Last week, the Foundation's Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC) hosted its annual Avenues to Justice event, raising over $68,000 for the District's civil legal aid network.
We are incredibly grateful to our YLN LC members for planning a spectacular event highlighting the importance of diversity at all levels of the legal profession, from the highest court of law in the country to our smallest legal aid grantees in the District. The evening included a grantee panel and remarks by three persons closely involved in the confirmation process of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson -- former U.S. Senator Doug Jones, Roger Fairfax, Dean and Professor of Law at American University's Washington College of Law, and Lisa Fairfax, Presidential Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law.
The event’s corporate and individual sponsors help the Foundation provide high-demand unrestricted dollars to DC legal aid organizations and loan repayment support for legal aid attorneys who sacrifice higher salaries to do their life-saving work.
The YLN LC is now accepting applications for new members who will serve two-year, renewable terms, beginning in October 2022 and expiring in September 2024. For the first time in the Leadership Council’s eleven-year history, membership criteria have been expanded to include attorneys at DCBF grantee organizations, as well as attorneys over the age of 40 who are just beginning their legal careers.
Members serve as ambassadors who promote the Foundation's mission of furthering access to justice in DC by engaging in quarterly meetings, grantee site visits, and networking dinners with members of our Board of Directors. They also have the opportunity to sit on DC Bar Foundation leadership committees and are key partners in raising funds to support the work of DC legal aid providers by planning events like Avenues to Justice. When you join the YLN LC, you get the opportunity to make a direct impact on District's civil legal aid network.