Wiggin and Dana Announces 2012 Pro Bono Achievement Award Recipients

April 8, 2013

New Haven - Wiggin and Dana is pleased to announce that Scott Greathead, Christopher Clay, Tadhg Dooley, Natalie Elicker and Julie Loughran were the recipients of the firm's 2012 Pro Bono Achievement Award.

This annual award recognizes Wiggin and Dana attorneys for their outstanding dedication to, and achievement in, pro bono work based on pro bono hours, the nature and quality of the services and demonstrated commitment to the firm's goal of being a generous provider of pro bono legal services. This year's recipients were presented with the award at a firm event held on April 5, 2013. In addition, Wiggin and Dana contributed $250 on behalf of each recipient to the organization of his or her choice.

Scott contributed nearly 600 hours in pro bono work in 2012 alone. Most notable was his work on a political asylum matter for Oscar Ramirez, a survivor of the 1982 Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala. Scott also assisted the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation with organizing a U.S. not-for-profit and applying for 501(c)(3) tax exemption. Scott selected Human Rights First's Refugee Protection Program for his organization donation.

Chris has worked over 550 hours since 2011 taking depositions and managing discovery in a Section 1983 police brutality case against the towns of East Hartford and Manchester. Chris' contribution went to The Innocence Project.

Tadhg spent over 300 hours working alongside Jim Glasser on a sentencing appeal that tested the boundaries of the Espionage Act. Earlier this year, they successfully convinced the Court to vacate the sentence, arguing that Noureddine Malki was not, as the government asserted, an al Qaeda sympathizer. Tadhg split his contribution between New Haven Legal Assistance Association and A Better Way Foundation.

Appointed by the District of Connecticut's Pro Bono Panel, Natalie and Jim Craven successfully tried a Section 1983 civil rights action on behalf of a prisoner before an 8-person jury in Federal District Court in Hartford. Natalie split her organization donation between the Connecticut Food Bank and CitySeed.

In 2012, Julie represented five children in neglect proceedings, a defendant in a Criminal Justice Act appeal, and a veteran in his divorce. She selected the Center for Children's Advocacy for her organization donation.

Prior recipients of the firm's Pro Bono Achievement Award include Penny Seaman, Jim Craven, Aaron Bayer, Anika Singh Lemar (2007-13), Jim Glasser and Tahlia Townsend.