Making Justice RealThe Official Blog of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
7th Annual WBAF Grant Awards Ceremony
Legal Aid was honored to be among the eight organizations to receive a grant from the Women’s Bar Association Foundation. For the third year in a row, the WBAF granted funding to support our Domestic Violence work. Monica Parham of Crowell & Moring presented the grant to Legal Aid, and Domestic Violence/Family Law Staff Attorney Jamie Sparano (who coincidentally celebrated her two year anniversary with Legal Aid yesterday) accepted the award on Legal Aid’s behalf.
Jamie spoke about her work as a domestic violence attorney at Legal Aid and shared a touching story about a client, who is a minor, whom she recently helped obtain a Civil Protection Order. The client, who is still in school, was able to stand up to her assailant, get the safety and peace of mind she needed, and is now thriving in school as a result of Legal Aid’s help.
The event was also punctuated by moving remarks by Mary Margaret Farren, a former Skadden attorney, who is a domestic violence survivor and advocate. She shared her powerful story and spoke about the importance of all the services provided by the organizations present that evening in helping women find their voice and in helping to stop the cycle of violence in our culture.
Legal Aid is grateful to the Women’s Bar Association Foundation for their ongoing support of our work, and we also congratulate our partners in the community on their success. We look forward to working towards our shared goals of increasing access to justice and empowering survivors of domestic violence.