Making Justice Real

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

Farewell, 2013. Hello, 2014!

As we look back on 2013, we are proud of the profound impact of Legal Aid’s work on the lives of our clients and their families. From all of us at Legal Aid, thank you for making it possible for us to serve others.

For our volunteers, donors, partners, and blog readers, you have heard us reiterate time and time again how your support helps us make justice real for clients. Indeed, this year, with your support, we have been able take on several new projects and expansions (which you can read about in our 2013 Annual Report), allowing us to provide legal representation to more D.C. residents than ever before.

And, you know that while poverty legal services may seem like an unglamorous cause to some, it is by no means an exaggeration that the services provided by Legal Aid has truly been life-changing for many D.C. residents who are living in poverty.

To close 2013 on a heart-warming note, we would like to share some sentiments from our clients this past year who can express better than we can what your support has meant to them:

Brian Pratt

“Having Legal Aid on my side gave me more confidence in myself to be able to stand on my feet and pave the way for other veterans who may have similar problems.” – Brian Pratt (Navy veteran)

“Because I came to Legal Aid, I was able to change things not only for me and my son but for others too.” – Pauline Walker (mother and TANF recipients)
Melissa Summerour and children: Kennedy, DJ, and Gabby Summerour
“Without Legal Aid, I would probably be homeless.” – Columbus Keemer

“It helps to have an experienced lawyer on your side. My lawyer went above and beyond to truly help me and my family.” – Melissa Summerour (single mother of three children)

“Thanks to Legal Aid, my son Jamal and I are now in a safe, stable family situation.” – Carolyn Blount (single mother)
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“My Legal Aid lawyer really had my back. She truly cares.” – Brittany Agnew (single mother of 2-year-old son Brice*)

“My Legal Aid lawyer helped me understand how I could defend myself.” – Loretta Sanchez* (single mother of two children)

In the coming year, along with our revamped website, we will be making a concerted effort to provide more frequent updates on our current work, new projects, client stories, and poverty issues in 2014, so please keep in touch with us by subscribing to our blog, and also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

From all of us at Legal Aid, thank you for making 2013 a successful and memorable year. We wish you a happy and healthy 2014!

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*Client names have been changed to protect confidentiality.

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