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Mayor's Office, in Observance of National Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Honors Davis Wright Tremaine and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan for Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts
Administrative Justice Coordinator David Goldin, Deputy Counsel to the Mayor Norma Abbene, Maya Menendez and Ed Davis
Administrative Justice Coordinator David Goldin, Deputy Counsel to the Mayor Norma Abbene, Maya Menendez and Ed Davis.
The Mayor's Office presented its 2011 Pro Bono Awards on Tuesday November 1 at a ceremony held at the New York County Lawyers Association offices at 14 Vesey Street. The awards, presented by Administrative Justice Coordinator David Goldin, honored Davis Wright Tremaine LLP for work done by partner Ed Davis and former associate Maya Menendez, and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP for work done by partner Kevin Curnin.

Mr. Davis and Ms. Menendez were honored for their significant contributions in raising awareness of human trafficking in New York City.
Administrative Justice Coordinator David Goldin congratulates Maya Menendez and Ed Davis
Administrative Justice Coordinator David Goldin congratulates Maya Menendez and Ed Davis.
They assisted the Mayor's Office in creating a multimedia anti-human trafficking campaign. Mr. Davis used his considerable experience and expertise to manage the media and intellectual property aspects of the City's "Let's Call an End to Human Trafficking" public awareness initiative. He, Ms. Menendez and Davis Wright Tremaine partner Nancy Felsten also drew on the firm's relationship with its longtime client, the dynamic ad agency Grey New York, to create one of the public-private partnerships that have become a hallmark of the Bloomberg administration. Mr. Davis's tireless work and leadership provided or facilitated access to many thousands of dollars' worth of technical, creative and media expertise. The firm's commitment enabled the City to use modern media and technology to raise public awareness and consciousness about the global crime of human trafficking, helping to reach victims who would not have received help without the attention brought to the issue.

Kevin Curnin receives his award from Administrative Justice Coordinator David Goldin
Kevin Curnin receives his award from Administrative Justice Coordinator David Goldin.
Mr. Curnin was honored for his invaluable leadership in providing pro bono counsel to victims of human trafficking. His expertise and dedication helped address the enormous unfilled need of these high risk individuals for legal representation. Mr. Curnin is also the director of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan's Public Service Project which is one of the most progressive and committed pro bono programs in New York City. The Public Service Project has covered a wide range of issues in the areas of education, health care, immigration, affordable housing and human trafficking, among others. It has also included pioneering work as general counsel to community-based non-profit organizations.

National Celebrate Pro Bono Week is an annual celebration that presents an opportunity to recognize the great pro bono work that has been done and to recruit more attorneys to volunteer their legal expertise to those most in need. The week features hundreds of events around the country, highlighting the many lawyers who are striving to fulfill the promise of justice for all.