DC Bar Foundation Seeks Scoutt Nominations – 10/21/14

The District of Columbia Bar Foundation seeks nominations for the 23rd 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 honor of founding partner Jerrold Scoutt Jr. and sponsors it with a stipend of $2,500. Since the award’s creation in 1993, there have been 23 outstanding public interest attorneys who have been recipients. The prize will be presented during the 2015 DC Bar Judicial Reception on May 15, 2015.

Nominations must be in writing, and include the nominee’s curriculum vitae. Articles of interest and letters of support are encouraged. Submit nominations and supporting material by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 to jarratt@dcbarfoundation.org (preferred) or in hard copy (6 copies required) to the District of Columbia Bar Foundation, 1420 New York Avenue NW, Suite 650, Washington, DC 20005-6210. Requests for further information should be addressed to Kirra L. Jarratt by email at jarratt@dcbarfoundation.org.

The DC Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1977, is the largest funder of civil legal services in the District. The Bar Foundation’s mission is to fund, support, and improve legal representation of the poor, vulnerable, and otherwise disadvantaged in the District of Columbia, and it is committed to the vision that residents of the District have equal access to justice, regardless of income. The Foundation provides grants and training and technical assistance to local non-profit legal services organizations and awards loans to D.C. poverty lawyers to help with their educational debt.

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DC Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Network Raises Nearly $64,000 in Second Annual “Go Formal for Justice”

Washington, D.C.—On Saturday, October 18, the DC Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Network hosted more than 300 young lawyers and others in its second annual gala event, “Go Formal for Justice,” to raise almost $64,000 for the Foundation, topping last year’s proceeds by $9,000.

DCBF executive director, Kirra L. Jarratt said, “The Young Lawyers Network did a phenomenal job creating a signature event to benefit DC’s legal services providers. We are so thankful for the guests, sponsors, and auction donors who helped make this year’s event such a success.”

The black tie event, held in the dazzling lobby at Mayer Brown LLP’s K Street office, included entertainment from Crazy in Stereo; spirits tastings by Leopold Brothers, Green Hat Gin, and Virginia Distillery Company; craft beer and liquor from Devils Backbone, Green Hat Gin, Copper Fox, Lyon Distillery Company, Virginia Distillery Company, A. Smith Bowman, and Belmont Farms Distillery; a photo booth; a tarot card reader; and a silent auction featuring a set visit for a taping of “The NFL Today,” a wine weekend in Charlottesville, a private boat trip on the Potomac, and a personalized signed copy of Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices. An after-party was held at Crepeaway, which donated 20% of their proceeds from 12am to 1am to the Foundation.

The event was chaired by Courtney Weiner of Lewis Baach PLLC and Alison Lima Andersen of Arent Fox LLP. Weiner, also the co-chair of the Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council, said, “We were thrilled to be able to throw a great party that brought young lawyers out to support the Bar Foundation.” DC Bar Foundation president Marc Fleischaker of Arent Fox LLP said, “This is fast becoming a special tradition in the Washington legal community.”

“Go Formal for Justice” coincides with the start of Pro Bono Week, celebrated nationwide from October 19 through 25, which ends with the Foundation’s “Go Casual for Justice” jeans day fundraiser, a city-wide event where employees at participating workplaces donate $5 or more to wear jeans to work. The proceeds of both events benefit the District’s legal aid providers.

The DC Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1977, is the largest funder of civil legal services in the District. The Bar Foundation’s mission is to fund, support, and improve legal representation of the poor, vulnerable, and otherwise disadvantaged in the District of Columbia, and it is committed to the vision that residents of the District have equal access to justice, regardless of income. The Foundation provides grants and training and technical assistance to local non-profit legal services organizations and awards loans to D.C. poverty lawyers to help with their educational debt.

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DC Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Network to “Go Formal for Justice” in Second Annual Gala

On Saturday, October 18, the DC Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Network will host its second annual gala event, “Go Formal for Justice,” to benefit the Foundation. The black tie optional event will feature a performance by Crazy in Stereo, open bar featuring local craft beer and liquor, desserts from Cake Love, light hors d’oeuvres, photo booth, tarot card reader, craft liquor tasting with Leopold Brothers, Green Hat Gin, and Virginia Distillery Company, and a silent auction. The many auction items include a set visit for a taping of “The NFL Today,” a wine weekend in Charlottesville, a private boat trip on the Potomac, and scripts for the pilot episodes of “The Good Wife” and “Suits” signed by members of the casts. Last year, this event had a sold-out attendance of approximately 350 young lawyers and other professionals, and raised more than $55,000 to fund, support, and improve the legal services network in DC.

The DC Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the leading funder of civil legal services in the District of Columbia. It is committed to the vision that residents of the District have equal access to justice, regardless of income. The Bar Foundation’s mission is to fund, support, and improve legal representation of the poor, vulnerable, and otherwise disadvantaged in the District of Columbia. Go Formal for Justice is scheduled to coincide with the start of Pro Bono Week (October 19-25, 2014) and complements the “Go Casual for Justice” jeans day fundraiser happening that week at 100+ law firms that has benefited the Foundation’s programs for the past five years.

Please visit www.dcbarfoundation.org for more information about the DC Bar Foundation.  The event will take place from 8 pm to 12 am, at Mayer Brown, 1999 K St., NW.

The DC Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1977, is the largest funder of civil legal services in the District. The Bar Foundation’s mission is to fund, support, and improve legal representation of the poor, vulnerable, and otherwise disadvantaged in the District of Columbia, and it is committed to the vision that residents of the District have equal access to justice, regardless of income. The Foundation provides grants and training and technical assistance to local non-profit legal services organizations and awards loans to D.C. poverty lawyers to help with their educational debt.

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DC Bar Foundation Awards Over $15,500 to DC Poverty Lawyer Loan Repayment Assistance Program Midyear Applicants

The DC Bar Foundation announced the recipients of the midyear FY14 DC Poverty Lawyer Loan Repayment Assistance Program (DC LRAP). A total of $15,640 was awarded to nine civil legal services lawyers, who reside in DC and work for eligible employers that serve low-income, underrepresented DC residents.

“Many of these attorneys will devote their legal careers to serving the District’s low-income residents. These DC civil legal services lawyers can afford to work in public interest because they benefit from the law school education repayment awards they receive through DC LRAP,” said Imoni M. Washington, Director of Programs of the DC Bar Foundation.

These midyear DC LRAP recipients will receive an interest-free loan from the DC Bar Foundation to help pay their monthly law school student loan payments from July to December 2014, at which time these interest-free loans will be forgiven.

This is the eighth year the Council of the District of Columbia has appropriated funding for educational loan repayment assistance to lawyers who live and work in the District of Columbia and are employed in areas of civil legal practice that serve low-income DC residents. At the direction of the Council, and pursuant to a grant agreement with the District of Columbia’s Office of Victim Services, the DC Bar Foundation lends its expertise to the District by identifying, awarding, and monitoring the DC LRAP.

The DC Bar Foundation also runs a second loan repayment program, DCBF LRAP, for attorneys who work in the District and live in Maryland or Virginia. Applications for full-year DC LRAP and DCBF LRAP will be available in November 2014 to cover monthly law school loan payments for January to December 2015. For both of its loan repayment assistance programs, the Bar Foundation leverages additional resources through the pro bono services of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. A team of volunteer paralegals and lawyers at the law firm provides stellar support to both loan repayment assistance programs.

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The District of Columbia Bar Foundation was established in 1977 to provide lawyers and law firms with an effective vehicle for fulfilling their ethical obligation to ensure that all residents of our community have access to competent legal representation by funding legal services for the underprivileged. The Foundation awards grants to DC legal services organizations, and administers a DC Poverty Lawyer Loan Repayment Assistance Program, and provides technical assistance and training to the District’s civil legal services providers.

DC Bar Foundation Awards $600,000 to Support Legal Services Providers in the District of Columbia

The DC Bar Foundation announces the FY14 DC Legal Services Grants awards to 20 organizations totaling $600,000 to support civil legal services providers, based in the District of Columbia, that serve low-income, underrepresented DC residents.

“The Board of the Bar Foundation is pleased that we could add $600,000 to the ability of civil legal service providers to undertake their important work. This is an important supplement to the $3.4 million that we disbursed earlier this year for the Access to Justice Grants program. We will continue to work hard so this support can continue to expand in the years ahead,” said Marc L. Fleischaker, President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The Foundation received 26 applications, totaling requests of more than $1 million. The grants are awarded to organizations that provide legal services in a range of substantive areas of civil law, including housing, family, public benefits, immigration, and employment law. Most of the awards are general support grants, although two project grants were also awarded. A list of the FY14 DC Legal Services Grants program grantees is attached.

“Our donors’ generous support makes it possible for these legal services organizations to provide exceptional and free civil legal services to the most vulnerable and underrepresented. We could not do it without them,” stated Kirra L. Jarratt, Executive Director of the DC Bar Foundation.

Imoni Washington, Director of Programs of the DC Bar Foundation, added, “General support grants are critical to the legal services community because they enable grantees to achieve their missions.”

The Foundation awarded its first direct grants to DC legal services providers in 1978. Since that time, the Foundation has awarded more than $23 million in grants funded by the interest on certain trust accounts, as well as private contributions. To support the Foundation’s annual campaign, visit  www.dcbarfoundation.org. Follow us on Twitter (@dcbarfoundation) and Facebook (facebook.com/dcbarfoundation).

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The District of Columbia Bar Foundation was established in 1977 to provide lawyers and law firms with an effective vehicle for fulfilling their ethical obligation to ensure that all residents of our community have access to competent legal representation by funding legal services for the underprivileged. The Foundation awards grants to DC civil legal services organizations, administers the publicly-funded DC Poverty Lawyer Loan Repayment Assistance Program, and provides technical assistance and training to the District’s civil legal services providers.