April 05, 2007

Jenner & Block joined New York City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum and the New York Women’s Foundation on March 26 to present “A Room of Our Own,” a program celebrating the achievement of women as part of Women’s History Month.

Held at Jenner & Block’s New York office, the event honored the talent and work of authors Gail Buckley, Tonya Bolden and Linda Fairstein, and community leaders Ana Maria Archila and Margaret Fung.

Jenner & Block Partner Paul F. Jock, II delivered welcoming remarks and introduced Ms. Gotbaum. The event was spearheaded by Partner Richard F. Levy.

Ms. Gotbaum noted, "Jenner & Block has already become a friend to so many New Yorkers due to their generous Pro Bono work.  They have lived up to their reputation as a Pro Bono firm extraordinaire. We are especially excited to have joined with them in hosting this Women's History Month event to honor such a talented group of women."

The honorees read their work, shared anecdotes and remarked on their own professional careers as well as the overall strides of women in the community and workplace.

Ms. Buckley is a best-selling author and historian, and chronicler of “undiscovered American history” through her books. Ms. Bolden is a best-selling author who has devoted the lion’s share of her work to books for children and young adults. Ms. Archila is the Executive Director of the Latin American Integration Center, which works to protect the human and civil rights of immigrants.  Ms. Fairstein is a best-selling crime novelist and former criminal prosecutor. Ms. Fung is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a 33 year-old nonprofit organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, advocacy and community education.

“We are very pleased to be able to join Ms. Gotbaum and the New York Women’s Foundation to celebrate the accomplishments of these extraordinary women,” said Mr. Levy.

Pictured: (Back row, from left): City of New York Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, Tonya Bolden, Ana Maria Archila and New York Women's Foundation President & CEO Ana L. Oliveira.  (Front row, from left): Linda Fairstein, Margaret Fung and Gail Buckley.