NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 16, 2006 -- Alan Levine, partner in charge of Cooley Godward Kronish's New York office, has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors of The Legal Aid Society of New York. Mr. Levine was elected at the Legal Aid Society's annual meeting on November 15, 2006.

"I am extremely honored to be elected Chairperson as the work of the Legal Aid Society is so vital to the interests of underprivileged New Yorkers," said Mr. Levine. "It is humbling to follow Patricia Hynes as Chairperson who served with such distinction. I look forward to working with both the talented staff attorneys and the member firms who contribute their time so generously to achieve the ambitious agenda of the Legal Aid Society."

Founded in 1876, the Legal Aid Society is the nation's oldest and largest provider of legal services to the indigent. The Society's core service is to provide free legal assistance to New Yorkers who live at or below the poverty level and cannot afford to hire a lawyer when confronted with a legal problem.

Mr. Levine has been active in the Legal Aid Society for several years, including serving as a member of its Board. In addition, the New York office of Cooley Godward Kronish has received the Pro Bono Award for outstanding contributions to the Legal Aid Society in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and earlier this year, seven Cooley Godward Kronish attorneys in New York received individual Pro Bono Awards for their work on the Legal Aid Society's immigration program.

One of the nation's most accomplished litigators, Mr. Levine has long been active in civic and community affairs. He currently serves as a member of the New York State Commission on Public Authority Reform and as a member of the Board of the Jewish Theological Seminary. In 2006, the Police Athletic League honored Mr. Levine with the Robert M. Morgenthau Award for being "a tireless advocate for the community."

Mr. Levine served for eight years (1998-2006) as managing partner of Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman LLP, a premier, 110-lawyer firm in Manhattan which merged on October 1, 2006 with Cooley Godward LLP to form Cooley Godward Kronish LLP. Prior to joining Kronish Lieb, Mr. Levine served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he played a key role in the investigation and prosecution of union corruption on the New York City waterfront.

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