51st Annual George A. Katz Torch of Learning Award Virtual Celebration
On April 8, American Friends of the Hebrew University Northeast Region presented the Torch of Learning Award to two leaders of the New York legal community – Stacey R. Friedman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Stephen M. Cutler, Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. The virtual event also featured Special Guest, Jamie Dimon, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, JPMorgan Chase & Co., who joined the honorees in conversation.
Event Co-Chairs were: H. Rodgin Cohen, Senior Chair, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Adam O. Emmerich, Partner, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz; Katherine R. Goldstein, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Brad S. Karp, Chairman, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Martin Lipton, Founding Partner, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz; and Jonathan K. Youngwood, Partner, Simpson Thacher Bartlett LLP. The full invitation listing Vice-Chairs and Tribute Committee members can be viewed here.
Pamela Nadler Emmerich, AFHU’s Northeast Region Co-President and HU alumna, provided the welcoming remarks. Special greetings from HU Faculty of Law were made by Professor Yuval Shany, the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in Public International Law and former Dean of the Faculty of Law. H. Rodgin Cohen, Senior Chair, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, presented the Torch of Learning Awards, and Jonathan K. Youngwood, Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, shared closing remarks.
The distinguished award commemorates the late George A. Katz, co-founder of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and a philanthropic leader, dedicated to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the mission of AFHU.
We are delighted to share excerpts from the event below. If you would like more information about the event, to make a donation, or to learn more about the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, please contact Maura Milles at 212.607.8519 or [email protected].