Since 2007, the DC Bar Foundation has awarded nearly $3 million to more than 200 legal aid attorneys, who provide free legal services to low-income DC residents, through its loan repayment assistance program (LRAP). The Foundation’s LRAP enables DC legal aid organizations to recruit and retain qualified staff attorneys who would otherwise be unable to continue their critical work because of six-figure educational debt.
The 2017 LRAP application is set to be released by the end of the month and due early November through our online application system. Those interested in applying should read the 2017 guidelines and instructions for using the online system before beginning an application.
Applicants must be employed with or seeking employment with an eligible employer listed on this document. If the employer is not listed, the organization can apply to be added. See the Eligible Employers section of our website for more information.
The DC Bar Foundation will notify LRAP applicants in mid-December 2016 about their awards, which cover January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. Each participant must meet with Foundation staff to sign award documents and review program requirements in January 2017.
On Tuesday, October 4th, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Alston & Bird LLP will host DCBF’s annual Fall Reception.
Join us as we recognize the work of our grantees and LRAP recipients, as well as the ongoing support of our loyal donors and volunteers.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 27th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An RSVP is required to attend this event.
DCBF’s annual Go Casual for Justice campaign will kick off on Monday, October 24th!
Go Casual is a denim-day fundraiser in which workplaces around the District raise money in support of the Foundation and DC’s civil legal aid network. Employees at participating workplaces are encouraged to make a small donation in order to dress down during their office’s designated “Go Casual day.”
Learn more about Go Casual for Justice and register your workplace team today here.
The DC Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2017 Jerrold Scoutt Prize, which is awarded annually to an exceptional legal services attorney in the District of Columbia. Nominations will be accepted until November 11, 2016.
Learn more about nominations for the Scoutt Prize here.
We regularly highlight the efforts of those who work to make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This Partner Profile features Kristin Eliason, a recipient of our Loan Repayment Assistance Program and the Senior Managing Attorney at Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC).
Senior Managing Attorney
Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC)
Years on the Job
A little over 3 years
Little known fact about NVRDC:
We have no income requirements and provide holistic, victim-centered, trauma-informed assistance to victims of all crime types in DC.
Where did you grow up?
I’m an Air Force brat, so mostly overseas.
What brought you to DC?
What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
Law Clerk – I learned what makes a great attorney.
Woodland’s Vegan Bistro
One item from your bucket list
Free diving with orcas in Norway
Drumming, playing volleyball, going to concerts
Your News Source(s)
Most rewarding element of your work
Helping folks achieve their own justice.
If I weren’t working at NVRDC, I’d be…
A law school clinical professor.
LEGAL AID IN DC
Legal aid is important to me because…
It can empower marginalized & oppressed folks.
Your dream for our legal system is…
That crime victims are seen as more than evidence.
I pursued a career in public interest law because…
of my experiences as a student attorney.
I chose to apply for LRAP…
So I could afford to live in DC.
What has LRAP meant to you?
I can continue to work in public interest law.
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