November 14, 2008
Bettina Plevan ('70) Honored by Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
Bettina Plevan (’70), a partner in the Labor and Employment Law Department at Proskauer Rose in New York, has been advocating for the poor since her first year at BU Law. This month, Plevan is being honored for her work by the Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A at its 40th Anniversary Partnership Award Benefit.
During her time at BU Law, Plevan participated in a clinical program that involved advocacy related to low-income housing. Her work has continued on behalf of several non-profit organizations throughout her professional career. She has served as the director of Volunteers of Legal Services and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.
"[Plevan] has been an extraordinary advocate for access to justice for poor people," said Martin S. Needelman, project director and chief counsel for the Brooklyn Legal Services. "[She] has represented numerous major corporations and law firms in employment matters."
Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A provides legal services to low-income groups and individuals throughout North and East Brooklyn. The organization is currently working on community and economic development, rights for people affected by HIV/AIDS and the preservation of low-income housing.
Plevan said the honor from Brooklyn Legal Services pleases her because of the work the organization has done for the community. According to Plevan, Brooklyn Legal Services’ work has allowed many people in the community to benefit from social services.
“I also do some pro bono work myself … and [am] currently representing a group of individuals who have been denied Social Security benefits on the grounds that they were in violation of parole or probation,” said Plevan.
Plevan has worked on the boards of many pro bono legal services. She served as the president of the New York City Bar Association for two years during which time she encouraged relationships between private bars and pro bono legal services. She has continued to stay involved in pro bono work throughout her professional career.
“Pro bono advocacy for the poor is extremely important because only about 20 percent of the legal needs of poor people are met through legal services organizations funded by the government,” said Plevan. “It is critical that all lawyers volunteer to assist in this manner.”
>>Learn more about the Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A and its 40th Anniversary Benefit.