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Washington Council of Lawyers seeks nominations of outstanding legal services attorneys for our 2020 Legal Services Award. We wish to recognize the outstanding work of the attorneys who serve in the public interest community: the staff attorneys who provide outstanding representation to low-income individuals day in and day out. These may be rising stars or unsung heroes – but they demonstrate a passion for helping people and a hunger for increasing access to justice.

Selection Criteria:

The Legal Services Award recipient will display qualities such as:

  • An advocate who has not previously been widely, publicly recognized for her or his work, and whose work benefits low-income or otherwise marginalized clients in the Greater DC Metro Region;
  • An individual who supports the DC public-interest community in improving the access to justice for those who cannot afford an attorney;
  • An advocate who has endeavored to bring together the public-interest, pro bono, and government legal communities to improve the quality and availability of free legal services for those in need; and
  • Someone who has gone above and beyond the normal requirements of their job to assist persons in need or has demonstrated outside-the-box thinking about how to resolve difficult legal issues.

Nomination Materials:

Nominations should describe the nominee’s relevant professional activities, including:

  1.  A description of the legal services and/or other efforts upon which the nomination is based,
  2.  An explanation of the impact of that work on clients, other advocates, and/or other community members, and
  3. The time period covered by the activities.

Nomination materials should be no longer than 6 pages in length, including the nomination letter, nominee’s resume, and any other supporting documents, such as articles or letters of support.

Nominations should be sent via email to Nancy Lopez at


All nominations must be received by 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 1.

Past recipients:

2019 Tricia Monroe, The Legal Aid Society for the District of Columbia

2018  Lindsy Miles-Hare, Ayuda

2017  Tracy Goodman, Children’s Law Center

2016  Thomas “Skip” Mark, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center

2015  Rebecca Lindhurst, Bread for the City

2014  Jodi Feldman, The Legal Aid Society for the District of Columbia

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