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2017 Annual Dinner – Celebrate Pro Bono on September 28th!

Pro Bono Institute (PBI) hosted its 2017 Annual Dinner, themed “Strengthening Access to Justice,” on September 28 at Gotham Hall in New York City. Special thanks to our co-chairs Laureen E. Seeger, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, American Express Company; Tony West, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, PepsiCo, Inc.**; and David Zapolsky, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary,, Inc.**Click here for more information about the co-chairs.

Click here to see photos from the evening’s celebration.

David S. Williams, National Principal Policy, Government Relations, and Citizenship, Deloitte** welcomed guests to Gotham Hall and co-chair David Zapolsky gave remarks before introducing the John H. Pickering Award presentation.

Craig Goldblatt, Partner, WilmerHale*† presented the Pickering Award in recognition of Kirkland & Ellis*† continually demonstrating Mr. Pickering’s and the firm’s core values: a meaningful commitment to pro bono from a firm’s most senior lawyers and associates alike.  Thomas D. Yannucci, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, accepted the award. One pro bono client of the firm’s, Charles Johnson, was in attendance and spoke to guests.

In 1995, Charles Johnson was wrongfully convicted, along with three other men, of a double murder at a used-car dealership in Chicago. Despite the absence of any physical or forensic evidence linking him to the crime, he served 20 years of a mandatory life sentence. When Kirkland & Ellis and lawyers from Project Innocence took his case, he had already spent over 10 years in prison.

Co-chair Laureen E. Seeger addressed guests and introduced a musical performance by Diverse Concert Artists – another pro bono client of Kirkland & Ellis. Co-chair Tony West spoke to guests and introduced the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Awards.

Veta Richardson, President and CEO, Association of Corporate Counsel**, and Laura Stein, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The Clorox Company** presented the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award: Large Law to Marianne Short, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UHG)** who accepted on behalf UHG in partnership with Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (CVLC) for their “Review-A-Rama” project, which assists eligible veterans pursuing disability compensation.

Marcus Brown, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Entergy Corporation** presented the CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award: Small Law to Max Laun, Vice President and General Counsel, Arconic Inc., who accepted on behalf of Arconic Inc. and Alcoa Corporation, in partnership with Meyer, Unkovic & Scott. Together they provide low-income Pittsburgh-area residents with a voice in their own security and access to fair legal counsel.

PBI President and CEO Eve Runyon closed the evening’s festivities by revealing a new logo for PBI and thanking guests.

2017 Awardees

Meet the 2017 Dinner Co-Chairs

Laureen Seeger
Laureen E. Seeger
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
American Express Company
Spotlight on American Express
Tony West
Tony West

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
PepsiCo, Inc.
Spotlight on PepsiCo

David Zapolsky
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Inc.
Spotlight on Amazon

Benefit Committee
  • Shanti Ariker, Salesforce
  • David Bateman, K&L Gates
  • Tollie Besson, Paul Hastings
  • Elizabeth Dewey, DLA Piper
  • Jeremy Feigelson, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Elisa Garcia, Macy’s Inc.
  • Jeffrey Green, Sidley Austin
  • Richard Hays, Alston & Bird
  • Gregg Lemley, Ogletree Deakins
  • Kim MacLeod, Hunton & Williams
  • Jami Wintz McKeon, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
  • David McShea, Perkins Coie
  • Larren Nashelsky, Morrison & Foerster
  • Michael J. O’Connor,  Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Regina Pisa, Goodwin Procter
  • Abid R. Qureshi, Latham & Watkins
  • Steven R. Rodgers, Intel Corporation
  • Bobby Rosenbloum, Greenberg Traurig
  • Charlotte Rushton, Thomson Reuters
  • Thomas Sabatino, Aetna Inc.
  • John Savarese, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Craig Silliman, Verizon Communications, Inc.
  • Leslie N. Silverman, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • Mark D. Wasserman, Eversheds Sutherland
  • Ashley Watson, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Po Yi, Venable
 Special Thanks to Our 2017 Annual Dinner Sponsors
Senior Partner

Lead Counsel

— Aetna Inc.
— Alston & Bird
— American International Group, Inc.
— Covington & Burling
— Davis Polk & Wardwell
— Debevoise & Plimpton
— DLA Piper
— Fenwick & West
— Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
— Goodwin Procter
— Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
— Hogan Lovells
— Hunton & Williams
— Intel Corporation
— Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

— K&L Gates
— Latham & Watkins

— Loeb & Loeb
— Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance                  Company
— Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart
— Paul Hastings
— Pfizer Inc.
— The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
— Salesforce
— Sidley Austin

— Thomson Reuters Corporation
— Venable

— Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr


— 3M Company
— Baker McKenzie
— Bank of America Corporation
— The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
— The Clorox Company
— Comcast Corporation
— Davis Wright Tremaine
— Deere & Company
— Elliott Greenleaf
— Entergy Corporation
— Faegre Baker Daniels
— Foley & Lardner
Harter Secrest & Emery
— Invariant
— Jones Day
— Knobbe Martens
— Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel
— McCarter & English
— McGuireWoods
— Microsoft Corporation
— The Prudential Insurance Company of                    America
— Quarles & Brady
— Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila
— Eve Runyon
— Snell & Wilmer
— Susman Godfrey
— State Farm
— United Continental Holdings, Inc.
— Walmart
— White & Case


— Capital One
— Day Pitney
— Dentons
— Dorsey & Whitney
— Laner Muchin
— Littler Mendelson
— Mattos Filho
— MetLife, Inc.
— Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo
— Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
— Pirkey Barber
— Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
— Seyfarth Shaw
— United Way of New York City
— Vedder Price

— Wiley Rein
— Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice