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2017 William O. Douglas Award Dinner

On Thursday, June 29th, Public Counsel staff, friends and supporters gathered at the annual William O. Douglas Award Dinner.  In addition to celebrating the work of Public Counsel, the event honored civil rights hero Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr. with the William O. Douglas Award, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP with the Law Firm Pro Bono Award, and The Walt Disney Company with the Corporate Achievement Award.  The event raised nearly $2.2 million to support the important work of Public Counsel.



2016 William O. Douglas Dinner

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The 2016 William O. Douglas Award Dinner was a wonderful success.  More than 1,200 supporters joined us in honoring Bryan Stevenson, Sidley Austin LLP and Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. for their commitment to ensuring equal access to justice for all.

Bryan Stevenson said it best when he received the Douglas Award, "I really think that hopelessness is the enemy of justice.  Injustice prevails where hopelessness persists.  And the work of Public Counsel is rooted in hope.  They believe that if they stand next to disabled children, if they stand next to homeless people, if they stand next to people coming out of jails and prisons, they can make a difference in their lives."  Watch Bryan's full speech here.

Other special guests included Michael B. Jordan, Tanya Acker, Mike Farrell, and two very special performances by John Legend. (Click here to watch John Legend's performance, or here to watch his encore performance).

View more photos from the evening here.


2015 William O. Douglas Dinner

"Who's got the power?  We've got the power!
What kind of power?  People power!
What kind of power?  Legal power!
Que viva Public Counsel!"
- 2015 William O. Douglas Award recipient Dolores Huerta


On Wednesday, June 17th, more than 1,000 Los Angeles leaders raised over $2.1 million to support the work of Public Counsel at our 39th annual William O. Douglas Award Dinner.

We were even lucky enough to join along as civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, this year’s Douglas Award honoree, lead the room in a resounding and inspiring chant.

Each year, Public Counsel annually assists more than 30,000 families, children, immigrants, veterans, and nonprofit organizations and addresses systemic poverty and civil rights issues through impact litigation and policy advocacy. Your support continues to make that possible.

If you missed the event, please GIVE NOW to help us continue our important work.

In the words of our interim President & CEO Rand April, “Please don’t let the business of law make you forget why the practice of law, and the pursuit of justice, appealed to you in the first place.”

Thank you for your continued support of equal justice for all. Que viva Public Counsel, indeed!





2014 William O. Douglas Dinner


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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Receives William O. Douglas Award

Public Counsel honored former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the 2014 William O. Douglas Dinner on June 19.

“I'm here to applaud the contributions that Public Counsel makes to our communities and our values,” Secretary Clinton said as she accepted the William O. Douglas Award.

"Secretary Clinton embodies the very highest American values of civic engagement and public service,” said Public Counsel President and CEO Hernán D. Vera.

Our annual event also recognized corporate champion Qualcomm, law firm Arnold & Porter LLP, and leading attorneys Roman Silberfeld and Rand April for supporting a more equal society.

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mary Steenburgen

More than 1,500 people attended the William O. Douglas Dinner, an annual event that recognizes leaders who have helped make Public Counsel the nation’s largest not-for-profit law firm of its kind. Public Counsel puts the power of law to work for a better community and represents more than 30,000 children, families, immigrants, veterans, and victims of fraud and injustice every year.

Past recipients of Public Counsel’s William O. Douglas Award include Sen. Elizabeth Dole, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, President Bill Clinton, and Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.

Qualcomm received the Corporate Achievement Award in recognition of its work to create educated, healthy, sustainable and culturally vibrant communities through its innovative philanthropy. Donald Rosenberg, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Qualcomm Incorporated, accepted the award.

Arnold & Porter LLP received the Law Firm Pro Bono Award in recognition of its work with Public Counsel to support litigation for California students and legal service projects that help nonprofit and community-based organizations grow and thrive. Thomas Milch, Chair of Arnold & Porter LLP, accepted the award.

Renowned attorneys and former Public Counsel board chairpersons Rand April of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Roman Silberfeld of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi receive the Founders Award for their commitment to justice for all. Only five others have received Public Counsel’s Founders Award.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton at William Douglas Dinner


Join Us for the 2018

"Run for Justice!"

When: March 17 & 18, 2018

Where: Dodger Stadium


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Run for Justice

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2013 William O. Douglas Dinner

Public Counsel honored Elizabeth Dole with our William O. Douglas Award on September 12, 2013, and announced a new partnership to give legal support to caregivers supporting wounded warriors and military veterans.

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2012 William O. Douglas Dinner

It was a night of history and hope as Public Counsel honored Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel with the 2012 William O. Douglas Award.

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2011 William O. Douglas Dinner

President Bill Clinton told a packed house of 1,200 people that Public Counsel's work gave people hope and opportunity. "You are doing a noble thing," said the 42nd president.

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