Making Justice Real

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

Apr 04

2017

Legal Aid Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Its Medicare Part D Project

Just over 10 years ago, the Medicare Part D prescription drug program went into effect. Shortly thereafter, Legal Aid and our non-profit and law firm partners went into action to help Medicare beneficiaries access this benefit. A decade later, this project is still helping hundreds of low-income individuals who are elderly or struggle with disabilities to access life-saving medications.

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Mar 27

2017

Legal Aid Announces 2017 Klepper Prize for Volunteer Excellence

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia is proud to announce that we will be honoring David Young of Ropes & Gray LLP with the Klepper Prize for Volunteer Excellence at this year’s Servant of Justice Awards Dinner taking place on April 25th.
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Mar 24

2017

Legal Aid Congratulates Vanita Gupta on New Role

Vanita Gupta (Photo courtesy of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights)

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia congratulates our 2017 Servant of Justice Honoree Vanita Gupta on her new post as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (effective June 1).

This exciting announcement is relatively hot off the presses, having been announced publicly just yesterday:  on June 1, Vanita, the former Head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, will succeed Wade Henderson, who served as President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights since June 1996. Read more →

Mar 17

2017

Why I — and Legal Aid — stand in solidarity with LSC

Before I joined Legal Aid, I was an AmeriCorps attorney with a Legal Services Corporation-funded organization in Ohio that provides legal services to low income Ohioans in 32 counties, including mid-sized cities, small towns and rural areas.

One of the first cases I handled there involved a young mother who had purchased a manufactured home and was renting the lot beneath it from the seller of her home. When I met my client, she was current in payments on her home, but at risk of eviction from her rental lot because part of her rent payment had been allocated to fees. As a practical matter, this meant that she would also lose her home – and all of the equity she had built – because she (like many manufactured home owners) could not afford the expense of moving it if her family was evicted from the lot. Read more →

Feb 28

2017

Legal Aid Announces 2017 Servant of Justice Honorees

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 →