Suzanne V. Richards
Memorial Tribute Resolution

WHEREAS the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC) and the broader legal community lost a valued member and leader on December 15, 2013, with the passing of Suzanne V. Richards;

WHEREAS Ms. Richards practiced law in the District of Columbia for over 40 years, served as the 102nd President of the BADC from 1989 to 1990 and was its first female President, was honored as the Woman Lawyer of the Year in 1977 by the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and served as its President in 1978, and was named lawyer of the year in 2002 by the BADC;

WHEREAS for more than 20 years Ms. Richards served as an officer or member of the Board of Governors of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, served on the Board of Directors of the Council for Court Excellence, was recognized by the National Association of Black Women Attorneys with its Pioneer Feminist Award;

WHEREAS Ms. Richards served as a member of the D.C. City Council’s Commission on Codification of the D.C. Code and as a member of the D.C. Court of Appeals Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, was a voting delegate to the Annual D.C. Judicial Conference for more than 30 years, served as a member of the Superior Court Probate Division Task Force on the Probate Reform Act of 1994 and as a member of the Task force for the Omnibus Trusts & Estates Amendment Act of 2000;

WHEREAS Ms. Richards was a selfless and tireless mentor, leader and role model for women and minorities in the District of Columbia and because her guidance helped to shape the careers of many attorneys;

RESOLVED that the Trustees of the Foundation of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, in recognition of the remarkable achievements of Suzanne V. Richards, hereby establishes the Suzanne V. Richards Award, to promote access to justice for residents of the District of Columbia, this 24th day of November, 2015.

Keith W. Watters
President, FBADC

Past Recipients

2016-2017 United Planning Organization
2015-2016 D.C. Affordable Law Firm