We are proud to support the Making Justice Real Campaign at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, one of our closest pro bono partners. The Campaign will provide free legal assistance to thousands of DC residents who need a lawyer but can’t afford one. To learn more about the campaign, sign up to participate, or donate, visit https://secure.qgiv.com/event/makingjusticereal/team/861824/
Tiffany Cheung, a litigation associate in our Washington, D.C. office, discusses her experience working with the Legal Aid Society:
How did you first become involved with Legal Aid Society?
One of the things that drew me to Baker Botts in the first place was the firm’s commitment and dedication to pro bono work. I was determined to be part of this work from the start and reached out to Mark Miller, our pro bono coordinator, shortly after joining the firm. Mark connected me with Legal Aid, and I’ve been involved since then!Are you involved with a pro bono case currently?
I currently work with Nadira Clarke, who is on the board of the Legal Aid Society, on representing a mother in a child custody case. We are also assisting the mother with domestic violence matters.
Our client is a single mother seeking to modify a current custody order involving her six-year-old son. The custody case was initially filed in 2015, and a permanent custody order was entered in September 2018, which provided that the client and the child’s father have equal parenting time (one-week-on, one-week-off). There is extensive history of domestic violence perpetrated by the father against the client. Nadira and I have represented her at two status hearings in the D.C. Superior Court and successfully maintained her temporary full custody arrangement.
What about organization or mission do you think more people should know?
Legal Aid is a fantastic organization to work with! Nadira and I reach out to Jamie Sparano, our mentor at Legal Aid, for guidance often as we navigate to help our client access the best legal options and protections. Jamie’s dedication to her work is inspiring.
How can others become involved in the Making Justice Real campaign?
Donate or be involved by taking on a pro bono case.
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