Through Barton’s partnership with the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA), our attorneys assist in the pro bono representation of individuals looking to appeal earlier denials of social security and/or disability benefits in the Southern District of New York. For many of these clients, the outcomes of these cases are potentially life changing. Led by Partner Christopher McNamara, members of the pro bono team spend extensive time studying records, researching and developing legal theories, drafting court documents, and making oral arguments on behalf of deserving clients.
Recently, Associate Ami Arcot was instrumental in securing a victory for one of Barton’s pro bono clients, leading a successful oral argument on benefits eligibility before a federal judge in the S.D.N.Y and achieving a remand. In a separate case, Associates Amy Chen and Timothy Byon successfully argued before a Magistrate Judge who remanded the case, reversing the prior finding of an administrative law judge who had initially denied disability and social security benefits.
Additionally, these victories allow NYCLA to recover significant fees for their civil legal aid programming so that they may continue to serve individuals in need.
We’d like to congratulate the members of the pro bono team on their exemplary work and thank them for their commitment to legal community service.