“The goal was two-fold,” explained Campaign for Justice co-chair Jeremy Cooney, speaking about the Law Firm Challenge at a “recognition social” on Tuesday.
“We wanted to raise awareness among younger attorneys of this outstanding annual campaign and the organizations it supports, and we hoped to get all ‘under 40’ attorneys involved as contributors,” he said.
They decided on a competition. The Law Firm Challenge raised over $10,000; 80 percent of the “under age 40” donors were newdonors to the CFJ, which provides funding to the Legal Aid Society of Rochester, Legal Assistance of Western New York and Volunteer Legal Services Project.
Campaign co-chair Maureen Mulholland, of Monro Muffler Brake, said that the Law Firm Challenge “exceeded expectations,” and as for “awareness of the campaign for the under 40 crowd – we knocked it out of the ballpark with this challenge.”
AppealTech and Chase supported the recognition event at Cure – a restaurant and bar at the Rochester Public Market. The audience included young representatives from nearly every participating firm, along with VLSP Executive Director Sheila Gaddis, NYLaw Managing Attorney Louis Prieto and several CFJ cabinet members.
Working with Cooney as head of the Law Firm Challenge Committee were Destini Bowman, from the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office; Hanok George, from Littler Mendelson; Alishba Kassim, Harter Secrest & Emery, Bill Lowe, Harris Beach; Meghan McGuire, Nixon Peabody; and Jimmy Paulino, Goldberg Segalla.
The competition was based on percent of participation by associates in four categories; the participating firms and organizations are listed with those groups attaining 100 percent participation are in bold.
Small law firm category: Faraci Lange, Pullano and Farrow, Trevett Cristo; medium firms: Bond Schoeneck & King, Boylan Code, Davidson Fink, Hiscock & Barclay, Littler Mendelson, Underberg & Kessler and Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy; large firms: Harris Beach, Harter Secrest & Emery, Nixon Peabody and Woods Oviatt; public/government law practices: City of Rochester Corporation Counsel’s Office, Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, Monroe County Law Department and Monroe County Public Defender’s Office.
– Photos by Nora A. Jones