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2017 Awards Dinner a Huge Success!

Street Law, Inc.

Over 40 years of educating about law, democracy, and human rights

2017 Awards Dinner a Huge Success!

Yael Anaya

Guests at Street Law's 2017 Awards Dinner on April 26 sat spellbound as Yael Anaya spoke about her life since becoming a Youth Leader with Street Law’s Legal Life Skills Program at Prince George's County Social Services. Yael grew up in the foster care system, unaware of her rights and her strengths and how she could leverage both to improve her life and community. Participation in Street Law taught her about her rights and responsibilities and helped build important skills like resume writing, job interviewing, and financial literacy. She is currently employed as a bilingual special victims advocate for domestic violence and special crimes at the Prince George’s County Sherriff’s Department. (See a video of Yael's talk here!)

Yael's talk was one of many highlights of the evening, which honored Julio Garcia, a social studies teacher at Coral Gables High School, and the law department of Pfizer Inc., represented by Assistant General Counsel Michele Adeleye.

Julio, a well-loved teacher at his high school since 1993, was presented with Street Law's Educator of the Year Award. He was recognized for his success in designing and piloting his school’s law studies curriculum and leading student mock trial teams to county, state, and national awards. In addition, Julio facilitates student participation in the Street Law/NALP Legal Diversity Pipeline Program with the law firm of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP.

Pfizer Inc. was awarded Street Law’s Excellence in Service Award for its participation in Street Law’s Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program. Since 2009, volunteers from Pfizer’s legal department have taught students at Bronx High School of Law, Government, and Justice about intellectual property law, alternative dispute resolution, and advertising law. In addition, each year Pfizer hosts students at its headquarters for two events—a Legal Careers Conference where they learn about different career opportunities in the field of law and a day-long event dedicated to building students’ career-preparation skills  

The Awards Dinner was preceded by the Best Practices Workshop for Diversity Pipeline Programs. Volunteers from Street Law’s Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs attended to meet and collaborate with their peers from other program sites.

Many Awards Dinner guests kicked off the evening at the Honorees' Reception, where they mixed and mingled and met the 2017 Street Law Honorees.

An exciting part of the night was the effort to raise the funds necessary to equip 200 vulnerable young people in the Washington, DC area with the legal knowledge and skills they need to succeed. The always-stalwart Susan Hackett, CEO of Legal Executive Leadership and a Street Law board member, pumped up the crowd, which was already moved by the stories shared by Yael. More than one hundred extremely generous Awards Dinner guests came together to exceed our fundraising goal by 100%!

The Awards Dinner is Street Law's only annual fundraising event. It raises crucial funds that make the organization's work possible. The 2017 Awards Dinner sold out, thanks to the enthusiastic participation of the event host committee and generous event sponsors

To see photos from the day's events, click on the slideshow below. Following the slideshow is a list of generous donors who contributed to the evening's important fundraising cause. Thank you, donors!

See you next year!

2017 Awards Dinner

Laney Altamar
Patricia Anderson
Norm Armstrong
Gary Barnes
Clifford Barnes
Bradford Biegon
Peter Bisio
Briana Black
Alex J. Bourelly
Matthew Brown
Erno Buky
Paul Burns
Scott Campbell
Maia Cave
Floyd Chapman
Richard Christoff
Mike Ciatti
Danielle Clark
Amy Conway-Hatcher
Justin Curcio
William Deckelman
William Dempster
Guity Deyhimy
Daniel    Donovan
Deepak Dutt
Michele Farber
Julie Fink
David Fisher
David Folds
Thomas Forr
Stacy Frazier
Jim Gallagher
Kate (Kathleen) Gilchrist
David Goodsir
Kurt Gruber
William Guthrie
Gary Guzy
John Hall
Greg Harris
Julia Hartley
Dave Healy
Matt Hellman
Timothy Hester
Chris Higgins
Robert Hill
Bob Hoegle
Steven Holtshouser
Craig Hoover
Michael Howson
James Hunter
John Iino
Ana Jara
Brian Johnsrud
Douglas Kelly
Ron Kendler
Joseph Klein
Mike Knight
Chris Landau
Dale Lazar
Rachel Lee
Charles Leeper
James Leipold
Neel Lemon
Jeffrey Linscott
Derek Ludwin
Sara Madavo
Dean Manson
Andrew McBride
Jamila McCoy
Jacki McGrath
Marissa McKeever
Keith Mendelson
Francis Mendez
Stuart Meyer
Donna Miller
Meg Milroy
Lynne Montgomery
Christophe Mosby
Kendra Norwood
Tom O'Brien
Tracy Oliver-Gary
Komal Patel
Vann Pearce
Judy Pershern
Lauren Peterson
James Phalen
Caroline Pinkston
Ramya Possett
Chelsea Pullen
Dan Reed
Alice Reilly
Tim Riffe
Eve Runyon
Jay Sakalo
J. Wesley Samples
Andrea Shandell
Adam Shartzer
Craig Silliman
Stewart Smith
Helena Smolich
Blake Sorensen
David St. John-Larkin
Justin Sumner
Steve Sumner
LaToya Sutton
Maria Tarasuk
Ponce Tidwell
James Tierney
Ernest Tuckett
T. Cy Walker
Maurice Watson
LaShanda Whaley-Mendez
Megan Whitney
Laura Whitworth
Sarah Wilson
Kasia Witkowski
Karen Zacharia
Evan Zhao

Learn more

Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program

Legal Diversity Pipeline Program for Law Firms

Legal Life Skills for Youths