McCarter & English LLP has been named as the recipient of The Leadership Award by the Delaware State Bar Association for its pro bono service.The award was presented at DSBA's Christopher W. White 2010 Distinguished Access to Justice Awards Breakfast on Oct. 26 at 8:00 a.m. in the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington.
The firm's Wilmington office received the award because of its demonstrated outstanding leadership in providing pro bono representation to Delaware's indigent community.Many of the office's attorneys take pro bono cases from Delaware Volunteer Legal Services and the Office of the Child Advocate. During the firm's 2010 fiscal year, lawyers in the Wilmington office logged over 100 pro bono hours per attorney - more than double the amount of pro bono time that the American Bar Association recommends attorneys complete on an annual basis.
There are currently 40 active pro bono matters in the Wilmington office.Those cases include pro bono guardianship, custody, criminal and civil rights matters. The Wilmington office also recently launched a new project with Widener's Veterans Law Clinic.Through that project, McCarter attorneys will be taking appeals of cases in which the Veterans Administration denied benefits claims.
In addition, the office has given financial support to agencies that provide legal services to Delaware's indigent population, including donations to the Delaware Volunteer Legal Services Combined Campaign for Justice and the DVLS's First Pro Bono Celebration 5K Run/Walk.
McCarter & English LLP has announced that partner and former co-chair of the Firm's Women's Initiative Steering Committee, Stephanie J. Cohen, has been appointed to the newly created position of Firm-wide Diversity Partner, effective November 1, 2010.
Ms. Cohen is based in the Newark office, where she is a partner in the Business & Financial Services Litigation Group. She will maintain her legal practice. In addition, in her new role as Diversity Partner, she will coordinate the implementation of various initiatives designed to enhance the recruitment, development, and retention of women and attorneys from diverse backgrounds and liaison between McCarter's Diversity Committee, Women's Initiative, and Executive Committee to ensure the Firm is meeting its strategic goals.
"Diversity has always been a huge part of our culture," said McCarter Chairman Michael P. Kelly. "The diversity of our attorneys, staff and clients enables us to better understand, value, and respect the multicultural differences that comprise today's business environment and reinforces the quality level of our services. This new role is a continued reflection of our dedication to an inclusive work environment and community."