D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Skip Mark Receives WCL Award

By Jeffery Leon

December 2, 2016

On December 1 the Washington Council of Lawyers (WCL) recognized and celebrated the outstanding contributions of attorneys in pro bono and public interest work, including D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Managing Attorney Thomas “Skip” Mark, at its annual Awards Ceremony at Arnold & Porter LLP.

Skip Mark receives award from Lise Adams

Mark receives the Legal Services Award from WCL board member and D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center assistant director Lise Adams.

The WCL honored Mark with its Legal Services Award for his work with the Pro Bono Center managing its Landlord Tenant Resource Center and Probate Resource Center, helping to mentor the Advocacy & Justice Clinic's housing cases, and supervising the Center’s participation in the D.C. Right to Housing Initiative, among his many other contributions.

“It’s no question that Skip’s projects have significantly enhanced the range of services offered by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, and has helped to expand access to justice,” said Lise Adams, assistant director of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center and WCL board member.

Skip Mark accepts Legal Services AwardReceiving the award, Mark underscored the need for more attorneys to take on pro bono work, stating, “We can always do more and we should always strive to do better . . . We need all of you on the front lines, be it at the Landlord Tenant Resource Center, the Probate Resource Center, undertaking an active case, or convincing others to share in our efforts. We can do more.” 

Also honored was Katrina Rouse, a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. Rouse received the Government Pro Bono Award for her work on housing law matters, family law cases, and wills drafting. Rouse is a frequent volunteer at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Advocacy & Justice Clinic. She credited the outstanding mentoring provided by the Pro Bono Center as making it possible to handle so many pro bono cases.

"Katrina is a stellar volunteer who has zealously represented numerous clients living on low incomes to maintain stable housing and protect their families. She is incredibly deserving of this recognition," says Adams. 

Katrina Rouse receives Government Pro Bono Award

Katrina Rouse of the U.S. Department of Justice (left) is presented with the Government Pro Bono Award by WCL board member Kelly Voss.

Other honorees for the evening included Dechert LLP, which received the Law Firm Award; Marsha Tucker of Arnold & Porter, Legacy Award; and Kathryn Doan of the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, Presidents' Award for Public Service.

“It was wonderful to gather together with so many dedicated public interest lawyers to celebrate our awards recipients and refocus our energies on the important work we do to promote access to justice,” said Nancy Lopez, executive director of the WCL.