Merokean James P. Joseph has been named the Pro Bono Attorney of the Month for June, according to a statement released by the Nassau County Bar Association.
Over the past six years, Joseph has devoted more than 166 hours to the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) and its clients, often with contributions from his partner, David Teeter, and his staff.
Joseph enjoys tackling a challenging legal case, especially if it involves working pro bono on a complicated matrimonial case, the statement said.
"It's our firm's practice to always have at least one pro bono case active," Joseph said. "The attorneys in our firm all are committed to giving back to our community, both professionally and personally. Quite frankly, we also find the work we do for VLP incredibly rewarding."
Nassau County Bar Association President Marc Gann tabbed Joseph for the honor of Pro Bono Attorney of the Month.
Joseph received his Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law in 1993, having also earned his undergraduate degree at Hofstra in 1989. Except for a temporary position as Chief Counsel to a New York State Senator early in his career, he has concentrated in matrimonial and family law. He is the managing partner of the Garden City firm Joseph and Teeter, P.C. Joseph's wife, Elsa Tobin, a former Nassau County prosecutor, is an associate in his firm.
In addition to being an active member of the Matrimonial Law Committee at the Nassau County Bar Association, Joseph is a member of the New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association and the New York Family Law American Inn of Court. He is also an arbitrator in the Fee Arbitration Program of the New York State Office of Court Administration. Outside of his professional activities, Joseph is an active member of the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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.