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Recipient of the DC Bar Association's Thurgood Marshall Award, 2014

Philip Hart Public Service Award, Consumer Federation of America, 2012

Money Hero, Money Magazine, 2012

Lifetime Achievement Award, Euromoney, 2012

Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service, American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, 2012

Special Achievement Award, National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, 2012

Public Service Award, National Association of Women Lawyers, 2011

Servant of Justice Award, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, 2011

Intelligence and Courage Award, Frances Perkins Center, 2010

Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, 2010

Outstanding Service Award, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 2010


Washingtonian's "Top Lawyers" 2009: Named a "Pioneer of the Bar"


Recipient of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation's Profile in Courage Award "presented annually to public servants who have made courageous decisions of conscience without regard for the personal or professional consequences" in 2009

Breaking Down Barriers Award, National Women’s Law Center, 2009

Pioneer of the Bar, Washington’s Top Lawyers, Washingtonian, 2009

Recognized as a "Champion" in Legal Times' list of "The 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years" 2008

Recipient of The American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award for her career-long leadership in private practice and public service 2005

Stars of the Bar Honoree, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia 2002

Woman of Genius Award, Trinity College 2000

Outstanding Public Interest Advocate of the Year, National Association of Public Interest Law 1994

Allies for Justice Award, National Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association 1993

Honoree, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, 1992

Honoree, National Women’s Law Center, 1986

Woman Lawyer of the Year Award, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 1981

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