East of the River Profiles:
Meeting the Community's Legal Needs
East of the River Profiles highlight the work of lawyers, law professors, and law students who serve low-income residents in Wards 7 and 8. Poverty in the District of Columbia is concentrated in certain communities east of the Anacostia River. Lawyers are critical to helping low-income residents in these communities navigate challenges such as finding housing, stabilizing families, and finding jobs.
Providing the necessary legal services to those who live East of the River requires minimizing geographic barriers to accessing legal aid, motivating pro bono lawyers and law students to travel across the river to assist clients, and ensuring that legal aid lawyers are visible and accessible in the community. With East of the River Profiles, we hope to encourage these changes by highlighting the needs of those who live East of the River and the work done by the lawyers serving these communities.
Finally, we’d love to hear from you! If you have stories, successes, or resources that you’d like us to share, please contact our editors.