Making Justice Real

The Official Blog of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

Nov 15

2017

Legal Aid Expands Services for D.C.’s Immigrant Community

Legal Aid is proud to announce that we are expanding our programming to improve access to critically-needed legal services for D.C.’s immigrant community. The new program will be seeded by a $150,000 grant from the Venable Foundation, one of five grants the Foundation will provide to legal aid organizations nationwide.

“Our immigrant neighbors in the District face a wide range of legal challenges, yet often have trouble accessing the legal system either because of language issues or because of the fear of deportation,” said Eric Angel, Executive Director. “Legal Aid is committed to actively standing up for the rights of all residents of D.C., no matter where they were born. This expanded programming will help us achieve that goal.” Read more →

Nov 14

2017

Prescription Drug Plan Enrollment Assistance Available Through December 5

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but prescription drug plans are so delightful…

The holiday season is fast approaching, and at Legal Aid that means it’s time for Medicare Part D open enrollment. For the eleventh year in a row, Legal Aid and Whitman-Walker Health are hosting walk-in clinics for Medicare Part D recipients to enroll in 2018 prescription drug plans. Read more →

Oct 27

2017

An Inside Look at Family Court for D.C. Pro Bono Week

This week is D.C. Pro Bono Week, an annual weeklong celebration of the D.C. legal community’s pro bono contributions and a citywide effort to expand pro bono services for those who cannot afford a lawyer.

For this year’s Pro Bono Week, Legal Aid organized the event Family Law in Action: Site Visit at D.C. Superior Court’s Domestic Relations Branch. Stephanie Troyer, Supervising Attorney in Legal Aid’s Domestic Violence/Family Law Unit, led this site visit of Family Court, where child custody, divorce, child support, and paternity cases are heard. We were fortunate to be joined by a terrific group of attendees who represent a wide cross section of the legal community, including law students, law school faculty, public interest lawyers, lawyers in private practice, and volunteer lawyers. Read more →

Oct 23

2017

Citywide Housing Right to Counsel Project Celebrates Its Volunteers and Impact

Peter Edelman, Chairman of the D.C. Access to Justice Commission, and Jim Sandman, President of the Legal Services Corporation – two visionaries in the access to justice movement – beamed as they looked across a room filled with nearly 80 committed pro bono volunteers and supporters at the Housing Right to Counsel Celebration Breakfast hosted by Steptoe & Johnson LLP last week. Several years ago, Peter and Jim approached about a dozen managing partners from major law firms with a bold request: to join an ambitious initiative aimed at tackling D.C.’s housing crisis. A key component of the initiative was an experiment to make a civil right to counsel a reality for low-income tenants with housing subsidies who are facing eviction proceedings. Read more →

Oct 18

2017

Legal Aid’s Beth Harrison Receives Housing Justice Award

Last Friday evening, the National Housing Law Project bestowed its 2017 Housing Justice Award on Legal Aid Supervising Attorney Beth Mellen Harrison. NHLP’s Housing Justice Award recognizes a “new and impressive talent in the field of affordable housing and low-income housing rights” and is given annually to “an energetic and unstoppable activist . . . who is fearlessly and successfully tackling the systemic and often hostile obstacles that stand in the way of safe, decent and affordable housing for low-income and marginalized people.” Read more →