The Pro Bono Initiative Committee of Proskauer Rose has named the recipients of its 2008 Pro Bono Golden Gavel Awards. This is the first year the Golden Gavels have been presented by the firm, recognizing lawyers and teams of lawyers who did exceptional pro bono work throughout 2007. Over all, 13 lawyers and two teams comprising an additional 16 lawyers have been recognized as Golden Gavel Award recipients and will receive an engraved golden gavel and a $1,000 donation to a charity or pro bono legal service provider of their choice. In addition, 80 lawyers have been recognized as Golden Gavel Book Award recipients for completing at least 100 hours of pro bono service over the past year. They will receive an inscribed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird from Scott Harshbarger, chairman of Proskauer's Pro Bono Initiative Committee.
The Proskauer Golden Gavel Award recipients are: Jurate Schwartz and Stephanie Reed Traband in the firm's Boca Raton office; Eben Krim and Amy Crafts in Boston; Clifford Davidson and Beverly Frank in Los Angeles; Yolanda Montgomery in New Orleans; Jonah Brown-Cozien, Margaret Dale, and Andrew Gerber in New York; Praveena Nallainathan in Newark, and John Ingrassia and Brendon Tavelli in Washington, DC. In addition, two New York-based teams comprised of Claire Gutekunst, Scott Landau, Elizabeth Figueira, Karen Clarke, Adam Katz, Stephanie Ramirez, Judith Shophet, Paula Miller, Erin Durba, and Elaine Chan-Lee; Betsy Plevan, Steve Obus, Russell Hirschhorn, Brian Rauch, Lisa Feinstein, and Jackie Dorn also were recognized.
Proskauer Rose LLP has announced that Vincenzo Paparo, a partner in the firm's Corporate Department and co-chair of its Finance Group, has been inducted into the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers (ACCFL).
Membership in the ACCFL is limited to commercial finance lawyers, jurists and academics who have achieved preeminence in commercial finance law.
Mr. Paparo concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial lending, corporate finance, workouts and restructuring.