2004 Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility

Past Recipients of the Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility

2003 - Theodore M. Shaw '79 and Covington & Burling

2002 - Edith I. Spivack, Esq. '32, Kristin Booth Glen '66 and Anika Rahman, Esq. '90

2001 - Tim Coulter, Esq. '69 and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

2000 - Michael Hertz, Esq. '88 and The Fellowship Program of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

1999 - Nicole A. Gordon '77 and The Political Asylum Workshop of Davis Polk & Wardwell

1998 - Harriet S. Rabb, Esq. '66 and Jerome J. Shestack, Esq.

1997 - Marvin E. Frankel, Esq. '48 and Kay Crawford Murray, Esq. '76

1996 - Evan A. Davis, Esq. '69 and Hon. Pauline A. Mullings '76

Past Recipients of the Former
Lawrence A. Wien Prize in Corporate Social Responsibility

1995 - Hallmark Cards, Inc.

1994 - S C Johnson Wax

1993 - Merck & Co., Inc. *

1992 - The Stride Rite Corporation

1991 - Chemical Banking Corporation

1989 - Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc.

1987 - H.B. Fuller Company

1986 - Sara Lee Corporation

1985 - The Rouse Company

1984 - Levi-Strauss & Company

1983 - Norton Company

1982 - Dayton Hudson Corporation

* In addition, Newman's Own received the Lawrence A. Wien Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Commitment.



On November 22, 2004, Columbia Law School honored Harvey J. Goldschmid '65, Commissioner at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, a globally oriented, full-service firm of over 500 attorneys, with the 2004 Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility. The annual ceremony offers recognition to those individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to pro bono activities and community service.

Harvey J. Goldschmid, who is on leave from the Columbia Law School, where he has served on the faculty since 1970 and as the Dwight Professor of Law since 1984, has been a Commissioner at the SEC since July 2002. In 1998-99, Commissioner Goldschmid served as General Counsel of the SEC, and from January 1 to July 15, 2000, he was Special Senior Advisor to SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt.

Commissioner Goldschmid is the author of numerous publications on corporate, securities and antitrust law, and he is a frequent lecturer at national and international legal programs and seminars. He received the 1999 Chairman's Award for Excellence from the SEC, as well as several teaching awards. He has also chaired, or been a member of, several professional organizations, and has served as a consultant to several government and non-profit organizations, including the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Stock Exchange.

"Harvey Goldschmid is an extraordinary public servant, scholar, and teacher who has worked to make our capital markets fairer, more transparent, and more efficient," said David Schizer, Dean & Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law. "We are honored to recognize his commitment to public service."

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, which has offices in New York, Washington, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beijing, is engaged in a diverse and highly dynamic international practice and has regularly ranked among the top firms in New York City and the nation in pro bono hours. In addition to its excellence as a corporate law firm, its lawyers annually record tens of thousands of hours on an astonishingly wide range of matters.

The idea that public service is an essential part of a life in the law goes back to the beginnings of Paul, Weiss. Over the years, the firm's distinguished public servants have included appellate judges, members of Congress, undersecretaries of state and special counsels to the President of the United States.

Paul, Weiss has also been involved in a number of momentous cases, and its lawyers have helped establish law and public policy concerning prisoners' rights, rights of asylum and treatment of the homeless. Furthermore, the firm has authored groundbreaking reports on the legal rights of children and organized the foundation that facilitated and supervised the first-ever free election in South Africa. In addition to high-profile cases, the firm handles hundreds of cases vital only to the individuals involved.

Julia Tarver '96, will accept the Wien Prize on behalf of the firm. She exemplifies the new generation that has embraced its values. As a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Julia has been able to pursue her avid interest in death penalty defense, which began when she was a teenager in Mobile, Alabama. At Paul, Weiss, Julia has participated in four death penalty cases. She has served as secretary of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Committee on Capital Punishment and has dedicated herself to increasing public awareness about the death penalty.

"Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, which encourages and supports the pro bono work of lawyers such as Julia Tarver, sets an example that both lawyers and law students can and should aspire to," said Ellen Chapnick, Dean for Social Justice Initiatives. "Columbia Law School is honored and proud to recognize their dedication to public service with the Wien Prize."

The Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility honors members of the legal profession who, like Lawrence Wien '27, put their resources and legal skills to work for the public good. The prize, established in 1982 at both the Law and Business Schools, was initially awarded to corporations that exhibited a strong social conscience. Since 1996, in consultation with Mr. Wien's descendants, the award has been conferred solely by the Law School.


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