Awards & Accolades
Brown Rudnick celebrates those at the Firm who have made an exceptionally noteworthy contribution to the mission of the Center. For exemplary pro bono efforts, the Pro Bono Committee and the Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest recognize these individuals with the award of a Pro Bono Accolade. Recent Accolades have been awarded to the following people for their special contributions:
Community Servings Present the 2015 Lifesaver Award to Ed Hershfield, Carl Axelrod, Philip Schneider and Brown Rudnick.
Since 1995, Brown Rudnick has provided pro bono representation to Community Servings, a renowned Boston organization, cooks and delivers healthy meals to those unable to leave their homes due to serious illness (such as AIDS). The firm’s work has been primarily in the area of real estate and labor negotiations, with 81 timekeepers devoting 2200 hours (valued at over $1 million.) In recognition of the firm’s outstanding support, at Community Serving’s 25th anniversary party, the non-profit awarded its 2015 Lifesaver Award to the Firm along with Brown Rudnick Partner Edward Hershfield and retired Partners Carl Axelrod and Philip Schneider.
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A Successful Transactional Engagement Helping the Homeless
A Brown Rudnick pro bono client, who was seeking to serve homeless children and families, had run into complicated legal issues which threatened to derail all of their good efforts. Through the Boston Bar Association's Lawyers Clearinghouse, they were referred to Brown Rudnick. The pro bono Brown Rudnick team of Steve Levine, Caitlin O'Malley, and Mary Ambacher "generated an amazing result" according to the Clearinghouse. The client wrote to Clearinghouse:
"I am writing to you to thank you for your help in getting us hooked up with pro-bono legal services. For six months we have been working with Steven Levine and his team at Brown Rudnick. With their help we have officially re-organized as new non-profit organization.
…. We have a new mission which, although similar to our last, includes serving homeless children and their families on the north shore. ... Our shared vision is to house 5-7 homeless families currently living in motels. Along with clinical treatment we will provide them with life skills, education and the support of a caring community of volunteers.
We are in the process of buying a new house. We have received the green light from the Department of Housing to receive expansion money and our support is growing day by day.
Your help has been invaluable. We have made it possible for us to begin again in order to accomplish our mission. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.“
Dushman Award Top Honors
Each Spring at his "State of the Firm" address, Brown Rudnick CEO Joseph Ryan presents the Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest M. Robert Dushman Pro Bono and Community Service Awards. These two awards honor both a successful Brown Rudnick attorney and a non-attorney whose professional or work life has demonstrated the qualities and commitment to the public interest that distinguished the firm’s late partner, M. Robert Dushman. As part of this honor, awardees earn the right to direct the firm to make a $2,500 donation to the reputable charity of the recipients’ choice.
Meet the 2017 Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest Dushman Awards:
The Pro Bono Award was presented to Thomas J. Phillips, Chair of the Firm’s Real Estate Practice Group in the Boston office. Tom is a major pro bono contributor in the Firm, having devoted nearly 1,200 hours to pro bono engagement. His pro bono work has included serving as general counsel to Facing History and Ourselves; representing Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a homeless shelter involved in a critical real estate dispute; and counseling the Simon Youth Foundation. Tom has been a champion of pro bono representation as the leader of the Firm’s Real Estate practice and a mentor to many Firm attorneys.
The Community Service Award was presented to May Weekes, a legal executive assistant in the Firm’s London office. May is a model for camaraderie, community service and charitable giving both in and outside of the office. She acts as a volunteer at many events involving Brown Rudnick Foundation grantees. Outside of the office, May spends much of her time helping charities. Over the past few years she has raised money for diabetes, Alzheimer’s, sport relief, LawWorks, London Legal Support Trust, and the British Heart Foundation.