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25th Annual National Equal Justice Award Dinner

Event Date(s): 
Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 6:30pm
Hilton New York & Towers
1335 Avenue of the Americas at 54th Street
New York, NY 10019

On Thursday, November 3, 2011, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) will host its annual
(NEJAD) at the Hilton New York & Towers Hotel in New York City.  As in the past, our evening will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner and our program at 7:30 pm.  This year will mark NEJAD’s 25th anniversary and LDF will present three awards: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP will receive the first NEJAD Law Firm of the Year Award; Clarence Otis, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Darden Restaurants will receive the National Equal Justice Award and Theodore V. Wells, Jr., Partner and Co-Chair of Litigation, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and a former LDF Board Co-Chair, will receive the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award.

We are pleased to honor Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for their long-term dedication to LDF through the Skadden Fellowship Program for more than 20 years. Along with their deep commitment to public interest work and the extraordinary leadership and accomplishments of the late Joseph H. Flom.

We are delighted to honor Clarence Otis for his exemplary leadership of Darden, the world’s largest full-service restaurant company.  Darden has a stellar reputation for its commitment to diversity and inclusion in all areas of the company and for its support of organizations that promote post-secondary education initiatives for underserved youth throughout the country. 

Lastly, we are thrilled to honor Theodore (Ted) V. Wells, Jr.  As a member of LDF’s Board of Directors, Ted has played an integral role in furthering LDF’s mission and garnering support and visibility for our legal program.  In his role as Board Co-Chair, a position that he held for five years, Ted has been instrumental in securing much needed support of LDF, and particularly NEJAD, from the legal, corporate and philanthropic communities.  Ted’s legal acumen has assisted LDF with some of its most complex legal arguments.