Dear Friends, Today we each have an extraordinary opportunity to show up for our local community. May 17-18, the Do More 24 campaign hosted by United Way of the National Capital Area spotlights more than 700 DMV nonprofits. It invites you and me to join forces for the causes we care about, right here at home. May 17-18, your Do More 24 gift to the DC Bar Foundation makes a powerful statement: You believe in equal access to justice for the District’s most vulnerable citizens. You are making it possible. And your gift creates life-changing outcomes for DC residents who desperately need civil legal aid. Here’s how:
Marilyn and Fred Johnson were a long-married couple in their 50s, living on a limited income. When both of their elderly mothers became ill, they faced an agonizing situation. To provide necessary care, Marilyn and Fred needed to leave their apartment of many years. They tried negotiating with the rental management company, who instead sued them for the $4,223 remaining on the lease.
Members of our Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC) serve as ambassadors for the Foundation’s mission and programs, as well as cultivating resources to support DC legal aid providers. Submit your forms and supporting documentation by 5 p.m., Friday, August 3.
As the District's leading funder of civil legal aid, every day we see how great the need is and how much is yet to be done. We’re committed to meeting this challenge, and we invite you to join us. In this edition, learn about our grantee Break the Cycle’s support for marginalized youth who have experienced violence and sexual assault. Get more information about our Call to Action and Go Casual for Justice campaigns, then encourage your workplace to participate. And find out about Lip Sync for Justice, an event bringing together the District’s “under 40” attorneys to support legal aid access.
Calling all singers! Join the DC Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers’ Network Leadership Council on June 7, 2018 for an evening of lip sync, karaoke, networking, and fun! Show your skills or simply sit back and enjoy the show. Proceeds will support the Foundation’s work providing access to justice for District residents in desperate need of legal representation. Individual and corporate sponsorships are available.
This past January, DCBF awarded a grant to Break the Cycle (BTC). BTC serves marginalized youth ages 12 to 24 from all DC wards who have experienced dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. BTC attorneys know that their clients have unique barriers to accessing services due to many factors, including lack of knowledge. For example, DC minors age 12 and older can obtain a Civil Protective Order without parental consent, but most are unaware of these legal rights. Our grant helps BTC increase its community outreach so that DC youth facing intimate partner violence know their rights.
We are halfway to the finish line for our annual goal of $685,000! Call to Action is the largest annual fundraising campaign ever undertaken by DCBF. With strong leadership from 2018 Board Development Committee Co-Chairs Ellen Jakovic of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP and Paulette Chapman of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, and their team of Volunteer Solicitors, we say thank you to local law firms and corporations for their generosity and support. If your firm has not yet committed to become a leader in Call to Action campaign, please join us! A current listing of all firms can be found on our website. Gifts received by March 31, 2018 will be recognized in Washington Lawyer.
Go Casual for Justice is underway. If casual dress is the order of the day and you love the support provided to DC’s legal aid network by the Foundation, become a contributor to DCBF’s Go Casual for Justice campaign. Simply register your workplace, schedule a day for participation, and make a contribution! No amount is too small, and every gift counts.
Each month, we highlight your efforts to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Courtney Lindsay, an Attorney in the Federal government, and Co-Chair of our Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council’s 2018 Lip Sync for Justice Event! Thank you for your dedication to our leadership as a member of our Young Lawyer’s Network Leadership Council.
The DC Bar Foundation’s newest program, the Civil Legal Counsel Projects program, is funneling $2.5 million into fighting illegal evictions of low-income DC tenants. DCBF has held several listening sessions with various stakeholders since launch of the program in October 2017.
On January 24, 2018 DCBF held a listening session with five different DC government agencies working with low-income tenant communities. DCBF received valuable insight into systemic issues that affect low-income tenants and their access to legal services. This was the first step of many in building new and strong relationships with our local agencies to advance the Civil Legal Counsel Projects Program.