Hundreds of you came together to celebrate the Committee’s extraordinary legacy, 50 years of dismantling injustice and pursuing lasting change. The evening was not only a celebration of a huge milestone, but also the most financially successful Branton Awards Event in Committee’s history, raising $1.1 million. Throughout the night we recognized the generosity of law firms, corporations and individuals, without which the remarkable work we have accomplished throughout our history couldn’t have been done. We were left challenged and inspired by individuals such as Elaine Gardner, Deval Patrick, Marian Wright Edelman and Ruby Bridges, champions of justice who have spent their entire lives fighting the good fight. Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Association and CASA, recipients of our Alfred McKenzie award, reminded us of the importance of community partnerships, coming alongside those who are facing and fighting against the very real civil rights struggles of today. We honored the Outstanding Achievement Award winners, area lawyers, law firms and other professionals that have contributed thousands of hours of their time co-counseling cases with the Committee.
We ended a night of celebrating our past by looking towards the future, recognizing that while we have made huge progress, the fight is far from over. I hope you will continue to stay connected to the Washington Lawyers’ Committee as we continue this fight toward equality and fairness together.
Executive Director, Washington Lawyers’ Committee