By Charisma L. Miller, Esq.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Brooklyn Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) honored the work of its volunteers at its annual awards ceremony, held at TD Bank on Montague Street.
Unable to attend the event, Hon. Jonathan Lippmann, chief judge of New York State, sent his best regards. In a letter to the VLP, Lippmann said that the work done by the VLP “is so important to the vulnerable members of our society.” “Your service is inspiring, your work is critical [and] the help you give your clients is a lifeline to people in the most dire [circumstances],” Lipmann’s letter read.
Specifically honored at the ceremony was Jame Renken. Renken, a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, received the 2012 Christopher Slattery Young Professional Award for his participation in CLARO, the VLP’s consumer debt clinic at the Kings County Civil Court. “James has volunteered over 170 hours of his time to CLARO,” said James Slattery, whose son the award is named after.
Pooja Bansal, counsel to Marty Markowitz, also presented Renken with a citation for the exceptional service he has provided to many Brooklyn residents.