The Honorable Stewart F. Hancock, Jr. and his wife, Ruth Hancock, were recently named 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.
Hancock represents numerous clients every year at the appeals level, most of whom could not otherwise afford an attorney. “Our legal system requires that defendants have proper representation or the system doesn’t work,” he said. “It’s a tremendously important service, and particularly so during a period of economic downturn when the need is even greater.”
Supporting those unable to afford legal representation not only helps the clients but also provides intrinsic value for Hancock—one of the main reasons why he continues to lend a helping hand.
Ruth Hancock appreciates the manner in which the Hiscock Legal Aid Society helps women to overcome challenges and to succeed in becoming self-sufficient. “As I watch women in this community take on more and more responsibility for themselves and for their community, I know Hiscock Legal Aid Society is playing a big role in extending this empowerment to all women. It is important that Hiscock continues to help these voices to be heard,” she said
Hancock has spent three to five years working on appeals cases and writing appellate briefs for Hiscock Legal Aid — all as a volunteer. His level of Appeals Court experience, Horn said, is rare and therefore a fantastic resource. Hancock has also served as Chair of the organization’s Resource Development Committee.
Hancock joked about the Court of Appeals rule known amongst judges as “the rule of statutory senility” that requires judges to retire at age 70, but allows lawyers to continue practicing. Nearly two decades since his retirement, Hancock remains busy and is in the process of taking a case to the Court of Appeals.
“Hiscock Legal Aid Society is a great organization and extremely well run,” Hancock said. “I’m happy to use my talents for a good purpose.”
Judge Hancock’s father, Stewart Hancock Sr., was a founding member of the Society.
VOICES offers an opportunity for guests to support two organizations that encourage and promote expression.
Admission is $125 per person. Reservations are required. For more information please call 474-6064 or visit everson.org.