George Lowe Honored By Legal Services Community

George Lowe

George Lowe

The George H. Lowe Center for Justice will be dedicated at a ceremony at the offices of Legal Services of Central New York (LSCNY), Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York (LASMNY), and Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County (OnVLP) at their new offices at 221 South Warren Street on October 29. “For many years, Judge Lowe has been a moving inspiration and supporter of our missions to provide free civil legal services to low-income people,” said Dennis Kaufman, Executive Director of LSCNY. “It is most fitting that our new office have Judge Lowe’s name attached to it in recognition of his `one roof’ dream for organizations devoted to providing the services our three organizations contribute,” added Dan Altwarg, Senior Managing Attorney at LASMNY.

Judge Lowe’s involvement in providing free legal services for low-income people extends throughout the state. He is a former co-chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Access to Justice and member of the Chief Judge’s Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services, and is a founding member of the new permanent Commission on Access to Justice. He is the Past President of the Onondaga County Bar Association and recipient of its 2007 Distinguished Lawyer Award. in 2003, he was a recipient of the American Bar Association’s Senior Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award, and in 2002 was the recipient of the State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Service Award. Judge Lowe is a former Chair, Fifth Judicial District, Committee on Character and Fitness. He has served on the boards of Legal Services of Central New York and the Onondaga County Bar Foundation. He currently serves on the boards of OnVLP and the Central New York Women’s Bar Association.

“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Judge Lowe for his many years of service to our organization and are thrilled to have our name associated with his,” said Sally Fisher Curran, Executive Director of OnVLP.

“This is indeed a tremendous honor for me,” said Lowe. “Expanding free legal services for the indigent has always been one of my top priorities, and these three organizations operating in collaboration goes a long way in meeting that goal. i look forward to continuing my efforts toward the success of their work.”

Judge Lowe retired in 2004 as a United States Magistrate Judge for the ND of New York and rejoined Bond, Schoeneck & King as of counsel in its Syracuse office. He served as the United States Attorney for the ND of New York 1978-1982.