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  • Matching Gift Opportunity by Anonymous Donor

    July 23, 2014

    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

    April 23, 2014

    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

    April 21, 2014

    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


    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,

    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,

  • Uncommon Counsel Video in Production

    April 15, 2014

    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. Continue reading →

  • Uncommon Counsel Presentations in Spring 2014

    January 22, 2014

    The Dave Nee Foundation will visit the following Law Schools and Legal Groups in spring 2014:

    Continue reading →

  • Gala 2013 — Noche de Flamenco

    November 5, 2013

    Thank you for supporting and attending our eighth annual benefit gala.

    Continue reading →

  • Suicide Prevention: Raising Awareness, Generating Hope

    July 15, 2013

    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

    January 7, 2013

    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. Continue reading →

  • Colie’s Closet Awarded the 2013 Beacon of Hope Grant

    January 1, 2013

    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. Continue reading →

  • Gala 2012 — Night of the Imperial Dragon

    November 3, 2012


    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

    Download Gala Invitation (PDF)

    Download Gala Program (PDF)


    Thank you to our 2012 Gala Sponsors:



  • Introducing LawLifeline

    August 12, 2012

    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,  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. Continue reading →

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

    May 1, 2012

    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.

  • The Dave Nee Foundation Honors Georgetown Law Deans for Mental Health Advocacy Among Law Students

    April 24, 2012

    William Treanor

    William Treanor

    New York, NY- The Dave Nee Foundation has selected William Treanor, Dean at Georgetown University Law Center and Mitchell Bailin, Dean of Students at Georgetown University Law Center as its 2012 David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Awardees. The Award is given annually to a member or members of the legal profession who exhibit extraordinary compassion and concern for their co-workers, family, friends, and community.

    William Treanor is being honored for his leadership at both Fordham and Georgetown Law Schools in the area of mental health awareness.  In the wake of Dave Nee’s suicide, Treanor not only was a source of great comfort and support to the Fordham Law community, he made mental health and suicide prevention programs a priority.  In addition, Dean Treanor was an integral part of the Dave Nee Foundation’s inception and has been an advocate of the organization ever since.  His support has been critical to the Foundation’s success.

    Mitchell Bailin

    Mitchell Bailin

    Mitchell Bailin has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of mental health issues at Georgetown Law by building a network of resources available to his students and using various methods to inform the student body of them.  Most notably, Dean Bailin is praised for the personal relationships he has built with his students.  A former student stated, “When my law professor scheduled a meeting for me with Dean Bailin, I thought getting through my depression was hopeless.  Little did I know that Dean Bailin would be a source of hope throughout the hardest struggle of my life. . . .  He is the one who I can’t thank enough.  And I am just one of the many students he has helped.”  Other law school administrators have similarly praised Bailin’s work, commenting that his department is the “gold standard” for mental health awareness.

    The David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Awards will be presented at the Dave Nee Foundation’s Annual Gala on November 2, 2012 at Capitale in New York City.

    The Dave Nee Foundation was created in the wake of the 2005 suicide of Dave Nee, a brilliant individual who struggled silently with depression for many years.  The Dave Nee Foundation’s innovative and unique program, Uncommon Counsel, fights depression and works to prevent suicide by educating law students about depression, its prevalence in the legal profession, and the availability and effectiveness of treatment.  The Dave Nee Foundation also administers a grant-giving program that includes an annual grant awarded to a deserving organization whose mission is to support those with depression and/or prevent suicide.

  • Speaking Up: Helping law students break through the silence of depression

    January 7, 2012

    By Hollee Schwartz Temple

    While vacationing with his family in the summer of 2005, Bill Treanor got the call every law school dean dreads. One of his most promising recent students, Fordham University School of Law grad Dave Nee, had taken his own life.

    “People were just devastated by his death,” says Treanor, now dean at Georgetown Law Center. “Depression is a real blight on so many law students, and part of the reason why it’s so painful and can lead to such terrible consequences is that people who are depressed think they’re alone.”

    After Nee’s death, a group of his friends devel- oped a program to fight depression and prevent suicide among law students. This school year, the Dave Nee Foundation has brought its Uncommon Counsel program to more than 1,000 students across the country, educating the newest members of the profession about depression, its prevalence in the law and the effectiveness of treatment. Continue reading →

  • Gala 2011 — The Black & White Masquerade Ball

    November 5, 2011

    The Dave Nee Foundation’s 2011 Black & White Masquerade Ball was a big success! Thank you for your participation.

    gala-2011The Dave Nee Foundation’s 2011 Black & White Ball was its most success to date thanks to the participation of all those involved. The Sixth Annual Gala was held on Friday, November 4, 2011 at the Edison Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan from 6:30 – 11:00 p.m.  Over 300+ guests enjoyed decadent cocktails, a delicious “Steak House Style” dinner, live jazz music and dancing. Our silent and live auctions were incredibly successful thanks to all the good and services that were donated and the generosity of our bidders. Everyone had an opportunity to strike a pose in the Digital Photobooth as well as enjoy face mask painting to assist guests with this year’s masquerade theme. Continue reading →

  • Above the Law — Dave Nee Foundation Gala Mention

    November 2, 2011

    * Here is Bess Levin’s take on the Groomzilla lawsuit brought by Todd J. Remis, son of a Goodwin Procter partner. [Dealbreaker]

    * What advice would crisis management guru Lanny Davis give to Herman Cain about Cain’s sexual harassment scandal? Here’s an imagined conversation. [The Hill]

    * And here is a real conversation — between Herman Cain and Ginni Thomas, also about the sexual harassment allegations. [Daily Caller]

    * Current law students, at Brooklyn Law and Cardozo, call upon the ABA to get its act together. [BLS Advocate; Cardozo Jurist]

    * The legal career of NBA star Ben Wallace is off to a great start. [Yahoo! Sports]

    * Antonin Pribetic asks: “Are GCs Shifting The Balance of BigLaw Power?” [The Trial Warrior]

    * Congratulations to Judge Paul Oetken on joining the distinguished S.D.N.Y. bench! (I was lucky enough to attend his ceremonial induction last week, which was fabulous.) [Poliglot / Metro Weekly]

    * And congratulations to the Dave Nee Foundation, a non-profit committed to fighting depression and preventing suicide, on its record number of law firm supporters for this year’s masquerade ball (taking place tomorrow night). [Dave Nee Foundation (press release)]

  • Times Square PSA to Raise Awareness of Depression and Effectiveness of Treatment

    October 21, 2011

    The Dave Nee Foundation was one of the lucky nonprofits selected to air a Public Service Announcement (PSA) from October 15, 2011 through November 30, 2011 on the CBS “Super Screen” positioned at 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.  Through this PSA opportunity, the Dave Nee Foundation will focus attention on the serious issue of untreated depression for the many visitors to the New York City area during the holiday season and the tens of thousands of commuters who use the New York City subway systems and the Port Authority terminal every day.

    The Time Square PSA raises awareness of the prevalence of depression: currently 1 in 10 Americans suffers from depression.  It also instills hope in those suffering from depression by informing viewers of the effectiveness of treatment.

    Eva Wong, Dave Nee Foundation volunteer and cousin of the Foundation’s namesake, Dave Nee, produced the PSA.  Ms. Wong is a Senior Producer at and a longtime supporter of the Foundation.  Ms. Wong shared, “The message of the Foundation and the PSA in Times Square is critical – there is hope and help for those who suffer from depression.  I am always happy to help the Foundation get this message across through its media work.  The more people we reach, the more we make a difference and save lives.”

    The Dave Nee Foundation was created in the wake of the 2005 suicide of Dave Nee, a brilliant law student at Fordham University who struggled silently with depression for many years.  The Dave Nee Foundation’s innovative and unique program, Uncommon Counsel, fights depression and works to prevent suicide among law students.  Uncommon Counsel educates law students about depression, its prevalence in the legal profession, and the availability and effectiveness of treatment.  The Dave Nee Foundation also administers a grant giving program that provides an annual award to a deserving organization whose mission is to support those with depression and/or prevent suicide.

  • The Law Firm Challenge Trivia Night a Great Success

    July 20, 2011

    Team-DiscussionThe Dave Nee Foundation’s Annual Law Firm Challenge Trivia Night was held July 19th at Black Finn in Manhattan. With Trivia Tryst dishing out some tough law questions (e.g. Name the five current Supreme Court Justices who were appointed by Republican Presidents [answer below]), those in attendance — from Partners to Summer Law Associates — all enjoyed an exciting and fun evening while benefitting a great cause. In addition to fiercely competing for bragging rights, the participants also learned about the prevalence of depression among law students and lawyers and the resources available to those in need. The roster of participants was a “Who’s Who” of the nation’s top law firms: Latham & Watkins, Katten Muchin Rosenman, O’Melveny & Myers, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Anderson Kill, Quinn Emmanuel, and a team of Fordham Law alumni joined in the fun and a good time was had by all.

    The “Let’s Get Quizzical” Team from Latham & Watkins were the winners of the event and took home the Grand Prize of a one-hour complimentary happy hour for fifty people at Black Finn, as well as a $100 gift certificate to McFadden’s. Not wanting anyone to go home empty handed, prizes were also given to the team with the best name (The “NeeJerks” Team also from Latham & Watkins) and a couple of door prizes.

    The Dave Nee Foundation would like to thank all firms and individuals who sponsored a team. We would also like to thank Lauren Predmore at Black Finn and Rachel Arbeit and Bryce Galen from Trivia Tryst. Special thanks go to those bars and restaurants who donated prizes, including Black Finn, Traffic NYC, Turtle Bay NYC and McFadden’s. The event would not have been as successful without your help and support! Given the success of this summer’s Trivia Night, there’s already talk of a Trivia Night Re-Match, so stay tuned!

    Trivia Answer: Kennedy (appointed by Reagan), Alito (appointed by Bush II), Roberts (appointed by Bush II), Scalia (appointed by Reagan), and Thomas (appointed by Bush I)

  • Stephanie Arcella Joins Dave Nee Foundation as Development Consultant

    July 15, 2011

    From left: Anne Buckman (Board of Directors and Trivia Night Co-Host), Stephanie Arcella (Development Consultant), Amy Marisa Balducci (Board of Directors), Andrew Sparkler (President), Annie Farrenkopf (Trivia Night Co-Host), and Alexandra Nee (Board of Directors)

    From left: Anne Buckman (Board of Directors and Trivia Night Co-Host), Stephanie Arcella (Development Consultant), Amy Marisa Balducci (Board of Directors), Andrew Sparkler (President), Annie Farrenkopf (Trivia Night Co-Host), and Alexandra Nee (Board of Directors)

    The Board of Directors of The Dave Nee Foundation is pleased to announce that Stephanie Arcella has joined the organization as its Development Consultant.  With Stephanie’s guidance, the Foundation plans to grow its supporter and partnership base to deepen the impact of its programming, Uncommon Counsel, which works to raise awareness about depression and prevent suicide in the legal community, and is the only program of its type in the nation.  Stephanie will also oversee the Foundation’s grant administration, which supports organizations devoted to preventing suicide amongst adolescents and young adults.

    Andrew Sparkler, the President of the Dave Nee Foundation said that “the addition of Stephanie is, without a doubt, one of the proudest moments in the history of our organization.  Her passion, experience and demeanor are an ideal fit for us and we are truly honored to have her on board.”

    Stephanie brings 10 years of fundraising and social service experience to the position, including counseling within a mental health agency in the Bronx, Morris Heights Health Center, and fundraising and development work within Sakhi for South Asian Women, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, and the professional fundraising groups, Lawson Associates and Wolfe Consulting.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Pennsylvania State University and a Master in Social Work degree from Fordham University at Lincoln Center.

    Wynne Kelly, Vice President of the Dave Nee Foundation, stated, “Stephanie’s extensive work in the not-for-profit community, her professional and academic experience with mental health issues, and her charisma make her perfectly-suited for the Dave Nee Foundation.  We are truly blessed to have a professional of Stephanie’s caliber lead us into the next stage of development of the organization.”

    For additional information, contact: Wynne Kelly –

  • 2011 David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award to go to Michael J. Lane, Esq.

    July 1, 2011

    The Dave Nee Foundation will proudly bestow the 2011 David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award on Michael J. Lane, Esq., at the 2011 Gala for his commitment to the betterment of the legal profession and his compassion and concern for his fellow attorneys and for law students. Mr. Lane is a Shareholder with the law firm of Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. and an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law. Mr. Lane has over twenty-five years of experience as a civil litigator and has taught Legal Research and Writing to first-year students at Fordham Law School since 1993. Mr. Lane is known at his firm as a zealous advocate for his clients who genuinely cares for his co-workers. At Fordham, Professor Lane is held in the highest esteem and beloved by his students who, in addition to receiving a practical and wide-ranging education in the art of legal research and writing, know that Professor Lane cares about them as people and serves as a mentor and confidant. Since the Foundation’s inception, Mr. Lane has been a passionate supporter of the activities of the Dave Nee Foundation. It is his unwavering commitment to the well-being of his fellow members of the bar and law students, however, that have earned him this honor.

    Michael J. Lane

    Michael J. Lane

    The David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award is given to a member of the legal profession who exhibits extraordinary compassion and concern for his co-workers, family, friends, and community. The Award is named in memory of David S. Stoner, a founding Director and Vice President of the Dave Nee Foundation from 2006 to 2010. David Stoner, a close friend of Dave Nee, valued family and friendship above all else, and his devotion to those he loved was unparalleled. David’s respect and compassion for others was unmatched and his life was a shining example of many of the Foundation’s most fundamental beliefs: that no one needs to feel alone, that we must care for one another, and that through true friendship and stewardship we can overcome anything, even the disease of depression.