Each year, Gibson Dunn acknowledges the exemplary pro bono work done by its lawyers that has changed lives and, in some cases, changed laws. To that end, we created the Frank Wheat Memorial Award.
Frank Wheat, a former Gibson Dunn partner who passed away in 2000, was not only a giant in the legal community -- a superb transactional lawyer, an SEC commissioner and president of the Los Angeles County Bar – but a giant in the nonprofit community as well. He founded the Alliance for Children’s Rights, was a founder and trustee of the Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, a leader of the Sierra Club, and a former board member at the Center for Law in the Public Interest, which established a fellowship in his name to train young lawyers in public interest litigation. The Frank Wheat Memorial Award is given annually to the lawyer and group of lawyers who have:
- demonstrated leadership and initiative in their pro bono work,
- obtained significant results for their pro bono clients, and/or
- through their pro bono work at the firm, served as a source of inspiration to others.
The recipients of the Frank Wheat Award receive a $2,500 cash prize, which is donated to the pro bono organization or organizations that they designate.