Awards & Honors

Alumna of the Month, February 2009

New York University School of Law

Presented to Dorchen Leidholdt, Director of Sanctuary's Center for Battered Women's Legal Services. To read the description of the award, click here.

Advocate of the Quarter, 2008

Family Justice Centers

Presented to Molly Bowen, Project Assistant for the Immigration Intervention Project in Brooklyn 

Kathryn A. McDonald Award, 2008

New York City Bar

Presented to Jennifer C. Friedman, Esq., Founder & Director, Courtroom Advocates Project

30 Leaders – 30 Years, 2008

New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Presented to Dorchen Leidholdt, Director of Sanctuary's Center for Battered Women's Legal Services

Women of Distinction Award, 2007

The League of Women Voters of the City of New York Education Fund

Presented to Dorchen Leidholdt, Director of Sanctuary's Center for Battered Women's Legal Services, for "making a significant contribution to her chosen field."

New York Law School Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA) Alumna Honoree, 2007

Presented to Nam Hee Kim, Pro Bono Supervising Attorney at Sanctuary's Legal Center, recognizing her dedication to helping women and families in need.

Fordham University School of Law Asian Pacific American Law Students Assocation, Alumna Honoree, 2007

Presented to Betsy Tsai, alumna of Fordham University School of Law and Staff Attorney at Sanctuary's Legal Center's Bronx Community Office, recognizing her commitment to domestic violence victims.

"In the Trenches Award," 2006

Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence

Presented to Laura Russell, Matrimonial Project Director at Sanctuary's Legal Center, at Fordham Law School's Conference on Domestic Violence, for committed service to domestic violence victims.

Public Interest Achievement Award, 2005

Public Interest Law Foundation

Presented to Julie Dinnerstein for her significant contributions to public interest law.

Samuel J. Duboff Memorial Award, 2005

The Fund for Modern Courts

Presented to Sanctuary's Legal Center for outstanding contributions by non-lawyer volunteers to improving the New York State court system.

Pro Bono Publico Award, 2005

The Legal Aid Society

Presented to Dorchen Leidholdt, Director of Sanctuary's Legal Center, recognizing her advocacy on behalf of a domestic violence victim who killed her abuser in self defense. Her intensive efforts helped her client obtain clemency from Governor George Pataki.

Legal Services Award, 2005

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Presented to Ellen Rosenberg, a Supervising Attorney with Sanctuary's Legal Center, for providing outstanding civil legal assistance to the city's poor.

Outstanding Women of the Bar Award, 2004

The New York County Lawyers' Association

Honoring Laurel W. Eisner, Sanctuary's Executive Director, along with 46 other women leaders from the legal, corporate, and nonprofit sectors.

Governor's Justice Award to End Domestic Violence, 2004

Governor George Pataki

Sanctuary's Legal Center was honored for its outstanding efforts assisting domestic violence victims and promoting education and awareness of domestic violence in the community.

Governor's Courage Award to End Domestic Violence, 2004

Governor George Pataki

Presented to Kim Nimoy, a Sanctuary Mentor, for her impassioned and tireless efforts to inform the community about domestic violence and the services available to its victims.

Legal Services Award, 2002

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Presented to Jill M. Zuccardy, Staff Attorney of Sanctuary's Legal Center, for her dedication and service to New York's indigent.

Women of Power & Influence Award, 2002

National Organization of Women, New York Chapter

Presented to Dorchen A. Leidholdt, Director of Sanctuary's Legal Center, for her activism and leadership in the movement against violence against women and for her dedication to furthering the rights of women.

Peace at Home Award, 2002

New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Presented to Jill M. Zuccardy of Sanctuary's Legal Center, Carolyn A. Kubitschek, and David J. Lansner (of the law firm of Lansner & Kubitschek), the primary attorney for the plaintiffs in Nicholson v. Williams, for their groundbreaking work and legal activism.

Honoree, 2000

The Institute Against Violence, New York University's Ehrenkranz School of Social Work

Presented to Carolyn Nash, Sanctuary's former Executive Director, for her noteworthy contributions to deterring violence and for her work in the field of domestic violence.

Honoree, 2000

Public Interest Law Foundation

Presented to Dorchen Leidholdt, Director of Sanctuary's Legal Center, for her contributions to public interest law, years of dedication and community service, and work to assist battered women.

Special Recognition Award, 1999

Korean American Family Service Centers

Presented to Dorchen Leidholdt for providing extensive legal and advocacy work on behalf of women around the world.

Certificate of Recognition, 1999

The City of New York, Office of the Mayor

Presented to Denise Garner, Sanctuary's former Children's Program Director, for outstanding contribution to the design and development of the city's Adopt-A-School Program in conjunction with the Commission to Combat Family Violence.

Legal Service Award, 1999

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Presented to Dorchen Leidholdt, Director of Sanctuary's Legal Center, for providing civil legal assistance to the city's poor.