Honors and Awards

John Kiely Receives Legal Aid Society’s 2018 Pro Bono Publico Award

John KielyBlank Rome Associate John S. Kiely received a 2018 Pro Bono Publico Award from the Legal Aid Society of New York City on Tuesday, October 16.

Each year, the Legal Aid Society recognizes the outstanding work of volunteer lawyers, law firms, corporations, and other professionals who participate in the Society’s pro bono program by providing exceptional services to low-income New Yorkers. Formed in 1876, the Society is committed to advancing equal justice for all New Yorkers, changing laws one case at a time, one reform at a time. For more information on the Legal Aid Society, please visit legalaidnyc.org.

At Blank Rome, John concentrates his practice in the areas of trust and estate planning, administration, and litigation. Heavily involved in pro bono work, John recently obtained a pardon from Governor Andrew Cuomo for a severely ill, long-term green card holder who is facing deportation based on convictions for two narcotics offenses which took place in 2001, and represents other similarly situated individuals seeking amnesty for state level convictions that will result in their deportation. In addition, John represented multiple federal inmates who sought presidential pardons through the Clemency Project, and regularly provides pro bono advice to low-income artists. John also serves in leadership roles in a children’s charity, an arts nonprofit, and is an active supporter of multiple cultural institutions.