Current Chair, partner Bernard W. McCarthy, to retire at the end of the month
New York, NY – June 12, 2006 – LAWFUEL – The international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP announced today that partner and Pro Bono Committee member Phoebe A. Wilkinson has been named Chair of the Committee. Ms. Wilkinson will succeed partner Bernard W. McCarthy, who is retiring as a partner at the end of June.
Ms. Wilkinson has been a member of Chadbourne’s Pro Bono Committee since 1996. For several years she served as Chadbourne’s solicitor for the Legal Aid Society Associates’ Campaign, setting records for contributions in each of the years she ran Chadbourne’s internal campaign. Ms. Wilkinson also served as the City-wide chair of the 1999-2000 Campaign. Ms. Wilkinson presently serves on the Board of Directors of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc.
“Phoebe’s experience running the Legal Aid Associate’s Campaign on a City-wide basis, and her service on the Board of NYLPI, gives her a knowledge of what other firms are doing in the pro bono area and of some of the key players. This will be very helpful in maintaining the excellent reputation our Pro Bono program has achieved outside the Firm,” said Mr. McCarthy, who will be staying on in an advisory capacity until the end of 2006. “I’m sure that as Chair, Phoebe will bring her many talents to the task of overseeing and improving the Firm’s Pro Bono program. I very much look forward to working with her during the next several months to help to ensure a smooth transition.”
Ms. Wilkinson is a partner in Chadbourne’s litigation department. She joined Chadbourne as an associate in 1993, upon graduation from law school. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, products liability and class action defense. Ms. Wilkinson earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1988 and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1993.
Mr. McCarthy has been the Pro Bono Partner of Chadbourne since February 1999. As such, he has devoted a significant portion of his time at the Firm to structuring and managing its pro bono practice. He became the Chair of the Pro Bono Committee in July 1996 and has served as a member of that committee since the late 1970s.
An experienced litigator, Mr. McCarthy concentrated his practice for many years in the employment law area. He represented corporate clients throughout the country in both state and federal proceedings at the trial and appellate levels and lectured frequently on emerging employment law issues. In recent years, Mr. McCarthy has been active in assisting associates in trying pro bono cases and also has been engaged in product liability work.
Mr. McCarthy is a trained mediator on the panels of the Commercial Division, New York State Supreme Court, and of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
In keeping with Chadbourne’s recent global expansion, the 17-member Pro Bono Committee also recently named two new members — Alexander Kalinov, a counsel in the St. Petersburg office and the office’s first representative on the Pro Bono Committee, and Anna Kelina, an associate in the Moscow office.
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