Saturday, December 1, 2018, 6-11 pm

The City Club Atrium // 555 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

On Saturday, December 1, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and its Foundation will host their 147th Annual Banquet and Awards Gala.

The evening at The City Club Atrium will celebrate the prior year in the legal profession with dinner, live entertainment, and dancing – we hope you will join the holiday fun with friends, colleagues and honorees.


Get your tickets today!

Includes libations, dinner, awards & dancing.

On Saturday, December 1, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and its Foundation will host their 147th Annual Banquet and Awards Gala.

The evening at The City Club Atrium will celebrate the prior year in the legal profession with dinner, live entertainment, and dancing – we hope you will join the holiday fun with friends, colleagues and honorees.

We will be at the Atrium of The City Club of Washington, DC, located on the Atrium Level (street level, wheelchair accessible) of the Columbia Square Building, 555-13th Street, NW between “E” and “F” Streets, adjacent to The Warner Theater. Parking is available under the building for $10.

To park in the garage: From Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (going east) make a left onto 13th Street and an immediate right onto E Street. Go one block to 12th Street and turn left. The Columbia Square Parking garage will be the second parking garage entrance on the left on 12th Street and is marked “Columbia Square Parking Entrance”. Park on P1 toward 13th St and come up the elevator to the Atrium level. Registration is to your right across the Atrium (around/through the tables) in the our Reception area.

Click here for City Club Directions & Parking.

Coat storage is available in the Reception area.


Get your tickets today!

Includes libations, dinner, awards & dancing.


Check back soon for more information on this year’s awardees.

The Judicial Honoree
Hon. Eric T. Washington
Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (Ret.)

The Honorable Annice M. Wagner Pioneer Award
Debra S. Katz
Champion Advocate in Woman’s and Sexual Harassment Law

To be announced: The Lawyer of the Year
The Young Lawyer of the Year
& The Suzanne V. Richards Award


makan-delrahimMakan Delrahim
United States Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division

The Lawyer of the Year

Makan Delrahim was confirmed on September 27, 2017, as Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division. Mr. Delrahim previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Counsel. Mr. Delrahim’s rich antitrust background covers the full range of industries, issues, and institutions touched upon by the work of the Antitrust Division. He is a former partner in the Los Angeles office of a national law firm. He served in the Antitrust Division from 2003 to 2005 as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, overseeing the Appellate, Foreign Commerce, and Legal Policy sections. During that time, he played an integral role in building the Antitrust Division’s engagement with its international counterparts and was involved in civil and criminal matters. He has served on the Attorney General’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and as Chairman of the Merger Working Group of the International Competition Network. Mr. Delrahim was also a Commissioner on the Antitrust Modernization Commission from 2004 to 2007. Earlier in his career, Mr. Delrahim served as antitrust counsel, and later as the Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

Hon. Eric T. Washington
Chief Judge, DC Court of Appeals (Ret.)

The Judicial Honoree

Chief Judge Washington recently retired after completing his third consecutive term as Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals, throughout which time he also served as Chair of the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration for the District of Columbia. Prior to his designation as Chief Judge, he was an Associate Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals, and before that, he served as Trial Judge on the D.C. Superior Court.

A nationally recognized leader, Chief Judge Washington is past President of the Conference of Chief Justices of the United States and also formerly served as Chair of the National Center for State Courts. He has been active in many professional, civil, and charitable organizations, including several committees of the D.C. Bar, the D.C. Courts’ Standing Committee on Fairness and Access, and the D.C. Access to Justice Commission.

Chief Judge Washington currently brings his exceptional record of leadership and service to The McCammon Group, serving the mediation, arbitration, and special master needs of lawyers and litigants throughout D.C. and beyond.

jeremey-petermanJeremy Peterman
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
& The Legal Aid’s Generous Associates Campaign

The Young Lawyer of the Year

Jeremy Peterman co-chaired the “Generous Associates Campaign,” a fundraiser that brought together 90 DC law firms to raise funds for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, DC’s oldest and largest general civil legal services program. Jeremy and his fellow co-chairs raised a whopping $2.15 million for Legal Aid for legal services for DC’s neediest. In addition to Jeremy, these amazing lawyers are:

  • Brendan Carroll, Alston & Bird
  • Melissa Weberman, Arnold & Porter
  • Loyal Horsley, Hogan Lovells
  • Alex Yabroff, Jones Day
  • Amy Rigdon, Latham & Watkins
  • Victoria Murphy, Mayer Brown
  • Sarah Dowd, Miller & Chevalier
  • Alana Genderson, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
  • Jessica Morton, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
  • Aimee Ghosh, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
  • Nancy Halstead, Reed Smith
  • Justin Benson and Wandaly Fernandez, Sidley Austin
  • Zorba Leslie and Mark Murphy, Steptoe & Johnson
  • Sarah O’Connor, Williams & Connolly
  • Claire Bergeron, Cadene Brooks and Zoe Jones, WilmerHale

The Co-Chairs of the Generous Associates Campaign are responsible for leading Legal Aid’s biggest fundraising campaign of the year. Ninety DC law firms participated in the 2018 Campaign, raising $2.15 million for Legal Aid. The Co-Chairs helped recruit more than 250 coordinators to lead campaigns at their firms, providing encouragement and guidance throughout the two-month, record-breaking campaign. All funds help provide critically-needed civil legal services for low-income DC residents, including helping survivors of domestic violence get to safety, helping families avoid unjust eviction or foreclosure, and helping DC residents receive the health care to which they are entitled under the law.

Debra S. Katz
Champion Advocate in Woman’s & Sexual Harassment Law

The Honorable Annice M. Wagner Pioneer Award

Recognized as “Civil Rights Lawyer of the Year” for Washington, D.C. by The Best Lawyers In America for 2018, as one of the “toughest” employment lawyers in Washington, D.C. by Washingtonian magazine, and as an expert in sexual harassment, employment, and whistleblower law by The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME magazine and others, Debra S. Katz has been successfully litigating employment discrimination, civil rights, and whistleblower protection cases for over 30 years.

Ms. Katz is a founding partner of Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP, where she concentrates her practice on employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, Sarbanes-Oxley, corporate, environmental and other whistleblower retaliation claims, SEC whistleblower tips, and contractual employment disputes. She has developed extensive litigation experience in federal and local courts and has achieved significant courtroom successes in a number of high-profile cases. Throughout her legal career, Ms. Katz has successfully represented dozens of whistleblowers in the nuclear, financial, pharmaceutical and medical-device industries. She also regularly handles cases involving fraud in government contracts, including most recently at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Washingtonian Magazine selected Ms. Katz for its “Top Lawyers” list from 2004 to 2017, naming her one of the magazine’s top 30 “Stars of the Bar” in its biennial listings in 2009 and 2011, and calling Ms. Katz, “Washington’s top attorney for women who want to fight back,” in a 2018 profile. She was selected for inclusion in the 2006-2019 editions of “The Best Lawyers© In America,” named the Best Lawyers© 2018 and 2013 Civil Rights Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Washington, D.C., and rated by Martindale-Hubbell as “AV Preeminent,” its highest possible peer review rating. In 2018, the Washington Business Journal selected Ms. Katz as an honoree in the Managing Partner category of its annual C-Suite Awards.

Ms. Katz has been profiled as a pioneering #MeToo attorney by the Washington Post in “The feared attorney of the #MeToo moment” and a “Leading #MeToo Lawyer” by Washingtonian Magazine.

Ms. Katz was named by Super Lawyers as a leading Washington, D.C. lawyer in 2007-2018, and was also recognized by Super Lawyers as a top 100 lawyer in Washington, D.C. and top 50 female lawyer in Washington, D.C. from 2009-2017. She was featured in Super Lawyer’s 2009 edition as one of the top four whistleblower attorneys in Washington, D.C. Ms. Katz has been profiled as a pioneering whistleblower attorney in the 2009 Super Lawyer’s article, “Protecting the Insider.”

In 2007, Human Resource Executive magazine named Ms. Katz one of the nation’s “Top 10 Plaintiffs’ Attorneys to Fear the Most.” In January 2014, Ms. Katz was selected to the 2013-2014 edition of Lawdragon’s list of “The 500 Leading Lawyers in America.” She had previously been selected for membership in the Lawdragon “500 Leading Trial Lawyers in America” in March 2006, and from September 2006 through 2010, Lawdragon named her to its list of “The 3,000 Leading Lawyers in America.” Ms. Katz was also a finalist for inclusion on the 2008 through 2011 Lawdragon lists of “The 500 Leading Lawyers in America.”

Ms. Katz serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), a nonpartisan independent government watchdog. POGO’s mission is to strengthen laws and regulations to protect whistleblowers from intimidation and retaliation and to create a more accountable and effective federal government by investigating allegations of government corruption and misconduct.

Ms. Katz is a contributing writer for Ms. Magazine, where she writes about legal issues of importance to women. Ms. Katz is also co-chair of ALI-CLE’s Advanced Employment Law program and a board member of Law360’s Editorial Advisory Board.

Ms. Katz received her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Union College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as a member of the Wisconsin Law Review and as Articles Editor of the Wisconsin Women’s Law Journal. Following law school, Ms. Katz clerked for the Hon. William Bablitch on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and held a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center.

Ms. Katz is a member of the District of Columbia and New York Bar Associations, the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and the bars of several federal courts of appeals.

Katherine S. Broderick
District of Columbia School of Law Foundation

The Suzanne V. Richards Award

B.A., cum laude, The American University, 1973; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1978; M.A.T., Antioch School of Law.

Katherine S. Broderick served as Dean of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law from August 1999 until June 2018, having previously served as Interim Dean, Clinical Director, Associate Dean and faculty member since 1979. In 2011, she was named the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Social Justice.

Professor Broderick began her academic career as a clinical faculty member. She directed the Criminal Defense Clinic at the Antioch School of Law for ten years representing more than 2,000 individuals charged with crimes in the Superior and District Courts of the District of Columbia. She also co-directed the Legislation Clinic for four years, supervising students working primarily on health and safety, environmental justice and criminal justice legislation with the D.C. Council. She has taught Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and a seminar, “Perspectives on Social Justice.” She taught in Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop, in the Fall Semester, for many years.

Under her leadership during nineteen years as dean, major accomplishments included securing the highest level of American Bar Association Accreditation, establishing part-time and LL.M. programs, serving the legal needs of thousands of low-income District residents through the School’s nine legal clinics, moving into a beautifully renovated 100,000 square foot law school building, completing a handsome $1.6 million library expansion project and raising over $15 million for endowed chairs, endowed and annual scholarships, summer public interest fellowships, and clinical programs. In 2015, she forged the first Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Havana and a U.S. law school. Students and faculty members participated in an intensive International Law seminar in Cuba in both 2016 and 2017. Additional academic exchanges will take place annually going forward.

Professor Broderick is a founder and ardent participant in the D.C. Consortium of Legal Services Providers, an organization committed to increasing the quantity, improving the quality, and coordinating the delivery of legal services to low-income D.C. residents. She was appointed by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to serve on the District of Columbia’s Access to Justice Commission for 2008 and is now serving a fourth term. She also serves on the Board of D.C. Appleseed. Professor Broderick was named to the Norton Federal Law Enforcement Nominating Commission in 2009 and continues to serve. She also hosts Sound Advice, a UDC cable television show available in 200,000 D.C. households, providing information about legal issues affecting the District’s most vulnerable residents, including predatory lending, domestic violence, AIDS and the District’s abuse and neglect system. A committed civil libertarian, Professor Broderick is a past president and served on the Board of the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital for many years. She continues to serve on the Litigation Screening Committee and on the Nominations Committee.

Professor Broderick received the 2018 “Potter Stewart Award” from the Council for Court Excellence, the 2017 “HemanSweatt Award” from the National Bar Association and the 2016 “Educational Leadership Award” from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. She has also received the 2015 “Effective Force in Service of the People Award” from the D.C. Chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild in recognition of outstanding leadership, the 2010 Champion of Justice Award from the Trial Lawyers Association of Washington for her successful efforts to establish and develop the School of Law and the 2009 Deborah L. Rhode Award from the Association of American Law Schools in recognition of her work to increase pro bono and public service opportunities in law schools. She was named “Hero in the Law” by the Olender Foundation for 2007 and one of the 100 most powerful women in Washington by the Washingtonian Magazine in 2006. She was honored with the Servant of Justice Award by the Legal Aid Society in 2005. Professor Broderick received the national Equal Justice Works Outstanding Law School Dean Award in 2002, and the William Pincus Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Legal Education” given by the Association of American Law Schools in 1999. She was named a Fellow of the American Bar Association in 2000.

Professor Broderick and her late husband John Clegg’s daughter, Isabella, is a 2010 graduate of Wilson Senior High, a D.C. public school; and a 2016 graduate of the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Ava Benach
Benach Collopy, LLP
Introduced by: Denyse Sabagh

Honorable Annice M. Wagner Pioneer Award

Ava Benach is a founding partner of Benach Collopy. For nearly twenty years, Ava has navigated clients through the maze of immigration law. Ava has concentrated her practice on representing clients in removal proceedings and in litigation matters before the federal courts. She also has extensive experience advising clients on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and complex citizenship and residence questions. Ava was identified as being a “go-to attorney when it comes to representing individuals in complex government cases” and at the “forefront of an emerging generation of litigators” in the immigration field by Chambers International. In June 2017, Ava was awarded the Edith B. Lowenstein Award for Excellence in Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Ava has represented clients in immigration courts across the country, addressing cutting edge issues in asylum, the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, jurisdiction and due process, and eligibility for relief, such as 212(h) waivers of inadmissibility and cancellation of removal. Ava also brings actions in federal court to challenge unreasonable or delayed government decision-making and to ensure that her clients rights are protected.

As part of the Amicus Committee of AILA, Ava took a lead role in challenging state immigration laws in South Carolina and Alabama. Ava has also served on the national AILA liaison committee to Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), representing the concerns of immigration lawyers among top ICE officials. In the organization’s local chapter, Ava served as Chair of the Litigation Committee and as Pro Bono Coordinator.

In addition, Ava is active in local immigration charities and organizations. Ava has taken a lead role in representing transgender asylum seekers before the asylum office and the immigration courts. She has pioneered an innovative collaboration with Whitman Walker Health to provide quality representation to transgender immigrants while training the next generation of lawyers in representing LGBT immigrants. In May 2017, Whitman Walker Health honored Ava with the Fenner Award for Community Service for her work representing Whitman Walker clients. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, where she works to protect the rights of immigrants in the detention system. In the Fall of 2011, Ava was a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School, where she co-taught the immigration clinic.

Prior to forming Benach Collopy, Ava was a partner in the nationwide immigration practice at Duane Morris. She joined Duane Morris after leading the litigation practice at Maggio & Kattar for several years.

Ava is a 1998 cum laude graduate of George Washington University Law School and a graduate of Boston College. She is fluent in Spanish. She is married to Mona Luddy Benach and has three children, Paloma, Alex and Teddy. When not practicing law, she can be found on the baseball diamond with DC Girls Baseball or the Capitol City Little League.

Tickets, Sponsor, Add-Ons, & Donation


Judges; Government & Non-Profit Lawyers: $175
Members: $200
Non-members: $250

Table of Ten
Members: $2,000
Non-members: $2,500

Sponsor Opportunities

Platinum $4,000

  • 16 Tickets
  • Full-Page Ad
  • On-Stage Mention
  • Logo on Signage, Marketing Materials, and on Website

Gold $3,250

  • 10 Tickets
  • Half-Page Ad
  • On-Stage Mention
  • Logo on Signage, Marketing Materials, and on Website

Silver $2,500

  • 6 Tickets
  • 1/3 Page Ad
  • Name on Signage, Marketing Materials, and on Website

Small Firm $1,500

  • 4 Tickets
  • Half Page Ad
  • Name on Signage, Marketing Materials, and on Website

Individual $750

  • 2 Tickets
  • Listing in Program
  • Name on Signage, Marketing Materials, and on Website

Cocktail or Dessert $5,000
-Underwrite pre-reception or dessert reception, plus receive:

  • 2 Tickets
  • Full-Page Ad
  • On-Stage Mention
  • Logo on Signage, Marketing Materials, and on Website

Instructions on how to register your attendees will be sent to buyer’s email upon BADC confirmation.

Add-On Items

Add-ons DO NOT include admission to the event.

For the Annual Banquet & Gala we are offering ads in the program (5.5×8.8) that may be added to your admission or your sponsorship. To view an example program click here.

Full Page Ad: $500
Half Page Ad: $250
1/3 Page Ad: $100

Materials must be received by 11/26 for inclusion in program. Ad Specs can be found here.


Firm Sponsors:





Day Pitney LLP
Bertram Law Group, PLLC

Vendor Sponsors:


Event Sponsors:



Crowell & Moring LLP
Paulson & Nace, PLLC

Individual Sponsors:

Rawle Andrews, Jr., Esq.
MaryEva Candon, Esq.
Allen P. Grunes, Esq.
Maryland HealthCare Clinics
The Vorv Firm, PLLC
Jonathan R. Yarowsky, Esq.


Not a BADC member?
Join today to receive our discounted ticket prices.

Is there parking? How much is it?
Parking is available under the building for $10.

Is there a dress code for this year’s gala?
This year is black-tie optional.

I am a judge. How do I register?
Please purchase a “judge” ticket on this page.

I am a sponsor of this event. How do I register attendees?
Once the BADC confirms your sponsorship you will be sent information on how to register attendees. For immediate assistance please contact

Can I donate to the FBADC?
Yes. You may donate any amount of your choosing by adding “Donation to the FBADC” to your purchase.

Does a donation include admission to the gala?
No. To attend the gala you must purchase a ticket or be a sponsor of the event.

Can I update my registration information?
Yes. Simply login and update the information on your ticket. A guide on how to do make edits/updates can be found here.

I am placing an ad. When is my artwork due?
November 26, 2018 at 5pm Eastern. More information on ads can be found here.

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