2012 Law & Society Award Luncheon

April 30, 2014


2012 Law & Society Award Luncheon

Nearly 1000 members of the New York City legal and public interest communities gathered at the Waldorf=Astoria on February 16th to honor Stephen M. Cutler, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Karen Patton Seymour, Partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. The event was our most successful fundraising effort to date, raising nearly $2 million to support NYLPI’s programs on behalf of New York’s underserved.

Click below to watch NYLPI’s 35th Anniversary Video, which premiered at the 2012 Law & Society Award Luncheon.

The Honorees

Stephen M. Cutler is highly regarded for his legal acumen and for his distinguished public service. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase in 2007, Mr. Cutler served as Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement where he managed over 1,000 employees and led investigations of numerous financial matters during some of the most active years in the agency’s history. He oversaw the Commission’s high profile investigations of Enron and WorldCom, as well as those involving NYSE specialists, research analyst conflicts and mutual fund market timing, and revenue sharing. Mr. Cutler joined the SEC in 1999 after 11 years at the Washington D.C. office of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP where he was a Partner. Mr. Cutler is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Following law school, he was a law clerk to Judge Dorothy Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and served as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles. Active in civic and charitable pursuits, Mr. Cutler serves on the boards of the Legal Action Center of New York, Appleseed Foundation, National Women’s Law Center, and Pro Bono Partnership. He also serves on the advisory board of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law.

Karen Patton Seymour, head of Sullivan & Cromwell’s Criminal Defense and Investigations Group, is much admired for her accomplishments as a litigator and her illustrious career in public service. Prior to joining Sullivan & Cromwell, from 2002 to 2004 Ms. Seymour served as the Chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she supervised 165 federal prosecutors and oversaw all criminal investigations and prosecutions in the district, including the investigations of corporate fraud involving WorldCom, ImClone, and Adelphia. She was lead trial counsel for the government in the high profile prosecution of Martha Stewart and Peter Bacanovic. Ms. Seymour had previously served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office from 1990 to 1996 during which time she prosecuted a wide variety of cases and served as Chief of the General Crimes Unit. Ms. Seymour’s commitment to increasing access to justice for low-income New Yorkers and to protecting the civil rights of all citizens is reflected by her service on the boards of the Vera Institute of Justice and Legal Services New York City. She is the recipient of the Police Athletic League’s 2009 Robert M. Morgenthau Award for her outstanding legal career and her commitment to the children of New York City.

Previous Honorees: Mr. Cutler and Ms. Seymour join an impressive list of previous honorees, including Drew S. Days, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Governor Mario M. Cuomo, the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Robert B. Fiske, Jr., Dean John D. Feerick, Evan A. Davis, Sheila L. Birnbaum, Richard I. Beattie, Mary Jo White, Richard J. Davis, Kenneth R. Feinberg, Zachary W. Carter, Bettina B. Plevan, Bernard W. Nussbaum, Gary P. Naftalis, Michael S. Helfer, Theodore V. Wells Jr., Evan R. Chesler, and Brackett B. Denniston III.


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