The Feerick Center congratulates Attorney Emeritus Program volunteer Tony Szczygiel on his receipt of the New York State Bar Association Senior Section’s 2018 Jonathan Lippman Pro Bono Award. Mr. Szczygiel volunteers at the Center for Elder Law and Justice in Buffalo, New York. We applaud Mr. Szczygiel’s extraordinary dedication to serving seniors and people with disabilities and his many important contributions as an advocate, trainer, and engaged civic and bar association member.
Read an adaptation of Mr. Szczygiel’s nomination below to learn more about his commitment to pro bono service, his background, and his many contributions.
Tony Szczygiel recently retired as a professor at SUNY Buffalo School of Law, where he taught Elder and Health Law for more than 30 years. Tony also supervised the Elder Law Clinic, which he started in 1983. The clinic, now known as the Center for Elder Law and Justice (CELJ), handles Medicare and Medicaid appeals for elderly or disabled clients. He continues to volunteer weekly at CELJ with the Ombudsman and Healthcare units. In addition, Tony co-counseled a 21-year-long, complex class action case, whose outcome affected 16,000 nursing home residents. He also founded the Coalition of Medicaid Advocates and serves on the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section.
Tony shares his expertise with the New York State Bar Association and local county bar associations, where he has made over 300 presentations, as well as with other advocates and consumers. Tony serves as a board member with various not-for-profit organizations, including Canopy of Neighbors, the Community Health Center, and Neighborhood Legal Services.