Wiggin and Dana Announces 2011 Pro Bono Achievement Award Recipients

April 19, 2012

New Haven – Wiggin and Dana is pleased to announce the 2011 Pro Bono Achievement Award recipients, James Glasser and Tahlia Townsend. Mr. Glasser and Ms. Townsend were presented with the award at a firm event held in their honor.

"Their outstanding contributions and commitment to pro bono representation and community service is a real asset to the firm," said Alan Schwartz, Partner and Chair of Wiggin and Dana's Pro Bono Committee. "Pro Bono work is an important part of our firm culture and Jim's and Tahlia's dedication reflects that."

Mr. Glasser and Ms. Townsend received monetary gifts for their pro bono efforts, to be donated to the organization of their choice.

In 2010 and 2011, Mr. Glasser collectively spent more than 400 hours on pro bono matters, and selected The US District Support Court Program for his donation. This program provides support and structure to participants who struggle with drug addiction to assist them in achieving lifelong sobriety. The program assists participants with treatment, employment, and educational resources. Mr. Glasser is a partner in Wiggin and Dana's New Haven office and is Co-Chair of the White Collar Defense, Investigations and Corporate Compliance Practice Group.

Over the past four years, Ms. Townsend has spent over 1500 hours on pro bono matters. Ms. Townsend selected Junta for Progressive Action for her organization donation. Junta for Progressive Action is the oldest Latino, community based non-profit organization in New Haven. They strive to improve social, political and economic conditions of the Greater New Haven Latino community through advocacy and programs such as adult education and community outreach, legal services, and cultural appreciation. Tahlia Townsend is an associate in Wiggin and Dana's New Haven office and is a member of the firm's Litigation Department.