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.

At the 2014 Celebration of Leadership, outgoing D.C. Bar President Andrea Ferster will give her final speech as president as she passes the gavel on to Brigida Benitez. Chief Judge Eric T. Washington will administer the oath of office as Benitez is sworn in as the 43rd president of the D.C. Bar. Her first action as the new leader will be offer remarks about her vision for the upcoming year.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, The Grand Ballroom
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

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


  • 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.
  • Reconnect with your colleagues, socialize with your new dinner companions, and catch up with your old friends in the profession.


Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service
Colonel Tonya Hagmaier, director of Civil Law and Litigation for the United States Air Force

Justice Thurgood Marshall Award
Brooksley Born, retired partner of Arnold & Porter LLP

2014 Outstanding D.C. Bar Members, Committees, Sections, and Projects (names to be announced at a later date)

Join the Celebration of Leadership Host Committee

Support of the awards dinner and the 2011 D.C. Bar award winners by signing up for the Celebration of Leadership Host Committee. Participants that register by April 30 will be listed in the invitation. Groups that register by June 2 will be acknowledged in a list distributed with the commemorative program and recognized on the D.C. Bar Celebration of Leadership Web page.

2014 Ticket Prices
$108 per person
$540 for half table of 5 guests
$1,080 for full table of 10 guests

For more information about the 2014 Celebration of Leadership, contact Verniesa R. Allen at 202-737-4700, ext. 3239. For more information about the 2014 Presidents’ Reception, which immediately precedes the Celebration of Leadership Dinner and is a separate event benefiting the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, contact Kathy Downey at 202-588-1857.

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