Posts Tagged ‘Partner Profile’

Partner Profile: Ashley James

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Ashley James, Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment at Facebook, member of the Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council, and Co-Chair of the 2020 Lip Sync for Justice event.

Job/Position

Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment

Years on the Job

Four

Organization

Facebook

Where did you grow up?

Washington, DC

What brought you to DC?

It’s my hometown!

What was your first job in DC and what did you learn?

A summer internship at a federal agency while in high school. I mostly took away the basics of being a working person – how to conduct myself in a work environment and interact with others, what it meant to go to work every day, how to navigate the metro, etc. It was very helpful in learning how to be more than just a student.

Favorite App

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp of course!

Favorite Movie

Pretty Woman

Favorite Restaurant

Pearl Dive or Compass Rose

Favorite Vacation Spot

A beach with clear water

Guilty Pleasure

Wendy Williams’ Hot Topics

One Item from your Bucket List

To visit every country – or at least 100

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

“Enjoy the Journey”

Biggest failure and what you learned

Being overwhelmed helped me to say no.

Legal aid is important to me because…

It gives voices to many who are unheard.

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…

Equal access and knowledge for everyone.

Partner Profile: Meryl Grenadier

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Meryl Grenadier, Attorney at AARP Foundation and Co-Chair of the Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council.

Job/Position

Attorney, AARP Foundation

Years on the Job

Just over one year in my current role

Where did you grow up?

New Rochelle, NY

What brought you to DC?

I majored in journalism and political science, and was thinking about law school at the time. DC was (and still is) a great place to explore my interests.

What was your first job in DC and what did you learn?

Before I was a lawyer I worked as a public interest fellow at the National Whistleblowers Center, where I learned how important it is for lawyers to advocate on behalf of underrepresented populations.

Daily Habit

Coffee!

Favorite App

Instagram

Favorite Movie

Any and all romantic comedies

Favorite Restaurant

Red Hen

Favorite Vacation Spot

Southwest Harbor, ME (Vacationland!)

Hero

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Your News Source(s)

New York Times

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

My (giant – 25 oz) water bottle

Legal aid is important to me because…

Having a lawyer can change everything

Your dream for our legal system is…

Equal access to representation for everyone

Partner Profile: Greer Richey

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Greer Richey, Development and Communications Assistant at the DC Bar Foundation.  

Years on the Job

1

Where did you grow up?

Arlington, VA

What brought you to DC?

I went to college in DC and decided to stay in the area after graduation.

Daily habit

Lighting candles and watering my plants every morning.

Favorite Restaurant

Olive Garden. I know it’s not the best, but it’s my favorite!

Favorite Vacation Spot

Edinburgh, UK. It’s a magical city (and birthplace of Harry Potter, my favorite book series).

Guilty Pleasure

I buy a lot of purses…

One Item from Your Bucket List

I would love to run the Marine Corps Marathon.

Hobbies

Running, reading, being outside, eating good food

Legal aid is important to me because…

Everyone has the right to access the legal services they need, when they need them. 

Your dream for our legal system is…

Equal representation for all.

Partner Profile: B.A. Cockburn

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features B.A. Cockburn, Programs Officer at the DC Bar Foundation.

Years on the Job

4 months

Where did you grow up?

Canada

What brought you to DC?

The desire to live in a capital city.

Favorite Movie

Sound of Music

Favorite Restaurant

Le Diplomate

One item from your bucket list

Motorbiking the Pan-American Highway with Keanu

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

A book

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

“Kindness eases change” – Octavia E. Butler

Most rewarding element of your work?

Going on site visits and learning about the difference we make.

Legal aid is important to me because…

It helps fight issues of poverty.

 

Partner Profile: Stacey Eunnae

Each month, we highlight individuals working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. Meet Stacey Eunnae, Senior Staff Attorney for Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc.

Name
Stacey Eunnae

Job/Position
Senior Staff Attorney

Organization
Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc. (AJE)

Years on the Job
2.5 years at AJE

Where did you grow up?
I moved frequently and lived in DC, Virginia, Egypt, Malawi, and Zaire.

What brought you to DC?
Law school

What is your relationship to DCBF?
DCBF Grantee

INTERESTING FACTS

Favorite Vacation Spot
Sharm El Sheikh 

Guilty Pleasure
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Hobbies
Yoga, travel, astrology, live music, HBO

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave your house without is…
Water or another beverage

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

LEGAL AID

List three main challenges you faced early on in your career
Knew zero lawyers, caffeine overdose, and DC jail’s dress code

Most rewarding element of your work
Supporting the most persecuted and rebellious teens

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…
Lack of 24/7 access to safe, affordable shelter

Partner Profile: Lucy Newton

Each month, we highlight individuals working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. Meet Lucy Newton, Supervising Attorney and Co-Director of the Eviction Defense Unit for DC Law Students in Court.

Name
Lucy Newton

Job/Position
Supervising Attorney and Co-Director, Eviction Defense Unit

Organization
DC Law Students in Court

Years on the Job
Less than a year, although I have been a legal service attorney in DC since 2005.

Where did you grow up?
Waycross, Georgia

What brought you to DC?
A fellowship

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?

I worked at a large nonprofit, and I learned a lot about coalition building and policy work.

What is your relationship to DCBF?
DCBF Grantee

INTERESTING FACTS

Favorite Vacation Spot
Anyplace with trees and stars 

Guilty Pleasure
Dark chocolate

Hobbies
I am a classically trained singer. I sing a lot.

Your News Source(s)
The Washington Post, mostly

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave your house without is…
Chap stick

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

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

LEGAL AID

Most rewarding element of your work
The connection with my clients.

Legal aid is important to me because …
Access to justice shouldn’t be about your income.

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…
Lack of access to affordable housing.

Partner Profile: Melissa Weberman

Each month, we highlight individuals working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. Meet Melissa Weberman, the driving force behind Arnold & Porter’s recent Go Casual success.

Name
Melissa Weberman

Job/Position
Associate

Organization
Arnold & Porter

Years on the Job
I am about to celebrate my 6th anniversary at A&P

Where did you grow up?
Washington, DC

What brought you to DC?
I am a Washingtonian, born and bred. I lived away for many years and moved back six years ago because I was ready to come home.

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
I was a figure skating instructor in high school. I learned patience!

INTERESTING FACTS

Daily Habit
Stretching while brushing my teeth

Favorite App
Yelp

Favorite Movie
The Cutting Edge

Favorite Restaurant
Cactus Cantina, my high school hang-out

Guilty Pleasure
Cheese

Hobbies
Good TV, Bad TV

You get to paint a mural on the side of the White House. What do you paint?
A flamingo (my very favorite thing)

LEGAL AID

Legal aid is important to me because …
It does justice.

Your dream for our legal system is…
Equal access to justice.

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…
Safe and affordable housing for families.

Partner Profile: Sarah Hollender

Each month, we highlight individuals working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. Meet Sarah Hollender, Associate Director for Litigation with our grantee Tzedek DC.

Name
Sarah Hollender

Job/Position
Associate Director for Litigation

Organization
Tzedek DC

Years on the Job
1 year

Where did you grow up?
Park City, Utah

What brought you to DC?
Tzedek DC and the DC Bar Foundation!

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
Tzedek DC is my first job in DC, and I am learning all the new and inventive ways DC consumers are scammed.

INTERESTING FACTS

Daily Habit
Walking as much as I can

Favorite App
Overcast – good for podcasts on my bus commute

Favorite Vacation Spot
Somewhere I’ve never been, and bonus if warm

Guilty Pleasure
watching dumb Youtube videos

Your News Source(s)
Washington Post, NYT, NPR, and Slate

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

CAREER PATH

Biggest failure and what you learned
Forgot life outside of work. Remember to de-stress

Most rewarding element of your work
When clients feel heard & successful case outcomes

List three main challenges you faced early on in your career
youthful look, dislike of calls, over promising

LEGAL AID

Legal aid is important to me because …
adversarial system – everyone needs representation

Your dream for our legal system is…
Access to justice & true equal justice under law

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…
the one affecting the client in my office.

Little known fact about your organization
Tzedek means Justice

C. Lindsay headshot

Partner Profile: Courtney Lindsay

Each month, we highlight your efforts to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Courtney Lindsay, an Attorney in the Federal government, and Co-Chair of our Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council’s 2018 Lip Sync for Justice Event! Thank you for your dedication to our leadership as a member of our Young Lawyer’s Network Leadership Council.

Name
Courtney Lindsay

Job/Position
Attorney

Years on the Job
2

Where did you grow up?
Charlottesville, Virginia

What brought you to DC?
First post-law school job

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
I worked for a large law firm in downtown DC. I was exposed to various corporate law issues, but more importantly, I learned the importance of controlling the trajectory of my career.

INTERESTING FACTS

Favorite App
Twitter

Favorite Movie
Forrest Gump and The Color Purple

Favorite Restaurant
Le Diplomate

Favorite Vacation Spot
Cape Town, South Africa is amazing

Guilty Pleasure
Chocolate chip cookies from Ted’s Bulletin

One Item from your Bucket List
Scuba driving in Australia

Hobbies
Karaoke and social organizing

Hero
Savola Lindsay (my grandmother)

Your News Source(s)
NPR, Reuters, WSJ and Washington Post

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is…
My headphones – I love music

You get to paint a mural on the side of the White House. What do you paint?
Diverse people and “Harmony, Peace and Acceptance”

CAREER PATH

Most rewarding element of your work
Feeling like I am benefiting the greater good

List three main challenges you faced early on in your career
The Great Recession, deferment and uncertainty

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be…
Policy advocate or teacher

LEGAL AID

Legal aid is important to me because …
Everyone deserves an advocate

Your dream for our legal system is…
For all to have access to quality representation

 

 

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: Stacie Reimer

Each month, we highlight your efforts to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Stacie Reimer, Executive Director and Founding Partner at Amara Legal Center.

Name
Stacie Reimer

Job/Position
Executive Director

Organization
Amara Legal Center

Years on the Job
4

Where did you grow up?
Fallon, NV

What brought you to DC?
Law school

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
I was an intake intern at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (CAIR). While there, I was exposed to the great need for legal advocacy on behalf of immigrants in the DC metro area.

INTERESTING FACTS

Daily Habit
I try to meditate, even if just for 10 minutes.

Favorite App
Insight Timer – it has tons of guided meditations.

Favorite Movie
I love the show International House Hunters.

Favorite Restaurant
Zaytinya

Favorite Vacation Spot
Anywhere out of the country – I love to travel!

Guilty Pleasure
Chocolate and ice cream

One Item from your Bucket List
Run a marathon

Hobbies
Yoga, traveling, spending time with friends

Hero
My grandma

Your News Source(s)
Does The Daily Show count?

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is…
My water bottle and earphones

You get to paint a mural on the side of the White House. What do you paint?
Symbols of racial and gender equity and peace

CAREER PATH

Biggest failure and what you learned
I’ve learned rejection doesn’t equal failure

Most rewarding element of your work
Knowing that we’re providing a vital service

List three main challenges you faced early on in your career
Long hours, building trust, steep learning curve

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be…
My other job is a yoga teacher

If I weren’t working at Amara Legal Center, I would be…
Working on systemic criminal justice reform

LEGAL AID

Legal aid is important to me because …
It can provide stability to vulnerable people

Your dream for our legal system is…
A system that is easy to navigate and free for all

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…
Protecting tenants’ rights impacted by development

Little known fact about your organization
We’re grateful to be housed inside Ropes and Gray.

 

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.