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Community Recognition

Since Children’s Law Center began in 1996, our work has been recognized nationally and locally. We have also given awards and recognition to members of the community who join and support our work to give all of DC's children a solid foundation of family, health, and education.

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Awards Received


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Washington Council of Lawyers President's Award, 2013

The Washington Council of Lawyers has announced that Children's Law Center executive director Judith Sandalow will receive the President's Award, celebrating the values of pro bono and public service, at a reception in December.

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Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman EXCEL Award, 2013

Children's Law Center executive director won the EXCEL Award, administered by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, in recognition of outstanding nonprofit leadership.

 Best Nonprofits 2013

Best Nonprofits to Work For, 2013

The NonProfit Times again includes Children's Law Center on their annual nationwide list of Best Nonprofits to Work For.

 Best Nonprofits 2011

Best Nonprofits to Work For, 2011

The NonProfit Times includes Children's Law Center on their annual nationwide list of Best Nonprofits to Work For.

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Most Influentual Women Lawyers, 2010

The National Law Journal named Children's Law Center executive director Judith Sandalow one of Washington's most influential women lawyers.


DC Bar Pro Bono Lawyer Award, 2010

Nancy Hendry, a longtime pro bono lawyer with Children's Law Center, was named top pro bono lawyer by the DC Bar.

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Telly Award, 2010

Aegis Award, 2010

Children's Law Center's 2009 video, made by Creative Video of Washington, won a Bronze Telly Award and an Aegis Award.

Mayor’s Community Service Award, 2009
During 2009 National Volunteer Week, Mayor Adrian Fenty recognized Children's Law Center for making the nation’s capital a safer place for children through its extensive network of pro bono attorneys. Children's Law Center pro bono partner Covington and Burling LLP was also honored by the mayor for its pro bono partnership with Children's Law Center.

Positive Nature, Inc. Outstanding Service Award, 2009
Positive Nature, Inc. awarded Children's Law Center's Executive Director, Judith Sandalow, with the 2009 Outstanding Service Award at the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Conference “in appreciation of her tireless efforts, exemplary leadership, and amazing dedication in service to the District’s more vulnerable children.”

Washington Women in Public Relations, 2009
Children’s Law Center was chosen as the Washington Women in Public Relations 2009-2011 pro bono client.

Exponent Award 2007
The Meyer Foundation presented Children’s Law Center's Executive Director, Judith Sandalow, with the 2007 Exponent Award. Each year, the foundation recognizes five non-profit leaders for their dedication and ability to create lasting change in the community. The foundation commends Judith for “her deep professional commitment” as well as her strength and effectiveness as a leader at Children's Law Center and in the community.   

Jerrold Scoutt Prize 2007
DC Bar presented Children's Law Center's Special Counsel, Diane Weinroth with the 2007 Jerrold Scoutt Prize. The prize is awarded to attorneys employed by organizations that provides direct, hands-on legal services to poor or disadvantaged persons in the Washington area.  Diane was recognized for demonstrating a high degree of compassionate concern for her clients while exhibiting a high degree of skill on their behalf.

The Frederick B. Abramson Public Interest Fellowship Award
This award recognizes graduating law students, judicial law clerks or practicing attorneys wishing to work in public interest law. Each fellow must demonstrate a commitment to community advancement and public interest by working at a not-for-profit organization in the District of Columbia.

Staff members who have received the award:

  • Laura Rinaldi 2002
  • Lise Adams 2003
  • Lauren Onkeles 2004
  • Jamie Desjardins 2006
  • Genetta Smith 2006
  • Gabrielle Mulnick 2008
  • Alyssa Patzoldt 2008
Outstanding Public Advocate Award, 2004
Supervising Attorney Vivek Sankaran received the Outstanding Public Advocate Award from the Asian Pacific Lawyers Association in 2004.
DC Department of Mental Health Award, 2004
Executive Director Judith Sandalow received a commendation from the DC Department of Mental Health for her dedication and commitment to DC children.

Fellowship Awarded, 2004
Staff Attorney Pooja Mehta (then a law clerk) received a fellowship from the South Asian Bar Association Foundation for her work at Children's Law Center.

Leadership Washington Community Partnership Award, 2003
The Leadership Washington Community Partnership Award is presented annually to a non-profit organization and a business (for profit) entity for their successful collaboration efforts on a community project of significant impact.  Children's Law Center and DLA Piper won this award for their strong pro bono partnership which resulted in foster parents of 75 children receiving legal assistance to adopt their children.   
DC Bar Certificate of Appreciation, 2003
The DC Bar Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Children’s Law Center for its efforts in supporting Probono.net/dc and hosting the Family Law section of the site.
American Bar Association’s Legal Assistance Distinguished Service Award, 2002
Children’s Law Center received the ABA’s Distinguished Service Award for its work with the September 11th Pro Bono Relief Project. 

National Association of Counsel for Children’s Legal Advocacy Award, 1998
Children’s Law Center was named the NACC’s 1998 Outstanding Legal Advocate on behalf of its “significant contributions to enhancing the well being of children through legal representation and other advocacy efforts.”






















































































Awards Given


Distinguished Child Advocate Award

Given at the annual Helping Children Soar Benefit, this award recognizes individuals who have made distinguished contributions to children's success in the District and beyond

 2011 Sen. Mary Landrieu
 2010 Dr. Sanjay Gupta
 2009 Hon. Eric H. Holder, Jr. 

Children's Pro Bono Champion Award

Given at the annual Helping Children Soar Benefit, this award recognizes firms and corporations who are outstanding pro bono partners

 2013 Steptoe & Johnson LLP
 2012 General Electric and Arnold & Porter

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 2010 Covington & Burling 

Pro Bono Excellence Award

An occasional award to recognize high levels of skill, passion, and tenacity of individual area pro bono attorneys to Children's Law Center clients

June 2013

Hillary Webber of McDermott Will & Emery

Hillary Webber is a founding member of Children’s Law Center’s Advisory Board and was one of the first pro bono attorneys to take on special education representation. With every case, she researches every angle, considers all strategies, and treats these cases as the serious matters that they are. She connects with her clients and treats them with respect and kindness - to the point that we hear compliments from the clients themselves about her dedication and compassion.

May 2013

Gary Morgans of Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Since 2003, Gary has devoted nearly 850 hours of pro bono service in 12 adoption cases, helping caregivers provide foster children with permanent, loving homes. He has handled numerous complex, highly contested cases and applies expertise to his clients' benefit in cases he handles personally as well as to additional cases he actively supervises.

October 2012 Liz Richards of Latham & Watkins 
February 2011 Kris Garcia and Hilary Mehrkam of Jones Day 
2010 Todd Cranford of Patton Boggs
2010 Shaina Pealer of Williams & Connolly

Helping Hands Award

As occasional award to recognize dedication and support by non-attorney staff to Children's Law Center clients and issues


Anita Stephen of Crowell & Moring

Anita is a tremendous partner who supports Children's Law Center by recruiting attorneys, setting up case matters quickly and efficiently, providing metrics about Crowell & Moring's pro bono program, and assisting us to plan events hosted by the firm. She is incredibly responsive, thorough, and knowledgeable - and always proactive to offer help.


Trisha Hall of McKenna Long & Aldridge



“The advice I would give … is to keep sending Covington and Burling loaned associates to Children’s Law Center. That experience fundamentally changed what it meant to me to be a lawyer. And I can’t overstate how important that experience was to my professional development.”
-Sarah Bannister,
Covington & Burling LLP Former Covington & Burling Loaned Associate to CLC 

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