The D.C. legal community turned out in full force last night to attend the Legal Times 30th Anniversary Awards Gala, held to honor those the paper selected as the 90 greatest Washington lawyers of the last 30 years, as well as to celebrate the newspaper's milestone anniversary.
The honorees, along with their family members and colleagues, filled the elegant ballroom of the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on Constitution Ave. (View photos of the event here.) Terry Moran, co-anchor of ABC News "Nightline" and a Legal Times alumnus, emceed the event. American Bar Association President H. Thomas Wells Jr. gave a short speech. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Wells said that Southern lawyers often say they are "called to the Bar." Wells said the importance of that calling was evident when looking at the achievements of the evening's honorees.
In the weeks leading up to last night's gala, Legal Times was busy interviewing several of the honorees, including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Patton Boggs' Thomas Boggs Jr., Wiley Rein's Richard Wiley, Skadden's Robert Bennett, The Pro Bono Institute's Esther Lardent, Equal Justice Works' David Stern, and D.C. Appleseed's Walter Smith. Those interviews were compiled into the following videos celebrating the 90 lawyers.
And this video takes a look at the history of Legal Times:
The videos were shot and produced by Fusion Digital Media.