At the quarterly board meeting on June 17th, the Legal Action Center’s Director presented the President’s Lifetime Service Award to longtime Board Chair Daniel K. Mayers, which included a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama.
Established by the Corporation for National & Community Service and the Points of Light Foundation, this award recognizes individuals who have completed 4,000 or more hours of volunteer service in their lifetime. Mr. Mayers was nominated for the award by the staff of the Legal Action Center. “We have been so grateful for Dan’s strong commitment to our organization and our issues. This is a fitting recognition of his tireless leadership,” said Paul Samuels, Director of LAC.
Mr. Mayers felt honored to receive such a prestigious award. “It has been a deeply rewarding experience to serve as chairman and to watch the Legal Action Center grow over the years. Thanks to our fantastic board of directors, which is also growing and thriving, LAC continues to maintain its place as one of the leading public interest law and policy organizations in the nation,” says Mr. Mayers, who joined the board in 1978, and has served as chairman since 1998. “I serve on the board of many nonprofit organizations, but the Legal Action Center has always held a special place in my heart. Throughout my life, I have volunteered my time generously not only to help LAC be the best it can be, but to inspire others to do the same.”
Mr. Mayers is a retired senior partner of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering (now known as WilmerHale). In addition to his position at the Legal Action Center, he has been chairman of the board of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Sidwell Friends School, the Visiting Committee of the Board of Overseers of Harvard Law School, and the Washington Educational Television Association. Mr. Mayers has also served as chairman of the Survivors Fund, an organization established to help victims and families directly affected by the September 11 Pentagon attack. In 2009, Mr. Mayers was a recipient of the Arthur Liman Public Interest Award for his exceptional contributions to social justice.