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PRESS RELEASE: DC Bar Foundation Seeks Nominations for the 2023 Scoutt Prize

[District of Columbia, January 18, 2023] – The DC Bar Foundation seeks nominations for the 2023 Jerrold Scoutt Prize, awarded annually to an exceptional legal services attorney in the District of Columbia. The Foundation will accept nominations through March 24, 2023, at 5:00 PM. The 2023 Scoutt Prize will be presented during the DC Bar Foundation’s Fall Reception, tentatively planned for November 8, 2023.

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 who are financially disenfranchised or otherwise in vulnerable situations. The DC Bar Foundation encourages you to nominate attorneys who have demonstrated a high degree of skill in representing their clients and 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 currently comes with a $2,500 award. The Foundation has recognized 32 outstanding public interest attorneys since 1993. In 2022, Jonathan M. Smith, Executive Director of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, received the Scoutt Prize in honor of his career-long dedication and commitment to civil legal aid.

The Foundation will reconsider nominations made for the 2021 and 2022 Prizes. However, those who submitted nominations in those years are encouraged to update their nomination materials.

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 24, 2023, to:

About the DC Bar Foundation: We are committed to transforming DC’s legal aid network so that all District residents have a fair and equal legal experience. Through our network approach, we actively bring together all invested stakeholders to identify and address the unmet civil legal needs of DC residents with low incomes, create solutions with a critical eye for racial justice and equity, and demonstrate meaningful impact.


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