Please join the Mississippi Center for Justice for our distinguished event.

Social Justice Empowerment Reception and Dinner

with Special Guest Co-Host
Damon Hewitt, President and Executive Director,
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

June 5, 2024 | Washington, DC

Reception: 6 PM – 7 PM ET
Empowerment Dinner: 7 PM – 9 PM ET

Long View Gallery
1234 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

*Limited dinner sponsorship opportunities available

For more information on sponsorships, click here or
contact Tosha Taylor at ttaylor@mscenterforjustice.org or (601) 709-0859.

2024 Honorees

Ellen Weiss, Philanthropic Partner
Ellen Weiss, Philanthropic Partner

For her steadfast commitment and support of racial, economic, and social justice through her lifetime of community activism and by enlarging MCJ’s capacity for sustainable change.

Jesse Milan, Jr. JD, President & CEO and AIDS United
Jesse Milan, Jr. JD, President & CEO and AIDS United

For visionary leadership and transformative partnership with MCJ in combating HIV discrimination and stigma and driving meaningful change at the grassroots level.

Steven H. Schulman
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Steven H. Schulman Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

For innovative collaboration with MCJ, implementing extensive pro bono expungement and DACA clinic initiatives through which Akin’s attorneys performed pro bono hours valued at nearly half a million dollars.

Damon Hewitt, President & Executive Director and Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Damon Hewitt, President & Executive Director and Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

For taking a stand to protect democracy and champion the ideals of truth and justice every day, fighting for civil rights and social justice, and carrying on the crucial advocacy work that inspired the establishment of the Mississippi Center for Justice.

2024 Luminaries and Table Topics

Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean
President, Fair Count
Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean President, Fair Count

“Democracy and Civic Engagement – Reigniting Democracy through Civic Engagement”

Donald B. Verrilli, Jr.
Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson and Former Solicitor General of the United States (6/’11-6/’16)
Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson and Former Solicitor General of the United States (6/’11-6/’16)

Voting Rights – Protecting the Vote in a Perilous Time: Courts, the Constitution, and the Voting Rights Act”

Madeline Morcelle
Senior Attorney, National Health Law Program
Madeline Morcelle Senior Attorney, National Health Law Program

“Health Access – Exploring Access to Health Care and the Intersectionality of the Social Determinants of Health”

Thena Robinson Mock
Vice President of Programs,
Public Welfare Foundation
Thena Robinson Mock Vice President of Programs, Public Welfare Foundation

“Movement Lawyering – Unlearning Lawyering: Organizers Should Lead – Lawyers Should Follow”

Dr. Jennie Stephens
CEO, Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation
Dr. Jennie Stephens CEO, Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation

“Heirs’ Property – Combating Systemic Land Loss through Corporate-Community Partnerships”

Sophie N. Beckham
Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, International Paper
Sophie N. Beckham Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, International Paper

“Heirs’ Property – Combating Systemic Land Loss through Corporate-Community Partnerships”

Diane Yentel
President & CEO, 
National Low Income Housing Coalition
Diane Yentel President & CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition

“Housing – Inequitable Landlord-Tenant Laws Perpetuate Housing Instability”

Whitney Barkley-Denney
Deputy Director of State Policy 
& Senior Policy Counsel,
Center for Responsible Lending
Whitney Barkley-Denney Deputy Director of State Policy & Senior Policy Counsel, Center for Responsible Lending

“Economic Justice – Advocating Alternative Solutions for Economic Mobility and Financial Security”

John P. Relman
Founder & Managing Partner, Relman Colfax PLLC
John P. Relman Founder & Managing Partner, Relman Colfax PLLC

“Pro Bono – Balancing the Scales of Justice with Pro Bono Legal and Financial Investments ”

Steven H. Schulman
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Steven H. Schulman Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

“Pro Bono – Balancing the Scales of Justice with Pro Bono Legal and Financial Investments”

Eshé P. Collins
Director, Equity Assistance Center - South Region
Southern Education Foundation
Eshé P. Collins Director, Equity Assistance Center - South Region Southern Education Foundation

“Education Equity – The South’s Post-Pandemic Forecast”

Jesse Milan, Jr., JD
President & CEO, AIDS United
Jesse Milan, Jr., JD President & CEO, AIDS United

“HIV – Amplifying Voices and Action to End HIV Stigma and Discrimination”

David Hinojosa
Director, Educational Opportunities Project
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
David Hinojosa Director, Educational Opportunities Project Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

“Affirmative Action/DEI – Navigating the Broad Application of SCOTUS’ Education Affirmative Action Decision”

Mayah Lubin
Higher Education Equity Senior Coordinator, 
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Mayah Lubin Higher Education Equity Senior Coordinator, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

“Affirmative Action/DEI – Navigating the Broad Application of SCOTUS’ Education Affirmative Action Decision”

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors