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Professor Pinchuk Honored for Public Service, Pro Bono Work

Lianne Pinchuk

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Professor Lianne Pinchuk recently received a pair of accolades highlighting her professional commitment to public service. 

On June 7, at the annual meeting of the United Tenants of Albany, Professor Pinchuk was honored for her work in the Albany County Bar Association's Pro Bono Program where she provided direct legal services to low-income tenants.

On June 15, she received the Trailblazer Award from the ACBA Attorneys in Public Service Committee for "notable contributions and accomplishments to public service in New York State." The award was presented during a ceremony at the New York State Bar Association's Great Hall.

Professor Pinchuk is the interim coordinator of Albany Law School's Pro Bono Program. The Pro Bono Program works with firms, legal service providers, community organizations and faculty to develop legal or law-related service-learning opportunities for students; oversees and provides institutional support to pro bono activities, including the Pro Bono Society; and engages national pro bono organizations to increase awareness of Albany Law's programs and projects. This past academic year, the Pro Bono Program held Law Day events to provide free legal information to senior citizens, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and startup businesses.

Professor Pinchuk began her career as a litigation associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York. She worked in the products liability and mass torts practice group and the food law sub-group. She advised multiple corporate clients concerning the litigation risks associated with proposed corporate transactions. She then worked as counsel to Ganz Wolkenbreit & Siegfeld LLP, in Albany, where she participated in all aspects of commercial litigation. She litigated cases concerning real estate disputes, bankruptcy (creditor) claims, employment disputes, tax claims, breaches of contract and other commercial conflicts.

Following 10 years of law firm work, she served as staff attorney for the Albany County Bar Association before joining Albany Law School. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and sits on the board of the Capital District Women's Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in New York, in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and in the United States Circuit Court for the Ninth Circuit.

She has published on the topics of product liability, fast food lawsuits, class action lawsuits related to bankruptcy situations, and more, and has taught continuing legal education seminars on landlord-tenant law and ethics.

She graduated from Columbia Law School where she served on the editorial board for the Journal of Law and Social Problems and was the chair of the moot court program.

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