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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Kirra L. Jarratt
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.
Years on the Job
Where did you grow up?
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.
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
Horseback riding, soccer, running, HIIT, cooking
Your dream for our legal system is…
that justice is accessible to everyone.