Annual Events

Celebration of Leadership 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 
6:30 p.m. Membership Reception 
7:30 p.m. Dinner and Awards Ceremony

The Mayflower Hotel 
Grand Ballroom 
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW 
Washington, DC
*Celebration of Leadership reception sponsored by Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law

2018 Celebration of Leadership Highlights:

Join the D.C. Bar to salute outstanding leaders and projects in the District of Columbia. Spend time with judges, the D.C. Bar leadership, and other D.C. Bar members at this annual celebration. At the dinner, outgoing D.C. Bar President Patrick McGlone of Ullico Inc. will pass the ceremonial gavel of leadership to incoming D.C. Bar President Esther H. Lim. Lim is a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP. Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals will deliver the oath of office to Lim who will then be sworn in as the Bar’s 47th president. Her first action as the new leader will be to deliver remarks about her vision for the year ahead.

Highlights of the evening will include the presentations of the prestigious Justice Thurgood Marshall Award and Beatrice Rosenberg Award. Other outstanding D.C. Bar members and projects will also be recognized. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the great work of these important Bar leaders.

We are proud to announce these 2018 D.C. Bar awards recipients: 

Angela J. Davis
Professor of Law at The American University Washington College of Law 
Justice Thurgood Marshall Award 
For Excellence, Achievement and Commitment To Civil Rights and Individual Liberties 

John A. Casciotti
Senior Associate Deputy General Counsel for Personnel and Health Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense 
Beatrice Rosenberg Award
For Excellence in Government Service

Frederick B. Abramson Award
D.C. Bar Global Legal Practice Task Force

Community of the Year (Tie)
District of Columbia Affairs Community 
Law Practice Management Community

Voluntary Bar Association of the Year Award
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year
Jones Day  

Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (tie)
Rosa J. Evergreen
Arnold & Porter 
Stanley E. Woodward
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Join the Celebration of Leadership Host Committee!

Show your support for exceptional leaders and projects in the legal community by joining the Celebration of Leadership Host Committee. Join the committee by purchasing a table or half table for your firm or organization. Groups listed with the host committee will be recognized on the D.C. Bar website and in printed materials promoting the dinner. Contact us by June 1 to be recognized in the commemorative dinner program. Groups that register after June 1 will be included in an addendum to the printed program. To reserve your place on the host committee, register your group here or email


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

The D.C. Bar would like to thank the 2018 Celebration of Leadership Host Committee.

For more information about the Celebration of Leadership dinner or to reserve your place on the Host Committee, contact Verniesa R. Allen at 202-780-2802.