JERROLD SCOUTT PRIZE

The Foundation administers the prestigious Jerrold Scoutt Prize, established by the firm of Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger, in honor of the public interest commitment of one of its founding partners, Jerrold Scoutt, Jr. Given annually, the Scoutt Prize recognizes a full-time legal services lawyer who has demonstrated a career-long compassionate concern for his or her clients while exhibiting a high degree of skill representing them.

A nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • He or she must be an attorney who is currently working full-time, or who has been employed full-time for a significant portion of his or her legal career, by an organization that provides direct, hands-on legal services to poor or disadvantaged persons in the District of Columbia.

  • The organization itself must be one which has received or is eligible for a grant from the District of Columbia Bar Foundation.

  • The nominee must have demonstrated a compassionate concern for his or her clients while exhibiting a high degree of skill as an
    attorney on their behalf.

The 2020 Scoutt Prize has been awarded to Beth Mellen Harrison of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. Beth will receive the Scoutt Prize at our virtual Fall Reception, taking place on November 12, 2020. 

LIST OF RECIPIENTS:

2019

Daniel M. ClarkRising for Justice

2018

Philip FornaciDC Prisoners’ Project with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

2017

Rochanda Hiligh-ThomasAdvocates for Justice and Education

2016

Jennifer L. BergerLegal Counsel for the Elderly

2015

Kathryn M. DoanCapital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition

2014

James D. BishopCatholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington

2013

Su Sie JuBread for the City

2012

Mark E. Herzog, DC Bar Pro Bono Program
Dorene Haney, DC Law Students in Court

2011

Erin M. LoubierWhitman-Walker Clinic Legal Services

2010

Eric S. AngelLegal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
Vytas V. Vergeer, Bread for the City Legal Clinic

2009

Shirley M. Williams, Legal Counsel for the Elderly

2008

Sandra J. BernsteinUniversity Legal Services

2007

Diane WeinrothThe Children’s Law Center and American University Washington College of Law

2006

Prof. Edward Allen, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

2005

Jeannine C. SanfordBread for the City

2004

R. Scott McNeilly, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

2003

Anya Sykes, Ayuda

2002

Rhonda Dahlman, Legal Counsel for the Elderly

2001

Joe Tulman, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

2000

Jan May, Legal Counsel for the Elderly

1999

Ellen ScullyColumbus Community Legal Clinic

1998

Patricia Mullahy FugereWashington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

1997

Joan Strand, GWU Law School, Civil Litigation Clinic

1996

Ann Marie Hay, DC Law Students in Court

1995

Jean Constantine-Davis and Nina F. Simon, AARP Foundation Litigation

1994

Lynn Cunningham, Neighborhood Legal Services

1993

Paula Scott, Neighborhood Legal Services

2019 Recipient Daniel M. Clark (center) with DC Bar Foundation Chief Executive Officer Kirra L. Jarratt (left) and past Scoutt Prize Recipient and DC Bar Foundation Board Member Mark E. Herzog (right).

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