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Awards

2019
McCarter is deeply honored to receive the American Bar Association’s 2019 Pro Bono Publico Award. The award is presented by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service to two law firms and three individuals. It recognizes McCarter’s exceptional commitment to low-income and otherwise marginalized people and communities. Public service is a core value of the firm, and McCarter’s lawyers provide high-quality, high-impact pro bono services in every area of unmet legal need.

McCarter hosted the 13th Annual Princeton Prize in Race Relations of Northern New Jersey, an awards program to promote understanding and respect among different races by recognizing high-school-age students whose efforts have had positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities. Jazmine Shaw, a junior at David Brearley High School in Kenilworth, NJ, was this year’s first prize winner. Jazmine wrote, “Together, we are making the school a more comfortable and inclusive place for students of color. Together, we will create our revolution.” Other Certificate of Accomplishment Honorees include: Andre Ferreira of Science Park High School, Newark; Madison Hobbs, Sofia Kwon, and Tyler Newman of Kent Place School, Summit; and Matthew Skolar of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Scotch Plains.

Nicholas Allen and McCarter & English have been selected to receive the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts’s 2019 Robert B. Fraser Award for Pro Bono Excellence. The Fraser Award is given to the individual lawyers or law firms who show dedication to serving the legal needs of the cultural and artistic communities of Massachusetts. The award will be presented at the June 13 Martinis & Masterpieces event.

The Women's Bar Foundation will present Wyley S. Proctor with the Nery J. Arrano Award for her outstanding service to the WBF’s low-income clients on May 16, 2019. The WBF will honor Wyley for her leadership in developing a referral relationship between McCarter & English’s pro bono panel and the WBF’s Abuse Prevention Order Panel. Wyley has taken eight domestic abuse cases in the past three years. On one case, the judge specifically noted in his findings of fact what a difference the volunteer attorneys working on the case made in his ability to render a fair judgment. Wyley has spoken at FLP trainings about professional skills she developed by taking a FLP case.

Britt Killian is the recipient of The Anthony V. DeMayo Pro Bono Award. The award is named in honor of The Honorable Anthony V. DeMayo, who tirelessly fought for fundamental fairness and championed the legal rights of the poor and accused. The recipients are selected based on their demonstrated dedication to the provision of legal services without expectation of payment to those in need.

McCarter hosted NJLEEP’s (Law and Education Empowerment Project) 2019 Board Kick-off Reception at our Newark Office. NJLEEP is a college access and success program serving students and families in the greater Newark area. McCarter’s Onome Adejemilua and Matthew Wapner are Advisory Board members.

2018
McCarter is proud to announce that Michelle Movahed has been named one of the New Jersey Law Journal’s “2018 Top Women in the Law.” The honorees included attorneys who have had a meaningful impact on the law and legal profession over the last two years.

Meredith Walsh has been named the Volunteer of the Month by Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ). VLJ selected Meredith because of her long-standing commitment to pro bono service, including her work for survivors of sex trafficking, her service to nonprofits, and her work for individuals seeking expungement of minor criminal offenses. In addition, Meredith’s own nonprofit, Real Dog Rescue, Inc., rescues dogs throughout the world and re-homes them with loving families.

Ryan Richman was presented with a pro bono award from Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), an organization dedicated to advancing laws, policies, and practices for unaccompanied minors who enter the U.S. immigration system, and ensuring that children’s rights and well-being are protected as they migrate alone and flee some of the most dangerous countries in the world. Ryan was recognized for his work with KIND over the past 5 years during an event that celebrated KIND Newark’s pro bono work and its 10th anniversary.

The Intelligencer reported on McCarter’s pro bono representation of the Bucks County SPCA which allowed the organization to secure ownership of 49 animals rescued from unsafe and unsanitary conditions, clearing the way for them to be neutered/spayed and adopted into loving homes. Click to read “Legal effort allows rescued animals to be adopted” article.

McCarter & English was honored by the New Jersey Commerce & Industry Association’s receiving the Companies that Care Outreach Award at their annual dinner, March 20, 2018. Our firm was recognized for the work we did for children including our work with Kids in Need of Defense. This included advocating for minors in asylum cases and special immigrant juvenile cases, where minors living here without guardians take the first step towards leading stable lives in the United States. In addition, CIANJ recognized our efforts in hosting naturalization clinics and handling several DACA dreamers’ petitions. 

2017
Ryan Richman has been named Pro Bono Attorney of the Month by Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), a pro bono organization with volunteers at corporations and firms around the country. Ryan has represented numerous children through KIND since 2013, as part of McCarter’s commitment to representing vulnerable members of our communities.

McCarter & English has won Immigration Equality’s Safe Haven Pro Bono Award as a result of our work helping some of the most vulnerable asylum-seekers find safety in the United States, and as a credit to the firm’s long-standing commitment to asylum work.

McCarter & English was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal at its Faces of Philanthropy Awards for our pro bono work, and ranked among other leading Philadelphia-area law firms based on pro bono hours worked by our Philadelphia and Wilmington attorneys. Philadelphia associate Katelyn Gillece, a member of the Board of Directors for Philadelphia VIP—a Philadelphia pro bono organization that provides legal services for low-income residents and families facing civil legal problems that threaten their basic human needs—accepted the award on the firm’s behalf. We were similarly ranked last year.

2015
David Kott was honored by Partners for Women and Justice with the Partners in Hope Award. Partners represents survivors of domestic violence who seek restraining orders against their abusers. 

2014
Gerard Brew and members of our Domestic Violence Project were honored by Partners for Women and Justice with the Partners in Justice Award.

Susan Feeney and Judah Skoff were recognized by the New Jersey State Bar Association for outstanding contributors in representing the Bar Association as amicus curiae before The New Jersey Supreme Court. 

McCarter’s Connecticut office recognized by the Connecticut Chapter of the Appleseed Network with the Good Apple Award.

2013
Volunteer Lawyers for Justice ("VLJ") presented McCarter with one of its "Heroes of Sandy" awards for providing extensive legal services to Superstorm Sandy victims.

NJ Business and Industry Association presented McCarter & English with its Public Service Award, recognizing our strong commitment to community service. 

Our Hartford Office was given the Connecticut Fair Housing Center's George J. and Patricia K. Ritter Pro Bono Award and its 5th Annual Loving Civil Rights Award Dinner.

McCarter & English Honored for its Diversity and Pro Bono Initiatives at Euromoney's Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2013

Gerard Brew received The New Jersey Bar Association's Annual Pro Bono Award.

2012
McCarter & English received the Pro Bono Partnership’s 2012 “Outstanding Law Firm” Award for pro bono work on behalf of nonprofit organizations in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

Philip Amoa was named Volunteer of the Month by Philadelphia VIP.

Geoffrey Rosamond was honored with The Essex County Bar Association's annual Pro Bono Award for his criminal justice work. 

2011
Tiffany Hubbard and Pam Moore were given the Pro Bono Partnership's "Outstanding NonProfit Project" recognition.