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Apr 26

2016

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Regulations Adopted for D.C. Mold Remediation Law

On Friday, the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE) released important new regulations requiring landlords to inspect and remediate mold in rental housing.  The final regulations, which implement the Air Quality Amendment Act of 2014, create one of the strongest regulatory frameworks in the country for ensuring that tenants do not have to live with indoor mold. Read more →

Apr 22

2016

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Pro Bono Firms Lauded at 40 at 50 Breakfast!

On April 21, 2016, the judges of the District of Columbia federal courts honored a record 33 local law firms – including 21 Legal Aid Board firms – for their outstanding leadership in pro bono service and, in particular, for having at least 40% of their attorneys devote 50 or more hours in 2015 to providing free legal representation with limited financial resources or to charitable organizations.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland – whose photograph from the event with Judge Amy Jackson and Legal Aid Executive Director Eric Angel appeared in the Washington Post – spoke eloquently about the acute need for legal services for the poor. “Without legal assistance, poor individuals and families have no real access to justice,” Chief Judge Garland said. “Without access to justice, the promise of equal justice rings hollow.” Read more →

Apr 21

2016

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In One Week: Legal Aid Will Honor Thomas S. Williamson, Jr.

In one week, on Thursday, April 28, 2016, Legal Aid will present our highest honor – the Servant of Justice Award – to Thomas S. Williamson, Jr. of Covington & Burling LLP. This award will be presented by Covington’s Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Williamson_Thomas_300 greyscaleTom Williamson is a senior counsel at Covington & Burling. His areas of expertise include employment law, complex litigation, and health and welfare law matters for state governments.

Mr. Williamson was the Solicitor of Labor at the U.S. Department of Labor from 1993 to 1996. He served as Deputy Inspector General for the then-newly formed U.S. Department of Energy from 1978 to 1981. In 2003 he played a key role in developing the National Football League’s “Rooney Rule,” designed to promote increased opportunities for minorities to become head coaches in the NFL. Read more →

Apr 19

2016

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Just 8 days until Legal Aid Honors Marian Wright Edelman

Tickets are still available for our dinner this coming Thursday, April 28, 2016.   Legal Aid will present our highest honor – the Servant of Justice Award – to Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Childrens’ Defense Fund (CDF). This award will be presented by the Honorable Patricia M. Wald, retired Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

MWEHeadShot-224x325Mrs. Edelman has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, the CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. The CDF’s Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. Read more →

Apr 18

2016

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Former Legal Aid Loaned Associate Eve Runyon Named PBI President/CEO

Legal Aid is happy to congratulate Eve Runyon on being named President and CEO of the Pro Bono Institute (PBI).  Eve succeeds Esther Lardent, who founded PBI and held the roles of President and CEO for 19 years before stepping down for health reasons in 2015.  Ms. Lardent passed away earlier this month.

Esther Lardent left an extraordinary legacy, but Eve herself is poised to make important contributions to the pro bono world.  For those who do not know her, Eve’s background is impressive.  A graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale Law School, Eve joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, in 1998, serving at the firm for almost seven years.  In 2002, she came to Legal Aid as a “loaned associate” working on a wide range of important poverty law matters. Eve left Skadden to join PBI in 2005, serving for almost ten years as the Director of Corporate Pro Bono, PBI’s partnership project with the Association of Corporate Counsel. Read more →