Welcoming new board members at the Dave Nee Foundation

The Dave Nee Foundation has welcomed four new directors to its board for a three-year term beginning this January 2015. New board members include Brian Clarke, JD, Edward Filusch, Esq., Joan Pedley, MBA and James Stanford, MBA. Please see below for their biographies.

With the addition of new board members, Wynne Kelly, co-founder and president of the Dave Nee Foundation rotated off the board. Wynne will be deeply missed for his creative and boundless passion to fulfill the mission of the Dave Nee Foundation. Wynne has joined the Dave Nee Foundation Advisory Board, where he will continue to be a powerful advocate to end stigma.

Finally, we welcome Starling Marshall to her tenure as the new board president of the Dave Nee Foundation. We look forward to her leadership as we continue to develop and strengthen our response to the mental health challenges facing the legal community.

Brian Clarke joined the Charlotte Law faculty in 2011. Professor Clarke teaches Civil Procedure, Employment Discrimination, and other employment law related courses. His scholarship focuses on employment law, civil procedure, and judicial decision making. His work has appeared in the Utah Law Review, the Rutgers Law Review, and the California Law Review Circuit, among others.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Clarke practiced law for more than eleven years with Littler Mendelson PC and Nexsen Pruet LLC. While in practice, Professor Clarke argued and won significant cases before the North Carolina Supreme Court and the North Carolina Court of Appeals and successfully represented clients before the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Clarke also taught at Washington & Lee University School of Law as an Adjunct Professor of Law from 2009 to 2011.

 Professor Clarke received his B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Washington & Lee University School of Law. Professor Clarke’s research and scholarship are available on SSRN.

Ed Filusch is an associate in the New York office of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP. His practice focuses on complex commercial and financial products litigation. Prior to joining Kasowitz, Ed served as a law clerk to the Honorable Brian M. Cogan of the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York. Ed began his legal career as an associate in the White Collar Criminal Defense Group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Ed earned a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center where he served as Executive Editor for The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, and a B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Boston College.

Prior to his election to the Board in 2015, Ed was a long-time supporter of the Dave Nee Foundation and is honored to be able to continue working to further the Foundation’s mission of eliminating the stigma associated with depression and suicide.

Ed and his wife, Meghan, live in Brooklyn, NY with their son, Teddy.

Joan Pedley is the Head of Customer Experience at Pearson North America. Previously, she was the Global K-12 School Marketing Director. Prior to joining Pearson, Joan worked at Revlon in the Marketing and Strategy groups. Joan also has extensive experience in Finance and was a practicing CPA for several years. Joan is based in New York City.

Joan attended Vanderbilt University for both her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics and an MBA in Finance.

Joan has been a member of the Junior League since 1996 and transferred into the New York League in 2005. She received her certificate in Nonprofit Board Membership from the Junior League in 2009. Joan has extensive volunteer experience across the League that includes community service committees, which focus on child abuse, adult domestic violence, and youth in foster care. Her other experience includes finance, training, and fundraising. Joan was the Finance Manager from 2012-2013. She currently serves on the Audit, Investment, and Annual Fund committees of the Junior League as well serving as the Secretary of the Audit Committee at St. Bartholomew’s church in Manhattan.

James Stanford is the Managing Director with Fitzroy Health. With more than 15 years experience in health care strategy and business development, James has worked with hundreds of organizations across the sector to launch new businesses, bring new products to market, and transform performance of existing assets.

Prior to joining Fitzroy, James was a strategy and marketing consultant in the health care practice at McKinsey & Company, where he also helped start up Objective Health, the division devoted to optimizing performance for U.S. health care providers. Prior to joining McKinsey, James was Director on the Faculty of the Advisory Board Academies and earned an MBA in Health Care Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. James also holds an A.B. from Princeton University.

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Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County is 2014-2015 Beacon of Hope grantee

The Dave Nee Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Beacon of Hope grantee, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County (SPYC).

Several wonderful suicide prevention nonprofits submitting applications to the Beacon of Hope grant program in 2014. After considerable review and discussion, the review team chose to provide the award to SPYC and make a one-year, unrestricted grant of $8,000 to this California-based nonprofit.

Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County (SPYC) was founded in 1966  after a murder/suicide spurred mental health professionals and clergy in the area to recognize the need for crisis response services. The organization grew from a single telephone line to several and was incorporated as a non-profit in 1980. Today, SPYC is one of the five oldest suicide prevention crisis centers in the United States staffed solely by trained volunteer crisis counselors. The agency offers several programs: 24-hour crisis lines, including a teen line, and a school safety line; an SOS Signs of Suicide ® school presentation program; and a Friends and Families of Suicide Loss support group.  SPYC is committed to providing all services free of charge.

The mission of Suicide Prevention of Yolo County is to provide crisis prevention and intervention, education, and community outreach services to the residents of Yolo County.

We look forward to working with SPYC during 2015 as they implement their grant and to learning more about what we can do, collectively to eliminate stigma and prevent suicides.

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June and July 2014 Updates

June-July 2014 Newsletter

Updates from the Field: Uncommon Counsel

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As our law students prepare to take the Bar Exam and as many of our law school partners are using the summer months to plan for next year, the Dave Nee Foundation is also using the summer time to plan and enhance our programs.

The staff of the Dave Nee Foundation has been working on reviewing and analyzing the results from the feedback forms we collect after Uncommon Counsel presentations. In addition to compiling and analyzing aggregate data for all the presentations, we have also been working on individual school reports. In so doing, the reports will allow each law school to see how their school attendee responses compared with our national responses. We anticipate sending each school an individual report before the academic year gears up.

Based on our preliminary findings, we have been able to identify some areas of concern in student responses. For example, 64 percent (64%) of attendees agree or strongly agree that law students do not get help when needed for fear of professional consequences. This statistic tasks us all with reducing stigma associated with mental health issues and with continuing our efforts on the Starr Initiative to alter character and fitness questions. As one attendee stated “Keep having presentations and lobby the ABA and character and fitness people to recognize treatment for depression is a good thing, and that legal professionals are people too. Thanks.” (Northern Kentucky University, Chase School of Law, 2L)

Interpreting the data also helps us to see what students feel about the Uncommon Counsel format and mandated mental health programming. Seventy-seven percent (77%) agree or strongly agree that the Uncommon Counsel program should be mandatory. Further, one attendee wrote, “I think this presentation would be great around/after final grades. The day I received grades and the week afterwards I was certainly experiencing depression. While another suggested, “Give presentation to new 1Ls during orientation and outgoing 3LS before graduation.” (Duke University School of Law, 2L)

Most important, the data lets us know that with each presentation we are staying true to our mission of raising awareness about mental health issues, how to recognize when someone needs help, and how to intervene when needed. We believe that our presentations equip faculty, staff, and students with the knowledge and resources to save lives.
Time to Schedule Uncommon Counsel for the Fall and Spring Semesters!
If you are considering hosting an Uncommon Counsel presentation at your school this upcoming academic year or would like to learn more about Uncommon Counsel, please contact Katherine Bender, PhD, Programming Director at KBender@daveneefoundation.org today!

Update on the Law School Well-Being Survey Project
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In addition to analyzing our own data and attending professional development events and training, Kate continues to work with Jerry Organ, JD, Associate Director of the Halloran Center for Ethical Leadership at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and David Jaffe, JD, Associate Dean of Students, American University, Washington College of Law, on our collaborative Law School well-being survey project.

The 15 schools participating in the study were chosen to represent demographically varying types of law schools, so that the results can be generalized to most law schools and law students. The survey asked law students about their substance use, mental health, and willingness to seek treatment when needed for themselves or for others. Our hope is that the results will enable us to assist law schools on instilling best practices.

Suicide Prevention Research and Resources
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While we have always known that educating law school peers is an important way to reduce stigma and increase suicide prevention, Kate recently attended a lecture hosted by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (http://www.sprc.org/) about promoting help seeking behavior on campus, which reiterated this with recent data.

Data from the Healthy Minds (http://caps.umich.edu/article/healthy-minds-study) survey—shared during the lecture—indicated that two-thirds of students find encouragement from others to get help to be very important. The survey results also found that 90 percent (90%) of students who had at one time been suicidal, but did not seek help on their own, said that encouragement from others influenced them to get help. This suggests that continuing to train law students on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression, the warning signs of suicide and the resources that are available to them is increasingly more important.

Attending professional development lectures, this month again reiterates the need for our work to be done in collaboration. We offer best practices to our law school partners. We continue to urge our law school partners to work in conjunction with student leaders, counseling services on campus, and the state lawyer assistance program. We would also encourage regular communication with academic support services and/or financial aid services. Often some of the symptoms of a mental illness may show itself in the academic or financial areas of a student’s life. While we fully endorse LawLifeline (http://www.lawlifeline.org/) , we also recommend that schools consider the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’sInteractive Screening Program. (http://www.afsp.org/the-interactive-screening-program)

We also encourage law schools to view theHealthy Minds study data reports (http://data.healthymindsnetwork.org/user_sessions) . These reports include data between 2007 and 2014 for over 100 colleges and universities. It is possible to look at the social and behavioral indicators like levels of depression, anxiety, binge drinking, therapy use in aggregate via the online interactive tool. More importantly, one can look at the results by field of study to see how law students’ rates compare with other professional student rates.

Finally, we encourage our law school partners to consider joining the ongoing Healthy Minds Network study (http://www.healthymindsnetwork.org/research/data-for-researchers) , which costs anywhere from $500-$3,000 depending on school size.

Thank you, Uncommon Counsel Regional Sponsors
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Mr. Davidson T. Gordon, Mr. & Mrs. Amit Shashank, and Mr. & Mrs. John W. Van Dyke sponsored Uncommon Counsel in the Midwest.
Mr. & Mrs. Owen Nee sponsored Uncommon Counsel on the West Coast.
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Vermillion sponsored Uncommon Counsel in Texas.
Elizabeth J. Kanter and Gerry, Rosie & Brian Reidy sponsored Uncommon Counsel in the South.

We deeply appreciate your commitment to our work. If you are interested in sponsoring an Uncommon Counsel presentation, please contact Rachael Barrett at Rbarrett@daveneefoundation.org.

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters of the DC Trivia Night Challenge
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Thank you to everyone who came out on Monday, July 7th for DC Trivia Night Challenge. It was our largest Trivia Night yet and we are so grateful for the support from Washington DC’s preeminent law firms.

Hosted by Hill Country and with the Trivia Contest led by District Trivia, 19 teams went through five grueling rounds. The winning team, “Table of Authorities” representing White & Case LLP, took away the winning trophy!

Prominent firms included Arent Fox, Baker Botts, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Case & White, Holland & Knight, Mayer Brown, Saul Ewing, Steptoe & Johnson, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, and Winston & Strawn.

Thanks also to Potomac River Running Club, Shake Shack and Sephora (Soho, NY) for donating items for our raffle!

Sephora and the Dave Nee Foundation
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Sephora Values Inside Out Campaign: The Values Inside Out Program matches individual Sephora USA, Inc. (“Sephora”) stores with local nonprofits.

Each store had the opportunity to select a nonprofit they feel passionate about and help by supporting fund raising, increasing awareness, and volunteering to help that organization fulfill its individual goals over the course of 2014.

The Dave Nee Foundation is so pleased to have been chosen as a charity of choice for Sephora’s Values Inside Out 2014 Campaign and to be working with Sephora’s Soho NYC store at 555 Broadway, New York, NY.

Upcoming Events
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If you are a Trivia fan, please consider joining for the 2014 Dave Nee Trivia Night Challenge NYC. It will be held at Butterfield 8, at Five East 38th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues on Tuesday, July 29th from 6PM to 9PM

Save the Date for our annual Gala! Held at Fordham Law School’s new building in Lincoln Center on Saturday, October 11, 2014. For more information or to learn about sponsorship or ticket availability, please visit our website (http://daveneefoundation.org/events/annual-fall-gala/) .
Update: A Dave Nee Foundation Special Fundraiser: A Big Dave Nee Foundation “Thank You!” to Susan Rosenthal who is raising money for us! This September, Susan is walking the Philadelphia Rock & Roll half marathon. Her goal was to raise $1,000 for the Dave Nee Foundation, which was quickly met! Susan then increased her goal to $2,000 and is almost there. Go here to support Susan and the Dave Nee Foundation (http://www.razoo.com/story/Susan-Rosenthal-Walking-To-Eliminate-The-Stigma-Of-Depression) . Thank you Susan and to all who have donated!

A Note From Our President
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People do not talk enough about depression and suicide. It is an issue that affects people of all backgrounds. It does not discriminate by gender, race, sexual orientation, education or income level. Anyone, from any background, can suffer from its debilitating effect.

Nearly 1 in 10 Americans suffer from depression.
Lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than non-lawyers.
Lawyers rank 5th in incidence of suicide by occupation.
On average, 80 Americans die by suicide every day.

The Dave Nee Foundation, comprised primarily of dedicated volunteers, works hard to reduce the stigma of depression and prevent suicide through its support of established organizations and its own direct advocacy.

Please consider making a donation today (http://www.daveneefoundation.com/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=7) and support this valuable work.

Thank you,
Wynne Kelly
Board President

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About the Dave Nee Foundation: The Dave Nee Foundation’s mission is to eliminate the stigma associated with depression and suicide by promoting and encouraging not only the diagnosis and treatment of depression among young adults, but also the education of young people, their families, and friends about the disease of depression.

We believe that a principal reason for the high suicide rate in the United States is a glaring lack of sufficiently candid discussion about, and early treatment of, depression. We hope to spread the message that depression and thoughts of harming oneself are common and that treatment for depressed and suicidal thoughts must become socially acceptable.

Summer and Fall 2014 Updates

The Ninth Annual Gala benefiting the Dave Nee Foundation will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Fordham’s new Law School building at Lincoln Center. Designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

The evening will honor the beginnings of the Dave Nee Foundation and celebrate its bright future. We will be presenting our annual awards, the Ray of Light and the Dave Stoner Award. The entertainment will include live music (jazz quartet), cocktails, dinner and unique and fun opportunities to support the Dave Nee Foundation.

We are pleased to announce a partnership with Broken Light Collective, a nonprofit working with photographers living with or affected by mental illness. During the evening we will be featuring works from these photographers.

Introducing our Gala Honorees

Ray of Light Award Honoree, Therese Borchard 

Author of Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes and The Pocket Therapist: An Emotional Survival Guide. Ms. Borchard writes the blog Sanity Break on Everyday Health and is an Associate Editor and a regular contributor to Psych Central. She penned the blog Beyond Blue on Beliefnet.com for seven years, and still writes monthly articles for the site. She writes for other media outlets, as well, like The Huffington Post and PBS/This Emotional Life, and moderates a dynamic depression support group, Group Beyond Blue, on Facebook.

David S. Stoner, Uncommon Counselor Award Honoree, Yvette Hourigan

Yvette Hourigan was born and raised in Louisville, KY.  She graduated from Murray State University with degrees in political science and Russian. She is a 1988 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law. After a clerkship with the (former) Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, she began her litigation career in product liability defense where she practiced with two large defense firms. She then opened her own plaintiff’s practice in 1998 where she practiced in all areas of civil litigation until 2011. She had significant verdicts in the areas of medical negligence, nursing home litigation and aviation disasters. In 2011, she was named the Executive Director of the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program. KYLAP provides assistance to all Kentucky law students, lawyers and judges with mental health issues and impairments including such issues as depression, addiction and compulsive disorders. KYLAP’s work in the area of lawyer and law student depression and suicide prevention have been featured nationally in The Huffington Post, USA Today, and on television on Legal View with Ashley Banfield. Yvette is married and lives with her family in Lexington, Kentucky. She is active in her recovery community and enjoys cooking, reading and needlepointing. Yvette was featured in this CNN piece on attorney suicides that aired in early 2014.

A Note From Our President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As some of you know, after eight years on the Board of Directors and three as the President of the Board, I am stepping away from the Dave Nee Foundation at the end of this year.

It has been an amazing journey to start a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit from scratch and, in addition to learning so much about mental health and the prevalence of depression in our society, the Foundation has also given me purpose and helped me cope with the untimely losses of first, Dave Nee, and then, David Stoner, whose absences I still feel on a daily basis.

I am proud of what you and I have done and the difference we have made together. At the Foundation, we have taken a huge set of problems — the ignorance of mental health issues in the world, the stigma too many associate with mental health, particularly depression, the reluctance to seek treatment, and the devastating costs of untreated mental health conditions on our society, families, and workplaces — and broken it down into what we know, what we can change, and how we can change it.

As those of you who have ever discussed the Foundation with me know well, I could go on and on about the problem’s scope, what we’re trying to do, and what obstacles remain, but I will try to be brief and to the point because each of your time is valuable. Basically, the demand for our services far exceeds the supply. We have one full-time Program Director, a Ph.D. who flies around the country, sleeping on friends’ couches and in airport motels to save money, while disseminating this critical information.

This system is unsustainable. What the Foundation needs, and what I am begging you for, is an increase in funds to be able to hire more people and meet the expanding, critical need. Additionally, we would like to take what we’ve learned and expand to other sectors at risk, but our resources do not allow that at this point.

I have set a personal fundraising goal of $10,000 to try to put the Foundation in the best position possible after I step down. If your budget does not allow for you to make a donation this year, please do two things for me: 1) consider volunteering your time either for the Dave Nee Foundation or another charity; and 2) talk openly and candidly with your friends and family about depression and help us reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues.

Thank you,
Wynne Kelly
Board President
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Our Summer of Events

First up, NYC Trivia Night! This year’s Trivia Night was held at Butterfield 8 on July 29th. Led by the Trivia Masters at Big Trivia Thing, we hosted teams from Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Cullen and Dykman LLP, Baker and McKenzie, Gunderson Dettmer. Thanks everyone for attending!

Sephora SoHo chose the Dave Nee Foundation as its Charity of Choice through Sephora’s Values Inside/Out annual campaign.As part of this initiative, Sephora SoHo hosted Heroes Amongst Us, which recognizes that in each of us, is a hero. We have within us the ability to save others and ourselves—a powerful concept in a world where so many feel their voices and positive actions are silenced by fear and stigma.

We raffled off Sephora Gift Baskets; donated professional service’s make up stations, blowouts, facials, and self-care and beauty lessons from Sephora SoHo’s professional staff. We were also pleased to have the Gilt Group contribute a gift certificate for the raffle, and grateful to Rekorderlig hard cider and Polar Beverages for providing products, as well as to HighLife Productions is catering the affair.

Upcoming Events

Community Conversation on Mental Health

In partnership with NAMI of Queens/Nassau County, the Dave Nee Foundation is pleased to be co-hosting a Community Conversation on Mental Health. The conversation includes an interactive night of professional networking and round-table discussions with young professionals and leaders and in business, law, mental health, education, civic, and faith-based organizations.

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Updates from the Field: Uncommon Counsel and What we did this Summer

While the academic year may only have started a few weeks ago, Dave Nee Foundation staff and board have been working hard throughout the summer.

As we do each summer, we reviewed the feedback from surveys distributed at each of the 35 schools we visited during the academic year 2013-2014. After analyzing the data, we prepare individualized responses for each school.

Each school report include the data analysis of attendee responses for their school compared with the aggregate feedback of attendee responses from all schools. The summary also offered individual recommendations for each school based on the findings.

Additionally, we took the time to conduct our own self-assessment based on both the quantitative feedback as well as the attendee comments. Please contact Katherine Bender if you are interested in viewing a copy of our self assessment.

The Law School Student Well-Being Survey Project

We continue our work on the Survey of Law Student Well-Being Study. This study was conducted in the spring semester of 2014 and involved 15 law schools. We had over 3,000 respondents to the survey which inquired about law student alcohol and drug use, mental health, and help-seeking behaviors.

We are a partner in this study that was initiated by Jerry Organ from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota and David Jaffe of American University, Washington College of Law in DC; with grants from the ABA Foundation and the Dave Nee Foundation.

This past August, we presented some of the preliminary results at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Conference held in Amelia Island. Moderated by Professor Katerina Lewinbuk, South Texas College of Law, discussants included: Professor Robert Bailey, University of Missouri School of Law; Dr. Katherine M. Bender, The Dave Nee Foundation; Professor David Jaffe, American University, Washington College of Law; Professor Jerry Organ, University of St. Thomas School of Law; Ms. Beth Padgett, South Carolina Bar Association; Ms. Judy Rushlow, Florida Lawyer Assistance; Professor Abby Saunders, Charleston School of Law; Professor Janet Stearns, University of Miami School of Law; Mr. Brett Twitty, Washington and Lee University School of Law. Click here to learn more about the SEALS conference 

A more thorough analysis of the results will be presented at the 2014 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs (COLAP) in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday October 9, 2014. Click here to learn more about the COLAP Conference.


Webinar on Attorney Well-Being

California is one of seven states that now mandates mental health Continuing Legal Education credits (CLEs) and the Dave Nee Foundation was happy to partner with the Continuing Education of the Bar, State Bar of California to offer a webinar on September 9th. This event was held in Oakland, CA and live web streamed for California attorneys. The program has been archived and if interested, you can find out about how to watch the program and gain CLEs by following the link here.


The Fall Semester of Uncommon Counsel

Our first traditional Uncommon Counsel program for the 2014-2015 school year was held at Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law on August 26th.

As part of Wellness Week at McKinney, Kate and the director of the Indiana Lawyers Assistance Program addressed a crowd of about 45 law school students, faculty, and staff in an Uncommon Counsel presentation. McKinney’s wellness week also included talks on financial wellness, a student activities fair, as well as a culinary demonstration, zumba, and yoga. Thank you McKinney for working so hard to present the first ever wellness week and for including us!

After McKinney led the kick off to our Uncommon Counsel Programs for the Academic year 2014-2015, we presented at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, where an event was offered for students and and one just for faculty. Also in Texas, we returned to Texas Tech University School of Law where our Uncommon Counsel program was mandatory for 1Ls as part of an ongoing 1L orientation.

We are thrilled that for the first time we partnered with Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and the Louisiana Lawyers Assistance Program to offer a program for all 1Ls and for students working in the law clinic. Another new school partnership this month was Harvard Law School (HLS).  Students, staff, and administrators received the Dave Nee Foundation with a warm welcome and a very receptive audience. We hope to continue to work with the student mental health association at HLS in future programming events. We were also pleased to participate on a panel at NYU School of Law, our first visit to NYU. Lastly, we returned to both Charleston School of Law and Washington and Lee College of Law.
We continue to be honored by law schools who invite us to return each year and to those who have heard about our program and want to partner with us. We are also grateful to attendees of our programs who through their feedback, remind us of why the work we do is so important.”I think all employees who work directly with law students should be invited. I’m glad I was invited to it. I never felt it was my place to help a student in this way, but I now have resources to help.””I appreciate this; I was concerned about my brother (another law student) so I am glad I have more tools.” (1L)

We have now placed our Uncommon Counsel calendar online for all to see!


Time to Schedule Uncommon Counsel for 2015 Spring Semester

If you are considering hosting an Uncommon Counsel presentation at your school this upcoming academic year or would like to learn more about our work, please contact Katherine Bender, PhD, Programming Director at KBender@daveneefoundation.org today.

Thank you, Uncommon Counsel Regional Sponsors

  • Mr. Davidson T. Gordon, Mr. & Mrs. Amit Shashank, and Mr. & Mrs. John W. Van Dyke sponsored Uncommon Counsel in the Midwest.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Owen Nee sponsored Uncommon Counsel on the West Coast.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Richard Vermillion sponsored Uncommon Counsel in Texas.
  • Elizabeth J. Kanter and Gerry, Rosie & Brian Reidy sponsored Uncommon Counsel in the South.

We deeply appreciate your commitment to our work. If you are interested in sponsoring an Uncommon Counsel presentation, please contact Rachael Barrett at Rbarrett@daveneefoundation.org.

Update: A Dave Nee Foundation Special Fundraiser and Half-MarathonerA Big Dave Nee Foundation “Thank You!” and Congratulations to Susan Rosenthal for exceeding her fundraising goal AND completing the Philadelphia Rock & Roll Half Marathon on September 21st!

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In Memory of

We want to take a moment to recognize the sad loss of two members of the New England Law community to death by suicide. While suicide and mental health concerns have received more attention since Robin Williams’ death, the loss of both Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna and University of New Hampshire Law School 2013 graduate Tyler Jaramillo speak to the continued need for our collective efforts to educate, eliminate stigma and create safe spaces. Our condolences to both law school communities, friends, and families.About the Dave Nee Foundation: The Dave Nee Foundation’s mission is to eliminate the stigma associated with depression and suicide by promoting and encouraging not only the diagnosis and treatment of depression among young adults, but also the education of young people, their families, and friends about the disease of depression.We believe that a principal reason for the high suicide rate in the United States is a glaring lack of sufficiently candid discussion about, and early treatment of, depression. We hope to spread the message that depression and thoughts of harming oneself are common and that treatment for depressed and suicidal thoughts must become socially acceptable. Visit LawLifeline for resources dedicated to law student wellness.

On #GivingTuesday 2014

On #GivingTuesday 2014

 

3 ways you can support the Dave Nee Foundation

today and every day…

1.  Donate.
2.  Volunteer. 
We value the time and talents of our volunteers and we welcome opportunities to work and learn together.
3.  Join.
We are part of a movement to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness in higher education and the workplace. Join us and others by becoming an ambassador at your school or firm.

Want to learn more about us? Email: info@daveneefoundation.org today!

 

May 2014 Updates

May 2014 Newsletter

Updates from the Field: Uncommon Counsel
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Now that most of our law school partners have completed this academic year with final exams and graduation, Katherine Bender, PhD, our programming director, has focused her work on other Dave Nee Foundation opportunities.

D.C. Bar Presentation: At the end of April, Kate was part of a panel presentation held at the D.C. Bar (https://www.dcbar.org/index.cfm) for D.C. Bar Lawyer Assistance Program volunteers. During the panel, Kate addressed practicing attorneys about warning signs of depression and suicide and how to appropriately intervene if someone is at risk. During the panel, a D.C. Bar volunteer bravely shared her own story and personal journey as an attorney with depression and attorney Carl Fleming, one of our Akin Gump pro bono partners, introduced the audience to some of the tenets of positive psychology as ways to enhance resiliency. The program was very well received and we have been invited to return to DC in July to offer a similar panel to the D.C. Bar Section members. We would like to thank Denise J. Perme, LICSW, Manager and Niki L. Irish, LICSW Senior Counselor, Lawyer Assistance Program, D.C. Bar Lawyer Assistance Program for hosting us.

Training Institute for the Psychoanalytic Society in New York City: Kate also was invited this May to present to practicing mental health professionals at the Training Institute for the Psychoanalytic Society in New York City. The panel was titled “Mental Health Challenges in our Competitive Culture: Expert Insights and Innovative Interventions.” Kate shared mental health statistics concerning the legal profession and offered insight into why those in this profession are more at risk for depression and suicide. Kate also offered clinical best practices for suicide risk assessment and management. The Dave Nee Foundation was honored to be part of a such a distinguished panel that included:

Victor Schwartz, MD: Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine; Medical Director, Jed Foundation (https://www.jedfoundation.org/) .

Stanley Teitelbaum, Ph.D: Postgraduate Center for Mental Health and Training Institute for Mental Health; Author: Sports Heroes, Fallen Idols; Athletes who Indulge their Dark Side; Illusion and Disillusionment.

Linda Villella: Founder, Executive Director, Miami City Ballet School; Canadian National Figure Skating Champion; Competitor, World Olympic Figure Skating Teams.

University of Pennsylvania and MAPP: As the semester wound down for many of our law school partners, the semester also came to a close for the Dave Nee Foundation interns from The University of Pennsylvania’s Masters of Applied Positive Psychology Program (MAPP). These students have worked all semester familiarizing themselves with the work of the Dave Nee Foundation, even attending a West Coast Uncommon Counsel presentation. Their semester’s project entailed creating a wellness booster kit based on evidence-based positive psychology practices that we will include in future Uncommon Counsel presentations. It was a pleasure to work with these students and we thank our advisory committee member, Dan Bowling and the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for introducing us to the program.

Uncommon Counsel 2013-14 Year-end Statistics: Now that our 2013-14 Uncommon Counsel law school presentations have ended, we are analyzing the responses on the completed feedback forms we have from each school. A full report is forthcoming. As a quick summary, in the academic year 2013-2014, the Dave Nee Foundation made 41 Uncommon Counsel presentations at 35 law schools throughout the United States. Thirty schools participated in our surveys with the following results:
97% of attendees agreed or strongly agreed with the following statement: “The information I learned today will help me to recognize symptoms of depression.”

95% of attendees agreed or strongly agreed with the following statement: “As a result of the presentation today, I can identify three warning signs of suicide.”

Schedule your 2014-15 Uncommon Counsel Presentation Today: With the 2013-14 academic year behind us, we are currently planning our 2014-15 law school presentation calendar. We have already been contacted by law schools who have not yet had an Uncommon Counsel presentation but are eager to host one. Finally, if you are interested or intend to have an Uncommon Counsel presentation at your school this fall, please contact Kate at kbender@daveneefoundation.org

We are excited that California’s State Bar Association contacted us to partner and offer a mental health CLE in early September. We thank MN Lawyer’s Concerned for Lawyers’ for being the first state bar program to host the Dave Nee Foundation.

Thank you, Uncommon Counsel Regional Sponsors
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Mr. Davidson T. Gordon, Mr. & Mrs. Amit Shashank, and Mr. & Mrs. John W. Van Dyke sponsored Uncommon Counsel in the Midwest.
Mr. & Mrs. Owen Nee sponsored Uncommon Counsel on the West Coast.
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Vermillion sponsored Uncommon Counsel in Texas.
Elizabeth J. Kanter and Gerry, Rosie & Brian Reidy sponsored Uncommon Counsel in the South.

We deeply appreciate your commitment to our work. If you are interested in sponsoring an Uncommon Counsel presentation, please contact Rachael Barrett at Rbarrett@daveneefoundation.org.

Sephora and the Dave Nee Foundation
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Sephora Values Inside Out Campaign: The Values Inside Out Program matches individual Sephora USA, Inc. (“Sephora”) stores with local nonprofits.

Each store had the opportunity to select a nonprofit they feel passionate about and help by supporting fund raising, increasing awareness, and volunteering to help that organization fulfill its individual goals over the course of 2014.

The Dave Nee Foundation is so pleased to have been chosen as a charity of choice for Sephora’s Values Inside Out 2014 Campaign and to be working with Sephora’s Soho NYC store at 555 Broadway, New York, NY.

Upcoming Events
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Trivia Nights! This year, our Third Annual Trivia Night in Washington DC and our Fourth Annual Trivia Night Contest in New York City are shaping up to be fun and lively evenings out for summer associates from New York and DC’s biggest firms. All proceeds go to support the Dave Nee Foundation’s Uncommon Counsel Program and all participants will have a fun night out with great prizes. No limit to number of sponsored teams! If you are interested in having your firm sponsor a team, please contact Rachael Barrett at Rbarrett@daveneefoundation.org (mailto:Rbarret@daveneefoundation.org)

Our Washington, DC event will be held on July 7th and our New York City event will be held on July 29th.

Annual Gala! Save the Date coming soon with information on sponsorship and ticket purchases.
A Dave Nee Foundation Special Fundraiser: A Big Dave Nee Foundation “Thank You!” to Susan Rosenthal who is raising money for us! This September, Susan is walking the Philadelphia Rock & Roll half marathon. Her goal is to raise $1,000 for the Dave Nee Foundation with your help. Go here to support Susan and the Dave Nee Foundation (http://www.razoo.com/story/Susan-Rosenthal-Walking-To-Eliminate-The-Stigma-Of-Depression) . Thank you Susan and to all who have donated!
Attorneys and Wellness around the Globe: The Australian nonprofit, The Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation (TJMF) was founded in the aftermath of 26-year-old attorney’s Tristan Jepson death by suicide in 2004. TJMF is leading the way in Australia in promoting good mental health in the legal community. This past spring, TMJF released: Psychological Wellbeing: Best Practice Guidelines for the Legal Profession”. The aim of the Guidelines is to assist legal organisations in creating psychologically healthy workplaces. You can check out the guidelines here (http://www.tjmf.org.au/raise-the-standard/) .

A Note From Our President
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People do not talk enough about depression and suicide. It is an issue that affects people of all backgrounds. It does not discriminate by gender, race, sexual orientation, education or income level. Anyone, from any background, can suffer from its debilitating effect.

Nearly 1 in 10 Americans suffer from depression.
Lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than non-lawyers.
Lawyers rank 5th in incidence of suicide by occupation.
On average, 80 Americans die by suicide every day.

The Dave Nee Foundation, comprised primarily of dedicated volunteers, works hard to reduce the stigma of depression and prevent suicide through its support of established organizations and its own direct advocacy.

Please consider making a donation today (http://www.daveneefoundation.com/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=7) and support this valuable work.

Thank you,
Wynne Kelly
Board President

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About the Dave Nee Foundation: The Dave Nee Foundation’s mission is to eliminate the stigma associated with depression and suicide by promoting and encouraging not only the diagnosis and treatment of depression among young adults, but also the education of young people, their families, and friends about the disease of depression.

We believe that a principal reason for the high suicide rate in the United States is a glaring lack of sufficiently candid discussion about, and early treatment of, depression. We hope to spread the message that depression and thoughts of harming oneself are common and that treatment for depressed and suicidal thoughts must become socially acceptable.

Giving Thanks 2014

Giving Thanks 2014

With Thanksgiving here tomorrow, we welcome the beginning of the holiday season. This is a time of year for looking back. We remember those we have lost, but also new friends we have made and the new additions to our families.We give thanks, we share meals, and we exchange gifts. We also look ahead in hope as the new year approaches.

At the Dave Nee Foundation, we will mark this point in the year with a few updates that will be coming your way from now until December 31. In these brief emails we will share our accomplishments with you from 2014 and give you a look at our plans for 2015.

And, yes, we intend to ask you for donations. Your financial contributions fuel our work. We are thankful for your support, past, present and future. We value your time and good will and we strive to be wise stewards of all that you have invested in us, in service of our mission.

Thank you for sharing your gifts with the Dave Nee Foundation.

With warmest wishes to you and yours for a happy Thanksgiving,

Rachael Barrett
Executive Director

 

Gala 2014 — Honoring our Past, Creating our Future

Gala 2014 — Honoring our Past, Creating our Future

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Dave Nee Foundation’s Ninth Annual Benefit Event. Held on October 11, 2014 at Fordham Law School, we welcomed more than 100 guests for an evening to honor our past and celebrate our bright future.

 

2014 Ray of Light Award

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Therese Borchard and Board President, Wynne Kelly

The Ray of Light Award recognizes outstanding contributors to the field of mental health, suicide prevention and depression awareness. We are pleased to present the 2014 Ray of Light Award to Therese J. Borchard for her outstanding contributions to the field of mental health through her courageous, brilliant, and accessible writing on the topics of depression, suicide prevention, and the stigma held by too many against mental health issues.

Therese J. Borchard is the Emotional Health Columnist for Everyday Health, Associate Editor at PsychCentral.com, and a contributor to CNN.com, The Huffington Post, PBS.org, and other media outlets. She is the creator and moderator of Group Beyond Blue, an online depression support group of over 1500 members.

For seven years, Therese penned the popular blog, “Beyond Blue,” on Beliefnet.com, which was named a Top 10 Depression blog by Health.com and Healthline.com. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, USA Today, Guideposts, O magazine, Psychology Today, Parenting, and the Washington Post, as well as on Time.com, AOL.com, Fox-News.com, and Yahoo! She has been named a Top 10 Influencer in the Online Depression Community by Sharecare.com, the health platform created by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeff Arnold, with founding partners Oprah Winfrey, Sony Pictures, and Discovery Communications. An advocate for mental health awareness, Therese is a regular guest on radio programs throughout the country, and has appeared on national television shows such as “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher,” “Fox & Friends,” and “ABC News Now.”

Therese is the author of “Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes,” “The Pocket Therapist: An Emotional Survival Guide,” and “What Does Depressed Mean? A Guidebook for Children with a Depressed Loved One,” among other titles. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies from the University of Notre Dame and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities Degree in 2011 by her alma mater, Saint Mary’s College, for her outstanding contributions to the mental health community.

She lives with her husband, Eric, and their two children in Annapolis, Maryland.

 

2014 David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award

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Yvette Hourigan and Board President, Wynne Kelly

The Dave Nee Foundation is proud to present the 2014 David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award to Yvette Hourigan, Esq., Executive Director of the Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program (KYLAP).

Yvette Hourigan was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She graduated from Murray State University with degrees in political science and Russian. She is a 1988 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law. After a clerkship with the (former) Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, she began her litigation career in product liability defense where she practiced with two large defense firms. She then opened her own plaintiff’s practice in 1998 where she practiced in all areas of civil litigation until 2011. She has had significant verdicts in the areas of medical negligence, nursing home litigation and in aviation disaster litigation. In 2011, she was named the Executive Director of the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program. KYLAP provides assistance to all Kentucky law students, lawyers and judges with mental health issues and impairments including such issues as depression, addiction and compulsive disorders. KYLAP’s work in the area of lawyer and law student depression and suicide prevention have been featured nationally in The HuffingtonPost, USA Today, and on television on Legal View with Ashley Banfield. Yvette is married and lives with her family in Lexington, Kentucky. She is active in her recovery community and enjoys cooking, reading and needlepointing.

The Dave Nee Foundation is pleased to be able to present photographs from the Broken Light Collective. All photographs are for sale and the proceeds will be shared among Dave Nee Foundation, the photographers and Broken Light Collective.

Broken Light Collective

Broken Light Collective is an online photography gallery for people affected by mental illness. Broken Light’s main goal is to create a safe and accepting environment where photographers of all levels who are affected by mental health issues can display their work, as well as inspire one another to keep going and keep creating, despite the dark or scary places in which they may find themselves.

Broken Light Collective was founded and is led by Danielle Hark. Danielle is a freelance magazine and book photo editor, professional photographer, and mental health/wellness writer near NYC. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including the Huffington Post, Dr. Oz’s YouBeauty, Psychology Today, Beliefnet, as well as various books. Danielle is also a Certified Professional Life Coach. Her coaching niches include mental health, wellness, and creativity. As someone who has been affected by mental health challenges, both herself and with loved ones, she has made it her mission to empower as many other people who are struggling as possible, especially through the use of photography and creativity.

Danielle created Broken Light Collective in March of 2012 when she was going through a severe depressive episode. With support and encouragement, she found that when she began photographing again it was a powerful tool, both personally and therapeutically. It helped bring light to certain mood states and areas of her life that she could not articulate with words. It helped her get out of bed and begin to engage with the world again. Danielle started the Collective because she wanted to encourage other people who might be going through difficult times (or their family and friends since it affects everyone), to keep creating, sharing, and supporting each other. Broken Light has been fighting stigma, growing, and spreading the Light ever since.


Thank you to our Event Corporate Sponsors

 

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Ropes and Gray

 

Cullen

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Event Thank yous!

A special thank you this year to the team at Sephora SoHo, and in particular, James Idom for choosing the Dave Nee Foundation as its charity of choice for 2014, the support from Sephora SoHo is very much appreciated!

Thank you to the administration and staff of Fordham Law School for hosting the Dave Nee Foundation.

Thank you to Rebecca Gruia of Fordham Law School for managing the logistics, vendors and all other details for our event tonight.

Thank you to Aziza Moirabou for her volunteer work for the Dave Nee Foundation and for leading our volunteer team tonight.

Thank you to the team at Astic Productions, Stephanie Astic and Megan McHale for your support of this event.

Thank you to Gregory Lamb for filming tonight’s event and for his tireless efforts to promote law school wellness.

Thank you to Patrick Sampson of CogoStar for your enthusiasm and live streaming support.

Thank you to Reed Baker of Sophist, Joe McShane, Metin Oner, and Peter Kirkel of Beehive Press for your help.

Matching Gift Opportunity by Anonymous Donor

Exciting news! Today, a generous and anonymous donor has offered a dollar for dollar match of up to $2,500 in support of Susan’s campaign. This means that every dollar you have donated has doubled and for those of you thinking of making a donation, not only will your donation be doubled, you will bring us closer to our goal! As of today, $1,625 has been raised, please join other supporters and donate today! Visit Susan’s campaign by clicking here and making a donation today!

Sephora Values Inside Out

Sephora Values Inside Out

Thank you, Sephora for supporting the mission of the Dave Nee Foundation!

The Values Inside Out Program matches individual Sephora USA, Inc. (“Sephora”) Stores with local nonprofits.

Each store had the opportunity to select a nonprofit they feel passionate about and help by supporting fund raising, increasing awareness, and volunteering — to help that organization fulfill its individual goals over the course of 2014.

The Dave Nee Foundation is so pleased to have been chosen as a charity of choice for Sephora’s Values Inside Out 2014 Campaign and to be working with Sephora’s Soho NYC store at 555 Broadway, New York, NY

2014 Trivia Nights: DC and New York City

This year, our Third Annual Trivia Night in Washington DC and our Fourth Annual Trivia Night Contest in New York City are shaping up to be fun and lively evenings out for summer associates from New York and DC’s biggest firms. All proceeds go to support the Dave Nee Foundation’s Uncommon Counsel Program and all participants have a fun night out with great prizes; victors claim bragging rights! No limit to number of sponsored teams! If you are interested in having your firm sponsor a team, please contact Rachael Barrett at Rbarret@daveneefoundation.org

 

Here are the details for the Washington event

Where: Hill Country, 410 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

When: Monday, July 7, 2014, from 7 PM to 10 PM

Cost of Sponsorship:

Individual tickets: $60 each 

Each Team of 4 Players (minimum): $200

Each Team of 5 Players (maximum): $250

The Trivia game was led by District Trivia, www.district-trivia.com

Here are the details for the New York City event

Where: Butterfield 8 at 5 East 38th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues

When: Tuesday, July 29th from 6 PM to 9 PM

Cost of Sponsorship:

Individual tickets: $60 each

Each Team of 4 Players (minimum): $220

Each Team of 5 Players (maximum): $275

The Trivia Game will be led by Big Quiz Thing, www.bigquizthing.com

Uncommon Counsel Video in Production

Thank you for your support and involvement with the Dave Nee Foundation.  We appreciate you taking the time from your very busy schedule as a law student to be present for our uncommon counsel event at your school.  We believe so much that student involvement is the key to the growth of Uncommon Counsel that we would like to ask you to participate in a video we are creating to be shared with supporters in 2014. (more…)

Suicide Prevention: Raising Awareness, Generating Hope

Tish Vincent, JD, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC, at the Michigan Bar Journal, wrote a wonderful article this past July about the impact of suicide on those involved, the gravity of the issue, and its presence in the field of law. In her article, she was also kind enough to highlight the Dave Nee Foundation’s work to educate legal professionals on the signs and symptoms of depression and when and how to get help.  Please take a moment to read her article here.

How to Save a Life

By Robin Frazer Clark, President of the State Bar of Georgia

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night Had I known how to save a life

-–“How to Save a Life” The Fray

Suicide is a subject that most of us would consider unthinkable. Therefore, we don’t think about it—until we are forced to do so when the unthinkable occurs and someone we are close to takes their own life.

Then, it’s difficult to think of anything else except persistent questions: Why? What did I miss the last time I saw or talked to my friend? What could I have done to have kept this from happening? The answers don’t come easy.

Suicide has touched me personally, many years ago and, unfortunately, this year. I am certain it has touched most of you. When I first brought up this subject during the last Board of Governors meeting on Jekyll Island, it was clear it had touched many in the room. It, unfortunately, touched the families and friends of an Emory Law School student this year. My fellow bar presidents in our sister states are dealing with this very issue right now, too. In Kentucky, for example, five Kentucky Bar members committed suicide in the last several months. (more…)

Colie’s Closet Awarded the 2013 Beacon of Hope Grant

Colie’s Closet Awarded the 2013 Beacon of Hope Grant

We are pleased to announce Colie’s Closet as the organization awarded our 2013 Beacon of Hope Grant.

Colie’s Closet was founded in Boulder, CO, in 2004, by a 13-year-old girl named Jenna Machado, in memory of her cousin Nicole “Colie” Michalski, who had taken her own life a few months earlier at the age of 20. Jenna originally started Colie’s Closet simply as a community-service project with a modest plan to hold used-clothing sales to raise money for education about suicide prevention and treatment of depression. (more…)

Gala 2012 — Night of the Imperial Dragon

Gala 2012 — Night of the Imperial Dragon

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The Dave Nee Foundation’s 2012 Night of the Imperial Dragon was a huge success! Thank you for your participation and support!

Thanks to the incredible generosity of so many, our 7th Annual Gala, Night of the Imperial Dragon, held on November 2nd at Espace in New York, brought in nearly $200,000—money that will be used to help us expand Uncommon Counsel to up to twenty law schools in fifteen states, and continue our grant program to support our peer organizations working in this space.

We were amazed and delighted by the crowd that turned out—nearly 200 guests despite great personal and logistical challenges in the wake of Hurricane Sandy—to support our work and mission! Guests in attendance were treated to performances by stilt-walkers, contortionists, and ribbon dancers, generously donated by Phoenix Entertainment NYC.  The Dream Team Band did an outstanding job as always, and left guests shouting for more even after playing two encores at the end of the evening.  And the decadent cocktails and Dragon-themed dinner were enjoyed by all!  Friends and family members unable to make the trip were in our thoughts as well.

Night of the Imperial Dragon Video

 

 

We were honored to be able to celebrate the achievements of our Ray of Light and David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award recipients, The Honorable Senator Gordon H. Smith, Dean William Treanor and Dean Mitchell Bailin.  To read more about our honorees, click here.

And we were thrilled to present restricted grants to two organizations—Screening for Mental Health, Inc., and The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut—in support of the vital and life-saving work that they do.  Click here to read more about this year’s grant recipients.

The Dave Nee Foundation is extremely grateful to all its corporate sponsors for their generosity, including Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Davis Polk; Greenberg Traurig; Latham & Watkins; Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP; Allen & Overy; Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C.; DocAuto; Kirkland & Ellis, LLP; Ropes & Gray; O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Weil, Gotschal & Manges; and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

Our event could not have happened without the generous participation of Doyle New York, and Phoenix Entertainment NYC; the friends and businesses who so kindly donated items for our Live and Silent Auctions; and for every donor, gala attendee and raffle ticket purchaser whose efforts helped to make the evening such a great success!

Finally, a deeply heartfelt thank you to our 2012 Gala Host Committee for their dedication, creativity, and resourcefulness in making the Night of the Imperial Dragon one to remember!

Were you unable to attend Night of the Imperial Dragon?* Click here to make a donation.

 

*All supporters who purchased event tickets but were not in attendance will receive a letter for their donation as a fully tax-deductible contribution to the Dave Nee Foundation. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the event or your purchase of tickets, please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie Arcella at sarcella@daveneefoundation.org.

Download Gala Invitation (PDF)

Download Gala Program (PDF)

 

Thank you to our 2012 Gala Sponsors:

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Introducing LawLifeline

Introducing LawLifeline

New York, NY - The Dave Nee Foundation is proud to announce the launch of LawLifeline, a new online mental health resource designed specifically for law students, www.lawlifeline.org.  LawLifeline is a joint project between the Dave Nee Foundation and The Jed Foundation and is based on The Jed Foundation’s highly successful mental health resource for college students, ULifeline. (more…)

Ray of Light Award at 2012 Gala to Former Senator Gordon Smith

Ray of Light Award at 2012 Gala to Former Senator Gordon Smith

The Dave Nee Foundation is pleased to announce that former Senator Gordon Smith will receive the Foundation’s fourth annual Ray of Light Award to be presented at our Gala, “Night of the Imperial Dragon,” on Friday, November 2, 2012 at Capitale in New York City.

Gordon_Smith_official_portraitThe Ray of Light Award recognizes outstanding contributors to the field of mental health, suicide prevention and depression awareness.  Senator Smith’s tireless leadership in improving access to quality mental health services and his deep-rooted commitment to developing and protecting suicide prevention and other mental health programs—born out of his own tragic experience of his beloved son’s suicide—mirror the goals and efforts of the Dave Nee Foundation and are thus richly deserving of this award.

Gordon H. Smith, is a former United States Senator and businessman from the state of Oregon. A Republican, he served two terms in the Senate. Born in Eastern Oregon, Smith was raised there and in Maryland before attending Brigham Young University and Southwestern University School of Law. Prior to election to the U.S. Senate, he served in the Oregon State Senate including one session as President of Oregon’s State Senate in 1995. In 2009, he was named as President of the National Association of Broadcasters. Smith wrote a book entitled Remembering Garrett, One Family’s Battle with a Child’s Depression, based on the 1993 loss of his son Garrett, age 21, to suicide. In 2004, President George W. Bush signed the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, authorizing $82 million for suicide-prevention and awareness programs at colleges.

The Dave Nee Foundation is grateful for Senator Smith’s longstanding leadership in expanding youth suicide prevention efforts, legislating for mental health parity, and protecting access to mental health services for all those who need it.  His ability to turn great personal tragedy into a source of hope for so many others inspires those of us at the Dave Nee Foundation every day, and we are honored to commend Senator Gordon Smith for the wonderful work he has done by accepting the Ray of Light Award on November 2, 2012.