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May 01

2019

Legal Aid’s Food Stamps Lawsuit Inspires Art Installation

SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, are an unlikely subject of a modern art exhibit. Yet recently they took center stage in a temporary D.C. art installation titled “Transaction Denied.” Created by artists Mollie Ruskin and Xena Ni, the installation highlighted the arduous SNAP application process, failures in the District’s system that led to the improper termination of benefits, and SNAP beneficiaries’ accounts of their experiences.

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Apr 24

2019

Break Down Barriers to Justice Through Sexual Assault Awareness

The Sexual Assault Awareness movement was born out of the courage and resilience of sexual assault survivors like Recy Taylor who first sought to push sexual assault awareness into the spotlight in the search for social and racial justice. The movement has grown from efforts to engage and change the justice system to an annual campaign to improve practices, policies, and laws. In 2001, The National Sexual Violence Resource Center began annually coordinating awareness efforts for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) every April, and in 2009, SAAM was officially recognized by President Barack Obama. Throughout the month of April, advocacy and other organizations across the country work to educate the public on the dynamics about sexual violence. Read more →

Apr 18

2019

Legal Aid Client Tamika Hayes To Receive The 2019 Partnership Award

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia is proud to announce that we will be honoring Tamika Hayes with the Partnership Award at the 30th Annual Servant of Justice Awards Dinner taking place on April 25th.

Legal Aid’s Partnership Award was created in 2008 to recognize significant collaboration between Legal Aid and non-legal organizations and individuals. In the pursuit of justice, the individuals Legal Aid serves are often not only our clients, but are our true partners and few people exemplify that more than Tamika Hayes. Read more →

Apr 15

2019

Judith L. Lichtman To Be Honored With 2019 Servant Of Justice Award

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia is pleased to announce that we will be honoring Judith L. Lichtman with the Servant of Justice Award at the 30th Annual Servant of Justice Awards Dinner taking place on April 25th.

Judy’s commitment, vision, and talent as an attorney and advocate have made a profound difference for women and families across the United States for more than 40 years. In 1974, Judy became Executive Director of the Women’s Legal Defense Fund (name later changed to the National Partnership for Women & Families.) She stepped down as president in 2004, and is presently senior advisor at the National Partnership. Read more →

Apr 11

2019

Anthony T. Pierce To Be Honored with 2019 Servant of Justice Award

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia is pleased to announce that we will be honoring Anthony T. Pierce with the Servant of Justice Award at the 30th Annual Servant of Justice Awards Dinner taking place on April 25th.

Tony is a commercial litigator and Partner in Charge of the DC office of Akin Gump. Throughout his career, Tony has demonstrated a deep commitment to the cause of access to justice for vulnerable DC residents. During his decade-long tenure managing the office, Akin Gump has become one of the leading pro bono firms in the city, with its attorneys averaging more than 140 pro bono hours last year. Read more →

Apr 10

2019

Legal Aid Expands Leadership Team with Two New Deputy Legal Directors

Legal Aid announced today that we have named Heather Latino and Jennifer Mezey as the organization’s first Deputy Legal Directors.

Heather and Jennifer will work with Chinh Le, who has been Legal Director at Legal Aid since July 2011. Over the past two decades, we have grown our legal program from eight attorneys to 56 paid attorneys on staff, impacting more than 10,000 people in 2018. Read more →

Apr 10

2019

Legal Aid Strongly Opposes Attempts to Impose Additional Mandatory Work Requirements on Vulnerable SNAP Beneficiaries

Last week, Legal Aid filed comments opposing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule change that would make it more difficult for the District of Columbia and all states to obtain waivers of onerous work requirements for a population of SNAP beneficiaries known as ABAWDs (Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents). Read more →

Mar 28

2019

2019 Klepper Prize for Volunteer Excellence to be awarded to Hogan Lovells Associates

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia is pleased to announce that we will be honoring four Hogan Lovells associates – Emily Goldman, Lance Murashige, Susan Musser, and Kaitlin Welborn – with the Klepper Prize for Volunteer Excellence next month at our 30th Annual Servant of Justice Awards Dinner on April 25th. Read more →

Mar 27

2019

New Study Quantifies the Impact of Gentrification on DC

The District of Columbia experienced the most intense gentrification—and had the highest percentage of gentrified neighborhoods—of any city in the nation between 2000 and 2013, according to a new study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). This study, released last week, helps to highlight the continuing importance of the work that Legal Aid is doing to preserve affordable housing in DC. Read more →

Mar 19

2019

New Report: DC Alliance’s Onerous Requirements Lead to Negative Health Outcomes and Higher Costs

A report released yesterday by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute finds that the burdensome recertification requirements the District imposes on Alliance beneficiaries contribute to worsening health outcomes and higher health care costs.

The DC Health Care Safety Net Alliance program provides health insurance to low-income residents of the District who are not eligible for Medicaid due to strict federal restrictions on immigrant eligibility for federally funded public benefits. Although Alliance provides critical, life-saving services, the DC Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) adopted a harmful policy in 2011 requiring all beneficiaries to complete an in-person, face-to-face interview every six months in order to keep their coverage. Read more →