2024 Honorees

Debo Adegbile

Debo P. Adegbile
Servant of Justice Award

Judge Tatel

Judge David S. Tatel
Hogan Lovells
Servant of Justice Award

Legal Aid DC was thrilled to present Debo P. Adegbile and Judge David S. Tatel with the Servant of Justice Award at the April 9, 2024 dinner 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 Ginsburg. 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.


Nancy Anderson

Nancy Anderson
Klepper Prize for Volunteer Excellence

Magnolia Alvarez Velasquez

Magnolia Alvarez Velasquez
Partnership Award


Legal Aid DC presented attorney Nancy Anderson with the Klepper Prize for Volunteer Excellence at the Servant of Justice Awards Dinner. Each year, the Klepper Prize recognizes attorneys early in their careers who have made a significant volunteer contribution to Legal Aid. 

Ms. Anderson has been among Legal Aid's most prolific pro bono attorneys over the past several years and has taken the lead on cases in one of our most complex practice areas: helping clients appeal denials of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. These critical benefits provide financial support to adults unable to work due to disability and children with physical and/or mental health conditions. In all of her cases, Ms. Anderson has approached complex cases with a sharp understanding of the law and deep empathy for her clients. 

Legal Aid DC also honored former client Magnolia Alvarez Velasquez with the Partnership Award.

The Partnership Award recognizes extraordinary individuals or organizations who have helped advance Legal Aid DC’s mission of making justice real in the District. Past recipients have included Monica Jackson, President of the Terrace Manor Tenants Association, and the AFL-CIO's Claimant Advocacy Program. 

Legal Aid DC supported Ms. Alvarez Velasquez, who is from Guatemala, through the Immigrants' Rights Legal Services Project to clarify her family's immigration status. Ms. Alvarez Velasquez, who runs a tamale stand with her husband in Mt. Pleasant, stepped up for her community last year to testify in favor of decriminalizing street vending.

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


David Ogden

Josh Hsu
Jenner & Block


Micah Myers
Cozen O'Connor


Cate Stetson
Hogan Lovells


Trailblazer of Justice


Kirkland & Ellis LLP



Champion of Justice


Latham & Watkins LLP



Protector of Justice


Covington & Burling LLP

Sidley Austin LLP


Leader of Justice


Hogan Lovells


Defender of Justice



Alston & Bird LLP

Arnold & Porter



Bailey Glasser

Mayer Brown

Paul Weiss



Guardian of Justice


Baker Botts, L.L.P.


Gilbert LLP


Advocate of Justice


ArentFox Schiff

Blank Rome LLP

Crowell & Moring LLP


Jenner & Block

Jones Day

King & Spalding

Munger, Tolles & Olson





Paul Hastings LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

The Steptoe Foundation

Venable LLP


Williams & Connolly


Steward of Justice



Cleary Gottlieb


Cozen O'Connor

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

DLA Piper


Foley Hoag LLP



Fried Frank

Holland & Knight

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP


Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morrison Foerster LLP




Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Ropes & Gray LLP

Vinson & Elkins

Wiley Rein LLP

Wilkinson Stekloff

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP


Corporate Honor Roll



Cushman & Wakefield

DiamondRock Hospitality Company

Ernst & Young LLP (EY)




Host Hotels & Resort

Marriott  International