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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.

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…

New Civil Protection Order Project at D.C. Law Students in Court

05 October 2018   East River of the River Profiles, Featured

D.C. Law Students in Court has developed an exciting new resource to assist respondents in Civil Protection Order matters.  The Civil Protection Order Project (CPOP) seeks to provide litigation and mediation services to respondents facing Civil Protection Order cases in…

D.C. Law Students in Court to hold a Community Record Sealing and Expungement Workshop

26 September 2018   East River of the River Profiles, Featured

On October 26th, D.C. Law Students in Court (LSIC) will host a Sealing & Expungement workshop where members of the community will be able to connect with legal professionals and seal or expunge a criminal arrest, charge, or conviction, given…

A Grand Opening

20 September 2018   East River of the River Profiles

By Nicole Portnov        Five days a week, from September to June, children all over the nation pack up Spiderman lunch bags and Five Star notebooks and head off to classrooms where parents hope they are safe, healthy,…

Welcome to our new editors!

05 September 2018   East River of the River Profiles

Welcome to the revamped East of the River Profiles Blog. This past summer, three new editors joined our team. They have been hard at work planning fresh and exciting articles for the coming year. We thought we would introduce the…

Improving Children’s Literacy East of the River

31 August 2018   East River of the River Profiles, Featured, Uncategorized

By Christelle Tshibengabo Reading Partners connects students in under-resourced schools with volunteer tutors and mentors across the United States. In Washington, D.C., Reading Partners has reading centers in 19 elementary schools, 10 of which are East of the Anacostia River. A…

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project Offers East of the River Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence

15 August 2018   East River of the River Profiles, Featured

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) has opened a satellite office in The Commons at Stanton Square to serve victims of domestic violence and at-risk children and their families. The new location will be a collaborative effort with Martha’s Table and…