2016   Strong Brew Honorees





Leap  For Justice Honoree


Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLC

Pro Bono Team of the Year  

Jones Day

Strong Brew Award   






Rarely has a new pro bono partner engaged in DV LEAP’s work as enthusiastically as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. The firm began working with DV LEAP in 2015 and immediately took on some of our most challenging cases, devoting by far the most pro bono hours that year (more than 800). The work included the amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case Voisine v. United States, which concerns the rights of a convicted accuser to own a gun.. Pillsbury also filed an amicus brief on behalf of DV LEAP in the DC Court of Appeals in Carrell v. U.S., which addresses objective standards for threats in DV cases in the wake of the Elonis decision (another SCOTUS case in which DV LEAP was involved). The Pillsbury team followed up this trial work with legislative work on these issues Finally, In 2016, Pillsbury's legislative team agreed to take on one of our toughest projects: In a short time, the firm has already advanced DV LEAP's and our allies' push for Congressional adoption of our Concurrent Resolution on "Safety First for At Risk Children in Court."


As a firm, Pillsbury has a strong commitment to pro bono and has worked on many issues, ranging from voting rights to affordable housing to the rights of transgender teens. The firm has long shown a commitment to women’s issues and DV LEAP is grateful to have forged a strong relationship over the past year and a half with attorneys in the DC and San Francisco offices, working on high impact litigation and legislation that will make a difference in the lives of many victims of domestic violence and their children.  We salute this new partner in our work and look forward to working together for many years to come to help parents and children find justice.


Biography coming soon......

Biography coming soon......

Anne Spielberg

Alexia Morrison

While any law school student or graduate in the U.S. knows our honoree from Alexia Morrison, Independent Counsel v.Theodore B. Olson, at DV LEAP we think of her as Alexia or Lex, long time board member and recent board chair for whom no task is too small. Whether it was conceiving our Human Capital Campaign; hiring the organization’s first “outside” executive director; coming up with clever names for the giving levels in our fundraisers; bringing on new friends to DV LEAP; or planning for growth—Alexia Morrison has done it all. As a loyal GW Law School alumna, she first came to DV LEAP through the law school and has stayed to enrich us with her many talents.


Anne Spielberg, an attorney specializing in employment, structural, contractual, and similar issues for nonprofits, served on DV LEAP’s board from its founding. A former Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center Sex Discrimination Clinic, she has been instrumental in guiding the organization on both substance and policy.  From initial issues of nonprofit incorporation to more recent issues that DV LEAP has faced as it has grown, Anne’s wise counsel has been critical to our success.