Now Accepting Applications for the FY16 Access to Justice Grants Program

[District of Columbia, Dec. 21, 2015] – The DC Bar Foundation has released the online application for the FY16 Access to Justice (ATJ) Grants Program for DC civil legal aid providers seeking project funding. The application is due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2016. Awards will be announced mid-March 2016.

The DC Bar Foundation will award grants to nonprofit legal aid providers located in the District of Columbia to fund direct civil legal aid to low-income DC residents in the following three areas: (a) underserved areas of the District of Columbia; (b) housing-related matters; and (c) to support a shared legal aid interpreter bank. Applications may be submitted for new projects and renewal of previously funded projects. The FY16 public grant funding period covers May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.

Third Annual Go Formal for Justice Gala Raises Nearly $60,000 for DC’s Civil Legal Aid Network

[District of Columbia, October 21, 2015] — On Saturday, October 17, the DC Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Network hosted its third annual Go Formal for Justice gala, which raised nearly $60,000 for the District’s civil legal aid providers.

More than 250 guests attended the event, which was generously hosted by Mayer Brown LLP, and included entertainment from NYX Live, an open bar with local craft beer, wine, and liquor, spirits tastings by Virginia Distillery Company and Craft Wine & Spirits, a tarot card reader, and a silent auction. Auction items included a private Potomac River cruise, a Charlottesville wine tasting weekend, and a two-night staycation at the W Washington DC Hotel. Reduced-price public interest tickets were available for the event, and a number of tickets were donated for attorneys receiving loan repayment assistance from the Foundation.

DC Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Network to Host Third Annual Go Formal for Justice Gala

[District of Columbia, October 9, 2015] – On Saturday, October 17, the DC Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Network will host its third annual Go Formal for Justice Gala, to benefit the District’s civil legal aid network.

The black tie optional event will feature music by NYX Live, an open bar with local craft beer and liquor, a spirits tasting by Virginia Distillery Company, light hors d’oeuvres and desserts, red carpet photos, a tarot card reader, and a silent auction. Auction items include a private Potomac River cruise, a Charlottesville wine tasting weekend, and a two night staycation at the W Washington D.C. Hotel.

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.