October 15, 2015
Weil has received the Pro Bono Partnership Champion Award in recognition of the Firm’s service to the community and outstanding commitment to pro bono. The award was presented October 14 at the 2015 Pro Bono Partnership Gala in New York. Weil Executive Partner Barry Wolf, who also served as Dinner Chair, accepted the award on the Firm’s behalf. Cynthia McFadden, senior legal and investigative correspondent for NBC News, hosted the evening’s event and David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, was also honored.
The Pro Bono Partnership provides free business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The Partnership provides nearly all of its services without charge and uses the proceeds of the Gala, which to date has raised $1.6 million, to support its programs.
Working alongside Pro Bono Partnership, Weil has helped to dramatically improve nonprofit program outcomes in the tri-state area. Since 2008, nearly 40 Weil attorneys have volunteered on dozens of matters for the Partnership, helping to launch and grow organizations doing vital work in their communities. Weil attorneys have represented the following Partnership clients: Central Area Health Education Center, Clay Art Center, Community Capital New York, Inc., Credit Builders Alliance, Haitian American Cultural & Social Organization, Head Start of Rockland, Horizons, Inc., Lymphatic Education and Research Network (LE&RN), Operation Beachhead, Performer’s Workshop, The Ashokan Center, The Sharing Community, Inc, Unite For Sight, Volunteer Center Serving Western Connecticut, Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence and the Westchester Shore Humane Society.
Weil’s commitment to pro bono is deeply ingrained in our culture. The Firm implemented a ground-breaking pro bono policy 10 years ago that includes the goal that every lawyer perform 50 hours of pro bono work each year, and we are approaching 1 million pro bono hours since commencing our program. Last year, the Firm’s lawyers performed more than 60,000 hours of pro bono work, delving into human rights, economic development, corporate governance, political asylum and environmental protection.