Legal Aid congratulates Supervising Attorney Trisha Monroe, who was named a Domestic Violence Super Advocate by the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Trisha is one of nine accomplished attorneys recognized this year as a “DV Super Advocate,” all of whom are receiving tickets to see Lil Mo and Keke Wyatt at the Howard Theater on July 17th.
As I wrote in my nomination packet, “for over ten years, Trisha has been a devoted and tireless advocate for survivors of domestic violence. Every day through representing clients in Civil Protection Order (CPO) cases and other related family law matters, she makes tremendous – at times, life-saving - differences in the lives of low-income survivors. Trisha is an unsung hero in the legal services community, precisely the type of person who should be honored as a “Super DV Advocate.” Trisha is an impressive and indefatigable attorney and her dedication to domestic violence work is remarkable. She has devoted her entire post-clerkship career to assisting domestic violence survivors in court as they seek to obtain protection orders and to assert their custody and visitation rights. Despite the emotionally taxing and fast-paced nature of domestic violence cases, Trisha has seemingly limitless energy and enthusiasm for advocating for our clients in court. She is aggressive in her advocacy and litigation in court and yet completely understated and unassuming about her achievements and the significant impact she has had on her clients’ lives. Trisha’s clients never forget her. They often remark that Trisha’s positive demeanor, sympathy, and patience put them at ease as they conveyed their stories of horrible and deeply personal abuse. Because of the quick turn-around in Civil Protection Order cases, there is a temptation to perceive such cases as simple and repetitive. Trisha’s advocacy contradicts such mistaken views. Every day she works with survivors of domestic violence who are facing enormous challenges of poverty, housing, childcare, and unemployment -- in addition to the violence they suffer from their abusers. Trisha understands the unique situations and needs of her clients and works tirelessly to help them achieve their goals of a violence-free life, custody of their children, financial independence from the abuser, etc. The sheer number of cases Trisha takes on is also noteworthy. She is frequently in court four to five days a week, and provides zealous advocacy in each and every case. To keep up, Trisha often stays late to prepare for cases, return client calls, supervise junior attorneys, and plan for upcoming meetings and trainings. No matter how demanding her work may be Trisha consistently demonstrates the genuine concern and compassion for her clients that is so essential when representing victims of domestic violence.”
We congratulate Trisha on this well-deserved recognition.