The Everson Museum of Art and Hiscock Legal Aid Society have named Cazenovia residents, the Honorable Stewart F. Hancock, Jr. and his wife, Ruth Hancock, as honorary chairpersons for VOICES, a fundraiser to be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse.
The Everson Museum of Art and the Hiscock Legal Aid Society are both causes very close to the hearts of the Hancocks.
“I was lucky to have grown up in the days of the old Everson Museum,” said Ruth Hancock. “Those facilities and programs inspired an appreciation in my generation of the importance of art in many aspects of our lives. And so the Everson continues to inspire the voices of my children and my grandchildren. I want to make sure the Everson is here to encourage the voices of the next generation.”
In addition to the art, photography and sculptures on display at the Everson during the night of VOICES, a variety of local musical groups will be on hand to celebrate the act of finding one’s voice, whether through art or legal advocacy.
Although Judge Hancock retired from the bench 18 years ago, at 88 years old, he is still extremely active in the legal community. The only difference is that now he volunteers his time and expertise as an appeals attorney and board member for the Hiscock Legal Aid Society to help those who can’t afford legal assistance to find their voice in a court of law.
“The Appeals Division is overloaded,” Judge Hancock said. “Since I have the background, expertise and ability to help, I’m going to keep doing so as long as I can.”
After leaving Hancock and Estabrook, LLP early in his career and later returning as counsel, Hancock served as a New York State Supreme Court Justice and was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Mario Cuomo in 1986.