Sedgwick’s 2013 Community Service Award Winners Announced
On December 10, Sedgwick held its annual Community Service Award ceremony, recognizing individuals and teams within the firm that have demonstrated an impressive level of commitment to community service or pro bono work. Each year, the firm makes a contribution to the award recipients’ charity of choice. Like the 80 Hours of Community Service Challenge the inspiring nominations for the firm’s 2013 Community Service Award spanned a full array of social needs impacting individual lives. We had another banner year, receiving 10 nominations for six individuals and four teams. This included outreach to 34 nonprofits and four pro bono cases in the areas of:
- Animal Welfare
- Asylum Pro Bono Cases
- At-Risk Youth
- Bar Foundations
- Breast Cancer
- Child Advocacy and Protection
- Food Programs
- Heart Health
- Legal Clinics
- Multiple Sclerosis
This year’s Community Service Award nominees were:
- The Bermuda Team, consisting of office managing partner Mark Chudleigh and special counsel Alex Potts for its work with the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice’s Coral Reef Protection Project.
- David Goldhaber, special counsel in the Chicago office, for his continuous contributions to the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Chicago Bar Foundation’s Investing in Justice campaign, the Chicago Bar Association Pro Bono nominating committee and the American Youth Soccer Organization.
- The Kids in Need of Defense pro bono team with associate Beth Yoffie and legal secretary Karla Uria from Los Angeles, and partner Tom Delaney and legal secretary Gina Araya from Orange County.
- Lori Chapin, associate from the Newark office, for her work with CASA, the Newark Associated Humane Society, Wynona’s House, Jersey Cares, Alzheimer’s Association and St. John’s Soup Kitchen.
- The Newark Team, consisting of associate Lori Chapin, paralegals Jennifer Vucolo and Susan Forsthoff and legal secretary Marian Tighe-Krushinsky, for its work with the Newark Associated Humane Society.
- Lisa Torres, legal secretary in the New York office, for her contributions to the Safe Horizon Queens Child Advocacy Center, City Harvest Skip Lunch, and various community activities for the New York Inclusion & Diversity Committee.
- Orange County’s Breast Defense Team, which included associate Sheyanne Bane, paralegal Gayle Delcoure and marketing coordinator Ann Albertson, for its walk and fundraising benefiting the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
- Gayle Delcoure, paralegal in the Orange County office, for her office leadership in Sedgwick’s 80 Hours of Community Service Challenge.
Two nominees were recognized with awards:
- Rachel Reynolds, Associate, Seattle – Rachel believes that community service is a moral imperative and she shows that through her pro bono and community service hours for: Flex Your Rights, Bellevue Youth Court, County Doctor Neighborhood Legal Clinic, Future of the Law Institute, Girls on the Run, and coaching fifth-grade volleyball. Rachel also participates in walk, bike and ski fundraisers for multiple sclerosis, including Can Do MS.
- Brenda Godfrey, Partner, Fort Lauderdale – Brenda was selected for this award because of her pro bono work and community service. Brenda successfully defended a disabled Navy veteran who needed representation to keep custody of her minor daughter. She also organized community service opportunities and then galvanized Fort Lauderdale attorneys and staff to participate. Her beneficiaries range from at-risk youth and the hungry, to kittens and rescue horses.
Congratulations to all award recipients and nominees!