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Shipman & Goodwin LLP Honored for Volunteer Efforts on Behalf of Women Empowered Against Violence

April 14, 2011

This week, our Washington, D.C. office was among those honored for their pro bono work with Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE), a Washington-area nonprofit that provides a wide range of services to survivors of violence. In recognition of National Volunteer Appreciation Week and National Crime Victim’s Rights Week, WEAVE hosted a volunteer appreciation event to thank the organization’s volunteers and victim advocates for their commitment and service.

Under the leadership of Shipman & Goodwin partner James Ruggeri, the firm’s Washington, D.C. office made working with victims of domestic violence its pro bono priority when the office opened in May 2010. “We hope that with a little help from Shipman & Goodwin on the legal side, survivors of domestic violence can come out of the experience feeling supported and empowered,” said Ruggeri.

With assistance from the firm’s Washington, D.C. Pro Bono Coordinator Tara Plochocki, more than 95 percent of the office’s pro bono work is done for WEAVE. “We look forward to increasing our service on behalf of victims of domestic violence and further strengthening our relationship with WEAVE,” said Plochocki.

“WEAVE is so grateful for the strong volunteer support that comes from so many amazing organizations throughout the D.C. community,” said Dr. Jeni Gamble, WEAVE’s Executive Director. “We simply could not meet all of our clients’ needs without volunteers who generously give their time and resources. Individuals and organizations like those being recognized have gone above and beyond.”

Shipman & Goodwin also recently hosted a pro bono training event on behalf of WEAVE. Attorneys from various firms as well as the Department of Justice attended a day-long session on how to Litigate Civil Protection Orders and Immigration Remedies for Survivors of Domestic Violence.  

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