On Tuesday, April 29, in addition to recognizing our Servant of Justice Honorees who we featured on our blog on Wednesday and Thursday, Legal Aid will be presenting the Klepper Prize for Volunteer Excellence to Stefanie Doebler of Covington and Burling LLP. Created through the generosity of Martin and Arlene Klepper, the Klepper Prize recognizes attorneys early in their careers who have made significant volunteer contributions to Legal Aid.
Stefanie has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the mission of Legal Aid through her dedicated pro bono work for the past eight years in Legal Aid’s annual project helping low-income D.C. residents navigate the Medicare Part D drug program, which added prescription drug benefits to the Medicare program that provides health insurance for millions of individuals who are elderly or have disabilities.
Since the program’s inception, Legal Aid has worked with Whitman-Walker Health and law firms all over the city in a large undertaking to help low-income elderly and disabled D.C. residents analyze their prescription drug needs and the Medicare plan offerings to make sure that they will be able to get their prescription drugs at a low price and without burdensome restrictions. Last year, through this program, Legal Aid and Whitman-Walker Health staff and volunteers served almost 600 clients who are elderly or struggling with disabilities. Over the past eight years, Stefanie has helped many senior and disabled citizens navigate this complex system and ensured that they were able to continue receiving their prescription medications without interruption.
Stefanie received both a Masters in Public Health and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. She is Special Counsel in the health care and food and drug practice groups at Covington & Burling LLP, where she provides advice on many aspects of federal and state regulation of pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices. Before joining Covington in 2006, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
For her commitment to the mission of Legal Aid, her exceptional skill, and her willingness to work with clients who are most in need of help, Stefanie is truly deserving of this year’s Klepper Prize.
We look forward to a memorable evening as we celebrate Stefanie, our Servant of Justice Honorees, and all of our supporters during our 25th Anniversary Servant of Justice Awards Dinner.