Vanessa Kaye Watson at the Podium-NY-VOTY-2015

Pro Bono Partnership celebrates its Volunteers of the Year at regional events hosted throughout its service area. Browse through the 2018 Volunteer of the Year Program and the photo albums below to get to know more about our corporate, law firm, and individual volunteers of the year.

2019 Volunteers of the Year

Connecticut Volunteers of the Year

Tuesday, April 14 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. *EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19*


  • Daniel R. Cooper, Esq. (Cooper & Kurz)
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

New Jersey Volunteers of the Year

Wednesday, April 15 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. *EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19*


  • Robert A. Farber, Esq. (Sea Box, Inc.)
  • Gary A. Laurie, Esq. (The Law Office of Gary A. Laurie, Esq., LLC)
  • John G. Webb III, Esq. (JGW INcounsel)
  • Audible Legal

New York/Fairfield County Volunteers of the Year

Wednesday, May 20 | 9:30-11:00 a.m.


  • James P. Greifzu, Esq. (Wiggin and Dana LLP)
  • Elissa D. Hecker, Esq. (The Law Office of Elissa D. Hecker)
  • Joel Wolfson, Esq. (Bank of America Merrill Lynch)
  • Winston & Strawn LLP

If you’re interested in attending one of our 2019 Volunteers of the Year events, please email Kate Marchese at


Past Honorees


Lisa Ulrich, Esq., IBM Corporation; Kurt Odell, Esq., Moran Towing Corporation; Dawn Rudenko, Esq., Holland & Knight LLP; Hogan Lovells US LLP; Barbara A. Casey, Esquire, Ballard Spahr LLP; Denise M. Keyser, Esq., Ballard Spahr LLP; Shannon Hennessy Pulaski, Esq., The Law Office of Shannon Hennessy Pulaski, LLC; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Stephen W. Aronson, Esq., Robinson+Cole; The Hartford Law Department; Robinson+Cole

Browse the Events Photo Album


Charles Biener, Esq., PepsiCo Inc.; Glen Kutler, Esq., IBM Corporation; Michael L. Webb, Esq., Nixon Peabody LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Carol A. Gershon, Esq., Blank Rome LLP; Laurence S. Rickles, Esq., Teva Pharmaceuticals; Verizon’s Public Policy, Law and Security Department; Jackson Lewis P.C.; Michael Soltis, Esq.; Pratt & Whitney

Browse the New York/Fairfield County Event Photo Album
Browse the New Jersey Event Photo Album
Browse the Connecticut Event Photo Album


Stephen E. Cooper, Esq., Robinson & Cole LLP; Marc Gold, Esq., Thomson Reuters; Verity Rees, Esq., Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP; Brian Ginsburg, Esq., Sanofi US; Dun & Bradstreet Legal Department; Krystyna M. Blakeslee, Esq., Dechert LLP; Jessica Seger Bula, Esq., Dechert LLP; Samantha Gardner, Esq., Dechert LLP

2016 Honor Roll & Founding Volunteers


United Technologies Corporation; Dechert LLP; Christophe Durrer, Colgate-Palmolive Company; William Malpica, RBS; Terrence J. McAllister, Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero & Perle, L.L.P.; Chris A. Johnson, FTI Consulting; Susan L. Crane, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation; Peter A. Dagostine, Robinson + Cole LLP; Susan N. Masters, Robinson + Cole LLP; Tiffany R. Hubbard, McCarter & English, LLP


IBM Corporation; Day Pitney LLP; Vanessa K. Watson, ‎MasterCard Worldwide; Tara Daub, Nixon Peabody; Mark Benevenia, Merck & Co., Inc.; Michael J. Hughes, The Prudential Insurance Company of America; Thomas Calvocoressi; Dean F. Radke, Law Offices of Dean F. Radke; Anne Marie Segal, Segal Coaching


Pratt & Whitney; Lowenstein Sandler LLP; Dale C. Fredston, Sterling Bancorp and Sterling National Bank; Joseph C. Galardi; Steven Weinberger


BASF Corporation; McCarter & English, LLP; Eric I Cohen, Terex Corporation; Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, Robinson & Cole; Brian DuPerre, UnitedHealthcare; Gary Ekman, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.; Patricia Melick, Wiggin and Dana LLP


Merck & Co., Inc.; Jackson Lewis LLP; Patricia Bowen, UnitedHealthcare; Melanie L. Brown, BASF; Greg Conroy, Mayer Brown LLP; Sally Lake

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