On December 6, Brooklyn Law School honored Barry Salzberg ’77, CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, and eight other individuals for their commitment and service to their communities at its inaugural Robert B. Catell Awards Dinner for Civic Leadership. The evening was underwritten by Catell, a Member Emeritus of the Law School’s Board of Trustees and Chairman of Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center. It was a great success for the Law School, raising over $500,000.
“Bob hoped his gift would encourage other people to support the Law School,” said President Joan G. Wexler. “I am delighted that it has done just that. The money raised will be used to support scholarships and public service grants for summer internships.”
Salzberg has supported community involvement programs “not only because he recognizes that organizations must give back to the communities in which they work, but because he himself believes in giving back,” Wexler said at the dinner. Because of his passion for education, Salzberg established two scholarships at the Law School that were made possible by his generosity.
This year’s recipient of the Barry and Evelyn Scholarship, Varun Gupte ’12 and last year’s recipient, Ari Pole ’11 were acknowledged at the dinner. The second scholarship, the Barry and Evelyn Salzberg/Deloitte Foundation Scholarship, provides tuition for an entering student from a minority background with an interest in accounting, economics, or business. The scholarship also includes a mentoring component by Salzberg and his partners. This mentorship feature is special. It reflects the important role the Law School played in Salzberg’s life. Two recipients of this scholarship, Jeffrey Ling '14 and Ali Sultan '13, attended the dinner.
The Law School also recognized the following people for exemplifying civic leadership in their respective communities:
- Christopher S. Auguste, a partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel, LLP for his involvement with the Wadleigh Scholars Program and his ongoing commitment to mentoring inner city teenagers;
- Patrick J. Creegan ’92, Senior Counsel at MetLife, for his involvement with the Pleasantville Lion’s Club;
- Lawrence Elbaum ’05, an associate at Proskauer Rose LLP, for his leadership with the Brooklyn Family Defense Project;
- Michael J. Faris, a partner, and Margrethe Kearney, an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, for developing a clinic model that provides legal support to domestic violence victims in Chicago;
- Jonathan Gilmore, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Metromedia Company, for the various leadership roles he has played with the NAACP and the Hackensack African-American Civic Association;
- Kimberly A. Harris, an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, for her involvement with New York Needs You, a non-profit fellowship program for first-generation and low-income college students; and
- Frances Resheske, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at Con Edison, who sits on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations.
View tribute to Barry Salzberg '77. Photos of the event can be viewed here.