Nassau Bar Association Names Lattingtown Village Deputy Mayor
(Mineola, NY) Attorney Janet Connolly of Locust Valley may have retired from the active practice of law 5 years ago, but her ever-present passion to help others led her to get involved in Nassau County Bar Association’s Mortgage Foreclosure Pro Bono Project. Connolly has been working with this project since its inception in 2008, demonstrating her commitment by providing pro bono help to homeowners facing foreclosure. For her years of dedication, NCBA President Susan Katz Richman has named her Pro Bono Attorney of the Month for March 2012.
Twice a week, Connolly provides pro bono representation to homeowners who come to Nassau Supreme Court in Mineola to meet with bank attorneys. Without the pro bono assistance of Connolly and other NCBA attorneys who volunteer their services, these homeowners would be at a disadvantage. Connolly has also served at the Mortgage Foreclosure Legal Consultation Clinics held every month at the Bar’s headquarters in Mineola. At these clinics, Nassau homeowners meet one-on-one with volunteer attorneys, may speak with housing counselors for help on loan modifications, can find out if they qualify for reduced legal fees, and may visit with bankruptcy attorneys, all available to assist in the same room.
Connolly received her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law and eventually became a partner in the firm of Goldberg & Connolly, a construction law firm in Rockville Centre, where her primary area of practice was in labor and employment law. Volunteering in foreclosure cases is not Ms. Connolly’s only community involvement. She has also done pro bono work with the National Organization of Women in discrimination cases. She currently serves as Trustee and Deputy Mayor of the Village of Lattingtown and finds time to volunteer with other lawyers in the NCBA’s student mentoring program in Nassau County schools, working with middle school students who are at risk.
Nassau County Bar Association
Founded in 1899, the Nassau County Bar Association, with a membership of nearly 6,000 private and public attorneys, judges, legal educators and law students, is the largest suburban bar association in the country. NCBA demonstrates its commitment to the community by offering a variety of services for the public, including lawyer referral services, senior citizen and mortgage foreclosure clinics, judicial screening, public education programs and support for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which provides much-needed free legal services for the indigent of Nassau County. WE CARE, the NCBA’s charitable arm, assists children, the elderly and others in need, through countless projects and donations. For more information, call (516) 747-4070 (translation services available), email email@example.com, or visit www.nassaubar.org.