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DC Bar Foundation Seeks Nominations for 2019 Scoutt Prize

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2019 Jerrold Scoutt Prize, which is awarded annually to an exceptional legal services attorney in the District of Columbia. Nominations will be accepted until February 1, 2019. The Scoutt Prize will be presented during the DC Bar Foundation’s 2019 Fall Reception, generously hosted each year by Alston & Bird LLP.

The Scoutt Prize recognizes outstanding lawyers who work full time, or have spent much of their careers working full time, at DC nonprofits providing 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 2018, Philip Fornaci, Project Director of the DC Prisoners’ Project with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, was honored for his career-long dedication and commitment to advocacy.

Nominations made for the 2017 and 2018 prize will be reconsidered. Those who submitted nominations in those years are encouraged to update their nomination materials.

How to submit your nomination:

Nominations must include a cover letter and 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 February 1, 2019 to:

The DC Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1977, is the largest funder of civil legal services in the District. The Foundation’s mission is to fund, support, and improve legal representation of the poor, vulnerable, and otherwise disadvantaged in the District of Columbia, and it is committed to the vision that residents of the District have equal access to justice, regardless of income. The Foundation provides grants, training, and technical assistance to local non-profit legal services organizations and awards loans to DC poverty lawyers to help with their educational debts.


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