2020 Annual Benefit

Helping Children Soar

Monday, October 5th at 6:30pm
Thursday, October 8th at 6:30pm

Thank you for joining! Click here for a recording from our first night and click here for a recording from our second night.

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Your Gift Matched!

Give $1,500+ for a 2:1 match!

Increase your 2020 gift to $1,500+, OR give a first time gift of $1,500+, and thanks to generous long-time supporters Diana & Stephen Goldberg and The Andrew and Julie Klingenstein Family Fund, your gift will be matched 2 to 1 up to a combined $40,000.

Thank you for participating in our 1:1 Match Thursday Evening!

With your help, we were able to double down on our commitment to DC's kids.
October 5 & October 8, 6:30 PM ET
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.

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Dr. Christine Grady

Chief, Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center

2020 Children’s Law Center’s Pro Bono Champion

Children’s Law Center is proud to honor Fish & Richardson P.C. as our 2020 Pro Bono Champion.

Children’s Law Center is pleased to recognize Fish & Richardson P.C. as its 2020 Pro Bono Champion.  For more than a decade, Fish & Richardson has partnered with Children’s Law Center to support the District’s children and families in need. The firm has taken over fifty pro bono cases with Children’s Law Center since 2009, taking on more cases each year to help us reach even more children and families.  Fish & Richardson has provided critical legal assistance on matters impacting a child’s family, health, and education.  Fish & Richardson attorneys have represented caregivers seeking to provide children with stable homes and have served as guardians ad litem for children caught in high conflict custody disputes.  The firm’s attorneys have also assisted with securing necessary housing repairs to improve a child’s health as well as obtaining special education services for children struggling in school.  No matter the issue, Fish & Richardson attorneys lend their time and legal talents to serve our community. We express our sincere appreciation for the firm’s dedication to pro bono and commitment to racial justice. Fish & Richardson’s support is essential to ensuring Children’s Law Center touches the lives of thousands of children each year.

Co-Chairs

Creighton (Chip) Magid, Co-Chair
Melissa Wiley, Co-Chair
Stephanie Hales, Co-Chair
Fred and Jill Klein, Vice-Chairs

Host Committee

Elizabeth and Justin Bausch
Chiquita and M. Allyn Brooks-LaSure
Vicki and Michael Foster
Tom Gallagher
Rich and Lynne Lucas
Evan Miller and Nancy Hedin
Theodore D. Segal and Joyce Wasserstein
Nancy and Simon Sidamon-Eristoff
Page and Howard Smith
Katie and Dick Snowdon
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

Creighton (Chip) Magid, Co-Chair
Melissa Wiley, Co-Chair
Stephanie Hales, Co-Chair
Fred and Jill Klein, Vice-Chairs

Host Committee

Elizabeth and Justin Bausch
Chiquita and M. Allyn Brooks-LaSure
Vicki and Michael Foster
Tom Gallagher
Rich and Lynne Lucas
Evan Miller and Nancy Hedin
Theodore D. Segal and Joyce Wasserstein
Nancy and Simon Sidamon-Eristoff
Page and Howard Smith
Katie and Dick Snowdon

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.

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.

A Safer Home for Ayden

Every day for more than five years, Ayden’s mom carried him up and down the stairs to his bedroom. When Ayden’s pediatrician connected the family with Children’s Law Center, they had been on the waiting list for an accessible apartment for far too many years. Just months before the pandemic hit, Children’s Law Center’s advocacy succeeded and the family finally moved into a wheelchair-accessible home. Ayden and his mom are thankful they have a safer home to live in during the crisis. Ayden’s mom shares:

They kept telling me I was at the top of the list for a new home, but it was hard to not lose hope. Thankfully, I didn’t stop fighting and neither did Children’s Law Center.

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.

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.

20 times more likely

A child with asthma living in a DC neighborhood with more than 96% Black and Brown residents is 20 times more likely to go to the ER than a child living across town in a neighborhood with more than 80% white residents—just one of far too many health disparities that impact the children we work with every day.

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

We need to raise more than $1.6 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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Sponsorship Levels

Our Supporters

Visionary ($75,000+)

Covington & Burling LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP

Champion ($50,000+)

Jule Cahill Crider and Greg Crider
MAJIC Vermont Foundation

Pioneer ($25,000+)

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Dentons US LLP
Wendy and Fred Goldberg
Fred and Jill Klein
Creighton and Vicky Magid
Marsh Law Firm PLLC
Mayer Brown LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Guardian ($15,000+)

Cindy and Mark Aron
Bates White Economic Consulting
Elizabeth and Justin Bausch
Brian V. Breheny and Pedro Lay
Crowell & Moring LLP
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Fish & Richardson P.C.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
The Nord Family Foundation
Ina and Terrance Sandalow
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Williams & Connolly LLP
Benefactor ($10,000+)
Arent Fox LLP
John T. Bentivoglio
Chiquita and M. Allyn Brooks-LaSure
CBRE
Clark Enterprises, Inc.
Clifford Chance US LLP
Cooley LLP
Cranemere
David and Martha Dantzic
The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation
Mitch and Carrie Ettinger
Manu Gayatrinath and Anthony Cruz
Diana and Stephen Goldberg
Jones Day
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
The Andrew and Julie Klingenstein Family Fund
Locke Lorde LLP
Dan Masur and Sherry Rhodes
Evan Miller and Nancy Hedin
Anthony and Dale Pappas
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Theodore D. Segal and Joyce Wasserstein
Page and Howard Smith
Katie and Dick Snowdon
Sworkit
Walker & Dunlop
Melissa Wiley
Advocate ($5,000+)
Mitchell P. Rales Family Foundation
Anonymous (2)
Nathaniel and Lee Beers
Freny Berkenbile
Jeff Brennan and Debbie Feinstein
Miguel Browne and Silvija Strikis
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Consilio
Deka Immobilien Global
Joyce Deroy and Warren King
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
Alice and Clint Fisher
Jonathan Franklin and Sharon Bradford Franklin
Tom Gallagher
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
J. Beth and Roland Goss
Laura and Rob Griffen
Stephanie P. Hales and Thomas L. Devlin
Steven and Carla Heger
HITT Contracting Inc.
Kaiser Permanente
Tom Kim and John Olson
Courtenay and Michael Labson
Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Rich and Lynne Lucas
Claire Maddox and Adrian Mollo
John M. Nannes
Alan and Miriam Pemberton
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Judith Sandalow
Lila and Brendan Sullivan
Thomson Reuters
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation
Jeff and Mary Zients
Joanne L. Zimolzak and Eric Sampson
Mentor ($3,000+)
Alliant Insurance Services
Diane Ambler and Ethan Grossman
Meagan and John Barkett
Buckley LLP
Jill Caiazzo
Dorothy and Joseph Conti
Charles B. Edelstein
Evan and Amanda Farber
Natasha Gianvecchio
Goulston & Storrs PC
Douglas Greenburg
Lisa Greenman and Paul Leder
The Hanley Foundation DC
Shira M. Helstrom
Herman Wilson Family Foundation
Sharon Gibson Judge and Thomas Judge
Geoffrey M. Klineberg and Ursula Werner
Jason Licht and Kathryne Love
Linklaters LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Timothy W. Riffe
Jessica Rosenbaum
Rachel and Paul Sheridan
Brian Shook and Derek Thomas
Nancy and Simon Sidamon-Eristoff
Linda and Steuart Thomsen
Jennifer Van Driesen
The Zerhouni Family Charitable Foundation
Friend ($1,500+)
Jessica C. Abrahams
Kady Ashley
Bill and Olivia Baker
Stephanie and Joel Bell
Will Berger
Charles Berk
Benjamin Berman
Meredith L. Boylan
Rick Bress
Jennifer and Branden Brough
David Brown
Cory and Rachel Capps
Amy and Ezra Carbins
Jeffrey Chenard
Barton Clark
Cheryl Coe
Ronald Coenen Jr.
Theresa M. Coughlin
Rob and Teri Culbertson
Dina and Wayne Curtis
Nathaniel Custer and Daniela Bailey
Anne P. Davis
David Della Rocca
Miguel and Jennifer Eaton
Peter Edelman and Marian Wright Edelman
David Edwards and Jacqueline Holmes
Sarah and John Egge
Eugene Elrod
Karen K. Epstein
Miriam Fisher
Sean M. FitzGerald and Maria Jose Brando Vernaza
Marc and Phyllis Fleischaker
John Flood
Scott Forchheimer
Ruth Friedman
Katherine L. Garrett and Donald P. Salzman
Charlotte Gillingham
Jennifer Giordano
Adam C. Goldstein
Jamie Gorelick and Richard Waldhorn
Marc Granger
Nancy Hendry and Bill Baer
Karen Herrling and Dan Porterfield
Geoffrey and Elizabeth Hobart
Shagufa Hossain
Hilary W. Joel
Everett Johnson
David and Jill Kalinski
Kenneth and Carol Doran Klein
Daniel Lennon
Timothy and Suzanne Leon
Nicholas Luongo
Gail and Mark Lynch
Michael D. Mann and Carol Salzman
Nikki McArthur
Jim and Marilyn McCullough
Stacey and Jay McEvoy
Carson McLean
Mike McNamara
Leakhena Mom-Price
Matthew Moore
Michael Morin
Jessica Nyman and Zac Childers
Claudia O'Brien
Lucy and David Ordoobadi
Katherine Pappas and Craig Goldstein
Thomas Papson and Toby Singer
Elizabeth Park
Don and Olwen Pongrace
Emily and Marc Porter
Julia and Jonathan Post
Jessica A. Rebarber
James Rocap
Miguel and Traci Rodriguez
David and Mary Ellen Rogers
Rochelle-Leigh Rosenberg and Daniel Ben-Zadok
Simone E. Ross
James Sandman and Elizabeth Mullin
Janice Schneider
David Schwartz
Nathan Seltzer and Megan Quinlan
Patrick and Karoline Shannon
Benjamin and Sarah Shapiro
Eric Sonnenschein
Stephen J. Teach and Elizabeth B. Jewett
Ann Untalan
Ilene Weinreich and David Smith
Jeremiah Wolsk
Chris Wright and Becky Troth
Margaret Zwisler
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