Annual Events

Celebration of Leadership

True to its name, the D.C. Bar's Celebration of Leadership is a celebratory evening that takes place every June to honor the past year's achievements and build excitement for the new goals to come. The gala dinner and annual meeting is also the official welcome of the Bar's newly elected officers, members of the Board of Governors, and American Bar Association delegates. 

With the tables set and the microphone on, the Board of Governors and past presidents of the D.C. Bar recognize leaders whose contributions have helped move the profession forward. The awards focus on some of the key values of the legal industry. Commitment to government service. Champion for civil rights and individual liberties. Dedication to public interest.

Featured awards are the Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service and the Justice Thurgood Marshall or Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Public Interest Award. In addition, outstanding D.C. Bar members, committees, sections, and projects are honored with other annual Bar awards.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, The Grand Ballroom
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

7:00 p.m. Membership Reception
7:30 p.m. Annual Meeting, Awards Program, and Dinner

At the 2015 Celebration of Leadership, D.C. Bar President Brigida Benitez will give her final speech as president as she passes the gavel on to Timothy K. Webster. Chief Judge Eric T. Washington will administer the oath of office as Webster is sworn in as the 44th president of the D.C. Bar. His first action as the new leader will be to offer remarks about his vision for the upcoming year.


  • Welcome newly elected officers and members of the Board of Governors.
  • Meet members of the Board of Governors, past presidents of the Bar, members of the judiciary and other leaders in the Bar community.

2015 Featured Awards:

Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service
Daniel Koffsky, deputy assistant attorney general, Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice

Justice William J. Brennan , Jr. Award
James J. Sandman, president, Legal Services Corporation

Frederick B. Abramson Award
16th Annual Youth Law Fair (D.C. Bar Litigation Section and D.C. Superior Court)

Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (tie)
Dennis Lane, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Gary Thompson, Reed Smith LLP

Section of the Year 
Administrative Law and Agency Practice Section

Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year
Covington & Burling LLP

Celebration of Leadership Host Committee

Please join the 2015 Celebration of Leadership Host Committee. Groups that register by June 1 will be included on the Celebration of Leadership Host Committee. Host committee participants will be acknowledged in a list distributed with the commemorative dinner program and recognized on the D.C. Bar Celebration of Leadership Web page. 

Registration Prices:

$110 ticket per person 
$550 ticket for a half table of 5 guests
$1,100 ticket for a table of 10 guests