Posts Tagged ‘Issue 40 (November 2019)’

Partner Profile: Ashley James

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Ashley James, Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment at Facebook, member of the Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council, and Co-Chair of the 2020 Lip Sync for Justice event.


Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment

Years on the Job




Where did you grow up?

Washington, DC

What brought you to DC?

It’s my hometown!

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

A summer internship at a federal agency while in high school. I mostly took away the basics of being a working person – how to conduct myself in a work environment and interact with others, what it meant to go to work every day, how to navigate the metro, etc. It was very helpful in learning how to be more than just a student.

Favorite App

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp of course!

Favorite Movie

Pretty Woman

Favorite Restaurant

Pearl Dive or Compass Rose

Favorite Vacation Spot

A beach with clear water

Guilty Pleasure

Wendy Williams’ Hot Topics

One Item from your Bucket List

To visit every country – or at least 100

You get to paint a mural on the side of the White House. What do you paint?

“Enjoy the Journey”

Biggest failure and what you learned

Being overwhelmed helped me to say no.

Legal aid is important to me because…

It gives voices to many who are unheard.

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…

Equal access and knowledge for everyone.

Remembering Donald R. Dunner, Friend of the DC Bar Foundation

Last month, Washington DC’s legal community lost a legend. Donald R. Dunner, partner at Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP, passed away at age 88.

In addition to his storied and successful career as a renowned patent attorney, Don was a lifelong friend and advisor to the DC Bar Foundation. He served on the Foundation’s Advisory Committee since 1992 and as Chair of the Committee for the past 10 years. Don was also a steadfast financial supporter of the Foundation for more than 25 years.

Paul Smith, former President of the DC Bar Foundation, recently shared these words about Don:

“Don Dunner was two things to me. First, he was the dean of the appellate patent bar, and thus a formidable competitor for us appellate specialists who hoped to gain a slice of the patent appeals heard by the Federal Circuit. Second, he was the single most dedicated fundraising volunteer that we had at the DC Bar Foundation. He was absolutely dedicated to making sure the Foundation had the funds it needed to help fund legal services for the poor in DC. We will miss his cheerful enthusiasm.”

The DC Bar Foundation is extremely grateful for Don’s support of the Foundation and DC’s civil legal aid community, and for his friendship. We offer our condolences to all those who knew him. If you would like to make a gift to the Foundation in Don’s memory, you may do so here. Please include your short tribute to Don in the “Public Posted Comments” section on our donation form.