The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Luncheon began in 1987 to recognize Dr. King’s powerful legacy and sacrifice in pursuit of civil rights, and to acknowledge and highlight the many outstanding pro bono volunteers who, through their partnership with the Lawyers’ Committee throughout the year, honors and actualizes our mission to achieve justice and equal opportunity for all.
Each year, we present awards to those volunteer attorneys and community partners whose dedication and unselfish service to the communities we serve stands out in such a way that it reflects the stellar contributions made by those for whom the awards are named:
- James T. Caleshu Award is presented to an attorney who has made an extraordinary pro bono contribution to the Lawyers’ Committee Legal Services for Entrepreneurs Program, which provides free business legal services to low-income individuals who want to start or develop for-profit businesses, and certain for-profit businesses committed to community economic development.
- Keta Taylor Colby Award is presented to an attorney who provides outstanding representation to the poor and under-represented through his/her involvement in the Second Change Legal Clinic, which addresses the civil consequences of the disproportionate representation of people of color and low-income affected by the criminal justice system.
- Anthony F. Logan Award is presented in recognition of the efforts of a community partner who has made an outstanding contribution to public interest law and our client communities.
- Jack W. Londen Award is presented to a partner who has provided exemplary on impact work that protects and advances the civil rights of marginalized communities.
- Robert G. Sproul, Jr. Award is presented to an exemplary partner who has provided outstanding legal representation for under-represented communities and marshaled the resources of his/her firm to defend the rights of the disenfranchised.
- Father Cuchulain Moriarty Award is presented in recognition of an extraordinary pro bono contribution to the Lawyers’ Committee Asylum Project.
- Living the Dream Award honors an attorney who has made an extraordinary pro bono contribution to the advancement of equal access and opportunity for disenfranchised individuals.