Systemic Advocacy and Reform

 

Legal Aid’s Systemic Advocacy & Law Reform Program works to challenge the unjust systems that marginalize and oppress low-income, primarily Black and brown District residents. Our program strategically uses multiple advocacy tools in partnership with community-based organizations and members of the client-eligible community to ensure a community-centered approach to advocacy. 

systemic advocacy

Policy Advocacy

While the majority of Legal Aid’s work consists of direct legal representation, our attorneys are committed to identifying issues that have an impact beyond an individual client.
Policy Advocacy
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Community Engagement

The Community Engagement team works to expand the accessibility of legal services, provide community legal education, and ensure that all of Legal Aid’s work is informed by the needs of the communities it serves.
Community Engagement
Court of Appeals

Appellate Advocacy

Established in 2004, 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.
Appellate Advocacy
Ban the Box

Reentry Justice

Since 2015, Legal Aid’s Reentry Justice Project has been dedicated to assisting clients facing barriers in accessing housing, employment, and other civil rights and opportunities as a result of having a criminal record.
Reentry Justice

Affirmative and Impact Litigation Project

Stay tuned for more updates.