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December 2014 Bar Bulletin

29th Annual Goldmark Award Luncheon Honors Bill and Rita Bender

 

The Legal Foundation of Washington will present the 2015 Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award to Bill and Rita Bender at the 29th Annual Goldmark Award Luncheon. The luncheon will be held Friday, February 27 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Online registration is now open at www.legalfoundation.org.

The nomination of these long-time civil rights activists and attorneys focuses on their work affecting institutional change in access to justice through the study of historic and contemporary educational inequality. Having worked on education, voting and other civil rights issues in the 1960s, Bill and Rita have returned to questions of racial justice throughout their careers, lecturing at schools across the country about education inequity in an effort to build the momentum for change.

In celebration of the Foundation's 30th anniversary, it is also very fitting that one of our inaugural members be honored. Appointed by the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors in 1984, Rita was the Foundation's first treasurer before being elected president in 1987.

The Foundation also is pleased to announce that the 2015 President's Award will be presented to Kirsten Barron of Barron Smith Daugert. This recognition only begins to thank her for her energy and commitment to the Access to Justice Board and Alliance for Equal Justice community through fundraising, pro bono participation, chairmanship of the ATJ Board, and leadership following the WSBA referendum that severely cut ATJ funding. The Access to Justice Conference returns to Wenatchee in 2015 largely due to Barron's dedication, enthusiasm and collaborative spirit.

The Legal Foundation of Washington created the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award in 1987 to honor the prominent Seattle attorney who was serving as the Foundation's second president at the time of his death in January 1986. Chuck Goldmark was keenly interested in access to justice. By presenting this award annually at the Goldmark Luncheon to an individual or organization that has assisted in providing meaningful access to the justice system, we also honor Chuck's memory.

The Legal Foundation of Washington is dedicated to equal justice for low-income persons. The Foundation funds programs and supports policies and initiatives which enable the poor and the most vulnerable to overcome barriers in the civil justice system. The Legal Foundation of Washington is a 501(c)(3) organization. Visit www.legalfoundation.org for more information.


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