Each year, the Legal Foundation of Washington Board of Trustees presents the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award to an outstanding individual or organization that has assisted in providing deep and meaningful access to the justice system. Since the inaugural Goldmark Award Luncheon in 1987, the Goldmark Award has recognized over 40 individuals and groups for their instrumental work in advancing equal justice.
The Goldmark Award commemorates the extraordinary contributions of former LFW Board president, Charles A. Goldmark, who played a singularly important role in the creation of the IOLTA program, designed to complement state and federal funds that enable low-income people in Washington state access to the civil justice system. The legal aid network Mr. Goldmark helped shape continues to improve the lives of thousands of low-income children and families in Washington every day.
Washington State Attorney General’s Office
Across many fronts, Attorney General Ferguson and his team have worked tirelessly to defend the fair and just rule of law for all people in Washington. With the creation of the Wing Luke Civil Rights Division, the AGO established a dedicated unit to defend and promote human rights and challenge unlawful discrimination. Attorney General Ferguson and his team of remarkable attorneys have successfully defended the rights of LGBTQ people to fair and non-discriminatory treatment, challenged the Administration’s unlawful ban on Muslim travelers, and challenged sex-segregated hiring practices and sexual harassment of women workers by a large agricultural packing house.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Founded in 1984, NWIRP is a leading force in our state’s legal aid community and provides an impressive array of direct legal services, community education, and policy leadership to protect and advance the rights of immigrant families and individuals. NWIRP’s work has never been more important than in these truly challenging times for immigrant families. Whether it is standing up against the Administration’s unlawful ban on Muslim travelers, challenging the Department of Justice’s effort to halt NWIRP from doing important limited representation work for people at the detention center, or protecting the rights of undocumented immigrant youth, NWIRP provides a critical voice for those marginalized by federal policies. We are grateful for the AGO and NWIRP’s dedicated leadership and outstanding legal work on behalf of the residents of Washington state.
LFW’s Board of Trustees is honored to recognize long-time Campaign and Endowment Board Member, Dick Manning, with the 2018 President’s Award. Over the last several decades, Dick has advanced access to justice in Washington by raising private funds for civil legal aid, mentoring countless attorneys and legal professionals, and serving in numerous leadership positions. Dick is a true embodiment of the potential we all have to bring justice to those who are the most vulnerable and disenfranchised in our community.