On Tuesday, April 25, Legal Aid will present our highest honor – the Servant of Justice Award – to Vanita Gupta, incoming President and Chief Executive Officer of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and former head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. This award will be presented by Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Read more →
On Tuesday April 25, Legal Aid will present our highest honor – the Servant of Justice Award – to Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. This award will be presented by Paul M. Smith, Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and Vice-President of Campaign Legal Center. Read more →
The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia is proud to announce that we will be honoring Vanita Gupta, formerly the Head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, at this year’s Servant of Justice Awards Dinner taking place on April 25th. Read more →
Whatever else you want to say about it, 2016 has undoubtedly been an interesting year. For our client community, there have been some good developments, but also many developments that present new and even more daunting challenges. For our take on the election, please click here. You can also read more about our work over the past year in our 2016 Annual Report.
But, for purposes of this blog, I thought we would focus closer to home. As the year ends, please take a few moments to read about some of the things that happened at Legal Aid in 2016, highlighting some milestones, records, and accomplishments as individuals and as an organization. Read more →
The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia mourns the loss of 2007 Servant of Justice Award Honoree E. Barrett Prettyman, Jr., whose storied legal career included clerking for three Supreme Court justices and later negotiating the release of prisoners from Cuba after the Bay of Pigs. E. Barrett Prettyman, Jr., was a long-time partner at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) and a stalwart supporter of access to justice for the poor. Read more →
Leading up to D.C. Pro Bono Week, Legal Aid, Bread for the City, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center hosted a breakfast on October 13, 2016, to celebrate our pro bono partners on our Housing Right to Counsel Pilot Project. The Project has been in operation for over a year now, matching tenants who are facing eviction with legal services and pro bono attorneys to represent them in court.
The Project focuses on eviction cases involving tenants living in subsidized housing, where tenants pay a percentage of market rent based on income and a government subsidy covers the monthly rent balance. For tenants with subsidies, the stakes in an eviction case are even higher – losing the case not only results in loss of the tenant’s home but also loss or the threatened loss of that vital housing subsidy. Read more →
After eight suspenseful weeks, the 2016 Generous Associates Campaign has concluded with another record-breaking result. This year’s Campaign has raised $1,475,000, eclipsing last year’s (record-breaking) total by more than $100,000!
Legal Aid is deeply grateful to all who helped make justice real this summer – most of all, to our Co-Chairs and Coordinators – who devoted a tremendous amount of time and energy to this effort. This year’s Campaign was the most successful fundraiser – of any type – in Legal Aid’s 84-year history.
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We are delighted to announce that Julie Becker, Supervising Attorney in the Housing Law Unit, has been confirmed to serve on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Julie was nominated by President Obama on April 30, 2015, and was confirmed by the Senate last night. As President Barack Obama said when announcing her nomination: “Throughout her career Julie Helene Becker has shown unwavering integrity and an outstanding commitment to public service.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. Read more →
Last Thursday, more than 600 lawyers, judges, government officials, and friends and supporters of Legal Aid came together to honor Servant of Justice Awardees – Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund and Thomas S. Williamson, Jr. of Covington & Burling – as well as Klepper Award Honoree Brendan Carroll of Alston & Bird. We are proud to announce that our 27th Annual Servant of Justice Awards Dinner raised almost $1.2 million (a record for the event!) for Legal Aid’s work on behalf of persons living in poverty in the District. This represents more than 20% of the budget of Legal Aid, the oldest and largest general civil legal services program in D.C. Read more →