Annual Abely Awards

In memory of Maryellen Abely

450 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The Abely Awards honor the memory of Maryellen Abely, an alumna of Columbia Law School, an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and a pro bono attorney at Sanctuary for Families’ Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services.

Maryellen was a tireless advocate for the rights of victims of domestic abuse and one of the first pro bono attorneys at the Legal Center. After a long battle with cancer, she died in 1995. In remembering Maryellen, we celebrate the contributions of pro bono attorneys, law students, and legal assistants whose efforts enable Sanctuary to serve thousands of domestic violence victims each year.

For any questions regarding the event, please contact Chanel Ellis, Manager of Special Events (212)-349-6009 x366 OR Amy Abramson, Director of Individual Giving & Special Events x 494.

About the 23rd Annual Abely Awards
The Abely Awards honor individuals who have made a difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence and who embody Maryellen Abely’s compassion, zeal, energy and dedication.

2019 Honorees

The Abely Award for Leading Women and Children to Safety
Hon. Toko Serita

Presiding Judge, Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court

The Abely Pro Bono Leadership Award
William C. Silverman
Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP

2019 Abely Fellow
Shuxin Qian
Columbia Law Student


The Abely Awards are hosted by the Legal Advisory Council.

Special thanks to the members of our Board of Directors and President’s Council.

Special thanks to Elizabeth Goldfeder of GK Framing, Gillian Segal, and Ellen Weldon of Ellen Weldon Design.