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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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Partner Profile: Staff Attorney Joshua Rigney

Each week, we highlight interesting facts and insights from you and others whose work each day make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This week’s partner profile features Joshua Rigney, Staff Attorney, DCBF Grantee, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition – Pro Bono Asylum Program (PBAP).

Josh Rigney, Staff Attorney, TASSC

Name

Josh Rigney

Job/Position

Staff Attorney

Years on the job

Half a year

Organization

Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition – Pro Bono Asylum Program (PBAP)

Where did you grow up?

Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois

What brought you to DC?

Law school

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

I worked as a Dean’s Fellow for the International Human Rights Law Clinic at American University’s Washington College of Law. I learned about preparing applications for asylum and other immigration benefits.

Fun Facts

Favorite restaurant  

Meiwah near the intersection of M Street and New Hampshire in NW DC.

Favorite vacation spot

Tie between Paris, France and Phuket, Thailand

Guilty pleasure

Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake from Barnes & Noble

One item from your bucket list

Hike to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal

Hobbies

Playing soccer, running, and reading

Career

Most rewarding element of your work –

The look of joy/relief on a client’s face when they are granted asylum.

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

Intelligence analyst for the government or a professor.

Legal Aid and DCBF Funding

 Legal aid is important to me because…

This country runs on laws that are supposed to treat each and every person equally. A growing number of people, however, find that the costs and complexity of the legal system ensures that the treatment they receive is far from equal. Legal aid, when put to effective use, should help to address this issue.

 Your dream for our legal system is…

That we put the necessary money into our immigration legal system so men and women that have come to the US without their families as they seek asylum no longer have to wait several years before seeing their families again.

Organization mission:

TASSC seeks to eradicate the use of torture and help survivors of torture recover from the trauma they have experienced.

Little known fact about your organization.

TASSC is an organization built and run by torture survivors. Its founder, executive director, some of its staff, and half of its board of directors are torture survivors.

Recent victory made possible through DCBF funding.

Two participants in our recent legal orientation realized that they were being taken advantage of by case writers (basically fake attorneys, similar to notarios) and decided to find real attorenys to work on their cases.

What has DCBF funding meant to your organization?

Since receiving funding through DCBF, the number of asylum cases for DC residents that PBAP can work on has quadrupled. Furthermore, PBAP has been able to reach out to many more of our residents through legal orientations that explain asylum law and the asylum process, and provide advice for finding good legal representation.