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MORE THAN $6.7 MILLION AWARDED FOR FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE IN DC

The DC Bar Foundation awarded more than $6.7 million to 27 DC legal aid organizations providing free legal assistance to low-income DC residents in a wide array of civil legal issues in 2018.

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DC Bar Foundation Seeks Nominations for 2018 Scoutt Prize

The DC Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2018 Jerrold Scoutt Prize, which is awarded annually to an exceptional legal services attorney in the District of Columbia. Nominations will be accepted until November 17, 2017.

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Request for Proposals: More than $5 Million Available for Civil Legal Aid in the District of Columbia

DCBF is currently accepting applications from nonprofit organizations, located in the District, requesting funding for civil legal aid projects and general support. There is more than $4.5 million available for project-based funding through the Access to Justice (ATJ) Grants Program, and $600,000 available for general support funding through the Private Grants Program. Applications are due by 3:00 pm on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

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Over $900,000 Awarded to Prevent Foreclosures and Redevelop DC Communities

The DC Bar Foundation announced the recipients of the third distribution of the Foreclosure Prevention and Community Redevelopment Legal Assistance Grants Program. A total of $939,000 was awarded to five projects.

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YOUNG LAWYERS NETWORK LEADERSHIP COUNCIL CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

The Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC) offers younger attorneys an opportunity to further the goal of access to justice in our community by working with the DC Bar Foundation—the leading private funder of civil legal aid for the District’s poor and underserved.

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More than $4.5 Million Awarded to Increase Access to Justice in the District of Columbia

The DC Bar Foundation announced the 2017 recipients of the Access to Justice Grants Program, which awards grants to DC-based legal aid organizations that provide free legal help to low-income DC residents. A total of $4,552,000 was awarded to 33 projects throughout the District.

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Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas of Advocates for Justice and Education to Receive Annual Scoutt Prize

WASHINGTON, DC – The District of Columbia Bar Foundation (DCBF) has selected Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas as the recipient of the 2017 Jerrold Scoutt Prize. Ms. Hiligh-Thomas is the Interim Executive Director at Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE). The Scoutt 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 poor or disadvantaged persons 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.

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DC Bar Foundation Accepting Proposals for Strategic Grants Consultant

The DC Bar Foundation is currently accepting proposals for a strategic grants consultant, who will evaluate our current grant-making process and policies and make recommendations to increase our efficiency and impact. Those interested should read the Request for Proposals and submit their proposals to grants@dcbarfoundation.org by 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

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DC Bar Foundation Seeks Nominations for 2017 Scoutt Prize

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2017 Jerrold Scoutt Prize, which is awarded annually to an exceptional legal services attorney in the District of Columbia. Nominations will be accepted until November 11, 2016.

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DCBF to Participate in the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign (Designation Code: 87057)

The DC Bar Foundation will proudly participate in the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which is scheduled to run from September 1st to December 15th. The CFC is the official workplace giving campaign of the federal government. Its mission is to promote and support philanthropy among federal employees and give them the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

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DC Bar Foundation Awards $950,000 to Prevent Foreclosures and Redevelop Communities

WASHINGTON, DC -- The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) awarded $950,000 in grants to five two-year projects focused on foreclosure prevention and community redevelopment. Lawyers funded by these grants will provide free civil legal assistance to DC residents living in poverty and who are facing situations including foreclosures, wrongful evictions, poor housing conditions, and expiring housing subsidies.

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DC Bar Foundation Awards $900,000 in Grants to Expand Access to Justice

WASHINGTON, DC -- Between July 2016 and December 2017, the DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) will award $900,000 to 22 organizations that provide direct civil legal assistance to underserved and low-income DC residents. These grants are funded by private donations to DCBF and by the DC Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, which DCBF administers. The organizations receiving grants provide legal help in many areas of civil law, including housing, employment, domestic violence, immigration, education, health, and disability rights.

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More than $4.5 Million Awarded to DC Civil Legal Aid Organizations

The DC Bar Foundation announced the 2016 recipients of the Access to Justice Grants Program (public grants), which awards grants to DC-based legal aid organizations that provide free legal help to low-income DC residents. A total of $4,544,000 was awarded to 33 projects, of which eight are new.

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Now Accepting Applications for Foreclosure Prevention and Community Redevelopment Projects

[District of Columbia, March 7, 2016] - The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) is now accepting applications from DC-based legal aid organizations for foreclosure prevention and community redevelopment legal assistance projects. The application is hosted on DCBF’s new online grants management system and due by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 8, 2016.

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Jennifer L. Berger of Legal Counsel for the Elderly to Receive Annual Scoutt Prize

District of Columbia, Feb. 5, 2016] – The District of Columbia Bar Foundation (DCBF) has selected Jennifer L. Berger, Esquire, as the recipient of the 2016 Jerrold Scoutt Prize. Ms. Berger is a Supervisory Attorney at Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE).

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Young Lawyers Network Council Calls for Applications

[District of Columbia, Feb. 4, 2016] – The Young Lawyers Network (YLN) Leadership Council offers younger attorneys an opportunity to further the goal of access to justice in our community by working with the DC Bar Foundation—the leading funder of civil legal aid for the District’s poor and underserved. Members of the YLN Leadership Council are appointed to DC Bar Foundation Board committees, and serve as liaisons to the organization’s Board and Advisory Committee.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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$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.

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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.

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

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.

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DC Bar Foundation Announces New Leadership

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.

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

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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Kathryn M. Doan of Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition to Receive Scoutt Prize

[District of Columbia, Jan. 26, 2015] -- The District of Columbia Bar Foundation (DCBF) has selected Kathryn M. Doan, Executive Director of the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, as the recipient of the 2015 Jerrold Scoutt Prize.

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DC Bar Foundation Now Accepting Applications for FY15 Access to Justice Grant Program

[District of Columbia, Jan. 16, 2015] -- The DC Bar Foundation released the FY15 Access to Justice Grant application for DC civil legal services providers seeking project funding. The application is due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015, with awards announced mid-March 2015.

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Board recruitment and support: Five tips from a bar foundation executive director – Bar Leader, Vol. 39 No. 3 (Jan-Feb 2015)

If you’re an executive director or staff member, how can you attract and assist great board members for your bar foundation? And if you’re a bar foundation board member or leader, what does it take to succeed? Here, Kirra L. Jarratt, executive director of the District of Columbia Bar Foundation, shares her tips. In a companion article, David J. Duncan, president of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, offers his perspective. The two spoke together on this topic at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Bar Foundations, in Boston.

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DC Bar Foundation Awards Over $319,000 to FY15 Loan Repayment Assistance Program Applicants

[District of Columbia, Dec. 17, 2014] -- The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) announced the recipients of its two loan repayment assistance programs (LRAP) for FY15. More than $319,000 was awarded to 69 civil legal services lawyers, who provide direct civil legal services to low-income, underserved DC residents. They will receive an interest-free loan from DCBF to help pay their monthly student loan payments from January to December 2015, at which time these interest-free loans will be forgiven.

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DC Bar Foundation Sponsors NITA Training for DC’s Public Interest Lawyers

The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) and the DC Bar Courts, Lawyers and Administration of Justice Section and Litigation Section co-sponsored a four-day National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) basic litigation skills training, from October 22 to October 25, 2014. Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP generously donated its state-of-the-art conference space to host the training and lent its events and facilities staff to assist with logistics. Twenty-four public interest lawyers from 15 legal service providers attended the training, which was graciously discounted by NITA.

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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.

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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.

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Pro bono week preview: Go Formal for Justice 2014 – Washington Council of Lawyers, October 15, 2014

Tickets to the Second Annual Go Formal for Justice Gala are about to sell-out! Presented by the DC Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Network, Go Formal for Justice 2014 is quickly becoming the preeminent party of the season for DC’s young lawyers. This year’s Gala will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Mayer Brown LLP (1999 K St NW).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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