Posts Tagged ‘Issue 9 (December 2016)’


More than $380,000 Awarded to Support DC Public Interest Attorneys

Last week, the DC Bar Foundation awarded more than $380,000 to 68 legal aid attorneys through its loan repayment assistance programs (LRAP). These attorneys work for DC legal aid organizations and provide free civil legal assistance to low-income District residents.

“Our loan repayment assistance programs help ensure that talented and passionate lawyers are not deterred from pursuing a career in public interest law due to exorbitant law school debt. Because of these programs, the District has some of the top lawyers in the country representing our community’s most vulnerable residents,” stated Kirra L. Jarratt, Executive Director of the DC Bar Foundation.

The DC Bar Foundation has granted over $2.8 million to 190 civil legal aid attorneys since LRAP’s inception in 2007. LRAP is just one of programs through which we provide 360 degrees of support to DC’s legal aid organizations. Read more about our programs here: For more information on LRAP, go to:


DC in the snow

Letter from the Executive Director

2016 is nearly over, but for the nearly 110,000 DC residents living in poverty, there are still many life-threatening challenges yet to face. The DC Bar Foundation helps make a difference in the lives of local residents, families, and communities, but we cannot continue this critical work without your support.  As the calendar year comes to an end, I hope that you will consider making a donation to the Foundation in order to bridge the gap between available resources and crucial needs. From all of us at DCBF, we wish you a happy holiday and a joyful new year!
Kirra L. Jarratt, Executive Director
Phil Horton

Partner Profile: Phil Horton

We regularly highlight the efforts of those who work to make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This Partner Profile features Phil Horton, DC Bar Foundation’s newest member of its Board of Directors.

Phil Horton

Retired partner/retired chair pro bono committee

Arnold & Porter

Years on the Job
Been at A&P for over 33 years. Still there doing pro bono in retirement.

Where did you grow up?
up and down the east coast — started in the south, went to mid-Atlantic, then New England

What brought you to DC?
My dream since I was a boy was to live and work in DC due to my interest in public affairs


Daily Habit
Gotta see the op-ed page

Favorite app
At 61, I wouldn’t know an app if one bit me!

Favorite Movie
Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest

Favorite Restaurant
Tia Queta (in Bethesda)

Favorite Vacation Spot
Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Guilty Pleasure
My own homemade ice cream

One Item from your Bucket List
Go to a baseball game in every big league ballpark


Bobby Kennedy

Your News Source
Newspapers – rarely watch TV

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is…
Change in my pocket, even though it’s obsolete

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


Most rewarding element of your work
Building pro bono/public interest institutions

Biggest failure and what you learned
Four lost death penalty cases. Win by losing.

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be…
Folk singer


Legal aid is important to me because . . .
Injustice infuriates me.

My dream for the legal system is…
Abolition of the death penalty

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is….
Access to housing.



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