Annual awards created in memory of law firm partner and public interest advocate
Boston, MA, March 21, 2018 – Brown Rudnick, an international law firm with offices in the US and Europe, has announced the recipients of the 11th Annual Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest M. Robert Dushman Pro Bono and Community Service Awards. These 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 Douglas A. Cohen, a partner in Brown Rudnick’s Hartford office. During his tenure at the firm, Cohen has devoted nearly 2,000 hours to pro bono engagements. His pro bono work has included serving as counsel to the Colonial Theatre restoration project, which has revitalized a critical decaying area in Hartford. He has been a Hartford pro bono leader, championing everything from legal clinics for the homeless to an innovative suit against the state of Connecticut in an attempt to gain broader dental care for the poor. Cohen has also served as a Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation since 2007, serving several terms as Secretary, and as a very active member of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.
The Community Service Award was presented to Mwee Foo, a Hospitality Coordinator in the Boston office since 1987. Foo was honored for serving as a longtime ambassador for Foundation grantees, community groups and many pro bono clients who visit the Boston office. Her welcome and warmth have represented the Foundation and the Firm well these many years.
In presenting the awards, Brown Rudnick CEO Joseph F. Ryan said, “I am pleased to continue a Brown Rudnick tradition that honors some of the most enduring values of our Firm by awarding the eleventh annual Brown Rudnick Center R. Robert Dushman Public Interest Awards to Doug and Mwee. They each exemplify the Firm’s commitment to giving back to the community.”
As part of the Dushman awards, Brown Rudnick will make two $2,500 contributions to non-profit charitable organizations chosen by Cohen and Foo.
About Brown Rudnick LLP
Brown Rudnick, an international law firm with offices in the United States and Europe, represents clients from around the world in high-stakes litigation, international arbitration and complex business transactions. Clients include public and private corporations, multinational Fortune 100 businesses and start-up enterprises. The Firm also represents investors, as well as official and ad hoc creditors’ committees in today’s largest corporate restructurings, both domestically and abroad. Founded more than 60 years ago, Brown Rudnick has over 240 lawyers providing advice and services across key areas of the law. Beyond the United States, the Firm regularly serves clients in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. With its Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest, the Firm has created an innovative model combining its pro bono, charitable giving and community volunteer efforts.