[District of Columbia, October 18, 2022] – The DC Bar Foundation has selected five new members for two-year terms on its Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC). 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. Josette Barsano is a Senior Associate at DC Bar Foundation grantee, DC Affordable Law Firm. She is committed to working toward alleviating the extreme legal needs exacerbated by COVID-19 through systemic change. Tyler Bridegan is an Associate at Wiley Rein with extensive pro-bono and nonprofit fundraising experience. This experience has given him an understanding of the types of issues faced by clients that the Foundation's grantees support. Bryony Coiner is a Staff Attorney at DC Bar Foundation grantee, Legal Counsel for the Elderly. Bryony hopes to bring a unique perspective to the YLN LC, especially as it pertains to serving the low-income senior community. Reem Sadik is a Senior Associate at Steptoe who believes that justice is at the intersection of service and advocacy. She looks forward to directly impacting her community's civil legal aid network by joining the YLN LC. Christopher Sakauye is an Associate at Dykema with volunteer and nonprofit fundraising experience, dedicated to seeking out opportunities to better his community and use his legal degree to help others. "These five dedicated young lawyers are exceptional additions to our Leadership Council," says DC Bar Foundation CEO Kirra Jarratt. "Their unique perspectives and experiences will enrich the Leadership Council, which is vital to the DC Bar Foundation's leadership and community." 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.
About the DC Bar Foundation: We are committed to transforming DC's legal aid network so that all District residents have a fair and equal legal experience. Through our network approach, we actively work to bring together all invested stakeholders to identify and address the unmet civil legal needs of underserved DC residents, create solutions with a critical eye for racial justice and equity, and demonstrate meaningful impact.