Celebrating Champions of Change at Public Counsel’s William O. Douglas Award Dinner

This past weekend marked Public Counsel’s most special night of the year—that of the William O. Douglas Award Dinner. It was an evening dedicated to celebrating the extraordinary achievements of our honorees and the innovative work of Public Counsel. As always, it was deeply inspiring to come together in community and reaffirm our dedication to building a more just future.

Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi addresses the audience after receiving the William O. Douglas Award.

This year, we had the honor of recognizing Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi with the William O. Douglas Award for her extraordinary career in public service and leadership in passing generation-defining legislation, such as the Affordable Care Act and the American Rescue Plan. We celebrated the pro bono commitment of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP with the Law Firm Pro Bono Award, including its recent case filed in collaboration with Public Counsel to vindicate the rights of transition age youth in L.A. County’s foster care system. We recognized Mattel, Inc. with the Corporate Achievement Award for its commitment to sustainable design and development, responsible sourcing and production, and thriving and inclusive communities.

We also celebrated Public Counsel’s banner achievements over the past year, uplifting our bold efforts to pursue our vision of an equitable society where all people thrive, with systems and laws delivering the promise of justice to all. We showcased three videos of key victories: an immigrant survivor’s decade-long fight for security, a campaign by street vendors to rewrite California’s retail food code and legalize food vending, and a family’s groundbreaking settlement to create safer schools for students with disabilities.

As we reflect on this memorable evening, we are filled with gratitude for the generosity and dedication of our supporters.  The William O. Douglas Award Dinner is Public Counsel’s flagship fundraiser, annually bringing in much-needed funds to sustain our vital work. We are so grateful to have such loyal contributors who make this work possible! Click here for the list of event sponsors.

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