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What a phenomenal evening full of gratitude, laughter, and appreciation for Christine, Barbara, and all those who support Empire Justice Center! We want to thank everyone who made the night supporters, our sponsors, and our friends. Special appreciation goes out to our Lead Law Firm sponsor, Robinson + Cole and our Lead Corporate sponsor, KeyBank.

For those who were unable to attend, Empire Justice Center honored Christine Rutigliano and Barbara Weiner for their unyielding support of civil legal services and Empire Justice Center.

Christine Rutigliano,former Chair of Empire Justice Center's Board of Directors and Managing Director at the Roffe Group, has been a staunch supporter of Empire Justice since the early 1990's.  She is a passionate advocate and has been a quiet, behind-the-scenes champion for the work of Empire Justice Center and for making the law work for all New Yorkers. She recently finished her third term as a member of Empire Justice Center’s Board of Directors, the last year serving as Board Chair. At every step of the way, she offered a steady hand, strategic mind and passion for justice that continues to guide us.  We could not be more thankful. 

Barbara Weiner recently retired as a Senior Attorney with Empire Justice, working in our Albany office for over 26 years.  Barbara spent virtually all of her incredible career working for legal services programs and now continues her advocacy in the role of our first ever Attorney Emeritus. Barbara led the way in helping legal services begin to address the emerging and changing legal needs in the immigration community in 1996.  Barbara's legal skills, her perseverance and ability to dive deep in the law to find just the right way to move an issue forward will long be felt by thousands if individuals and families.  We are truly humbled by her passion and dedication.

More than 100 people joined us for the Celebration of Leadership, helping to raise more than $43,000! Proceeds from the event will help to secure the legal rights of low income New Yorkers across the state.

Thank you again!

Anne Erickson,
President & CEO

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Christine Rutigliano
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