2019 Breaking Barriers Awards Gala

2019 Breaking Barriers Awards Gala Honorees: Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International will present our awardees our awardees with their honors. 2019 Champion of Justice is Vanita Gupta, CEO and President of the Leadership Conference. 2019 Public Policy Awardee is Senator Chris Van Hollen, United States Senator of Maryland. 2019 Gayle Hafner Grassroots Advocacy Awardee is Patty Saylor, Disability Advocate and mother of Ethan Saylor.

2019 Breaking Barriers Awards Gala honorees. 2019 Excellence in Journalism Awardee is Erica L. Green, Correspondent for the New York Times Washington Bureau. 2019 Legal Advocacy Awardees are Jennifer J. Bruton, Partner with Venable LLP; Daniel J. O'Brien, Associate with Venable LLP and Stephanie P. Hales, Partner with Sidley Austin LLP


Seawall Development



Kennedy Krieger, MD Center for Developmental Disabilities

Law Offices of Laurie Wasserman



Beth Pepper, Esq.

Anderson, Coe & King LLP

Maryland Coalition of Families


The Breaking Barriers Awards Gala is DRM’s signature celebration where individuals, law firms and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership, vision, and achievement in safeguarding the legal rights of people with disabilities in Maryland are recognized and honored. Bringing together attorneys, corporate and foundation leaders, government representatives and disability advocates, DRM’s gala shines a powerful spotlight on noble individuals who further the rights of Marylanders with disabilities. Funds raised at the Gala will directly support DRM and expand our capacity to provide critical legal assistance so Marylanders with disabilities, regardless of income, age or race, can live full independent lives in the community. We look forward to celebrating with you on September 18th at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland! Notifications and updates about the event will be posted to this page. 


2018 Breaking Barriers Gala Images