Happy Recess, Mendelson Post readers! After a long and arduous first half to the year, the Council goes in to recess for the next two months. To kick off recess, let’s have a Tuesday Throwback to…last month! June saw Phil receiving two awards for his years of public service; one from The Committee of 100 on the Federal City and one from the DC Bar.
On June 4, Phil was honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Committee of 100 on the Federal City at the annual Vision Awards ceremony, recognizing his dedicated life as a public servant. Starting from his days in the McLean Gardens Resident’s Association in 1975 to his near two decades of service as a commissioner of ANC 3C to his election as an at-large Councilmember in 1998 and his position as Chairman today, the Committee of 100 recognized Phil’s devotion to the District and his passion for public service.
Nearly two weeks later, Phil was again honored for his public service, this time by the DC Bar. At their Awards Dinner & Annual Meeting, Phil, along with Council General Counsel (say that three times fast) V. David Zvenyach were awarded the Exceptional Service Award for their efforts to establish the Council’s Pro Bono Legal Volunteer Program, the first District government pro bono program.
The program has been a resounding success, with 17 District government attorneys from the Council and various District government agencies placed in pro bono work, volunteering their time and expertise to enhance access to justice.
In her oral remarks, former Bar President Andrea Ferster further emphasized Phil’s legislative support over the past ten years for DC Access to Justice, which helps low and moderate-income residents access the civil justice system.