Legal Aid Announces 2017 Servant of Justice Honorees
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The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia is proud to announce that we will be honoring Vanita Gupta, formerly the Head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, at this year’s Servant of Justice Awards Dinner taking place on April 25th.

Vanita GuptaVanita Gupta
Former Head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division

Presented by Sherrilyn Ifill
President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Don VerrilliDonald B. Verrilli, Jr.
Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Presented by Paul M. Smith
Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, and Vice-President, Campaign Legal Center



Don Verrilli is well known to the D.C. legal community. The founder of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP's Washington, D.C. office, Don served as Solicitor General of the United States from June 2011 to June 2016 and spent years at the law firm of Jenner & Block LLP. Don has spent his extraordinary legal career integrating public service and public interest work.

Likewise, Vanita Gupta is well known to us in the legal services community in addition to her national profile. Vanita was most recently the Head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. She has spent her entire career advancing the public interest for the underserved like those in Legal Aid’s client community.

We will be providing more extensive biographical sketches of each honoree as the date of the Dinner approaches.

We hope you will be able to join us on April 25th at the JW Marriott (1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) to honor these two exceptional Servant of Justice honorees. We anticipate that the event will be attended by more than 600 leading lawyers and other supporters of the cause of making justice real for D.C.’s low-income community.

For additional information on the 2017 Servant of Justice Awards Dinner, please contact Thuy-Tu Tran, Deputy Director of Development at or (202) 661-5975.

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