Warren Sinsheimer (LL.M. ’57) was presented with the Judge Edward Weinfeld Award at this year’s Weinfeld Gala on September 26. Established in memory of honored alumnus Edward Weinfeld ’21, the Judge Edward Weinfeld Award recognizes the professional distinction of alumni who graduated from the Law School 50 years ago or more.
Sinsheimer has also received the Pro Bono Publico Award of the American Bar Association and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Drew University, among other honors. “He is a spectacular example of someone who had made it a priority to give back over the years, and even more importantly, he is inspirational in his message to others to do the same,” Dean Richard Revesz said in his introductory remarks.
After working in corporate law for 45 years, Sinsheimer retired from Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler in 1996. Shortly thereafter, Sinsheimer founded Partnership for Children’s Rights, a not-for-profit law firm that helps disadvantaged children throughout New York City. There, he established the Warren J. Sinsheimer Fellowship, which allows recent graduates of NYU School of Law to work for a year as a Partnership for Children’s Rights attorney for children with special education needs from low income families. He has also established the Sinsheimer Service Scholarship within the Root-Tilden-Kern Program at NYU School of Law.
“Warren’s support of the Law School and its students has not only made a difference in the careers of dozens of students and NYU Law graduates, it has impacted the lives of thousands of children and their families,” Revesz said. “Often the legal world is divided into dichotomous categories. People go and work either for the for-profit sector, or do public interest. Warren has shown better than most how you can do both at a very high level.”
Posted October 12, 2011