Deja Butler

Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Phone:
(202) 661-5955
Fax:
Fax: (202) 727-2132
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Education

B.A., magna cum laude, Bowie State University

Deja Butler joined Legal Aid as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal in the Family Law/Domestic Violence Unit in November 2021. She graduated from Bowie State University magna cum laude with an English degree in December 2019. While in college, she served as the President of the International English Honor Society (Sigma Tau Delta) where she helped to promote and encourage youth reading through community book drives. Between classes, she worked as a Writing Consultant in the university’s Smith Vidal Writing Center, assisting undergraduate and graduate level students throughout each stage of the writing process. While working at the Writing Center, she also created and led writing workshops to help students learn and hone new writing skills.

Upon graduation, she completed a Paralegal program through Boston University, and completed training to serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). As a CASA she makes recommendations for the court based on her interviews with all involved parties ensuring the needs and wants of the child she is representing are understood. In addition, during Fall 2021, she served as a legal intern with CARECEN where she assisted legal providers by performing client intakes and interviews in preparation for the immigration application process. Prior to starting at Legal Aid, she worked as an in-class tutor and summer instructor in DC public schools assisting elementary school children with English Language Arts and math skills.

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08 Aug 2022

Making Justice Real Campaign Raises $3.3 Million for DC Legal Aid

For the third-consecutive year, DC’s legal community came together to raise more than $3 million for DC Legal Aid through the Making Justice Real Campaign, setting a new record at $3,305,388. Nearly half of the total was raised in the last week of the two-month drive, which ran from June 6 to August 5. “It is incredibly humbling for thousands of people from nearly every major law firm in the District to unite behind Legal Aid’s mission,” said Joan McKown, President of Legal Aid’s Board of Trustees and a Partner at Jones Day. “Especially at a time of increasing need for our client community, this is unbelievably good news.”
25 Jul 2022

DC Council Committees Must Approve the Domestic Worker Protections Bill This Fall

Legal Aid is deeply concerned about Chair Mendelson’s recent decision to change the committee referral for the Domestic Worker Employment Rights Amendment Act of 2022 (Bill 24-712). As a strong supporter of the Domestic Worker Employment Rights bill, we believe his re-referral could effectively stall the bill’s progress during the final year of Council Period 24. This triple referral causes an unnecessary delay that will hurt essential workers, such as home health aides, to whom we regularly provide direct legal services. Legal Aid urges Business Committee Chairman McDuffie and Government Operations Committee Chairman Robert White to consider and mark up the measure immediately (September or October) when the Council returns from recess so that the Council can pass the bill before the end of the year.