ADL Honors Wiggin and Dana LLP at 2013 Greater New Haven Torch of Liberty and Centennial Gala

June 6, 2013

New Haven - The Anti-Defamation League honored Wiggin and Dana LLP at ADL's 2013 Greater New Haven Torch of Liberty and Centennial Gala, on Tuesday, May 21, in Woodbridge, Connecticut by bestowing its Torch of Liberty Award on the firm. The Torch of Liberty Award is presented annually to outstanding citizens and corporations whose extraordinary work has helped to strengthen the Greater New Haven community.

"Wiggin and Dana is honored to receive such a prestigious award," stated Bob Benjamin, Chair of the firm's Executive Committee. "So long as ADL is around, we will happily assist ADL in its continuing fight for civil liberties and equal justice for all."

Wiggin and Dana has had a longstanding commitment to equal justice and the protection of civil liberties and offers pro bono counsel to a number of organizations, such as New Haven Legal Assistance, All Our Kin, Lawyers for Children America, the Ronald McDonald House and the NAACP. In Connecticut and nationally, Wiggin and Dana has been especially active in helping the Anti-Defamation League pursue its mission of safeguarding our constitutional rights, including authoring three Supreme Court briefs on ADL's behalf.

Victor Bolden, Corporate Counsel of the City of New Haven, presented Wiggin and Dana with The Torch of Liberty Award and stated, "Wiggin and Dana's work on behalf of ADL has helped define this law firm as one that cares about more than just those clients who are able to pay them; it also has a deep and abiding commitment to the principle of justice for all."

The Greater New Haven Torch of Liberty Award Reception is one of ADL's premier annual events in Connecticut. More than 400 leading citizens and government officials joined the Anti-Defamation League on May 21 to honor exceptional community leaders in Greater New Haven, including Wiggin and Dana. ADL also gave its Torch of Liberty Award to Superintendent of New Haven Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo – who was introduced by New Haven Mayor John DeStefano – as well as community leaders Beverly and Dr. John Levy.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is devoted to fighting anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of bigotry, building bridges of understanding and safeguarding our liberties.