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25th Anniversary Celebration

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Thank you for joining our 25th Anniversary Helping Children Soar Benefit!

Your Gift Matched!

All gifts made through October 31st will be matched dollar for dollar!

This is possible thanks to a generous matching challenge from our Children Can’t Wait Fund donors.

Anyone who makes a new Kite Club level gift of $1,500 or more will have their gift matched 2 to 1!

Thanks to Children Can’t Wait Fund donors Diana and Stephen Goldberg, The Andrew & Julie Klingenstein Family Fund, and others, eligible gifts will be matched up to a combined $150,000 through 10/31/21.
Read below to learn more:
Founded in 2018 by Ms. Henson in honor of her father, the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation aims to eradicate the stigma around mental health issues in the African-American community.

Taraji P. Henson, Distinguished Child Advocate

Dr. Christine Grady and Dr. Anthony Fauci

Awarded the 2020 Distinguished Child Advocate Award

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Allison L. Alexander and Gregory B. Coleman
Evan and Amanda Farber
Vicki and Michael Foster
Wendy and Fred Goldberg
Steven Heger
The Honorable Mary L. Landrieu
Creighton (Chip) Magid
James Marsh and Amy Fastenberg
Daniel A. Masur
Theodore D. Segal and Joyce Wasserstein
Nancy and Simon Sidamon-Eristoff
Page and Howard Smith
Mariella and Michael Trager
Chris Wright and Becky Troth

A special thank you to our 2021 Anniversary Committee!

For 25 years you've helped more than 40,000 children soar.
Over several days, you will have opportunities to engage virtually, learn about the critical role Children’s Law Center plays in the lives of thousands of children and families and participate in conversations with our honorees.

To Be Announced!

Stay tuned as we announce more honorees and special guests in the weeks ahead.

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Dr. Christine Grady

Chief, Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Christine Grady will discuss public health and ethics during a pandemic, as well as share insights gleaned from their long and distinguished careers about the role of public policy in building healthy communities.

Co-Chairs

Allison L. Alexander and Gregory B. Coleman
Evan and Amanda Farber
Vicki and Michael Foster
Wendy and Fred Goldberg
Steven Heger
The Honorable Mary L. Landrieu
Creighton (Chip) Magid
James Marsh and Amy Fastenberg
Daniel A. Masur
Theodore D. Segal and Joyce Wasserstein
Nancy and Simon Sidamon-Eristoff
Page and Howard Smith
Mariella and Michael Trager
Chris Wright and Becky Troth

Host Committee

For 25 years you've helped more than 40,000 children soar.

Critical Medicine for William

After William’s mom was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia and tested positive for COVID-19, his grandmother stepped in to take care of him and his siblings. For safety reasons, they couldn’t return home to retrieve his belongings – including his psychiatric medication. Knowing that being without the medication was dangerous, William’s grandmother needed someone who she could count on to help – the Children’s Law Center lawyer who had helped the family before. When she called, Children’s Law Center reached out to our partners at Children’s National and connected the family with the right doctors. They met with William, assessed his mental health needs, and wrote new prescriptions to treat his depression, anxiety and PTSD. His mom is now healthy, and the family is back home together.

My Children’s Law Center lawyers always reminded me that I was more than my status, and that I could have whatever life that I wanted.

An Advocate for Mental Health

When the pandemic struck, 17-year-old Ana sometimes found it hard to concentrate on her studies from home, and she missed her usually busy schedule of classes, clubs and sports. Thankfully, her strong connection to her school-based mental health therapist helped her overcome her anxiety and stress. Children’s Law Center helped connect Ana to therapists from the moment she entered foster care, and today she believes every student should be able to access mental health services through their schools – whether virtually or in-person:

“I think it would be a big help to so many DC students to have access to mental health services they need to deal with stress and depression.”

Keisha: More than “Just a Foster Child”

For Keisha, being in foster care meant being constantly uprooted – moving from one home to the next. Her Children’s Law Center lawyers advocated to give her the security of a stable home, connected Keisha to a therapist to help address her depression, and reduced her financial burdens by having college application fees waived. But it was how her lawyers treated Keisha that meant more than anything. In her own words,

My Children’s Law Center lawyers always reminded me that I was more than my status, and that I could have whatever life that I wanted.”

Make an Impact

Coming together as a community is more important than ever, even if we can’t gather in person.

The children and families we work with are fighting to overcome heavy burdens:
1 in 4

DC children live in poverty – that’s less than $26,200/year for a family of four – and in our poorest neighborhoods where Children’s Law Center’s clients live, the figure is closer to 1 in 2.

31% Increase

Before the pandemic, 1 in 3 DC middle school students had seriously considered suicide. During the pandemic, mental health-related ER visits increased 31% for children 12-17 years old.

More than 13,000

DC students have emotional, physical or learning disabilities. Even before the pandemic, less than 10% performed at grade level – and many are unable to get the attention and support they need through virtual learning.

We can continue to make a difference, but we need your support.

We need to raise more than $2.5 million from law firms, corporations and individuals to provide free legal services and advocacy for more than 5,000 children and families in the coming year.

“Our children faced daunting problems before the pandemic. Now they need us even more.” – Judith Sandalow
Make a gift today, and together we can help more children soar.

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities and donate today to ensure all DC children can grow up with a stable family, good health and a quality education.

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Our Supporters

Visionary ($75,000+)

Covington & Burling LLP
Diana and Stephen Goldberg*
Latham & Watkins LLP

Champion ($50,000+)

Dentons US LLP
Evan Miller and Nancy Hedin*
Jule Cahill Crider and Greg Crider
MAJIC Vermont Foundation
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball Players Association
Page and Howard Smith*
Sidley Austin LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
The Andrew and Julie Klingenstein Family Fund*

Pioneer ($25,000+)

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Cindy and Mark Aron
Lois & Richard England Family Foundation
Manu Gayatrinath and Anthony Cruz
Wendy and Fred Goldberg
K & S Family Fund
Creighton and Vicky Magid
Marsh Law Firm PLLC
Mayer Brown LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Guardian ($15,000+)

Bates White Economic Consulting
Elizabeth and Justin Bausch*
Crowell & Moring LLP
The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Fish & Richardson P.C.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Venable LLP
Williams & Connolly LLP
Benefactor ($10,000+)
Accenture LLP
Brian V. Breheny and Pedro Lay
CBRE
Clark Enterprises, Inc.
Stephanie P. Hales and Thomas L. Devlin
HITT Contracting Inc.
Dan Masur and Sherry Rhodes
Pamela and Byrne Murphy
Anthony and Dale Pappas
Michael G. Ryan
Judith Sandalow
Theodore D. Segal and Joyce Wasserstein
Katie and Dick Snowdon
Locke Lorde LLP
Sworkit
Lila and Brendan Sullivan
Walker & Dunlop
Melissa Wiley
WilmerHale
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation
Advocate ($5,000+)
Anonymous
Virginia Anthony
Nathaniel and Lee Beers
Freny Berkenbile
Miguel Browne and Silvija Strikis
Jill Caiazzo
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
Consilio
Dorothy and Joseph Conti
Anne P. Davis
Deka Immobilien Global
Joyce Deroy and Warren King
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
Fragomen Worldwide
Jonathan Franklin and Sharon Bradford Franklin
FTI Consulting, Inc
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Lisa Greenman and Paul Leder
Steven and Carla Heger
Herman Wilson Family Foundation
Michael and Donna Rich Kaplowitz
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Courtenay and Michael Labson
Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Rich and Lynne Lucas
Lucas Group
Jim and Marilyn McCullough
Miller & Chevalier Chartered
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
John M. Nannes
Robert Ourisman, Jr.
Hattie Ruttenberg and Jon Molot
Brian Shook and Derek Thomas
Nancy and Simon Sidamon-Eristoff
Thomson Reuters
Wiley Rein LLP
Willis Towers Watson
Winston & Strawn LLP
Joanne L. Zimolzak and Eric Sampson
Mentor ($3,000+)
Meagan and John Barkett
Jennifer and Branden Brough
Buckley LLP
Dykema Gossett PLLC
Evan and Amanda Farber
Goulston & Storrs PC
Andrew Greenfield
Shira M. Helstrom
Geoffrey M. Klineberg and Ursula Werner
Katherine Pappas and Craig Goldstein
Elizabeth Park
Timothy W. Riffe
David and Mary Ellen Rogers
Ann Untalan
Friend ($1,500+)
Anonymous
Allison L. Alexander and Gregory B. Coleman
Traevena L. Byrd
Ronald and Lashelle Coenen
H. Guy Collier and Catherine Colyer
Ana and Paul Collins
Theresa Coughlin and Curt Martin
Dina and Wayne Curtis
Miguel and Jennifer Eaton
David Edwards and Jacqueline Holmes
Heather Fine
Benjamin Gitterman
Alan Grimaldi
Thayer Hardwick and George Tarnow
Geoffrey and Elizabeth Hobart
David and Jill Kalinski
Kenneth and Carol Doran Klein
The Honorable Mary L. Landrieu
Charles Logan
John and Lisa Lomas
Nikki McArthur
Patrick McGlone and Kevin Taylor
Eric Mitzenmacher
Bryan Nese and Hnin Khaing
Jessica Nyman and Zac Childers
Lucy and David Ordoobadi
Robert and Tricia Pinkard
Emily and Marc Porter
Craig and Tara Primis
Jessica A. Rebarber
Linda Rhodes
James Rocap
Miguel and Traci Rodriguez
James Sandman and Elizabeth Mullin
Michael Rogan and Susan Schaffer
Lori and Ben Soto
Margaret (Maggie) Spicer
Patty Stonesifer and Michael Kinsley
Jeffrey P. Taft
Chris Wright and Becky Troth
The Zerhouni Family Charitable Foundation
Children’s Law Center has been fighting for 24 years to ensure every child in the District of Columbia can grow up with a stable family, good health and a quality education.

Judges, pediatricians and families call on us to advocate for children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. Councilmembers, DC government officials and advocates turn to us when the District’s laws and policies are failing children and need to be improved.

DC’s Black and Brown children often shoulder the combined burden of systemic racism, poverty and trauma. We address this by finding long-term solutions – whether we advocate for mental health services when a child has experienced multiple traumas or secure changes to school discipline laws. 

With nearly 100 lawyers, social workers and other professional staff and additional help from hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach one out of every nine children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. We multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children.
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Governing Board

  • Creighton Magid, Chair, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Melissa Wiley, Treasurer, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Elizabeth Bausch, Secretary
  • Allison L. Alexander, Clark Enterprises, Inc.
  • Meagan Barkett, NorthStar Anesthesia
  • Brian V. Breheny, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Manatt Health
  • Anne P. Davis, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Manu Gayatrinath, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Stephanie P. Hales, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Frederick L. Klein, DLA Piper
  • Michael S. Labson, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Claire M. Maddox, Dentons US LLP
  • Daniel A. Masur, Mayer Brown LLP
  • Evan Miller, Jones Day
  • Miguel E. Rodriguez, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Simone E. Ross, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Joanne L. Zimolzak, Dykema Gossett PLLC

Advisory Board

  • Stephanie P. Hales, Chair, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Stephanie M. Bell, Wiley Rein LLP
  • Meredith L. Boylan, Venable LLP
  • Jennifer Brough, Locke Lord LLP
  • Karen Bruni, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Jill Caiazzo
  • Nicole Cerquitella, Aetna
  • Ronald Coenen Jr., Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
  • Theresa M. Coughlin, Jones Day
  • Nathaniel Custer, WilmerHale
  • Michael S. DePrince, Troutman Pepper
  • Sean M. FitzGerald, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Tracey A. Fung, Williams & Connolly LLP
  • Charlotte Gillingham, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Adam C. Goldstein, Clifford Chance US LLP
  • Shira M. Helstrom, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Melanie Katsur, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Maureen C. McDonald, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • David McDonough, Wells Fargo & Company
  • Stacey McEvoy, Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • Bryan Nese, Mayer Brown LLP
  • Jessica T. Nyman, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Katherine E. Pappas, Miller & Chevalier Chartered
  • Julia Post, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Jessica A. Rebarber, Dentons US LLP
  • Timothy W. Riffe, Fish & Richardson P.C.
  • Benjamin Shapiro, Deloitte
  • Margaret (Maggie) Spicer, White & Case LLP
  • Catie Ventura, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Ben Wolfert, Bates White Economic Consulting