Each year, the BADC and the Foundation of the BADC hosts our Annual Gala and celebrates the achievements of lawyers and judges in the District of Columbia. On December 2, the Annual Gala was held at the newly opened Wharf InterContinental on D.C.’s Waterfront.

The Young Lawyers’ Section awarded Shon Hopwood, an Associate Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Young Lawyer of the Year for his impressive accomplishments and effective and tenacious advocating for criminal justice reform. Ava Benach of Benach Collopy LLP, long recognized as a sophisticated and compassionate advocate for clients in immigration proceedings, and the first openly transgender attorney ranked in Chambers, was the recipient of the Honorable Annice Wager Pioneer Award.

Sally Yates, former Acting Attorney General of the United States, was honored as Lawyer of the Year for her long history of service in the United States Department of Justice, and Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan, U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia, was honored as Judge of the Year for serving our city and our country with great distinction over his career.

The gala attendees enjoyed an open bar happy hour (courtesy of WilmerHale), dinner, and dancing until the wee hours of the morning; and a good time was had by all. The BADC extends its appreciation and congratulations again to all of the 2017 honorees!

Please click here to view all of our photos from our Annual Gala

A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

SILVER
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
BUCHANAN INGERSOLL & ROONEY PC
CROWELL & MORING LLP
FOUNDATION OF THE BAR ASSOCIATION OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
REED SMITH LLP
SKADDEN, ARPS, SLATE, MEAGHER & FLOM LLP
SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT LLP

SMALL FIRM
BENACH COLLOPY LLP
K&L GATES LLP
LAW OFFICES OF GREGORY S. SMITH
LAW OFFICES OF PAUL STRAUSS & ASSOCIATES

INDIVIDUAL
RALPH P. ALBRECHT, ESQ.
HON. RAINEY R. BRANDT
ELLERMAN ENZINNA PLLC
CHRISTOPHER G. HOGE, ESQ.
MARYLAND HEALTHCARE CLINICS
UNIVERSITY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DAVID A. CLARKE SCHOOL OF LAW
THE VORV FIRM, PLLC
ROBERT L. WEINBERG, ESQ.

COCKTAIL HOUR
WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR LLP