Stephen J. Dannhauser, chairman of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, is the 2007 recipient of the Root-Stimson Award for outstanding community service presented by the New York State Bar Association.
The award was be presented to Mr. Dannhauser recently at the Association's meeting of the House of Delegates, its governing body, in Cooperstown, NY.
Mr. Dannhauser was honored for his prodigious fund-raising community service to The New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund, as well as his work as chairman of the board of The Boys & Girls Harbor, Inc.
"Mr. Dannhauser's dedication to the profession and to his community provides young lawyers with a wonderful example of leadership through service and that by leading with purpose, passion and integrity, we can all make an enduring difference," said Kathryn Grant Madigan, NYSBA president.
Community service is expected of every associate at Weil Gotshal, Mr. Dannhauser said. He said he regularly preaches to young associates that it is their "obligation to give back to the community and that we expect and encourage everyone in the firm to participate in some form of community service. They are told that, from our perspective, community work counts as much as their billable hours."
Mr. Dannhauser has received numerous awards for his community service, including the Citizens for NYC's New Yorker for New York Award, the Inner-City Scholarship Fund Award, Legal Momentum's Champion for Diversity Equal Opportunity Award, YWCA of the City of New York Man of the Year Award and the Fire Commissioner's Humanitarian Award.
The Root-Stimson Award is named in honor of former Association Presidents Elihu Root and Henry L. Stimson, who gave much of their time and effort to community service activities. The award, created in 1974, is presented to a lawyer admitted to practice in New York State who is actively involved in volunteer community service work.