Posts Tagged ‘Issue 8 (November 2016)’

Call to Action

Call to Action is Underway!

Each year, through this important initiative, the generous support of area law firms and corporations helps make access to justice possible for thousands of District residents in desperate need of legal representation.
For more information, please contact David Stone, Development Officer, at or (202) 853-9025.
Learn more about Call to Action.
Kirra L. Jarratt

Letter from the Executive Director

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!

Now, as we get ready for our annual Call to Action, your help in raising money as a community will provide the legal help that can make all the difference in life’s most pivotal moments for the nearly 110,000 DC residents in poverty. Access to justice should not be conditional.
Kirra L. Jarratt, Executive Director
2017 Public Grants

Over $4.5 Million Available for DC Legal Aid

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.

Fahad Saghir

Partner Profile: Fahad Saghir

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

Senior Associate

Alston & Bird LLP

Years on the Job
4 years, 9 months

Where did you grow up?
Karachi, Pakistan

What brought you to DC?
Job opportunity


Daily Habit
Watering my office tomato and pepper plants

Favorite app
Apple News

Favorite Music
Any Sondheim musical

Favorite Vacation Spot


President Obama



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?
5 months

Greatest benefit to serving with Young Lawyers?
Meeting members of the DC legal community.