Since 1990, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia has presented the Servant of Justice Award to individuals or organizations who have demonstrated faithful dedication and remarkable achievement in ensuring that all persons have equal and meaningful access to justice.

2019

Anthony T. Pierce

Akin Gump

Judith L. Lichtman

National Partnership for Women & Families

2018

Abid Riaz Qureshi

Latham & Watkins

Thomas C. Papson

Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

2017

Donald B. Verrilli, Jr.

Munger Tolles & Olson

Vanita Gupta

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

2016

Marian Wright Edelman

Children’s Defense Fund

Thomas S. Williamson, Jr.

Covington & Burling

2015

Wade Henderson

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Philip W. Horton

Arnold & Porter

2014

Barbara McDowell, posthumously

Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

2013

John Payton, posthumously

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Paul M. Smith

Jenner & Block

2012

Susan M. Hoffman

Crowell & Moring

James vanR. Springer

Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

2011

Brooksley E. Born

Arnold & Porter

Hon. Thomas E. Perez

United States Department of Justice

2010

Vernon E. Jordan Jr.
Akin Gump

Florence Wagman Roisman
Indiana School of Law – Indianapolis

2009

Anthony Herman
Covington

Dean Kurt L. Schmoke
Howard University School of Law

2008

Professor Richard L. Roe
Georgetown University Law Center

Seth P. Waxman
WilmerHale

2007

E. Barrett Prettyman, Jr.
Hogan & Hartson

Sidney White Rhyne

2006

Theodore A. Howard
Wiley Rein

David A Reiser
Zuckerman Spaeder

2005

Katherine S. Broderick
Dean, University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law

Andrew H. Marks
Crowell & Moring

2004

Lois G. Williams

R. Sargent Shriver

E. Clinton Bamberger, Jr.

Edgar S. Cahn

Jean Camper Cahn, posthumously

2003

Peter J. Nickles
Covington

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

2002

Samuel F. Harahan
Council for Court Excellence

Douglas G. Robinson
Skadden

2001

Lynn E. Cunningham
George Washington University Law School

John E. Nolan
Steptoe

Charles F.C. Ruff, posthumously
Covington

2000

Patty Mullahy Fugere
Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

Robert N. Weiner
Arnold & Porter

1999

Blossom Athey
Covington

Eldon H. Crowell
Crowell & Moring

1998

Eric H. Holder, Jr.
United States Department of Justice

Francine Salzman Temko
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

1997

Peter B. Edelman
Georgetown University Law Center

Timothy J. May
Patton Boggs

1996

R. Kenneth Mundy

Robert L. Weinberg
Williams & Connolly

1995

Willie E. Cook, Jr.
Neighborhood Legal Services Program

David B. Isbell
Covington

1994

Charles T. Duncan
Reid and Priest

Stephen J. Pollak
Shea & Gardner

Janet Reno
Attorney General of the United States

1993

Justice Thurgood Marshall, posthumously
Supreme Court of the United States

Zona F. Hostetler
O’Toole, Rothwell, Nassau & Steinbach

John H. Pickering
WilmerHale

1992

Howard C. Westwood
Covington

D.C. Legal Service Providers

1991

Augustus L. Palmer
Howard University

Barbara M. Rossotti
Pillsbury

1990

Earl W. Kintner
Arent Fox

Charles A. Horsky
Covington