On October 26, Pepper Hamilton LLP and pro bono partner Regeneron Pharmaceuticals were honored by the New York State Bar Association for their work on a pilot program in New York Supreme Court in Westchester County.
In September 2016, the Westchester Supreme Court launched an ambitious Attorney for a Day program designed to provide counsel, at no cost, to Westchester County homeowners who cannot afford to hire counsel in residential foreclosure actions. Pepper Hamilton and Regeneron, one of New York’s leading companies, partnered together to assist Westchester County residents in need. Through the court’s Attorney for a Day Program, Pepper attorneys and Regeneron’s legal department have defended the county’s most vulnerable citizens.
Pepper and Regeneron personnel have attended every clinic session since its inception, and they have assisted with the preparation of legal documents, including pleadings and motions, on behalf of pro bono clients. Pepper Hamilton partners Samuel J. Abate, Jr. and Kenneth J. King have led the effort, assisted by Matthew J. Hamilton, Melissa A. Chuderewicz, Jessica X.Y. Rothenberg, Bridget K. Casey and Erin Tornabene. Mr. Abate and Mr. King have also conducted additional training in substantive foreclosure law and court procedure with prospective volunteers from Regeneron.
In addition to the New York State Bar Association award, Pepper and Regeneron were previously honored by the Westchester Supreme Court and Westchester County — and the county issued a proclamation declaring July 10 as Pepper and Regeneron Day. Both Pepper and Regeneron have a long tradition of giving back to their communities, and the partnership has been integral to the success of the Attorney for a Day Program, ensuring that Westchester County residents have access to top-quality legal services in their time of need.