Last year, as Legal Times celebrated its 30th anniversary, the editors selected a list of 90 lawyers who, during the past three decades, had shaped the Washington legal community. Our goal was to recognize those whose work turned this city into a vibrant center for legal business, thought and activism.

In this issue, we are extending the idea to honor those lawyers whose work has helped enhance the Washington bar during the past year. We’ve selected honorees in three categories: Champions, those who have upheld the profession’s core values through public service, pro bono efforts and advocacy for civil liberties; Visionaries, those whose business or legal acumen has been key to expanding their firms, improving government or advancing the law; and Pioneers, those who passed away in the past year, but whose legal legacy has enriched the Washington bar.

We believe this list represents the best of Washington law: the public-mindedness that pushes the law to greater heights and the clever strategizing that makes the nation’s capital a leader in legal business.

In the fall, we’ll fete this year’s honorees at a gala event in Washington. Stay tuned more details.

David L. Brown, editor in chief

These lawyers have upheld the profession’s core values of public duty and client service, building pro bono practices, taking on community causes, holding public service positions and fighting to expand liberties and protect civil rights.

In tough times, these attorneys found ways to build up their law firms. In complex legal clashes, they pushed for wise solutions. And in government disputes, they insisted on democratic and constitutional answers.

These lawyers passed away during the last year, but their contributions to the Washington legal community, through public service and work for private law firms, will stand the test of time.