Posts Tagged ‘Issue 8 (November 2016)’
Show your support for civil legal aid in DC by making a gift to the Foundation on Tuesday, November 29.
This month has seen a wonderful outpouring of support from you, DC’s civil legal aid community. Thanks to all who came to (and sang at!) DCBF’s first Lip Sync for Justice on November 3rd, and especially thank you to the 63 workplaces who participated in 2016’s Go Casual for Justice!
The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) will award more than $4.5 million to strengthen and expand our civil legal aid network, addressing critical needs and improving our community through the 2017 Access to Justice Grants Program. Thanks to an appropriation from the DC Council starting in 2007, DCBF has awarded over $33 million to DC’s legal aid network, providing free legal assistance to about 30,000 low-income DC residents per year. These grants have greatly increased access to justice by, for example, opening legal aid offices in the poorest wards and placing attorneys in the courthouse to represent low-income litigants.
DCBF is now accepting applications from DC legal aid organizations for the 2017 Access to Justice Grants Program (public grants). The application is available online and is due by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Funding is available for projects that address legal issues in underserved areas and housing-related matters, as well as for a shared legal services interpreter bank.
To learn more about our grantees and programs, please visit our grants page.
We regularly highlight the efforts of those who work to make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This Partner Profile features Fahad Saghir, Senior Associate with Alston & Bird and a member of DCBF’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council.
S. Fahad Saghir
Alston & Bird LLP
Years on the Job
4 years, 9 months
Where did you grow up?
What brought you to DC?
Watering my office tomato and pepper plants
Any Sondheim musical
Favorite Vacation Spot
Most rewarding element of your work
Using problem solving skills
Main challenge of your early career
Letting go of fear of asking questions
Legal aid is important to me because . . .
Access to counsel is necessary for a just society.
The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is….
Access to housing.
Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council
How long have you participated in the YLN LC?
Greatest benefit to serving with Young Lawyers?
Meeting members of the DC legal community.