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

Oct 17

2014

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Legal Aid’s New Foreclosure Prevention Project

Foreclosure imageI am very excited to have joined Legal Aid’s Consumer Law Unit as an Equal Justice Works Fellow last month.  My project, which is sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, focuses on providing assistance to low-income homeowners facing foreclosure in the District of Columbia.

My project comes at a very opportune time.  In March 2014, new procedures were implemented affecting homeowners who have been sued for foreclosure in D.C. Superior Court.  Specifically, early mediation was added as an initial step in judicial foreclosure cases, offering homeowners the chance to sit down with their lenders and discuss the possibility of loan modifications or other alternatives to foreclosure.  Read more →

Oct 10

2014

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New Report Paints Bleak Picture for D.C. Affordable Housing

This week, the Urban Institute issued the latest chapter in its report, “Our Changing City,” illustrating how Washington, D.C. has changed over the past decade. The report describes how the influx of new residents, particularly “millennials,” is altering the city’s demographic picture, its services, and its institutions. Read more →

Oct 08

2014

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Pro Bono Week Coming Soon: October 18 – 25

WCL Logo with WordsD.C.’s “Pro Bono Week,” sponsored by the Washington Council of Lawyers (WCL), kicks off on October 18th. Our local celebration coincides with the American Bar Association’s fifth annual National Pro Bono Celebration which focuses the nation’s attention on the need for pro bono services and celebrates the outstanding work of lawyers who volunteer their services throughout the year. Read more →

Oct 06

2014

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The Gap Between Health Care Coverage and Access

In 2013, the Social Security Administration told Ms. Andrews,* a 31-year-old woman with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, that her disability benefits would be terminated because she needed to provide medical evidence that she remained disabled. Shortly thereafter, Legal Aid began representing Ms. Andrews to show that she still suffered from intellectual and cognitive disabilities and thus remained entitled to disability benefits. To do this, we needed to submit updated medical evidence and find a doctor who would administer an IQ test for Ms. Andrews. Since Ms. Andrews is a Medicaid recipient enrolled in a managed care organization (MCO), she needed a specialist within the Medicaid MCO’s network of providers who could perform the test. We worked with Ms. Andrew’s doctors for nearly a year to secure a referral to an appropriate professional. We were repeatedly told, however, that there was no specialist within her MCO who could provide the services we needed. Ultimately, we had to resort to a non-Medicaid agency to provide the required IQ testing. Read more →

Oct 03

2014

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Miller & Chevalier Wins 2014 Generous Associates Campaign CulinAerie Cooking Competition!

On October 1, Legal Aid’s second Generous Associates Campaign CulinAerie Cooking Competition took place at CulinAerie, a recreational cooking school in DC co-founded by Susan Holt.

Around 50 people from nine local law firms participated in the competition, which was judged by four celebrity judges: Bonnie Benwick, Food Editor for the Washington Post; Deth Khaia, Chef de Cuisine at Doi Moi; Mikko Kosonen, former Executive Chef for the Finnish Ambassador to the U.S.; and Matt Culbertson, owner of Radius Pizza. Read more →