2017 Strong Brew Honorees





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.