From the CUA Law Pro Bono Coordinator

July 22, 2015

A few quick updates:
1.  If you are a rising 3L or entering/in a clerkship that will finish up next summer and are interested in working in the legal services realm thereafter beginning next fall, you should be considering the pursuit of a postgraduate legal fellowship!  The largest project-based program (where you find an organization to partner with on developing a project/job description) has a mid-September application deadline, which means you should be securing a host organization NOW.  If you want to learn more, please contact me immediately at

2.  Here are some upcoming events that might be of interest:

Free debt relief webinar from Equal Justice Works: July 23 3–4:10pm

JDs in Debt: What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness

DC PDS Open House: July 23, 5:30–7:30pm

The Public Defender Service for DC is hosting an informational open house on Thursday, July 23 from 5:30- 7:30 at its office at 633 Indiana Avenue, NW. The format is a brief panel with speakers from three to four of our divisions speaking about their work, followed by a networking reception with attorney representatives from each division as well as our summer law clerks. The event is primarily a fall recruitment preview for 3Ls and attorneys interested in permanent trial positions and pre-laws, 1Ls and 2Ls interested in next summer or school year internships/externships. Direct any questions to Jen Thomas at 202-824-2337 or jenthomas@pdsdc.

Practicing Public Interest Law East of the Anacostia River: 5th Annual Summer Panel Discussion with the East of the River Casehandlers
Wed, July 29 | 12:30 pm – 2 pm | Deanwood Neighborhood Library | 1350 49th St NE, WDC 20019

Metro: Deanwood (Orange Line)

The East of the River Casehandlers group invites all legal interns, summer associates, law students and pro bono attorneys to come find out more about practicing public interest law east of the Anacostia River and to hear from our panel about their career paths to public interest lawyering. Imoni Washington of the DC Bar Foundation will join us after the provider panel to discuss the Loan Repayment Assistance Program for public interest lawyers working in the District and the recent grants the DCBF has made to legal services providers east of the river. We will also have information available on fall student internship and pro bono opportunities.

Adrian Alvarez | Staff Attorney, Health Together Project |Childrens Law Center

Dennis Corkery | Senior Staff Attorney, Equal Employment Opportunity Project | Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Allison Dowling |Staff Attorney, Public Benefits | Whitman Walker Health

Drake Hagner | Former EJW Fellow and Current Staff Attorney, Public Benefits | Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

Taylor Healy | Former EJW Fellow and Current Staff Attorney, Housing | Bread for the City

Jennifer Thomas | Legal Recruiting Manager |Public Defender Service

Leah Quaile |Staff Attorney, CFSA Family Preservation Project |Neighborhood Legal Services Program of the District of Columbia

Imoni Washington | Director of Programs |DC Bar Foundation

To register, contact Heather Hodges at 202.269.5100 or This program is intended to be highly interactive and driven by your questions. We encourage you to submit any questions you have with your registration request.

The East of the River Casehandlers meet every three months at the Anacostia Library to share program information and discuss strategies for dealing with issues of common concern to our low-income clients in Wards 7 and 8. We also conduct legal information programs for community members and legal services attorneys. Please send an e-mail to if you would like to join our listserv.

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