WASHINGTON (September 23, 2011) – Washington Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE) announced during its annual gala on Thursday, Sept. 22, that Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is the organization’s 2011 winner of the Corporate Stewardship Award. The firm was recognized for its commitment to WEAVE’s mission during the event that took place at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“Sutherland’s generosity can be seen in both words and action," said WEAVE Executive Director Jeni Gamble of the partnership that began in 2001. “Attorneys from Sutherland have consistently supported our clients through countless hours of pro bono representation." The firm also supports the organization in other areas, such as in-kind contributions and monetary donations raised through firm fundraisers.
WEAVE offers multi-pronged support to victims of domestic partner abuse in the D.C. area. Sutherland attorneys provide pro bono legal counsel to those in need, representing clients in matters such as divorce, immigration, custody and visitation rights. Legal services are just one aspect of a range of services offered to clients. Following a highly individualized assessment of needs, support is available in the form of counseling, safety assessments, employment resources, family support groups and more.
“A success story at WEAVE extends well beyond the courtroom," said Gail L. Westover, a partner in Sutherland’s Litigation Practice Group. “Sutherland continues its work with this remarkable organization because its proven holistic approach empowers victims and their families to ultimately return to safe, healthy lives."
WASHINGTON EMPOWERED AGAINST VIOLENCE (WEAVE)
WEAVE engages the metropolitan Washington, D.C., community in an effort to eliminate intimate partner abuse and other forms of gender-based violence through empowering, innovative and holistic services. Founded in 1996, WEAVE is a leading provider of legal, counseling, case management, and counseling services in the Washington, D.C., community.
SUTHERLAND ASBILL & BRENNAN LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm handles matters throughout the United States and worldwide. Seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas, allowing Sutherland attorneys to serve a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies.