Appleseed and NY Appleseed Pillars of Justice, June 13, 2017

Awards reception honoring David E. Sternberg, Jones Day and Hebh Jamal

Our annual reception has two goals: to generate critically needed funds to support the work of New York Appleseed and the Appleseed network, and to recognize and celebrate our partners and friends who have stood with us in our efforts to promote justice and access to opportunity for all New Yorkers. The success of the evening depends on your support and the dedicated work of our event host committee members.

Please come back soon for information about sponsorship packages and purchasing individual tickets. For immediate assistance, contact or call 202-347-7960.

Meet our Honorees

sternbergDavid Sternberg, Spirit of Excellence Award recipient
Since graduation from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Stanford Law School, where he served as Articles Editor of the Law Review, David has had a distinguished career as a Judicial Clerk to Judge Richard J. Cardamone (US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit), as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and in senior legal, compliance and business positions on Wall Street. He joined Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in 2008 where he is currently its General Counsel. David was elected to the American Law Institute in 2010 and is a Market Expert on the Panel of Recognized International Market Experts in Finance (The Hague).

David has a deep commitment to improving New York City’s public schools, with a special concern for reducing the incidence of school segregation. Since 2014, David has served with distinction as a member of the Board of Directors of New York Appleseed and its Finance Committee.

Jones Day, Spirit of Service Award recipient
One of the nation’s leading international law firms, Jones Day has a long history of, and commitment to, pro bono work, public service, and community involvement in its offices around the world.

In 2007 the firm played a critical role in the development of New York Appleseed through its donation of a one-year fellowship so that Jones Day associate Vicki Walcott-Edim could launch the new office as a program of Appleseed. Thanks to Jones Day’s generosity and Vicki’s careful groundwork, New York Appleseed quickly became an important force for change in New York City. Since then, Jones Day has donated thousands of hours of pro bono legal service to Appleseed and New York Appleseed. In 2010 the firm worked with New York Appleseed to publish the groundbreaking report, “Due Process and Consumer Debt: Eliminating Barriers to Justice in Consume Credit Cases.” The report proposed innovative ways to level the legal playing field and eliminate barriers to justice so that every consumer-credit defendant receives due process. More recently, Jones Day has provided pro bono legal advice to New York Appleseed on employment issues. Jones Day Partner, and former Partner-in-Charge (New York office), Willis J. Goldsmith is a member of the New York Appleseed’s board of directors.

Hebh JamHebhal, Spirit of Justice Award recipient
A 17 year-old student at Beacon High School and a member of the Muslim American Society, Hebh has recently joined the New York Appleseed team and has emerged as one of the most important student leaders in New York City.

Through sincere dedication and curiosity, Hebh is working to give back to her community and to end segregation in all of our City’s schools. In 2015 she joined the organization, IntegrateNYC4me, and developed the concept of creating a Diversity Council where students from all districts across New York City can meet and be a leading force for integration. Now, more than fifty students attend the council, along with politicians, teachers, educators and advocates.

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New-York Historical Society

Rick Ketchum
Tai Park
Mark Plotkin
John Savarese


Change Makers
Covington & Burling LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP

Park Jensen Bennett LLP

Brown Brothers Harriman
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Jones Day
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Richard Ketchum
The Sternberg Family

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Mark E. Plotkin
Shearman & Sterling, LLP
Ethan Silver
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Pro Bono Partners
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Stanley & Nancy Grossman
Eric S. Koenig & Amy Schwartz
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
James Segel
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Lucia Swanson & Ted Levine

Ballard Spahr LLP
Robert Bachner
Thomas C. Baxter, Jr.
Deborah & Michael Beloff
James Cotton
Natalia Delgado & Merritt B. Fox
Gail Erickson
Andrew Goldstein
Troy McKenzie
Anthony Mechcatie
Littler Mendelson PC
Robert Mundheim
Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC
Jean Pierre Paquin
Ralph & Helen Petersberger
Poverty & Race Research Action Council
Shaheen Rushd
Seth Safra
Barbara & John Samuelson
Betty Santangelo
Kathleen Scott
Cassie Schwerner
Michael Sharp & Sarah Pfuhl
The Alan B. Slifka Foundation & Mrs. Riva Arielle Ritvo-Slifka
Julius & Pauline Sternberg
Philip & Nancy Zeidman