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Brown Rudnick Announces Recipients of 5th Annual M. Robert Dushman Pro Bono and Community Service Awards

Annual awards created in memory of law firm partner and public interest advocate

Boston, MA, April 4, 2012 – Brown Rudnick, an AmLaw 200 firm with offices in the US and Europe, today announced the recipients of the fifth annual Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest M. Robert Dushman Pro Bono and Community Service Awards. These two awards honor both a successful Brown Rudnick attorney and a non-attorney whose professional or work life has demonstrated the qualities and commitment to the public interest that distinguished the Firm’s late partner, M. Robert Dushman.

The Pro Bono Award was presented to Edwin Pease, a partner in Brown Rudnick’s Corporate & Capital Markets Department, and a Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation. Throughout his seven years at Brown Rudnick, Ed has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to pro bono legal representation.  Among his many contributions, he serves as General Counsel to Foundation grantee, Reach Out and Read (ROR).  He has helped this organization refine its focus, reorganize its structure and move forward as a leading national organization in promoting early literacy.

Also, Ed has been a significant factor in the development and success of both Prize4Life (a non-profit founded by a group of Harvard Business School students and established to accelerate Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research) and Dror for the Wounded (a nonprofit assisting wounded Israeli soldiers in putting their lives back together).  He has also overseen the Firm’s work with the Boston Bar Association’s Lawyers Clearinghouse to create model documents for non-profit organizations. He devotes significant personal time to supporting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. 

The Community Service Award was presented to Carol Ennis, a paralegal in the Firm’s Litigation & Restructuring Department.  This award recognizes a non-attorney at Brown Rudnick who has demonstrated a long-standing, exceptional contribution to community service through his/her employment at the Firm, in recognition of the spirit and philosophy of respect and egalitarianism Mr. Dushman had for everyone in the Brown Rudnick workplace.

Since Carol joined the Firm in 2008, she has contributed over 400 hours of pro bono representation. She has worked on disability cases and helped artists referred by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.  In the past two years, as part of the Firm’s Personal Bankruptcy Pro Bono Impact Project created in response to an urgent need in Massachusetts’  Bankruptcy Court, she has been a major force in propelling the firm to the lead among all Boston firms in the volume of c. 7 bankruptcy matters handled. Outside the Firm, Carol is involved with her church and as a volunteer at the Sonnenberg Gardens national historic site.

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