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Celebration of Leadership 2016 banner

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 is 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, and 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, sections, and projects are honored with other annual Bar awards.

The D.C. Bar would like to thank the Celebration of Leadership Host Committee for purchasing a half table or a full table in support of the outstanding work and contributions of our 2016 award recipients.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
7:00 p.m. Membership Reception
7:30 p.m. Dinner and Awards Ceremony

The Mayflower Hotel
Grand Ballroom
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.

Single tickets: $112 each
Half tables of 5 tickets: $560 each
Full tables of 10 tickets: $1120 each

2016 Celebration of Leadership Highlights

D.C. Bar President Timothy K. Webster of Sidley Austin LLP will give his final speech as president as he passes the gavel to Annamaria Steward of UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Eric T. Washington will administer the oath of office as Steward is sworn in as the 45th 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.

We are proud to announce these D.C. Bar 2016 awards recipients:

Avis E. Buchanan
Thurgood Marshall Award
For Excellence, Achievement and Commitment to Civil Rights and Individual Liberties

Mary E. McLeod
Beatrice Rosenberg Award
For Excellence in Government Service

Read more about the committees, sections, and projects that also will be honored at this year's event. 

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