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Justice Potter Stewart Award Dinner 2020


 Regretfully, the Justice Potter Stewart Award Dinner is cancelled due to COVID-19. Please continue checking this page for updates regarding the dinner.


About the Justice Potter Stewart Award 

 The 24th Annual 

Justice Potter Stewart Award Dinner

Date: Cancelled

Organization of American States

17th Street & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 

 6 pm Reception, 7 pm Dinner and Awards Presentations

Business Attire




Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (Ret.)

Wade Henderson is the immediate past p
resident and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Leadership Conference Education Fund. As the CEO from 1996 to 2017, Wade led the social justice coalition in forging consensus and developing strategy on major policy priorites regarding domestic and international civil and human rights. Under his guidance, The Leadership Conference steered successful campaigns to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act, pass the Fair Sentencing Act, the ADA Amendment Acts, and the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, among others. 

For over 20 years, Wade was the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Professor of Public Interest Law at the David L. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia. Prior to his role with The Leadership Conference, he was the Washington Bureau Director of the NAACP and was the associate director of the Washington national office of the ACLU. Wade also served on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, where he worked on expanding fair chance hiring practices. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Center for Responsible Lending, and on the Board of Trustees of the Educational Testing Service.

Patty Mullahy Fugere, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

Patricia Mullahy Fugere
has been involved in affordable housing and homelessness issues in D.C.
 since 1980. She is one of the co-founders, and since 1991 has served as the executive director, of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Patty shares the Legal Clinic's vision of D.C. as a just and inclusive community, where housing is a human right and all residents have access to the resources they need to thrive. She works with the Legal Clinic's extraordinary staff to ensure that the wisdom and voices of those who experience homelessness or severe housing insecurity are a part of the conversations that impact their lives.

She serves on the DC
 Access to Justice Commission and chairs the board of directors of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice. Additionally, she was co-founder of DC Fair Budget Coalition and served on the governing or advisory boards of the Homeless Children's Playtime Project, the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare, and the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. 

Kojo Nnamdi, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU

Kojo Nnamdi is the host of the Kojo Nnamdi Show and The Politics Hour on WAMU
 88.5, Washington's NPR station. The show, which celebrated 20 years on-air in 2019, has been at the center of critical conversations about society, community, race, housing, education, politics, and the arts. Kojo is known for creating a space for thoughtful and productive dialogue, whether with ordinary citizens or polished politicians. A native of Guyana, Nnamdi emigrated to the United States in 1968 to attend college and explore the civil rights movement. After college, Kojo began his career in media and broadcast. He has served as news editor and news director for WHUR-FM's The Daily Drum, as well as the host of Evening Exchange, a television program by WHUT-TV at Howard University. Kojo Nnamdi is one of the leading educators on justice-related issues in the District of Columbia, using his platform to facilitate important discussions about both civil and criminal legal topics affecting D.C and beyond.

Sponsor the dinner or purchase tickets today!

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 Details about sponsorships are available HERE, or you may email Faith Hudson or call 202.785.5917 with questions or to secure your 2020 sponsorship.  A limited number of public interest rate tickets will become available this spring.


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