Posts Tagged ‘Issue 34 (May 2019)’

News of Note

August 2: Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Applications Due

The Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC) will soon begin its annual recruitment efforts. YLN LC members serve as ambassadors promoting DCBF’s mission and programs, and are key partners in raising funds to support the work of DC legal aid providers. Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by Friday, August 2 at 5pm. Stay tuned to this space for more information about YLN LC applications in the near future.

Will You Answer our Call to Action?

Equal access to justice not only protects the lives of individuals and families, but also helps build strong communities. Each year through generous support for our Call to Action initiative, local law firms and businesses give low-income District residents vital access to legal resources. When you give to the Foundation, you help provide a wide range of services – including grants, trainings and technical assistance, and student debt loan repayment assistance – to dozens of legal aid organizations and attorneys throughout DC. Will you support our mission? Join the Foundation’s Call to Action campaign and help us reach our goal of $661,500 by donating on our website or filling out our donation form.

Apply for 2019 LRAP

Are you committed to serving the most vulnerable people in our community? If you work for one of our eligible employers in DC and provide free legal services to low income residents, we may be able to assist you with our 2019 Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). Applications are due October 25, 2019. To learn more and to see if you qualify, visit our information page.

Searching for a Rewarding Career?

Are you interested in providing equal access to justice in the District? The DC Bar Foundation is looking for an Operations to join our hardworking team. Apply today!

2020 Grants Timeline

The DC Bar Foundation is gearing up for another successful grants year with our Access to Justice Grants Program, Civil Legal Counsel Projects Program, and Private Grants program. The Foundation accepts applications annually from nonprofit organizations that provide free civil legal aid to low-income DC residents and administers these grants on a January 1 through December 31 grant year.

We welcome you to learn more about each of these opportunities on our website, and to assist in your application preparation, please review our 2020 Grants Timeline below.


  • Release Request for Applications for 2020 ATJ, CLCPP, and Private Grants
  • Information sessions for ATJ, CLCPP and Private grants applications


  • ATJ, CLCPP, Private grant applications due (August 23rd)


  • In-person interviews with applicants


  • 2020 Grant Awards announced in mid to late December

JANUARY 1, 2020

  • 2020 grant year begins on January 1

Thank you for your interest and continued support, and please contact us at should you have any questions.

Don’t Miss Out: Sponsor Lip Sync for Justice Today!

You have less than one month to sign up for the premier karaoke and lip sync event of the summer!

Join the Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council on June 6 from 6-9 PM at Arnold & Porter for our annual Lip Sync for Justice event. So far, generous corporations and individuals like you have raised over $20,000 in support of civil legal aid in the District.

We’re halfway to our goal of raising $40,000, but we can’t do it without you! When you support Lip Sync for Justice, you get both an exciting night with your colleagues and the opportunity to lift up our District neighbors in need of legal resources who, without generous supporters like you, would otherwise be unable to afford them. With your support, this year’s Lip Sync for Justice event promises to make a bigger impact than ever before.

To purchase individual tickers or become an event sponsor – and for a current list of sponsors – please visit our website. Want to be a contestant for lip sync or karaoke – or both? Email us if you are interested in signing up to perform.

We look forward to seeing you on June 6!

Your Generosity in Action: Building Positive Outcomes

Daniel, a long-time DC resident and small business employee, recently found himself unable to work and support his family due to a worsening medical condition. He had been in and out of hospitals undergoing treatments without any income to support his expenses.

Things turned for the worst when a debt-buying company sued Daniel, seeking collection on his overdue credit card balance. Unable to pay and unsure what to do, Daniel contacted a DC Bar Foundation grantee and was able to gain representation in small claims court that same day. Our grantee continued contact with Daniel for months after the representation, advocating for him and communicating with his lawyer, until the debt buyer eventually relented and dismissed the case.

Without our grantee’s attorney on the day of his hearing, Daniel may not have had access to much-needed legal assistance and may not have achieved such a positive outcome. Daniel is now able to live his life debt-free and focus on improving his health and supporting his family.

To learn more about how your support changes the lives of our neighbors in need, visit our website.

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends:

At the DC Bar Foundation, we consider ourselves lucky to have strong partners in our mission to support civil legal aid in the District. One of those partners is Courtney Lindsay. Courtney is a member of our Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC), and a two-time Co-Chair of our upcoming Lip Sync for Justice event. Through his leadership in the YLN LC and dedication to Lip Sync, he consistently displays a commitment to our neighbors in need.

As Courtney knows, Lip Sync is a FUN NIGHT (and we want to see you there on June 6!). But its impact is so much bigger. We recently asked him why this event and service to the Foundation mean so much. Here’s what Courtney told us:

“I, like many attorneys, entered law school with a goal of contributing something positive to society. We have a great legal system in this country. But it can only function properly when all have adequate resources in the form of knowledge and representation… Unfortunately, we often fall short on those fronts.

I am a first-generation college graduate. I’ve seen first-hand how important it is not just to work hard, but to also have supporters and advocates who encourage you along the way and provide you with a break at times.

There are many in the DC community who are full of potential but fall on hard times. I believe legal professionals should do what we can to limit the extent to which these hard times are exacerbated by the intricacies of our legal system and costs of navigating it.

We can BE the break someone needs to fulfill their true potential. Through grants made possible by fundraising efforts like Lip Sync for Justice, the Foundation helps bridge some of the gap between our principles and ideals of justice and the way our system sometimes operates in practice.”

Where else can you enjoy an exciting evening of lip sync and karaoke with colleagues and friends for such a good cause?

Courtney – who first learned about and got involved with our Young Lawyers Network through a law school friend – says he’s honored to help lead the YLN LC and Lip Sync for Justice. Together, Courtney and I invite you to be part of it!

Thanks for lip sync-ing and karaokeing with us on June 6, and for all you do to provide equal justice for District residents in need.


Kirra L. Jarratt
Executive Director

Partner Profile: J. Daryl Byler

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features J. Daryl Byler, Director of Development at the DC Bar Foundation.


Years on the Job

Began May 8, 2019

Where did you grow up?

Harrisonburg, Virginia

What brought you to DC?

Working at the DC Bar Foundation and returning to a city I love

What was your first job in DC and what did you learn?

I directed a public policy office on Capitol Hill. Policy and system changes require many partners and much patience. But the long-term impact is major!

Daily habit

Walking to work

Favorite Restaurant

Kenny’s Smokehouse on Capitol Hill

One item from your bucket list

Run the Boston Marathon


Running, reading, and gardening

Most rewarding element of your work

Learning what motivates donors to give

Legal aid is important to me because…

Equal access to justice is the key to healthy nations.