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Recent Advocacy

Language Access

WCL Support for Language Access for Education Amendment Act of 2017

Our letter supporting reintroduction of the legislation

Council Member Grosso’s announcement

The Language Access for Education Amendment Act

Storify of DC Language Access Coalition Press Conference

A Marathon Hearing on Language Access … And The Next Steps

Judicial Nominations

Washington Council of Lawyers Letter Urging Confirmation of Judges to Fill D.C. Judicial Vacancies

Letter supporting candidacy of Adrienne Jennings Noti for D.C. Superior Court

Letter supporting candidacy of Emily Gunston for D.C. Superior Court

Letter supporting candidacy of Hon. Sean Staples for D.C. Superior Court

Letter supporting candidacy of Julie Becker for D.C. Superior Court

Letter supporting candidacy of Michael Zoeller for D.C. Superior Court

Letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging votes on nominees to fill D.C. Superior Court vacancies

Letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging votes on nominees to fill D.C. Superior Court vacancies

Access to Justice & Funding for Civil Legal Services

Letter in Support of the Fare Evasion Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2018 (Bill 22-408)

WCL Testimony Before DC Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety on  on FY 2019 Public Funding for Access to Justice Initiatives and Civil Legal Counsel Projects Program (April 13, 2018)

Letter to The Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law regarding proposed revisions to Rule 49(c)

Support for Access to Justice Funding in DC

WCL Testimony Before DC Council Committee on the Judiciary on the Expanding Access to Justice Act of 2016

Letter to D.C. Committee on the Judiciary, supporting civil Gideon (court-appointed attorneys in civil cases)

Letter to Legal Services Corporation, re Fiscal Year 2017 budget request

Letter to D.C. Bar Rules Review Committee, re Limited Scope Representation

Letter to Legal Services Corporation, supporting more funding for civil legal aid

Letter to DC Court of Appeals, supporting rule changes to enable in-house lawyers to do pro bono work

Letter opposing proposed DC Council cuts to legal services and loan repayment assistance

Letter to FDIC opposing rules that would imperil IOLTA funds used to fund legal aid

Letter to Senate Armed Services Committee opposing investigation of Guantanamo Bay lawyers

Access to Courts

Letter to Councilman Grosso, urging reintroduction of language access legislation

Letter to  Joint Committee on Judicial Administration regarding judges’ obligation to protect the rights of unrepresented persons in judicial proceedings

Letter supporting ABA language access standards

Other Issues Affecting Legal Profession

Comment on Proposed Increase in D.C. Bar Dues

Amicus brief to U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas, in support of affirmative-action in higher education

Letter of Support of BEGA Amendment Act of 2017

Lawyering Up on Immigration in the Trump Era: OpEd in collaboration with HBA-DC