New York, NY (PRWEB) November 03, 2011
The Dave Nee Foundation achieved record-breaking support from law firms for this year’s 2011 Gala. This year, ten firms committed to supporting the work of the Foundation to raise awareness of the prevalence of depression in the legal community (lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than non-lawyers and 40% of law students report symptoms of depression by their third year) as well as the potentially fatal consequences of untreated depression. Recognizing the severity of the issue, nearly double the number of law firms have pledged their support of the Foundation than in years past.
Law firms supporting the Foundation’s work include Greeberg Traurig, Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C., Gunderson Dettmer, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Latham & Watkins, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Ropes & Gray LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. DocAuto, a software vendor for businesses including law firms, and Boston Partners also sponsor the Foundation’s efforts.
Andrew Sparkler, president of the Dave Nee Foundation, noted the tremendous support from the legal community saying, “The Foundation is incredibly grateful to have the backing of these well-known and respected firms. With their support, we hope to continue to raise awareness of the elevated risk of depression in the legal community and encourage treatment. We are confident that this process helps to develop happier and more productive attorneys."
On November 4, 2011, at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan, NY, the Foundation will host its sixth annual gala to generate funding and increase awareness for the Foundation and its work. The event, the Foundation’s largest of the year and its primary fundraiser, promises to be a resounding success. The gala will include a silent and live auction with exciting items, fabulous cocktails and food, and a moving program that will include presentation of The David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award to Michael J. Lane, Esq. This award is given annually to a member of the legal community who exhibits extraordinary compassion and concern for his or her co-workers, family, friends, and community.
The Dave Nee Foundation was created in the wake of the 2005 suicide of Dave Nee, a brilliant law student at Fordham University who struggled silently with depression for many years. The Dave Nee Foundation’s innovative and unique program, Uncommon Counsel, fights depression and works to prevent suicide among law students. Uncommon Counsel educates law students (currently within CUNY School of Law, Duke University School of Law, Fordham University, New York Law School, and Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center) about depression, its prevalence in the legal profession, and the availability and effectiveness of treatment. The Dave Nee Foundation also administers a grant-giving program that includes an annual grant awarded to a deserving organization whose mission is to support those with depression and/or prevent suicide.