Susan Griffith Receives Vera House’s Highest Recognition
On Thursday, June 6th Vera House presented Susan Griffith, Interim Supervising Attorney of the Hiscock Legal Aid Society Civil Program, with the 2013 Sister Mary Vera Recognition Award at their Annual Recognition and Celebration Luncheon.
This honor is bestowed upon an individual who has performed work in a manner consistent with the humility, gentleness and humanitarian spirit reflected by Sister Mary Vera, who spearheaded the 1977 opening of Vera House. It recognizes an individual who enriches the lives of all people and who has made a significant contribution to those affected by domestic violence.
Griffith was hired by Hiscock Legal Aid 20 years ago to fill a newly created position as the first Supervising Attorney in the Civil Unit.She provides on-going representation of individuals as well as training and support for staff and the community.
Her dedication to social issues and the needs of the oppressed has led to her tenure on the Board of the local NYCLU as well as serving as a trainer for the Onondaga County Bar Association – Pro Se Divorce Clinic.
“Susan is always gracious and available to Vera House advocates as she nurtures our professional and personal understanding of the function and limitations of the Family Court system,” stated Vera House. “She is a ‘first responder’ when we are confounded by a legal quandary and provides specialized training to Vera House staff and volunteers to expand our knowledge and skills.”
Upon receiving the award, Susan expressed nothing but humble gratitude: “I am so honored to be here, but I am one small part of a community that includes every one of you. Please take the time to honor all the good that you do, and continue to fight the good fight.”
The fight to promote justice for all is an ongoing battle, but is made easier thanks to the dedication and efforts of Griffith.