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Our annual awards ceremony gives us a chance to recognize the outstanding contributions of lawyers who perform pro bono and public-interest work.

This year is extra special because we are celebrating 50 years of service! Our 2021 Awards Ceremony will take place virtually on Thursday, December 2, at 5 pm. Register here.

Also, in honor of our 50th Anniversary, we are hosting our #50YearsStrong Online Auction. Bidding opens on Monday, November 22nd, and closes on Friday, December 3rd.  We are over-the-top excited about the incredible auction items available in our first-ever online auction!  You can start bidding now on beach and country vacation home get-aways, airline tickets, wine tastings, local restaurant gift cards, sports tickets, and so much more! We hope you will Bid Early and Often!

Congratulations to our 2021 Award Recipients!

Presidents Award for Public Service
Susan M. Hoffman
Crowell & Moring LLP

Government Pro Bono Award
Nichelle Johnson Billips
US Agency for International Development

Law Firm Award
Arnold & Porter

Legal Services Award
Leah Myers
Legal Counsel for the Elderly

2021 Awards Ceremony Sponsors:

Golden Giving Circle:

Washington Council of Lawyers is about community. These prior-year sponsors have increased their giving this year by 50% in honor of our 50th Anniversary. Thank you!

Arnold & Porter
Crowell & Moring
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
The Steptoe Foundation
TM Financial Forensics
Wiley LLP

Thank you to all of our 2021 Awards Ceremony Sponsors

Arnold & Porter
Compass Lexecon
Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Compliance (System One)
Covington & Burling
Hogan Lovells
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Steptoe Foundation
Zuckerman Spaeder

Alix Partners
Arent Fox
Crowell & Moring
DLA Piper
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner
Marc & Michele Gary
Nancy Lopez
Relman Colfax
Jessica Rosenbaum
Jim Sandman
Larry Schneider
TM Financial Forensics

Sponsors help make our work possible. If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact our Executive Director, Christina Jackson, at or 202.451.8129.

Past Award Winners

Past Winners – By Year

Past Winners – Presidents Award for Public Service

Past Winners – Government Pro Bono Award

Past Winners – Legal Services Award

Past Winners – Law Firm Award

Past Winners – Other Awards

More on our past Awards Ceremonies

2020 Awards Ceremony

Video Introduction of Paul Smith, Recipient of the 2020 Presidents Award for Public Service
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2019 Awards Ceremony

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2018 Awards Ceremony

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2017 Awards Ceremony

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