Jonathan Levy

Director, Barbara McDowell Appellate Advocacy Project
(202) 661-5966
(202) 727-2132
Jonathan Levy

J.D., Stanford Law School Order of the Coif Stanford Law Review, Editor

B.A., summa cum laude, Yale University Phi Beta Kappa

Jonathan Levy is the Director of Legal Aid’s nationally recognized Barbara McDowell Appellate Advocacy Project. Jonathan represents Legal Aid clients in matters before the D.C. Court of Appeals and other appellate bodies and also presents the views of Legal Aid as a friend of the court. He assists in the development and presentation of legal theories by Legal Aid attorneys at the administrative and trial court levels.

Jonathan joined Legal Aid in March 2015 after more than 15 years of service on the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he briefed and argued dozens of cases in the United States Courts of Appeals around the country on a wide range of issues. From 1995 to 1999, he was an associate at the Zuckerman, Spaeder law firm.

Jonathan received his B.A. summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University and received his J.D. from Stanford University, where he received the Order of the Coif (top 10% grade point average) and was an editor of the Stanford Law Review. After graduating from Law School, Jonathan clerked first for the Honorable William Wayne Justice on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and then for the Honorable Judith W. Rogers on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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16 Sep 2022

The District Must Do Far Better than Mayor Bowser’s Migrant Services and Supports Emergency Act of 2022

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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.