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DC Bar Foundation Seeks Nominations for 2018 Scoutt Prize

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2018 Jerrold Scoutt Prize, which is awarded annually to an exceptional legal services attorney in the District of Columbia. Nominations will be accepted until November 17, 2017.

The Scoutt Prize recognizes outstanding lawyers who work full time, or have spent much of their careers working full time, at DC nonprofits that provide direct, hands-on legal services to the poor or disadvantaged in our community. We encourage you to nominate attorneys who have not only demonstrated a high degree of skill in representing their clients, but who have also demonstrated a high degree of compassion.

Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger LLP established the Scoutt Prize in 1993 in honor of founding partner Jerrold Scoutt Jr. The firm continues to provide an award of $2,500 annually, and since its creation, 28 outstanding public interest attorneys have been recognized. In 2017, Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas, Executive Director at Advocates for Justice and Education, was honored for her career-long dedication and commitment to advocacy.

The 2017 Scoutt Prize will be presented during the DC Bar Judicial Reception in Spring 2018.

Nominations made for the 2016 and 2017 prize will be reconsidered without a formal resubmission. However, those who submitted nominations in those years are encouraged to update their nomination materials.

How to submit your nomination:

Nominations must include the nominee’s curriculum vitae. Supporting materials, like articles of interest or letters of support, are highly encouraged. Please send nominations and supporting materials by 5:00 p.m. on November 17, 2017 to:

About the DC Bar Foundation: For DC residents in poverty, we make strategic investments to strengthen and expand our civil legal aid network, addressing critical needs and improving our community. As the largest funder of civil legal aid in the District, we are a steadfast community partner, committed to protecting access to justice in life’s most pivotal moments.


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