DC Bar Foundation Adds Seven Members to Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council

[District of Columbia, November 18, 2021] – The DC Bar Foundation has selected seven new members for two-year terms on its Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council. Members serve as ambassadors to promote the Foundation’s mission to transform the District’s civil legal aid network and increase access to justice for all.


Jorge Aviles is an Associate at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP interested in legal issues impacting the District and supporting the public interest and legal aid communities.


Allie Gardner is a Litigation Associate at Arnold & Porter. She furthered her commitment to DC’s civil legal services during her tenure as a loaned Associate for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia from March 2021 – September 2021.


Michael Ingram is an Associate at BakerHostetler and first-generation college graduate

who aspires to be a role model for others that do not come from privilege but aspire to have a career in the law.


Morgan Mayes is an Associate at Covington & Burling LLP who believes that lawyers

have the privilege and duty to be positive agents of change and help those less fortunate in our community.


Toccara Nelson is an Associate at Hogan Lovells (US) LLP who is eager to support legal aid organizations in DC, especially in light of the pandemic and 2020’s global uprising against police brutality and systemic racism.


Margarita O’Donnell is a Partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP committed to furthering

her support for public interest and legal aid organizations, as well as increasing access

to justice in the District of Columbia.


Mayra Suarez is a Counsel at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, who is excited by DCBF’s work and mission and has a passion for making a difference in DC’s civil legal aid community.


“We are thrilled to add these dedicated young attorneys to our Leadership Council,” says DC Bar Foundation CEO Kirra Jarratt. “The Leadership Council brings energy, vision, and new perspectives to the work of the Foundation.”


About the DC Bar Foundation: For DC residents who are financially disenfranchised, we make strategic investments to strengthen and expand our civil legal aid network, addressing critical needs and improving our community. As the largest funder of civil legal aid in the District, we are a steadfast community partner committed to protecting access to justice in life’s most pivotal moments.

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