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Washington Post Highlights D.C. Affordable Law Firm
Imagine a 60-year-old widow who’s been living in the same two-bedroom apartment in Anacostia for decades. It was the first apartment she shared with her late husband; she raised two kids there, hosted countless friends and relatives, celebrated her granddaughter’s first birthday party. It’s her home.
Now, after all those years, for reasons she doesn’t understand, she faces eviction.
Press Release: D.C. Affordable Law Firm Receives First Suzanne Richards Award
The D.C. Affordable Law Firm has received the first Suzanne Richards Award from the Foundation of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. The award includes a $10,000 grant. It was presented on December 5 at the BADC’s 144th annual banquet, "A Celebration of Women in the Law."
The grant will be given annually to D.C. nonprofits in honor of the late Suzanne Richards, who was the first female president of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
Magazine Feature Story: Experiment on K Street
The apartment was almost uninhabitable. A sewage backup that had caused one tenant to vacate the building was making life miserable for the family that lived upstairs. Water had flooded a common stairwell and a foul odor wafted through the air. The noxious aroma was so pervasive in the family’s second bathroom that it had to be closed off completely. For nearly two months the landlord did no maintenance or repair work to remedy the problem.
But this family was lucky. They found a legal services lawyer who helped them learn about their rights under the District of Columbia’s housing law and wrote a letter demanding immediate action from the landlord. Within 24 hours, the situation was under control.
In the News
Georgetown Law teams up with 2 firms to create 'low bono' law firm (ABA Journal)
A Feel Good Story for Law? (Legal Mosaic)
Bloomberg BNA Provides Free Access to D.C. Affordable Law Firm (Legaltech News)
First Low Bono Law Firm Opens Doors, Aims to Fill Legal Aid Gaps (Washington Lawyer).