The 2014 Abely Awards will take place on Monday, September 22nd.
Co-hosted by Sanctuary for Families, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Columbia Law School, the Abely Awards salute dedicated individuals who have made a difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking.
Check back soon to RSVP for this year's Abely Awards!
The Abely Award for Leading Women and Children to Safety:
Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. Manhattan District Attorney
The Abely Pro Bono Achievement Award:
Brenna K. DeVaney Pro Bono Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
We're also pleased to recognize the 2013 Maryellen Abely Fellow:
Alexandra Swain Second-Year Student, Columbia Law School
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Click here to read highlights and view photos from past Abely Awards.
About the Abely Awards
The Abely Awards honor the memory of Maryellen Abely, an alumna of
Columbia Law School, an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and a
pro bono attorney at Sanctuary for Families' Center for Battered
Women's Legal Services.
Maryellen was a tireless advocate for the rights of victims of domestic
abuse and one of the first pro bono attorneys at the Legal Center. After
a long battle with cancer, she died in 1995. In remembering Maryellen,
we celebrate the contributions of pro bono attorneys, law students, and
legal assistants whose efforts enable Sanctuary to serve thousands of
domestic violence victims each year.
The Abely Award for Leading Women and Children to Safety honors
individuals who have made a difference in the lives of victims of
domestic violence and who embody Maryellen Abely’s compassion, zeal,
energy and dedication.
2013: The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York
2012: Sarah Buel, Faculty Director, Diane Halle Center for Family Justice, Clinical Professor of Law, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
2011: The Honorable Edwina Richardson-Mendelson, Administrative Judge for the Family Court of the City of New York
2010: The Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney,United States Representative, New York's 14th District
2009: Casey Gwinn, President, National Family Justice Center Alliance and Chief Executive Officer, YWCA of San Diego County
2008: Teresa Columba Ulloa Ziáurriz, Regional Director of the
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Latin America and the Caribbean,
and Maestra María Guadalupe Morfín Otero, Special District
Attorney for Violent Crimes Against Women for the Office of the Attorney
General of Mexico
2007: The Honorable Jack B. Weinstein, Senior Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
2006: The Honorable Denny Chin, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
2005: The Honorable Betty Weinberg Ellerin, Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird LLP; retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, First Department
2004: The Honorable Judy Harris Kluger, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, Court Operations and Planning for the State of New York
2003: The late Honorable Paul Wellstone, United States Senator, and the late Sheila Wellstone, expert on the problems of domestic violence (posthumously presented)
2002: The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, United States Supreme Court Justice
2001: The Honorable Sheldon Silver, New York State Assembly Speaker
2000: The Honorable Charles E. Schumer, United States Senator
1999: The Honorable Helene Weinstein, New York State Assemblywoman
1998: The late Honorable Kathryn A. McDonald, former Administrative Judge of New York City Family Court, and Patricia Eng, founder and former Executive Director of the New York Asian Women’s Center
1997: The Honorable Judith S. Kaye, Of Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; retired Chief Judge of the State of New York
The Abely Pro Bono Achievement Award recognizes the contributions of extraordinarily dedicated attorneys who have consistently demonstrated professional commitment to improving the lives of Sanctuary’s clients.
2013: Samidh Guha, Partner, Akin Gump
2012: Harlene Katzman, Pro Bono Counsel and Director, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
2011: Josephine Lea Iselin, Attorney Emeritus and Jill Crawley Griset and Matt Pearson, McGuireWoods LLP
2010: Jill M. Zuccardy, Partner, Lansner Kubitschek Schaffer & Zuccardy
2009: Hannah M. Pennington,Former Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
2008: Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, accepted by Sharon Katz,
2007: Cynthia B. Rubin, Partner, Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP
2006: Claudia L. Hammerman and Robyn F. Tarnofsky, Partners, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
2005: Mary Rothwell Davis, Volunteer Appellate Counsel, Sanctuary for Families’ Legal Center
2004: Saralyn M. Cohen, Pro Bono Attorney and Coordinator, Shearman & Sterling LLP
2003: Ellen Chapnick, Dean for Social Justice Initiatives, Columbia Law School
2002: Nora von Stange, former Associate, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
2001: Nancy L. Lazar, former Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell
The Maryellen Abely Fellowship is an annual summer internship at Sanctuary’s Legal Center for a Columbia Law School student committed to working with victims of domestic violence.
2013: Rosie Wang
2012: Alicia Lobeiras
2011: Sayoni Maitra
2010: Joy Ziegeweid
2009: Frances Kelly
2008: Mia Robertshaw
2007: Emma Glazer
2006: Carla Martinez
2005: Anya Emerson
2004: Yiwen Ouyang
2003: Erin Dougherty
2002: Alex Karam
2001: Galen Sherwin
2000: Anne E. Glatz
1999: Rachel Wilgoren
1998: Deborah L. Fine
1997: Nihara Karim
1996: Hilary Sunghee Seo
In 2005, a Special Leadership Award was given to Mary Ann Mailman in honor of her extraordinary contributions to Sanctuary for Families. Ms. Mailman is a past president of Sanctuary’s Board of Directors and a current member of Sanctuary’s President’s Council. She is a founder and active member of Sanctuary’s Legal Advisory Council, and served as co-chair until September 1, 2010.