2014 Recipient

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Where presented : 
Exemplar Award Dinner
Recipient(s) name: 
Bruce Kulick
Recipient title: 
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Recipient organization: 
Merck & Co., Inc.
Recipient organization city: 
Recipient organization state: 
New Jersey
Reason for selection of recipient(s): 

Over the last twenty years, Merck has grown its pro bono program through the development of countless projects and partnerships. Highlights of its far-reaching activities include: representing consumer debtors filing bankruptcy; helping veterans in overcoming legal barriers to employment; providing litigation and advice for tenants in legal disputes; and assisting low-income Holocaust survivors claiming reparations from Germany. 

Bruce’s generosity and longstanding collaboration with NLADA have resulted in groundbreaking initiatives, notably a statewide veterans coalition program in North Carolina addressing civil and criminal legal needs. In 2011, in recognition of his enormous contributions to the pro bono community, he was named NLADA’s Chair of the Corporate Advisory Committee (CAC). His expertise and guidance resulted in an increase of corporate members and the creation of the Public-Private Action (PPA) initiative, expanding effective public-private partnerships which advance the cause of equal justice. 

Bruce serves as head of Merck’s Office of General Counsel and also is responsible for the company’s Global Communications, Public Policy, Corporate Responsibility and Security functions. His unwavering commitment as an active leader of our mission is an inspirational reminder of the capacity we all have to make a difference.