The Dave Nee Foundation Honors Georgetown Law Deans for Mental Health Advocacy Among Law Students
The Dave Nee Foundation honored William Treanor, Dean at Georgetown University Law Center and Mitchell Bailin, Dean of Students at Georgetown University Law Center with its 2012 David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award. The Award is given annually to a member or members of the legal profession who exhibit extraordinary compassion and concern for their co-workers, family, friends, and community.
William Treanor was honored for his leadership at both Fordham and Georgetown Law Schools in the area of mental health awareness. In the wake of Dave Nee’s suicide, Treanor not only was a source of great comfort and support to the Fordham Law community, he made mental health and suicide prevention programs a priority. In addition, Dean Treanor was an integral part of the Dave Nee Foundation’s inception and has been an advocate of the organization ever since. His support has been critical to the Foundation's success.
Mitchell Bailin has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of mental health issues at Georgetown Law by building a network of resources available to his students and using various methods to inform the student body of them. Most notably, Dean Bailin is praised for the personal relationships he has built with his students. A former student stated, “When my law professor scheduled a meeting for me with Dean Bailin, I thought getting through my depression was hopeless. Little did I know that Dean Bailin would be a source of hope throughout the hardest struggle of my life. . . . He is the one who I can’t thank enough. And I am just one of the many students he has helped.” Other law school administrators have similarly praised Bailin’s work, commenting that his department is the “gold standard” for mental health awareness.
The David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Awards were presented at the Dave Nee Foundation’s Annual Gala on November 2, 2012 at Capitale in New York City.
The Dave Nee Foundation was created in the wake of the 2005 suicide of Dave Nee, a brilliant individual who struggled silently with depression for many years. The Dave Nee Foundation’s innovative and unique program, Uncommon Counsel, fights depression and works to prevent suicide by educating law students about depression, its prevalence in the legal profession, and the availability and effectiveness of treatment. The Dave Nee Foundation also administers a grant-giving program that includes an annual grant awarded to a deserving organization whose mission is to support those with depression and/or prevent suicide.