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2015 Government Pro Bono Award: Kathryn E. Legomsky

24 November 2015   Blog | Tags: , ,

By Sierra Blanchard-Hodge

Katie Legomsky has a busy day job. Since 2010, she’s been an attorney in the General Counsel’s Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and she’s currently on a one-year detail as a trial attorney at the DOJ Civil Rights Division, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section.

But it’s the work she does during her spare time that earned her our 2015 Government Pro Bono Award. Since 2011, Katie has volunteered for the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, serving as a pro bono litigator and a mentor for junior volunteers. (More…)

2015 Above & Beyond Award: Jen Tschirch

20 November 2015   Blog | Tags: , ,

By Sierra Blanchard-Hodge

Since joining our board in fall 2012, Jennifer Tschirch (by day, Pro Bono Coordinator at Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law) has thrown herself into the work of Washington Council of Lawyers. Jen agreed to take on a massive job: organizing DC Pro Bono Week, an annual series of events, trainings, and programs to celebrate and promote pro bono work.

Under Jen’s leadership, DC Pro Bono Week has grown and flourished. As one of our board members said, when reflecting on Jen’s work, “I feel like DC Pro Bono Week has become a national model for local community engagement and Jen’s organization and dedication is a very big reason.” (More…)

Redevelopment Plans Cause Concern for Congress Heights Residents

16 November 2015   Blog, East River of the River Profiles | Tags:

Residents in four rent-controlled buildings in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Southeast DC fear losing their homes to redevelopment, the Post reports. As housing costs increase across the city, residents worry that plans for a new housing complex near the proposed…

2015 Legal Services Award: Rebecca Lindhurst

13 November 2015   Blog | Tags: , ,

By Sierra Blanchard-Hodge

Our 2015 Legal Services Award goes to Rebecca Lindhurst, a Managing Attorney in the Legal Clinic at Bread for the City. Rebecca has worked with Bread for the City since she arrived in DC in 2002, and she has demonstrated an uncommon devotion to serving members of the low-income community. At the same time, she has worked tirelessly to build associations and create programs to ensure that even more low-income tenants have access to representation, and to seek policy changes leading to better protection of tenants’ rights. (More…)

Apply for a Legal Job East of the River

30 October 2015   Blog, East River of the River Profiles

We know you are passionate about improving the lives of DC residents, and in particular ensuring that East of the River residents have access to quality legal service and help defending their rights. Here’s a chance to put that passion…

We’re Hiring! (Administrative Director, part time)

29 October 2015   Blog | Tags:

We are seeking a permanent, part-time Administrative Director to help us further expand our membership and programming. (More…)

Celebrate Pro Bono Week East of the River

21 October 2015   Blog, East River of the River Profiles | Tags:

DC Pro Bono Week is here! Among the events taking place from October 25 to 31 is an opportunity to learn more about the Healthy Together program, a medical-legal partnership between the Children’s Law Center and health care facilities in the District. On…

Meet Our New Board Members! (2015 Edition)

02 October 2015   Blog | Tags:

We’re delighted to welcome three new lawyers to our Board of Directors: Kyle Fiet, Tanya Senanayake, and Mia Sussman. (More…)

Member Profile: Caroline Fleming

18 September 2015   Blog | Tags:

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Caroline Fleming, and I’ve lived in DC for the better part of the last decade, most of which I’ve spent at the Department of Veterans Affairs as an attorney for the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. Before landing at the Board, I worked straight out of law school as an editor for a legal publication and then—very briefly—as a family lawyer practicing mainly in divorce and custody law. As it turns out, litigation is not my cup of tea! But I do have a knack for research and writing, and fortunately my current position plays to these strengths; I spend my days reviewing claims and drafting decisions for Veterans who are seeking benefits from VA. (More…)