Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia is the law firm for people who cannot afford a lawyer. Every year, it works to improve access to justice for hundreds of poor and low-income people whose needs are simply not being met. And the need is great: people living in poverty are more likely to encounter legal issues often in cases where the stakes are high. Getting legal help could mean that a family gets heat in the winter, a woman escapes a domestic violence situation, a senior citizen obtains the right prescription drug plan, a person in need receives the proper safety net benefits. Last year, services provided by Legal Aid benefited nearly 8,800 District residents, the majority of whom live in the poorest wards of the city. Thousands more benefited from legal rights education efforts, referrals, and law reforms that better protect their rights. Equal justice is at the very core of the mission. Your support allows the oldest and largest legal services program in DC to continue making justice real for everyone.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; Wards 7 and 8, in particular.

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: All

Awards & Recognition

Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation Exponent Award, awarded to Legal Aid's Executive Director, Jonathan Smith, in 2009.

Press

  • Five Leaders Honored for Perseverance in Downturn
    Mon Oct 5 2009, The Washington Post  
    Winners include...Jonathan M. Smith, executive director of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia...

Budget (FY2015)

  • The current budget for Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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