Kenneth C. Frazier, CEO; Bruce N. Kuhlik, General Counsel, Whitehouse Station, NJ
Recipient of the 2015 PLAN Excellence Award
March 24, 2015
Merck & Co., Inc., Pro Bono Program — Kenneth C. Frazier Esq., Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer & Bruce N. Kuhlik, Esq., Executive Vice President & General Counsel have championed pro bono service to the poor and empowered Merck’s attorneys to meet their professional obligation to ensure access to justice through pro bono representation of the poor and disadvantaged. Merck’s Pro Bono Program began in 1994 when a small group of Merck attorneys and support staff piloted a pro bono project at the Merck facility in Rahway, New Jersey in response to a challenge from former senior Vice President and General Counsel to company attorneys. Today, Merck’s Pro Bono Program has grown to more than 175 attorneys, paralegals and administrative associates from offices across ten countries helping expand access to justice for clients who have nowhere else to turn for help.
Kenneth C. Frazier, Esq. is a true friend and strong supporter of equal access to justice programs here in Pennsylvania and nationally. He has been the leader of NLADA’s national corporate counsel campaign to provide support for NLADA’s efforts and repeatedly champions the importance of civil legal aid. Mr. Frazier was recently the keynote speaker at the Philadelphia Bar Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Gala. He showed his concrete support of legal aid by providing a leadership gift to CLS’ capital campaign to build a new office building at Broad and Erie in Philadelphia, just a few blocks from where he grew up. Mr. Frazier joined Governor Rendell at the ribbon cutting for the new building.
Bruce N. Kuhlik, Esq. is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Merck & Co., Inc. Bruce is responsible for the Office of General Counsel and the Global Communications, Public Policy, Corporate Responsibility and Security functions. He is also a member of Merck’s Executive Committee, the senior management group that oversees the Company’s strategic direction. Bruce joined Merck as Vice President and Associate General Counsel in 2005, with responsibility for product liability and other litigation and regulatory and commercial law. He was promoted to General Counsel in 2007, succeeding Ken Frazier. He has worked to expand the company’s rich tradition of pro bono service. In 2013, Mr. Kuhlik and Merck were honored by the Pro Bono Institute with the Laurie D. Zelon Pro Bono Award.
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