Washington, D.C., July 26 - Patton Boggs LLP s pleased to announce the winners of the firm’s 2006 Pro Bono Awards. The Pro Bono Awards are presented each year to associates and partners in recognition of their outstanding pro bono achievements.
Marci Fulton from the Patton Boggs Denver office was named the 2006 Pro Bono Associate of the Year, and Deborah Lodge, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney, was named the 2006 Pro Bono Partner of the Year. These awards are based on the recommendations of the Pro Bono Committee, co-chaired by partners Denise Vanison and Mike Forshey. Firm Managing Partner Stuart M. Pape conferred the awards and honorable mention recognitions to a diverse group of associates and partners from many of the firm’s offices.
Ms. Fulton was presented with the Associate of the Year for demonstrating her exceptional advocacy skills in a variety of pro bono matters, regularly taking on one challenge after another in 2006. She is currently part of a team representing a widow and her seven children in a product liability action against a truck manufacturer whose truck struck and killed a miner working at a mine site. Her involvement began at the appellate level, preparing legal briefs and arguments on appeal. The appeal resulted in two oral arguments before the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the denial of a writ petition by the Louisiana Supreme Court. Marci and the team have recently distributed the judgment proceeds from the truck manufacturer to the family.
Marci has also served as a volunteer attorney for the Colorado Lawyers Committee “Project Homeless Connect,” a one-day event focusing on providing homeless individuals with much-needed information regarding housing, benefits, social security, child support, and other legal issues. In addition, Marci is a member of the Lawyers Committee’s Legal Night at Mi Casa steering committee. She also served as the firm’s representative at the ABA Equal Justice Conference this year.
In the Partner of the Year category, Ms. Lodge was singled out for her unwavering dedication to pro bono and exemplifying the firm’s continuing commitment to public service. Deborah provided pro bono IP assistance to several non-profit organizations. Her work consisted of protecting clients’ trademarks, perfecting their claims to trademark rights, and helping clients select unique and protectable trademarks.
Deborah also assisted the Shafallah Center (a state of the art medical center designed to treat children with genetic abnormalities in Qatar) with patent licensing issues. Additionally, Deborah contributed significant pro bono hours to the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, Inc., working with the foundation on a copyright infringement lawsuit in federal court.
“In presenting these honors, the firm considers not only the quantity of pro bono work, but also such factors as the variety and depth of pro bono work, a consistent commitment to public interest law, initiative in seeking pro bono opportunities, and a willingness to take on low-profile work that is unlikely to attract attention, as well as work for high-profile causes”, stated Stuart Pape, Firm Managing Partner. “We are exceptionally proud of our colleagues for their dedication and commitment to these worthy causes.”
Associate honorable mention awards were presented to attorneys who have made a significant impact on the firm’s pro bono success. These awards were presented to Christine Williams (Anchorage), Robert Hawkins (Dallas), John Sharp (Denver), Steven Savage (New Jersey), Alexandra Metzner, Edward D. Gehres, III, Nigel Wilkinson, Cordell Hull, Travis Seegmiller, Alexandra Chopin, and Karen Thiel, all from the Washington, D.C. office.
Partner honorable mentions included Michael White (Anchorage), Christopher Richie (Dallas), James Lewis (Denver), William Cattan (Doha), Scott Chambers (Northern Virginia), and Susan Temkin (Washington, D.C.).
This is the twelfth year for which an Associate of the Year Award has been given and the eighth year for the Partner Award.