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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. Listen to LSIC podcast.

ROACH BROWN  Community Partner Award
While serving a life sentence in Lorton Reformatory, Roach was beaten and paralyzed in a guards’ riot and thrown into solitary confinement for eight months. There, he wrote a poem in the dust under his bed entitled “Christmas in Time,” which evolved into a play. While serving time at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for the criminally insane, Roach formed The Inner Voices, a prison theatrical group that toured extensively across the country. When President Ford learned of Roach’s work, he commuted his life sentence to immediate parole on Christmas Day 1975.

Since then Roach has dedicated his life to finding solutions to our criminal justice system and advocating for the incarcerated and returnees. A consultant and motivational speaker, he continues his work with The Inner Voices, helping to feed thousands of needy residents on Christmas Day, while hosting CROSS ROADS, a weekly radio show broadcast nationally and internationally on WPFW Pacifica. Listen to LSIC podcast.

BUCKLEY SANDLER LLP  Legal Firm Pro Bono Award
Buckley Sandler LLP 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 Buckley Sandler, 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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