News of Note

Call to Action for Your DC Neighbors

Each year through our Call to Action initiative, local law firms and businesses generously fund legal aid for District residents in need. This year, to meet the needs of our community’s residents with low income, we’re asking 110 firms and corporations to step forward in raising $665,000. Already, 67 firms have contributed more than $430,000 toward our goal.

Will you be one of these champions for DC neighbors in need? Answer the Call to Action by donating on our website or filling out our printable donation form. Firms and corporations who make a commitment before March 31 will be honored in a special “thank you” ad in Washington Lawyer magazine.

Scoutt Prize Nominations: Due March 27

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Jerrold Scoutt Prize, awarded annually to an exceptional legal services attorney in the District of Columbia. Nominations must include a cover letter and the nominee’s curriculum vitae. Supporting materials, like articles of interest or letters of support, are highly encouraged. Nominations made for the 2018 and 2019 prize will be reconsidered. Those who submitted nominations in those years are encouraged to update their nomination materials.

Send nominations and supporting materials to nominations@dcbarfoundation.org by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Seeking Board of Directors Candidates: Could It Be You?

The DC Bar Foundation seeks candidates for our Board of Directors. Members serve a three-year term from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2023.

We are committed to a diverse Board. We also seek candidates with experience that supports our strategic planning goal and accompanying strategies. Areas of desired experience and knowledge include:

  • Impactful grantmaking
  • Racial equity and justice
  • Multi-stakeholder collaboratives or networks
  • Research and evaluation
  • Delivery of civil legal aid without lawyers (e.g., technology, navigators, online intake)
  • Fundraising – beyond lawyers and law firms

DC Bar membership is not required. Click here to learn more about the Foundation’s commitment to furthering access to justice in DC. For more information, please contact Kirra Jarratt, Chief Executive Officer, at jarratt@dcbarfoundation.org.

Mark Your Calendar: Lip Sync for Justice June 4

Mark your calendar for this summer’s Lip Sync for Justice event! It happens Thursday, June 4 from 6 – 9 PM at Arnold & Porter (601 Massachusetts Ave, NW). Individual and corporate sponsorships, as well as individual tickets, are available for purchase. To purchase or for more information, visit our website.

DC BAR FOUNDATION LAUNCHES NEW INITIATIVE: NEIGHBORS DESIGNING JUSTICE

[District of Columbia, March 3, 2020] – Launching in MarchNeighbors Designing Justice will bring together community members and providers along with the DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) grantees in Anacostia, a predominantly African American and low-income Ward 8 neighborhood that is facing intense displacement. 

In January, the DC Bar Foundation awarded more than 25% of its $10.5M in civil legal aid grants to benefit residents of Ward 8. By taking a deep dive into the past, present and future of Anacostia, DCBF and its grantees will build trust and strengthen relationships with the community’s members, its social services providers, government agencies and its healthcare, education and cultural institutions. 

Beginning with Anacostia, Neighbors Designing Justice will support legal aid and other stakeholders working in tandem with low-income, vulnerable community members in a creative problem-solving process that gives everyone a voice. The initiative’s user-centered, community-based approach will engage DC residents, institutions and service providers as partners in designing more successful, user-friendly services.
 
With a fuller understanding of community issues from a resident’s perspective, a clearer picture will emerge as to which unresolved legal problems are the biggest barriers in people’s lives. The DC Bar Foundation and its grantees will learn directly from our DC neighbors how legal information and assistance could be delivered to the community in the most easily accessible and usable ways. 

About the DC Bar Foundation: For DC residents in poverty, we make strategic investments to strengthen and expand our civil legal aid network, addressing critical needs and improving our community. As the largest funder of civil legal aid in the District, we are a steadfast community partner, committed to protecting access to justice in life’s most pivotal moments.

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News of Note

We Are Hiring: Grants Manager

Looking for rewarding work promoting equal access to justice in the District? Or know a great candidate who is? The DC Bar Foundation is hiring a Grants Manager to join our hardworking team. See details here.

Call to Action for Your DC Neighbors

Each year through our Call to Action initiative, local law firms and businesses generously fund legal aid for District residents in need. This year, to meet the needs of our community’s residents with low income, we’re asking 110 firms and corporations to step forward in raising $665,000. Will you be one of these champions for DC neighbors in need? Already, 41 firms have contributed over $270,000 toward our goal. Answer the Call to Action by donating on our website or filling out our printable donation form

Scoutt Prize Nominations: Due March 27

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Jerrold Scoutt Prize, awarded annually to an exceptional legal services attorney in the District of Columbia. Nominations must include a cover letter and the nominee’s curriculum vitae. Supporting materials, like articles of interest or letters of support, are highly encouraged. Nominations made for the 2018 and 2019 Prize will be reconsidered. We encourage those who submitted nominations in previous years to update their nomination materials. Send nominations and all materials to nominations@dcbarfoundation.org by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 27, 2020. 

Save the Date: President’s Reception May 12

Foundation President David Ogden will host the annual President’s Reception at WilmerHale on Tuesday, May 12. This special event honors the esteemed members of our 77 Society: loyal donors who give $1,000 or more to the Foundation each year. To become a member of the 77 Society and attend the President’s Reception, please make or pledge your gift of $1,000 or more before Friday, May 1. For more information, contact Daryl Byler, Director of Development and Communications at byler@dcbarfoundation.org or (202) 853-9025. 

New Year, New Momentum for Access to Justice

Happy New Year!

I know you will be as inspired as I am by what is ahead. In 2020, with your support, we will continue our efforts to expand equal access to justice for our DC neighbors in greatest need.

Two standouts exemplify our momentum together headed into a new year and new decade:

  • In a record year for DC Bar Foundation grant-making – in which we awarded over $10.5 million to 33 grantees – we are proud to partner with several new grantees, including Safe Sisters Circle.

    Safe Sisters Circle focuses on ending the plague of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and supporting those victimized by it – especially Black women, who experience violence at a higher rate than any other ethnic group in our region.

    Our funding will give underserved residents of Wards 7 and 8 accessible attorney support and other legal services, through the East of the River Women’s Legal Services and Healing Project. It provides free, culturally-specific, holistic, trauma-based services to Black women survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
     
  • We are thrilled to offer our grantees the fourth and final session in a Racial Justice Training Series.

    This training makes an essential contribution to our local legal aid community. It helps participants understand the meaning of racial equity and provides tools for envisioning and constructing equity in our workspaces.

    This interactive experience helps participants develop a path to understanding not only for themselves, but for their organizations as well. It prepares participants to meet the people they serve with greater skill and awareness, improving every outcome.

As we move into the first year of our new Strategic Plan, infusing racial justice and equity in our work will be a priority. To accomplish this, we will study and implement best practices on racial justice and equity initiatives, explore local partnerships where there are opportunities to align efforts, and evolve internally by learning, reflecting, unlearning and changing our practices in the pursuit of racial justice.
 
Thank you for standing with us as we bring the pursuit of access to justice into the new decade. Together, we will make 2020 a transformative year.

With gratitude,

Kirra L. Jarratt
Chief Executive Officer

News of Note

Have Fun + Fund Legal Aid = Go Casual for Justice (Deadline Extended!)

Looking for a FUN way to make legal aid accessible to all District residents in need, while bringing your team together? We are extending Go Casual for Justice until February 15, 2020 so that even more workplaces have the opportunity to dress down in support of civil legal aid in DC. We aim to raise $50,000 from 40 justice-loving workplaces. Will you help us get there? To register your workplace, fill out our registration form or contact Greer Richey, Development and Communications Assistant at at  or (202) 853-9022. THANK YOU to all who have participated so far!richey@dcbarfoundation.org or (202) 853-9022. THANK YOU to all who have participated so far!

Applause for Combined Federal Campaign Donors!

We are grateful to each of you who gave to the Foundation through the 2019 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), making equal access to justice possible for District neighbors. Thank you! We hope we can count on your support again next year.

We Are Hiring: Grants Manager

Looking for rewarding work promoting equal access to justice in the District? Or know a great candidate who is? The DC Bar Foundation is hiring a Grants Manager to join our hardworking team. See details here.

Scoutt Prize Nominations: Due March 27

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Jerrold Scoutt Prize, awarded annually to an exceptional legal services attorney in the District of Columbia. Nominations must include a cover letter and the nominee’s curriculum vitae. Supporting materials, like articles of interest or letters of support, are highly encouraged. Send nominations and supporting materials to nominations@dcbarfoundation.org by 5 PM on Friday, March 27.

Save the Date: President’s Reception May 12

Foundation President David Ogden will host the annual President’s Reception on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, honoring the esteemed members of our 77 Society – loyal donors who give $1,000 or more to the Foundation each year. To become a member of the 77 Society and attend the President’s Reception, please make or pledge your gift of $1,000 or more before Friday, May 1. For more information, contact Daryl Byler, Director of Development and Communications at byler@dcbarfoundation.org or (202) 853-9025.

Mark Your Calendar: Lip Sync for Justice June 4 

Mark your calendar for this summer’s Lip Sync for Justice event! It happens Thursday, June 4 from 6 – 9 PM at Arnold & Porter (601 Massachusetts Ave, NW). Individual and corporate sponsorships, as well as individual tickets, are available for purchase. To purchase or for more information, visit our website.

Partner Profile: Wayne Gibson

Each month, we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Wayne Gibson, Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting and member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Years on the Job

13 years at FTI and over 20 overall in the industry.

Where did you grow up?

Wilmington, Delaware

What brought you to DC?

I came to DC after graduate school, but had always had an affinity for the area because I had family here and visited often as I was growing up.

What was your first job in DC and what did you learn?

I came to DC after graduate school and worked for Arthur Andersen in one their consulting divisions, where I learned about organizing and motivating teams to problem solve large issues & challenges faced by our clients. However, prior to that I interned for a summer for the EPA in their econometrics and analytics division, called the Office of Policy Planning and Evaluation. That was the first time I really began to get to know DC as an adult and spend time in each quadrant (i.e. SW, NW, NE, SE). At the EPA, I learned a bit about the functioning of a Federal agency and how policies were economically evaluated for some programs.

Daily Habit

Reading (news and fiction), exercise (cycling and boxing)

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

I’m finishing a biography on Da Vinci – an amazing polymath. It would be an interesting conversation.

You get one extra hour of free time per day. How do you use it?

Currently I would alternate between spending time with my kids, reading, and practicing guitar.

One item from your Bucket List

Watch a soccer match in Barcelona

Most rewarding element of your work

The impact I get to have on organizations

Legal aid is important to me because…

It combats the continued disenfranchisement of people of color

Your dream for our legal system is…

Fairness

Little known fact about your organization

Our scope and origin – we have over 4,500 people worldwide, and were founded to present technical issues during trials.

Calling You to Action: Provide Legal Resources for DC Neighbors in Need

Many individuals in our DC community need legal resources they cannot afford.

When you support our 2020 Call to Action campaign, you join with others who share your commitment to equal access to justice. This year, we aim to raise $665,000 from local law firms and corporations by June 30, 2020. Will you help us reach our goal and provide access to justice for our neighbors in need?

We are grateful to the organizations who have already joined the with us through our 2020 Call to Action campaign. Thank you! And we would especially like to recognize this year’s Platinum Call to Action donors, who have each contributed $25,000 or more to this year’s campaign:

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Alston & Bird LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

WilmerHale

We also thank our dedicated Volunteer Solicitors, who help drive the success of this campaign.

If your firm has not yet become a Call to Action leader, please join us today by donating online or by mailing in our printable donation form. A current list of all participating firms can be found on our website. For more information, please contact Daryl Byler, Director of Development and Communications at: byler@dcbarfoundation.og or (202) 853-9025.

Your Support Protects Housing & Provides Stability for District Residents

Ms. Taylor* and her husband are participants in a program that caps their rent at 30% of their income.

Unfortunately, last year, Ms. Taylor’s husband became severely ill and was admitted into a long-term health care facility. During this already difficult time, Ms. Taylor received a notice that her participation in the program was being terminated, leaving her facing eviction and homelessness.   

Ms. Taylor’s mother-in-law, for reasons unknown, had filed a notice that Ms. Taylor’s husband had vacated their home and that Ms. Taylor would not require further support.

Fortunately, Ms. Taylor got connected with a DC Bar Foundation grantee, where an attorney worked with her to resolve her case. The final outcome was positive: she was able to remain in the program and get the past rent, which had gone unpaid, up to date.

But that wasn’t all. Our grantee’s work provided more than one critically-needed outcome for Ms. Taylor. During her housing case, Ms. Taylor was approached to take over as caregiver for her teenage granddaughter. Ms. Taylor’s newly stabilized housing situation was essential for the court in her family matter to allow her to take in her granddaughter, giving her the stable family environment she needed.  

In time for the harsh winter months, Ms. Taylor and her granddaughter can now focus on being a family. The threat of losing their home no longer hangs over their heads. Ms. Taylor is hopeful that her husband’s health will soon improve, so he too can join their family in their home.

Your support makes outcomes like Ms. Taylor’s possible for more District residents. THANK YOU!

*Name changed to protect identity.

DC Bar Foundation Seeks Nominations for 2020 Scoutt Prize

[District of Columbia, January 6, 2020] – The DC Bar Foundation seeks nominations for the 2020 Jerrold Scoutt Prize, which is awarded annually to an exceptional legal services attorney in the District of Columbia. Nominations will be accepted through March 27, 2020. The 2020 Scoutt Prize will be presented during the DC Bar Foundation’s Fall Reception in October 2020. 

The Scoutt Prize recognizes outstanding lawyers who work full time, or have spent much of their careers working full time, at DC nonprofits that provide direct, hands-on legal services to the poor or disadvantaged in our community. The DC Bar Foundation encourages you to nominate attorneys who have not only demonstrated a high degree of skill in representing their clients, but who have also demonstrated a high degree of compassion. 

KMA Zuckert LLC (formerly Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger LLP) established the Scoutt Prize in 1992 in honor of founding partner Jerrold Scoutt Jr. The firm continues to provide an award of $2,500 annually, and since its creation, 29 outstanding public interest attorneys have been recognized. In 2019, Daniel M. Clark of Rising for Justice received the Prize in honor of his career-long dedication and commitment to service. 

Nominations made for the 2018 and 2019 Prizes will be reconsidered. However, those who submitted nominations in those years are encouraged to update their nomination materials. 

How to submit your nomination: 

Nominations must include a cover letter and the nominee’s curriculum vitae. Supporting materials, like articles of interest or letters of support, are highly encouraged.  

Please send nominations and supporting materials by 5:00 PM on March 27, 2020 to: nominations@dcbarfoundation.org

About the DC Bar Foundation: For DC residents in poverty, we make strategic investments to strengthen and expand our civil legal aid network, addressing critical needs and improving our community. As the largest funder of civil legal aid in the District, we are a steadfast community partner, committed to protecting access to justice in life’s most pivotal moments.

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News of Note

Call to Action for Your Neighbors in Need!

Each year through our Call to Action initiative, local law firms and businesses generously fund legal aid for District residents in need. This year, to meet the needs of our community’s low-income residents, we’re asking 110 firms and corporations to step forward in raising $665,000. Will you be one of these champions for DC neighbors in need? Answer the Call to Action by donating on our website or filling out our printable donation form
 
Will You #GoCasualforJustice?

Looking for a FUN way to make legal aid accessible to all District residents in need, while bringing your team together? Register your workplace for 2019 Go Casual for JusticeThis year we aim to raise $50,000 from 40 justice-loving workplaces. Will you help us get there? For more information on Go Casual for Justice, visit our website or contact Greer Richey, Development and Communications Assistant: richey@dcbarfoundation.org. THANK YOU to those who have participated so far, and a special shout-out to those who increased their totals from last year’s Go Casual campaign!

Arent Fox LLP
Cohen Segalis Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Steptoe
Venable LLP
Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

 

Are You a Federal Employee? Combined Federal Campaign Ends January 20

The Foundation is participating in the 2019 Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA), which continues until January 20, 2020. The CFC is the official workplace giving campaign of the federal government. If you are a federal employee and would like to support our efforts to strengthen DC’s civil legal aid network, our designation code is #87057.

We’re Hiring!
Are you interested in rewarding work promoting equal access to justice in the District? The DC Bar Foundation is hiring a Grants Manager to join our hardworking team. See details here
 
Nominations for the DC Access to Justice Commission Due January 3
The DC Bar Foundation is accepting nominations for individuals interested in serving on the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission. To submit a nomination, please send all required materials to nominations@dcbarfoundation.org by 5:00 PM on Friday January 3, 2020. For more information, please visit our website.
 
Scoutt Prize Nominations Due March 27
We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Jerrold Scoutt Prize, awarded annually to an exceptional legal services attorney in the District of Columbia. Nominations must include a cover letter and the nominee’s curriculum vitae. Supporting materials, like articles of interest or letters of support, are highly encouraged. Nominations made for the 2018 and 2019 prize will be reconsidered. Those who submitted nominations in those years are encouraged to update their nomination materials. Please send nominations and supporting materials to nominations@dcbarfoundation.org by 5:00 PM on
Friday, March 27, 2020. 
 
Save the Date: President’s Reception May 12
The Foundation hosts its annual President’s Reception on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. We will honor the esteemed members of our 77 Society – loyal donors who give $1,000 or more to the Foundation each year. To become a member of the 77 Society and attend our President’s Reception, please make or pledge your gift of $1,000 or more before May 1. For more information, email Daryl Byler, Director of Development: byler@dcbarfoundation.org.

Mark Your Calendar: Lip Sync for Justice June 4
Mark your calendar for next year’s Lip Sync for Justice event! It is happening Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 6 – 9 PM at Arnold & Porter (601 Massachusetts Ave, NW). Individual and corporate sponsorships, as well as individual tickets, are available for purchase. For more information, or to purchase a sponsorship or tickets, please visit our website.