September 19, 2012
Weil, Gotshal & Manges attorneys Jacqueline Marcus, Jessica Liou, Debora Hoehne, and Arielle Gordon are among the recipients of the Sanctuary for Families Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy for their “stellar advocacy in a heavily contested custody/visitation case and for their persuasive written advocacy in two well-written appellate briefs.” The awards will be given at the Sanctuary Pro Bono Council’s 10th Annual “Above & Beyond” Benefit on October 29, 2012 in New York City.
In late 2010, Weil partner Jacqueline Marcus was approached for assistance on a heavily contested custody/visitation matter in New York County Family Court. Within days, Jacqueline assembled a team of associates, led by Debora Hoehne and Jessica Liou, who zealously dove into this heavily litigated case. Over the course of a year, the Weil team spent countless hours devoted to drafting motions, preparing witnesses, litigating at trial, and drafting two appellate briefs. Ultimately, the team prevailed in upholding on appeal the trial court’s issuance of a five-year order of protection that included the subject child. The team continues to litigate visitation and custody matters.
Sanctuary for Families is one of the largest non-profit agencies in the US dedicated exclusively to serving domestic violence victims and their children. In 1989 it established the Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services, which is now the largest legal center in the country exclusively dedicated to meeting the legal needs of domestic violence survivors and provides free legal services to thousands of clients each year. The Sanctuary Pro Bono Council, a group of professionals who support the work of Sanctuary and Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services, hosts the annual “Above & Beyond” Benefit to recognize the work of pro bono attorneys who go “above & beyond” in assisting survivors of domestic violence.
Ms. Marcus is a partner and Ms. Liou and Ms. Hoehne are associates in Weil’s Business Finance & Restructuring Department, and Ms. Gordon is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. All are based in New York. Weil has a long-standing commitment to providing pro bono service to the communities in which it resides and was ranked among the top 20 US law firms in The American Lawyer’s 2012 Pro Bono Survey. The firm maintains the goal that all of its lawyers perform 50 hours of pro bono work each year and, toward that end, every partner is expected to work on a pro bono matter every year, and every new attorney – including lateral partners – is required to take on a pro bono matter within his or her first two years at the firm.