Thank you.

I am so grateful to those of you who attended or supported our 2016 Family Defense Benefit. I hope you agree that the evening was a meaningful and inspiring acknowledgment of our work keeping families together. It was a beautiful night and a great chance to meet new people and reconnect with old friends. I am very thankful that you are a part of our family defense community. We couldn’t do this work without your support.

Congratulations to our honorees, New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLPWe are immensely proud of these partnerships.

Thank you to our sponsors for making the night possible.

We are so grateful to our client Emmanuel for sharing his story and explaining why our work makes a difference in the lives of Brooklyn families and the importance of giving parents a second chance. We were also inspired by the words of Kharon, a young filmmaker and college grad, who spoke about the Initiative which made it possible for him to meet his incarcerated father when he was 14.

We look forward to seeing you at our ten year anniversary party next year! Please stay in touch and get involved. 

To learn more about our Associates Advisory Board, contact our co-chairs, Somil Trivedi at or Jade Burns at
For information on pro bono opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to get involved, please e-mail Lauren Shapiro at or Daniel Ball at

With much gratitude,

Lauren Shapiro, Director
Brooklyn Defender Services, Family Defense Practice



Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP

FAMILY Defender

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Crowell & Moring LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Peggy Farber

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP


Arnold & Porter LLP

Kaye Scholer LLP

Morrison & Foerster Foundation

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP