In the decade since its creation, DV LEAP has made its mark in appellate courts across the country, family law literature and training. We’ve worked to position ourselves between victims of domestic abuse and unjust court rulings. To prevent courtroom failures, we provide training for judges, lawyers, and evaluators, teaching best practices that result in just outcomes. Where courts fail to do justice, in partnership with pro bono support from law firms from across the country we provide expert counsel on appeal, aiding victims in their cases and strengthening the law for future victims. As a result of DV LEAP’s widely recognized expertise, our organization continues to spearhead appeals on key issues before the United States Supreme Court.


STRONG BREW carries an inspiring message for all of us who face obstacles. We know that women in the beer industry often find themselves in that position- having to prove themselves in environments that are predominantly male. We also know that women who are victims of domestic violence use their courage and creativity in order to survive and find their path to safety. We’re excited to be launching STRONG BREW as an annual event where we salute the courageous and creative individuals who are working to change norms and bring an end to violence.


VIDA Fitness’ Penthouse Pool & Lounge is an urban oasis where guests and members can socialize and unwind in a sophisticated setting while appreciating panoramic capital views. The Penthouse Pool & Lounge, with locations at The Yards and U Street, have partnered with the Vucurevich Simons Advisory Group, most recognized for its work with popular DC restaurants Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers for creation of an all new food and beverage menu for the upcoming season. Amenities for the 10,000-square-foot private rooftop pool club include a 60-foot pool, pool deck and eight poolside day beds on deck with several stretching into shallow waters. With soaring views of the Capitol Riverfront and Nationals Park, this Penthouse Pool Club displays a nautical theme with ship and aquatic elements, porthole windows, blue lighting, rope finishes, bubbled accent walls and gray flooring that pays homage to its Navy Yard neighborhood. 

Leap  For Justice Honoree



Pro Bono Team of the Year  


Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with approximately 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, London, and Brussels.

With over 2,500 lawyers in 26 key business centers around the world, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has a global client base of international corporations, financial institutions and government organizations, and a global approach to practicing law. In the United States, we concentrate our practices primarily on corporate and finance transactions; antitrust, competition and trade; tax; white collar and complex litigation; and international arbitration. We view pro bono as an invaluable opportunity to give back to our communities, both global and local, in a way that leverages our unique professional skills as lawyers to help people in need.




Strong Brew Award  


Dawn Dalton is the Policy Director for the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV) where she leads the policy efforts for the Coalition and its members.  She has served as a leader in the domestic violence community for the last 20 years in Washington, DC and Chicago, Illinois. Over the last ten years she has served in the Executive Director role for two organizations, the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) and prior to that, the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network--the Chicago-based domestic violence coalition. In these positions she has created strong administrative and fiscal infrastructure, streamlined programmatic service tracking and grew both organization’s revenue during her tenure.


While in Chicago Dawn lead numerous community-wide initiatives, including the development of an advocacy strategy that pushed the Chicago Police Department to create new survivor-informed tools and training to use in response to high-risk domestic violence calls; the creation of Chicago’s Domestic Violence Court Watch Project; the creation of a local Medical Response Collaborative that builds off of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for domestic violence screening and counseling in healthcare settings; and the development of a domestic violence outcome measurements project that is informing future service delivery models for metropolitan Chicago. While at DV LEAP she worked to bring in new revenue through the creation a new large-scale annual fundraising event, Strong Brew, and building internal administrative infrastructure to support the organization’s growth.


These roles build on her experience of providing and managing direct services for domestic violence survivors. It is with her experience of working alongside survivors, engaging the broader community in systemic advocacy and public policy agendas, and her leading nonprofit management style that she comes to her work at DCCADV.

About Penthouse Pool and Lounge at The Yards


Featured Speaker



Lynn Rosenthal is the newly appointed Policy Director for Violence Against Women Initiative at the Biden Foundation. From 2009-2015, Lynn served as the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. As a senior advisor to Vice President Biden, Lynn developed new initiatives to address sexual violence, reduce domestic violence homicides, and improve the workplace response to violence against women.  She co-chaired the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on behalf of Vice President Biden and was the key advisor on its recommendations.  Lynn represented the Vice President on the White House Council on Women and Girls and co-chaired the Federal Interagency Working Group on HIV/AIDS and Violence Against Women.  After her service at the White House, Lynn served as the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the National Domestic Violence Hotline for 18 months.


From 2000-2006, Lynn was Executive Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence where she represented state domestic violence coalitions in Congress and worked closely with corporate leaders to develop funding initiatives addressing violence against women. She served as the executive director of state domestic violence coalitions in Florida and New Mexico and as a consultant in Florida working to improve housing options for domestic violence survivors. Lynn began her work at the grassroots, serving as director of a local domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center.  She also spent ten years advocating for women’s health care.

2017 Host Committee  


Elizabeth Hague, Esq.    

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Host Committee Co-Chair


Charlotte Taylor, Esq.    

Jones Day

Host Committee Co-Chair


Kristen E. Baker , Esq.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman


John A. Bourgeios, Esq.

Kramon & Graham PA


Christopher Griffin, CPA

Cohn Reznick


Kate Hardey, Esq. 

McGuire Woods, LLP


Julie Oliver-Zhang, Esq.

Oliver-Zhang Law


Jim Rizzo, Esq.  

National Association of Home Builders


Patty Rizzo    

Chevy Chase Healthcare


David Salmons, Esq.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius


Stephanie Schuster, Esq.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius


Jennifer Swize, Esq.       

Jones Day