JOHN F. WALDO ADVOCACY AWARD

In honor of the late John F. Waldo, a tireless advocate for disability rights. Awarded to a legal professional who not only champions disability rights and accessibility but devotes a significant amount of time to mentoring other deaf and hard of hearing attorneys.

ROGER O’KELLY LEADERSHIP AWARD

In honor of the first Black DeafBlind lawyer, licensed in 1908. Awarded to an attorney who has broken barriers by being the first to lead the way for others and continuing to serve as an example with their strong leadership.

CLAUDIA L. GORDON WOMEN IN LAW AWARD

In honor of the first Deaf Black woman to get a law degree. An immigrant from Jamaica, Gordon worked in the Obama administration and advised White House offices and senior officials on disability issues. Awarded to a female attorney who advocates for a disability inclusive culture, with an emphasis on diversity and marginalized populations.

MICHAEL A. CHATOFF PIONEER AWARD

In honor of the first deaf attorney who argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1982. Awarded to a legal professional who has achieved a milestone accomplishment for the deaf and hard of hearing legal community and continues to push boundaries with their legal advocacy.