2020 Exemplar Award Dinner

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With the health and wellbeing of our members, partners, and generous supporters as a priority in this uncertain time, we have rescheduled our 2020 Exemplar Awards Dinner, Scaling Justice: Celebrating Creative Solutions, to September 16, 2020. 

NLADA’s Annual Dinner is a celebration of our community’s resilience. Thus, we remain committed to celebrating our wonderful sponsors and Marcus V. Brown, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Entergy Corporation, the 2020 Exemplar Honoree, as well as the Beacon of Justice Awardees and Kutak-Dodds winners with a safe, responsible and dynamic event this fall.

2020 Exemplar Award

Marcus V. Brown  is executive vice president and general counsel at Entergy Corporation. At Entergy, Marcus sees having a positive social impact and promoting sustainability as a core business strategy, leveraging increased commitment and resources in pursuit of equal justice.  As general counsel, he spearheaded an initiative designed to engage 100% of his team participating in pro bono work each year. Under his guidance, Entergy’s commitment to pro bono excellence has included hiring a fulltime pro bono counsel, as well as engaging in extensive and intensive partnerships with local clinics, providing direct legal services to low-income individuals, and representing community serving non-profit organizations. Learn more about Marcus here.

Enjoy this video message from Marcus here

Click to learn more about past Exemplar Honorees and Kutak-Dodds Prize Recipients

Social Justice Art Auction

By popular demand, NLADA is bringing back a highlight of 2019's event: a silent auction of social justice-themed art during the cocktail reception of the Exemplar Award Dinner. Artwork depicts justice issues ranging from incarceration to political protest. All pieces are generously donated by artists from across the country, and funds raised will directly support NLADA's mission of expanding access to counsel and safeguarding justice for all. In 2020, bidding - which will open later this summer - will be all online so that people all across the country will have a chance to incorporate these pieces in their homes and offices. In the meantime, explore a full catalogue of this year's extraordinary pieces here.

Join our generous supporters and contribute today! Learn about recognition opportunities here and download a pledge form here.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate equal justice leaders who are employing creative solutions to eliminate barriers to justice for all. 

Beacon of Justice Awards

The ongoing humanitarian crisis along the U.S. southern border impacts hundreds of thousands of migrant children, women, and men seeking asylum or hoping to immigrate to the United States. Ever changing federal policies and practices have exacerbated the already challenging situations for those desperately searching for safety and the American promise of the “Blessings of Liberty.” But they are not alone. The legal community has responded with their strong commitment to uphold the rule of law and safeguard the legal rights of these individuals.

The 2020 Beacon of Justice Award will recognize and honor law firms with pro bono programs serving vulnerable people fleeing to the U.S. border. These programs are both diverse and many, and they range from helping pro se individuals better represent themselves to providing direct legal representation for the individuals and families in family separation, detention, and immigration proceedings.

Previous Beacon of Justice themes include: 

  • Expanding opportunities for the underserved in areas such as education, health care, housing, and legal services
  • Have innovative Public-Private Partnerships that Protect Equal Justice for All through Appellate Litigation
  • Made a Significant Impact in the Area of Immigration
  • Represented Disadvantaged Families in Foreclosure Proceedings
  • Representation to People on Death Row
  • Representation to Detainees at Guantanamo Bay

Learn more about past winners here

Kutak-Dodds Prizes

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Kutak-Dodds Prizes. NLADA and the Robert J. Kutak Foundation bestow the Kutak-Dodds Prizes annually to honor the accomplishments of civil legal aid attorneys, public defenders, assigned counsel, or public interest lawyers who, through the practice of law, are significantly contributing to the enhancement of human dignity and quality of life of those individuals who are unable to afford legal representation.

2019 Exemplar Award Dinner Highlight Slideshow

Relive this amazing night of fun, appreciation and safeguarding justice! 

Please contact Chelsey Gibson, Major Gifts Officer at [email protected] or 202-452-0620 Ext 259 for more information.