2018 Jazz For Justice


On Tuesday September 25, 160 people joined NLSP for our annual event that celebrated our community partners.  They were treated to good food, creative cocktails, smooth jazz and some memorable moments as both Jim Sandman, President of Legal Services Corporation and Willie E. Cook, Jr., former Executive Director of NLSP both gave rousing, emotional and passionate speeches about the place of Legal Services organizations in the community and the incredible impact NLSP has had on the DC community over its 54 year history. 
The event now in its 4th year raised over $150,000 for NLSP and its programs througout the year.
Jim Sandman gave the Keynote speech and used his platform to recognize the amazing staff of NLSP for their sacrifices and for the committment to providing access to justice to a consistently forgotten and ignored segment of the population.
NLSP Executive Director Karen Newton Cole, who herself had been an attorney during Willie E. Cook, Jr.'s tenure as Executive Director, presented him with the Pioneer of Justice Award.  She also announced that NLSP has renamed the award, so that going forward it will be the "Willie E. Cook, Jr. Pioneer of Justice Award."
NLSP also presented 
the Justice in the Community Award to Laura Klein, United States Department of Justice, Pro Bono Director
Recognizing a partner organization or individual directly connected with a community partner for achieving lasting, tangible improvements to the lives of low-income DC residents
and the Enduring Impact Award to Arnold & Porter LLP
Recognizing a law firm that provides deep, consistent support for NLSP and low-income DC residents 
 At the end of the evening, guests, staff and friends were treated to a great set of Jazz from DC artists The Freddie Dunn Quartet and vocalist Ayanna Gregory.





All photos courtesy of Sewell B. Johnson Photography