Appellate Advocacy

Barbara McDowell Appellate Advocacy Project

RAGLEPHOTO_2013LADC_1197-smallEstablished in 2004 with seed money from the DC Bar Foundation, which continues to provide generous support, Legal Aid’s Appellate Project has become a “model of excellence” that the National Legal Aid and Defender Association has urged other legal services programs to emulate. The Project was named for its founding Director, Barbara McDowell, after her untimely death.

The Project not only litigates appeals on behalf of Legal Aid clients but also files “friend of the court” briefs on cases involving matters of importance to people living in poverty. Beyond litigation, the Project provides appellate instruction, consultation, and advice to the larger D.C. legal services community. Although most of the Project’s work involves cases before the District’s highest court – the District of Columbia Court of Appeals – the Project also gets involved in administrative appeals and cases before the District of Columbia Superior Court and the federal courts.

Learn more about Barbara McDowell, the renowned appellate litigator and U.S. Supreme Court advocate who served as the project’s first director and after whom our appellate advocacy project is named.

The latest Appellate Posts from Legal Aid’s blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.org

Legal Aid Establishes New Appellate Advocacy Fellowship
By Eric Angel, posted on September 5, 2017, 8:50 pm
D.C. Court of Appeals Protects Tenants’ Right to Purchase Building
By Jonathan Levy, posted on September 23, 2016, 10:25 pm
Court of Appeals Prevents Landlord from Using Domestic Violence Law to Evict Tenant
By Jonathan Levy, posted on December 2, 2015, 3:00 pm
Recent Victories in the D.C. Court of Appeals
By Jonathan Levy, posted on December 1, 2015, 5:51 pm
Legal Aid Prevails in Important Attorneys’ Fees Appeal
By Becket Marum, Sidley Austin Appellate Loaned Associate, posted on September 28, 2015, 2:27 pm

Selected Appellate Project Briefs and Opinions, By Year

2017 Legal Aid Appellate Advocacy
Ricky Henson, et al. v. Santander Counsumer USA, Inc.
Amicus Brief

Cecelia G. Togba v. Community Multi Services, Inc.
Petition for Hearing

Oscar Salazar, et al. v. District of Columbia, et al.
Brief

2016 Legal Aid Appellate Advocacy
Bayview Loan Servicing LLC v. 1390 Kenyon Street Corp.
Amicus Brief

Bostic v. DC Housing Authority
Petitioner Brief

Brown-Carson v. DC Department of Employment Services
Petitioner’s Brief
Petitioner’s Reply Brief
Rehearing Brief

Christine Burkhardt, et al. v. District of Columbia Rental Housing Commission
Amicus Brief

Tamika Carper v. District of Columbia Housing Authority
Brief of Petitioner
Reply Brief

Lelonie Curry-Mills v. District of Columbia Dept. of Youth and Rehabilitation Services and District of Columbia Office of Employee Appeals
Opening Brief
Reply Brief
Opinion

Epstein v. DC Department of Employment Services
Pertitioner’s Brief

In Re: R.J., Jr.; In Re: J.Q.
Amicus Brief

In Re Melbourne v. Taylor
Amicus Brief
Opinion

Pope-Massey v. Massey
Apellee Brief

Southern Hills LP v. Anderson
Amicus Brief

In re Ta.L., et al., __ A.3d __ (D.C. August 22, 2013)
Amicus Brief
en banc opinions

Tinsley v. Blacknall
Appellee Brief
Opinion and Judgment

Wylie v. Glenncrest
Brief
Opinion

2015 Legal Aid Appellate Advocacy
Business Resources and Security Services, Inc. v. Webb
Opinion

Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez
Amicus Brief
Opinion

DeSelms v. Hahn
Opinion

Mathis v. DC Housing Authority
Opinion

NB v. District of Columbia
Opinion

Nwokwu v. Allied Barton Security Service
Opening Brief

Parcel One Phase One Associates LLP v. Museum Square Tenants Association, Inc.
Appellee Brief
Appellee Motion
Judgement

Ross v. District of Columbia Department of Employment Services
Amicus Brief
Opinion

Smith v. Greenway Apartments, LP
Appellant Brief
Reply Brief
Opinion

Smith v. Ventura and Enamorado
Brief of Appellees
Opinion

Tagoe v. DC Dept of Employment Services and Howard Universtiy Hospital
Opinion

Tanner and Wynn v. Caldwell
Motion to Stay
Order Granting Motion to Stay
Appellants’ Brief
Opinion and Judgement

2014 Legal Aid Appellate Advocacy
In re District of Columbia
Amicus Brief
Opinion

Girma W. Admasu v. 7-11 Food Store #11731G/21926D
Brief
Opinion

District of Columbia v. Melvern Reid, et al
Brief
Opinion

Rouzbeh E. Mazanderan v. District of Columbia Department of Public Works,13-AA-01 (July 10, 2014)
Brief
Opinion

2013 Legal Aid Appellate Advocacy
Behavioral Research Associates, Inc. v. Mark A. Love, 12-AA-1639 (November 20, 2013)
Opinion
Brief

718 Associates Trustee, 718 NW Trust v. Bryant Banks, et al., 65 A.3d 59 (D.C. 2013)
Opinion (en banc)
Amicus Brief

Lynch v. Masters Security, 13-AA-517
Brief (2013)
Reply Brief (2013)
Opinion (2013)
Brief (2015)
Reply Brief (2015)

Mitchell v. District of Columbia Rental Housing Commission, No. 12-AA-1896
Amicus

Pajic v. Foote Properties, 72 A.3d 140 (D.C. 2013)
Opinion
Appellant Brief
Appellee Brief
Reply Brief

Verner v. Verner, 12-FM-0817 (D.C. September 27, 2013)
Opinion and Judgment
Appellee Brief

DC Department of Health Care Finance v. Yvonne Settles, 10-AA-1475, 10-AA-1492, 11-AA-633 (April 2, 2013)
Opinion
Respondent Brief

E.C. v. RCM of Washington, Inc., 12-AA-1441
Order
Amici Curiae Brief
Petitioner Brief
Opinion
District of Columbia Amicus Brief

2012 Legal Aid Appellate Advocacy

BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP v. Buggs, 39 A.3d 678 (D.C. 2012)
Opinion

Consumer Action Network v. Danielle V. Lewis, 11-AA-351 (D.C. April 26, 2012)
Memorandum Opinion and Judgment 

Consumer Action Network v. T., 49 A.3d 1208 (D.C. 2012)
Opinion
Respondent Brief

Kim Kelly v. Crawford Edgewood Managers, No. 11-CV-210 (D.C. November 14, 2012)
Dismissal
Appellant Brief

Mitchell v. Gales, 671 A.3d 678 (D.C. 2012)
Opinion
Appellate Brief
Appellate Reply

2011 Legal Aid Appellate Advocacy
District of Columbia v. Burt, et al.
Amicus Brief
Opinion

Graham v. Lanier Associates.19 A.3d 361 (D.C. 2011)
Amicus Brief
Opinion

Richman Towers Tenant’s Association, Inc., et al. Appellants v. Richman Towers LLC, et al., Appellees,17 A.3d 590 (D.C. 2011)
Opinion

Savage-Bey v. La Petite Academy, 50 A.3d 1055 (D.C. 2012)
Petitioner’s Brief
Opinion

Taj Gilmore v. Atlantic Services Group, 17 A.3d 558 (D.C. 2011)
Opinion

2010 Legal Aid Appellate Advocacy
AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, No. 09-893 (S. Ct.)
Brief of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and National Consumer Advocacy Organizations as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondents
Opinion

District Towing v. Johnson
Amicus Brief
Order

Keeton v. Wells Fargo Corp
Amicus Brief
Order

Loney and Tenants of 710 Jefferson Street NW v. DC Rental Housing Commission, 11 A.3d 753 (D.C. 2010)
Appellant Brief
Appellant Reply
Opinion
Decision

Savage-Bey v. La Petite Academy, 50 A.3d 1055 (D.C. 2012)
Petitioner’s Brief
Order
Opinion

Treadwell v. Teffera
Amicus Brief
Order

Mason v. Red Coats/Admiral Security
Petitioner’s Brief
Order

McDowney v. RCM of Washington, Inc.
Petitioner’s Brief
Order

Mitchell v. All Staff Tech/DHS
Motion for Summary Reversal
Reply in Support of Motion for Summary Reversal
Order

2009 Legal Aid Appellate Advocacy
Barbee v. Bright Horizons Children’s Center
Petioner’s Motion for Summary Reversal
Order (D.C. Dec. 2, 2009)

Edgewood Management Corp. v. Bell
Appellee Brief
Case dismissed by joint stipulation (D.C. Oct. 27, 2009)

Gomez v. Independence Mgmt. Reported at 967 A.2d 1276 (D.C. 2009)
Amicus

Loewinger v. Stokes (DCCA) Not yet reported (July 30, 2009)
Opinion
Brief

Peart v. D.C. Housing Authority Reported at 972 A.2d 810 (D.C. 2009)
Appellant Brief
Appellant Reply

Schliefsteiner v. D.C. DHS
Order (D.C. Feb. 18, 2009) Amicus

2008 Legal Aid Appellate Advocacy
Berkley v. D.C. Transit, Inc., Reported at 950 A.2d 749 (D.C. 2008)
Petitioner Brief

Borger Mgt. v. Nelson-Lee Reported at 959 A.2d 694 (D.C. 2008)
Amicus

Burton v. NTT Consulting, LLC, Not yet reported (D.C. Oct. 9, 2008)
Petitioner Brief
Reply Brief

Chimes D.C. v. Jones
Respondent Brief
Case dismissed by joint stipulation (D.C. June 28, 2008)

Feemster, et al., v. BSA Limited Partnership, Reported at 548 F.3d 1063 (D.C. Cir. 2008)
Appellant Brief
Reply Brief

Gomez v. Consolidated Engineering Services, (Reported at 943 A.2d 1167 (D.C. 2008)
Petitioner Brief

P.F. v. N.C., Not yet reported (D.C. Aug. 7, 2008) (2008 D.C. App. LEXIS 368)
Appellant Brief
Appellant Reply

Squires v. Plummer
MOJ (D.C. July 3, 2008)(Amicus)

Williams v. Paul, Reported at 945 A.2d 607 (D.C. 2008)
Appellate Brief
Appellate Reply

2007 Legal Aid Appellate Advocacy
1420 Chapin Street Tenants v. Charles Russell Properties (Amicus)
Order (D.C. Aug. 28, 2007)

1613 Harvard v. D.C. (Amicus)
Order (D.C. March 22, 2007)

K.H. v. R.H., Reported at 935 A.2d 328 (D.C. 2007)
Appellee Brief

King v. Berindoague Reported at 959 A.2d 694 (D.C. 2007)
Appellant Brief
Appellant Reply

2006 Legal Aid Appellate Advocacy
Ball v. Arthur Winn, Reported at 905 A.2d 147 (D.C. 2006)
Appellant Brief
Appellant Reply
Appellant Supp.

Coto v. Citibank FSB, Reported at 912 A.2d 562 (D.C. 2006)
Petitioner Brief

Giles v. Crawford Edgewood, Reported at 911 A.2d 1223 (D.C. 2006)
Amicus

Griffith v. Ft. Lincoln Realty (Amicus)
Memorandum Opinion and Judgment

Hilliard v. Addeco (Rehearing)
Order (D.C. Nov. 28, 2006)

Landry v. Cooper-Allen
Appellee Brief
MOJ (D.C. Nov. 6, 2006)

Roy v. McClurkin
Appellee Brief
MOJ (D.C. Dec. 29, 2006)

Scarborough v. Winn Residential, Reported at 890 A.2d 249 (D.C. 2006)
Amicus
Amicus Supp.

Twin Towers v. Capitol Park, Reported at 894 A.2d 1113 (D.C. 2006)
Amicus-Rehearing

W.D. v. C.S.M., Reported at 906 A.2d 317 (D.C. 2006)
Amicus-Rehearing

Wilson v. Modern Mgmt.
Appellant Brief
Appellant Reply
Orders (D.C. Sept. 27, 2006 and Oct. 20, 2006)

2005 Legal Aid Appellate Advocacy
Douglas v. Kriegsfeld, Reported at 884 A.2d 1109 (D.C. 2005) (en banc)
Appellant Brief
Appellant Reply
Opinion

Fields v. Conway, MOJ (D.C. Dec. 8, 2005)
Appellant Brief
Appellant Reply

Nuyen v. Luna, Reported at 884 A.2d 650 (D.C. 2005)
Appellee Brief

Prall v. Alrivy, MOJ (May 31, 2005)
Amicus

Ramey v. D.C. DHS, Order (D.C. Dec. 30, 2005)
Petitioner Brief

Reneau Real Estate v. Doe, MOJ (D.C. May 26, 2005)
Appellee Brief

Robinson v. Robinson, Reported at 886 A.2d 78 (D.C. 2005)
Appellant Brief
Appellant Reply

2004 Legal Aid Appellate Advocacy
Stanford v. Newball, MOJ (D.C. Dec. 9, 2004)
Appellee Brief