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Justice Potter Stewart Award Dinner 2021


24th Annual Justice Potter Stewart Award Virtual Gala

5 pm - Exclusive Pre-Reception ♦  5:30-6:30 pm - Virtual Program & Awards Presentation


  Patty Mullahy Fugere, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless 

 Patricia Mullahy Fugere has been a leader in addressing 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 has served 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/NPR

Kojo Nnamdi is the host of the Kojo Nnamdi Show and The Politics Hour on WAMU 88.5, Washington's NPR station. The show has been at the center of critical conversations about society, community, race, housing, education, politics, and the arts in D.C. for more than 20 years. 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. After 23 years delivering news, context and insight to the D.C. region, The Kojo Nnamdi Show will air its final episode on April 1, 2021.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Wiley Rein  LLP, D.C. Compassionate Release Project leaders

In April 2020, D.C. enacted an emergency “compassionate release” law allowing incarcerated residents to apply for release due to illness, disability, or age. The statute was designed to help address the increased risks of exposure to and the spread of COVID-19 in jails and prisons. Recognizing the urgency of this effort, a small coalition quickly came together to collect and screen compassionate release applications, to provide training and resources, and to recruit lawyers to take D.C. compassionate release cases. Although hundreds of lawyers in our community have since taken individual cases, lawyers in the D.C. offices of law firms Akin Gump and Wiley quickly stepped up as leaders in this coalition effort and dove in to screen the hundreds of  representation requests that flooded in. Among these firms’ many other significant and impactful pro bono efforts in 2020, lawyers and legal assistants at Akin Gump and Wiley have been committed to seeing D.C.’s compassionate release law succeed and for vulnerable incarcerated individuals to have counsel amid the pandemic.

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