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Sanctuary for Families Honors Outstanding Pro Bono Lawyers

Monday, November 06, 2006

  • Organization: Sanctuary for Families

Sanctuary for Families PhotographSanctuary for Families honored the outstanding work of its pro bono attorneys last week at a fundraiser hosted by the organization's Associates Committee. More than 300 attendees raised over $85,000 to benefit services for victims of domestic violence. 

Honorees included Noera Ayaz, Baker Botts LLP; Lisa E. Bagley, Shearman & Sterling LLP; Melinda Creasman, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; Jennifer M. Despins and Jennifer Haber, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; Amy Donovan, Latham & Watkins LLP; Miriam Levin and Joshua Pepper, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP; David Loretto, Fish & Richardson P.C.; Cristina Perez-Labiosa, Hogan & Hartson LLP; and Brian H. Schusterman, Proskauer Rose LLP.

Event sponsors included Martha Clara Vineyards; Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP; Kirkland & Ellis LLP; and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.


For domestic violence victims, often the first courageous step toward safety and empowerment is seeking an order of protection from Family Court. In an effort to help clients navigate the often daunting and overwhelming legal system, Sanctuary for Families' Courtroom Advocates Project provides trained legal advocates who meet victims in court and guide them each step of the way. Providing these critical, life-saving services costs Sanctuary an average of $50 a day for each victim seeking a temporary order of protection. With a generous donation, you can help defray some of these costs and provide a lifeline to victims of domestic violence for their day in court. To make a contribution, contact Anna Brennan, Development Associate, at 212.349.6009 x242. You may also make a monetary donation online at

Sanctuary’s Associates Committee (SAC) is a group of young professionals who are committed to combating domestic violence and have joined together to support Sanctuary’s work. Over half of the fifty New York law firms that provide pro bono services to Sanctuary clients are represented on SAC. SAC supports Sanctuary by organizing recreational events for Sanctuary clients and their children; holding donation drives to collect much-needed items for Sanctuary clients, including toys for the holidays and household items for clients leaving shelter; and raising funds for Sanctuary through its annual benefit. Sanctuary is deeply indebted to the members of SAC, who provide invaluable services to Sanctuary and to hundreds of victims of domestic violence each year.  In the past four years, SAC has raised over $300,000 in support of Sanctuary for Families.

Sanctuary for Families is the largest nonprofit in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving domestic violence victims and their children.  Each year, Sanctuary helps thousands of victims and their children build independent, violence-free lives by offering a range of services to meet their complex needs.

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