Posts Tagged ‘Issue 2 (February 2016)’

2016 Scoutt Prize

[District of Columbia, Feb. 5, 2016] – The District of Columbia Bar Foundation (DCBF) 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 prize is awarded annually to an attorney who has worked for a significant portion of his or her career at a nonprofit organization providing direct hands-on legal services to the needy in the District of Columbia, has demonstrated compassionate concern for his or her clients, and has exhibited a high degree of skill on their behalf.

In her ten years as Supervising Attorney at LCE, Ms. Berger has worked to advocate for elderly citizens experiencing difficulty in the housing area. In her nomination, Jan May, Executive Director of Legal Counsel for the Elderly, said of Jennifer: “She shows a dogged commitment to enhance the quality of life for low-income D.C. seniors through legal advocacy, social service, and public outreach.” Mr. May also praised Ms. Berger for her passion and determination to provide her clients with the best representation.

From 2004 to 2006, Ms. Berger was the Housing Supervisor at The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia where she had many responsibilities, including mentoring pro bono attorneys on housing cases. Ms. Berger also worked as a General Civil Attorney at Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. of Maryland from 1999 to 2004. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Bucknell University, her Master of Social Work from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Social Work, and her J.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in June of 1998.

The Scoutt Prize, endowed by the Washington, DC firm of Zuckert, Scoutt, & Rasenberger, LLP, is named in honor of Jerrold Scoutt, Jr., a founding partner of the firm, in recognition of Mr. Scoutt’s and the firm’s long-term support of legal services. The DC Bar Foundation’s Scoutt Prize Committee is chaired by DCBF Advisory Committee Member Fred T. Goldberg of Skadden, Arps, Meagher, & Flom, LLP. The DC Bar Foundation will present the 2016 Jerrold Scoutt Prize during the DC Bar’s Judicial Reception on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

The DC Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1977, is the largest funder of civil legal services in the District. The Bar Foundation’s mission is to fund, support, and improve legal representation of the poor, vulnerable, and otherwise disadvantaged in the District of Columbia, and it is committed to the vision that residents of the District have equal access to justice, regardless of income. The Foundation provides grants, training, and technical assistance to local non-profit legal services organizations and awards loans to DC poverty lawyers to help with their educational debts.


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


Go Casual for Justice is a city-wide fundraiser that began seven years ago, with 30 law firms raising a total of $30,000 for DC’s legal aid providers. Last year, 60 law firms, corporate law departments, banks, and other workplaces participated and raised over $70,000! Funds raised through this initiative provide critical resources to DC’s civil legal aid network through grants, training and technical assistance, and the Foundation’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

Participating is easy. Once your workplace has registered, simply make a gift to DCBF in order to dress down during the office’s designated “Go Casual day.” CLICK HERE for FAQs and materials to make your Go Casual day even more of a success!

Congratulations to this year’s top performers!


Below is a list of registered workplaces. If yours has not signed up, and you would like to get them involved, please contact David Stone, Development Officer, at or (202) 853-9025.
Alston & Bird LLP
American Psychological Association
Arent Fox LLP
Arnold & Porter LLP
Asmar, Shor & McKenna PLLC
Blank Rome LLP
Bryan Cave LLP
BuckleySandler LLP
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC
Cozen O’Connor
Crowell & Moring LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
DC Access to Justice Commission
DC Bar Foundation
DC Office of Bar Counsel
DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
Dechert LLP
Dykema Gossett PLLC
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Fringe Hair Studio
Goodwin Procter LLP
Hertzbach & Company
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Holland & Hart LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
Ivins, Phillips & Barker, Chartered
Jackson & Campbell PC
Jenner & Block LLP
K&L Gates LLP
King & Spalding LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Lewis Baach PLLC
Lipman Hearne
Littler Mendelson PC
Mayer Brown LLP
Miller & Chevalier Chartered
Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC)
Norton Rose Fullbright LLP
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Perkins Coie LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Ruthi Postow Staffing
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Swell Fundraising
Troutman Sanders LLP
Van Ness Feldman LLP
Venable LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Washington Council of Lawyers
Wiley Rein LLP
Williams & Connolly LLP
Your Part-Time Controller
Zuckerman Spaeder LLP


Current as of June 23, 2016


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Sidley Austin LLP

Ruthi Postow Staffing, Inc.

Buckley Sandler LLP

Nancy Lopez, Executive Director
Washington Council of Lawyers

Hertzbach & Company, P.A.

Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC)

View Go Casual 2015 recap videos HERE! Also, check out previous years’ photos.

For more information about Go Casual for Justice and to register your workplace, please contact
David Stone, Development Officer, at or (202) 853-9025.

Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Application Released

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 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?

To qualify for consideration, individuals must be good standing members of the District of Columbia Bar, under the age of 40 at the start of their term, either live or work in the District of Columbia, and commit to carrying out the responsibilities of the group. Staff of LRAP-eligible employers, or of organizations eligible to receive funding from the DC Bar Foundation are ineligible for membership in the YLN Leadership Council.

Interested applicants should contact David Stone, Development Officer, at Please include “Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council, [Your Full Name]” in the subject line of the email.


Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council

Alison Lima Andersen

Arent Fox LLP

Erin Kelly

Cheryl Aaron
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Laura Goldin Ames

Elizabeth Aniskevich
Cohen Milstein Seller & Toll PLLC

Michael Appel
APCO Worldwide

Brian Benko
McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Heather Souder Choi
Baker Botts L.L.P.

Alanna Clair

Esther Coleman
Executive DC Legal Services

Jill Corrigan

Emily Seymour Costin
Alston & Bird LLP

Melissa Cox

Elizabeth Dalmut
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Jennifer Davison
Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

Gwen Green
Holland & Hart LLP

Meryl Grenadier
Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner LLP

Megan Hall
Mayer Brown LLP

Christopher Hatfield
Trout Cacheris & Janis PLLC

Shira Helstrom
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Christopher Hopkins-Gillespie

Stephanie Hui

Amanda Katzenstein
Polsinelli PC

Beth Kelley

Anna Kelly
Hogan Lovells US LLP

Kimberly LeBlanc
American Red Cross

Timothy Libutti

Paul Lee
Dechert LLP

Noah Peters
Bailey & Ehrenberg PLLC

S. Fahad Saghir
Alston & Bird LLP

Andrew Shaw
Dentons US LLP

Rhuju Vasavada
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Courtney Weiner
Law Office of Courtney Weiner PLLC

Gwendolyn Williamson
Perkins Coie LLP

Affiliation noted solely for identification.


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. Ms. Geis is among the recipients of DCBF’s 2016 loan repayment assistance program (LRAP), which will provide more than $384,000 in assistance to civil legal aid lawyers throughout the District over the next 12 months.

Lisa graduated from The Catholic University of America with a degree in theater before returning to school at the age of 42 to pursue a career in law. She received her JD from Rutgers School of Law – Camden, and her LLM from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.

One of the reasons Lisa chose to practice in DC was because of the “collaborative legal system the District has built.” Lisa explained, however, that because of law school loans and the high cost of living in the District, she would have been unable to continue her work in public interest with low-income DC residents without DCBF’s help. “Without LRAP I would have had to sacrifice what is important to me, and I also wouldn’t be able to live in the District,” said Geis. “It sends the message that what I do is important to the city and to the people who live in the District. It is an honor.”

To qualify for LRAP, attorneys must work for eligible DC civil legal aid organizations that serve low-income, underserved residents of the District. For more information, visit

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

We regularly highlight interesting facts and insights from you and others whose work each day make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This  partner profile features Alison Lima Andersen, Associate at Arent Fox LLP and Co-Chair of DCBF’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council.


Alison Lima Andersen


Arent Fox LLP

Years on the job

Where did you grow up?

Canaan, Vermont

What brought you to DC?
I wanted to try a new place and attend law school.

What was your first job in DC and what did you learn?
I was a paralegal for a few years. The experience confirmed that law school was the right next step for me.

Fun Facts

Favorite movie:
Christmas Vacation

Favorite vacation spot:
Boston, MA (my family and the Red Sox are there!)

One item from your bucket list:
Safari in Africa

Traveling, watching TV, running

Your news source:


Most rewarding element of your work:
Being able to obtain great results for clients, and having the flexibility to do pro bono work.

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

Legal Aid

Legal aid is important to me because…
Your salary should not dictate whether you have access to justice.

Most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC:
The capacity to support the needs of those without resources is always an issue, but there are so many fantastic lawyers working hard for this population day in and day out in DC. Affordable attorneys for those who can afford to pay something, but not regular law firm fees, are hard to find, and I am encouraged by the opening of the DC Affordable Law Firm.

DCBF Leadership

How long have you served on the Young Lawyers Netowrk Leadership Council? 
Two and a half years

Greatest benefit to you in serving on the YLN LC?
Learning about and supporting the great work that attorneys in DC are doing.

How long have you donated to DCBF?
Two and a half years

I give to DCBF because…
The organization has an effect on so many legal services organizations in DC.
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