On October 20th, 2015, Equal Justice Works celebrated another year of hard work and extraordinary impact at our Annual Dinner event in Washington, DC. The event attracted 1,000 attendees and raised a record-breaking amount to support Equal Justice Works programming in 2016.
Journalist David Gregory served as emcee for the packed program which revolved around video profiles and personal reflections from three feature Fellows. Attendees heard first from 2014 Text-to-Give Fellow Tsion Gurmu who is building successful asylum claims for clients fleeing brutal persecution in their home countries. Julia Howard-Gibbon spoke next about her work defending victims embroiled in housing crises in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. And finally, Krista Selnau discussed how her experience as a survivor of pediatric cancer inspired her to fight for SSI and Medicaid Coverage for poor and lower-income children in Arkansas. Hundreds of additional Fellows shared the impacts of their work with their tablemates throughout the ceremony.
The evening concluded with the presentation of the Scales of Justice award to Brackett B. Denniston III, then Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel for General Electric Company (GE). In her opening remarks, Board of Directors Chairwoman, Kim Koopersmith, summarized Brackett’s exemplary commitment to public service: “At GE, he created a culture of pro bono work in the United States and across the globe, making pro bono and public service opportunities available to all GE lawyers. And because of who he is, others followed suit and his impact has been transformational.”
We would like to extend our special thanks to all those who made this successful event possible, especially the 2015 Steering Committee and our generous 2015 Dinner Sponsors. Your hard work and support allow us to continue expanding access to justice for everyone.