Ben Ostrer Receives New York State Bar Association Outstanding Pro Bono Volunteer Award

January, 2018

Founder of Ostrer & Associates, P.C., Ben Ostrer, was recently honored by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) for his pro bono work. As Sharon Stern Gerstman, President of the NYSBA, recently stated, volunteer representation is at the very heart of the association. While the New York Rules of Professional Conduct encourage all lawyers to provide pro-bono representation, and sets 50 hours as an aspirational goal, a number of lawyers exceed expectations. To recognize the outstanding work of these individuals and encourage other lawyers to volunteer their services, the association created the Empire State Counsel Program.

Ben Ostrer Presented with NYSBA 2017 Outstanding Pro Bono Volunteer Award

Ben Ostrer, right, is presented with 2017 Outstanding Pro Bono Volunteer Award by NYSBA President Sharon Stern Gerstman and President Elect Michael Miller Photo by: David Handschuh, New York Law Journal

Since the program’s inception in 2007, thousands of attorneys have met the criteria and been designated Empire State Counsel. This year, the NYSBA chose to honor a few representative attorneys who have done extraordinary work. Ben Ostrer was one of two attorneys selected as the association’s Outstanding Pro Bono Volunteers.

Recognized for Criminal Defense Work

Ms. Gerstman acknowledged how Mr. Ostrer has contributed hundreds of hours representing criminal defendants at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as shares his expertise with other attorneys by editing “Atticus,” a publication of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and serving as a panelist at numerous continuing legal education programs.

Pro bono representation has always been an important part of Mr. Ostrer’s legal career. He has been recognized numerous times for his volunteer efforts, including a recent Charles Crimi award from the NYSBA’s Criminal Justice Section. He is a board member of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and a past president of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Learn more about Ben Ostrer’s legal experience and notable cases.