October 30, 2006

Jenner & Block Partners Patricia A. Bronte, Thomas J. Perrelli and Associate Martina E. Vandenberg were honored with the 2005 Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award on October 28 for their exceptional legal services to the needy.

Ms. Bronte received the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award for her representation of several detainees being held at Guantánamo Bay, who are challenging the legality of their prolonged detention.  Her award also recognized the more than 20 years of service she has given to the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, which helps secure safe and affordable housing for the poor in Metropolitan Chicago.  Ms. Bronte also supervised two murder cases in 2005, one on appeal and one through a post-conviction hearing.

Mr. Perrelli received the award for his pro bono representation of Michael Schiavo in the litigation concerning his wife, the late Terri Schiavo, who had been kept alive against her wishes by a Florida law supported by that state’s Governor.  Mr. Perrelli led the Jenner & Block team that developed the legal briefs opposing appeals by Mrs. Schiavo’s parents in light of a Congressional act that gave the federal courts jurisdiction in the case.

Ms. Vandenberg received the award for her extensive pro bono work representing human trafficking victims and for her advocacy efforts in calling for more stringent policies and laws to combat human trafficking.  As part of her work, she has testified before NATO and Congress about the problem, and was the author of an influential Human Rights Watch report on human trafficking in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award was inaugurated in 2002 to recognize persons who have provided exceptional legal services to the needy.  The winners receive a $5,000 award that they may donate to the charity or charities of their choice.  The 2004 Award Winners were Associates Brian P. O’Donnell and Amy L. Tenney.  The 2003 Award Winners were Partners Terri L. Mascherin and Susan R. Podolsky and Associates Jason J. Green and Kathleen R. Hartnett.  The 2002 Award Winners were Partners Thomas P. Sullivan and William M. Hohengarten.  The 2001 Award Winners were Partner Richard P. Steinken and Associate Christopher M. O’Connor.