Posts Tagged ‘Issue 5 (August 2016)’

Laura Ames

Partner Profile: Laura Goldin Ames

We regularly highlight the efforts of those who work to make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This Partner Profile features Lara Goldin Ames, a member of DCBF’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council.

Laura Goldin Ames

Attorney Advisor

Federal Government

Years on the Job
1 year

Where did you grow up?
Northern NJ

What brought you to DC?
Federal government employment

Interesting Facts

Favorite Vacation Spot

Guilty Pleasure
Eating sweets

One item from your bucket list
Visiting every continent, except Antarctica.

Reading, cooking, baking, exercising

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave home without

Career Path

Most rewarding element of your work
Contributing to government efficiency.

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I’d…
Own a dog grooming/day care business.

Legal Aid in DC

Legal aid is important to me because…
Everyone deserves a chance to be heard.

Your dream for our legal system is…
Access for everyone.

DCBF Volunteer

How long have you volunteered with DCBF?
1 year

What is the greatest benefit to you in serving as a volunteer?
Meeting other attorneys dedicated to access to justice.


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YLN LC Welcomes New Members

The Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC) welcomes the following new members:

Cheryl Aaron – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Laura Goldin Ames
Elizabeth Aniskevich – Cohen Milstein Seller & Toll PLLC
Meryl Grenadier – Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner LLP
Christopher Hatfield – Trout Cacheris & Janis PLLC
Shira Helstrom – Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Timothy Libutti
S. Fahad Saghir – Alston & Bird LLP
Andrew Shaw – Dentons US LLP
Rhuju Vasavada – Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

The YLN LC supports DCBF by promoting its mission and programs in order to help raise additional resources for the District’s civil legal aid organizations. Click here to learn more about the YLN LC and how to get involved.

DCBF Funds Foreclosure Prevention and Community Redevelopment

DCBF Funds Foreclosure Prevention and Community Redevelopment

The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) awarded $950,000 in grants to five two-year projects focused on foreclosure prevention and community redevelopment. Lawyers funded by these grants will provide free civil legal assistance to DC residents living in poverty and who are facing situations including foreclosures, wrongful evictions, poor housing conditions, and expiring housing subsidies.

Read more in our press release, or learn about our grantees here.


DCBF to Participate in the Combined Federal Campaign

The DC Bar Foundation will proudly participate in the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is an annual workplace giving program that promotes philanthropy among federal employees and gives them the opportunity to improve the quality of life for many in their community.

We hope that you will include the DC Bar Foundation in your annual giving plans. Your support makes access to justice possible for District residents in desperate need of legal representation. Be sure to use our designation code 87057 so your donation can be counted.

The campaign kicks off on September 1st and will run until December 15th. Click here for more information about the CFC and how to make a gift.