Several D.C.-area lawyers were honored by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs today during its annual Wiley Branton Awards Luncheon.
Attorneys from across Washington and the country packed the ballroom at the JW Marriott hotel, blocks from the White House, for the presentation.
The committee honored three attorneys with the Wiley A. Branton Award for their commitment to civil rights advocacy. They included Wiley Rein partner Thomas Brunner; Avis Buchanan, director of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service; and Joseph Sellers, name partner at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll.
Jackie D. Simon was awarded the Alfred McKenzie Award which recognizes clients of the committee who have produced significant civil rights victories. Alan Fishel and Andrea Lee Negroni were awarded the Vincent E. Reed Award, which recognizes those who support the committee's education program.
The committee also doled out Outstanding Achievement Awards to firms who provided exceptional work for the committee. Arnold & Porter, Shearman & Sterling and Steptoe & Johnson were honored in the category of Equal Employment Opportunity. Crowell & Moring was recognized for its work in public accommodations. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Baker & Hostetler; Foley & Lardner; Jenner & Block; and Weil, Gotshal & Manges were honored for their work in fair housing. Arnold & Porter; McKenna Long & Aldridge; and Winston & Strawn were honored for immigrant and refugee rights work. Covington & Burling; Kirkland & Ellis; and Steptoe & Johnson were recognized for their work in disability rights. Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; Covington & Burling; and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius were recognized for their work on prisoners' rights. And Beveridge & Diamond and Zuckerman Spaeder were honored for their work on public education.
National Law Journal photos by Diego M. Radzinschi.