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DC Bar Foundation Seeks Nominations for 2021 Scoutt Prize

[District of Columbia, February 5, 2021] – The DC Bar Foundation seeks nominations for the 2021 Jerrold Scoutt Prize, which is awarded annually to an exceptional legal services attorney in the District of Columbia. Nominations will be accepted through March 26, 2021 at 5:00 PM. The 2021 Scoutt Prize will be presented during the DC Bar Foundation’s virtual Fall Reception on October 28, 2021.

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 those living in poverty and in vulnerable situations. The DC Bar Foundation encourages 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.

KMA Zuckert LLC (formerly Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger LLP) established the Scoutt Prize in 1992 in honor of founding partner Jerrold Scoutt Jr. The Scoutt Prize comes with a $2,500 award. Since its creation, 30 outstanding public interest attorneys have been recognized. In 2020, Beth Mellen of the Legal Aid Society for the District of Columbia received the Prize in honor of her career-long dedication and commitment to service.

Nominations made for the 2019 and 2020 Prizes will be reconsidered. However, 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 PM on March 26, 2021 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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