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

Aug 20

2014

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Pro Bono Attorney Successfully Defends Client on Appeal

Schwartz Craig Photo 54376-9595A young woman who had recently lost her job with an international retail chain will receive unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to which she is entitled, thanks to Craig A. Schwartz, an associate at Baker Botts L.L.P. Craig accepted her case for pro bono representation by referral from Legal Aid. The client had earlier appeared pro se before the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), where she prevailed in her claim for UI benefits. But her former employer challenged the award in the D.C. Court of Appeals, which was when Craig and his colleagues stepped in to help out. Read more →

Aug 08

2014

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35% of Americans Facing Debt Collection Even as Economy Improves

Earlier this week, guests on The Diane Rehm Show explored a recent study from the Urban Institute revealing that 35% of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been sent to debt collection. Margot Saunders of the National Consumer Law Center speculated that this staggering figure may be due in part to the creation of financial products offered to consumers with the expectation of default, noting that the credit industry actually generates profits from consumers’ default. Read more →

Aug 07

2014

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Firms Announced for Generous Associates Campaign CulinAerie Cooking Competition

Following the record-breaking success of the 2014 Generous Associates Campaign, 40 of the 72 participating law firms qualified for a chance to compete in the second Generous Associates Campaign CulinAerie Cooking Competition.

Legal Aid congratulates all of this year’s qualifying firms for their stellar performance in the Campaign. The top two fundraising firms this year – WilmerHale and Latham & Watkins – were automatically guaranteed slots in the cooking competition, and the remaining eligible firms were entered into a random drawing. On August 6, Co-Chair Kelli Scheid of Arent Fox LLP came by Legal Aid’s office to do the official drawing. Read more →

Aug 04

2014

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A Million (Plus) Reasons to Thank D.C. Lawyers

Updated August 4, 2014 (5:23 PM): Legal Aid’s record-breaking campaign covered by National Law Journal.

After six suspenseful weeks, the 2014 Generous Associates Campaign has concluded with another record-shattering result. I am pleased to announce that this year’s Campaign has raised $1.2 million – surpassing the million-dollar mark for the first time ever in the Campaign’s history – and beating last year’s record by more than 20 percent.

Legal Aid is deeply grateful to all who helped make justice real this summer – most of all, to our Co-Chairs and Coordinators – who devoted a tremendous amount of time and energy to this important campaign. This campaign has exceeded Legal Aid’s fundraising record set by the Servant of Justice Awards Dinner earlier this year, now making the Generous Associates Campaign the most successful campaign ever in Legal Aid’s history. Read more →

Jul 24

2014

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National Geographic Piece Explores Food Insecurity

An article in the most recent issue of National Geographic details the remarkable extent to which food insecurity, in terms of both sheer numbers and demographic reach, pervades modern day America.

Through a series of photos and anecdotes, The New Face of Hunger shows how lacking consistent access to nutritionally adequate and safe food affects not only families living in urban neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty, but also those who live in sprawling, car-centric suburbs and in rural agricultural centers. Read more →