The Winter Benefit is the premier social event of the New Leadership Program, a dynamic group of accomplished young professionals from across the city who support The Legal Aid Society and our mission through advocacy, volunteer work, and fundraising. 

The 2019 benefit welcomed over 130 young professionals, Legal Aid Society staff and leadership to The Flatiron Room where guests were treated to the musical stylings of Ms. Anna Volpe and Grammy Nominee Tracy Bonham.

Proceeds from the event support the Society’s Civil Practice and its critical work providing free legal services and tools to more than 135,000 vulnerable children and adults annually struggling to break free from poverty.

Check out Highlights from this year’s event!

Thank you to our sponsors!

Bar Sponsors

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP · KLM Equities · Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

Entertainment Sponsors

Mastercard · Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP 


Citizens Bank · Cooley LLP · Mayer Brown LLP · Morgan Stanley · Rower LLC

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Tracy Bonham will make her return to the Winter Benefit after a smashing performance!

Grammy™ nominee Tracy Bonham celebrated yet another banner year. Her new album, Modern Burdens, made Rolling Stone’s Top 50 albums of 2017, which they describe as “a lovingly penned postcard to Bonham’s past self, and a fascinating look at where she’s at right now.”

Where she’s at—and the current wave of commercial and critical success she’s enjoying—is remarkable and rare for any artist. But for Tracy Bonham, it’s no surprise: she’s an artist who has never ceased growing and has never stopped challenging herself, her own talents, or her audience.

Bonham’s debut, The Burdens of Being Upright, achieved Gold Record status in 1996, spawning the chart-topping hit “Mother Mother.” A pair of Grammy™ nominations followed, along with an MTV Video Award nomination for the single, which has remained a powerful anthem for the disenfranchised and isolated.

Anna Volpe is a NYC native, singer-songwriter that gravitates towards storytelling. She fills her folk-pop songs with eloquent lyrics, power-filled vocals, and atmospheric melodies. Although Anna is a new artist who released her debut single less than a year ago in August 2017, she is no stranger to performing.


For the last 5 years, Anna has continuously lent her classically-trained vocal talents to various bands and solo artists on the stage and in the studio. She has performed on several notable stages throughout the East and Midwest coasts including Rockwood Music Hall, The High Watt, and Vaudeville Mews, and has been apart of festivals like Nashville Pride Festival and Brooklyn Country Music Festival. In addition, Anna has shared the stage with artists, En Vogue, Mya, Bonnie McKee, DEV, Daya, and Daphne Willis.


Anna recently wrapped up her debut EP album this summer and has plans to release it early this year.