Each month, we highlight your efforts to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Stacie Reimer, Executive Director and Founding Partner at Amara Legal Center.
Name Stacie Reimer
Job/Position Executive Director
Organization Amara Legal Center
Years on the Job 4
Where did you grow up? Fallon, NV
What brought you to DC? Law school
What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn? I was an intake intern at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (CAIR). While there, I was exposed to the great need for legal advocacy on behalf of immigrants in the DC metro area.
Daily Habit I try to meditate, even if just for 10 minutes.
Favorite App Insight Timer – it has tons of guided meditations.
Favorite Movie I love the show International House Hunters.
Favorite Restaurant Zaytinya
Favorite Vacation Spot Anywhere out of the country – I love to travel!
Guilty Pleasure Chocolate and ice cream
One Item from your Bucket List Run a marathon
Hobbies Yoga, traveling, spending time with friends
Hero My grandma
Your News Source(s) Does The Daily Show count?
One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is… My water bottle and earphones
You get to paint a mural on the side of the White House. What do you paint? Symbols of racial and gender equity and peace
Biggest failure and what you learned I’ve learned rejection doesn’t equal failure
Most rewarding element of your work Knowing that we’re providing a vital service
List three main challenges you faced early on in your career Long hours, building trust, steep learning curve
If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be… My other job is a yoga teacher
If I weren’t working at Amara Legal Center, I would be… Working on systemic criminal justice reform
Legal aid is important to me because … It can provide stability to vulnerable people
Your dream for our legal system is… A system that is easy to navigate and free for all
The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is… Protecting tenants’ rights impacted by development
Little known fact about your organization We’re grateful to be housed inside Ropes and Gray.
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