O’Melveny Chair Bradley J. Butwin Receives The Anti-Defamation League’s 2014 Human Relations AwardDecember 15, 2014
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NEW YORK, NY ─ December 15, 2014 ─ The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) honored legal and community leaders Bradley J. Butwin, Chair of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and Pierre M. Gentin, Managing Director and Global Head of Litigation and Regulatory Investigations at Credit Suisse, with its 2014 ADL Human Relations Award for their commitment to diversity, civil rights, and the defense of democratic ideals.
Butwin and Gentin were presented with the award at a December 8 luncheon sponsored by ADL’s New York Lawyers’ Division. The award honors individuals who have helped turn justice, equality, and humanity into meaningful realities—those whose words and deeds embody the very highest ideals of ADL. The luncheon was attended by more than 380 members of the legal and financial communities supportive of ADL work across New York State.
“Brad and Pierre truly embody the essence of what our Human Relations Award is all about,” said Gregg M. Mashberg, ADL New York Regional Board Chair. “From civil rights to education, to their steadfast commitment to combat hate, their support to further advance ADL’s mission has proven to be extremely vital.”
As Chair of O’Melveny, Butwin has furthered the Firm’s longstanding legacy of civic responsibility, pro bono support, and commitment to diversity and has helped to advance ADL’s mission of protecting civil rights and defending democratic ideals. He is on the Board of Advisors of The American Society of Legal Writers, and is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Financial Reporting as well as the Bar Association’s Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession. Butwin is also a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He has received the Thurgood Marshall Award, presented by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, for his role in freeing a wrongly convicted man from Georgia’s death row.
“As lawyers, we are uniquely positioned to further ADL’s vision of a world without hate,” said Butwin. “Whether through advancing civil rights, driving educational programs, or advocating on policy issues, we can respond to the higher calling of our profession and, together with ADL, we can make the world a better place.”
While serving as a senior legal officer at one of the world’s largest banks, Gentin has remained dedicated to Jewish life and service to the legal community. He serves as Chair of the Board of Princeton University's Hillel, is a Trustee of the Practicing Law Institute, and remains an active lecturer at law schools.
“Respect for the inherent dignity of all human beings is an essential Jewish value,” said Gentin. “The ADL’s ongoing efforts to foster respect, tolerance and understanding in our society remain as important as ever.”
The Lawyers’ Division provides input on and support for the legal positions and initiatives of ADL’s New York Region. The ADL Human Relations Award is a cornerstone of the Lawyers’ Division and an important tradition maintained over the years by legal, business, and philanthropic leaders who are committed to ADL’s mission.
The tribute co-chairs of the event included Alan M. Cohen, Head of Global Compliance at Goldman, Sachs, & Co.; David J. Lender, Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Eric F. Grossman, Chief Legal Officer at Morgan Stanley; and Barry S. Levin, Partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Deborah M. Lauter, ADL Civil Rights Director, delivered the keynote address and discussed the growing issues of anti-Semitism and extremism as well as ADL’s role in protecting civil rights and combatting hate.
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