Posts Tagged ‘Partner Profile’

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.

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.

Name
S. Fahad Saghir

Job/Position
Senior Associate

Organization
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

INTERESTING FACTS

Daily Habit
Watering my office tomato and pepper plants

Favorite app
Apple News

Favorite Music
Any Sondheim musical

Favorite Vacation Spot
Venice

Hobbies
Cooking

Hero
President Obama

 

CAREER PATH

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

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.

Becky Troth

Partner Profile: Becky Troth

We regularly highlight the efforts of those who work to make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This Partner Profile features Becky Troth, Pro Bono Counsel for Sidley Austin and Go Casual for Justice participant since 2009.

Name
Becky Troth

Job/Position
Pro Bono Counsel

Organization
Sidley Autin, LLP

Years on the Job
10

Where did you grow up?
Mitchell, SD and Worthington, MN

What brought you to DC?
Interest in policy and government.

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
I clerked for Judge John Pratt on the U.S. District Court. He taught me the importance of having the right priorities in life – family and a job you really care about.

 

INTERESTING FACTS

Daily Habit
Walking our Sheltie, Teagan

Favorite Movie
Toss-up between Princess Bride and My Fair Lady

Favorite Music
Any Sondheim musical

Favorite Vacation Spot
Ireland

Hero
Eleanor Roosevelt

 

CAREER PATH

Most rewarding element of your work
I get to give away lawyers’ time and money to narrow the access to justice gap.

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I’d be…
Legal journalist, ala Nina Totenberg

 

Legal Aid

Legal aid is important to me because . . .
A lawyer can have such a huge impact on the outcome of so many problems that low-income residents in DC face. No one should have to face the prospect of losing one’s home or custody of one’s children without a lawyer to help navigate the judicial system.

Your dream for our legal system is….
A right to counsel for all litigants in high-stakes personal civil litigation.

 

Go Casual for Justice

How long have you participated in Go Casual for Justice?
Since 2009.

I give to DCBF because…
The access to justice gap in DC is far from being closed.

Greatest benefit to giving through Go Casual for Justice?
We’ve made significant contributions to LRAP.

 

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Kristin Eliason

Partner Profile: Kristin Eliason

We regularly highlight the efforts of those who work to make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This Partner Profile features Kristin Eliason, a recipient of our Loan Repayment Assistance Program and the Senior Managing Attorney at Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC).

Name
Kristin Eliason

Job/Position
Senior Managing Attorney

Organization
Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC)

Years on the Job
A little over 3 years

Little known fact about NVRDC:
We have no income requirements and provide holistic, victim-centered, trauma-informed assistance to victims of all crime types in DC.

Where did you grow up?
I’m an Air Force brat, so mostly overseas.

What brought you to DC?
Law School

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
Law Clerk – I learned what makes a great attorney.


INTERESTING FACTS

Favorite Restaurant
Woodland’s Vegan Bistro

One item from your bucket list
Free diving with orcas in Norway

Hobbies
Drumming, playing volleyball, going to concerts

Hero
Emma Goldman

Your News Source(s)
Democracy Now!

CAREER PATH

Most rewarding element of your work
Helping folks achieve their own justice.

If I weren’t working at NVRDC, I’d be…
A law school clinical professor.


LEGAL AID IN DC

Legal aid is important to me because…
It can empower marginalized & oppressed folks.

Your dream for our legal system is…
That crime victims are seen as more than evidence.

LRAP RECIPIENT

I pursued a career in public interest law because…
of my experiences as a student attorney.

I chose to apply for LRAP…
So I could afford to live in DC.

What has LRAP meant to you?
I can continue to work in public interest law.

 

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Laura Ames

Partner Profile: Laura Goldin Ames

We regularly highlight the efforts of those who work to make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This Partner Profile features Lara Goldin Ames, a member of DCBF’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council.

Name
Laura Goldin Ames

Job/Position
Attorney Advisor

Organization
Federal Government

Years on the Job
1 year

Where did you grow up?
Northern NJ

What brought you to DC?
Federal government employment


Interesting Facts

Favorite Vacation Spot
Europe

Guilty Pleasure
Eating sweets

One item from your bucket list
Visiting every continent, except Antarctica.

Hobbies
Reading, cooking, baking, exercising

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave home without
Gum

Career Path

Most rewarding element of your work
Contributing to government efficiency.

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I’d…
Own a dog grooming/day care business.


Legal Aid in DC

Legal aid is important to me because…
Everyone deserves a chance to be heard.

Your dream for our legal system is…
Access for everyone.

DCBF Volunteer

How long have you volunteered with DCBF?
1 year

What is the greatest benefit to you in serving as a volunteer?
Meeting other attorneys dedicated to access to justice.

 

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Partner Profile: Heather Hodges, Neighborhood Legal Services Program

We regularly highlight interesting facts and insights from you and others whose work each day makes our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This partner profile features Heather Hodges, Pro Bono Counsel at Neighborhood Legal Services Program.


Name:
Heather Hodges

Job/Position:
Pro Bono Counsel

Organization:
Neighborhood Legal Services Program

Years on the job:

5 1/2

Where did you grow up?

Columbus, OH

What brought you to DC?
I was an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP.

What was your first job in DC and what did you learn?
Clerk-typist at U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Fun Facts

Daily habit:
Pilates every morning at 4 a.m.

Favorite app:
Google Translate. I run a cuban news website.

Favorite movie:
West Side Story

Hobbies:
Cuban dance

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave your home without is…
I ride the bus to work, so I always have a novel.

Career

Most rewarding element of your work:
Helping other attorneys with pro bono service.

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

Legal Aid and DCBF Funding

Your dream for our legal system is…
To make justice for a ll a reality.

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…
That there is still an access to justice gap,

Little know fact about your organization:
Many don’t realize we’ve been providing civil legal aid in the District for over half a century. Founded in 1964, we were a pioneer to the neighborhood-based legal services and we still thrive to be an integral part of the communities we serve.

What is your relationship to DCBF?
Grantee

Organizational Mission:
We provide free, civil legal services to low-income residents of the District of Columbia.

What has DCBF funding meant to your organization?
We were able to open the only full service, civil legal aid office in Ward 7.

Recent victory made possible by DCBF funding:
NLSP won a $120,000 judgment for a disabled veteran who was left without heat and then wronglfuly evicted.

 

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Partner Profile: Alison Lima Andersen, YLN LC Co-Chair

We regularly highlight interesting facts and insights from you and others whose work each day make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This  partner profile features Alison Lima Andersen, Associate at Arent Fox LLP and Co-Chair of DCBF’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council.

 

Name
Alison Lima Andersen

Job/Position
Associate

Organization
Arent Fox LLP

Years on the job
Six

Where did you grow up?

Canaan, Vermont

What brought you to DC?
I wanted to try a new place and attend law school.

What was your first job in DC and what did you learn?
I was a paralegal for a few years. The experience confirmed that law school was the right next step for me.

Fun Facts

Favorite movie:
Christmas Vacation

Favorite vacation spot:
Boston, MA (my family and the Red Sox are there!)

One item from your bucket list:
Safari in Africa

Hobbies:
Traveling, watching TV, running

Your news source:
CNN

Career

Most rewarding element of your work:
Being able to obtain great results for clients, and having the flexibility to do pro bono work.

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

Legal Aid

Legal aid is important to me because…
Your salary should not dictate whether you have access to justice.

Most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC:
The capacity to support the needs of those without resources is always an issue, but there are so many fantastic lawyers working hard for this population day in and day out in DC. Affordable attorneys for those who can afford to pay something, but not regular law firm fees, are hard to find, and I am encouraged by the opening of the DC Affordable Law Firm.

DCBF Leadership

How long have you served on the Young Lawyers Netowrk Leadership Council? 
Two and a half years

Greatest benefit to you in serving on the YLN LC?
Learning about and supporting the great work that attorneys in DC are doing.

How long have you donated to DCBF?
Two and a half years

I give to DCBF because…
The organization has an effect on so many legal services organizations in DC.
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