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.

DC Bar Foundation Testifies Before the DC City Council In Support of the Access to Justice Initiative

Kirra L. Jarratt, Executive Director of the DC Bar Foundation, today presented testimony before Chairman Tommy Wells and members of the Council of the District of Columbia Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary. The testimony gave support to Mayor Gray’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request for $4.278 million appropriated to the Access to Justice Initiative.

The Access to Justice Initiative provides grants to nonprofit organizations that deliver civil legal services to low-income and underserved District residents and funds a loan repayment assistance program (LRAP) for lawyers working at DC-based civil legal services organizations. In FY14, the DC Bar Foundation awarded over $3.4 million in Access to Justice Grants to 14 legal service providers and $176,000 in DC LRAP awards to 28 attorneys living and working within the District.

“I want to impress upon the Committee the continued need for the funding provided through the Access to Justice Initiative,” stated Jarratt. Access to Justice Grants, she continued, fund “civil legal services providers throughout the city whose projects range from [the] interpreter bank to legal services on behalf of returning citizens to court-based programs that address housing and child support issues.”

Additionally, Jarratt spoke of the impact the Access to Justice Initiative funds have on individual lawyers, who are working in these civil legal services organizations: “The DC LRAP supports lawyers who have graduated from law schools across the country. It encourages them to come here, to live and work in the District, and serve the District’s low-income residents.”

Jarratt presented testimony alongside leaders of the District of Columbia Bar, the Access to Justice Commission, and the Chief Judges of the District’s courts. The panel included Chief Judge Eric T. Washington of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield of the District of Columbia Superior Court, Peter B. Edelman, Chair of the D.C. Access to Justice Commission, and Andrea Ferster, President of the D.C. Bar.

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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 Accepts Applications for DC Loan Repayment Assistance Program Until May 2

The DC Bar Foundation is now accepting midyear applications for its DC Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) from civil legal services lawyers who reside in DC and work for eligible employers that serve low-income, underrepresented DC residents. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., May 2, 2014, and the DC LRAP awards will be made in July 2014.

“The DC LRAP makes it possible for legal services providers located in the District of Columbia to recruit and retain talented,  dedicated public interest lawyers living and working in the city,” said Imoni M. Washington, Director of Programs of the DC Bar Foundation. Through the program, attorneys who qualify receive an interest-free loan from the Bar Foundation to pay their monthly law school student loan payments. These interest-free loans from the Bar Foundation are forgiven are at the end of the year in exchange for the legal services that these attorneys have provided on behalf of low-income DC residents.

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 Poverty Lawyer Loan Repayment Assistance Program. The DC Bar Foundation also runs a second loan repayment program for attorneys who work in the District and live in Maryland or Virginia. 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.

The midyear DC LRAP application is available on the DC Bar Foundation’s website at www.dcbarfoundation.org.

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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 service providers.

DC Bar Foundation Accepts Applications for DC Legal Services Grants until April 11

The DC Bar Foundation is now accepting applications for its DC Legal Services Grants program from civil legal services providers based in the District of Columbia that serve low-income, underrepresented DC residents. More than $500,000 will be made available to DC-based legal services providers. The Bar Foundation’s DC Legal Services Grants are awarded to organizations that provide legal services in any substantive area of the law. Most of the awards are general support grants, although program or project grants may also be awarded.  The application deadline is April 11, 2014, and the grant awards will be announced in June 2014.

“The DC Legal Services Grants are critical to the legal services network in our city,” said Kirra L. Jarratt, Executive Director of the DC Bar Foundation. “These general support funds can be used by the recipient for any of its operational expenses in providing civil legal services to the poor and underserved in the District.”

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 the interest on certain trust accounts, as well as private contributions. To support the Foundation’s annual campaign, visit www.dcbarfoundation.org. Connect on Facebook.com/dcbarfoundation and Twitter @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.

DC Bar Foundation Awards More Than $3.4 Million in Access to Justice Grants

The DC Bar Foundation today announced more than $3.4 million in publicly-funded Access to Justice Grants to provide civil legal services to the District of Columbia’s most underserved and underrepresented residents. This year’s Access to Justice Grants support 20 collaborative projects that range from increasing the number of lawyers working on housing issues, to widening access to legal services for those living in underserved areas, to providing live interpreters in an attorney-client setting through a shared legal interpreter bank.

The awards include funding for two new projects. One will expand access to legal services for low-income workers in Wards 5 and 7. The other will provide legal representation to low-income DC residents with disabilities, enabling them to make their own decisions and direct their lives.

“The Access to Justice funds place lawyers in the most underserved communities of the District,” said Marc Fleischaker, president of the DC Bar Foundation board of directors. “These investments allow the nonprofit legal community to provide high-quality legal services at the doorstep of those who are in most need.”

This is the eighth year the Council of the District of Columbia has appropriated funding to expand legal services for those most in need in the District. 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 Access to Justice Grants. This June, the Bar Foundation will also award grants for civil legal services from funding received through private donations.

A list of FY14 Access to Justice projects and grantees is attached and also available on the DC Bar Foundation’s website, www.dcbarfoundation.org.

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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.

James D. Bishop to Receive 2014 Scoutt Prize

The District of Columbia Bar Foundation has selected 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 prize is awarded annually to an attorney who has worked for a significant portion of his or her career at a nonprofit organization providing direct hands-on legal services to the needy in the District of Columbia; has demonstrated compassionate concern for his or her clients; and has exhibited a high degree of skill on their behalf.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Bishop has devoted his legal career to those who are most vulnerable. As Director of the Legal Network for the past 20 years, he has significantly increased the number of attorneys willing to accept pro bono cases, implemented cutting-edge technology, and provided training and technical assistance to other legal services organizations locally and nationally. He also currently serves as a Supervisor and Mediator with the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division of the District of Columbia Superior Court’s Family Division.

As one supporter put it, Mr. Bishop “leaves no stone unturned in trying to provide assistance for clients or finding an attorney who can help them.” “Jim Bishop is an unsung hero of our pro bono community and a deserving recipient of the Scoutt Prize,” said DCBF Advisory Committee Member and Prize Committee Chair Fred T. Goldberg, Jr., of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Mr. Bishop is an alumnus of the District’s Woodrow Wilson High School. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Lincoln University and his J.D. from Howard University School of Law.

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 Bar Foundation will present the 2014 Jerrold Scoutt Prize during the D.C. Bar’s Judicial

Reception on May 15, 2014.

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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.