The Foundation administers the prestigious Jerrold Scoutt Prize, established by the firm of Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger, in honor of the public interest commitment of one of its founding partners, Jerrold Scoutt, Jr. Given annually, the Scoutt Prize recognizes a full-time legal services lawyer who has demonstrated a career-long compassionate concern for his or her clients while exhibiting a high degree of skill representing them.
2017 Recipient Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas with Past Recipients (L-R) Jeannine Sanford (2005), Vytas Vergeer (2010), Su Sie Ju (2013), Eric Angel (2010), and Paula Scott (1993)
A nominee must meet the following criteria:
- He or she must be an attorney who is currently working full-time, or who has been employed full-time for a significant portion of his or her legal career, by an organization that provides direct, hands-on legal services to poor or disadvantaged persons in the District of Columbia.
- The organization itself must be one which has received or is eligible for a grant from the District of Columbia Bar Foundation.
- The nominee must have demonstrated a compassionate concern for his or her clients while exhibiting a high degree of skill as an
attorney on their behalf.
List of recipients:
, DC Prisoners’ Project with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
James D. Bishop, Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington
Su Sie Ju, Bread for the City
Mark E. Herzog, DC Bar Pro Bono Program
Dorene Haney, DC Law Students in Court
Erin M. Loubier, Whitman-Walker Clinic Legal Services
Eric S. Angel, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
Vytas V. Vergeer, Bread for the City Legal Clinic
Shirley M. Williams, Legal Counsel for the Elderly
Sandra J. Bernstein, University Legal Services
Diane Weinroth, The Children’s Law Center and American University Washington College of Law
Prof. Edward Allen, UDC David A. Clark School of Law
Jeannine C. Sanford, Bread for the City
R. Scott McNeilly, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
Rhonda Dahlman, Legal Counsel for the Elderly
Joe Tulman, UDC David A. Clark School of Law
Jan May, Legal Counsel for the Elderly
Ellen Scully, Columbus Community Legal Clinic
Patricia Mullahy Fugere, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
Joan Strand, GWU Law School, Civil Litigation Clinic
Ann Marie Hay, DC Law Students in Court
Jean Constantine-Davis and Nina F. Simon, AARP Foundation Litigation
Lynn Cunningham, Neighborhood Legal Services
Paula Scott, Neighborhood Legal Services