Janet Silver ’03 was honored this month as one of the New York Law Journal’s “2016 Rising Stars.”
For this year’s list, the New York Law Journal selected 42 lawyers from across New York — all ages 40 and under — who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and their communities. The NYLJ said that it received around 300 nominations, which were reviewed by a committee of two dozen judges.
Silver is a principal at the Albany, N.Y. firm Hinman Straub, where she focuses on education, economic development, health, human services and research as a member of the education and government relations departments. She has represented a number of higher education institutions, private and public elementary and secondary schools, and not-for-profit organizations.
The NYLJ — citing Silver’s work for Hillside Family Agencies, the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies, and the New York State Coalition of 853 Schools — wrote that her “advocacy strategies have increased statewide support for many of her clients.” Hillside Family of Agencies, for example, was able to increase the number of students participating in programs such as the Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, which provides at-risk youth with tutoring, mentoring and job training, through Silver's counsel.
“Janet Silver possesses a combination of intellect, tenacity and drive that make her a passionate and successful advocate for her clients,” Hinman Straub government relations department chair Sean Doolan said, according to a statement on the firm’s website. “In addition, she is a tireless contributor of her time and talent for others here at the firm and in the community. We are pleased that the Law Journal has recognized her achievements.”
“I love being able to take complex legal, regulatory and funding problems, identifying the core basis for the problem, and implementing strategies that enable clients to be able to provide quality services and educational programs to those that are under-served or vulnerable,” Silver told the NYLJ.
Silver joined Hinman Straub while studying at Albany Law School. She began as a law clerk in 2002 and served as an associate from 2004 to 2009, when she was named a principal.
In 2015, Silver became the youngest woman to lead the Albany County Bar Association as president.
She currently serves the ACBA as president of its foundation and chair of the Pro Bono Committee. Silver is a member of the New York State Bar Association and a member to the House of Delegates. She has also been involved with the Government Law Center at Albany Law School. Silver was previously recognized by the ACBA (President’s Award, 2012) and City & State (Forty Under 40, 2014).
In a statement, Silver said she was grateful to accept the New York Law Journal Rising Star award on behalf of Hinman Straub and the ACBA. The NYLJ honored its 2016 Rising Stars at an event June 7 in New York City.
“There are so many people who have helped me in my career, as is so often the case in our profession,” Silver said. “I thank each of them for their support and confidence.”