Bar Announces 2014 Award Recipients

May 2, 2014

The D.C. Bar has announced the recipients of its 2014 annual awards whose achievements and exceptional projects in the past year will be honored at its Celebration of Leadership on June 17.

The Bar will present its Exceptional Service Award to D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson and V. David Zvenyach, the council’s general counsel, for establishing the Pro Bono Legal Volunteer Program for the Council of the District of Columbia. The program is open to all D.C. Council employees who are licensed to practice law and allows them to take up to 20 hours of administrative leave per calendar year to engage in pro bono service.

This year’s Frederick B. Abramson Award will be presented to the Limited Scope Working Group, which developed recommendations to institutionalize the practice of limited scope representation in the District, giving low, limited, and moderate means individuals greater access to counsel.

The D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee and the Family-Based Immigration Law Book Project, developed by volunteer faculty of the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Program, will both receive the Bar Project of the Year award. The D.C. Bar Antitrust and Consumer Law Section will be named Section of the Year.

Arnold & Porter LLP will be named the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year, while Kurt Jacobs of Sidley Austin LLP and Allen Snyder of the Children’s Law Center will be honored as Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyers of the Year.

Earlier the D.C. Bar announced that Brooksley Born, a retired partner at Arnold & Porter, will receive its Thurgood Marshall Award for her strong commitment to and excellence in the fields of civil rights and individual liberties. In addition, Colonel Tonya Hagmaier, director of Civil Law and Litigation for the United States Air Force, will be presented with the Bar’s Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service for her contributions to the legal profession and her dedication to public service.

The 2014 Celebration of Leadership: The D.C. Bar Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting will be held at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW.