Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. Champion of Justice Award recipient

Renee Montgomery

Renee Montgomery (photo by Kelly Kline)

Our 2021 Charles J. Ogletree Jr. Champion of Justice Awardee, Renee Montgomery, is a West Virginia native with three Girls State Basketball Championships. Ms. Montgomery graduated from UConn as a two-time All-American in 2009 and played on the undefeated team that went on to win a national championship that year. She was drafted fourth in the WNBA and won two WNBA championships while also being named an All-Star and 6th Woman of the Year in her eleven-year professional career. Renee retired in 2021 after sitting out the 2020 season to focus on social justice reform.  Renee serves as a Sports Analyst for NBA/ESPN, host to numerous media outlets and host of her own weekly podcast “Remotely Renee.” She is currently part owner and Vice President of the WNBA Atlanta Dream.

About Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.

Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law. The Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. Champions of Justice Awards are presented annually to individuals who are using their position and platform to promote social justice and equality throughout the United States and abroad. The recipients of the award exemplify the same values embodied by Professor Ogletree and UDC Law’s commitment to public service.  

Featuring

Brandee Younger

Musical Guest

A leading voice of the harp today, performer, composer, educator and concert curator Brandee Younger defies genres and labels. Recently awarded Rising Star Harpist in Downbeat Magazine’s 2020 Critics Poll, she has performed and recorded with artists including Pharoah Sanders, Ravi Coltrane, Jack Dejohnette, Charlie Haden, Common, John Legend, The Roots, Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill. In 2020, she released her fifth album Force Majeure and her original composition “Hortense” was featured in the Netflix Concert-Documentary, Beyoncé: Homecoming. 

Brandee Younger (photo by Erin Patrice O’Brien)

Donald Calloway

Emcee

Donald Calloway is CEO and founder of Pine Street Strategies, where he leads the firm’s tax, general congressional advocacy and media production practices. Previously, Don led federal regulatory and congressional affairs at Anheuser-Busch in Washington, D.C. and was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives while also a senior associate in the business litigation practice of Thompson Coburn LLP. Don is a frequent contributor to news and public affairs programs on national networks including MSNBC, Fox News and SIRIUS XM Radio.

Donald Calloway

UDC Chorale

Musical Guest

Founded in 1969, the UDC Chorale’s repertoire covers a broad spectrum of choral literature that includes the music of African-American composers. In addition to the regularly scheduled concert engagements, the UDC Chorale performs at University events and has appeared with the HBCU Concert Choir Consortium and at the National U.S. Veterans Day Concert in Washington, D.C.

Donald Calloway

Special Remarks by Senator Raphael G. Warnock (D-GA)

Student Speakers

Honorary Committee

Sherrilyn Ifill, Esq., President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Dr. Omekongo wa Dibinga

Mayor Muriel Bowser, Mayor, District of Columbia

Attorney General Karl A. Racine, Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Phil Mendelson, Chair, Council of the District of Columbia

Kenyan McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore, Council of the District of Columbia

Anita Bonds, At-Large, Council of the District of Columbia

Elissa Silverman, At-Large, Council of the District of Columbia

Robert C. White, Jr., At-Large, Council of the District of Columbia

Christina Henderson, At-Large, Council of the District of Columbia

Brianne K. Nadeau, Ward 1, Council of the District of Columbia

Brooke Pinto, Ward 2, Council of the District of Columbia

Mary M. Cheh, Ward 3, Council of the District of Columbia

Janeese  Lewis George, Ward 4, Council of the District of Columbia

Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5, Council of the District of Columbia

Charles Allen, Ward 6, Council of the District of Columbia

Vincent C. Gray, Ward 7, Council of the District of Columbia

Trayon White, Sr., Ward 8, Council of the District of Columbia

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Hosted by DC School of Law Foundation

Renée McDonald Hutchins, Dean, UDC Law

Jon Bouker, Chair

Daniel Solomon, Vice Chair

William Robinson, Secretary

Daniel Edelman, Treasurer

Shelley Broderick, Development Officer

B. Michael Rauh, Chair Emeritus

Claude Bailey

Johnine Barnes

Gregory Mize

Robert P. Newman

Suzanne Rauh Davis

Inez Smith Reid

Leslie Thornton

The District of Columbia School of Law Foundation is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1993 to promote excellence in public legal education in the District of Columbia, specifically through provision of financial support for the students, faculty and programs of the the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.

Presenting Sponsor
$100,000

  • 18 Dinner Tickets
  • In Person
  • 3 Tables
  • Stage Recognition
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Champion Sponsor
$75,000

  • 12 Dinner Tickets
  • In Person
  • 2 Tables
  • Stage Recognition
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Sustainer Sponsor
$50,000

  • 6 Dinner Tickets
  • In Person
  • 1 Table
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Leader Sponsor
$25,000

  • 4 Dinner Tickets
  • In Person
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Advocate Sponsor
$15,000

  • 4 Dinner Tickets
  • In Person
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Partner Sponsor
$10,000

  • 8 Dinner Tickets
  • Virtual
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Supporter Sponsor
$5,000

  • 4 Dinner Tickets
  • Virtual
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Friend Sponsor
$2,500

  • 2 Dinner Tickets
  • Virtual

Single Ticket
$250

  • 1 Dinner Ticket
  • Virtual

The UDC Law Gala is hosted by the District of Columbia School of Law Foundation.
The District of Columbia School of Law Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
All contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.