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2019 Annual Dinner – Changing Lives Through Pro Bono

Together We Are Changing Lives Through Pro Bono.

Thank You!

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What an incredible night! Pro Bono Institute hosted its 2019 Annual Dinner, themed “Changing Lives Through Pro Bono,” on October 10 at Gotham Hall in New York. Dinner Co-Chairs Matthew W. Cooper, General Counsel, Capital One Financial Corporation**, and Amy E. Weaver, President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, General Counsel, Salesforce**, welcomed 300 pro bono leaders to celebrate and recognize the tremendous pro bono efforts and accomplishments of law firms, legal departments, and public interest partners.

Dinner Co-Chair Amy Weaver introduced the John H. Pickering Award presentation. Kimberly Parker, Partner, WilmerHale*, presented the Pickering Award to Goodwin Procter* for demonstrating Mr. Pickering’s core values: a meaningful, organization-wide commitment to pro bono from the most senior lawyers and associates alike. David Hashmall, Partner and Chairman Emeritus, accepted the award and introduced Gary Mendell, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Shatterproof, a pro bono client of the firm, to share the impact of the firm’s pro bono efforts.

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation that addiction causes families. Mendell shared his powerful personal story and how Shatterproof has benefited from Goodwin’s pro bono services. Mendell founded Shatterproof after he lost his son Brian to addiction in 2011, because he wanted to spare other families the tragedy he had suffered. “Goodwin has been there for me every step along the way, for all the pro bono legal services needed to operate a nonprofit… We have created many partnerships along the way that have required me calling someone at Goodwin at 11 o’clock at night saying I need an agreement by the next day.” Mendell received a standing ovation following his poignant remarks.

After a scrumptious meal, Dinner Co-Chair Matt Cooper introduced the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Awards. Michael O’Connor, General Counsel, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company**, presented the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award: Smaller Law to Sandra Lee Fenske, General Counsel, Sikorksy, a Lockheed Martin Company, who accepted on behalf of Sikorsky in partnership with the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center and Teamsters Local 1150 for their longstanding service in support of the critical legal needs of veterans.

O’Connor also presented the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award: Large Law to Randall Ebner, Vice President & General Counsel, Exxon Mobil Corporation, who accepted on behalf of ExxonMobil in partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, for their strategic collaboration breaking down barriers to legal services for immigrants in Texas.

PBI’s 2019 Annual Dinner was an inspiring reminder of the power pro bono has to positively change lives. The work done by the pro bono and access to justice champions at the Dinner and around the world serves a critical role helping those in need and making a meaningful, lasting impact on their lives.

We hope you are as inspired and energized as we are!  Let’s keep the positive momentum going into the new year. And mark your calendar for PBI’s 2020 Annual Conference on Tuesday – Thursday, March 17 – 19, at the Gaylord National Resort at D.C.’s National Harbor.

* Denotes Charter Signatories to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®
**Indicates CPBO Challenge® Charter Signatory
†Indicates CPBO Challenge 100 Signatory

Annual Dinner Co-Chairs

Matthew W. Cooper
General Counsel
Amy E. Weaver
President, Legal & Corporate Affairs,
General Counsel 

Benefit Committee

Robert A. Angle
Troutman Sanders
Brian P. Moran
Paul Hastings
Helen V. Cantwell
Debevoise & Plimpton
Michael J. O’Connor
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
Lisa Dewey
DLA Piper
Stephen D. Otero
Capital One Financial Corporation
Randall Ebner
Regina M. Pisa
Goodwin Procter
Michael Fleming
Merck & Co., Inc.
Marc A. Rollo
Archer & Greiner
Michael D. Fricklas
Advance Publications, Inc.
Faiza J. Saeed
Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Kenneth A. Gallo
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Anjan Sahni
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr
Bruce Goldner
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
John F. Schultz
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
Richard R. Hays
Alston & Bird
Craig Silliman
Verizon Communications Inc.
Caroline J. Heller
Greenberg Traurig
Dev Stahlkopf
Microsoft Corporation
Atif Khawaja
Kirkland & Ellis
Neil A. Sternthal
Thomson Reuters Corporation
Kimberly C. MacLeod
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Joel Unruch
James R. McGuire
Morrison & Foerster
J. Tracy Walker IV
Timothy W. Millett
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Elizabeth C. Wood
Capital One Financial Corporation
Matthew J. Moore
Latham & Watkins

A celebration of stellar pro bono efforts!

2019 John H. Pickering Award


2019 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award

Large Law Department

in partnership with
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Small Law Department

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company
in partnership with
Connecticut Veterans Legal Center and Teamsters Local 1150

Special Thanks to PBI’s 2019 Annual Dinner Sponsors





Advance Publications, Inc.
Alston & Bird
American International Group, Inc.
Archer & Greiner
DLA Piper
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
Microsoft Corporation
Paul Hastings
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr


American Express Company
Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
Comcast NBCUniversal
General Electric Company
The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Holland & Knight
Intel Corporation
Latham & Watkins
Mayer Brown
Murphy & McGonigle
O’Melveny & Myers
PepsiCo, Inc.
Shearman & Sterling
United Airlines


AT&T Inc.
Bank of America Corporation
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
The Clorox Company
Deere & Company
Elliott Greenleaf
Entergy Corporation
Faegre Baker Daniels
Fenwick & West
Foley & Lardner
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Legal Executive Leadership, LLC
McDermott Will & Emery
Procter & Gamble Legal
The Prudential Insurance Company of America
Quarles & Brady
Eve Runyon
State Farm
Viacom Inc.
Visa Inc.
Walmart Inc.