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

Jul 18

2014

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4th Annual “East of the River” Career Panel Today

This afternoon, I am going to be on a panel entitled “Practicing Public Interest Law East of the Anacostia River,” with attorneys from the Children’s Law Center, Employment Justice Center, Neighborhood Legal Services Program and Quality Trust. The panel is organized by the East of the River Casehandlers, a collaboration of legal services provider organizations that serve residents in Wards 7 and 8, of which Legal Aid is a member. We’ll talk about our experiences practicing law in some of the District’s communities with the highest levels of concentrated poverty, as well as different career paths and service opportunities available to public interest-minded law students and pro bono lawyers in the District of Columbia. Imoni Washington, of the D.C. Bar Foundation, will also be present to talk about how the Foundation can provide critical support for this work. Feel free to join us at Deanwood Library for what should be an interesting conversation! Read more →

Jul 15

2014

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Jack Keeney Moderates WCL Panel with D.C. Court of Appeals Judges

On July 8, 2014, the Washington Council of Lawyers sponsored a panel discussion at the D.C. Court of Appeals of Perspectives on Poverty Law from the Bench. The panel was moderated by Jack Keeney, Director of Legal Aid’s Barbara McDowell Appellate Advocacy Project, and included Chief Judge Eric T. Washington, Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, and Judge Inez Smith Reid. The panelists focused their discussion on how poverty impacts the justice system, approaches to securing access to justice, and their perspectives on public interest careers.
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Jul 01

2014

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Generous Associates Campaign Extended Two More Weeks!

The Generous Associates Campaign has officially been extended to July 15th. Though the Campaign formally ends on July 15th, all donations received through the end of July will be counted towards the Campaign and will be reflected in the final total of the Top Fundraising Firms Competition.

That means that there is still time to help your firm place (or win!) its size category in the Top Fundraising Firms Competition, or to qualify for the CulinAerie Cooking Competition drawing, by donating and getting your colleagues to donate now! Read more →

Jun 30

2014

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Study: 75% of “Conservatives” Think the Poor “Have It Easy”

As a public benefits attorney, I read with interest a post about the new Pew Research Center survey that found that more than three-quarters of self-identified conservatives – and almost half of all those surveyed – believe the poor “have it easy” because they can “get public benefits without doing anything.”

Every day, I work with clients who are wrongfully denied public benefits. Who gets this assistance? A woman with disabilities whose Social Security benefits keep her from becoming homeless; a 10-year-old child whose Medicaid pays for his leukemia treatments; a working parent whose food stamps supplement her low-paying job to help feed her children; a worker who gets unemployment when he loses his job due to company lay-offs. Read more →

Jun 26

2014

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Complex Considerations for DV Survivors with Children

The high value that society places on two-parent households adversely affects survivors of domestic violence, a provocative New York Times Sunday op-ed piece asserts. This societal pressure leads some survivors to remain in or return to abusive relationships in an effort to maintain the two-parent ideal for their children, thereby endangering their own lives. At Legal Aid, where we represent hundreds of survivors of domestic violence each year, we witness—and help—our clients struggling with these and many other challenges day in and day out.
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