The Westchester County Bar Foundation, Inc. (“WCBF”), established in 1984, is the charitable arm of the Westchester County Bar Association. Its goal is to contribute to the improvement of the administration of justice and to encourage a better public understanding of the law.
The Foundation also recognizes the outstanding service of non-judicial employees of the Ninth Judicial District through the Annual Joseph F. Gagliardi Award for Excellence.
Each year, the Foundation holds a Benefit for the Public Interest Fellowship to defray the cost of a salary of a pro bono attorney at one of the County's non-profit legal agencies. To read highlights from the 2018 Benefit click here.
PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIP
In September 2007, the Foundation established a two-year public interest law fellowship. The Fellowship provides legal help to the county's underserved residents, and also provides training to a new lawyer who otherwise might not have the opportunity to do public interest work.
Karen Maxim (nee Tenenbaum), a Harvard Law graduate, was the first Fellow, doing her work through Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. The second Fellow, hosted by My Sister's Place in White Plains, was Pace Law graduate Virginia Foulkrod. Read the Newsletter article about Virginia.The third Fellow, hosted by Student Advocacy, was Pace Law graduate Darren Guild. Read Darren's speech regarding the Fellowship from the 3rd Annual Foundation Benefit on November 14, 2013. The fourth Fellow, Elizabeth Mastropolo, a St. John's Law graduate, was hosted by Pace Community Law Practice and worked with clients of Neighbors Link. The fifth Fellow, Jennifer Pacheco, worked for the Hudson Valley Justice Center in Yonkers from 2015 to 2017 The sixth Fellow, Luis Leon, a Pace Law School graduate, began his fellowship in the fall of 2017, and now works at the Make the Road New York. Luis serves the underprivileged in the areas of immigration law and family law.