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2021 Annual Gala

Year-round, Pro Bono Partnership hosts and participates in events honoring our volunteers, our nonprofit clients, our supporters, and our communities.

Pro Bono Partnership celebrated its 24th Anniversary with a Virtual Gala on October 6, 2021. Many thanks to Ari Melber for expert hosting again this year. We were delighted to honor Bruce C. Bennett, Partner at Covington & Burling LLP and the UnitedHealth Group Law Department with 2021 Pro Bono Champion Awards!

We were also pleased to have the support of Gala Chairs Thad Johnson, Chief Legal Officer, UnitedHealthcare, and Jonathan Mothner, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Synchrony Financial and Pro Bono Partnership Board Chairman to help ensure the event’s success and further the Partnership’s mission.

We also celebrated our Volunteers of the Year and recognized our first Pandemic Response Award recipients.

Click here to watch highlights from the 2021 Virtual Gala!

Interested in learning more about our galas and sponsorship opportunities? Contact Heidi Siesfeld, Director of Development, at 914-318-0674 ext. 326.

See photos and highlights from the 2018 21st Anniversary Gala, the 2017 20th Anniversary Gala, as well as previous galas here.

The Pro Bono Partnership Gala is an annual fundraising event that celebrates volunteers and trailblazers in the legal industry who personify the Partnership’s mission of providing free legal services to nonprofit organizations in the tristate area.

Celebrating its first Gala held virtually, Pro Bono Partnership honored the 2020 Pro Bono Champions:

  • Martin Lipton, Founding Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Bristol Myers Squibb Law Department

Click here to watch our 2020 Virtual Gala!

Interested in learning more about our galas and sponsorship opportunities? Contact Heidi Siesfeld, Director of Development, at 914-318-0674 ext. 326.

See photos and highlights from the 2018 21st Anniversary Gala, the 2017 20th Anniversary Gala, as well as previous galas here.

Pro Bono Partnership’s 2019 Gala marked the organization’s 22nd anniversary of providing free legal services to nonprofits in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.

We were pleased to honor the Mastercard Law, Franchise & Integrity department and
Samir A. Gandhi, Managing Partner New York office, Sidley Austin LLP as Pro Bono Champions at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

Watch what Tim Murphy, Mastercard General Counsel, and others on his team had to say about transactional pro bono work for nonprofits and the essential role the Partnership has in making it possible in this video.

Samir Gandhi discusses the importance of pro bono work and the value the Partnership brings to firms like Sidley in this video.

Interested in learning more about our Galas? See photos and highlights from the 2018 21st Anniversary Gala, the 2017 20th Anniversary Gala, as well as previous Galas here.

Pro Bono Partnership’s 2019 Gala marked the organization’s 22nd anniversary of providing free legal services to nonprofits in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.

We were pleased to honor the Mastercard Law, Franchise & Integrity department and
Samir A. Gandhi, Managing Partner New York office, Sidley Austin LLP as Pro Bono Champions at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

Watch what Tim Murphy, Mastercard General Counsel, and others on his team had to say about transactional pro bono work for nonprofits and the essential role the Partnership has in making it possible in this video.

Samir Gandhi discusses the importance of pro bono work and the value the Partnership brings to firms like Sidley in this video.

Interested in learning more about our Galas? See photos and highlights from the 2018 21st Anniversary Gala, the 2017 20th Anniversary Gala, as well as previous Galas here.

2017 Annual Gala

CELEBRATING PRO BONO PARTNERSHIP’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Pro Bono Partnership proudly celebrated at its 20th Anniversary Gala on October 12, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street. We were thrilled to honor Jami Wintz McKeon, Chair of the Firm, Morgan Lewis, and Merck & Co., Inc. with 2017 Champion Awards. Both are stalwart supporters of the Partnership, providing expert lawyers to advise our nonprofit clients for many years.

Dinner Chairs for the event included Ashley Watson, Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Merck & Co., Inc. and David G. Leitch, Global General Counsel, Bank of America. We are thankful for their enthusiastic support of the Partnership’s mission!

Additionally, 20th Anniversary Awards were presented to the Partnership’s Founders: General Electric Company, Richard Hobish, and ACC Westchester/ Southern Connecticut. The inaugural Lifetime Pro Bono Award was presented to Hon. Jonathan Lippman (Ret.), Of Counsel, Latham & Watkins, LLP. We were also privileged to have NBC News’ dynamic and insightful Senior Investigative and Legal Correspondent, Cynthia McFadden, as our host.

Videos highlighting Pro Bono Partnership nonprofit clients and 2017 honorees can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

Pro Bono Partnership History

Judge Lippman Tribute

Jami Wintz McKeon/Morgan Lewis & New Haven Land Trust/Schooner

Merck & Co., Inc. & Hands In 4 Youth

2016 ANNUAL GALA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18

The Pro Bono Partnership 2016 Gala celebrated the culture of pro bono and with its Champion Award honored distinguished leaders from corporations and law firms who demonstrate a deep commitment and strong passion for pro bono legal services.

In 2016, the Partnership honored Steven M. Edwards, of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, the law firm of Hogan Lovells US LLP, and the corporations of Pfizer Inc., Prudential Financial, Inc., and United Technologies Corporation. Our five honorees (pictured below) have each provided outstanding services to the community through their steadfast commitment to pro bono.

We also held our very first Text-to-Donate campaign, in which we raised more than $20,000 to support the provision of free legal services in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

2015 ANNUAL GALA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14

In 2015, the Partnership honored David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation and the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP with the Champion Award in recognition of their service to the community and outstanding commitment to pro bono.

Cynthia McFadden, the senior legal and investigative correspondent for NBC News, hosted the event. David L. Caplan, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, and Barry M. Wolf, Executive Partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, served as Dinner Chairs.

In 2022, Pro Bono Partnership celebrated 25 years of empowering nonprofits and strengthening communities by honoring our longtime volunteers, nonprofit clients, and supporters, and highlighting the impact we have made along the way.

Pro Bono Partnership celebrated its 25th Anniversary, in person for the first time since 2019, on September 22, 2022.Many thanks to Ari Melber for expert hosting again this year!

For this milestone anniversary, we were thrilled to honor two longtime supporters and program participants, IBM Corporation and Skadden as the 25th Anniversary Pro Bono Champions! These honorees embody what it means to be a Pro Bono Champion. Their contributions to the Partnership, the legal community, and to society as a whole, are exceptional and far reaching.

We also celebrated our 25th Anniversary Volunteers of the Year, who have each demonstrated their commitment to the Partnership and to our local nonprofits and communities with their inspirational and invaluable service.

Interested in learning more about our galas and sponsorship opportunities? Contact Heidi Siesfeld at 914-328-0674 ext. 326.