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    November 7, 2008  
Fight Night;
Jones Day,
Covington, Hogan, Sullivan & Cromwell, Holland + Knight


Maybe it's something in the air from the election, but last night lawyers seemed eager to give back to some inspiring (and fun) causes.


We were on hand for the massive, weird, and wonderful Washington ritual known as Fight Night, which amazingly in these difficult times once again (for the 19th year) filled the Washington Hilton to the gills and raised $2.8 million for DC inner city kids. Above, Patton Boggs' Matthew Cutts (who's also chairman of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission), Geico VP Rynthia Manning Rost, Fight for Children CEO Michela English, and Venable's Ken Slaughter.


No lawyers here, but we couldn't resist snapping this of 87-year old Jake LaMotta, former middleweight world champion known in his day as the Raging Bull (and played by Robert DeNiro in his 1980 Oscar-winning performance in the movie of that name), with Caf? Milano owner Franco Nuschese and venture capitalist Mark Ein. Yes, there was also pulsating loud music and lots of Redskins cheerleaders in "uniform," but this picture is perhaps better suited to a daytime professional newsletter.

Fighting for Homeless

Also last night, at Jones Day in the shadow of the Capitol, 150 turned out for the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty's 10th McKinney-Vento Awards dinner. Executive director Maria Foscarinis with board member Rod DeArment, co-chair of Covington's government affairs practice. These two go way back—21 years ago they lobbied Congress for the first (and still only) major Federal legislation on homelessness, the McKinney-Vento Act, which authorizes shelter and education for three million people each year.  


Speaking of elections, Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-IL), who won her House contest Tuesday, took home the Bruce Vento Award. She starts her sixth term in January, and the NLCHP would love it if she picked up where she left off—at the end of the '08 Congressional session, she helped send a bill to Bush's desk to increase grants to states for youth homeless shelters.


Hogan & Hartson was honored with the pro bono counsel award: (from right, just to keep you on your toes) Chris Lott, Jordana Rubel, Elizabeth King, Judy Faubert, husband Ryan Faubert, and at left, NLCHP staffer Tulin Ozdeger with husband Mark Andersen. Back in '89, Hogan helped incorporate the NLCHP and file for tax-exempt status. This year it stood out for preparing a 2008 Voting Rights Report, which has a state-by-state breakdown on laws affecting homeless voting rights. Pro bono or not, there's a special place in heaven for those who complete 50-state surveys.


Fox 5 news anchor Laura Evans played mistress of ceremonies. Now you may think we're joking, but one of the men with her is the brains behind Pizza Hut's stuffed crust pizza. If you guessed Tom Ryan of Consumer Capital Partners, center, you're right. He's a restaurant marketer who started family homelessness project America's Road Home for Quiznos founder Richard Schaden, and was on hand last night to accept Schaden's McKinney Award. Laura's husband Mark Manatos stands left, and NLCHP board chairman William Breakey, M.D., right.


Sullivan & Cromwell was represented by Tom Mullins, Maggie Lassack, Kathleen McArthur, and Daniel Grimm. The firm had a role in birthing the host non-profit: Maria (top pic) was an associate at Sullivan in NY when she took a pro bono matter for a homeless family. She got hooked and left to start what later became the NLCHP.


Earlier, H & K spent the evening collecting donated business wear for Dress for Success, a non-profit that gives women in need clothes for job interviews. Alice Haase, coordinator of H&K's women's initiative in the NoVa office, showed off a piece for us. With her: Jennifer Vasquez of H&K, Kim Mihalik of The Neat Life, and Jen McNulty, executive director of Dress for Success in DC. No surprise that Alice was on hand—she took "best dressed" title at a recent H & K golf tournament.


Tanja Castro, coordinator of the firm's women's initiative in DC, with Vornado's Judy Tria. In the late summer, Tanja won a $1.6 million tax assessment appeal for Vornado's joint venture waterfront development (at 4th and M) with Forest City and Bresler & Reiner. Dress for Success in DC outfits 1,200 women a year, and they might do better this year; one client donated seven racks of Escada and St. John's designer garb last night. As far as we know, it wasn't Sarah Palin.

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