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2021 Scales of Justice Highlights

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Hundreds of friends and leaders from all corners of the legal community tuned in on October 12, 2021, for the Scales of Justice—a virtual event to support our mission, celebrate the work of our Fellows, and honor Brian Ellis, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Danaher Corporation, with the Scales of Justice Award.

Thanks to generous event sponsors and donors, we raised more than $3.3 million to support our efforts to mobilize a community of lawyers committed to public service and equal justice!

During the program, we highlighted Equal Justice Works Fellow Charlie J. Isaacs and the incredible work he is doing to protect tenants from landlord abuse and discrimination. We also heard from Fellow alumni Antonia Fasanelli, Diego Cartagena, Keegan Warren-Clem, Michael Pope, and Tirien Steinbach, who shared how their Fellowships launched their careers as public service leaders and how they are continuing to make an impact in our communities, our justice system, and our country.

We also heard from our 2021 Text-to-Give Fellow Fernanda Herrera Spieler, who spoke about how her parents’ experience as undocumented workers inspired her to fight for the rights of immigrants and ensure that all workers are equally protected by our justice system. In response, attendees texted in donations totaling more than $85,000 to fund one more 2022 Fellow who will pursue their passion to help people in need. 

A memorable moment in the program occurred when former board member Judge Ann Claire Williams (Ret.) popped in to celebrate two major milestones for Equal Justice Works—executive director David Stern’s 30 years of service, and the organization’s 35th anniversary.

During the program, attendees had the opportunity to watch 2021 Scales of Justice honoree Brian Ellis in conversation with Judge Williams. Brian reflected on his family values; discussed his commitment to pro bono work and diversity, equity, and inclusion; and offered the following advice to Fellows:

“Just keep doing what you’re doing. Keep pushing because without you making a difference, we would be in a difficult place in many spaces. Keep knocking it out of the park. We’re here to support you.”

The program was rounded out with special appearances from Danaher Corporation president and CEO Rainer M. Blair; Equal Justice Works board member and co-president of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Ernest LaMont Greer; and 2021 Steering Committee member Gregg F. LoCascio, partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Huge thanks to everyone who made this program possible: Champion of Justice sponsors Danaher Corporation, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Kirkland & Ellis, Williams & Connolly LLP, and our other incredible event sponsors; the 2021 Steering Committee; and all who attended and supported The Scales of Justice!

Check out the full program here. 

The generosity and dedication of our community is helping to bring us closer to fulfilling our nation’s promise of equal justice for all.

Fellows—Just keep doing what you're doing. Keep pushing because without you making a difference, we would be in a difficult place in many spaces. Keep knocking it out of the park. We're here to support you.

Brian Ellis /
Danaher Corporation Senior Vice President & General Counsel

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