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Police Athletic League
27th Annual Women of the Year Luncheon
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Carmen Anderson, Luncheon Co-Chair; Marla Maples
Carmen Anderson, Luncheon Co-Chair; Marla Maples





Frederick J. Watts, Executive Director, Police Athletic League; Sheila L. Birnbaum, Co-head of Global Products and Mass Torts, Quinn Emanuel  Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Frederick J. Watts, Executive Director, Police Athletic League; Sheila L. Birnbaum, Co-head of Global Products and Mass Torts, Quinn Emanuel  Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Sheila Nevins, President, HBO Documentary Films; Eric Kessler, Board Member, Police Athletic League
  Sheila Nevins, President, HBO Documentary Films; Eric Kessler, Board Member,
 Police Athletic League
 John B. Osborn, President, Police Athletic League; Margo Catsimatidis, Luncheon Co-Chair
 John B. Osborn, President, Police Athletic League;
Margo Catsimatidis, Luncheon Co-Chair
  Phyllis Taylor; Elizabeth Moore; Deidrea Miller; Diana Ritter
  Phyllis Taylor,  Elizabeth Moore, Deidrea Miller,  Diana Ritter


            On December 2, 2015, the Police Athletic League hosted its 27th Annual Women of the Year Luncheon, honoring Sheila L. Birnbaum, Co-Head, Global Products Liability and Mass Torts, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP; Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator for New York; Elizabeth D. Moore, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. and Sheila Nevins, President, HBO Documentary Films. The luncheon, which was held at The Pierre in Manhattan and welcomed 250 guests, celebrated these four women while helping our city’s children reach their full potential, and raised over $360,000 for the nonprofit.

            Julie Myers Wood was the Event Chair with Amelia Bernstein as Honorary Chair. Co-chairs were Carmen Anderson, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Margo Catsimatidis, Joan Ganz Cooney, Faith Gay, Yoko Ono Lennon and Pamela J. Newman. Committee members included Karen E. Burke, M.D., Ph. D., Caroline Hirsch, Megan Kultgen, Lucy Jane Lang, Connie Lawler, Danielle Maged, Joan McGuire, Lesley B. Osborn, Cheryl M. Schwartz, Allison Maher Stern and Diana L. Taylor. The host for the luncheon wasHon. Jeanine Pirro.

Sheila L. Birnbaum, Co-Head, Global Products Liability and Mass Torts, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, has been national counsel or lead defense counsel for numerous Fortune 500 companies in some of the largest and most complicated tort cases in the country. She received the prestigious ABA Margaret Brent Achievement Award, and was the first tenured female professor at Fordham University Law School.  Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Ms. Birnbaum was a Founder and Director of NYWBA and the first co-president of JALCBA.

United States Senator for New York, Kirsten Gillibrand, was elected and sworn in as U.S. Senator in 2009. Her priority is rebuilding the economy by creating good-paying jobs, helping small businesses and stamping more products with “Made in America.”  An advocate for our armed services, she held the first Senate hearing on sexual assault in the military, building a coalition of 55 Senators. Ms. Gillibrand is the first New York Senator to sit on the Agriculture Committee. Prior to becoming a member of Congress, Senator Gillibrand served as Special Counsel to United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Andrew Cuomo.

Elizabeth D. Moore, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., earned a law degree from St. John’s University. Prior to joining Con Edison, she was a partner of Nixon Peabody LLP and served in the administration of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo for 12 years. Ms. Moore received the Ida B. Weels-Barnett Justice Award from the New York County Lawyers’ Association and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Action Council of Minorities in Engineering. Ms. Moore served on Cornell’s Board of Trustees, was elected Trustee Emeritus, and their highest recognition of Presidential Councilor. 

As President of HBO Documentary Films, Sheila Nevins is responsible for overseeing the development and production of all documentaries for HBO, HBO2 and Cinemax. As an executive producer or producer, she has received 31 Primetime Emmy Awards, 33 News and Documentary Emmys and 40 George Foster Peabody Awards. During her tenure, HBO has won 25 Academy Awards. Ms. Nevins has been honored with the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and was made an NYU Tisch School Arts Honoree. She is the recipient of a Gotham Awards Tribute; an Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award and a personal Peabody Award.

  New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 35,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit



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