Presentation of The Honorable Charles R. Richey Equal Justice Award

March 15, 2018

Join GW Law as we honor distinguished attorney and civil rights hero William T. Coleman, Jr., posthumously, with The Honorable Charles R. Richey Equal Justice Award.

The program will focus on Mr. Coleman as mentor and role model, featuring a conversation with four individuals who worked with him and benefited from his wisdom. It will also include a discussion with Donald T. Bliss, Mr. Coleman's law partner and collaborator on his autobiography, Counsel for the Situation: Shaping the Law to Realize America’s Promise.

The Charles Robert Richey Award was established in memory of The Honorable Charles R. Richey of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The purpose of this award is to recognize a person – a judge, lawyer, civil libertarian, human rights activist, or all of the above – who is identified by words and deeds with equal justice in the United States and throughout the world.


  • Alan B. Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest & Public Service Law, GW Law
  • Stephen A. Saltzburg, Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor of Law, GW Law


  • Roger A. Fairfax, Jr., Jeffrey and Martha Kohn Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research Professor, GW Law; Director, GW Criminal Law Initiative 
  • Kenneth Frazier, Chairman and CEO, Merck & Co. 
  • Carla Anderson Hills, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Elaine Jones, former President, NAACP Legal Defense Fund


Media interested in attending should contact Kara Tershel at 202.994.0616 or [email protected].


GW Law, long recognized as one of the top law schools in the country, pursues a distinctive research and learning mission that engages the leading law and policy questions of our time and provides students with an education that will position them to help change the world. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, GW Law was founded in 1865 and was the first law school in the District of Columbia.


Media Contact

Kara Tershel
[email protected]


Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052