and foreclosure prevention, employment law, health care, immigration law, special education, holocaust compensation, elder abuse, advance directives, LGBT rights, and matrimonial and family law, prioritizing domestic violence victims. In addition to more than 100 paid legal staff members, NYLAG leverages the services of over 800 volunteer lawyers, law students, and interns to maximize its impact while training and inspiring the next generation of public interest attorneys. Last year alone, NYLAG served nearly 54,000 individuals.

Under the banner of “Empowering Women & Girls,” the Gala will celebrate NYLAG’s accomplishments in addressing the needs of New York’s low-income women of all ages, ethnicities, and orientations. Over 400 guests are expected to attend the event, which will include a cocktail hour, silent auction, a brief documentary film created by award-winning filmmakers, and a seated dinner program. Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Senior Legal Analyst and Staff Writer for The New Yorker, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Attended by prominent Federal, State and local politicians, individuals and corporations, the Gala is expected to raise substantial funding to support NYLAG’s law projects serving low-income New Yorkers.

Leading sponsors of the event include:
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP; Deloitte LLP; Deutsche Bank; FJC – A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds; Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello & Bohrer, P.C.; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Proskauer Rose LLP; Sidley Austin LLP; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz LLP; Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Tickets start at $750 and tables start at $10,000. Discounts for qualifying nonprofits and young associates are available. More information can be obtained at


The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provides free civil legal services to New Yorkers who cannot afford a private attorney. Founded in 1990, NYLAG works to empower individuals, protect fundamental legal rights, and promote access to justice. With a reputation for responding quickly to emerging community needs, the agency offers a broad range of high quality and culturally competent services. For more information, go to