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Laurie D. Zelon Pro Bono Award

This annual award recognizes an individual or organization’s exceptional commitment to pro bono as demonstrated by exemplary engagement in pro bono legal services. PBI named the award as a tribute to the Honorable Laurie D. Zelon, retired associate justice of the California 2nd District Court of Appeal, who was one of the originators of the PBI Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® initiative. Justice Zelon served as chair and was a longtime member of the California Access to Justice Commission. She has been active with several statewide judicial committees addressing justice administration issues.

2022
David Stern
Executive Director | Equal Justice Works

2021
Discover Financial Services Legal Organization
and
Wanji Walcott
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and General Counsel

2020
American International Group, Inc. (AIG)
and
Lucy Fato
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Global Head of Communications and Government Affairs

2019
Freddie Mac’s Legal Division
and
Ricardo A. Anzaldúa
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

2018
Gregory B. Jordan
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer
and
The Legal Department of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

2017
The Legal Department of Exelon Corporation

2016
John Schultz and the Office of the General Counsel of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

2015
William J. Casazza and the Law & Regulatory Affairs Department of Aetna Inc.

2014
Brad Smith and the Department of Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Corporation

2013
Bruce Kuhlik and the legal department of Merck & Co., Inc.

2012
Jane Sherburne and the legal department of BNY Mellon

2011
Intel Corporation

2010
Brackett B. Denniston III
Senior Vice President and General Counsel | General Electric Company

2009
Robert C. Sheehan
Executive Partner | Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

2008
Legal Department of Bank of America Corporation
and
Timothy J. Mayopoulos
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

2007
Legal Department of CitiGroup
and
Michael Helfer
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

2006
Jeffrey B. Kindler
Vice Chairman, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer | Pfizer Inc.

2005
Marc Gary
Executive Vice President and General Counsel | BellSouth Corporation

2004
Judith C. Areen
Dean | Georgetown University Law Center

2003
Kenneth C. Frazier
Senior Vice President and General Counsel | Merck & Co., Inc.

2002
Scott Atlas
Partner | Vinson & Elkins LLP

Chesterfield Smith
Chair Emeritus | Holland & Knight LLP

Bill McBride
Former Managing Partner | Holland & Knight LLP

2001
John H. Pickering
Senior Partner | Wilmer Cutler & Pickering

2000
Laurie D. Zelon
Morrison & Foerster LLP