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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.

“The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program is thrilled to see the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll numbers once again increase to the highest number ever, demonstrating that the pro bono spirit is strong in the District of Columbia,” said Ann K. Ford, chair of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Committee. “This is vital given that the need for legal representation for those living on low incomes in D.C. is at a critical juncture.”

Attorneys from more than 150 law firms and solo practices, as well as a variety of corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, qualified for the recognition, representing a broad range of the legal community.

“The presence on the Honor Roll of lawyers from such a broad range of legal settings is a powerful statement about the commitment to access to justice across the legal community” said Peter Edelman, chair of the D.C. Access to Justice Commission. “It sends an important message to young attorneys about the importance of doing pro bono work throughout their careers.”

Legal Aid applauds our pro bono partners for helping to make justice real for persons living in poverty in our community.

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