On July 12, 2000, more than 200 guests attended the inaugural program at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The master of ceremonies was Paul Duke. At that time, Mr. Duke was the moderator emeritus of the television show, Washington Week in Review. At the inaugural program, representatives of Vice President Gore’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government participated. Deputy Director Annetta Cheek spoke on the importance of reforming legal writing in governmental communications.