2024 Honorees

Debo Adegbile

Debo P. Adegbile
WilmerHale
Servant of Justice Award

Judge Tatel

Judge David S. Tatel
Hogan Lovells
Servant of Justice Award

Legal Aid DC is thrilled to present Debo P. Adegbile and Judge David S. Tatel with the Servant of Justice Award at this year's Dinner, scheduled for April 9, 2024 in Washington. 

Judge Tatel, who rejoined Hogan Lovells as Senior Counsel this year, is a living legend of the law. His career spans nearly six decades in public interest law, government service, private practice, and almost 30 years on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, nearly all in staunch defense of civil liberties. He served as first Executive Director of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which went on to recently celebrate a landmark 50 years of providing pro bono civil legal counsel, after which he became Director of the national Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In the early 1970s, he helped found the Legal Services Corporation, which promotes equal access to justice by providing grants for civil legal defense for low-income Americans. Judge Tatel also led the Office for Civil Rights under President Jimmy Carter, revitalizing that office at a critical time in American civil rights history. He later founded the Education practice at then-Hogan & Hartson, advancing desegregation in school districts in suburban St. Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, and other cities throughout the country. In 1994, he was nominated by President Bill Clinton to the DC Circuit to succeed former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. As a DC Circuit judge, he decided dozens of landmark cases, earning a reputation as one of the most brilliant and fair legal minds in the judiciary. He accomplished most of this after losing his eyesight at age 30. His memoir, “Vision: A Memoir of Blindness and Justice,” will be published by Little, Brown on June 11, 2024.

Mr. Adegbile is a Partner at WilmerHale and Chair of the Anti-Discrimination practice. He previously worked at the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund from 2001 to 2014, including as Director of Litigation from 2007 to 2014 and Acting President & Director-Counsel from 2012 to 2013. He has argued several important civil rights cases at the Supreme Court and beyond – including successfully defending the Voting Rights Act before Judge Tatel on the DC Circuit, in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder. Mr. Adegbile also served as senior counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary from 2013-2014, advising on Supreme Court jurisprudence and the defense of civil rights, especially voting rights. In 2016, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, on which he served for six years. More recently, he led a WilmerHale team in a successful challenge to Georgia’s congressional and legislative maps. Among his many roles at WilmerHale, Mr. Adegbile conducts civil rights and equity audits for clients, imparting the wisdom and practice from his many years of upholding American civil liberties.

 

2024 Co-Chairs

Chioma Achebe
The Carlyle Group

 

Chinh Le
University of Virginia School of Law

 

Beth Neitzel
Foley Hoag

Vanita Gupta
Former Associate Attorney General

 

Lauren Moore
WilmerHale

 

David Ogden
WilmerHale

Josh Hsu
Jenner & Block

 

Micah Myers
Cozen O'Connor

 

Cate Stetson
Hogan Lovells

2023 Sponsors

 

Trailblazer of Justice

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Champion of Justice 

 

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Protector of Justice

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WilmerHale logo

 

Defender of Justice

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Hogan Lovells logo

 

Arnold & Porter logo

 

Mayer Brown logo

 

Bailey Glasser Logo

 

Paul Weiss logo

 

Guardian of Justice

 

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Baker Botts, L.L.P.

 

 

Dentons

Pillsbury

Advocate of Justice

 

ArentFox Schiff

Blank Rome

Crowell & Moring

Gilbert

Goodwin

Jenner & Block

 

O'Melveny 

Munger Tolles

Steptoe

Venable LLP

Weil Gotshal

Williams & Connolly

Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Steward of Justice

 

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Bryan Cave

Cleary

Cozen O'Connor

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cushman & Wakefield 

Debevoise & Plimpton 

DLA Piper

Ernst & Young LLP (EY)

Epstein Becker Green

 

Eversheds Sutherland LLP

Fish & Richardson

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Hilton 

Hughes Hubbard

Jones Day

KPMG

McGuireWoods

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

 

 

Morrison Foerster LLP

Northrop Grumman

Paul Hastings

Rena Reiss

Ropes & Gray

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Wiley Rein

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation

Zuckerman Spaeder

Corporate Honor Roll

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David Dantzic Headshot

David Dantzic
Partner, Latham & Watkins
Servant of Justice Honoree

Karl Racine Headshot

Karl Racine
Former DC Attorney General
Servant of Justice Honoree

Farhana Chowdhury Headshot

Farhana Chowdhury and the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project
Partnership Honoree

Jo Bahn Headshot

Josephine M. Bahn
Cozen O'Connor
Klepper Prize for Volunteer Excellence