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

Jan 22

2015

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Legal Aid Names Veteran Appellate Attorney Jonathan Levy as New Director of its Barbara McDowell Appellate Advocacy Project

We are pleased to announce that Jonathan Levy will be joining Legal Aid to serve as the Director of the Barbara McDowell Appellate Advocacy Project. We are delighted that Jonathan, who has been an appellate attorney in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice for the past 15 years, will be bringing his considerable talent, experience, and expertise to bear on behalf of D.C.’s most vulnerable residents. The Project has already had a significant positive impact on communities living in poverty in the District, and Jonathan is poised to increase this impact in support of Legal Aid’s mission. Read more →

Jan 08

2015

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New Court Plan Outlines Path for Quicker, More Just Resolutions in Family Matters

An Administrative Order signed by D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Lee Satterfield and dated December 31, 2014 was posted on the courts’ website today adopting a revised Domestic Relations Case Management Plan. The result of months of discussions by judges, practitioners, and advocates, the Case Management Plan provides an effective framework for scheduling and resolving custody and divorce cases in D.C. Superior Court. Legal Aid is proud to have participated in process of debating and drafting the plan, which is in effect as of January 1, 2015. Read more →

Jan 06

2015

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2014 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll Now Open

Did you provide 50 or more hours of pro bono service in 2014? If so, the District of Columbia Courts want to recognize you for your contribution!

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, with the support of the D.C. Access to Justice Commission and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, are calling for applications for the fourth annual Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, which recognizes and celebrates the pro bono work done by members of the D.C. Bar and those otherwise authorized to practice law in the District. Read more →

Dec 23

2014

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Crowell & Moring Helps Inspirational Dad Retain Custody of his Children

As the year end approaches and we take stock of all of the remarkable work that pro bono attorneys throughout the city have done on behalf of their clients referred from Legal Aid, we wanted to share with you just one inspirational story.  The following inspirational story of just one father doing his best to raise his children despite significant challenges comes from Crowell & Moring’s pro bono newsletter ….  Read more →

Dec 22

2014

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D.C.’s “Ban the Box” Law Now Effective and Enforceable

Last week, the D.C. Office of Human Rights (OHR) issued an announcement stating that it has issued resources and guidance to the public on how to file a complaint to enforce the new Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014. Legal Aid is proud to have been a part of a broad coalition of legal services, civil justice, and housing and employment advocates who worked to push this measure through the D.C. Council earlier this year.

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