Making Justice Real

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

Nov 15


Legal Aid And Whitman Walker Coordinate Annual Part D Clinics

Since 2006, Legal Aid and Whitman-Walker Health have been helping thousands of Medicare beneficiaries navigate the complex prescription drug program known as Medicare Part D. The 2016 Medicare Part D open enrollment season is now underway. This means that Legal Aid and Whitman-Walker Health are again offering Medicare Part D clinics, as we have done for the past ten years, at our NW and SE offices, as well as at each of the Bread for the City locations in NW and SE. Read more →

Nov 11


Legal Aid Remembers 2007 Servant of Justice Award Honoree E. Barrett Prettyman, Jr.

prettymanThe 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 →

Nov 02


Legal Aid Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator for 4th Year in a Row

For the fourth year in a row, Legal Aid’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency has earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Read more →

Oct 28


Thank You Emails and Hugs: Jonathan Porter and Elliot Weingarten

As a first year associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 2010, Jonathan Porter was happy to dive right in and help with a pro bono eviction case that had been referred to his firm from Legal Aid and was headed for trial.  Little did he know that he had signed onto a case that would span three years involving two trials and two appeals, and create important precedent — clarifying the D.C. retaliation statute, which provides a rebuttable presumption of retaliation when a landlord brings suit to evict a tenant within six months after the tenant exercises her legal rights — that has and will continue to benefit countless tenants in the District. Read more →

Oct 27


Legal Aid’s Beth Harrison Leads Pro Bono Week Tour of Landlord-Tenant Court

On Tuesday morning, a dozen lawyers and law students from across the city gathered at the Judiciary Square for a court tour led by Legal Aid Supervising Attorney Beth Mellen Harrison.  Legal Aid and Neighborhood Legal Services Program co-sponsored the DC Pro Bono Week event: The Housing Crisis from the Inside: A Guided Tour of D.C. Superior Court’s Landlord and Tenant Branch.

The goal of the tour was to raise awareness about the crisis in affordable, safe housing in the District and provide insight into the experience of low-income tenants who have to defend themselves in eviction cases in this fast-paced, high-volume court. Read more →