Thank you to everyone who came together to honor our recipients and support our work at Celebration of Service ’18. Here’s a quick wrap-up and link to our Photo Gallery, Program, and Sponsors.
Approximately 150 alumni, sponsors, and friends came out to honor Avis Buchanan, Don Salzman, Steptoe & Johnson, and the Mayor’s Office for Returning Affairs (MORCA) on May 17th at the new DC Bar HQ.
We welcomed a lively, hungry crowd (Donatellio Williams, Pro Bono volunteer).
Some stylish red outfits definitely caught our eye (Law Clerk Andie Levien, and Barbara Kagan of Steptoe & Johnson)…
… some nice accents of blue and purple, too (U’nek A. Clarke and Andrew O’Clarke, ’14 GWU).
Our Expungement Clinic champions Kathryn Boothe and Adrian Madsen appeared quite animated.
New board members and generous donors raised a toast to public service (Darrell Mottley, Banner Witcoff, and Brian Stekloff, Wilkinson Walsh)…
as did corporate sponsors, (Kristy Pultorak and Board Member Curtis Lu, FTI Consulting), all pitching in for a shared cause.
We tried something new this year – a brief program! Thanks to our recipients for their heartfelt remarks, both on and off our video camera. Here is PDS Director Avis Buchanan accepting the 2018 Celebration of Service Award.
Phil West, Chair, Steptoe & Johnson, received the Pro Bono Partner Award on behalf of his firm. Phil is personally volunteering his time at LSIC’s Expungement Clinic.
COS Distinguished Alumnus Recipient and Skadden Arps Pro Bono Counsel Don Salzman (right) and his wife (Katia Garrett) caught up with Annette Kyobe and former LSIC Board Member Jennifer Lyman. Don is a dear friend to LSIC and a newly minted Board member.
We asked DC artist Rose Jaffee to interpret the “Heart of Our Mission,” this year’s COS theme. We think her illustration, titled “Break the Chain,” says it all – and beautifully.
The Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs received the COS Community Partner Award. Director Brian Ferguson, who was wrongly accused of a murder and exonerated 11 years later by a team of pro bono attorneys, spoke movingly of the District’s commitment to being a “Second Chance City.”
When the rain let up, guests enjoyed the rooftop view. Thank you to DC Bar’s Stacie Gray for making the event possible.
An inspiration to us all: Don Ridings (LSIC Board Chair and Partner, Covington & Burling) and LSIC Executive Director Moses Cook presented the COS ’18 awards. Pictured here: Erica Satterly accepted an Appreciation Award for the Mayor’s Office; Director Brian Ferguson of the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs (MORCA) accepted the COS Community Partner Award; Phil West, Chair, Steptoe & Johnson, accepted the COS Pro Bono Partner Award; Avis Buchanan, Director of the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, accepted the Celebration of Service Award; Don Salzman, Pro Bono Counsel, Skadden Arps, received the COS Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Friends, you know that Celebration of Service is much more than a beautiful party.
And while we are very grateful to our academic partners for their financial contributions to our program, please know that we still need to fund approximately half a million dollars every year to continue our work.
By pitching in and helping us complete our COS goal, you will make a big difference in helping us to train students and provide dire legal services to our city’s underserved. Thank you!
Enjoy the Photo Gallery
(Credits: Evy Mages Photography, Soapstone Market, Party Hands, Yash Mori Videography, Dodge Chrome, Steve Lawson, Washington Trophy)