James vanR. Springer
Volunteer Staff Attorney
James vanR. Springer is a Volunteer Staff Attorney in the Public Benefits Law Unit. Jim regularly staffs initial applicant interviews in Legal Aid’s Northwest office and represents clients in a wide range of benefits matters, including Social Security, Food Stamps, Medicaid, and Medicare.
Jim joined Legal Aid in November 2005. He is a retired partner of Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP, where for more than two decades, he handled antitrust and other complex commercial litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants, with a particular emphasis on appellate practice. In June 2007, Jim was named pro bono lawyer of the year by the District of Columbia Bar for his significant contributions to Legal Aid and pro bono/public interest law. In April 2012, Jim received Legal Aid’s Servant of Justice Award, the organization’s highest honor.
Jim is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was President of the Harvard Law Review. Before joining what was then Dickstein Shapiro & Galligan in 1971, Jim was a law clerk for Chief Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, an associate at Covington & Burling, an Assistant Legal Adviser in the Department of State and a Deputy Solicitor General in the Department of Justice, where he argued ten cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
J.D., Harvard Law School
Harvard Law Review, President
Phone: (202) 386-6662
Fax: (202) 727-2132