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Partner Profile: Ashley James

Partner Profile: Ashley James

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Ashley James, Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment at Facebook, member of the Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council, and Co-Chair of the 2020 Lip Sync for Justice event. Job/Position Associate General Counsel, Labor & […]

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Remembering Donald R. Dunner, Friend of the DC Bar Foundation

Remembering Donald R. Dunner, Friend of the DC Bar Foundation

Last month, Washington DC’s legal community lost a legend. Donald R. Dunner, partner at Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP, passed away at age 88. In addition to his storied and successful career as a renowned patent attorney, Don was a lifelong friend and advisor to the DC Bar Foundation. He served on the […]

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NEWS OF NOTE

Coming Soon: July 30 Info Session on 2020 Grants We are gearing up for another successful grants year. On Tuesday, July 30 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, we will host an information session for organizations interested in submitting applications for funding to provide free civil legal aid to low-income DC residents. The Foundation will accept applications […]

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Training DC’s Legal Aid Attorneys: Promoting Client Success

We are dedicated to supporting trainings and technical assistance that keep DC’s civil legal aid community comprised of highly-qualified, effective attorneys. The most recent was last month’s Building Trial Skills training in the District, led by Administrative Law Judge Sharon E. Goodie of DC Office of Administrative Hearings and Sidley Austin LLP Partner Jeffrey Senger, both […]

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Save the Date: Join us for October 10 Fall Reception

Mark your calendar! Join us in recognizing our grantees, LRAP participants, loyal donors, and volunteers at our annual Fall Reception. Alston & Bird LLP (950 F. St., NW) generously hosts this celebration on the evening of Thursday, October 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. On this special evening we will also present the Jerrold Scoutt Prize to […]

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Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends: During this month of celebrating our nation’s independence, we are reflecting on access to justice as a foundation of American democracy. It’s a principle we should never take for granted, as * Meaza’s story reminds me. At age 8 in Ethiopia, her country of origin, Meaza was subjected to FGM (female genital mutilation), […]

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Partner Profile: Hiwot Berihun

Partner Profile: Hiwot Berihun

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Hiwot Berihun, Legal Director at African Communities Together (ACT). Where did you grow up? I was born in Ethiopia and raised in Northern Virginia. What was your first job in DC and what did you learn? […]

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NEWS OF NOTE

Will You Answer our Call to Action? Each year through generous support for our Call to Action initiative, local law firms and businesses give low-income District residents vital access to legal resources. When you give to the Foundation, you help provide a wide range of services – including grants, trainings and technical assistance, and student […]

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Calling All Young Lawyers: Join the Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council!

Calling All Young Lawyers: Join the Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council! Last week, the Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC) hosted its annual Lip Sync for Justice event. Over 150 guests and 39 sponsors came together for an exciting evening of lip sync and karaoke, raising $35,000 in support of civil legal aid […]

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Fighting for DC’s Low-Income Residents & Affordable Housing

Fighting for DC’s Low-Income Residents & Affordable Housing The DC Bar Foundation’s commitment to housing goes beyond our eviction defense program. We also invest in community redevelopment legal assistance, which supports residents in existing buildings where rents are increasing. When previously affordable housing becomes more expensive, it can drive low-income tenants out of their homes. […]

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director Dear Friends: Kat immigrated to the U.S. in 1992 as a refugee from Vietnam. For decades she worked to support herself by cleaning hotel rooms – a job in which she faced regular harassment and discrimination from co-workers based on her perceived sexual orientation. Kat was doing her best to […]

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Partner Profile: Mikayla Sweet

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Mikayla Sweet, Grants Manager at the DC Bar Foundation. Years on the Job 5 months Where did you grow up? Lake Wylie, SC What brought you to DC? I knew I wanted to work in […]

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Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Call for Applications

[District of Columbia, May 28, 2019] – The DC Bar Foundation seeks applications for new members of its Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC). Applications for two-year terms starting October 1, 2019 and expiring September 30, 2021 are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 2, 2019. The YLN LC offers younger attorneys an […]

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News of Note

August 2: Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Applications Due The Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC) will soon begin its annual recruitment efforts. YLN LC members serve as ambassadors promoting DCBF’s mission and programs, and are key partners in raising funds to support the work of DC legal aid providers. Applications and supporting documentation must be […]

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Don’t Miss Out: Sponsor Lip Sync for Justice Today!

You have less than one month to sign up for the premier karaoke and lip sync event of the summer! Join the Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council on June 6 from 6-9 PM at Arnold & Porter for our annual Lip Sync for Justice event. So far, generous corporations and individuals like you have raised over […]

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