Dear Friends: At the end of October, the DC Bar Foundation and our civil legal aid community will celebrate Pro Bono Week. As the largest funder of civil legal aid in the District, we are grateful for the network of attorneys who work hand-in-hand to expand access to justice for all, regardless of income. I am most proud of our grantees who work tirelessly to recruit and support pro bono attorneys for our low-income neighbors. Let me share a story that exemplifies this partne
Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Meryl Grenadier, Attorney at AARP Foundation and Co-Chair of the Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council. Job/Position Attorney, AARP Foundation Years on the Job Just over one year in my current role Where did you grow up? New Rochelle, NY What brought you to DC? I majored in journalism and political science, and was thinking about law sc
Looking for a FUN way to make legal aid accessible to all District residents in need, while bringing your team together to support your neighbors in need?
Register your workplace for 2019 Go Casual for Justice. It kicks off during Pro Bono Week on October 21 and runs through December 20. Funds raised through Go Casual provide critical resources to DC’s civil legal aid network as we fund innovative civil legal aid programs, provide training for legal aid attorneys, and hel
In January, we awarded a grant to the Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) for a legal assistance network that connects survivors of crime to legal service providers who address all their legal needs in one place.
This comprehensive resource is the Victim Legal Network. The network has a Bilingual Navigator who can perform one intake and refer cases to any of the network’s providers. (There are currently 23, each with different specialties.) For survivors of intimate
September 19 of last year is a day that greatly impacted our very own Navy Yard community. Our staff and board were meeting at our offices when we noticed thick, billowing smoke from a nearby building. Sirens and commotion followed, and nearby streets closed.
The Arthur Capper Senior Apartments were on fire just a few blocks away.
All of us were saddened for the seniors who were no doubt frightened, and whose lives were being disrupted by this tragedy. As we
If you’re looking for a meaningful way to support access to justice in Washington, DC, we invite you to join the 77 Society.
Membership is extended to individuals whose gifts to the DC Bar Foundation total $1,000 or more each fiscal year. Named in honor of DCBF’s founding year, the Society recognizes the generosity of our donors and the impact their support has on District residents who are low-income and in need of civil legal aid. In addition to making a valuable investme
The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) is a critical part of our strategy in supporting the legal aid providers who deliver assistance to DC’s residents who are low-income.
We support organizations through our grants and provide training and technical assistance to improve the quality and efficiency of legal services – but LRAP is unique because it keeps skilled, dedicated public interest lawyers in the field. Because of their qualifying work with eligible service pro
Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Greer Richey, Development and Communications Assistant at the DC Bar Foundation. Years on the Job 1 Where did you grow up? Arlington, VA What brought you to DC? I went to college in DC and decided to stay in the area after graduation. Daily habit Lighting candles and watering my plants every morning. Favorite Restaurant Olive Garden. I know it’s not th
We are fortunate at the DC Bar Foundation to have loyal donors and volunteers who make our mission possible through their generosity. This month we spoke with Daniel Rezneck, long-time Foundation volunteer, leadership member, and original member of the 77 Society.
Mr. Rezneck has been actively involved with the Foundation for more than 40 years. In addition to being one of the original members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Mr. Rezneck served as president of the Boa
2019 has been a period of rapid growth for the DC Bar Foundation. For the first time, we have 10 full-time staff members, following the recent addition of Berlaunder Barnes as Operations Manager.
We’re now able to fully support programs with an expanded five-strong team led by Director of Programs Imoni Washington. The programs team includes Programs Officers B.A. Cockburn, Calvin Robinson, and Elizabeth Nellums, as well as Grants Manager Mikayla Sweet.
Expanding our progra