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Written by Tom Papson

Sep 11

2015

Washington Post Publishes Legal Aid Op-Ed on Structured Settlements

The Washington Post published an opinion piece today (to appear in the Sunday, September 13 print edition of the paper) that Heather Latino and I drafted regarding the sale of structured settlements in the District of Columbia, and legislation under consideration by the D.C. Council to address those transactions. Our op-ed was written in reaction to an article in the Post from several weeks ago about vulnerable individuals in Baltimore — victims of lead poisoning — who sold their settlements for a fraction of their current value. D.C. is one of only three jurisdictions in the United States that has not enacted legislation regarding the sale of structured settlements. Legal Aid is committed to continue working with other advocates to seek the passage of legislative protections for annuity holders who want to enter into these transactions in the District.

Jan 14

2014

Retired Law Firm Partner Joins Legal Aid

I began planning for an early retirement from my “big law” career some time ago, thinking there was still time for another chapter in my legal career. I wanted to do something that would put me in closer touch with the “equal justice under law” ideal that had influenced my decision to become a lawyer in the first place.

So in September 2013, having wound down my 30-plus year practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, I joined Legal Aid’s Consumer Law Unit as a pro bono volunteer pending my official retirement at year end. As of January 1, I became a Volunteer Staff Attorney, representing consumers in debt collection cases as part of the Consumer Law Unit’s court-based initiative in the Superior Court’s collection dockets. Read more →