Posts Tagged ‘Issue 13 (May 2017)’

Ayuda Hall of Fame

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.

For the last 10 years, Foundation funding has made possible the Shared Legal Interpreter Bank, a unique and essential project that, through our investment and partnership with Ayuda, has become a national model. This project helps close the gap in access to justice by providing interpretation and translation services to low-income, non-English speaking DC residents throughout the attorney-client relationship. The Foundation has not only supported the Interpreter Bank through grants, but we have also funded consultants to improve and streamline the Interpreter Bank’s efforts to ensure their model is the most effective for serving the immigrant community. Over the 10 years of this project so far, the Foundation’s funding and the Interpreter Bank’s leadership have resulted in tremendous growth for this vital service. The DC Bar Foundation is proud to be part of such a project, and we look forward to what we can achieve in the next 10 years.

​Kirra L. Jarratt, Executive Director


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. Click HERE to learn more and to make a gift on June 8th.

Provides a public interest scholarship for a legal aid
attorney to attend a one-day litigation skills training.

Covers the cost of an interpreter to translate a draft custody
agreement for a low-income DC resident with limited English proficiency.

Sends a legal aid attorney to a home-bound
elder’s house to help draft her will for free.

Helps to provide a single mother with a free legal aid attorney
in landlord-tenant court and keep her family off the streets.


Thank you for your support!

Washington Lawyers' Committee

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.

Since its founding on Labor Day 2000, DC EJC has provided legal assistance to thousands of low-income workers in DC by securing unpaid wages and fighting employment discrimination. A significant number of DC EJC’s cases are acquired through its Workers’ Rights Clinics, which is held seven times a month in Northwest and Southeast DC.

Combined with WLC’s own experience in workplace justice, the merger will allow for high-quality ​legal services and clinics to continue uninterrupted. In 2016 alone, DC EJC was able to return more than $350,000 to low-income workers who had their wages illegally taken from them.

“We are thrilled that DC EJC’s work over the past 17 years will continue under the leadership of WLC. We have the utmost confidence in WLC to fight for the rights of low-income workers in the District and to increase access to justice in the workplace,” stated Kirra L. Jarratt, Executive Director of the DC Bar Foundation.

Read more about DCBF Grantees like the Washington Lawyers’ Committee here.

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.

Alina Kassel


DC Bar Foundation

Years on the Job
4 Months

Where did you grow up?

What brought you to DC?
Career Opportunities

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
At DCBF, I’ve been assisting with Development and Communications, and I’ve received insight into the law industry and how a nonprofit operates.


Daily Habit

Favorite app
Whats App

Favorite Movie
Cruel Intentions

Favorite Restaurant
Cafe Milano

Favorite Vacation Spot

Guilty Pleasure
Ice Cream

One Item from your Bucket List
Visiting Cape Town

Yoga, Travel, Boxing, Brunch

My parents

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


Most rewarding element of your work
Experience and meeting interesting people

If I weren’t working here, I’d be…
In Hawaii.


Legal aid is important to me because . . .
Helping my society is important to me.


Would you like to tell us about your role in DC’s legal aid community? Fill out our ​Partner Profile Survey and share your story in an upcoming newsletter.