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.

D.C. Bar Board of Governors Elects Members to Serve on the DC Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors

The D.C. Bar Board of Governors has re-elected Susan M. Hoffman and Maureen F. Del Duca and elected three new members—Ellen M. Jakovic, Paul M. Smith, and Bruce V. Spiva—to serve on the DC Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors. The members, who were announced May 16, 2014, will carry out three-year terms beginning July 1, 2014. Marc L. Fleischaker, the current President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, commented on the Board of Governors’ decision: “I am very pleased that we have added people of such high quality to our Board, as well as re-elected two terrific members. The work of the Foundation is critical to assuring that our low income residents have access to the courts, and counsel when necessary, and our Board is very engaged in making sure that we have adequate resources to help fund the outstanding legal service providers in our community.”

The three new members will fill two new seats and replace the expiring seat of John C. Cruden, President of the Environmental Law Institute, who has served on the Board of Directors since 2008. Hoffman and Del Duca have served on the Board of Directors since 2011.

Hoffman, who is the Public Services Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, currently serves as the Board of Director’s Vice President and Chairs its Development Committee. Since graduating from George Washington Law School, Hoffman has worked on severalpro bono matters, including environmental and various public interest issues. She has been an especially strong advocate for women and children who are victims of abuse and domestic violence, lending her time and expertise to legal cases and several nonprofit organizations.

Del Duca, graduate of New York University School of Law, is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Investigations at the Northrop Gruman Corporation. Prior to joining Northrop Gruman, Del Duca worked at Jenner & Block, the Federal Communications Commission, and AOL. Del Duca also serves as Chairperson on the Board of Directors for the Southern Center for Human Rights.

Jakovic, Partner in the Antitrust Practice Group at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, has served as president of The Barristers, the Women’s Bar Association Foundation, and the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. She currently serves on the Council for Court Excellence’s and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia’s boards of directors. She obtained both her A.B. and J.D. from Harvard University.

Smith, Partner at Jenner & Block, is the Chair of the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice and Co-Chair of the Media and First Amendment and the Election Law and Redistricting practices. A graduate of Yale University Law School, Smith has dedicated his life to promoting civil rights and liberties. He has presented oral arguments in 15 Supreme Court cases, including the landmark gay rights case, Lawrence v. Texas. Among the several awards he has received are the Thurgood Marshall Award, from the American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, and the Progressive Champion Award, from the American Constitution Society.

Spiva, Partner at The Spiva Law Firm, PLLC and a graduate of Harvard Law School, specializes in antitrust, securities litigation, partnership disputes and class actions, in addition to devoting much of his time to issues involving consumer protection and housing discrimination. Spiva has also been active in securing Congressional voting rights for the residents of DC, previously serving as Chair of the Board of DC Vote and testifying before the United States Congress in favor of the D.C. Voting Rights Act.

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The District of Columbia Bar 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.

2014 Scoutt Prize Awarded to James D. Bishop, Director of the Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington

On Thursday, May 15, 2014, the DC Bar Foundation honored James D. Bishop, Director of the Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington, as the recipient of the 2014 Jerrold Scoutt Prize.

The Scoutt Prize, endowed by the Washington, D.C., firm of Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger, LLP, is named in honor of Jerrold Scoutt Jr., a founding partner of the firm, in recognition of Mr. Scoutt’s and the firm’s long-term support of legal services. The prize is awarded annually to an attorney who has worked to provide direct hands-on legal services to the underserved in Washington, DC and who has demonstrated compassion, genuine concern, and a high degree of skill on their behalf.

“It is indeed a privilege to be recognized for my work in increasing the access of low income people to pro bono legal services in the Washington area,” said Bishop.

He paid homage to a few organizations and their leadership as supporters of the same effort. They included: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington and their President, Rev. Monsignor John J Enzler; the Legal Network’s Advisory Council and its Chairman, David T. Ralston, Jr.; and all of the volunteers, staff and interns of the Catholic Charities Legal Network.

“Too often in our public discourse on poverty, we are quick to recognize the results of poverty: unemployment, crime, a lack of independence and motivation. What we rarely talk about are the many more barriers that low-income families face. To be a part of [helping to remove those extra barriers] and to be honored before so many dedicated people in this tonight and beyond, is truly humbling,” said Bishop.

Susan M. Hoffman, Vice President of the DC Bar Foundation, presented James D. Bishop with the Scoutt Prize on behalf of the Foundation at the 2014 DC Bar Reception Honoring the Judiciary in the Rotunda of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

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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.

DC Bar Foundation Board President Marc L. Fleischaker Recipient of Council for Court Excellence Award

Marc L. Fleischaker, DC Bar Foundation Board President, was presented the Justice Potter Stewart Award by the Council for Court Excellence at its 18th Annual Justice Potter Stewart Award Dinner, held on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Established in 1997, the Justice Potter Stewart Award commemorates the life and commitment to public service of the late Justice Stewart, who served on the Supreme Court from 1958 to 1981.
In his speech to attendees, Fleischaker stressed the importance of pro bono work and acknowledged his colleagues who have devoted efforts to underserved and less unfortunate communities, including Peter Edelman, Chair of the DC Access to Justice Commission; Rod Boggs, Executive Director of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs; and Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
“As law firms continue to adapt to this competitive environment, it is essential that we retain our values. Among those is the recognition that we are among the most privileged members of society, and that we have both a professional and personal obligation to promote the rule of law, and to assist the poor. The needs are enormous and will remain so. Realistically, we can never fully satisfy the demand for high quality legal services for the poor, but that is not a reason to stop trying—indeed, it is the reason to try even harder,” said Fleischaker.
Marc Fleischaker has served as Board president for the DC Bar Foundation since 2013. The Bar Foundation awarded its first direct grants to DC legal services providers in 1978. Since that time, the Bar Foundation has awarded more than $23 million in grants funded by IOLTA and private contributions through the DC Legal Services Grants program.
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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.