What a wonderful evening full of gratitude, laughter, and appreciation for our President and CEO, Anne Erickson, and Empire Justice Center’s Celebration of Leadership! We want to thank everyone who made the night a success – our supporters, our sponsors, and our friends. Special appreciation goes out to our Lead Corporate sponsor, JPMorgan Chase.

For those who were unable to attend, we presented our Leadership Award to Anne in honor of her retirement and more than 30 years of unwavering commitment to access to justice in New York State. As President and CEO, Anne led Empire Justice Center through tremendous growth, expanding offices and services and growing the annual budget from $1.2 Million to more than $7 Million.

Over the past 30 years, Anne has been a stalwart leader in the efforts to strengthen and expand access to and funding for civil legal services in New York State. Her early work with the legal services community helped pave the way for the first allocation of general funding for civil legal services in New York in 1993.

More than 100 people joined us throughout the evening, helping to raise more than $41,000 to help Empire Justice make the law work for all New Yorkers, especially those who need its protection the most. Please take a moment to view the event video and pictures below as well as the event journal and sponsors.

We can’t thank you enough!

JSMith Signature
JoAnn Smith,
Board Chair