Meet Our 2017 Honorees

2017 Celebration of Service Honorees

JACK OLENDER  Celebration of Service Award
As president of Jack H. Olender & Associates and co-founder the Olender Foundation, Mr. Olender has been recognized numerous times for his legal prowess, stalwart advocacy on behalf of the injured, and service to the community. His foundation, in its aim to counter poverty and violence and promote education and equal justice, supports an array of organizations that serve the public, especially the citizens of the District of Columbia. Each year Mr. Olender hosts a gala that recognizes law students from UDC and Howard University along with other public and local heroes.

THE HON. CARMEN ESPINOSA  Distinguished Alumnus Award
Justice Carmen Espinosa (‘76, GWU, Civil) is the first Hispanic to sit on all three levels of the Connecticut judiciary, advancing from the District and Appellate Courts to her current position as State Supreme Court Justice. The first in her family to attend college, she is a shining example to Hispanic children and other minorities that “anything is possible if you stay in school and use education as a bridge to success.” Justice Espinosa has been involved with judicial education and regularly addresses students and community groups through the Judicial Branch’s Speakers Bureau.

ROACH BROWN  Community Partner Award
Roach Brown is the voice of Cross Roads, a weekly program on WPFW Pacifica, and the founder of Inner Voices, a nonprofit that advocates for ex-offenders and provides transitional services to underrepresented populations in the DC community. A former inmate of the Lorton Correctional Facility, Mr. Brown has helped pass legislation restoring voting rights to the city’s formerly incarcerated and secured a Mayoral Resolution proclaiming September 10 as National Ex-Offender Day.

BuckleySandler is among the leading financial services law firms in the country. Its pro bono practice provides legal services to economically disadvantaged individuals and numerous nonprofit organizations in the DC community. With generous donations from the Kolar Foundation of BuckleySandler, the firm supports charitable initiatives of importance to the members and employees of the firm, as a way of giving back.


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