ABA Pro Bono Publico Award

Past Recipients

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2018

Patrick Arenz, Robins Kaplan LLP – Minneapolis, MN

Ballard Spahr - Philadelphia, PA

Deborah Coleman, Coleman Law LLC – Cleveland, OH

Cooley – Palo Alto, CA

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP – New York, NY

2017

The Justice Index Team

Erin J. Law, Morgan Stanley Legal and Compliance Division - New York, NY

Orrick

Debra Marie Pistorino Parrish, Parrish Law Firm - Pittsburgh, PA

William A. Waddell, Jr., Friday, Elredge & Clark - Little Rock, AR

2016 

Cleary Gottlieb

John O. Goss, Goss and Fentress - Norfolk, VA

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP - Chicago, IL (and other U.S. and international offices)

Renee M. Schoenberg, DLA Piper - Chicago IL

Hillary Gaston Walsh, The Law Office of Hillary Gaston Walsh - South Korea

2015 

Baylor University School of Law

Daniel L. Brown

Jones Day

Leslie S. Silverstein

United Airlines Legal Department

2014 

Dechert LLP 

Judge Edward M. Ginsburg (Retired), Senior Partners for Justice -  Newton, MA

Alan Howard, Crowell & Moring - New York, NY

Kermit F. Lowery, LexisNexis - Miamisburg, OH

Norton Rose Fulbright

2013 

Bruce B. Blackwell

Exelon

Patricia Lee

Leonard, Street and Deinard

Jeffrey Trachtman

2012 

Neal E. Minahan

Amy Lorenz-Moser

Howard Goffen

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Fourth Department

2011

Elena Park, Cozen O'Connor - West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

Henry Callaway, III, Hand Arendall LLC - Mobile, Alabama

The Honorable Jay Zainey

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Kathleen Hopkins, Real Property Law Group PLLC - Seattle, Washington

2010  

Lan T. Nguyen, Shortt & Nguyen - Houston, TX

David Reiser, Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP - Washington DC

Sylvia Hardaway Walbolt, Carlton Fields - Tampa, FL

Bryan Cave, LLP - St. Louis, MO

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo - Boston, MA

2009 

Gordon P. Erspamer - San Francisco, CA

Federal Government Pro Bono Program - Washington, DC

Holocaust Survivors Justice Network

Hope Olsson - Rochester, NY

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - New York, NY

2008 

Craig Cannon

Fordham University School of Law (Public Interest Resource Center)

Sarah Michael Singleton

David A. Kutik

DLA Piper

2007

Robert E. Borton

Derfner, Altman & Wilborn

Stephen H. Oleskey

Sidley Austin LLP

Patricia Yoedicke - ANN LIECHTY AWARD

2006

Debra Brown Steinberg

Ward Coe

Richard Zitrin

Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP

Winston & Strawn - ANN LIECHTY AWARD

2005 

J. Philip Burt

Deborah Ebel

Lawrence J. Fox

Elizabeth McCallum

Jeffrey A. Simes

2004 

Roy E. Barnes, Atlanta, GA

Stephen Cullen, Towson, MD

Kenneth Feinberg

Toby H. Hollander, Portland, Maine

Warren Sinsheimer, New York, NY

Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington, D.C.

2003 

Kimball Anderson, Winston & Strawn - Chicago, IL

Mary Pat Toups - Laguna Woods, CA

Jacqueline M. Valdespino, Valdespino & Associates - Coconut Grove, FL

Jeffery B. Kindler, General Counsel, Pfizer Inc., Legal Division -  New York, NY

Latham & Watkins

2002 

Michael Miller - New York, NY

Luis A. Ochoa, DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy - Tucson, AZ

Morrison & Foerster, LLP - San Francisco, CA

Ohio Attorney General Pro Bono Program - Columbus, OH

Rebecca Rundgren, Shughart Thomson & Kilroy P.C. - Denver, CO

2001 

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP  - Columbus, OH

Honorable Merrill Hartman - Dallas, TX

Elizabeth Barry Johnson - Birmingham, AL

Neil V. McKittrick - Boston, MA

Marcos & Negron, LLP - New York, NY

2000 

Anil K. Mehta - Buena Park, California

Charles Patterson - Los Angeles, California

Exxon Company, USA Law Department (now ExxonMobile Corporation) - Houston, Texas

Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe - San Francisco, California

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Public Service Program -  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1999 

Christina Rainville, Peter Greenberg - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hunton and Williams - Richmond, Virginia

Jenkins & Mulligan - San Francisco, California

Merck & Co., Inc. - Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

William S. Harwood - Portland, Maine

1998

Legal Division of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) - McLean, Virginia

Norlen Drossel - Berkeley, California

V. Ann Liechty - Billings, Montana

Vance Salter - Miami, Florida

Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering - Washington, D.C.

1997

John Chen, Chicago, Illinois

Allan Gropper, New York, New York

Holland & Knight, Tallahassee, Florida

Ann Q. Niederlander, St. Louis, Missouri

Shea & Gardner, Washington, D.C.

1996 

B. Riney Green, Nashville, Tennessee

The Office of the Broward County (FL), Attorney Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Lise M. Iwon, Wakefield, Rhode Island

Munger, Tolles & Olson, Los Angeles & San Francisco, California

Rolando Cruz Defense Team (Thomas Breen, Matthew Kennelly, Nan Nolan and Professor Lawrence Marshall), Chicago, Illinois

1995 

Warren E. George, San Francisco, California

Amy J. Greer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

David Schoen, Montgomery, Alabama

Honorable William VanNortwick, Jr., Jacksonville, Florida

Jenner & Block, Chicago, Illinois

1994 

Alston, Rutherford, Tardy & Van Slyke, Jackson, Mississippi

Andre Dennis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Douglas Robinson, Washington, DC

Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Tampa, Florida

Steel Hector & Davis, Miami, Florida

1993 

Russell Austin, Sacramento, California

Covington and Burling, Washington, DC

Oliver Hill, Richmond, Virginia

Edward Kelaher, Surfside Beach, South Carolina

Victor Marerro, New York, New York

1992 

Suzanne E. Turner, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Douglas Young, San Francisco, California

Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, Columbia, South Carolina

Joseph S. Genova, New York, New York

Robert E. Juceam, New York, New York

1991 

Manlin M. Chee, Greensboro, North Carolina

Edmond M. Connor, Irvine, California

Amitai Schwartz, Berkeley, California

Arvin S. Miller, III, Dayton, Ohio

Hogan & Hartson, Washington, DC

1990 

Frank X. Gordon, Jr., Phoenix, Arizona

Judge James Keith (Ret.), Fairfax, Virginia

John W. Martin, Jr., Dearbon, Michigan

Helen R. Stone, Boulder, Colorado

1989 

Benjamin L. Cardin, Baltimore, Maryland

Carl (Tobey) Oxholm, III, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Joseph T. Pemberton, Bellingham, Washington

Goulston & Storrs, Boston, Massachusetts

1988

Arthur J. England, Jr., Miami, Florida

Penny L. Parker, Dallas, Texas

Seth Waxman, Washington, DC

Allen H. Wernick, New York, New York

1987 

James J. Brosnahan, San Francisco, California

Eldon E. Fallon, New Orleans, Louisiana

Stephen O. Kinnard, Atlanta, Georgia

Vincent P. McCarthy, Boston, Massachusetts

1986 

Scott J. Atlas, Houston, Texas

Robert L. Harris, San Francisco, California

Dale Reesman, Boonville, Missouri

Nevett Steele, Jr., Towson, Maryland

1985 

John G. Brooks, Boston, Massachusetts

Hon. Howard H. Dana, Portland, Maine

John D. Elliott, Columbia, South Carolina

Robert L. Hill, Hartford, Connecticut

1984 

Herbert L. Ely, Phoenix, Arizona

Russell E. Carlisle, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

James L. Baillie, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Robinson, Bradshaw and Hinson, Charlotte, North Carolina