NLADA’S Dinner to Highlight Pillars of the Justice Community

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Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Contact: Sharon Singh: [email protected]; @NLADA
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Event honors Max Laun, Lisa Freeland, Michael Dale, U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Joseph Kennedy


(Washington, DC) The National Legal Aid & Defenders Association (NLADA) will be holding its 2017 Exemplar Award Dinner honoring several leaders from the justice, legal and policy community.  The annual dinner is a premier event drawing a diverse crowd from the legal, corporate, policy and public interest communities to support NLADA’s longstanding commitment to providing equal justice to every American.

Max Laun, the Vice President and General Counsel at Arconic, is the 2017 Exemplar Honoree, which honors a member of the corporate counsel or private law firm community who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, vision, dedication, and achievement in promoting and supporting equal justice.

The 2017 Kutak-Dodds Awards will be given to Lisa B. Freeland, a Federal Public Defender in the Western District of Pennsylvania, and D. Michael Dale, the Executive Director at the Northwest Worker’s Justice Project, to honor their outstanding accomplishments in enhancing human dignity and quality of life to those individuals who are unable to afford legal representation.

U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Joseph Kennedy III and will receive the 2017 Justice through Government Service Award for establishing the Congressional Access to Civil Legal Services Caucus. This prestigious award recognizes public servants who have significantly pushed for the accessibility of justice in the United States.

“I am honored to lead an organization charged with advancing one principle: that the quality of justice you receive should not depend on the amount of money you have,” said Jo-Ann Wallace, NLADA’s president. “Tonight’s awardees join a distinguished list of previous honorees, and we look forward to their continued leadership to ensure all Americans have access to equal justice.”

Funds raised will directly support NLADA’s ability to serve, train and advocate on behalf of thousands of civil legal aid, and indigent defense attorneys, as well as client communities, who work to protect some of the most vulnerable populations in America.




The National Legal Aid & Defender Association, founded in 1911, is America’s oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. NLADA has pioneered access to justice at the national, state and local levels through the creation of our public defender systems and other important institutions from The Sentencing Project to the Legal Services Corporation. A leader in the development of national standards for civil legal aid and public defense, NLADA also provides advocacy, training and technical assistance for equal justice advocates across the country.