2013 Law & Society Award Luncheon

2013 Law & Society Award Luncheon 

NYLPI’s Twentieth Annual Law & Society Award Luncheon was held on February 14th, 2013. Almost 900 attendees, including hundreds of attorneys from New York City’s most prestigious law firms and corporate law departments, gathered to celebrate our honorees’ steadfast commitment to public service.

We were pleased to honor Steven Reiss, Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Jane Sherburne, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at BNY Mellon.

Click below to watch the 2013 NYLPI Law & Society Award Luncheon Video,
sponsored by Compass Lexecon.

The Honorees

Steven A. Reiss, Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, is much admired for his skills as a litigator and his extraordinary commitment to pro bono. Prior to joining Weil in 1989, Mr. Reiss was a tenured professor of law at New York University Law School, where he taught criminal law, constitutional law, evidence and trial advocacy. Mr. Reiss served as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court and to Judge John Minor Wisdom of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where he was articles editor of the Law Review, and Vassar College, where he has served as a trustee. Mr. Reiss’s commitment to increasing access to justice for and protecting the civil rights of all citizens is reflected by his service on the boards of the Brennan Center for Justice, where he is also General Counsel, and Volunteers of Legal Services. Mr. Reiss has received much recognition for his professional accomplishments, including being named one of The Best Lawyers in America in four categories: antitrust litigation, appellate litigation, commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense. He has published numerous books and articles and co-authored Modern Federal Jury Instructions, a standard reference work on jury instructions and practice in the federal courts. He was the editor-in-chief and then contributing editor of the White Collar Crime Reporter and the Reporter for Second Circuit Judicial Conference Committee on Juries.

Jane C. Sherburne, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of BNY Mellon, is highly regarded for her legal acumen and considerable public service. She was instrumental in formalizing BNY Mellon’s pro bono program and oversaw the launch of the company’s global pro bono program. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Ms. Sherburne was Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Wachovia Corporation. Before joining Wachovia in 2008, she served as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Deputy General Counsel of Citigroup, and General Counsel of Citigroup’s Global Consumer Group. Ms. Sherburne was previously a Partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr). During her distinguished legal career, she has held a number of prominent positions in the public sector, most notably serving as Special Counsel to President Clinton and as Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of Social Security in the Carter Administration. Active in civic and charitable pursuits, Ms. Sherburne serves on the boards of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the National Women’s Law Center, and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and is a member of the executive committee of the New York City Bar. She received her B.A. and M.S.W. from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Previous Honorees: Mr. Reiss and Ms. Sherburne 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, Brackett B. Denniston III, Stephen M. Cutler, and Karen Patton Seymour.

NYLPI Thanks Our Generous Sponsors Including:

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Click here for a recap of the 2012 Law &  Society Award Luncheon, including pictures, a list of sponsors, and the 35th Anniversary Video, which premiered at the Luncheon.

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