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Justice Potter Stewart Award Dinner 2019

About the Justice Potter Stewart Award 

 The 23rd Annual 

Justice Potter Stewart Award Dinner

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Organization of American States

17th Street & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 

 6pm Reception, 7pm Dinner and Awards Presentations

Business Attire




Mark E. Herzog, Sidley Austin LLP

Mark Herzog is pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, co-recipient of the 2018 DC Bar Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award. Sidley had the highest total pro bono hours completed by attorneys  across all firm nominees. Working with the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Mr. Herzog helped launch a new pro bono referral panel in the Domestic Relations Branch, personally providing representation or supervision in contested custody and guardian ad litem cases. Under Mr. Herzog's leadership, the firm received the DC Housing Right to Counsel Project's Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award and the Washington Lawyers' Committee Outstanding Achievement Award.  Mr. Herzog is a commissioner on the DC Access to Justice Commission and on the DC Commission on Human Rights. He is a member of the DC Bar Foundation Board of Directors and the DC Bar Pro Bono Task Force.

Previously, Mr. Herzog was the associate director at the DC Bar Pro Bono Center where he designed and implemented new models of delivering pro bono services to address the unmet needs of people living in poverty, including all the DC Superior Court-based resource centers, the Bankruptcy Clinic, the Advice & Referral Clinic and the Immigration Legal Advice & Referral Clinic. Mr. Herzog also staffed the initiatives that led to limited scope representation in DC Courts and the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll. Prior to joining the DC Bar, Mr. Herzog was a senior associate in the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society of New York. Mr. Herzog has received numerous service awards, including the Jerrold Scoutt Prize, LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia Community Service Award and Whitman- Walker Health’s Outstanding Achievement Award.

Michele Roberts, National Basketball Players Association

Michele Roberts is the first woman to head a major professional sports union in North America. In her role as Executive Director, Ms. Roberts serves as the primary advocate for all players, ensuring protection of the organization and its membership, including serving as the lead negotiator in all collective bargaining activities. Prior to this selection, Ms. Roberts was a renowned trial lawyer, practicing as a partner at Akin Gump and Skadden, Arps. Her practice focused on complex civil and white collar criminal litigations before state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings.

Ms. Roberts has tried more than 100 cases to jury verdicts, representing clients in a wide variety of areas, including products liability, white collar, racketeering, securities regulation violations, Title VII issues and premises liability. She has been called the "finest pure trial lawyer in Washington, D.C." by Washingtonian Magazine. Ms. Roberts is a fellow of the America College of Trial Lawyers. Ms. Roberts also served for eight years in the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where she was named Chief of the Trial Division. She served as counsel in more than 40 jury trials. Ms. Roberts is frequent lecturer and presenter to both the bench and bar on a variety of topics related to litigation and trial practice. She served as an adjunct member of the faculty at Harvard Law School, teaching a Trial Advocacy Workshop and was an instructor with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. 

Pauline and Charlie Sullivan, Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE)

Pauline and Charlie Sullivan are the founders of CURE (Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants), a grassroots prison reform organization. It has two goals: 1) to use incarceration for only people who cannot be released, and 2) to provide all the rehabilitative opportunities necessary released them as soon as possible. CURE began in San Antonio, Texas in 1972 with buses bringing families to visit their loved ones in the prison system. During these trips, the Sullivans heard brutal stories about prisoners functioning as guards. In response, CURE was successful in passing a law in the Texas legislature in Austin that abolished this inmate guard system. Although the prison system supported the bus service, it did not support the new law. CURE realized then that it could not do services and advocacy in the same organization.

In 1985, the Sullivans expanded CURE to a national organization and moved the headquarters to Washington. In Congress, Pauline was instrumental in achieving WIC coverage for pregnant prisoners while Charlie helped to bring about a law that could provide good jobs and good wages for people incarcerated.At the same time, CURE hosted national conventions and facilitated CURE chapters in most states. Pauline also started DC CURE which aided in stopping the enactment of the death penalty and placing a cap on the DC jail population. Charlie also has advocated for DC reform issues. They include voting by people eligible in the DC jails and the creation of Re-Think Justice DC, a coalition that meets monthly concerning the correction system. This coalition played a major role in stopping a for-profit takeover of healthcare in the jails and the renewal of a for-profit entity that had a twenty year contract for operating the jails.

 “Fairness is what justice really is.” - Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart 

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A special thank you to our Confirmed Sponsors  


Chair's Circle 
Deloitte LLP ♦ National Basketball Players Association


President's Circle
Lockheed Martin Corporation


Justice Champion
Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld LLP ♦ Arent Fox LLP  

Arnold & Porter LLP ♦ Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  Sidley Austin LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP  Venable LLP


Justice Leader
Alvarez & Marsal
 ♦ Dechert LLP ♦ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP ♦ GEICO ♦ Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 

Graham Holdings Company ♦ Hogan Lovells US LLP ♦ Jackson & Campbell, PC/PNC Bank, NA  Nardello & Co. LLC ♦ 

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP ♦ WilmerHale ♦ Zuckerman Spaeder LLP


Justice Benefactor
Baker Botts LLP ♦ Davis Wright Tremaine LLP ♦ Dinsmore & Shohl LLP 
♦ Hilton ♦  Jones Day 

 Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot LLP  LeClairRyan PLLC ♦ The Morrison & Foerster Foundation ♦  Reed Smith LLP

Regan Zambri Long PLLC ♦ Ullico Inc. ♦ The Washington Post ♦ White & Case LLP


Justice Patron
BakerHostetler ♦ Benjy Consulting ♦ The Cochran Firm ♦ Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC 

DLA Piper LLP (US) ♦ Epiq ♦ Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP  Galena-Yorktown Foundation

K&L Gates LLP ♦ Robert McCrie ♦ Murphy & McGonigle ♦ Dwight D. Murray ♦ James Sandman 

Stein Mitchell Beato & Missner LLP ♦ TERIS  UDC David A. Clarke School of Law 


Justice Advocate

AlixPartners LLP ♦ Carol Elder Bruce ♦ Thomas Hentoff  ♦ Ellen M. Jackovic ♦ June Kress Consulting LLC 

Kirkland & Ellis LLP ♦ Caroline E. Lee ♦ Miller & Chevalier Chartered  Thorn Pozen ♦ Prouskauer Rose LLP 

QDiscovery ♦ Jessica T. Rosenbaum ♦ Savit & Szymkowicz, LLP 

Services Employees International Union ♦ Webster & Fredrickson PLLC



 Details about sponsorships are available HERE, or you may email Casey Anderson or call 202.785.5917 with questions or to secure your 2019 sponsorship. 


Past Award Honorees
Award Nomination Process

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