Grant News: Thanks to Thomson Reuters for Advancing Legal Services | DCLAW Students


While many residents across the District are benefitting from the city’s economic growth, others–especially those living east of the Anacostia River–are not sharing in the prosperity…

blog_trRising rents and unscrupulous landlords make living here increasingly challenging. Excessive juvenile detentions and unfair treatment in public schools continue to plague our youth. And publicly accessible criminal records bar those with prior arrests, charges, or convictions from obtaining jobs, housing, and other necessities.

“These complex legal problems require legal expertise and zealous advocacy, and LSIC is at the vanguard of organizations providing legal aid to the District’s low-income residents,” stated Development Director Dianne Torresen, who wrote the winning grant application to Thomson Reuters.”

The Advancing Legal Services grant of $5,000 will help LSIC maintain the high-level services we provide to indigent District residents through our court-based housing office and court-assigned criminal cases, and to expand our services to the public through community outreach and pro bono programs.

The impact of our counsel, education, and advocacy is real.

LSIC clients often benefit from the ability to remain in a home, retain disputed property, enjoy the vindication of their constitutional or statutory rights, or receive needed mental health, substance abuse, or medical services. With partners like Thomson Reuters as well as generous alumni, law firms, and community organizations, we can continue to help indigent District residents secure their essential human rights of housing and liberty.

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