2014 David Carliner Award Presentation

The American Constitution Society's David Carliner Public Interest Award was established in memory of one of the great public interest lawyers of the 20th Century, David Carliner (1918-2007), a champion of justice in his native Washington, D.C. and on the national stage. A tireless, innovative litigator, he also played a leading role in building institutions devoted to protecting civil and human rights and combating injustice on a systemic basis. A pioneering immigration lawyer, an ardent foe of Jim Crow, and a leading champion of full political rights for citizens of the District of Columbia, he also was the founding chair of the American Civil Liberties Union-National Capital Area and the International Human Rights Law Group (now GlobalRights). The Award recognizes outstanding public interest lawyers whose work best exemplifies its namesake’s legacy of fearless, uncompromising and creative advocacy on behalf of marginalized people.

The 2014 recipient was Peter J. Wagner, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Prison Policy Initiative.

Wagner co-founded Prison Policy Initiative in 2001 and has helped grow it to a nationally recognized think tank that highlights the pervasive impact that mass incarceration in the U.S. can have on the economy, the electoral process and even interpersonal relationships. Among its numerous achievements, Prison Policy Initiative has led the charge against prison gerrymandering, working with states such as Maryland to end the practice that gives outsized political clout to legislative districts that contain prisons. Wagner has also served as an Instructor at Smith College, teaching courses on constitutional law and the prison industrial complex. In 2013, he was given the Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Making Your Way In-House

This panel explored the possible paths to work in-house,and how to make the most of your career once you get there. Topics of conversation included advice aboutacademic and early practice preparation for in-house work;opportunities for pro bono work in an in-house setting;diversity initiatives and other opportunities to make change from within a corporation; and other timely questions.


Fernando A. Bohorquez, Jr., Partner, BakerHostetler
Lisa Brown, Vice President and General Counsel, Georgetown University
Terrance D. Carroll, Associate General Counsel, SCL Health System
Martha Ann Mazzone, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Fidelity Investments
Michael Strautmanis, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship, Walt Disney Company