21st Annual Abely Awards

Honoring Ronnie Eldridge and Richard A. Rothman

450 Lexington Avenue
6:00 pm

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About the Abely Awards

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.

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.

This year, we are honoring:

Ronnie Eldridge
Government and Community Social Justice Leader and Journalist
The Abely Award for Leading Women and Children to Safety

Presented by Hon. Janet DiFiore
Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and of the State of New York


Richard A. Rothman
Senior Counsel, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
The Abely Pro Bono Achievement Award

Yiqing Shi
Second-Year Student, Columbia Law
The 2017 Maryellen Abely Fellowship

The Abely Awards are hosted by the Legal Advisory Council.

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