Posts Tagged ‘Issue 3 (March 2016)’

Call to Action Campaign Update

2016 Call to Action Campaign

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 or (202) 853-9025. Donations can easily be made online or by mail using our printable donation form.

Join the organizations listed that have already shown their support!

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 general support as well as foreclosure prevention and community redevelopment legal assistance. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 8. Awards will be announced mid-June 2016, with the grant term starting July 1.

We have awarded general support grants since our founding in 1978, distributing over $25 million to provide free civil legal aid to low-income DC residents. These grants are funded through your contributions and the revenue from the interest on certain bank accounts through the District’s Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, administered by DCBF.

We will award $950,000 for foreclosure prevention and community redevelopment legal assistance projects because of funding received from mortgage-related litigation between the U.S. Department of Justice and Citigroup. For the first time ever, organizations can apply for multi-year grants up to three years.

Visit our grant application page to read more about these grant programs and how to apply.

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?

The DC Bar Foundation will add several new members for a two-year term expiring June 30, 2018. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 2, 2016.

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 email a completed application form, résumé, letter of interest, and up to two letters of support to David Stone, Development Officer, at Please include “Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council, [Your Full Name]” in the subject line of the email. CLICK HERE to download application materials.

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 or (202) 853-9030.

Partner Profile: Heather Hodges, Neighborhood Legal Services Program

We regularly highlight interesting facts and insights from you and others whose work each day makes our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This partner profile features Heather Hodges, Pro Bono Counsel at Neighborhood Legal Services Program.

Heather Hodges

Pro Bono Counsel

Neighborhood Legal Services Program

Years on the job:

5 1/2

Where did you grow up?

Columbus, OH

What brought you to DC?
I was an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP.

What was your first job in DC and what did you learn?
Clerk-typist at U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Fun Facts

Daily habit:
Pilates every morning at 4 a.m.

Favorite app:
Google Translate. I run a cuban news website.

Favorite movie:
West Side Story

Cuban dance

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave your home without is…
I ride the bus to work, so I always have a novel.


Most rewarding element of your work:
Helping other attorneys with pro bono service.

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

Legal Aid and DCBF Funding

Your dream for our legal system is…
To make justice for a ll a reality.

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…
That there is still an access to justice gap,

Little know fact about your organization:
Many don’t realize we’ve been providing civil legal aid in the District for over half a century. Founded in 1964, we were a pioneer to the neighborhood-based legal services and we still thrive to be an integral part of the communities we serve.

What is your relationship to DCBF?

Organizational Mission:
We provide free, civil legal services to low-income residents of the District of Columbia.

What has DCBF funding meant to your organization?
We were able to open the only full service, civil legal aid office in Ward 7.

Recent victory made possible by DCBF funding:
NLSP won a $120,000 judgment for a disabled veteran who was left without heat and then wronglfuly evicted.


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