Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence "First 100"
The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) honored six Robinson+Cole lawyers among its "First 100" at a breakfast ceremony on November 19, 2013. Benjamin B. Adams, Patrick M. Birney, J. Tyler Butts, Edward J. Heath, Kristopher I. Moore, and Jonathan H. Schaefer were among the male leaders from across Connecticut recognized for making a difference and standing committed to raising awareness of the availability of, and access to, domestic violence services. Robinson+Cole's lawyers were selected for the pro bono work they do through the firm's Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) Program.
Connecticut Legal Services Honor
Connecticut Legal Services honored Robinson+Cole at its annual meeting on October 29, 2013, for the firm's Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) Program. The recognition was presented on behalf of the board, staff, and clients of Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. to Robinson+Cole for its "innovative and successful efforts to create the Pro Bono Restraining Order Project benefitting victims of domestic violence who seek relief from the Middletown Court." The efforts of 11 Robinson+Cole lawyers, who have provided over 550 hours of pro bono service through the DVRO Program, have made the following legal representation possible: 50 engagements initiated, 17 ex parte applications and affidavits completed, and 33 evidentiary hearings held.
Robinson+Cole's Pro Bono Award
Robinson+Cole's Pro Bono Committee honored five lawyers in the Hartford office with the firm's annual Pro Bono Award in 2013. The Pro Bono Award recognizes individuals for their outstanding commitment to Robinson+Cole's pro bono initiative. Benjamin B. Adams, J. Tyler Butts, Kate E. Dion, Amanda E. Gordon, and Kristopher I. Moore were honored for their dedication to the pilot program the firm is running at the Connecticut Superior Courts in Middletown and Hartford to help victims of domestic violence obtain or preserve court-issued restraining orders to protect themselves and their families. "It would be an understatement to say this was well deserved," said Mr. Heath. "These individuals have shown a level of professionalism, teamwork, and bravery that I greatly admire and respect."
"$1 Million Pro Bono Service Campaign"
The Connecticut Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section (YLS) recognized Robinson+Cole for providing the highest number of hours per participating lawyer, 35.3 hours, in its "$1 Million Pro Bono Service Campaign." The goal of the YLS through the campaign was to get members of the bar statewide to pledge $1 million of pro bono services between March and May of 2013. The article "Campaign Reaps $2 Million Worth of Pro Bono Efforts," published in the July 18, 2013, edition of the Connecticut Law Tribune, features those efforts. The final result went way beyond what was expected: the recorded pro bono services exceeded $2 million. Through legal aid organizations in Connecticut, participating lawyers represented low-income people in need, including tenants trying to get much-needed repairs from landlords, women being abused, and homeless veterans seeking federal disability benefits.
Honorable Anthony V. DeMayo Pro Bono Award
The Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) honored Alaine C. Doolan, a lawyer in the intellectual property and technology practice group, with its Honorable Anthony V. DeMayo Pro Bono Award for "demonstrated dedication to the provision of pro bono legal services" at the CBA's annual meeting on June 17, 2013. Ms. Doolan received the honor for her work with the Truancy Intervention Project and Backpacks for Excellence in Education.
Connecticut Law Tribune's Pro Bono Award
Edward J. Heath, pro bono partner and chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee, was honored with the Connecticut Law Tribune's Pro Bono Award at its Honors Night on June 13, 2013, for his work with veterans and women who are victims of domestic abuse, among other matters. Upon hearing of the honor, Mr. Heath told the Connecticut Law Tribune "I like to see this award as a reflection of what our firm has done. I've been a facilitator of people's pro bono work here at the firm, and the firm has done a lot of work in the community. I'm very proud of that work, even though I think it reflects upon Robinson+Cole rather than on what I've done individually."
Connecticut Bar Associations's 2012 Pro Bono Honor Roll
Thirty-three Robinson+Cole lawyers made the CBA's 2012 Pro Bono Honor Roll, more than any other firm or corporation. The Honor Roll recognizes those professionals who, in 2012, volunteered to work on one or more pro bono matters through any of the 19 Pro Bono Network agencies and programs. The complete listing of honorees was published in the June 2013 issue of Connecticut Lawyer magazine.
Pro Bono Partnership's Volunteer of the Year Award
Robinson+Cole lawyer Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson was recognized for her commitment to pro bono service and presented with a Volunteer of the Year Award from the Pro Bono Partnership at a private reception held March 13, 2013, in New York City. Ms. Cole-Johnson was chosen from a pool of almost 1,000 attorneys who provide free legal advice to the Pro Bono Partnership's nonprofit clients.
209A Pro Bono Initiative Award
Kendra L. Berardi received the 209A Pro Bono Initiative Award, presented by the Middlesex District Attorney's Office on January 10, 2013. She was recognized for representing victims of domestic violence in connection with the district attorney's Pro Bono Program. The award is presented to an attorney who has dedicated time to helping victims of domestic violence through this partnership and program. Robinson+Cole attorneys have participated in this program since May 2012.