Latham raises record amount for D.C. Legal Aid Society

Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that it raised a record amount – more than US$218,000 – for this year’s Making Justice Real campaign (formerly known as the Generous Associates Campaign), the principal fundraising campaign targeted at individual attorneys for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. Latham surpassed US$200,000 for the third year in a row and led the city in giving for the sixth consecutive year. The annual two-month summer campaign raised US$3.1 million overall to support the operations of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia covering one third of Legal Aid’s annual operating costs, and smashed the previous record fundraising amount.

The firm’s fundraising goals were achieved through broad participation of lawyers and staff. Our efforts were led by Washington, D.C. partners David Dantzic, Amy Rigdon, and Shagufa Hossain; associates Loyal Horsley and Ethan Prall; litigation services supervising attorney Dana Louttit; and litigation services attorney Quiana Montgomery; with special contributions from attorney support coordinator Deborah Baggott and director of administration – Washington, D.C. Matt Fritz.

Latham partner and Legal Aid Board President David Dantzic said, “I am once again awed by the generosity of Latham and firms throughout the D.C. legal community, especially with the challenges that everyone is dealing with this year. While we all face our own difficulties, the success of the campaign shows that in times of crisis we, as firm and a community, are able to recognise and help those who need it most.”

The campaign is a fundraising drive run by associates at Washington, D.C. law firms each summer. Latham associates helped initiate the Making Justice Real campaign more than 30 years ago. The funds raised through this campaign allow Legal Aid to continue to provide free legal services to the neediest members of the D.C. community in the areas of domestic violence/family, housing, public benefits, immigration, and consumer law.

About Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia is D.C.’s oldest and largest general civil legal services organisation. Since 1932, Legal Aid lawyers have been making justice real in individual and systemic ways for persons living in poverty in the District. Learn more about Legal Aid.

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