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Jun 26

2015

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Three Landmark Decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision this morning and two extremely important rulings yesterday that are relevant to Legal Aid’s clients and client community.

In the first, Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court held that states must recognize lawful same-sex marriages performed in other states. The 5-4 decision overturned an earlier Sixth Circuit decision holding that states that did not allow same sex marriages were not required to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in states where such marriages are lawful. Justice Anthony Kennedy authored the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. Read more →

Jun 18

2015

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Legal Aid and APBCo-DC Launch Joint Initiative

Yesterday, Legal Aid and the DC Chapter of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo-DC) officially launched a new, exciting project with a successful and well-attended training hosted by Covington & Burling. The Social Security Project for Effective and Efficient Determinations – better known as the “SPEED Project” – is a joint initiative designed to leverage significant pro bono resources to provide free assistance to low-income individuals who are unable to work due to a disability and who have pending claims for Supplemental Security Income / Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) benefits.

Yesterday’s kick-off training was well attended by more than 40 lawyers and legal assistants from ten major law firms across the city. Legal Aid will begin referring cases to SPEED Project volunteers this month. Read more →

Jun 11

2015

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Julie Becker Receives APALRC “Access to Justice” Award

On June 10th, the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) honored Legal Aid attorney Julie Becker and the entire “Save Museum Square” legal team for their extraordinary efforts to preserve affordable housing for the 302 individuals and families who live at the Museum Square building in Chinatown. Read more →

Jun 04

2015

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2015 Generous Associates Campaign Has Begun!

I am pleased to announce the launch of the 2015 Generous Associates Campaign, an extraordinary effort run by law firm associates across our city to help make justice real for our client community.

The Generous Associates Campaign raises about one-fifth of Legal Aid’s budget every year. Last year, the combined efforts of more than 170 law firm associates from 74 firms helped to support Legal Aid by raising well over $1 million – a record-shattering sum. This year’s Co-Chairs are reaching even higher, setting a goal of $1.3 million for the 2015 campaign. This is an ambitious goal, but it is one I know we can reach with your help. Read more →

May 28

2015

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Legal Aid Applauds Capital Pro Bono Honorees

We are thrilled to see so many of Legal Aid’s pro bono volunteers among the attorneys recognized this week on the 2014 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll!

D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Eric T. Washington and D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield published the annual Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, commending D.C. Bar members and other members of the legal community for their pro bono service.

More than 4,200 attorneys who contributed 50 hours or more to providing pro bono legal services are recognized on the Honor Roll. More than 2,500 of the listed attorneys contributed over 100 hours of service and were included on the High Honor Roll. Read more →