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You Are a Source of Hope

Yes, hope for thousands of vulnerable neighbors desperate to be there—proud, independent, and accomplished—for their families and loved ones. But with a legal system that is often stacked against them, they can’t do it alone. 
 
As we stand in the face of potentially drastic barriers to affordable housing, employment, public assistance, and heath care in 2017, we ask you to join us in our mission to help educate our neighbors of their rights and come to their defense when they need it most.

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Report from “Feed the People”

Volunteer service events, even on a modest scale, require a generous spirit—and a serious effort. This month, on Dec. 13th and 20th, we rolled up our sleeves in partnership with two District outreach groups to help Feed the People. Here’s what we learned.

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Find Us in the Catalogue for Philanthropy

In June, we announced our selection to the Catalogue for Philanthropy, a highly respected and locally-focused Guide to Giving that helps creates visibility and philanthropic dollars for charities in Greater Washington. LSIC was one of 375 charities vetted on the basis of need, impact, cost-effectiveness, and transparency of finances.

Our sincere thanks to the Catalogue for highlighting our work and placing us among the very best of local nonprofits committed to “challenging the status quo, tackling critical issues, and offering support, dignity, compassion, and opportunity to those who need it most.”

Look for us on page 47 or online.

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Out and About and on the Air

Catch up on our October-November pro bono and community partnerships, trainings, advocacy, and clinical teaching. Don’t miss our feature in Washington Lawyer and enlightening podcasts with Teresa Hodge and other fascinating folks. Are you making the world a better place? Please send your news and accomplishments to LSIC blog editor Pamela Garlick so that we can post them in this column. We also welcome guest submissions and story ideas.

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Consider What’s at Stake: The LSIC End-of-Year Appeal

One encounter with the criminal justice system can lead to a record that stays with you for life, interfering with your ability to work, find housing, and provide for basic needs. Thousands of men and women in Washington, DC carry this burden—even if they have done nothing wrong or have already paid their dues. Many are eligible to seal their record yet lack the knowledge and resources to do so on their own.

This holiday season, you can fight this injustice. Please Donate an Hour and Give a Second Chance.

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Reunion Class Photos: These Will Make You Smile

In planning our Orientation and reunion festivities, we unearthed some class photos that we thought you might enjoy. These shots are from graduation years ending in 6—a nod to our October 26th Reunion and newly minted alumni class of 2016. Recognize yourself and friends? Please help us place a name to a face. Peruse our Class Lists.  And tell us what you’re up to via our Alumni Survey. We’re a big family and would love to hear from you!

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Out and About and Listening In

District residents will always find us in our court-based offices, but they’re bumping into us more and more out in the community. That’s because we’re making a concerted effort to expand our outreach in the areas of housing, expungement, and the criminal and juvenile justice systems. We advocate on the ground and through social media—while harnessing the talents of our students and fellows to get work done. Here’s some recent activity.

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Meet Our Fall Class

We are 42 classmates strong—coming together from five DC law schools with interests in prison reform, housing policy, gender equality, class action litigation, juvenile justice, and more…

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Marcelo Perez Receives 2016 Nathan A. Neal Award for Outstanding Advocacy

“Thirty years ago I was a student at this point of time finishing Orientation. I didn’t know what I was going to get myself into. To hear what you’ve done in one semester is inspiration,” stated Nathan A. Neal (’87, Howard) to Marcelo Perez (’16, AU) at a reception held on August 26th celebrating the start of the new semester at LSIC.

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Please Note! We Have Some Changes to the October 26th Reunion – Calling on Alum from ’16, ’06, ’96, ’86, & ’76

To our LSIC graduates from ’16, ’06, ’96, ’86, and ’76!  We learned this week that LSIC board member Barry Pollack, President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, is hosting a criminal justice training on the 26th at UDC. We’ve decided to join forces and hold the reunion at UDC. Come to JUSTICE FOR ALL? INTERRUPTING RACISM IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (no charge) and then mingle with us afterwards. Or just come mingle at 6 PM!

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