Bernard W. McCarthy, recently retired as pro bono partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, was the honoree on October 19 at Raising the Bar, an event to benefit the Legal Services Center at The Door, a New York City youth development agency. The reception recognized Mr. McCarthy for his many years of service at the helm of Chadbourne's pro bono program, and for his outstanding contributions to The Door and the vital legal services it provides to New York City's youth.
As part of the benefit, Mr. McCarthy was presented with an engraved work from the Steuben glass collection by keynote speaker Professor John D. Feerick, former dean of Fordham University School of Law, and founder and director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice and Dispute Resolution at Fordham University School of Law. Phoebe A. Wilkinson, the current chair of Chadbourne's Pro Bono Committee, and Charles K. O'Neill, Chadbourne's managing partner, also accepted a plaque from Christa Stewart, director of The Door's Legal Services Center, presented to Chadbourne in recognition of the firm's support of the pro bono legal services provided at The Door.
Mr. McCarthy served as Pro Bono Partner of Chadbourne from February 1999 to June 2006. He was one of the nation's first law firm partners entirely devoted to the management of a law firm pro bono program. He became chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee in July 1996, having served on the committee since the late 1970s.