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MLK Day Service Project

Please join us for a Day of Service by lending a helping hand to Green Scheme while advancing Dr. King's dream of opportunity for all. Click here to see program details.

            Monday, January 20th, 2014
                            
  10:00 AM
         
Lincoln Heights Family Enhancement Center
                          400 50th Street NE 20019

Green Scheme promotes access to healthy living within DC's low-income community through community gardens and nutrition classes.


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 LSIC Announces Executive Director

Law Students in Court has appointed Moses Cook as  Executive Director, starting December 4, 2013.
>>Click here to see the full press release

LSIC Fall Family Picnic Day

 

Thank you to those who attended our picnic day on Saturday, October 19. Check out our flickr page for more pics of the event.
LSIC Announces Executive Director Search
August 22, 2013

To learn more about the position and application process, please click here.

Alumni Happy Hour
Celebrate the Past - Embrace the Future



Thank you all to those who made it out to the happy hour on Friday, August 16th to kick off this new school year. A special thanks to Nathan A. Neal for sponsoring the event.

 
Sponsor of Fall 2013 Alumni Happy Hour | Nathan A. Neal
Pictures located on our flickr page.

LSIC Announces Interim Executive Director

Law Students in Court has appointed Moses Cook as Interim Executive Director, starting May 13, 2013. Click Here to Read More
LSIC Wins a Major Appeals Court Victory

2012 alum Daniel Harawa and former supervising  attorney Dorene Haney won their appeal for their clients Bryant and Sheillia Banks in Hernandez v. Banks, overturning an 1892 precedent holding a contract to be void if one party is mentally incapacitated. Click Here to Read More

       
Civil Division Student Testifies at DC City Council Budget Hearing

On April 26th, LSIC Civil Division student Robin Overby testified before the DC City Council at a hearing on the Office of Tenant Advocacy (OTA)budget and its impact on DC residents.

Click Here to Read More

LSIC Announces Winner of Nathan A. Neal Award for Outstanding Advocacy

LSIC presented the second annual Nathan A. Neal Award for Outstanding Advocacy to Civil Division student Deaven Demarco. Click Here to Read More


2013 Celebration of Service Reception + Wine Tasting


Thank you so much to everyone who joined us on April10  at Carnegie Institute of Washington for our 2013 Celebration of Service Reception and Wine Tasting


LSIC presented its 2013 Celebration of Service Award to Susie Hoffman, partner at Crowell & Moring, for her extraordinary service as a major force in expanding pro bono legal services on behalf of DC's low-income community.



                                            
       
             
   
LSIC's executive director Rich Goemann ran the Parks Half Marathon on September 9th to support LSIC. This was Rich's first half marathon and he finished in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 9 seconds. Not too shabby for a first timer.

If you want to support LSIC with a race of your own, just send us a note and we'll tell you how to do it.

To make a donation towards the sports challenge, please click here.



    
Photos courtesy of Heather Ashley Photography and John Thorne.

LSIC presented its Celebration of Service Award to David W. DeBruin, partner, Jenner & Block,to honor his extraordinary service to those in need. The award was presented at LSIC's Second Annual Celebration of Service Reception and Auction on Tuesday, May 8, 2012  at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Thank you to all the supporters who made the event a success.xxxx


THANK YOU to our alumni and friends who came to our October 5 LSIC Alumni Association Fall Reception at Sidley Austin and made it a wonderful success!

Many thanks to Sidley Austin for hosting this event and a special thanks to Becky Troth and Adrian Fontecilla, '09 LSIC Alumnus, for making this event possible.



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Thank you to all who helped us achieve the Save Today's Clients and Train Tomorrow's Lawyers $5,000 Challenge!

With your help, we placed 76th (out of 1285 area nonprofit organizations) for most amount of dollars raised. We raised a total of $5,278 with 43 unique donors! Let's build on the momentum and make year end giving a success!
Give to the Max Day Results

Click the above logo to find out what campaign supporters had to say.


The D.C. Law Students In Court Program is proud to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $2,500 from the Women's Bar Association Foundation to support the development of the D.C. Law Student in Court’s Women's Tenant Outreach Initiative (WTOI). Through the WTOI, LSIC will research the unique needs and priorities of women tenants facing eviction, a group that makes up 63% of those who seek LSIC’s landlord-client assistance.  The data gathered will guide LSIC in developing the resources to fill any current gaps in legal services. We greatly appreciate the support of the Women's Bar Association Foundation and look forward to developing this important initiative over the coming year.






Celebration of Service Auction & Reception

May 5, 2011 at Miller & Chevalier

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                                      Sandman, and Williams
Thanks so much to everyone who joined us on May 5 at Miller and Chevalier for our First Annual Celebration of Service Reception and Auction.  The night was a wonderful success. With your support we raised nearly $75,000, a 21% increase from last year's event. Over 130 guests joined D.C. Law Students in Court in honoring James J. Sandman with the Celebration of Service Award.

In accepting his award, Mr. Sandman said, ""I’m very honored to receive this award, this recognition. I’m particularly honored to receive it from D.C. Law Students in Court, an organization that’s been setting the standard for service in our community since 1968."

Pictures of the event are available here.
Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon
November 20, 2010  

       
Thank you for all the supporters of the Help the Homeless Campaign. With your help, we were able  to increase individual participation by 77% from last year.
 

For Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Mini-walkathon pictures at Garfield Elementary school, please click here.
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November 2010 - Community Foundation Grant
LSIC is grateful to be awarded a generous grant of $10,000 from the Neighbors in Need Fund (NIN) of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, which will enable us to assist 60 DC tenants in foreclosure-related evictions for one year. LSIC is fortunate to be a one of the 43 NIN grantees, which total $585,000 for the current funding cycle.
August 2, 2010 - DCLSIC welcomes Timothy M. Curry as a supervising attorney in our criminal dicision. For the complete press release, please here.

May 20, 2010 | Auction & Reception
Thank you to all of our supporters for helping us raise nearly $60,000 through the Auction and Reception. We would not have been able to do it without you. To view a list of all who helped to make this happen, click here.




Your continued support allows us to ensure justice is available to  members of Washington's low-income community through free, high-quality legal assistance, while training third-year law students in lawyering and courtroom advocacy skills.
 
For a list of our founding members, please click here.

 March 3, 2010
Alumni Association Launch Reception


Thank you to all of our alumni, friends, staff, and board members that attended the launch reception at Weil, Gotshal & Manges.


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Alumni Association or in becoming a class representative, please contact Angela Wang at 202-638-4798 or at awang@dclawstudents.org

For a list of our founding members, please click here.



February 16, 2010 - D.C. Law Students in Court Program, Inc. announces its new Executive Director, Richard C. Goemann who will join us on April 5th, 2010. For the full press release, please click here. Richard C. Goemann

February 8, 2010 - Due to inclement weather, the Alumni & Friends Launch reception will be rescheduled to March 3, 2010. For the full press release, please click here.

January 2010 - With 22 founding members, D.C. Law Students In Court launches its Alumni and Friends Association. For full press release, click here.
 
December 4, 2009 - LSIC hosted our Staff, Alumni, & Friends Annual Holiday Party and Recognition Ceremony for Former Executive Director Mary C. Brittingham at LSIC offices. The event was a huge success with a turnout of over 100 people. Click here for pictures.  

November 21, 2009 - LSIC participated in the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon

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October 29, 2009 - Mini Walkathon - LSIC partnered with Garfield Elementary School, DC again this year. At the school LSIC staff gave an educational presentation on homelessness and participated in the school's mini-walk. Over 200 students and staff from Garfield participated in the mini-walk program and activities.

October 21, 2009 - 2nd Alumni & Friends Happy Hour - Nearly 40 alumni, former and current staff and friends of LSIC joined us at our second happy hour at Bar Louie on October 21. Please check back here or on our Facebook page for more happy hours and alumni events scheduled throughout the year.

October 2009 - In the October issue of Washington Lawyer magazine, our former Executive Director, Mary Brittingham, addresses the impact the recession and the economy has had on LSIC, including our decision not to have a Lever Dinner this year. To read the full article, please follow this link (scroll down to the 5th article in the Off Beat section).

June 19, 2009 - The first of many alumni happy hours to come was held at the local watering hole, Fado's Irish Pub on Friday, June 19th, 2009. Please stay tuned to our website for future events!
Best of CFP 09-10 June 2009

DCLSIC Featured in Catalogue for Philanthropy

The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington recently announced that D.C. Law Students in Court Program, INc. has been chosen by reviewers for the 2009-10 Catalogue. We were selected from a field of nearly 200 organizations. The Catalogue calls D.C. Law Students in Court Program, Inc. "one of the best small non-profits in Washington, D.C. region.

May 2009 - DCLSIC now has a facebook presence. Get connected to LSIC alumni and friends here.

October 17, 2008
New home for LSIC!

After a decade at our 7th Street location, we packed up our bags, our files and moved across the street. Come by to visit us at our new offices right underneath the Chinatown archway!

Celebrating 40 Years

On Friday, October 3, 2008 D.C. Law Students in Court will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary at the 10th Annual Lever Awards Dinner at the JW Marriott Hotel.  Click here for more details.
Press Release September 8, 2008


July 1, 2008

D.C. Law Students in Court Welcomes New Executive Director

The D.C. Law Students in Court Program (LSIC), one of the city's oldest, biggest, and best-respected legal-service providers, has announced that Mary Clark Brittingham has agreed to serve as its Executive Director.  A veteran clinician at Georgetown and George Washington Universities, an alumna of both AYUDA and the Legal Aid Society, and a former President of AYUDA's board, Ms. Brittingham brings a wealth of experience to the position.

"We're thrilled to have Ms. Brittingham lead Law Students in Court.  She brings the perfect combination of experience, commitment and energy to our Executive Director position," said Nancy Cantalupo, Chair of LSIC's board.  Ms. Brittingham agrees: "I'm honored to have the chance to contribute to a storied organization, and I look forward to both continuing and expanding LSIC's work bringing law students to court to engage in real-world litigation for our city's neediest."

D.C. Law Students in Court, now in its 40th Anniversary Year, is an independent legal clinic in which law students from American, Catholic, George Washington, and Georgetown University provide legal assistance to low-income residents of the District of Columbia.  Each year, LSIC trains top law students to represent real people, in real cases, in the courts of Washington.  In doing so, LSIC works to fight the consequences of poverty, to prevent homelessness, and to alleviate inequalities in the justice system.

2007

D.C. Law Students Presents 2007 Lever Awards
The D.C. Law Students in Court Program, Inc. (LSIC) presented the Lever Awards on October 4, 2007.  The event was written up in the Washington Lawyer by D.C. Bar staff writer Kathryn Alfisi.  Click here for the article, the sixth item on the page.  There is also a list of the past honorees, and photos from the event.

D.C. Law Students Increases Legal Services to the Poor
D.C. City Council appropriation grant expands access to justice to low-income clients

D.C. Law Students In Court Program, Inc. (LSIC) has expanded its emergency legal services to low income Washingtonians facing eviction proceedings in Landlord-Tenant Court thanks to an $85,800 grant from the D.C. Bar Foundation-administered special $2.89 million appropriation by the D.C. City Council.  Grants were made in April to Law Students in Court and 14 other organizations to increase legal assistance to the poor. 

Ann Marie Hay, Executive Director of LSIC, noted “We are deeply grateful to the D.C. Bar Foundation and the City Council for expanding the ability of legal services groups to provide low-income people with competent counsel.  We are using our grant for an additional attorney to serve as “Attorney of the Day” at Landlord-Tenant Court.  Thousands of low-income Washington residents face a personal crisis each year because of housing problem.  The combination of reduced affordable housing stock, increased housing costs and gentrification, and decreased public funding for housing has been a disaster for the poor who are frequently living in poor conditions and are afraid of losing their homes, however substandard they may be.  We helped more than 6,000 people last year, and eighty-five percent of LSIC’s Civil Division’s intake involved requests for help with housing matters; most retained cases involve defense of eviction actions in the Landlord and Tenant Court.  Looking forward, we are glad that the Council will renew the appropriation in the next budget cycle to continue to provide opportunities for access to justice.” 

Jenifer E. Foster, JD, MSW, who started in January 2008 will serve as the Attorney of the Day. She has several years experience working in a legal services environment and social services setting.

The Court Based Legal Services Project is a collaborative effort with Bread for the City, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, and Neighborhood Legal Services.  Law Students In Court is grateful to efforts of the D.C. Bar Foundation, D.C. Access to Justice Commission, and D.C. City Council for making this funding available to respond to the need of legal services for low-income persons.

2006

D.C. Law Students Presents 2006 Lever Awards
The D.C. Law Students in Court Program, Inc. (LSIC) presented the Lever Awards on October 5, 2006.  The event was written up in the Washington Lawyer by D.C. Bar staff writer Kathryn Alfisi.  Click here for the article, the second item on the page.  There is also a list of the past honorees, and photos from the event.

2005

D.C. Law Students Receives $2.4 Million Contribution
The D.C. Law Students in Court Program, Inc. (LSIC) received a contribution of $2.4 million from a cy pres award resulting from a court settlement.

The settlement, paid by Comcast, was a result of the class action lawsuit Robert H. Bassin & Sherl Weems v. District Cablevision. The $2.4 million comes from unclaimed damages by class members. At the urging of the plaintiffs’ counsel, Philip Friedman, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia ordered that the money go to protect consumer interests, which was one of the main goals of the litigation against Comcast for charging predatory late fees.  Friedman recommended that the court award the excess funds to four D.C. pro bono legal programs representing people of the District:  Law Students in Court, the Georgetown University Law Center Clinical Program, clinical programs at the George Washington University’s School of Law, and Legal Counsel for the Elderly.  Almost $10 million in support will be generated for the four clinics.

LSIC comprises law students from American University, the Catholic University of America, George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Howard University who help run one of the oldest legal clinical programs in the District.  The clinic helps defend low-income individuals in juvenile and misdemeanor criminal cases, as well as assists people with small claims and landlord–tenant matters.

“This award will help ensure the future of the program by inaugurating the program’s first endowment,” said Ann Marie Hay, executive director of LSIC.  “It will also particularly contribute to our work helping the District’s most vulnerable consumers.  We are grateful to Philip Friedman for proposing Law Students in Court as a recipient and to the Superior Court for approving the recommendation.”

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