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Partner Profile: Daniel Rezneck

Each month, we highlight your efforts to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Daniel Rezneck, Senior Assistant at the Office of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia. He is a founding member of the DC Bar Foundation, a member of our Past President’s Council, and the inaugural Chair of the 77 Society. Thank you for your service to the Foundation, and to all DC residents, Mr. Rezneck.

Name
Daniel Rezneck

Job/Position
Senior Assistant Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Organization
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Years on the Job
16

Where did you grow up?
Troy, New York

What brought you to DC?
clerking for Justice Brennan

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
clerking for Justice Brennan; I learned a lot.

INTERESTING FACTS

Favorite Movie
Casablanca

Favorite Restaurant
Ole

Guilty Pleasure
none that I feel guilty about

Hobbies
Reading

Hero
Justice Brennan

Your News Source(s)
4 newspapers a day and TV

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is…
OAG identification

CAREER PATH

Biggest failure
Abscam defense

Most rewarding element of your work
appearing in court

List three main challenges you faced early on in your career
joining Arnold, Fortas and Porter; making partner at Arnold and Porter; teaching at Georgetown University Law Center

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

LEGAL AID

Legal aid is important to me because …
I know the needs of the District of Columbia

Your dream for our legal system is…
counsel for everyone who needs it.

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…
some form of civil Gideon.

 

Would you like to tell us about your role in DC’s legal aid community? Fill out our ​Partner Profile Survey and share your story in an upcoming newsletter.

Partner Profile: Ron Flagg

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Ron Flagg, Vice President for Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Legal Services Corporation, and one of our 2018 Call to Action campaign co-chairs.

Name
Ron Flagg

Job/Position
Vice President & General Counsel

Organization
Legal Services Corporation

Years on the Job
4-1/2 years

Where did you grow up?
Milwaukee, WI

What brought you to DC?
A job in the US Department of Justice Office of Intelligence Policy & Review

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
I worked as an attorney in the DOJ Office of Intelligence Policy & Review. Classified information is not necessarily interesting.

INTERESTING FACTS

Daily Habit
Check weather forecasts where my 3 daughters live

Favorite App
Facebook

Favorite Movie
Local Hero

Favorite Restaurant
Convivial

Favorite Vacation Spot
Rocky Mountain National Park

Guilty Pleasure
I don’t reveal my guilty pleasures

One Item from your Bucket List
New Zealand

Hobbies
Hiking

Hero
Abraham Lincoln

Your News Source(s)
washingtonpost.com

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is…
My smile

You get to paint a mural on the side of the White House. What do you paint?
Sign reading “Wanted: A Mural Painter”

CAREER PATH

Most rewarding element of your work
Advancing LSC mission of funding legal aid

If I weren’t working at Legal Services Corporation, I would be…
still working at Sidley Austin

LEGAL AID

Legal aid is important to me because …
clients’ lives often depend on it

Your dream for our legal system is…
Everyone needing help to access the system gets it

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…
Housing

 

Would you like to tell us about your role in DC’s legal aid community? Fill out our ​Partner Profile Survey and share your story in an upcoming newsletter.

Partner Profile: Mark Herzog

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Mark Herzog, Pro Bono Counsel at Sidley Austin LLP – the defending champion of our Go Casual for Justice campaign.

Name
Mark Herzog

Job/Position
Pro Bono Counsel

Organization
Sidley Austin LLP

Years on the Job
4 months

Where did you grow up?
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

What brought you to DC?
Law School

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
I was a bartender during law school. What did I learn? How bartenders become more attractive to patrons as last call approaches.

INTERESTING FACTS

Daily Habit
Waking, which I never intend to abandon.

Favorite App
Pandora at home. Waze approaching the GW Bridge.

Favorite Movie
Funny Girl, Sound of Music and Tootsie (Yes, I am)

Favorite Vacation Spot
Wherever is planned next. This year, Alaska.

Guilty Pleasure
Ice cream. Lots. And cheese.

One Item from your Bucket List
I married him.

Hobbies
Chauffeuring my son from event to event… Wait.

Hero
My mom for her compassion, courage and grace.

Your News Source(s)
WP, NYT, NPR and TRMS for a little spin

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is…
Phone charger

CAREER PATH

Biggest failure and what you learned
TONS of mistakes. No failures.

Most rewarding element of your work
Every pro bono case we staff feels like a victory.

List three main challenges you faced early on in your career
Youth. Youth. Youth.

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be a…
top box office sensation.

LEGAL AID

Legal aid is important to me because …
lawyers make a difference. Period.

Your dream for our legal system is…
for the need of legal aid to become obsolete.

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…
the one on which I currently am working.

Little known fact about your organization
The breadth and impact of Sidley’s pro bono work is extraordinary. #Proudtobe@Sidley

 

Would you like to tell us about your role in DC’s legal aid community? Fill out our ​Partner Profile Survey and share your story in an upcoming newsletter.

Partner Profile: Stanley Sher

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Stanley Sher, Of Counsel at Cozen O’Connor LLP and a former member of DCBF’s Advisory Committee. Thank you for your longtime service to the committee, Mr. Sher!

Name
Stanley Sher

Job/Position
Of Counsel

Organization
Cozen O’Connor LLP

Years on the Job
Our law firm (Sher & Blackwell) merged with Cozen O’Connor in 2010. Prior to that, I have been in private practice in DC since 1960.

Where did you grow up?
Milwaukee, WI

What brought you to DC?
Work for the Government (which I never did).

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
Worked for a small law firm where the senior partner stressed, “Treat each client as if it’s your only one.”

INTERESTING FACTS

Daily Habit
Making ‘to do’ lists.

Favorite app
WSJ

Favorite Movie
Tie–Casablanca, The Magnificent Seven

Favorite Restaurant
So’s Your Mom

Favorite Vacation Spot
Door County, Wisconsin

Guilty Pleasure
Dark Chocolate

One Item from your Bucket List
Next up-trip to New Zealand

Hobbies
Travel, reading and time with my grandchildren

Hero
My father

Your News Source(s)
Washington Post, WSJ, NYT, CNBC, Jn of Commerce

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is…
My Glasses

CAREER PATH

Most rewarding element of your work
Mentoring young lawyers who exceed expectations.

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be a…
History Professor

LEGAL AID

Legal aid is important to me because …
Addresses and redresses unfairness.

Your dream for our legal system is…
There is no longer a need for any DCBF’s grantees

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…
Affordable, safe and decent housing.

Little known fact about your organization
Growing rapidly yet maintaining its values/small firm culture.

 

Would you like to tell us about your role in DC’s legal aid community? Fill out our ​Partner Profile Survey and share your story in an upcoming newsletter.

Partner Profile: Christopher Hatfield

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Christopher Hatfield, a member of the Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council.

Name
Christopher Hatfield

Job/Position
Associate Attorney

Organization
Trout Cacheris & Janis PLLC

Years on the Job
3

Where did you grow up?
New Hampshire

What brought you to DC?
My job and my wife.

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
My current job, where I learn how to handle new, difficult challenges every day.

INTERESTING FACTS

Daily Habit
My cat has trained me to brush her every morning.

Favorite app
Other than boring ones, I need my Feedly reader.

Favorite Movie
Forrest Gump

Favorite Restaurant
Equinox, Smoke & Barrel, Fare Well

Favorite Vacation Spot
My wife and I loved our honeymoon in Bali.

Guilty Pleasure
I’m a beer snob & spend too much on rare bottles.

One Item from your Bucket List
1. Create a bucket list.

Hobbies
I also am Executive Editor at SoxProspects.com.

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is…
Reusable bags. That DC Bag Tax does its job.

CAREER PATH

Most rewarding element of your work
Knowing I made a difference for my client.

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be a…
Journalist.

LEGAL AID

Legal aid is important to me because . . .
It’s important to give back to my community.

Your dream for our legal system is…
A more diverse judiciary and law enforcement

 

Would you like to tell us about your role in DC’s legal aid community? Fill out our ​Partner Profile Survey and share your story in an upcoming newsletter.

Krisztina Szabo

Partner Profile: Krisztina Szabo

Krisztina Szabo is a staff attorney with Whitman-Walker Health, an unwavering advocate of the LGBTQ community for nearly 40 years. June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and we would like to recognize Krisztina for her tireless work in providing free legal assistance to DC’s LGBTQ community. (You can also read about her organization, ​Whitman-Walker Health, in this month’s Grantee Spotlight.)

Name
Krisztina Szabo

Job/Position
Staff Attorney

Organization
Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services

Years on the Job
Almost 3 years

Little known fact about your organization
Many of our Legal Services clients are not Whitman-Walker Health patients

Where did you grow up?
Hungary and South Carolina

What brought you to DC?
AU WCL’s Law & Government LLM program

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
Staff Attorney at Ayuda, which confirmed that I love direct services work.

INTERESTING FACTS

Daily Habit
Cuddling with my cat, Sheldon.

Favorite app
Polytopia

Favorite Movie
Forrest Gump

Favorite Restaurant
Le Diplomate

Favorite Vacation Spot
Aruba or Paris

Guilty Pleasure
Anything sweet, especially macaroons

One Item from your Bucket List
Swimming with manatees

Hobbies
Travelling/travel planning and balcony gardening

Hero
Mom, clients, mentors, and Justice Sotomayor & RBG

News Source(s)
Al Jazeera, MSNBC, WaPo, and NPR

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is…
Coffee and kindness

You get to paint a mural on the side of the White House. What do you paint?
The Constitution, in bold print

CAREER PATH

Biggest failure and what you learned
Overplanning can inhibit flexibility & creativity

Most rewarding element of your work
Seeing my clients thrive

List three main challenges you faced early on in your career
Fear of being wrong, time management, and overplanning

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be a…
Teacher or a foreign service officer

If I weren’t working at Whitman-Walker, I would be…
Working at another legal services organization

LEGAL AID

Legal aid is important to me because . . .
It is a conduit for equity

Your dream for our legal system is…
A more diverse judiciary and law enforcement

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…
Access to public benefits and housing

 

Would you like to tell us about your role in DC’s legal aid community? Fill out our ​Partner Profile Survey and share your story in an upcoming newsletter.

Alina Kassel

Partner Profile: Alina Kassel

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Alina Kassel, who interned with the Foundation from January – May, 2017.

Name
Alina Kassel

Job/Position
Intern

Organization
DC Bar Foundation

Years on the Job
4 Months

Where did you grow up?
Germany

What brought you to DC?
Career Opportunities

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
At DCBF, I’ve been assisting with Development and Communications, and I’ve received insight into the law industry and how a nonprofit operates.

INTERESTING FACTS

Daily Habit
Networking

Favorite app
Whats App

Favorite Movie
Cruel Intentions

Favorite Restaurant
Cafe Milano

Favorite Vacation Spot
Miami

Guilty Pleasure
Ice Cream

One Item from your Bucket List
Visiting Cape Town

Hobbies
Yoga, Travel, Boxing, Brunch

Hero
My parents

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is…
Lipstick

CAREER PATH

Most rewarding element of your work
Experience and meeting interesting people

If I weren’t working here, I’d be…
In Hawaii.

LEGAL AID

Legal aid is important to me because . . .
Helping my society is important to me.

 

Would you like to tell us about your role in DC’s legal aid community? Fill out our ​Partner Profile Survey and share your story in an upcoming newsletter.

 

Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas

Partner Profile: Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas, Executive Director of Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc and recipient of the 2017 Scoutt Prize.​

Name
Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas

Job/Position
Executive Director

Organization
Advocates for Justice and Education

Years on the Job
Almost 13 years

Little Known Fact About Your Organization
Our first office was located in Allen Chapel AME Church on Alabama Ave., SE

Where did you grow up?
Washington, D.C.

What brought you to DC?
It’s home

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment. I learned word processing.

INTERESTING FACTS

Daily Habit
Prayer with my children

Favorite app
Word Streak

Favorite Movie
Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Vacation Spot
Virginia Beach

Guilty Pleasure
Chocolate chip cookies and milk

One Item from your Bucket List
Travel to South Africa

Hobbies
Reading fiction and writing poetry

Your News Source
Newspapers, radio and t.v.

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is…
My purse

CAREER PATH

Most rewarding element of your work
Empowering others to self advocate

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

LEGAL AID

Legal aid is important to me because . . .
It provides access to basic necessities

My dream for the legal system is…
Equitable access to fair & just resolutions

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…
Economic stability & habitable housing

 

Would you like to tell us about your role in DC’s legal aid community? Fill out our ​Partner Profile Survey and share your story in an upcoming newsletter.

Shirley Higuchi

Partner Profile: Shirley Higuchi

We regularly highlight the efforts of those who work to make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This Partner Profile features Shirley Higuchi, Co-Chair for DCBF’s Call to Action.

Name
Shirley Ann Higuchi

Job/Position
Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs

Organization
American Psychological Association

Years on the Job
26

Where did you grow up?
Ann Arbor, MI

What brought you to DC?
Georgetown Law School

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
Associate, EPSTEIN BECKER GREEN. I learned healthcare law during a transformative time.

INTERESTING FACTS

Daily Habit
Yoga

Favorite app
Uber

Favorite Movie
Sound of Music

Favorite Restaurant
Kintaro

Favorite Vacation Spot
Cabo

Guilty Pleasure
Red wine

One Item from your Bucket List
Horse back ride in Ireland

Hobbies
Yoga, horseback riding & health and wellness

Hero
Late Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Your News Source
USATODAY & Washington Post

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is…
Sun screen

You get to paint a mural on the side of the White House. What do you paint?
My photo with the Obamas

CAREER PATH

Most rewarding element of your work
It ties in well with social justice & policy

Biggest failure and what you learned
Not listening and being aware- I learned to listen

Three main challenges you faced early in your career
One of the few women, being Asian & mentorship

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be…
Capitol Park police on horseback

If I weren’t working at American Psychological Association, I would be…
In the Japanese American Incarceration community

LEGAL AID

Legal aid is important to me because . . .
It’s doing the right thing

My dream for the legal system is…
To have it adequately funded

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

Little known fact about your organization
Cutting edge legal work in parity implementation

 

Want to be featured in an upcoming DCBF Newsletter? Fill out our Partner Profile Survey and tell us about your part in DC’s legal aid community.

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.

Name
Phil Horton

Job/Position
Retired partner/retired chair pro bono committee

Organization
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

INTERESTING FACTS

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

Hobbies
Guitar

Hero
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

CAREER PATH

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

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.

 

 

Want to be featured in an upcoming DCBF Newsletter? Fill out our Partner Profile Survey and tell us about your part in DC’s legal aid community.