Posts Tagged ‘Issue 4 (April 2016)’

Do More on June 2nd!

On June 2nd, DCBF will participate in Do More 24, a day-long giving campaign hosted by United Way of the National Capital Area.

Invest in justice on June 2nd by making a gift to the Foundation and showing your support through social media.

For more information about the Do More 24 campaign, please visit or contact Dave Stone, Development Officer, at

IOLTA Bank Summit Recap

On April 5th, in coordination with the DC Bar, Board on Professional Responsibility, and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the Foundation co-hosted the DC IOLTA Bank Summit to discuss how to improve DC’s IOLTA program and improve relations with participating banks. We appreciate the participation from those in attendance including United Bank, BB&T, National Capital Bank, Presidential Bank, Washington First Bank, City First Bank, and want to give special recognition to our Prime Partner, Industrial Bank.

DCBF Funds Projects for DC’s Underserved Populations

The DC Bar Foundation seeks to fund organizations with new projects that tackle an emerging legal issue or have an innovative approach on a more traditional legal area. In the last two years alone, we have funded 14 new projects that are bringing free legal services to deeply underserved populations in DC.

One such project is Law Students in Court’s (LSIC) Expungement Clinic, which began in September 2015. Providing record sealing or expungement services has been a much-needed, under-resourced area of legal services for low-income DC residents for years. These services are critical because even if an individual was never even charged with a crime, he or she may have a criminal record which can prevent them from employment, education, and public assistance, to name a few. As clinic attorney Lora Silberman explains, the issue is clear and the goal is straightforward, “In every aspect of our client’s lives, a criminal record acts as an obstacle to their advancement and success. The Expungement Clinic seeks to address this obstacle and eliminate it for all eligible persons in the District of Columbia.” The LSIC Expungement Clinic’s services includes education, community participation, brief services, and full representation to DC residents. The clinic also utilizes pro bono attorneys and law students to amplify LSIC’s impact with the funding they receive from DCBF.

LSIC attorneys give Know-Your-Rights presentations to DC residents at a partner social service organization. Following each presentation, the attorneys conduct an in-depth interview with interested individuals to acquire information required to obtain the client’s criminal record. The attorneys then go to DC Superior Court and obtain each client’s official DC criminal record from the clerk’s office. Finally, if the client is eligible, a LSIC staff attorney or pro bono attorney is assigned to provide full representation for that individual.

DCBF is proud that, with our funding, we are filling the gap for critical legal services projects like LSIC’s Expungement Clinic.

Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Applications Due May 2nd

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.

Courtney Weiner

Partner Profile: YLN LC Co-Chair Courtney Weiner

We regularly highlight interesting facts and insights from those who work each day to make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This Partner Profile features YLN LC Co-Chair Courtney Weiner, Attorney and Owner of the Law Office of Courtney Weiner PLLC.


Courtney Weiner


Law Office of Courtney Weiner PLLC

Years on the job:

9.5 years as an attorney, 4 months so far with my own firm

Where did you grow up?
Washington, DC

What brought you to DC?

It’s home!

What was your first job in DC and what did you learn?
I was an intern on Capitol Hill. I learned the fastest method for stuffing lots and lots of envelopes.

Fun Facts

Favorite movie:
The Princess Bride

Favorite Restaurant:
Rasika. It’s hard to compete with that spinach.

What is one item on your bucket list?
I want to visit every continent.

I have a lot, but the one I’m most passionate about, far and away, is cooking.

What is your news source?
The Washington Post is the primary one.


Most rewarding element of your work:
I went to law school to help people. I’ve done that, in some way or another throughout my career, but I’ve shifted my focus so that’s the main undercurrent of my work.

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be a…
I think I’d be really good as an event planner. Or a chef.

Legal Aid and DCBF Leadership

Your dream for our legal system is…
Civil Gideon.

Legal aid is important to me because…
It provides representation to people who would otherwise have to navigate the legal system on their own, with really life-altering implications.

How long have you served on the Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council?
I have served on the YLN Leadership Council since 2012. I created and chaired, then co-chaired, the Go Formal for Justice gala in 2013 and 2014 and became co-chair of the LC in 2014.

What is the greatest benefit to you in serving on the YLN LC?
Meeting others in the legal community and the opportunity to give back.

I give to DCBF because…
My time helps people who need representation in a small way, but my donations help address the need on a larger scale.


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