On Friday, February 23rd at the 2018 Goldmark Award Luncheon, we presented the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) for their outstanding work combatting the Trump Administration’s travel ban, supporting immigrant and refugee communities, and defending the fair and just rule of law.
After accepting the award, NWIRP’s Executive Director Jorge L. Barón stated, “It is truly an honor to receive this award in recognition of our team’s hard work, but we are not celebrating. This is a reminder that there is so much more work to be done. We are grateful to be a part of a community that fights for justice.”
Attorney General Bob Ferguson echoed Barón’s comments, adding, “My office is humbled to be associated with the Goldmark family’s legacy of justice and service. I will continue to protect all Washingtonians, and hold the Trump Administration accountable to the rule of law.”
The event was the largest Goldmark Luncheon in LFW’s 34-year history with almost 900 people in attendance. The luncheon raised a record breaking $404,000 for civil legal aid. For the first time corporate sponsors Alaska Airlines, the Seahawks, Expedia and Amazon joined Microsoft, T-Mobile, Starbucks, and many law firms in a strong showing of support to advance justice in Washington State.
Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, delivered the luncheon’s keynote address, and proclaimed, “On November 8, 2016, we all got a new job. Our job is not ‘business as usual.’ Today, we must fight, advocate, and donate to ensure equal access to justice for all.”
Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award commemorates the extraordinary contributions of founding LFW Board member Charles A. Goldmark who played a singularly important role in the creation of a critical funding source, the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, designed to complement state and federal funds that provide low-income people in Washington state with access to the civil justice system. Since the inaugural Goldmark Award Luncheon in 1987, the Goldmark Award has recognized over 39 individuals and groups for their leadership and instrumental work in advancing equal justice.