NYU Law Trustee Sheila Birnbaum ’65, partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, was honored at this year’s Weinfeld Gala with the Judge Edward Weinfeld Award. Established in memory of Edward Weinfeld ’21, the award recognizes distinguished alumni who graduated from the Law School 50 years ago or more.

Birnbaum focuses her practice in the areas of products liability, toxic torts, and insurance coverage litigation. She was previously a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and has also served as a professor of law and associate dean at NYU Law. Her many professional achievements include arguing successfully three times before the US Supreme Court and serving as special master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund as well as chair of the New York State Commission on Legislative, Judicial, and Executive Compensation. 

In addition to Birnbaum accepting her award, Dean Trevor Morrison; Anthony Welters ’77, chair of the Law School’s Board of Trustees; and Vice Dean for Development and Leadership Initiatives Jeannie Forrest each gave remarks. Held this year at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the gala celebrates donors who give at the $5,000 level and higher annually, or $1,000 or more during each of their first 10 years as alumni. 

Posted April 21, 2017