Legal Services of the Hudson Valley Announces

4th Annual Dutchess Partners in Justice Reception Honorees


POUGHKEEPSIE, NY, August 21, 2017: Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) will hold its 4th Annual Dutchess Partners in Justice Reception on Thursday, September 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY. Over 200 people are expected to attend the event which will honor David L. Posner, Esq., and his firm, McCabe & Mack LLP, as “Champion of Justice” and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation as “Advocate for Justice.”  A networking reception catered by The Chocolate Mousse will be followed by brief remarks about the organization’s programs and services by LSHV staff and Board Members, a client speaker and the honorees themselves.  In total, almost 40 community leaders have lent their support to LSHV and this event by serving on the Honorary Event Committee.

Celebrating its 50th year, LSHV is the only provider in the Hudson Valley of free, comprehensive, legal services in civil matters (noncriminal) for individuals and families who cannot afford an attorney when their basic human needs are at stake. This includes urgent legal needs such as: domestic violence (orders of protection, child custody, etc.), housing emergencies (eviction and foreclosure prevention), healthcare, children’s law and advocacy, disability and benefits, elder law, consumer fraud and more. In 2016, LSHV handled more than 15,000 cases impacting over 36,000 household members.

LSHV’s CEO, Barbara Finkelstein explained why this awareness-raising event deserves support, saying “As the only provider of free in the area, comprehensive, civil legal services for individuals and families who cannot afford an attorney when their basic human needs are at stake, we know that the people we help are our neighbors, our daughters and sons… they are just like us, but after one major illness, job loss, or tragedy, the dominoes start to fall, and they end up in a desperate situation and in need of a helping hand.” Oftentimes, people need an attorney to protect their rights and assure fairness in the justice system.  That’s where LSHV’s almost 90 attorneys across seven counties make a difference.

This year’s Dutchess Partners in Justice will honor David L. Posner, Esq., and his firm, McCabe & Mack LLP.  McCabe & Mack LLP traces its roots back nearly 120 years to the pioneering law practice of John E. Mack. The firm has provided continuous counsel and representation ever since, serving Dutchess County, the Hudson Valley region and clients throughout New York. McCabe & Mack LLP has grown and evolved into a full-service firm that can readily address the needs of individuals, businesses and institutional clients. Its areas of practice are diverse and comprehensive, including estate planning, education law and criminal defense; business counsel and litigation; insurance defense; banking and lending; and real estate and development, among many more.

David L. Posner, Esq., Partner, received his B.A. degree summa cum laude from Union College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D., cum laude, at New York University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been named as a New York Super Lawyer – Upstate, 2007 through 2016, and his areas of practice are Civil Rights/Police Liability, Employment Discrimination, Litigation/Insurance Defense, and Personal Injury-Plaintiff. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie. He and his wife Joan, Dutchess County Family Court Judge, reside in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

Posner and his firm, McCabe & Mack LLP are being honored as Champion of Justice in recognition of long-standing leadership support of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, as well as business and philanthropic achievements throughout the Hudson Valley and New York.

Regarding being honored, Posner said, “I began my legal career as a legal services attorney and am very proud to have served on the Board of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley for the last decade and that McCabe and Mack has been very active in its pro bono program. Legal Services of the Hudson Valley has done and will continue to play a leadership role in the provision of high quality legal services to those without the means to pay for it, ensuring that the justice system is open and available to all. Congratulations to all its dedicated employees for their hard work and thank you to the community, local foundations and government for continuing to support its mission.”

 In addition, the event will honor, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving approximately 300,000 electric and about 79,000 natural gas customers in eight counties of New York State’s Mid-Hudson River Valley in a 2,600 square-mile service territory extending from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City north to the capital district at Albany.

The company is being recognized as Advocate for Justice for its outstanding corporate citizenship, ongoing philanthropic partnership with Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and commitment to all of its customers. Regarding being honored, Denise Doring VanBuren, Central Hudson’s Vice President of Public Relations, said “Central Hudson is truly honored to be selected for this recognition because we share the same mission of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley — to assist and advocate on behalf of our most-deserving neighbors. Legal Services’ determination to improve the lives of our customers who are facing all sorts of difficulties mirrors our own efforts to provide a helping hand and a compassionate response to those who need help the most.”


This year’s Dutchess Partners in Justice sponsors include: Gold – Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation; Silver – McCabe & Mack LLP; Bronze –Cuddy & Feder LLP; Chuck and Mark Rollins of the Rollins Agency; Giving Tree – Jackson Lewis, P.C., an anonymous law firm, and two anonymous individuals.  Additionally, Poughkeepsie Journal Media is this year’s Media Sponsor and Adams Fairacre Farms has contributed significant in-kind support.


For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, call LSHV’s Director of Development, Mid-Hudson Valley, Loretta Spence at (845) 471-0058, ext. 423, e-mail, or visit LSHV’s website at