New York…Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP corporate partner Lois F. Herzeca is to be honored with the Alumni Pro Bono Award by the Boston University School of Law (BU). Ms. Herzeca, who graduated from BU in 1979, was selected because of her long-standing commitment to pro bono. BU will present the award during its Year-End Pro Bono Celebration to be held April 16 at the Boston University School of Law in Barristers Hall from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event honors the pro bono work of students, faculty and alumni graduates of the school.
Ms. Herzeca has a long history of pro bono involvement, ranging from local community based programs to global initiatives. At Fried Frank, she initiated an ongoing externship program through the New York Legal Aid Society, which allows a rotating group of Fried Frank associates to deliver legal services to low-income businesses and micro-entrepreneurs through the Community Development Project, and she developed a partnership between Fried Frank and PS 146 in Harlem to provide free legal services to families to better enable their children to attend school. On an international level, she has advised the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Human Rights on global governance issues and worked with the Clinton Global Initiative on a political risk insurance program for the Middle East.
She also serves as a director of Volunteers for Legal Service, which provides pro bono civil legal services to benefit the vulnerable populations in New York City, as a director of The Children for Children Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on educational programs and volunteer initiatives for young people, and is a member of The Community Development Advisory Committee for the Legal Aid Society.
Ms. Herzeca is one of the many Fried Frank lawyers to embody Fried Frank's long-standing tradition of public service going back to the 1950s. The Firm's commitment is currently reflected in the wide-ranging pro bono work performed by attorneys, summer associates and legal assistants including asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile and Violence Against Women Act cases, and immigration applications, as well as in civil rights, housing discrimination issues and fair housing initiatives.