Bar News - April 20, 2007
Oleskey to Receive ABA Pro Bono Award
NH Bar member Stephen Oleskey, a partner at the WilmerHale law firm in Boston, has been selected to receive the American Bar Associationís 2007 Pro Bono Publico Award. The award, presented by the ABAís Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, honors individual lawyers and law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments and other institutions in the legal profession that have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to our nationís underprivileged.
Oleskey is being recognized for his lifetime dedication to providing pro bono legal service and will be one of five in the nation to be presented an ABA Pro Bono Publico Award at the ABA Annual Meeting on August 13, 2007, in San Francisco.
Since joining WilmerHale almost 40 years ago, Oleskey has been dedicated to high-profile pro bono cases of national and international importance, as well as to smaller cases for disadvantaged clients in local communities. He has been an integral part of the firmís Pro Bono and Community Service Committee since 1969. He has not only made pro bono representation a priority in his own career, but has also been an inspirational leader, encouraging others in the firm and legal community to become involved in pro bono services.
The other award recipients are Attorney Robert E. Borton of San Francisco and Attorney Patricia Yoedicke of Minneapolis, as well as the firms Derfner, Altman & Wilborn of Charleston, S.C. and Sidley & Austin of Chicago for this prestigious award for pro bono excellence.