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Brown Rudnick Announces Recipients of 6th Annual M. Robert Dushman Pro Bono and Community Service Awards

Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • Al Wallis
  • Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick Announces Recipients of 6th Annual M. Robert Dushman Pro Bono and Community Service Awards Annual awards created in memory of law firm partner and public interest advocate Boston, MA, March 21, 2013 – Brown Rudnick, an AmLaw 200 firm with offices in the US and Europe, today announced the recipients of the sixth annual Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest M. Robert Dushman Pro Bono and Community Service Awards. These two awards honor both a successful Brown Rudnick attorney and a non-attorney whose professional or work life has demonstrated the qualities and commitment to the public interest that distinguished the Firm’s late partner, M. Robert Dushman.

The Pro Bono Award was presented to Paul Enzinna, a partner in Brown Rudnick’s White Collar Defense & Government Group in the Firm’s D.C. office. Paul joined the Firm in September of 2010 with, among other things, a reputation for excellence in pro bono representation. He has continued that mission as a Brown Rudnick partner, devoting almost 750 hours to pro bono representation since joining the Firm. Paul is a national leader in pro bono representation involving the National Association of Defense Attorneys and the Innocence Project, especially when it comes to providing representation to individuals facing the death penalty. He has led a number of Brown Rudnick legal teams in challenging genocide in Sudan, developing a practice manual for the ABA Center for Human Rights, challenging race-based employment discrimination in D.C., and researching constitutional issues for the Anti-Defamation League. Paul also serves as a Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation, and tutors middle school students at the Washington Jesuit Academy.

The Community Service Award was presented to Caroline Benoit, a Research Information Specialist in the Hartford office since June 2010. This award recognizes a non-attorney at Brown Rudnick who has demonstrated a long-standing, exceptional contribution to community service through his/her employment at the Firm, in recognition of the spirit and philosophy of respect and egalitarianism Mr. Dushman had for everyone in the Brown Rudnick workplace. Among her many philanthropic activities, Caroline serves on the Board of Directors for the Aurora Foundation for Girls, an organization which invests in and inspires women and girls in the Greater Hartford community and she was instrumental in organizing a very successful fundraiser for the Foundation this past spring. Through Aurora, Caroline has become involved with Grace Academy, a middle school for girls in Hartford and Aurora grant recipient. She donated typing software to their library and works with the 8th grade girls who are applying to high schools by assisting them with the application process and financial aid forms as well as taking them on tours of the prospective high schools.

Caroline is also an advocate and volunteer for Hartford Boys and Girls Club for the annual SMART girls conference, which helps girls develop a healthy attitude and lifestyle, positive self-concepts, sound decision making skills, and mentor relationships. As a member of the Firm’s Hartford office, Caroline coordinates the office book drive to support Reach Out and Read. She created a research project for the high school girls from Village of Family and Children (formerly Grey Lodge) for their day-long visit to Brown Rudnick and for those high school girls, created lists of websites that would be useful to such as research/homework/college planning sites. She interacts as an intermediary between Aurora Foundation and the Hartford office, and is supportive of Hartford office pro bono events.

Brown Rudnick is an AmLaw 200 firm with offices in the United States and Europe. With relentless focus on the client’s objectives, the Firm represents clients from around the world in high stakes litigation and business transactions. Our clients include public and private corporations, hedge funds, venture capital funds, private equity funds, multinational Fortune 100 businesses, and start-up enterprises. We also represent investors, as well as official and ad hoc creditors’ committees in today’s largest corporate restructurings, both domestically and abroad. Brown Rudnick is among the vanguard of law firms advising clients in times of unprecedented opportunity, capital convergence and cross-border uncertainty. The Brown Rudnick Center for the Public interest is an innovative model combining the Firm’s pro bono, charitable giving and community volunteer efforts.

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