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November 2023 News of Note

CIR Updates

  • New Hire. We are excited to announce and welcome Diana (Dina) Cruz as the CIR Project Manager. In this role, Dina will provide leadership and management of the Coordinated Intake and Referral system. She will be responsible for synchronizing the efforts of many teams and stakeholder groups that will contribute to the CIR. Welcome to the team, Dina.

  • December CIR Chat. Register for our next CIR Chat on December 20, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. We will be joined by Sophia Mullineaux from the MIT Sloan School of Management, whom we recently partnered with to conduct a survey to learn more about legal services organizations’ interest in participating in Coordinated Intake and Referral. She will discuss the results from that survey and what we learned about incentives to get legal aid organizations to participate in the CIR system. Registration is required to attend, and you can register here.


RSVP: December 14 DC Legal Aid Transformations Network Convening

Registration is now open for the DC Legal Aid Transformations Network Quarterly Convening, scheduled for Thursday, December 14, from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Convene. We invite social services organizations and those adjacent who want to work on justice issues to attend. Space is limited! Click HERE to register. We hope to see you there!

WATCH NOW: “Our Mission, Our Story”

The DC Bar Foundation’s new “Our Mission, Our Story” video highlights some of the work the Foundation is undertaking—with the help and support of the DC civil legal aid community and other key stakeholders—so that residents have equal access to justice. We hope this video provides greater context for what we do and raises awareness about the challenges we are hopeful to overcome. Thank you to Buoyant Partners for producing this video, and thank you to the following featured speakers for their participation: Karen Newton Cole, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Legal Services Program; Tanya Tucker, Chief of National Engagement and Partnerships at The Full Frame Initiative; and Sara Tennen, Executive Director of DC Volunteer Lawyers Project.

New Donation Option  

The DC Bar Foundation has a new investment advisor, Infinite Giving, and can now receive stock donations. We are also receiving an increasing number of gifts from Donor Advised Funds. Please contact Daryl Byler, Director of Development & Communications byler@dcbarfoundation.org, if you have questions about a stock gift or one from your DAF. 

Walk for Justice!  

The DC Bar Foundation will host its inaugural Walk for Justice on October 24, 2024. Patterned after the London Legal Walk that raises over a million dollars annually for civil legal aid, the 5K walk will begin and end at Nats Park, followed by food and drinks. Please mark your calendars and consider being one of our first corporate sponsors. With the launch of a Walk for Justice during Pro Bono Week next year, we will retire our Go Casual/Champions for Justice campaign, which ran from 2009 through 2023. 

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