The Legal Aid Society honored Sara E. Moss, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Estée Lauder Companies, with the Servant of Justice Award at its 40th Annual Awards Dinner held May 11 at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan. Sara, along with Marc Wolinsky, Litigation Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, are both leading advocates for the provision of civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers, and received the honor for their support of The Legal Aid Society and its clients, and for their outstanding dedication to the quest for equal justice.
Sara’s passion for the law, higher education and community engagement reaches far beyond her position at Estée Lauder. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of The Legal Aid Society and serves on other distinguished boards, including New York University Law School, the New York Common Pantry, the M·A·C AIDS Fund and The Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation. She has testified about the urgent need for civil legal services for New York’s poor before the Chief Judge’s Commission on Legal Services.
Sara has been with Estée Lauder in roles of increasing responsibility for more than 13 years. She began her career as a clerk for the Honorable Constance Baker Motley, U.S. District Judge in the Southern District of New York and then became a litigator at Davis Polk & Wardwell. She went on to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District where she prosecuted a wide range of federal cases. Moving back to the private sector, Sara was a senior litigation partner at Howard, Smith & Levin (now Covington & Burling) and then Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Pitney Bowes Inc.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Society’s Civil Practice, which represents approximately 128,000 vulnerable New Yorkers including senior citizens, children and adults with disabilities, survivors of domestic violence, immigrants, low-wage workers, persons living with HIV/AIDS, and homeless and imminently homeless children and adults.