On Wednesday, May 7, MSJDN members from the DC region and across the country gathered to celebrate another year of accomplishments for the organization. Held at the gorgeous Citi Rooftop Terrace, the event featured the launch of Justice for Military Families, the first national program to provide free legal assistance to military families. Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder of JMF partner Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, spoke about the critical need filled by the program and serving those dealing with the loss of a loved one in service to our country. In a room full of military spouses, Bonnie’s words had special weight and meaning.
Also honored at the reception were MSJDN Member’s Choice Award winner O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Homefront to Hired Partner Award winner Lumen Legal. The honorable Judge Patricia Millett, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, received the 2014 Professional Excellence Award and told attendees, “Nobody has service built into their beings more than the military and military spouses.” She asked members to never forget, “You are great lawyers, and you also serve our country and your families.” She also addressed the larger legal community, asking them to remember that military spouse attorneys aren’t asking for special treatment, but just an opportunity to serve and use our talents.
The evening ended with MSJDN Immediate Past President Mary Reding passing the gavel to incoming 2014-2015 President Rachel Winkler. To apply for a position on the 2014-2015 Board of Directors and serve with Rachel, see our post here.