Awards

Awards

During the D.C. Bar's annual Celebration of Leadership, we recognize the people and organizations who have worked tirelessly to improve the profession and the greater legal community through public service, volunteer hours to help improve access to justice, and development of new projects and initiatives. The annual awards dinner will be held on June 25, 2020 in Washington, D.C. 

  • Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service: This award is presented annually to a D.C. Bar member whose career accomplishments have included outstanding performance as counsel to a government agency (local, state or federal), exceptional service to the legal profession and/or the community, and unselfish contributions to advance the careers of colleagues and/or more junior lawyers. The submission deadline is February 10, 2020.

  • Thurgood Marshall AwardThe award is presented biennially and alternates with the presentation of the William J. Brennan Jr. Award. Candidates for the Marshall Award must be members of the D.C. Bar who have show extraordinary commitment and initiative in pursuing equal justice and opportunity for all Americans.The submission deadline is February 10, 2020.

  • The Frederick B. Abramson Award recognizes a Bar committee or project that, through innovation, initiative, or unusual dedication, has resulted in a significant benefit to the Bar and its individual members. The submission deadline is March 2, 2020.

  • The Community of the Year Award honors the Bar Community that best exemplifies professional service to its members, its area of practice, and to the citizens of the District of Columbia through its educational programs, professional activities, involvement in current issues and legislation, and member communications. The submission deadline is March 2, 2020.

  • The Voluntary Bar Association of the Year Award recognizes the D.C. chapter of a voluntary bar association that provides exemplary service to its members, the legal profession and/or the District of Columbia community through programming, community outreach, special initiatives, and/or professional activities.The submission deadline is March 2, 2020.

  • Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year: This award is presented to a lawyer for their excellence, achievement, and commitment to providing legal services to the District’s low income and/or disadvantaged individuals and/or organizations serving such individuals. The submission deadline is March 2, 2020.

  • Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year: This award is presented to a firm for its excellence, achievement, and commitment to providing legal services to the District’s low income and/or disadvantaged individuals and/or organizations serving such individuals. The submission deadline is March 2, 2020.

View the past awards winners.