Lifetime Achievement Award

Anthony F. Essaye

Co-Founder, ISLP

Tony Essaye’s life and professional career have been both distinguished and eclectic. He was born in London, England, arriving in the United States at the age of six after the outbreak of World War II. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1955, where he was a member of the Boxing Club, and then served as an officer in the United States Infantry in Japan where he was on his unit’s football team. Thereafter, prudently deciding to forego formal athletic endeavors, he attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1961.

Anthony F. Essaye

Co-Founder, ISLP

 

Early in his career, Tony signed on to the recently created Peace Corps, where he started as a member of the legal staff and quickly became Associate General Counsel and then Deputy General Counsel. This experience immersed him in the myriad of legal matters posed by the training and placement of some 16,000 Peace Corps volunteers around the world. One of his more challenging assignments was helping to defend a volunteer in criminal trial in Tanzania. His experience with the Peace Corps also influenced his desire, still some years in the future, to bring the spirit of global volunteerism to life through ISLP.

Tony returned to private practice with a strong international emphasis, eventually serving as Managing Partner of Rogers & Wells’ Paris office, where he practiced law as a Conseil Juridique. When he returned to Washington, he served for twenty years as Managing Partner of the firm's Washington office, contributing as one of the firm's Executive Committee members for a portion of that time. After Rogers & Wells merged with the British firm Clifford Chance, Tony became a partner in the combined firm until his 2002 retirement.

With that change on the horizon, Tony and Bob Kapp met for lunch one day in 2000 and conceptualized a worldwide corps of volunteer lawyers whose expertise could be used to help address the world’s most pressing problems. The two founded and became Co-Presidents of ISLP shortly thereafter.

Public interest activities are fundamental for Tony. He has provided legal assistance on various Democratic Presidential campaigns, starting in 1972 when he assisted Sargent Shriver, the former Director of the Peace Corps, in his Vice-Presidential campaign. Tony also helped to defend the The Washington Post in the infamous Pentagon Papers case. He has also been a devoted alumnus of Georgetown, serving as a Vice-President of the Alumni Association and returning to the campus gym as a coach in the undergraduate boxing club.

One volunteer role stands out as particularly illustrative of the deep ethical conviction that led to his co-founding ISLP. Tony Chaired the Jesuit order’s Woodstock Theological Center, then located at Georgetown University. This is a venue for theological and ethical reflection on the most pressing human issues of the day, drawing on the Roman Catholic tradition; ecumenically open, multi-disciplinary, and collaborative with, among others, the business community, government, religious groups, universities, other research centers, and the media.

Tony has shared many special gifts with ISLP, including his broad vision, his exemplary character and judgment, his inclusive nature, and his deep-seated commitment to justice. Tony and his lovely wife Eileen reside in Washington, DC. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Kapp

Co-Founder, ISLP

Bob Kapp has demonstrated his strong personal and professional commitment to pro bono throughout his long career.  Co-founding ISLP to encourage a more robust attitude toward international pro bono was the logical culmination of efforts that began early in Bob’s legal career.

Today, a pro bono department headed by a partner is standard practice for American and most international law firms; firms are rating by their commitment to pro bono and pro bono is a factor as new law firm hires consider their options.  Bob helped set the model.

Robert Kapp

C0-Founder, ISLP

Today, a pro bono department headed by a partner is standard practice for American and most international law firms; firms are rating by their commitment to pro bono and pro bono is a factor as new law firm hires consider their options.  Bob helped set the model.  

Following the 1968 Washington, DC riots, and influenced by his own experience with Martin Luther King Jr.’s August 28, 1963 March on Washington, Bob urged Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) to make pro bono a top priority.  In his vision, pro bono should be given the same status as any highly valued legal practice.  The firm hired its first dedicated pro bono partner in 1970.  The quality of those early choices to lead Hogan’s pro bono department is demonstrated by their subsequent career trajectories, including John Ferren (now Senior Judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals) and David Tatel (now Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit).  And the decision that Bob urged on Hogan has been replicated across America.

Bob also worked directly to apply his tax law skills for social change. He represented the plaintiffs in Allen v. Wright in 1984, challenging the tax exempt status of the segregated academies that were set up to evade Brown v. Board of Education. Although he lost on standing grounds before the Burger Court, he persuaded the Internal Revenue Service to change its rule.

Bob went on to lead a number of legal non-profit organizations committed to carrying forward his deep commitment to civil rights and civil liberties, domestically and globally: the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, the American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area, Global Rights, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. As part of his engagement with the Lawyers’ Committee, Bob went as an observer to, and was deeply affected by, the 1994 vote in South Africa that peacefully brought Nelson Mandela into power after years of discord.

Bob and Tony’s decision to capture the talents of seasoned lawyers as volunteers in global pro bono activities has expanded the very definition of pro bono. As co-president of ISLP since its 2000 founding, Bob set in motion a process that has helped to improve the lives of countless ordinary people in unlikely places on all the continents of this globe.  Providing sophisticated legal skills–for example, negotiating concession agreements on behalf of poor countrieshas demonstrated new roles for pro bono assistance not previously imagined. And in providing this opportunity, he has enriched the lives of developed world lawyers who have had the chance to apply their skills and see how those applications have made a substantial difference in the lives of often marginalized peoples.  Both lawyers and clients have found these experiences deeply satisfying.  ISLP is today a pioneer in the globalization of pro bono, as well as in the use of law to promote equitable economic development in poor nations.

Global Pro Bono Visionary Award

Richard N. Winfield

Founder, ISLP Media Law Program

Few champions of freedom of the press understand the global media landscape as well as ISLP's Richard (Dick) Winfield. His vision of exporting the matrix of media freedom has expanded the realm of possibilities for expressional rights worldwide. His wealth of knowledge, intellectual rigor and innate humanity have inspired a committed corps of leading international media law experts to work tirelessly with him to bring that vision closer to reality for journalists, media organizations and citizens around the globe.

Richard N. Winfield

Founder, ISLP Media Law Program

 

Since the mid-1990s, the pro bono Media Law Working Group led by Dick Winfield has defended journalists facing prosecution under repressive regimes and has assisted more progressive foreign governments to enact media-protective laws and policies. For the last 15 years, the Media Law Working Group has continued its global pro bono campaign to protect journalists and to reform media laws abroad under auspices of ISLP.

Under Dick’s visionary leadership, the ISLP Media Law Working Group has helped to strengthen legal protections for journalists in more than 20 countries on four continents. Members of the Working Group have submitted amici curiae briefs in media freedom cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the East African Court of Justice, and in national courts. They have personally trained and mentored dozens of media lawyers to pick up the mantle in transitional democracies. They have provided indigenous NGOs with expert pre-publication reviews of exposes of human rights abuses and environmental degradation. They have worked side-by-side with foreign ministers, Parliamentarians, journalists and media organizations to abrogate criminal defamation laws, to enact freedom of information statutes, and to improve both government and media transparency.

For ISLP, Dick conceived, compiled, contributed to and edited the anthology, Exporting the Matrix: The Campaign to Reform Media Laws Abroad, published in June 2012 by Carolina Academic Press. He also conceived, compiled and co-authored the monograph Breathing Life into Freedom of Information Laws: The Challenges of Implementation in the Democratizing World, published in 2013 by the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy, in partnership with ISLP. His commentary and articles on international media law topics have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Dick’s unwavering commitment to press freedom is reflected in all aspects of his past and present professional life — his ongoing global pro bono work for ISLP; the popular courses he currently teaches on comparative mass media law at Columbia Law school and mass media and Internet law at Fordham Law School; and his past representation of journalists and news organizations as a partner in Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance US LLP). Over the course of a legal career spanning more than half a century, Dick served as outside general counsel for the Associated Press, the world’s largest and oldest news organization, in hundreds of litigations involving libel, access, prior restraint, reporter’s privilege and freedom of information issues. He also represented Newsday, Time, Newsweek and Knight-Rider in First Amendment litigation, and CBS, ABC, NBC, Gannet and Newhouse in legislative matters. His ability to disagree without ever being disagreeable — to find common ground to work through challenging issues and to identify workable solutions to complex problems — has earned him the enduring admiration and affection of a legion of clients, colleagues and former adversaries.

Since its inception, Dick has served as ISLP Treasurer and Member of its Board of Directors. He has served as chairman of the World Press Freedom Committee and the Fund for Peace, as a trustee of Freedom House, as state chairman of the Media Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association and, for 24 years, as co-chair of the Practising Law Institute libel and newsgathering litigation conferences. He is a frequent speaker on First Amendment issues at national and regional editors’ conferences and at international, national and local Bar meetings. Before joining the Rogers & Wells law firm, Dick served in government as an assistant counsel to Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, special counsel to the New York State Public Employment Relations Board, and co-counsel to the Governor’s Committee on Public Employee Relations. While an officer on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Dick served two years at sea and two years teaching European and American diplomatic history at the U.S. Naval Academy. He holds a B.A. from Villanova University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Dick’s fulfilling professional life is surpassed only by the personal life he has shared for more than 56 years with the former Deborah (Debbie) Trainer, a now-retired adjunct professor of music theory at the Steinhardt School of Education of New York University. The shared vision of Dick and Debbie Winfield has produced three accomplished children and six adorable grandchildren. The close-knit family often celebrates holidays and special occasions — globally.

Master of Ceremonies

Naomi Wolf

Author

Bestselling author, public intellectual, and social activist Naomi Wolf doesn’t just comment on our world’s most pervasive problems, she aims to solve them. Encouraging readers and audiences to take charge of their lives, Wolf gives them specific ways to change the world. Wolf’s landmark international bestseller, The Beauty Myth, challenged the cosmetics industry and the marketing of unrealistic standards of beauty, launching a new wave of feminism in the early 1990s. The New York Times called it one of the most important books of the 20th century.

Naomi Wolf

Author

 

Wolf’s New York Times bestseller, The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, is a call to preserve liberty and democracy. The book won the 2008 Nautilus Silver Award for social change and activism while The New York Times called the documentary version “pointedly inflammatory.” Her book, Give Me Liberty: A Handbook For American Revolutionaries, includes effective tools for citizens to promote civic engagement and create sustainable democracy.

Wolf is a regular columnist for Project Syndicate, a frequent blogger for The Huffington Post, and writes cultural commentary for The Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Her TV appearances include Meet the Press and The Colbert Report.

A graduate of Yale and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Wolf was a consultant to Al Gore during his presidential campaign on women’s issues and social policy. Currently, she’s finishing a doctoral program on the history of discrimination law at Oxford University. A Fellow at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, Wolf is also a Consultant for Barnard's Athena Center for Leadership Studies.

A charismatic personality with a passion for activism, she is a co-founder of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an organization that teaches leadership to young women, and The American Freedom Campaign, a grass roots democracy movement in the United States. In 2012 Wolf and a team of collaborators launched the website, DailyClout, designed to help people build political clout and increase their activism.

Honored Guests

Hadeel Ibrahim

Executive Director, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

 

Hadeel Ibrahim is the founding Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which was established in 2006 to support leadership and governance in Africa.​

She is also co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Africa Center in New York, whose mission is to promote partnership, collaboration, dialogue and understanding between African artists, business leaders and civil society and their counterparts in the United States and beyond.​

Hadeel Ibrahim

Honored Guest

Hadeel Ibrahim

 

Hadeel sits of the Boards of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, the Clinton Foundation, Synergos Institute, Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, and the Governing Board of the African Governance Institute (AGI).​

Hadeel was recently appointed to the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, and is a member of the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards Judging Panel and of the Judging Academy for the Global Teacher Prize, which seeks to celebrate and strengthen the teaching profession. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Africa 2.0, of Amnesty International’s Secretary General’s Global Council and MIT Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship. She is a member of the Royal African Society Council, of the British Council Provocation Group and is a Patron of Restless Development, a youth led development agency. ​

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