Posts Tagged ‘Partner Profile’

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

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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.

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.