Pro Bono Partnership Announces Volunteers of the Year



March 21, 2018, White Plains, NY — Pro Bono Partnership (the Partnership) will be celebrating its Volunteers of the Year at regional events hosted throughout its service area in April and May. Pro Bono Partnership is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with corporate and law firm attorneys to provide free legal services to other nonprofits in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. The Partnership’s Volunteers of the Year recipients are notable for the number of pro bono projects undertaken, their willingness to accept new projects, their enthusiasm for the Partnership’s program, and their commitment to pro bono service.

“I am thrilled to be honoring our extraordinary volunteers,” said Nancy Eberhardt, Esq., Executive PR1 032018 Director of Pro Bono Partnership. “We could not accomplish all that we do without their tireless efforts and dedication. Thanks to our volunteers, we are able to positively impact hundreds of nonprofit organizations and communities throughout the tristate area each year.”

The Partnership recruits and supports more than 1,400 volunteers annually, and works with volunteers to provide 800 nonprofit clients with more than $9.4 million in free legal services! For the nonprofit community in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, access to free legal advice means that an organization’s limited resources remain focused on their mission and enhancing their programs.

Michael Webb, one of this year’s honorees said, “I’m a lifelong resident of Long Island and I was looking for a way to give back to my community. Pro Bono Partnership connected me with New Ground, Inc., an organization working to end homelessness for veterans and their families, where my wheelhouse of legal skills and experience were needed.” Michael, a Nixon Peabody real estate attorney, continued, “We were able to acquire two properties before the end of 2017—just two days before Christmas! I’m glad I had a part in helping someone in my local community have the opportunity to live in a permanent home. I’m truly grateful for this award.”

PR2 032018Kenneth Rose, Esq., a founder of World of Smiles, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that has benefited
from Pro Bono Partnership’s free legal services stated, “the coordinated effort of Pro Bono Partnership and the highly qualified, focused and dedicated team of attorneys that supported our organizational initiative allowed us to jump-start our organization, which is currently actively providing no-cost dental services to underserved children in the Dominican Republic. Their assistance significantly advanced our organization and allowed us to accelerate our fundraising and operating activities. We are deeply appreciative of the resources Pro Bono Partnership provided.”

To learn more about the work of Pro Bono Partnership and its nonprofit client base, please attend one of our upcoming Volunteers of the Year events:

• New York/Fairfield County, CT Event: Tuesday, April 17 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at ArtsWestchester
in White Plains, NY

• New Jersey Event: Tuesday, April 24 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at University—N.O.W. Day Nursery in
Princeton, NJ

• Connecticut Event: Tuesday, May 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT

2017 Pro Bono Partnership Volunteers of the Year are:

CONNECTICUT
Michael Soltis, Esq.
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Pratt & Whitney
The Partnership would like to specially thank our Connecticut event sponsor Pratt & Whitney.

NEW JERSEY
Carol A. Gershon, Esq. of Blank Rome LLP
Laurence S. Rickles, Esq. of Teva Pharmaceuticals
Verizon’s Public Policy, Law and Security Department

NEW YORK & FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT
Charles Biener, Esq. of PepsiCo, Inc.
Glen Kutler, Esq. of IBM Corporation
Michael L. Webb, Esq. of Nixon Peabody LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
The Partnership would like to specially thank our New York/Fairfield County event sponsor Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Photo information:
All photos are from last year’s Volunteers of the Year events. A list of previous honorees and additional event photos can be found here: https://www.probonopartner.org/attorneys-volunteers/volunteerrecognition/volunteers-of-year.

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Media Contact:
Mindi Lund, Director of Marketing
mlund@probonopartner.org
914-328-0674 ext. 339