Housing Victories in Congress Heights

02 August 2015   Blog, East River of the River Profiles | Tags:

By Domonique Williams and Gavette Richardson On a hot day in late August 2014, a group of law students from Howard and Catholic Universities, along with supervisory attorneys from the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, converged east of the river to…

A Marathon Hearing on Language Access … And Next Steps

19 July 2015   Blog | Tags: ,

On July 1, 2015, the DC Council held a joint public hearing on the Language Access for Education Amendment Act of 2015. The 75 public witnesses on the witness list included:

Attorneys who have helped clients to bring language access complaints after being denied language access under the law;

Law professors who supervise student attorneys who have written reports on the state of language access in the District, and who have worked with clients whose language access rights were violated;
Community members who have brought language access complaints and received favorable determinations through the process at the DC Office of Human Rights, only to continue to have their rights violated afterward;


Students at DC schools who have had to interpret for their parents at parent-teacher conferences, despite the schools’ legal obligation to provide interpretation.

Book Vending Machines Provide Free Summer Reads for EOTR Kids

19 July 2015   Blog, East River of the River Profiles | Tags:

A heartwarming, summer-reading true story about free books being put into the hands and homes of children in Anacostia. Book vending machines in three locations East of the River are providing kids with their choice of books to enjoy over…

East of the River Casehandlers Meeting: July 29!

09 July 2015   Blog, East River of the River Profiles | Tags:

Practicing Public Interest Law East of the Anacostia River: 5th Annual Summer Panel Discussion with the East of the River Casehandlers Wednesday, July 29, 2015 12:30 pm – 2 pm Deanwood Neighborhood Library 1350 49th Street, NE Washington DC, 20019 Metro:…

Bread for the City Plans East of the River Expansion

28 June 2015   Blog, East River of the River Profiles | Tags:

Exciting long-term news! Bread for the City plans to double the size of its Southeast Center, on Good Hope Road in Anacostia, to provide more medical, legal, and social services to people living East of the River. Read more about…

Meet Our Summer Intern!

28 June 2015   Blog | Tags:

Hello! My name is Alex Kurtz, and I am excited to be interning this summer with Washington Council of Lawyers.

I am an undergraduate at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and I am pursuing a degree in Political Science with minors in Economics and Spanish. In my free time, I am active in my student government association; I currently serve both as a senator and my class Vice President. I am also the Vice Delegation Chairperson of my college’s delegation to the Maryland Student Legislature, which is a model of the Maryland state legislature. I love helping other students, so I have also become a Peer Consultant in the Writing Center and a Peer Mentor, where I assist incoming freshmen.

East of the River Casehandlers Meeting – June 26

03 June 2015   Blog, East River of the River Profiles | Tags:

The East of the River Casehandlers is a group of legal services providers, law professors/students, and pro bono lawyers who meet every three months at the Anacostia Library to share program information and discuss strategies for dealing with issues of…

Making a Difference at DC Employment Justice Center’s Workers’ Rights Clinic

03 June 2015   Blog, East River of the River Profiles | Tags:

By Caroline Fleming Other than a few projects in school, Carla Chambers didn’t have much experience volunteering when she contacted the DC Employment Justice Center. A trained paralegal, Carla sought to volunteer with the DCEJC as a way to expand her…

Low Bono, Hi-Tech

31 May 2015   Blog | Tags:

At the most recent installment in our Looking Into Low Bono series, we looked at ways that technology can expand access to justice. Our panelists had lots of great information to share, and their presentations are worth checking out: Presentation…