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East of the River Profiles:
Meeting the Community's Legal Needs

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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.

In addition to telling these important stories, we've collected some East of the River resources. We also invite you to participate in the East of the River Casehandlers group.

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.

Safe Sisters Circle: A Welcoming Place

28 May 2019   East River of the River Profiles, Featured | Tags: , , , ,

By Ariana Gibbs “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” Those are the words of Malcolm X,…

A Prescription for Healthy Food in Ward 8

29 April 2019   East River of the River Profiles, Featured | Tags: , , , , ,

Produce Rx is a new program to help underserved communities fight illnesses related to poverty and food insecurity in Ward 8.

More Help for the Homeless in Anacostia

05 April 2019   East River of the River Profiles, Featured

On December 4, 2018, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (WLCH), a local organization looking to provide vital legal services for those who struggle with homelessness and poverty, opened its 7th intake site at the United Planning Organization (UPO) Anacostia Community Service Center.

“Mapping Eviction”: The Eviction Lab Highlights the Eviction Epidemic with Exhibit and Discussion at the National Building Museum

07 February 2019   East River of the River Profiles, Featured

On January 24, James Hendrickson and Lavar Edmonds, of the Eviction Lab, delivered a presentation on the organization’s work, which has established the first dataset and research tool focused on eviction rates in the United States. The talk was held at the National Building Museum, which currently features the “Evicted” exhibit, exploring the causes and impact of evictions through photographs and stories reflecting the affordable housing crisis, on display through May 19, 2019.

The Eviction Lab plans to create a national, centralized database with information they are still gathering, but encourages interested parties to utilize their available studies and research to increase awareness of the housing crisis. All of their data and related work is available for download, free of charge, on their website.

Martha’s Table and Lyft Join Forces to Provide Grocery Access to Residents East of the River

20 December 2018   East River of the River Profiles, Featured

By Jessalyn Schwartz Starting on January 1, 2019, the Lyft Grocery Access Program will offer affordable rides to three East of the River grocery stores for 500 eligible families in an effort to combat common barriers of transportation and access…

RECAP: 2018 DC Pro Bono Week Sealing & Expungement Summit

28 November 2018   East River of the River Profiles, Featured

By Omar Delgadillo On October 26th, D.C. Law Students in Court (LSIC) hosted a Sealing & Expungement Summit at the Department of Employment Services building at their Minnesota Avenue Office in Northeast. This DC Pro Bono Week event connected members of…

Children’s Law Center’s Medical-Legal Partnership: A Holistic Approach to Child Welfare in the District

14 November 2018   East River of the River Profiles, Featured

By Jessalyn Schwartz On October 24th, Children’s Law Center (CLC) invited legal professionals and advocates to visit their Medical-Legal Partnership site at the Children’s Health Center of Anacostia, providing a window into the impactful Healthy Together program. One of the…

Free Medicare Part D Walk-in Clinics

07 November 2018   East River of the River Profiles, Featured

Legal Aid and Whitman-Walker are hosting walk-in clinics for people who obtain regular prescription drugs and have Medicare Part D. The clinics will allow beneficiaries to meet with a lawyer and get a Medicare Part D analysis. The Open Season for Medicare…

Jessica Steinberg: Focused on Helping Tenants

17 October 2018   East River of the River Profiles, Featured

By Jackie Rogers Jessica Steinberg’s professional life has been marked by a profound commitment to helping the legally underserved. From her early days as the sole legal aid housing attorney in San Mateo County, California, this clinical professor at George…