More than $243,000 Awarded to DC Legal Aid Organizations for Foreclosure Prevention and Community Redevelopment Legal Assistance

[District of Columbia, October 6, 2015] – The DC Bar Foundation has awarded more than $243,000 to five DC-based legal aid organizations for four projects providing foreclosure prevention and community redevelopment legal assistance.

The funding will:

1. Support legal aid attorneys who represent low-income and elderly DC residents in foreclosure cases;
2. Provide counsel to preserve affordable housing for Asian American tenants of Museum Square;
3. Hire an attorney to preserve the historic Deanwood neighborhood; and
4. Ensure that affordable housing properties in DC transition to market rate in a way that avoids displacement of low-income DC tenants.

$950,000 Available for Foreclosure Prevention and Community Redevelopment Grants

[District of Columbia, September 29, 2015] — The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) is pleased to announce $950,000 in available funding for foreclosure prevention and community redevelopment legal assistance provided by DC-based legal aid organizations that serve low-income DC residents.

The funds were made available through a settlement on mortgage-related litigation between the U.S. Department of Justice and Citigroup (Citi). The settlement provides $2.5 billion for consumer relief, including millions to select Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Account (IOLTA) programs. Through IOLTA, the interest from lawyer trust accounts is pooled to provide civil legal aid to the poor. It exists in every state, as well as the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. DCBF is the designated administrator of the District’s program.

DC Bar Foundation Seeks Scoutt Nominations

[District of Columbia, September 2, 2015] — The District of Columbia Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for the 24th annual Jerrold Scoutt Prize. A nominee must be an attorney who currently works full-time, or who has been employed full-time for a significant portion of his or her legal career, by a nonprofit organization that provides direct, hands-on legal services to poor or otherwise disadvantaged persons in the District of Columbia. The nominee must have demonstrated a compassionate concern for his or her clients while exhibiting a high degree of skill representing them.

The firm of Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger LLP created the prize in 1993 to honor the founding partner Jerrold Scoutt Jr. and sponsors it with a stipend of $2,500. Last year, Kathryn M. Doan, Executive Director of the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, received the award for her exceptional work and dedication to human rights. Since the award’s creation, 25 outstanding public interest attorneys have received the Scoutt Prize. The prize will be presented during the 2016 DC Bar Judicial Reception on April 21, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

National Conference of Bar Foundations Announces Kirra Jarratt as New Addition to Board of Trustees

[District of Columbia, July 9, 2015] – Kirra L. Jarratt, Executive Director of the DC Bar Foundation, has been elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the National Conference of Bar Foundations (NCBF).

NCBF supports bar foundations across the nation by building capacity, community and partnerships among bar foundations and helping them promote their charitable missions. As part of NCBF’s Board of Trustees, Jarratt will help oversee the direction of NCBF and the fulfillment of its mission to promote law-related philanthropic giving and serve as a resource to NCBF’s network of more than 200 bar foundations.

DC Bar Foundation Announces New Leadership

[District of Columbia, July 6, 2015] – The DC Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the new and returning members of the Board of Directors and the new members of the Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council.

David W. Ogden, partner at WilmerHale and chair of the Government and Regulatory Litigation Practice Group, joins the Foundation’s Board of Directors to serve a three-year term. Ogden served as the first Deputy Attorney General of the United States under the Obama administration. From 1999 to 2001, he was Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the US Department of Justice.

DC Bar Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Foreclosure Prevention and Community Redevelopment Grants

[District of Columbia, July 1, 2015] – The DC Bar Foundation is now accepting applications from civil legal services providers based in the District of Columbia that serve low-income, underrepresented DC residents in the areas of foreclosure prevention legal assistance and/or community redevelopment legal assistance.

More than $243,000 has been made available to DC-based legal services providers. The DC Bar Foundation is able to award these funds as a result of the 2014 settlement on mortgage-related litigation between the U.S. Department of Justice and Bank of America Corporation. The settlement provided that every Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts program in the U.S. and its territories receive funds for legal aid organizations in its jurisdiction for foreclosure prevention legal assistance and community redevelopment legal assistance.

DC Bar Foundation Awards Over $13,000 to DC Poverty Lawyer Midyear Loan Repayment Assistance Program Applicants

[District of Columbia, June 10, 2015] – The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) announced the recipients of the midyear FY15 DC Poverty Lawyer Loan Repayment Assistance Program (DC LRAP). A total of $13,170 was awarded to nine civil legal services lawyers, who live in DC and work with eligible civil legal services providers organizations that serve low-income, underserved residents of the District.

The nine midyear DC LRAP recipients will receive a loan from DCBF to help pay their monthly law school student loan payments through December 2015. After December, these interest-free loans will be forgiven if the recipients maintain eligibility.

DC Bar Foundation Awards $615,000 to Civil Legal Services Providers in the District

[District of Columbia, June 10, 2015] — The DC Bar Foundation awarded $615,000 in FY15 DC Legal Services Grants to 22 organizations that provide civil legal services to underserved, low-income residents of the District of Columbia.

The Foundation has awarded nearly $24 million in private grants to DC civil legal services providers since 1978. Grant money comes from the interest earned on trust accounts, as well as private contributions, primarily through the Call to Action campaign, chaired this year by Thomas S. Williamson Jr., Senior Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, and Stasia Kelly, Co-Managing Partner at DLA Piper LLP.

DC Bar Foundation Awards $3,865,000 to Fund Civil Legal Services for the Poor

[District of Columbia, March 11, 2015] — The DC Bar Foundation today announced the FY15 recipients of the Access to Justice (ATJ) Grant Program, which awards grants to nonprofit legal services organizations that provide direct civil legal services to low-income DC residents. A total of $3,865,000 was awarded to 24 projects, of which five are new projects.

Funded by a grant from the District of Columbia Office of Victim Services (OVS), the ATJ Grant Program funds projects in three categories: (a) underserved areas; (b) housing-related matters; and (c) a shared legal services interpreter bank. The Foundation awarded 19 grants in the underserved areas category, totaling $2,555,000; four grants in the housing-related matters category, totaling $1,040,000; and one grant to the shared legal services interpreter bank, totaling $270,000.

Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Calls for Applications

[District of Columbia, Mar. 6, 2015] — The Young Lawyers Network (YLN) Leadership Council offers younger lawyers an opportunity to further the goal of access to justice in our community by working with the Bar Foundation—the leading funder of civil legal services for the District’s underserved.

The Bar Foundation will add several new members for a two-year term expiring June 30, 2017. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 1, 2015.