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

May 22

2015

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Legal Aid Selected to Host CFPB Financial Coach

CFPB logoLegal Aid announced today that it has been selected by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to participate in the federal agency’s Financial Coaching Initiative. As part of this initiative, Legal Aid will host a full-time financial coach to work with our clients to help them with their specific financial goals. Legal Aid was selected as part of a competitive process to identify nonprofit organizations serving economically vulnerable consumers who would benefit from complementary financial coaching services. The initiative, which was formally launched on Wednesday of this week, is designed to provide financial coaching at critical points in consumers’ lives as they move along the path to financial stability.

May 15

2015

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Legal Aid Named One Of The “Best Nonprofits To Work For” . . . Again!

It is my great privilege to announce that the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia has again been named one of the “Best NonProfits to Work For 2015” by The NonProfit Times. In fact, we were ranked sixth highest nationwide, and are number one on the list in Washington, D.C. Read more →

May 11

2015

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Servant of Justice Awards Dinner Honors Russell, Henderson, Horton

Last Wednesday night, Legal Aid celebrated its 26th Annual Servant of Justice Awards Dinner.  More than 600 lawyers, judges, government officials, and friends and supporters of Legal Aid were in attendance. And the event raised more than one million dollars to support Legal Aid’s work on behalf of persons living in poverty in the District!

Graeme Bush of Zuckerman Spaeder and Dionne Lomax of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo served as the evening’s co-chairs. Board President Dan Jarcho of McKenna Long & Aldridge kicked off the evening with a warm welcome, offering thanks to everyone for their support of Legal Aid.  Dionne expressed gratitude to all the many dignitaries and supporters of Legal Aid who are so critical to our ability to make justice real for our client community. Read more →

May 04

2015

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Profiting off the Poor

USA Living

Last week, Legal Aid and the law firm of Tycko & Zavareei, LLP issued a press release announcing that we have filed a class action lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court against the retail chain USA Discounters. The lawsuit alleges that USA Discounters preys on vulnerable consumers, charging high-interest loans on high-cost furniture and electronics that violate usury laws and the laws prohibiting unfair and deceptive sales practices. Read more →

May 04

2015

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Legal Aid Honors Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights with Servant of Justice Award

On Wednesday, May 6, Legal Aid will present our highest honor – the Servant of Justice Award – to Wade Henderson, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Wade’s award will be presented by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Wade has spent his career fighting to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of people who traditionally have been denied those fundamental rights. A graduate of Howard University and the Rutgers University School of Law, Wade began his legal career working on civil rights issues at the Washington office of the American Civil Liberties Union. He then took over as the Washington Bureau director of the NAACP, where he directed that organization’s government affairs and national legislative programs. Recognizing the disparities in access to quality education and health care related to race, ethnicity and socio-economic status, Wade also has been a voice for equity on the boards of the Educational Testing Service; the National Quality Forum, which supports improvement in health care and health care access; and the Center for Responsive Lending, which seeks to protect home ownership and combat predatory lending practices. Read more →