Washington DC | February 27, 2018 – The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project is pleased to announce Tina Tchen and Connie Britton will be honored at its 10th Anniversary Celebration on May 17, 2018 at the Japanese Ambassador’s residence in Washington, DC. Co-chairs are Sandra McCoy, Caroline Niles, Denielle Pemberton-Heard, Alison Shulman and Katharine Weymouth. Previous honorees include First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.
Tina Tchen Honored with “Champion of Justice” Award
“There is nobody more deserving of this honor,” says Michelle Obama of Ms. Tchen
Ms. Tchen’s unwavering commitment to issues important to women dates back to the early days of her legal career, and has culminated most recently with her leadership of the “Time’s Up” Legal Defense Fund, which provides legal support to women and men suffering sexual harassment in the workplace. Currently a partner at Buckley Sandler, she served as an Assistant to President Obama, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, and participated in the “It’s On Us” campaign to combat domestic violence.
“I couldn’t be prouder of my dear friend and former Chief of Staff, Tina Tchen. There is no problem too complicated for Tina to solve. She is tireless. She is heartfelt. And her fierce commitment to addressing inequality in this country is something I have long admired. There is nobody more deserving of this honor and I’m applauding her every step of the way,” says former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Connie Britton Featured as a Keynote Speaker
Ms. Britton, an accomplished actor and activist, has earned both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for work such as NBC’s Friday Night Lights and ABC’s Nashville.
Beyond her work in films and television, Connie is a tireless advocate for women and family issues around the globe. She has campaigned for the “It’s on Us” movement and is a member of the Women’s Coalition for Common Sense, which addresses the relationship between guns and domestic violence. In April 2014, Ms. Britton was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program. In this role, she has raised awareness of UNDP’s work in poverty eradication and women’s empowerment.
About the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
“At the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, we believe nobody should be forced to live in a violent or abusive home.” — Karen Marcou, Executive Director
Since 2008, the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, founded by three women attorneys, has utilized a unique non-profit model to provide training, supervision and support to thousands of volunteer attorneys who, in turn, provide pro bono assistance to thousands of domestic violence victims and at-risk children in the District of Columbia. These dedicated attorneys represent victims in protection order, custody, child support and divorce cases, and serve as court-appointed advocates for vulnerable children living with domestic violence and abuse. The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project also operates a Domestic Violence Resource Clinic in Southwest DC, providing victims with legal, housing and counseling services.