Newsletter Archive

Partner Profile: Christina Lynch

Partner Profile: Christina Lynch

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Christina Lynch, Programs Officer at the Foundation and DCBF team member for more than four years.

Job/Position

Programs Officer

Years on the Job

4.5 years

Where did you grow up?

Raleigh, NC

What was your first job in DC and what did you learn?

The 2012 Presidential Inauguration. I learned how to effectively work with many different people in a short period of time to execute a VERY large, security-heavy event.

INTERESTING FACTS

Favorite Movie

Any of the Harry Potter movies

Favorite Vacation Spot

My go-to, home-away-from-home is the Outer Banks.

One Item from your Bucket List

Own a horse farm

Hobbies

Horseback riding, soccer, running, HIIT, cooking

Your dream for our legal system is…

that justice is accessible to everyone.

 

 

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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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Baseball for Justice: August 21

Baseball for Justice: August 21

Join us for a night at the ballgame, supporting equal access to justice for low-income DC residents!

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Apply Now: Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council

Members of our Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC) serve as ambassadors for the Foundation’s mission and programs and cultivate resources to support DC legal aid providers. Submit your application by 5 p.m., Friday, August 3.

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Partner Profile: Melissa Weberman

Partner Profile: Melissa Weberman

Each month, we highlight individuals working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. Meet Melissa Weberman, the driving force behind Arnold & Porter’s recent Go Casual success.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

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:

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Tzedek DC, On the Front Lines for Consumer Legal Aid

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.

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June 7: Lip Sync for Justice

June 7: Lip Sync for Justice

Join the DC Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers’ Network Leadership Council on June 7 for an evening of lip sync, karaoke, networking, and fun at Arnold & Porter LLP! Show off your skills or simply sit back and enjoy the show.

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Apply Now: Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council

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.

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Thank You, Eversheds Sutherland LLP!

We’re grateful to Eversheds Sutherland LLP for donating space and catering that made the July Supervisions Skills training possible for 32 legal aid attorneys.

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Our Leader, Honored Commencement Speaker

Our Executive Director Kirra Jarratt served as speaker for Cedar Crest College’s 148th annual Commencement Ceremony on May 12.

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Partner Profile: Sarah Hollender

Partner Profile: Sarah Hollender

Each month, we highlight individuals working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. Meet Sarah Hollender, Associate Director for Litigation with our grantee Tzedek DC.

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Letter from the Executive Director

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.

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Save the Date! Lip Sync for Justice

Save the Date! Lip Sync for Justice

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.

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Grantee Highlight: Break the Cycle

Grantee Highlight: Break the Cycle

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.

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Call to Action

Call to Action

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.

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Go Casual for Justice

Go Casual for Justice

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.

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Partner Profile: Courtney Lindsay

Partner Profile: Courtney Lindsay

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.

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Program Announcement: Civil Legal Counsel Projects

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.

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Recap: DC Agency Listening Session

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.

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Accepting Applications: Eviction Defense Projects

The Foundation is currently accepting applications for eviction defense projects through the 2018-2019 Civil Legal Counsel Projects Program and housing-related matters only through the 2018-2019 Access to Justice Grants Program. The applications are due by 3:00 pm on Monday, April 2, 2018. Organizations may apply for a six-month grant (July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018), 12-month grant (January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019), or an 18-month grant (July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019). Access the applications, instructions, and attachments on the CLCPP page or the ATJ page of our website. Please direct questions to grants@dcbarfoundation.org.

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Recap: Housing Planning Session

DCBF also held a second planning session with DC legal aid providers on February 21, 2018, providing an opportunity for the providers and other stakeholders to continue developing a plan for the delivery of housing-related legal services in the District. This is a critical step in determining how best to structure partnerships and project proposals for the Civil Legal Counsel Projects Program. DCBF is excited to continue working with the community on developing and implementing the best possible program to enhance legal aid for low-income DC residents.​

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

In recognition of January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, this month’s newsletter highlights the work of Foundation grantee Amara Legal Center. Amara, founded in 2013 by Stacie Reimer, provides free legal services to individuals whose rights have been violated while involved in sex trafficking, whether by coercion, necessity, or choice.

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LRAP Spotlight: Amara Legal Center

LRAP Spotlight: Amara Legal Center

The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) is committed to working strategically with the DC legal aid community to increase access to justice. We provide 360° support to our community by funding legal aid organizations, providing professional development opportunities to attorneys working at those organizations, and helping some of those same attorneys reduce their law school debt with our Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). This year, with your support and that of many others, we awarded over $400,000 through our LRAP to 76 civil legal aid lawyers, who work with legal aid organizations representing low-income, underserved residents of the District. Elizabeth Landau is one of those lawyers. Her work at Amara Legal Center is aided by the funding she receives from the LRAP program.

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Partner Profile: Stacie Reimer

Partner Profile: Stacie Reimer

Each month, we highlight your efforts to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Stacie Reimer, Executive Director and Founding Partner at Amara Legal Center.

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Information Session for Housing-Related Proposals

Information Session for Housing-Related Proposals

The DC Bar Foundation will hold an information session for organizations interested in submitting proposals for housing-related projects for the Access to Justice Grants Program and Civil Legal Counsel Projects Program.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

As 2017 comes to an end, we reflect on all that has been accomplished, and even more on all that is still left to do. December is a time for holiday cheer, as well as helping our DC neighbors secure equal access to justice. I would like to thank all of you for your continuous support of the Foundation’s initiatives, both new and ongoing.  

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Grantee Spotlight: Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

Grantee Spotlight: Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (WLCH) has been standing for, and with, DC residents struggling with poverty and homelessness since 1986. The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) was the first funder to support WLCH on the day they opened their doors over 30 years ago.

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Introducing the 77 Society

Introducing the 77 Society

We invite you to join our newly established 77 Society, a mid-level donor society created to recognize the generosity of individuals donating toward our cause of providing civil legal aid to all residents in need of it. The 77 Society is named for the year in which DCBF was founded, in recognition of how far we have all come in working to provide for District residents in need of legal services.

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Partner Profile: Daniel Rezneck

Partner Profile: Daniel Rezneck

Each month, we highlight your efforts to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Daniel Rezneck, Senior Assistant at the Office of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia. He is a founding member of the DC Bar Foundation, a member of our Past President’s Council, and the inaugural Chair of the 77 Society. Thank you for your service to the Foundation, and to all DC residents, Mr. Rezneck.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

As November comes to an end, on behalf of everyone at the DC Bar Foundation, I would like to give thanks to you, our civil legal aid community. Whether through your nomination of a Scoutt Prize recipient, your support of your workplace’s Go Casual for Justice day, your advocacy on behalf of a client, or your service with any or our grantees, it is your ongoing participation that creates a lasting impact on DC residents in poverty who need legal support.

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Private Grantee Spotlight: University Legal Services

Private Grantee Spotlight: University Legal Services

The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) values its longstanding relationships with lesser known organizations that focus on sometimes forgotten segments of the DC community. For many years, DCBF and its donors, through our private grant program, have supported the work of a part-time lawyer at University Legal Services (ULS).

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2018 Call to Action Campaign

2018 Call to Action Campaign

November marks the kickoff of Call to Action, the Foundation’s largest annual fundraising campaign. Through this initiative, and the generosity of area law firms and corporations, our private grants program continues to provide critical resources to civil legal aid organizations throughout the District.

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Recap: 2017 DC IOLTA Bank Summit

Recap: 2017 DC IOLTA Bank Summit

On October 26, Morgan Lewis & Bockius hosted us for the 2017 DC IOLTA Bank Summit. The summit was co-hosted with the DC Bar, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, and the Board on Professional Responsibility, and brought together many of the banks that participate in the DC IOLTA Program, including Prime Partners Colombo Bank, Congressional Bank, and Industrial Bank.

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DC Consortium: Community Listening Project

DC Consortium: Community Listening Project

This September, the DC Consortium of Legal Services Providers (the “Consortium”) released a final report, with funding from the DC Bar Foundation, on the Community Listening Project, which began nearly five years ago to identify challenges and barriers low-income DC residents face in overcoming poverty.

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Partner Profile: Ron Flagg

Partner Profile: Ron Flagg

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Ron Flagg, Vice President for Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Legal Services Corporation, and one of our 2018 Call to Action campaign co-chairs.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

Today, there are more than 110,000 DC residents living in poverty. As this number continues to grow, so does the overwhelming need for civil legal aid. Together, the DC Bar Foundation and our grantees help provide access to legal representation for those who need it most. Our work, however, cannot be accomplished without the ongoing support of others in the legal aid community, our volunteers, and our donors. Two weeks ago, we celebrated these relationships at our annual Fall Reception, where we engaged with DCBF community members and discussed the Foundation’s work.

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The Multiplier Effect: Our Grantees and Our Donors

The Multiplier Effect: Our Grantees and Our Donors

The DC Bar Foundation values grantees that demonstrate thoughtful and effective use of pro bono work because strong pro bono relationships maximize free legal services provided to low-income DC residents. The legal aid lawyers we fund work side by side with pro bono lawyers on thousands of cases to multiply the millions of dollars we award each year. If not for our dedicated grantees and their network of pro bono lawyers, the needs of these residents would be even greater. In honor of the kick-off of DCBF’s Go Casual for Justice campaign, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight Sidley Austin LLP as the defending Go Casual leader and a strong supporter of DC’s legal aid organizations, providing thousands of hours of pro bono support to our grantees and others.

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Go Casual in Support of DC’s Legal Aid Community

Go Casual in Support of DC’s Legal Aid Community

The DC Bar Foundation’s annual Go Casual for Justice campaign kicked off on Monday, October 23rd. Go Casual is a denim-day fundraiser in which organizations around the District raise money in support of DCBF and the District’s civil legal aid community. Employees at participating workplaces are encouraged to make a donation in order to dress down during their office’s designated “Go Casual Day.”

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2017 Fall Reception Highlights

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual Fall Reception on October 11th, hosted by Alston & Bird LLP. Over 120 people came together for this year’s event, which celebrated the work of our grantees and the loyal support of our donors and volunteers.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Our Grantees’ Work

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Our Grantees’ Work

Amara Legal Center – Empowerment Project

 @AmaraLegal is the only organization in DC providing free legal services to survivors of sex trafficking and abuse, whether involvement in sex work was by coercion, necessity, choice, or otherwise.


DC Volunteer Lawyers Project – Representation for Domestic Violence Victims

@DCVLP creates, supports, and utilizes a network of volunteer lawyers to provide high-quality, free legal services to domestic violence victims and at-risk children in DC.


Legal Aid Society of DC – Domestic Violence Underserved Communities Holistic Representation Project

@LegalAidDC represents domestic violence survivors in obtaining protection orders, child custody, and divorce while working to improve systems for all survivors in DC.


Bread for the City – Domestic Violence Community Legal Services Project

@BreadfortheCity provides on-site legal services at two domestic violence centers for protection orders and family law to survivors in DC.

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Partner Profile: Mark Herzog

Partner Profile: Mark Herzog

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Mark Herzog, Pro Bono Counsel at Sidley Austin LLP - the defending champion of our Go Casual for Justice campaign. 

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DCBF has moved!

DCBF has moved!

Please note that, as of Tuesday, October 31st, the Foundation has a new home at: 80 M Street SE, First Floor Washington, DC 20003

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CFC Underway

CFC Underway

The Foundation is currently participating in the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA), which began on October 2nd and continues through January 12th, 2018.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

The DC Bar Foundation continues to explore ways in which we could increase our impact on the legal aid needs of our community. After 40 years of private funding and 10 years of public funding, both totaling more than $50 million in support of DC’s legal aid community, we are evaluating our grant-making and exploring how we can be more influential and impactful in narrowing the access to justice gap.

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Our Grant Making Process

Our Grant Making Process

The DC Bar Foundation is gearing up to award more than $5 million in grants this December, to increase access to justice for DC’s most under-served communities. As the stewards of public funding, private contributions, and interest from certain trust accounts, we pride ourselves in the integrity of our grant-making and our commitment to addressing the most pressing civil legal needs of DC’s vulnerable residents.

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Addressing Legal Aid Through Innovation

Addressing Legal Aid Through Innovation

This past spring, the Foundation's Advisory Committee welcomed five new members, all with expertise in different areas: law, community development, banking, fundraising, and communications. A diverse range of professional experiences will undoubtedly help guide DCBF as we continue to think strategically about our impact on the District's legal aid community. A topic that piqued interest during the Advisory Committee's most recent meeting was how the Foundation can better incentivize innovation among the city's network of legal aid providers.

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Partner Profile: Stanley Sher

Partner Profile: Stanley Sher

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Stanley Sher, Of Counsel at Cozen O'Connor LLP and a former member of DCBF's Advisory Committee.

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2017 Fall Reception

2017 Fall Reception

Join us on October 11th 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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2018 Scoutt Prize Nominations

2018 Scoutt Prize Nominations

We are seeking nominations for the 2018 Jerrold Scoutt Prize, which is awarded annually to an exceptional legal services attorney in the District of Columbia.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

In a city with the highest per capita rate of homelessness in the country, we know all too well how essential it is that we protect reliable, affordable housing in our community. But here in the District, the options for low-income homes have plummeted over the last decade, setting DC as the least affordable housing jurisdiction in the country and leaving low-income residents with nowhere to turn and without a home.

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Investing More Than $6 Million in DC’s Housing Crisis

Investing More Than $6 Million in DC’s Housing Crisis

​Safe and affordable housing creates strong and stable communities and is a necessity in breaking the cycle of poverty. In DC, however, half of the city’s supply of low-income rental units disappeared between 2002 and 2012, and homeownership among DC’s low-income residents decreased by 40% from 2001 to 2014 .

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Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council  Applications due August 8th!

Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Applications due August 8th!

YLN LC members serve as ambassadors for DCBF’s mission and help raise support for DC legal aid providers. Through networking dinners, fundraising events, and other opportunities, members have a chance to connect with other young attorneys across the District interested in supporting legal aid and to gain experience in non-profit Board service.

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Partner Profile: Christopher Hatfield

Partner Profile: Christopher Hatfield

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Christopher Hatfield, a member of the Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

This June, DC and the nation recognize ​Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month. Here at the DC Bar Foundation, it is also a time to remember the barriers to justice and legal aid facing the LGBTQ community.

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Grantee Spotlight: Whitman-Walker Health’s Name and Gender Change Clinic

Grantee Spotlight: Whitman-Walker Health’s Name and Gender Change Clinic

Nearly 35 years ago, Whitman-Walker Health received its first grant from DCBF. Over the past three decades, the Foundation has supported Whitman-Walker Health as it has transformed into the most reputable medical and legal services organization for DC’s LGBTQ and low-income community. In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, the DC Bar Foundation recognizes the outstanding work of Whitman-Walker Health.

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Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Calls for Applications

Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Calls for Applications

YLN LC members serve as ambassadors in order to promote DCBF’s mission and programs and to help raise additional resources in support of DC legal aid providers. Join us for Happy Hour on Tuesday, July 27th to learn more.

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Partner Profile: Krisztina Szabo

Partner Profile: Krisztina Szabo

Krisztina Szabo is a staff attorney with Whitman-Walker Health, an unwavering advocate of the LGBTQ community for nearly 40 years. June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and we would like to recognize Krisztina for her tireless work in providing free legal assistance to DC's LGBTQ community.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

On May 16th, the DC Bar Foundation was honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of one of our long-time grantees, Ayuda, at their 44th Anniversary Celebration. We are proud to have partnered with Ayuda continuously since 1978.

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Do More 24 on June 8th

Do More 24 on June 8th

Join us on Thursday, June 8th as we participate in Do More 24, an annual one-day giving campaign powered by United Way of the National Capital Area. Each year, this important initiative brings together nonprofit organizations, corporations, and donors committed to making a lasting impact on our community. Your support will help change the lives of thousands of District residents in desperate need of legal representation.

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DC Employment Justice Center’s Workers’ Rights Efforts Continue under Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs

DC Employment Justice Center’s Workers’ Rights Efforts Continue under Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs

Over the past several months, the DC Bar Foundation has played an integral role in the merger of the DC Employment Justice Center (DC EJC) with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs (WLC). On April 19, 2017, WLC announced the successful merger and the Foundation’s significant award of $325,000 to allow for the “seamless integration” of the two organizations.

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Partner Profile: Alina Kassel

Partner Profile: Alina Kassel

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Alina Kassel, who interned with the Foundation from January - May, 2017.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

In 1938, Langston Terrace in Northeast DC opened its doors as the first public housing in the District, and only the second in the country. Its 274 units cost $6 a month, or about $100 today. At a time of drastic housing shortages, Langston Terrace was a highly-prized opportunity.​ Nearly 80 years since, DC is faced with a rapidly worsening housing crisis.

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Ten Years Later: The Access to Justice Grants Program

Ten Years Later: The Access to Justice Grants Program

This week’s announcement of the 2017 recipients of the Access to Justice (ATJ) Grants Program marks ten years of the program. In 2017, the DC Bar Foundation awarded $4,552,000 to 33 projects. Today, more than 22,000 low-income DC residents receive legal assistance through projects funded by the Initiative, and more than half of these residents live in Wards 7 and 8, the poorest wards of the city.

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Thanks to Call to Action 2017’s Platinum Donors

Thanks to Call to Action 2017’s Platinum Donors

The Foundation would like to acknowledge the organizations that have answered the 2017 Call to Action campaign. The generous support of our law firm and corporate donors continues to strengthen DC’s legal aid network and provide life-changing assistance to the city’s poor and underserved.

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DC Fair Housing Month: A Client’s Story

DC Fair Housing Month: A Client’s Story

Imagine being forced to live on the streets because you cannot secure subsidized housing due to a prior conviction. At nearly 70 years old, Mr. A applied for subsidized housing at three separate properties and was rejected each time.

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Partner Profile: Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas

Partner Profile: Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas, Executive Director of Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc and recipient of the 2017 Scoutt Prize.​

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

This Women's History Month, we are remembering the disproportionate number of women in poverty, vulnerable situations, and in desperate need of legal assistance.

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Stories from Our Grantees

Stories from Our Grantees

Read about the work of our grantees and the clients they have helped. This month's story is from Bread for the City and their collaborative Housing Right to Counsel Pilot Project, which received a $91,000 grant from DCBF. This project's goal is to prevent displacement and the loss of affordable housing ​by increasing access to counsel for low-income tenants in subsidized housing facing eviction.

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Partner Profile: Donald Dunner

Partner Profile: Donald Dunner

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Don Dunner, Co-Chair of DCBF's Call to Action and Chair of the Foundation's Advisory Committee.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

As we enter the Foundation's 40th year, we are taking a step back to reflect on all we've done in that time, with the help of you, our community partners. Through the last four decades, we have provided funding and resources to empower people, protect families, and strengthen communities across the District. Take a moment to read a story about a DC resident who received critical legal help through DCBF's funding, the recipient of our annual Jerrold Scoutt Prize for exceptional legal services attorneys, and about our Call to Action Co-Chair, Shirley Higuchi, in our Partner Profile. We're proud of everything we've been able to achieve together in 40 years to make justice more accessible for some of DC's most vulnerable populations, but there is still much work to be done. This year, be a part of that, and join us in fighting for access to justice.

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Stories from our Grantees

Stories from our Grantees

A young woman had her first child when she was 15, and her abusive, on and off relationship continued with the father of her child for another 8 years, eventually resulting in a second child. Throughout the eight years, their relationship had been marked by serious violence. She came to DCVLP looking for help to get out of this relationship.

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Partner Profile: Shirley Higuchi

Partner Profile: Shirley Higuchi

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Shirley Higuchi, Co-Chair for DCBF's Call to Action.

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More than $380,000 Awarded to Support DC Public Interest Attorneys

More than $380,000 Awarded to Support DC Public Interest Attorneys

Last week, the DC Bar Foundation awarded more than $380,000 to 68 legal aid attorneys through its loan repayment assistance programs (LRAP). These attorneys work for DC legal aid organizations and provide free civil legal assistance to low-income District residents. The DC Bar Foundation has granted over $2.8 million to 190 civil legal aid attorneys since LRAP’s inception in 2007.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

2016 is nearly over, but for the nearly 110,00 DC residents living in poverty, there are still many life-threatening challenges yet to face. The DC Bar Foundation helps make a difference in the lives of local residents, families, and communities, but we cannot continue this critical work without your support. As the calendar year comes to an end, I hope that you will consider making a donation to the Foundation in order to bridge the gap between available resources and crucial needs. From all of us at DCBF, we wish you a happy holiday and a joyful new year!

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Partner Profile: Phil Horton

Partner Profile: Phil Horton

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Phil Horton, DC Bar Foundation's newest member of its Board of Directors.

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Call to Action is Underway!

Call to Action is Underway!

Each year, through this important initiative, the generous support of area law firms and corporations helps make access to justice possible for thousands of District residents in desperate need of legal representation.

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Giving Tuesday, November 29th

Giving Tuesday, November 29th

Show your support for civil legal aid in DC by making a gift to the Foundation on Tuesday, November 29.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

This month has seen a wonderful outpouring of support from you, DC's civil legal aid community. Thanks to all who came to (and sang at!) DCBF's first Lip Sync for Justice on November 3rd, and especially thank you to the 63 workplaces who participated in 2016's Go Casual for Justice! Now, as we get ready for our annual Call to Action, your help in raising money as a community will provide the legal help that can make all the difference in life's most pivotal moments for the nearly 110,000 DC residents in poverty. Access to justice should not be conditional.

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Over $4.5 Million Available for DC Legal Aid

Over $4.5 Million Available for DC Legal Aid

DCBF will award more than $4.5 million to strengthen and expand our civil legal aid network, addressing critical needs and improving our community through the 2017 Access to Justice Grants Program. Thanks to an appropriation from the DC Council starting in 2007, DCBF has awarded over $33 million to DC’s legal aid network, providing free legal assistance to about 30,000 low-income DC residents per year. Applications are now being accepted from DC legal aid organizations.

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Partner Profile: Fahad Saghir

Partner Profile: Fahad Saghir

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Fahad Saghir, Senior Associate with Alston & Bird and a member of DCBF's Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council.

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Lip Sync for Justice

Lip Sync for Justice

Thursday, November 3, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Backroom Bar at RFD
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC

Sit back and enjoy the show, or dare to show off your skills!

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Are you ready to Go Casual?

Are you ready to Go Casual?

DCBF's 8th annual Go Casual for Justice campaign will kick off on Monday, October 24th! Want to make your Go Casual day more fun? Participate in one of our four scheduled Theme Weeks while supporting legal aid for DC residents.​ Sign up today!

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Partner Profile: Becky Troth

Partner Profile: Becky Troth

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Becky Troth, Pro Bono Counsel for Sidley Austin and Go Casual participant since 2009.

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LRAP Applications Still Open

LRAP Applications Still Open

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 Loan Repayment Assistance Program. The application is available online and is due by 3:00 pm Friday, October 28. Awards will be announced mid-December.

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Nominations for the Jerrold Scoutt Prize

Nominations for the Jerrold Scoutt Prize

There's still time to nominate an exceptional legal services attorney for the Jerrold Scoutt Prize.

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Thanks for joining us for Fall Reception

Thanks for joining us for Fall Reception

Thank you to everyone who could join us for our annual Fall Reception at Alston & Bird on October 4th! Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.

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2017 LRAP Application Information

Since 2007, the DC Bar Foundation has awarded nearly $3 million to more than 200 legal aid attorneys, who provide free legal services to low-income DC residents, through its loan repayment assistance program (LRAP). The 2017 LRAP application is set to be released by the end of the month and due early November.

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Reminder: Fall Reception on October 4th

Reminder: Fall Reception on October 4th

On Tuesday, October 4th, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Alston & Bird LLP will host DCBF's annual Fall Reception. 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. Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 27th to stone@dcbarfoundation.org. An RSVP is required to attend this event.

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Is your office ready to Go Casual?

Is your office ready to Go Casual?

DCBF's annual Go Casual for Justice campaign will kick off on Monday, October 24th! Go Casual is a denim-day fundraiser in which workplaces around the District raise money in support of the Foundation and DC's civil legal aid network. Employees at participating workplaces are encouraged to make a small donation in order to dress down during their office's designated "Go Casual day."

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DCBF Seeks Nominations for 2017 Scoutt Prize

DCBF Seeks Nominations for 2017 Scoutt Prize

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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Partner Profile: Kristin Eliason

Partner Profile: Kristin Eliason

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Kristin Eliason, a recipient of our Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

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Partner Profile: Laura Goldin Ames

Partner Profile: Laura Goldin Ames

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. In this issue, we hear from Laura Goldin Ames, a member of DCBF's Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council.

Your dream for our legal system is:

Access for everyone.

What is the greatest benefit to you in serving as a volunteer?

Meeting other attorneys dedicated to access to justice.

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YLN LC Welcomes New Members

The Foundation's Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC) welcomes 10 new members.

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DCBF Funds Foreclosure Prevention and Community Redevelopment

DCBF Funds Foreclosure Prevention and Community Redevelopment

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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DCBF to Participate in the Combined Federal Campaign

DCBF to Participate in the Combined Federal Campaign

The DC Bar Foundation will proudly participate in the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is an annual workplace giving program that promotes philanthropy among federal employees and gives them the opportunity to improve the quality of life for many in their community. Be sure to use our designation code 87057 so your donation can be counted.

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Do More on June 2nd!

Do More on June 2nd!

On June 2nd, DCBF will participate in Do More 24, a day-long giving campaign hosted by United Way of the National Capital Area.

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IOLTA Bank Summit Recap

On April 5th, in coordination with the DC Bar, Board on Professional Responsibility, and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the Foundation co-hosted the DC IOLTA Bank Summit to discuss how to improve DC's IOLTA program and improve relations with participating banks.

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DCBF Funds Projects for DC’s Underserved Populations

DCBF Funds Projects for DC’s Underserved Populations

The DC Bar Foundation seeks to fund organizations with new projects that tackle an emerging legal issue or have an innovative approach on a more traditional legal area. In the last two years alone, we have funded 14 new projects that are bringing free legal services to deeply underserved populations in DC. One such project is Law Students in Court's Expungement Clinic, which began in September 2015.

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Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council  Applications Due May 2nd

Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Applications Due May 2nd

Recruitment for the YLN LC is in full swing! Many thanks to current member, Annette Kwok, for coordinating and sponsoring this year's Spring Happy Hour, held on April 12th at Ping Pong Dim Sum in Chinatown. The YLN LC application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2nd. Click below for more information and application materials.

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Partner Profile: YLN LC Co-Chair Courtney Weiner

Partner Profile: YLN LC Co-Chair Courtney Weiner

We regularly highlight interesting facts and insights from those who work each day to make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This Partner Profile features YLN LC Co-Chair Courtney Weiner, Attorney and Owner of the Law Office of Courtney Weiner PLLC.

Why is legal aid important to you?

It provides representation to people who would otherwise have to navigate the legal system on their own, with life-altering implications.

What is your dream for our legal system?

Civil Gideon

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Call to Action Campaign Update

DCBF's annual Call to Action campaign helps provide access to justice for District residents in desperate need of legal representation but unable to afford it. For more information, please contact David Stone, Development Officer, at stone@dcbarfoundation.org or (202) 853-9025. Donations can easily be made online or by mail using our printable donation form. This list reflects gifts and pledges to the 2016 Call to Action campaign as of April 21, 2016.

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Grant Applications Are Now Live!

Grant Applications Are Now Live!

Applications for two of the Foundation's grants programs are now live. DC-based legal aid organizations can apply for funds for general support as well as foreclosure prevention and community redevelopment legal assistance. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 8.

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Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council  Applications Due May 2

Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Applications Due May 2

The DC Bar Foundation launched the Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council in November 2011, as an opportunity for younger lawyers to further the goal of access to justice within the community. Members serve as ambassadors in order to promote DCBF's mission and programs and to help raise additional resources to support local legal aid organizations. Interested in joining the YLN Leadership Council?

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IOLTA Bank Summit Scheduled for April 5

Will your bank be there?

The 2016 DC IOLTA Program Bank Summit will be held on Monday, April 5. Bank representatives will meet to discuss IOLTA rates, procedures, and specific issues affecting the program.

For more information about this event, please contact Kirra Jarratt, Executive Director, at jarratt@dcbarfoundation.org or (202) 853-9030.

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Partner Profile:  Heather Hodges, Neighborhood Legal Services Program

Partner Profile: Heather Hodges, Neighborhood Legal Services Program

We regularly highlight interesting facts and insights from those who work each day make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This partner profile features Heather Hodges, Pro Bono Counsel at Neighborhood Legal Services Program.

What is your dream for our legal system?

To make justice for all a reality.

What has DCBF funding meant for your organization?

We were able to open the only full-service, civil legal aid office in Ward 7.

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2016 Scoutt Prize

2016 Scoutt Prize

The DC Bar Foundation 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). The Scoutt Prize will be presented during the DC Bar's Judicial Reception on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

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The five workplaces that top this year’s Go Casual leader board are…

Congratulations to the top five performers in this year's Go Casual for Justice campaign! Thank you to all of the workplaces that have participated, so far.

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Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council  Application Released

Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Application Released

The Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council application process has begun. Submit your application by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2016 to be considered.

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DCBF LRAP Award Empowers Public Interest Attorney Lisa Geis

DCBF LRAP Award Empowers Public Interest Attorney Lisa Geis

Lisa M. Geis is a supervising attorney for DC Law Students in Court, a civil legal aid organization that not only gives future generations of attorneys valuable courtroom experience, but also provides legal representation in landlord and tenant issues to low-income DC residents.

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Partner Profile: Alison Lima Andersen, YLN LC Co-Chair

Partner Profile: Alison Lima Andersen, YLN LC Co-Chair

This Partner Profile features Alison Lima Andersen, Associate at Arent Fox LLP and Co-Chair of DCBF's Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council. Most rewarding element of your work: Being able to obtain great results for clients, and having the flexibility to do pro bono work. Legal aid is important to me because: Your salary should not dictate whether you have access to justice.

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a happy holiday and a joyful and prosperous new year!
Best wishes from your friends at the DC Bar Foundation.

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Invest in justice

Invest in justice

Invest in justice with a year-end gift to DCBF. Help us continue to make civil legal aid available to residents of the District who need it most.

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Partner Profile: Staff Attorney Joshua Rigney

Partner Profile: Staff Attorney Joshua Rigney

. . . interesting facts and insights from you and others whose work each day makes our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This week's partner profile features Josh Rigney, Staff Attorney with DCBF Grantee the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition - Pro Bono Asylum Program (BPAP). Most rewarding element of your work. The look of joy/relief on a client's face when they are granted asylum. Little known fact about your organization: TASSC is an organization built and run by torture survivors. Its founder, executive director, some of its staff, and half of its board of directors are torture survivors.

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Public Grants Application Released

Public Grants Application Released

Applications for the Access to Justice Grants Program are due January 29, 2016. More than $4,500,000 will be made available to eligible providers to fund direct civil legal aid for low-income DC residents.

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