Written by Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

May 15


Social Security Administration Pledges to Curtail Seizure of Tax Refunds

Legal Aid is pleased to announce that effective immediately, the Social Security Administration will no longer confiscate income tax returns to repay certain alleged debts incurred before 2002. This change in policy comes as Legal Aid and the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP continue to litigate a federal putative class-action lawsuit challenging this practice and seeking compensation for victims who have been subject to it. That case—filed on behalf of District of Columbia residents Tina Heard, Pearline Snow, and Carolyn Graham, and others similarly situated—remains pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Read more →

May 05


Legal Aid Mourns the Passing of Former Board President Daniel W. Toohey

Legal Aid was saddened to learn of the passing of former Board member and Past President of the Board Daniel W. Toohey. Dan passed away at home on Monday, April 10, 2017, due to illness. He was 77. Read more →

Mar 24


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 →

Nov 16


Legal Aid’s Post-Election Statement

A week ago today, Americans learned the outcome of an historic election that will undoubtedly have enormous reverberations across the nation and the world. At Legal Aid, we understand that our supporters may hold a wide range of political views. But we also believe that all of us can agree on one thing: as a country and as a people, we are better than the divisive, uncivil, and sometimes intolerant rhetoric that has defined this election. Read more →

Oct 07


New 2016 Generous Associates Campaign Cooking Competition Champions: Paul Weiss!

Nine law firm teams heated up the kitchen at CulinAerie again last night during Legal Aid’s 4th Annual Generous Associates Campaign Cooking Competition. Without two-time champion Miller & Chevalier in the mix this year, the title was anyone’s for the taking. Susan Holt, Co-Founder of CulinAerie, once again generously hosted the event and emceed the evening, unveiling this year’s secret ingredient: FIGS.

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Sep 29


Generous Associates Campaign and Pro Bono Volunteer Celebration at Legal Aid

This morning, many of our volunteers braved the rain to attend a special celebration to recognize the incredible success of the Generous Associates Campaign fundraising effort this past summer, in addition to our wonderful pro bono volunteers that continue to expand Legal Aid’s ability to make justice real for thousands of Washington, D.C.’s most vulnerable residents each and every year. Read more →

Dec 04


Legal Aid and Wiley Rein LLP File Class Action Lawsuit Against Landlords’ Law Firm

Legal Aid and the law firm of Wiley Rein LLP announced today in a joint press release that they have filed a class action lawsuit in federal district court on behalf of four named individuals against a D.C.-based law firm that represents large residential property owners in landlord-tenant matters.

The lawsuit alleges that The Raddatz Law Firm P.L.L.C. and its attorneys engage in the unlawful practice of filing complaints on behalf of landlords in D.C. Superior Court that contain false information with respect to the status of the tenants’ federally-subsidized rental properties, in violation of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Read more →

Dec 31


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. Read more →

Sep 11


Simpson Thacher Secures Second Court of Appeals Victory for Tenant Referred from Legal Aid

Earlier this year, we blogged about a great decision issued by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in favor of a tenant who had been sued for eviction.  Legal Aid initially referred the tenant to the Washington, D.C. office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett for pro bono representation back in 2010 when the case was still pending in the trial court.

On August 22, 2013, the Court of Appeals affirmed a second jury verdict that Simpson had won for their client.  Simpson attorneys Conor Reidy and Jonathan Porter discuss the Court’s decision below . . . Read more →

Sep 03


Skadden’s “Impact Project” with Legal Aid and others featured in this weekend’s Washington Post

In conjunction with establishing an office at the Domestic Violence Intake Center at Superior Court in Northwest D.C., Legal Aid also began an innovative collaboration with Skadden in which the firm represents survivors of domestic violence through the entire Civil Protection Order process from filing to the hearing.

A Washington Post article describing the Project one year in is here. At our Servant of Justice Awards Dinner, Legal Aid honored three Skadden attorneys — Warren T. Allen, II; Nicole L. Grimm; and Luke A. Meisner — with the Klepper Prize for Volunteer Excellence for their extraordinary contributions in implementing the project.