Davis Polk senior counsel Daniel Kolb received the Servant of Justice Award at The Legal Aid Society’s 39th Annual Awards Dinner on May 12, 2016, in New York. The Servant of Justice Award recognizes commitment to the mission of equal access to justice for all within the legal community. Seymour James and Adriene Holder of Legal Aid presented the award to Kolb.
In his 50-year career at Davis Polk, Kolb has dedicated significant time to handling impact cases for those in need. Among the many important pro bono projects on which he has partnered with Legal Aid, he has helped to attain critical legislative funding and groundbreaking administrative policies that ensure indigent criminal defendants receive the representation to which they are entitled. He has contributed significantly to an increase in the number of Sustaining Firms supporting the Society’s Civil Practice and a substantial increase in the number of lawyers in the Criminal Practice.
Kolb has served on The Legal Aid Society's Board of Directors for over a decade and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chair of its Development Committee. He has also served as Chair of the Executive, Judiciary, Audit and Litigation Committees of the New York City Bar, as a Co-Chair of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Chair of the Access to Justice Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Board Member of the Brennan Center for Justice, where he chairs both the Audit and Governance Committees. Kolb will soon become the Chair-Elect of the New York State Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section and he has served as Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Special Committee on Voter Participation. He also supervises Davis Polk’s call center for New York City as part of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Election Protection Coalition, providing non-partisan assistance to voters on major election days.
In recognition of his dedication to serving the public good, Kolb has also received The Legal Aid Society’s Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service several times, the New York State Bar Association’s President’s Award for Extraordinary Pro Bono Service, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ Whitney North Seymour Award, and the New York Law Journal’s Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service.
The Legal Aid Society is a private, not-for-profit legal services organization, the oldest and largest in the nation, dedicated since 1876 to providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers.