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Partner Profile: Kelly Jarvis

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Kelly Jarvis, Director of Research in Community Health at NPC Research and leader of our Civil Legal Counsel Projects Program evaluation.

Name

Kelly Jarvis

Job/Position

Director of Research in Community Health

Years on the Job

6 years at NPC, 20 years doing evaluation research

Organization

NPC Research

Where did you grow up?

I have moved a lot. I was born in NJ. Most of my childhood was in FL. I have lived in Texas, Pennsylvania, DC, California, Oregon, and Germany. I’ve been in Oregon for 15 years.

What brought you to do DC-based work?

I lived in DC many years ago, for a short while in between college and graduate school. I wanted professional experience in both research and social services. DC has both opportunities in spades.

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

While in DC, I worked part-time at the NIH doing neuroscience research and full-time at Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc., a social services organization focused on at-risk youth. At NIH, I learned about neuroscience testing protocols and cognitive functioning. At SBY, I learned about the day-to-day realities of poverty, systemic racism, family dysfunction, and personal resilience. I also learned firsthand the importance of service systems that are well organized, evidence based, and sufficiently resourced. The health of our communities often relies on the effectiveness of these supports.

Favorite Movie

The Darjeeling Limited

Guilty Pleasure

Random Order Coffee’s chocolate cream pie

One Item from Your Bucket List

Walking the Shikoku Pilgrimage

Hobbies

Yoga, boxing, hiking in the NW’s amazing forests

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave your house without is…

A sweater – in the NW even summer nights are chilly.

You get to paint a mural on the side of the White House. What do you paint?

The silhouette of a female president.

Most rewarding element of your work

Using scientific tools to improve social services.

Legal aid is important to me because…

Civil justice is critical for peace and prosperity.

Your dream for our legal system is…

True and complete access to justice.

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News of Note

Will You Answer Our “Call to Action”?

Each year through their generous support of 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 debt loan repayment- to dozens of legal aid organizations throughout DC. Will you support our mission? Join the Foundation’s Call to Action campaign by donating on our website or filling out our printable donation form.

Host a Go Casual Event at Your Workplace

This year our legal aid community celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Go Casual for Justice dress-down campaign. So far, 36 workplaces have signed up to participate. Help us reach our goal of 60 participating workplaces! Register by emailing richey@dcbarfoundation.org, and learn more about Go Casual on our website.

We’re Hiring!

Are you interested in rewarding work promoting equal access to justice in the District? The DC Bar Foundation is hiring a Director of Development, an Operations Manager, and a Programs Officer to join our hardworking and passionate team. See details here.

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Ready to be the Next Lip Sync Sensation?

Calling all singers, performers, and civil legal aid supporters!

Join the DC Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers’ Network Leadership Council for its third annual Lip Sync for Justice event on Thursday June 6 from 6 – 9 PM at Arnold & Porter. It will be an evening of lip sync, karaoke, networking, and fun!

Last year’s event was an incredible success. Together, we celebrated with over 250 guests and raised more than $30,000 to improve access to justice for all DC residents. With your support, this year promises to be even bigger and better!

Become an event sponsor today: We have six unique sponsorship levels offering a perfect fit for everyone’s needs. (Individual tickets go on sale on April 1.) When you support this year’s Lip Sync for Justice, not only are you guaranteed an unforgettable night, you also make an impact on the lives of your District neighbors in need.

Questions about Lip Sync for Justice? Contact events@dcbarfoundation.org. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Your Support in Action: Housing Justice

A Northeast DC homeowner recently fell behind on his mortgage, after being forced to resign from his job of more than 20 years to take care of his ill father.

When the homeowner’s mortgage lender sued him for foreclosure, he initially struggled to navigate the court process on his own. But with the assistance of an attorney funded through our grant program, he was able to get approved for a loan modification that not only saved his home from foreclosure, but also allowed him to make substantially more affordable monthly mortgage payments.

This is the kind of outcome our Access to Justice grants program makes possible, through funding to the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia for their Foreclosure Prevention Project. This initiative directly benefits low-income homeowners facing foreclosure at DC Superior Court. Without Legal Aid Society’s support, these individuals would not otherwise be able to afford legal assistance and representation.

Cases like these have a direct benefit on the individual, the community, and the District’s emergency housing resources. To learn more about how your support of the Foundation lifts up the DC community, please visit our website.

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Letter From the Executive Director

Dear Friends:

The residents of DC’s Museum Square are a model of resilience. If you’ve seen the media coverage of their story, you’ve been moved by their commitment to saving their home – and affordable housing in the District.

The Museum Square tenants are low-income individuals and families, primarily Chinese immigrants, whose legal case began in 2013 when the Chinatown housing complex’s owner opted out of its Section 8 contract. The owner’s aim? Demolishing Museum Square and redeveloping the land into luxury condos and commercial space.

As their fight continues today and Museum Square’s future remains uncertain, the tenants face real burdens:

The owner has not made repairs and has allowed existing problems to go untended.

Elevators don’t always work, making life difficult and dangerous for elderly and disabled tenants.

Instead of maintaining the building, the owners have allowed it to deteriorate, in the hope that tenants will move out. When they do, apartments stand vacant.

Because of these concerns, tenants feel uncomfortable and under-valued.

Their story is not uncommon, as redevelopment of previously “undesirable” DC neighborhoods increases and the cost of housing rises. Low-income residents – many of whom have lived and worked here for years – risk losing their homes, breaking up their families, and negatively impacting their children’s schooling when their affordable housing dwindles.

Our funding for Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center’s (APALRC) Housing & Community Development Project is giving the tenants of both Museum Square and Wah Luck House the legal aid they need. This includes help with other legal issues affecting their ability to maintain their housing, such as loss of income. Our funding also promotes APALRC’s partnership with nonprofits working to protect the rights of renters and pro bono attorneys providing free legal representation. This team effort is critical for informing and assisting low-income tenants.

Your support of the DC Bar Foundation makes this possible. Thank you for being the change-makers working towards ensuring equal access to justice for our neighbors most in need. Together, we’ll continue this work in times that make it more urgent than ever.

 

Sincerely,

Kirra L. Jarratt
Executive Director

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Partner Profile: Adam Pollet

Partner Profile: Adam Pollet

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Adam Pollet, a new member of the Foundation’s Young Lawyer’s Network Leadership Council.

Name

Adam Pollet

Job/Position

Counsel

Years on the Job

2.5 at my current firm

Organization

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Where did you grow up?

Virginia

What brought you to DC?

Job opportunities, urban life, and the sports teams— go Caps!

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

I was a legal assistant at White & Case LLP.  I learned how engaging and exciting the practice of law could be and just how hardworking and intelligent big-time attorneys are.

Daily Habit

I try to walk to work every day. The best part is, no traffic!

Favorite Movie

It’s too hard to name just one. I love any 80s action movie and anything directed by Christopher Guest—smart and funny!

Favorite Restaurant

My current favorite is Bresca. Its Michelin star is well-deserved!

Favorite Vacation Spot

Any beach, though preferably with white sand and clear water.

Guilty Pleasure

Watching “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.”

Hobbies

Reading historical nonfiction and listening to new music.

Your News Source(s)

Primarily The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Most rewarding element of your work

The most rewarding part of my professional life in 2018 was representing a pro bono client (who had been sentenced as a juvenile to life in prison without parole) in his resentencing hearing, pursuant to the Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. Alabama. It resulted in his nearly immediate parole.  He was so deserving of his second chance!

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be a…

Classics professor.

Legal aid is important to me because…

Our system of justice is dependent on adequate representation for all, irrespective of socioeconomic status.

Your dream for our legal system is…

Criminal justice reform to reduce systemic mass incarceration and adequate representation for all.

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News of Note

Nominate for 2019 Scoutt Prize Through February 1


You have until 5:00 PM on February 1 to nominate someone for the 2019 Jerrold Scoutt Prize, awarded annually to an exceptional legal services attorney in the District of Columbia. Nominations must include a cover letter and the nominee’s curriculum vitae. We encourage you to include supporting materials, like articles of interest or letters of support. Nominations made for the 2017 and 2018 Prize will be reconsidered. (We recommend updating the nomination materials.) Please send nominations and supporting materials to info@dcbarfoundation.org by 5:00 PM on February 1, 2019.

Save the Date! Lip Sync for Justice 2019


Join the Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council for an evening of lip sync, karaoke, networking, and fun. Hosted by our friends at Alston & Bird, this is a perfect event for your summer associate program. Proceeds support DCBF’s grant-funded work on behalf of District residents who need legal representation, as well as loan repayment assistance for legal aid attorneys. Stay tuned to this space for more information about sponsorship and tickets. Questions? Contact us atevents@dcbarfoundation.org.

Will You Answer Our “Call to Action”?


Each year through their  generous support of our Call to Action initiative, local law firms and businesses give low-income District residents vital access to legal resources. Will you join them? Support the Foundation’s Call to Action campaign by donating on our website or by filling out our printable donation form and sending it to our offices: 80 M Street SE, Suite 100, Washington DC 20003.

We’re Hiring!


Are you interested in rewarding work promoting equal access to justice in the District? The DC Bar Foundation is hiring a Director of Development to join our hardworking and passionate team. See details here.

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Get Inspired by Arnold & Porter’s Spooky “Go Casual” Success

October 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of our Go Casual for Justice campaign. This “dress down” denim-day fundraiser encourages individuals throughout the city to join with their workplaces and get excited about supporting their neighbors in the District.

Go Casual creates a unique opportunity for individuals to take an active role in positively shaping the legal landscape of our community for those who need it most. So far through the campaign, 34 dedicated workplaces have raised over $33,000 to support DC’s civil legal aid network. The generosity of Go Casual participants has strengthened our grants and loan repayment assistance programs, allowing us to provide debt support for more than 65 legal aid attorneys in DC who, along with other legal aid attorneys, serve more than 20,000 individuals in the community.

Once again in 2018, our friends at Arnold & Porter went above and beyond for Go Casual, knocking their fundraising out of the park.

Retired Partner Philip Horton and Senior Associate Melissa Weberman (who both serve in DC Bar Foundation leadership roles) built enthusiasm for a Halloween-themed “Trick-or-Treat for Justice” event. The team harnessed the power of email, Photoshop, and holiday spirit to get their colleagues involved. (See the above photo for Phil’s transformation into the Headless Horseman!)

Through these efforts, Arnold & Porter staff raised an incredible almost $9,500 – nearly $3,000 beyond the amount they raised last year! We could not be more thankful for Arnold & Porter’s partnership and passionate dedication to legal aid for our community. We can’t wait to see what they do next year.

Did you know? There’s still time to Go Casual! We need YOUR participation to meet our goals for this year’s campaign: 60 participating workplaces and $70,000 raised. To learn more about hosting an event in your workplace, please contact Greer Richey, Development and Communications Assistant, atrichey@dcbarfoundation.org.

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Access to Justice in Action: Howard University’s Fair Housing Clinic

Through our Access to Justice Grants Program, we awarded a grant to Howard University’s Fair Housing Clinic, which focuses on issues related to discrimination, housing conditions, and landlord-tenant issues.

Students enrolled in the Fair Housing Clinic have the unique opportunity to assist clients in real-time as they face legal problems related to their housing. These students often conduct outreach at tenant meetings and lead “know your rights” trainings. They even go door to door in communities with systemic housing problems like building-wide mold or failure to make repairs. They represent more than 100 clients each year, while also staffing an intake line that receives hundreds of calls annually.

At a recent site visit, the Clinic’s program director shared the impact these students can have on their clients:

“Tenants at our clinic report being treated differently as soon as they get a lawyer. And it means something to everyone in the courtroom when they see someone who looks like them in front of the bench. In a recent case, I had a young student lawyer who was working on a very difficult case and was discouraged. An individual came up to her out of nowhere – probably a defendant in the courtroom for another matter – and told her how wonderful it was to see a young person of color in the front of the room. It really put the issue in a new light for my student, and also for us here at the clinic.

To learn more about the many ways your support and partnership makes a lasting impact within the DC community, visit our website.

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Letter From the Executive Director

Dear Friends:

Because of your support and partnership, all of us at the DC Bar Foundation look back at 2018 with gratitude – and forward to 2019 inspired and energized.

This week we celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose passionate belief in equality for all individuals is the most central part of our mission and work. As we reflect on last year’s successes and eagerly anticipate what’s ahead, I would like to share with you two key milestones that stand out in our fight for equal access to justice:

1. For the first time ever, our Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) was fully funded. This means that we were able to fund every legal aid attorney who sought our help in paying their educational debt. Supporting talented public interest lawyers in managing their financial realities means a stronger legal aid sector, providing continuity of high-caliber services in our community. When civil legal aid can attract and keep skilled lawyers, more of our most vulnerable neighbors get the representation they need.

2. Our Foundation team grew in order to provide even more support to our partners serving low-income neighbors. Our new team members include an Evaluation and Impact Manager, a Grants Manager, and an additional Programs Officer.

As we step into 2019 and begin a strategic planning process, we are increasingly outcomes-focused. By investing in an independent evaluation of the Civil Legal Counsel Projects Program (CLCPP), we prioritize learning how the program can be improved to better support our grantees and the residents they serve. This will be the most extensive grant program evaluation to date, and it is the first evaluation to focus on program outcomes. We are committed to learning new things and meeting the future together with you.

This year, the Foundation is poised to expand our impact, making a tangible difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. Your support and partnership makes it possible. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Kirra L. Jarratt
Executive Director

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Partner Profile: Tiana Russell

Partner Profile: Tiana Russell

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Tiana Russell, member of the Foundation’s Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee provides strategic guidance to the Foundation on matters related to programmatic activities and operations.

Organization

United States Department of Justice

Job/Position

Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division

Years on the Job

Three years

Where did you grow up?

La Canada, California

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

An internship at the Laogai Research Center

INTERESTING FACTS

Favorite Movie 

Lord of the Rings

One item from your Bucket List?

Diving in the Galapagos Islanes

Hobbies

Skiing, Yoga, Diving, Playing Piano, Cooking, Running, Reading, and Travel.

You get to paint a mural on the side of the White House. What do you paint?

Dragons (my kids love dragons!)

Biggest failure and what you learned?

I’ve had lots of setbacks, but I’ve found this quote by the Dalai Lama to be very true: “Sometimes not getting what we want can be a brilliant stroke of luck.”

Most rewarding element of your work?

Standing up in court and representing the United States of America

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be a…

teacher

Legal aid is important to me because…

it leads to fairer and better outcomes for everyone.

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News of Note

Combined Federal Campaign is Underway

We are participating in the 2018 Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area, which began in late September and continues to January 11, 2019. The CFC is the official workplace giving campaign of the federal government. If you are a federal employee and would like to support our efforts to strengthen DC’s civil legal aid network, use designation code: #87057. Find out more about the Foundation’s involvement in the CFC here.

We’re Hiring!

Are you interested in rewarding work promoting equal access to justice in the District? The DC Bar Foundation is hiring Programs Officers to join our hardworking team. See details here.

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Are You Ready to Answer the Call to Action?

This November marks the kickoff of our Call to Action campaign, the DC Bar Foundation’s largest annual fundraising effort. Through this initiative, and the generosity of local businesses, DCBF is able to consistently provide critical resources to civil legal aid organizations through the District.

Our fundraising goal for this year’s Call to Action campaign is nearly $700,000. Your gift towards this goal is critical in lifting the barriers of access to justice that leave so many District residents without the legal support and resources they need. All gifts received through Call to Action support training programs for public interest lawyers, provide financial support to attorneys through our Loan Repayment Assistance program (LRAP), and strengthen our grants program to support direct impact in DC’s civil legal aid community.

We thank those who have given to Call to Action consecutively over the years, particularly those who have increased their support. Your continued support expands the Foundation’s reach in the civil legal aid community and empowers District residents as they tackle daunting legal circumstances they would otherwise face alone. We also thank the D.C. Access to Justice Commission for their Raising the Bar in D.C. Campaign, which establishes benchmarks for law firm giving and promotes the importance of supporting legal services in the District.

Join others in the fight for access to justice by supporting the Call to Action campaign. Donations can easily be made online or by mail using our printable donation form. For more information about the Call to Action campaign, be sure to visit our website.

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Celebrating Alston & Bird’s Commitment to Legal Access

Pro bono service enhances the lives of both clients and attorneys, and is one of many ways to promote equal access to justice. We’re grateful for our longstanding partnership with Alston & Bird’s local office, whose pro bono investments in our mission have included hosting our Fall Reception and serving in vital leadership roles.

Here’s what their team says of our partnership and their commitment to pro bono:

“Alston & Bird takes the pro bono responsibility of its lawyers very seriously. Pro bono service is actively encouraged, and is an important part of the firm’s culture… providing some of the most important professional and personal growth opportunities our attorneys can have. By bringing together the legal community, a wide range of nonprofits, and community leaders, the Bar Foundation is able to take a holistic approach to funding some of our community’s most critical legal needs. Alston & Bird is proud to support this critical work to ensure access to justice for everyone in the DC community.” 

The Foundation would like to extend a special thank you to several members of Alston & Bird’s team for their ongoing support of our work. Many thanks to: Dennis Garris, Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and member of DCBF’s Advisory Committee; Fahad Saghir, Associate and Co-Chair of DCBF’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC); Tara Castillo, Partner and former YLN LC member; and Cheryl Naja, Director of Pro Bono and Community Service.

Thank you, Alston & Bird, for working with us to keep legal help within reach for the District’s most vulnerable residents.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

In 2009, Suzie Turner was a pro bono partner at Dechert LLP’s Washington office when she had a brilliant idea: Raise money and awareness for civil legal aid by letting lawyers wear jeans to work.

Go Casual for Justice was born.

The DC Pro Bono Week committee launched the first annual initiative, and they chose the DC Bar Foundation as the recipient because of our broad impact in the community. Go Casual’s first year rallied roughly 30 firms raising about $30,000 to provide equal access to justice.

Suzie Turner’s brainchild ultimately became a citywide effort and an important funding source meeting the needs of low-income residents. Last year Go Casual raised more than $60,000 from more than 65 participating workplaces including law firms, corporations, associations, banks, schools, and others.

This month as we kick off Go Casual as a signature annual event, we celebrate 10 years of doing a lot of good while having a lot of fun. Today it’s not just about wearing jeans to work, but an opportunity for endless creativity from teams who come up with hilarious, competitive, and inspiring ways to make a difference for our most vulnerable neighbors.

And while Go Casual is a blast, its purpose remains as serious as ever: It raises private funds which are unrestricted and benefit our legal aid community through grants, loan repayment assistance, and training. It’s also a vital public awareness tool, teaching about the importance of legal aid.

This fall, I invite you to Go Casual. Join the more than 30 offices that have already signed up and help raise $70,000 from workplaces and individuals committed to justice, just like you. Register your organization for Go Casual by emailing Greer Richey at richey@dcbarfoundation.org, then host a dress-down or “theme” day at work between now and December 21.

It’s so easy to take part, and the need in our community is so great. No District resident should go without legal help simply because they can’t afford it. Thank you for making the difference.

Sincerely,

Kirra L. Jarratt
Executive Director

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News of Note

2019 Scoutt Prize Nominations Accepted Through February 1, 2019


We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Jerrold Scoutt Prize, awarded annually to an exceptional legal services attorney in the District of Columbia. Nominations must include a cover letter and the nominee’s curriculum vitae. Supporting materials, like articles of interest or letters of support, are highly encouraged. Please send nominations and supporting materials to info@dcbarfoundation.org by 5:00 PM on February 1, 2019.

Combined Federal Campaign Ends January 11, 2019


We are participating in the 2018 Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area, which runs through January 11, 2019. If you are a federal employee and would like to support our efforts to strengthen DC’s civil legal aid network, use designation code: #87057. Find out more about our involvement in the CFC here.

Host a Go Casual Event at Your Workplace


This year, our legal aid community celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Go Casual for Justice dress-down campaign. So far, 38 workplaces have signed up to participate – help us reach our goal of 60 participating workplaces! Register by emailing richey@dcbarfoundation.org, and learn more about Go Casual on our website.

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Your Support is a Gift to Neighbors in Need This Holiday Season

Your Support is a Gift to Neighbors in Need This Holiday Season

This holiday season, we are especially grateful for you – our friends and supporters who believe in the necessity of civil legal aid and the importance of fighting for access to justice for all.

Whether it’s helping a legal aid lawyer fight to keep a client’s heat on for a few more days or advocating for better patient treatment in our healthcare system, your gifts to the Foundation translate to tangible impact for your District neighbors. Your continued support ensures that no DC resident goes without legal resources and representation, simply because they can’t afford it.

We can’t do it without you! Though the end of 2018 is fast approaching, there is still time to make your tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation, giving the gift of equal access to justice in time for the holidays. Please visit our website to learn more about our impact and to make a gift today.

Thank you for your support!

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Your Support at Work: Housing Advocacy for People with Mental Illness

Your Support at Work: Housing Advocacy for People with Mental Illness

In 2018 through our Access to Justice Grants Program, we awarded funding to Housing Advocacy for People with Mental Illness, a project of University Legal Services.

This project assists individuals with serious mental illness who live in community residential facilities or other Department of Behavioral Health housing – or those who need support in their own housing to avoid institutionalization. These individuals require a variety of housing-related services, from addressing needed repairs in their buildings to requesting reasonable accommodations for their special needs.

Because of supporters like you, lawyers with University Legal Services (ULS) can conduct outreach, provide “Know Your Rights” trainings, and offer direct legal services to residents in need. This is made possible, in part, by ULS’s access to facilities most legal services providers are unable to enter. At a recent site visit, ULS Executive Director Jane Brown shared the impact this project has had on members of our community:

“We were conducting a training and an older resident approached us afterwards, asking if we could help her get a winter coat. It turned out she was being told she had to leave the facility during the day, so she was spending that time outdoors or walking to nearby restaurants, and she was cold.

The facility did not have the authority to basically kick this person out of their home all day, simply in order to relieve the burden of staffing. Luckily we were able to represent this tenant’s rights, and as a result she has now been able to spend the afternoons inside her home when she chooses to. We wouldn’t have even known this was happening if she hadn’t asked for that coat.”

To learn more about the Foundation’s grant supporting ULS’s Housing Advocacy for People With Mental Illness, visit our website.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

This year the DC Bar Foundation launched a new program to address DC’s housing crisis. It’s called the Civil Legal Counsel Projects Program (CLCPP), and it is life-changing for low-income DC residents like Lucy. 

Lucy was scheduled to be evicted from her home on a Friday, just ahead of her daughter starting the new year at their neighborhood school.

On Thursday, she went to Landlord and Tenant Court, where she met a lawyer from our grantee DC Law Students in Court. During intake, the attorney learned that Lucy had applied for, and been granted, rental assistance from a local services agency. But the agency had been unable to connect with the landlord to confirm where payment should be sent.

With this knowledge, the legal aid team drafted an application to stay the writ of eviction and went before the court that same day. Through a stay and by connecting with the local agency, rental assistance went through to the landlord and stopped the eviction permanently. Lucy and her child kept a roof over their heads and were in their neighborhood for the first day of school.

Countless stories like Lucy’s unfold each year in the District, but too often they don’t have happy endings. Only a small percentage of residents like Lucy get access to legal representation, dramatically increasing their chances of losing their homes and subsidies.

But we’re working to change that. We are proud to be designated the administrator of this new program providing free legal services to low-income DC tenants at risk of losing their homes. It’s a big step forward for our most vulnerable neighbors.

The program is addressing DC’s housing crisis at a time when other funding is scarce. In the past year alone, the DC Bar Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in eviction-defense grants, targeting legal aid to wards with greatest need.

And the need is great. Did you know?

  • 18.6% of District residents live in poverty – one of the highest rates in the nation.
  • At least 39,000 low-income households in the District pay more than half of their income for rent, a 16% increase since 2007.
  • Last year DC landlords filed more than 30,000 eviction cases, roughly 95% alleging nonpayment of rent.

Now, lawyers funded by the DC Bar Foundation are located in the Landlord and Tenant Court every day, providing free legal services to low-income District residents. The new program plays a crucial role in offsetting housing hardships, and it establishes DC as a national leader addressing fundamental human needs like housing, health, and safety.

As we reflect on 2018, all of us at DCBF are grateful for this new opportunity to profoundly impact lives like Lucy’s and her child’s. Thank you for your continued support and engagement, which makes it all possible!

Sincerely,

Kirra L. Jarratt
Executive Director

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Partner Profile: Paul S. Lee

Partner Profile: Paul S. Lee

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Paul S. Lee, an original member of our Young Lawyer’s Network Leadership Council, founded in 2011.

Organization

Steptoe & Johnson

Job/Position

Pro Bono Counsel

Years on the Job

2 Weeks! (7.5 years prior as Pro Bono Counsel at Dechert)

Where did you grow up?

Early years in NYC, high school/college in NC.

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

The Coalition for Residential Education. I learned the importance of connecting people (in this case, educators) who do similar things, who think they’re operating alone.

INTERESTING FACTS

One item from your Bucket List?

Skydiving. (I’ve already bungee jumped.)

You get to paint a mural on the side of the White House. What do you paint?

Pre-2016, something showing off DC’s beauty, but also its lack of representation.

Biggest failure and what you learned?

Losing out on a job I thought was perfect for me, only to get something better in the long run.  The universe’s self-correction mode.

Most rewarding element of your work?

When an attorney raves to me about a recent win or great pro bono experience, and knowing they’re hooked.

List three main challenges you faced early on in your career.

Often working in departments of one or two, being younger than most of my colleagues, and dealing with leadership that did not understand the nuts and bolts of an organization.

Your dream for our legal system is…

Increased government funding for legal aid, not tethered to political motivation.

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…

The shrinking supply of affordable housing.

 

 

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News of Note

Combined Federal Campaign is Underway

We are participating in the 2018 Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area, which began in late September and continues to January 11, 2019. The CFC is the official workplace giving campaign of the federal government. If you are a federal employee and would like to support our efforts to strengthen DC’s civil legal aid network, use designation code: #87057. Find out more about our involvement in the CFC here.

Will You Answer Our “Call to Action”?

Each year through our Call to Action initiative, generous support from local law firms and businesses makes access to justice possible for District residents who need legal resources. Support the Foundation’s Call to Action by donating on our website or filling out our printable donation form.

Host a Go Casual Event at Your Workplace:

This year, our legal aid community celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Go Casual for Justice dress-down campaign. So far, 37 workplaces have signed up to participate- help us reach our goal of 60 participating workplaces! Register by emailing richey@dcbarfoundation.org, and learn more about Go Casual on our website.

We’re Hiring!

Are you interested in rewarding work promoting equal access to justice in the District? The DC Bar Foundation is hiring additional programs staff to join our hardworking team. See details here.

 

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

During this season of thanks, we at the DC Bar Foundation are grateful for more than 40 years of opportunities to do what we do.

Ensuring equal access to justice for every District resident, regardless of income, is our calling. And families like Ms. T’s are why we continue to be compelled to do this work.

At age 64, Ms. T was facing eviction. She was also in hospice, and one of her two disabled sons was confined to a bed. Ms. T paid her rent devotedly, but the local housing authority’s voucher program withheld more than $6,300 in back rent, due to housing code violations in the unit. In addition, her family was not receiving adequate home health care assistance. It was a frightening time.

Through the combined efforts of our grantee Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) and other local partners, Ms. T and her sons were spared eviction and began receiving better home health care. They now live in a wheelchair-accessible unit complete with an elevator. In fact, Ms. T is no longer in hospice due to improvements in her medical condition – contributed to by her new living conditions.

Ms. T and her sons got the legal help they needed, but couldn’t afford, because of a four-decades-strong partnership. From our very beginning in the late 1970s when both organizations were new, the DC Bar Foundation forged a powerful bond in service with LCE. And for the past 40 years, we have championed the dignity and rights of our most vulnerable neighbors together.

This and many other valued relationships are the foundation for all we do, allowing us to provide unique, full-spectrum support and sustainability for DC legal aid. It is life-changing for those in our community who need it most. We give thanks for each of you who make it possible!

Sincerely,

Kirra L. Jarratt
Executive Director

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Giving Tuesday is Today, November 27!

Giving Tuesday is Today, November 27!

This month marks the 7th annual Giving Tuesday campaign, a global giving initiative that kicks off the charitable season. On the heels of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday – this year on November 27 – allows each of us to make a difference, through gifts to the DC Bar Foundation and other nonprofit organizations.

Donating to DCBF on Giving Tuesday is an easy yet powerful way to make an impact on the legal aid community in Washington, DC. Your gift empowers vulnerable DC residents as they navigate a confusing and often isolating legal landscape.

Support the Foundation this Giving Tuesday by making a gift on our website. Thank you for your generosity!

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Supervision Skills Training Benefits DC Legal Professionals

This summer, the DC Bar Foundation hosted a two-day Supervision Skills Training at Sidley Austin LLP, geared toward legal aid professionals whose organizations lack the budget for professional development opportunities.

The training introduced skills and systems for strong organizational supervision, supporting attendees to become effective supervisors who encourage innovation, nurture talents, support diversity, and reward hard work.

Cindy Kim, Supervising Attorney with the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, gave our July training a five-star rating. As a first-time participant in supervision training, Cindy said the course gave her a solid framework for leadership. She appreciated that the material was tangible and easily applicable to her daily routine. Specifically, by learning about different leadership styles, Cindy was able to better understand her own strengths and weaknesses, using that knowledge to maximize her leadership potential.

We aim to host more of these trainings in the future, ensuring that our legal partners have the tools to build strong teams and provide high-quality legal services across the District.

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Partner Profile: Mark Johnson-Lewis

Partner Profile: Mark Johnson-Lewis

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Mark Johnson-Lewis, Evaluation and Impact Manager at the Foundation and one of our newest DCBF team members!

Job/Position

Evaluation and Impact Manager

Years on the Job

0.08

Where did you grow up?

Williamstown, MA; Nairobi, Kenya; and Gaborone, Botswana.

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

I started as a research assistant at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. I learned a ton about membership organizations, politics, program management, research, evaluation, K-16 education. OK, I was there for almost 9 years, so… I learned a lot.

INTERESTING FACTS

Daily Habit

Coffee

Favorite Movie

Diva (1981)

One Item from your Bucket List

A cabin in Tunbridge, VT.

Hobbies

Farming, camping, bourbon.

Guilty Pleasure

James Bond movies. But not the ones with Timothy Dalton.

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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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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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Partner Profile Surveys

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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!

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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