October 27, 2007 -- At the Firm's Annual Partners' Meeting in New York, the third annual Raven Award was presented to New York partner Jack Auspitz. The inaugural award was presented to Mel Goldman in 2005; last year's winner was Peter Pfister.
The Raven Award was established by the Firm to honor the memory and character of Bob Raven. It is presented annually to a partner who exemplifies some of Bob's qualities, including teamwork, cross-selling, mentoring other lawyers, respect for all people, and a strong commitment to diversity and to providing legal services for the poor. Attorneys and staff nominated 19 partners for the award from different offices and departments across the Firm.
Jack was born in Philadelphia. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1968, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He clerked for Justice Irving Kaufman of the Second Circuit, and then joined Paul, Weiss in New York. Later, he would leave and become a founding partner of Parker, Auspitz, Neesemann & Delehanty.
In the mid 1980's, Morrison & Foerster sought to expand. We were looking for lawyers who shared our firm's values. We found them at Parker, Auspitz. Jack played a major role in merging our firms and in helping to lay the foundation for further expansion. He has served in a variety of management positions and is currently a Co-Chair of the SLEW practice group.
Like Bob Raven, Jack is a mentor to partners and associates. He is concerned about his colleagues' professional development and regularly helps partners and associates improve their abilities and build their practices. He has been active in professional associations, including serving as Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association and as a member of the House of Delegates.
Jack is a quality lawyer with a stellar reputation inside and outside of the firm. He is a consummate team player. Most importantly, as noted by one of the multiple partners who nominated Jack, "He is well known for maintaining the highest level of ethics and integrity. Indeed, I've worked closely with him for about 9 years and I've never heard a bad word uttered about him, even by adversaries."