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Bar Seeks Nominees for 2021 Rosenberg, Brennan Awards

December 09, 2020

The D.C. Bar is calling for nominations for its 2021 Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service and its 2021 William J. Brennan Jr. Award for excellence, commitment, and dedication in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, and the public interest. Both awards will be presented at the Bar’s 2021 Celebration of Leadership on June 24. Awardees must be members of the D.C. Bar. The deadline for nominations is Monday, February 1.

The Rosenberg Award is presented annually to a Bar member whose career exemplifies the highest order of public service. The Bar established the award in honor of Ms. Rosenberg, who dedicated 35 years of her career to government service and performed with distinction at the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also served as a member of the Board on Professional Responsibility. 

Nominees should have demonstrated outstanding professional judgment throughout long-term government careers, worked intentionally to share their expertise as mentors to younger government lawyers, and devoted significant personal energy to public or community service. Nominees must be current or recent employees of any local, state, or federal government agency.

The Brennan Award recognizes a member of the D.C. Bar who has shown extraordinary commitment and initiative in pursuing equal justice and opportunity for all Americans. The award was established in 1993 and is presented in alternating years as the Thurgood Marshall Award. The D.C. Bar seeks a strong candidate who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in the pursuit of equal justice and who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality of administration of justice. 

Additional information for both awards, including nomination forms and a list of past award winners, can be found here.

To submit a nomination for either award, please include a copy of the nominee’s résumé and the nomination form. Nominations may be submitted through the Bar’s website at www.dcbar.org/about/awards, or by email to [email protected] or [email protected].

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