Posts Tagged ‘Issue 19 (December 2017)’

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.

In this month’s newsletter, learn about our newly established mid-level donor recognition program, the 77 Society, and how you can become a member. Your generosity at this time of year is especially poignant; as the weather cools and outside conditions become unbearable, many of the homeless in DC have few resources to help survive the season. The DC Bar Foundation supports multiple organizations working to combat homelessness and provide for low-income DC residents in poverty. One such organization is Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, featured in this month’s newsletter for its work to provide vital services to all DC residents facing poverty and homelessness. This season, consider supporting the many needs and issues of the homeless by supporting the DC Bar Foundation and its work with grantees and community partners.

On behalf of the DC Bar Foundation, I would like to send well wishes to all of you during this holiday season. Thank you for all your work in supporting the needs of the many District residents requiring legal aid.



Kirra L. Jarratt, Executive Director


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.

Today, DCBF and our donors still support WLCH through our private grants program. WLCH provides individual representation, shelter support, policy advocacy, and emergency access to an attorney for all DC residents facing homelessness. These services are vital, especially during this time of year, to make sure all of our neighbors are safe and cared for.

DCBF is proud of our long relationship with WLCH and the invaluable services they have given over these last thirty years to our neighbors who struggle to maintain safe and stable housing. Click here to learn more about our grantees.

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. This month’s newsletter also features the Chair of our 77 Society, and a founding member of the DC Bar Foundation, Daniel Rezneck.

Membership in the Society is extended to individuals who cumulatively give $1,000 or more to the DC Bar Foundation within each fiscal year. Fiscal years are marked from October 1 through September 30 of the following year, and membership is renewable annually. As a member of the 77 Society, you will receive certain membership benefits, including special recognition on the DCBF website and in our Annual Report, the opportunity to attend grantee site visits, and an invitation to our annual President’s Reception, an event exclusively for 77 Society members. Learn more about the 77 Society here.

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.

Daniel Rezneck

Senior Assistant Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Years on the Job

Where did you grow up?
Troy, New York

What brought you to DC?
clerking for Justice Brennan

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
clerking for Justice Brennan; I learned a lot.


Favorite Movie

Favorite Restaurant

Guilty Pleasure
none that I feel guilty about


Justice Brennan

Your News Source(s)
4 newspapers a day and TV

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


Biggest failure
Abscam defense

Most rewarding element of your work
appearing in court

List three main challenges you faced early on in your career
joining Arnold, Fortas and Porter; making partner at Arnold and Porter; teaching at Georgetown University Law Center

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


Legal aid is important to me because …
I know the needs of the District of Columbia

Your dream for our legal system is…
counsel for everyone who needs it.

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…
some form of civil Gideon.


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.