Annual Events

Celebration of Leadership 2018

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 to build excitement for the new goals to come. The gala dinner and annual meeting are also the Bar's official welcome for its 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 Award or Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Award in alternating years. In addition, outstanding D.C. Bar members, committees, communities, and projects are honored with other annual Bar awards.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
7 p.m. Membership Reception
7:30 p.m. Dinner and Awards Ceremony

The Mayflower Hotel
Grand Ballroom
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Single tickets are $120 each
Half tables of 5 tickets are $600 each
Full tables of 10 tickets are $1200 each

2018 Celebration of Leadership Highlights:

D.C. Bar President Patrick McGlone, senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer at Ullico Inc. will give his final speech as president.  He will then pass the ceremonial gavel on to Esther Lim, a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.  D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby will administer the oath of office as Lim is sworn in as the 48th president of the D.C. Bar. Her first action as the new leader will be to offer remarks about her vision for the upcoming year.

The prestigious Thurgood Marshall Award and Beatrice Rosenberg Award will be presented at this year’s dinner.  Other outstanding D.C. Bar members and projects will also be recognized.

Why you should attend the celebration:

  • 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

  • Be a part of the community as we celebrate extraordinary Bar members and projects 

Show your support by joining the Celebration of Leadership Host Committee! 

Firms, organizations or groups that purchase a table of ten or a half table of five will be included on the Celebration of Leadership Host Committee.  Groups listed with the host committee will receive special recognition in materials for the dinner, including a highlight in the printed invitation and in the commemorative dinner program.

The D.C. Bar would like to thank the 2017 Celebration of Leadership Host Committee.

For more information about the Celebration of Leadership, including sponsorship opportunities or to join the 2018 host committee, contact Verniesa R. Allen at 202-780-2802.