Newsletter

Letter from the Executive Director

As we celebrate DC Bar Foundation’s 40th year, I’m filled with gratitude for each of you. Together as donors and supporters, grantees, leadership and volunteers, you have continuously expanded equal access to justice for four decades and counting.

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Fall Reception: October 10

Fall Reception: October 10

Please join us as we recognize the work of our grantees and LRAP recipients, as well as, the ongoing support of our loyal donors and volunteers.

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Apply Now: LRAP Application

The DC Bar Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2019 Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

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Welcome to New Programs Officer Elizabeth Nellums!

Welcome to New Programs Officer Elizabeth Nellums!

Programs Officer Elizabeth Nellums joins the DC Bar Foundation with a passion for improving access to justice for underserved residents of the District.

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Partner Profile: Bibek Basnet

Partner Profile: Bibek Basnet

Each month, we highlight individuals working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents.

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Support for Our Students

A stable, solid education creates opportunity for DC students and sets them on a path toward a more prosperous life. It is why we fund Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE), an organization providing free, on-site legal assistance to parents, guardians, or students at disciplinary hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).

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Letter From the Executive Director

Letter From the Executive Director

This back-to-school season, I am reflecting on the challenges students face in our community — and our potential for creating change together. I recently learned about Shannon, a 15-year-old DC Public Schools (DCPS) student who faced a 45-day suspension. The cause? Failing to throw away a drink bottle when asked by a staff member.

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Partner Profile: Stacey Eunnae

Partner Profile: Stacey Eunnae

Each month, we highlight individuals working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. Meet Stacey Eunnae, Senior Staff Attorney for Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc.

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Letter From the Executive Director

Letter From the Executive Director

As I reflect on our recent announcement of new grant awards, I want to share a colleague’s story. Imoni Washington, Director of Programs at the DC Bar Foundation, is a DC native. She grew up in a middle-class family with a Foreign Service Officer dad, stationed for many years in West Africa. There she witnessed deep poverty, and vividly remembers visiting slave castles as a child. She later attended a Quaker high school focused on community service and equality, further shaping her vision.

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Expanding Access to Justice in Eviction: DC Law Students in Court

Over the past year, DC Bar Foundation has awarded nearly $3.5 million for free legal assistance to low-income DC tenants facing eviction. (More than triple 2017’s awards!) Our longtime grantee DC Law Students in Court (DCLSIC) is among these recipients, awarded $777,000 this year to provide free-same day representation in eviction cases at DC Superior Court.

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Partner Profile: Lucy Newton

Partner Profile: Lucy Newton

Each month, we highlight individuals working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. Meet Lucy Newton, Supervising Attorney and Co-Director of the Eviction Defense Unit for DC Law Students in Court.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

A young, skilled attorney is passionate about providing civil legal aid to low-income clients. She grew up with economic challenges herself, and was the first in her family to attend a four-year college—let alone law school. But she’s now saddled with law school debt and challenged by the DC-area’s cost of living. Local legal aid nonprofits face a barrier to recruiting her, because they can’t offer salaries competitive enough to meet these realities. Sound familiar?

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PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

Since 2007 the DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) has funded the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), providing 12-month, interest-free loans for educational debt, making it possible for skilled attorneys to work in legal aid. And because of LRAP, DC’s legal aid community can recruit talented, high-quality lawyers from around the country.

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Arnold & Porter’s “Go Casual” Success Story, featuring Melissa Weberman

Arnold & Porter’s “Go Casual” Success Story, featuring Melissa Weberman

Applause for the team at Arnold & Porter, who raised more than $6,000 for access to justice in DC — just by going casual at the office!

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YLN LC Happy Hour: July 11

YLN LC Happy Hour: July 11

Interested in joining the Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council? Want to learn more? Join us for a Happy Hour to meet current members and learn more about DCBF’s work.

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