Awards – Nassau Suffolk Law Services


Many staff members are outstanding experts in their field and have been recognized at a state and national level for the quality and critical importance of their work.

In August, 2020, the Nassau County Legislature named Re-Entry Project staff attorney Ray DeLeo "Young Attorney of the Year" for his "exemplary service" to the community. The Legislature cited DeLeo's "leadership and dedication to enriching the lives of others" in giving the award.

Ray DeLeo

Congratulations to Angela Lampe, Social Worker in our Disability/Health Unit. On Dec 2, 2019, World AIDS Day, the NuHealth HIV Program honored her work in recognition of her community involvement with the David Project. Ms. Lampe was presented the award by Dr. Janice Verley, Dir. NUMC HIV Program.

Congratulations to Nora Gonzalez, a paralegal in NSLS’ Public Benefits Unit, who was awarded the Unsung Hero recognition at Long Island Business News’ Leadership in Law Awards. She was joined by a table of NSLS colleagues who attended the gala on November 21, 2019, in support of this well-deserved recognition!

Nora Gonzalez

Susanna Laruccia, our attorney in the Veterans Rights Project, was honored at the Nassau County Bar Association’s Annual dinner on June 17, 2019 for her outstanding service to the community. Congratulations, Susanna!

Susanna Laruccia

On October 30, 2018, James Denson was awarded with the 2018 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Champion Award, for his impact helping others in the Long Island community over his 27-year tenure at NSLS.

On October 25, 2018, Carly Sommers, NSLS’ Reentry Project Attorney was recognized by the New York County Lawyers Association, New York State Bar Association and New York State Unified Court System’s Office for Justice Initiatives for the pro bono work she did in 2017 in the Brooklyn Housing Court and the Queens Consumer Debt Court.

Carly Sommers

At the Suffolk County Bar Association’s May 7, 2018 Annual Meeting, Ellen Krakow, Suffolk Pro Bono Coordinator, was presented with an Award of Recognition in appreciation for her “exemplary service and commitment to the SCBA and dedication to the Suffolk Academy of Law’s Continuing Education Program.” The award was presented by Patricia Meisenheimer, President of the SCBA. Congratulations, Ellen!

Ellen Krakow

Congratulations Judy for being honored on April 24, 2018 with the Outstanding Women in Law Award presented by Hofstra Law School. "Through her extraordinary contributions to the legal community, exemplary leadership and strong commitment to ensuring the advancement of women, she has truly made a noteworthy and inspiring contribution to the legal community."

Judy Hirshon

Congratulations Ellen Krakow, Pro Bono Project Coordinator, on being awarded the Legal Advocate of the Year Award at the Long Island Women's Conference on April 1, 2017. The women selected have demonstrated "perseverance, leadership, initiative, and service to the Long Island and the community in which they reside."

Ellen Krakow

Touro Law Center held its 21st Goods and Services Auction on March 11, 2015. As part of festivities, the law school also recognizes attorneys for their commitment and dedication to pro bono and public interest work through the Public Interest Attorney of the Year Program. Among the recipients, Maria Dosso, Law Services’ Director of Communications and Volunteer Services accepted the award from Dean of Touro Law Center Patricia Salkin.

Our Executive Director was recognized by Hofstra Law School’s Public Justice Foundation as the 2016 PJF Outstanding Alumnus for his extraordinary commitment and dedication to public service.

Jeffrey Seigel

NSLS is honored by LIBN on November 17, 2016: “Recipients of the Leadership in Law Award demonstrate outstanding achievements, involvement in their profession, support of the community and mentoring.”

Cathy Lucidi & Jeffrey Seigel

LIBN Leadership in Law Awards November 17, 2016., Cathy Lucidi, NSLS Paralegal: Unsung Hero Award.

Cathy Lucidi

On November 17, 2016, the Long Island Business News honored Nassau Law Services with the Non Profit of the Year award. Jeffrey Seigel accepts the award on behalf of the firm.

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Victoria Osk, Managing Attorney at Nassau Suffolk Law Services, was the recipient of the Community Service Award presented by Thursdays Child. Vicky was honored at their Spring Champagne Gala held on June 14, 2012, at Flowerfields Celebration. Congratulations Vicky.

Victoria Osk

Congratulations to Sheila Johnson, Law Services Director of Development and Government Affairs for receiving the prestigious Public Service Award from Touro’s Black Law Students Association. Sheila was also presented with a Proclamation from the Town of Brookhaven Advisory Council member, Valerie Cartwright, Esq.

Sheila Johnson

The Suffolk County Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts held an awards ceremony for Women’s History Month. This very special event celebrates women who have made significant contributions to providing access to justice and pro bono services. Congratulations to our very own Maria Dosso, Director of Communications & Volunteer Services for this very special acknowledgment!

Maria Dosso

In April, 2011, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano presented a proclamation to our legal staff for their dedicated work in our Protection and Advocacy Projects which provide legal assistance to developmentally disabled individuals (PADD) as well as legal assistance in equal opportunity and discrimination cases to physically disabled individuals (PAIR). Pictured above Ellen Krakow, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Marcia Vogel and Lynn Iacona.

Protection and Advocacy Project

Suffolk County Advisory Board on Child Protection and the Suffolk County Executive's Task Force to Prevent Family Violence honors, Larry Tuthill, as a champion for children and families living in Suffolk.

Larry Tuthill

Beth Wickey, Director of Program and Contract Administration, was honored by Long Island Housing Services for her distinguished service on LIHS’s Board of Directors for twenty two years, working for fair housing and the elimination of unlawful housing discrimination, April 2010.

Beth Wickey

Meredith Nadler was one of ten attorneys nationally honored with the NAACP’s Foot Soldiers in the Sand Award, July 2009.

Meredith Nadler

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Greater New York City Affiliate honored the PLAN Project staff, Denise Snow and Kelly Murray, in recognition of the legal assistance that the Project provides to hundreds of individuals affected by cancer, May 2009.

Plan Project

Picture of NSLS member winning award Jeffrey A. Seigel, Executive Director of Nassau Suffolk Law Services was honored with the Suffolk County Martin Luther King. Jr. Commission Award on January 17, 2009. He received the award on behalf of Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.

Jeffrey Seigel

Suffolk County Minority Health Summit honored Denise Snow for her “dedication, commitment and support of community based initiatives and minority health improvement projects in Suffolk,” October 2008.

Denise Snow

Douglas Ruff was the recipient of the prestigious Denison Ray award presented by the New York State Bar Association for his extraordinary commitment as a public service attorney providing zealous and skilled representation to low income and disadvantaged clients. Law Services was also the recipient of a cash grant as a result of this award, 1995.

Doug Ruff

Tom Suozzi, then Nassau County Executive, presents Jeffrey Seigel with Congratulations Proclamation on opening new office space in Hempstead.

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Judge Jack Weinstein, NSLS founder, as the keynote speaker at NSLS 25th Anniversary at Nassau County Bar in 1991.

Jack Weinstein