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“Lawyers for the People:” Alum Coury Mascagni, '12, forms New Non-Profit Law Firm

Monday, September 17, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Coury MascagniCoury Mascagni, ’12, left, has formed a new non-profit law firm, Lawyers for People (L4P), which received IRS 501(c)(3) approval in March, 2018. Coury serves as the L4P Executive Director and its Board includes fellow UDC Law alums: Coy McKinney, ’12, James King, ‘12 and Liana Rizzi, ’13. Coury’s brother, Evan Mascagni, ’11, is providing some support from afar.

L4P will, initially, focus on special education advocacy. Coury envisions utilizing UDC Law students through the Community Service and Summer Public Interest Fellows programs and is already identifying productive projects for law students, with an eye toward developing a “law school-to-work pipeline.” Students who do the best work for L4P, who want to continue with the non-profit, and who are admitted to the DC Bar could apply, for example, to join the DC Special Education attorney panel. If accepted, they could work for Lawyers for the People. And if they ultimately want to form their own similar organization, Coury would give them his blueprint.

Even farther down the road, Coury has said he will consider expanding L4P “to any public interest attorney trying to do his/her thing, but not sure how to set up the non-profit structure. For example, if a Housing Clinic student or attorney wants to apply for grant money to advocate for D.C. residents in housing cases, then they can apply through L4P and expand the capacity of the non-profit.”

As funds permit, he would like to hire additional staff members such as receptionist, a social worker and an investigator.

Of course, the awarding of (C)(3) status means that L4P can accept grants from foundations as well as fees from individual clients – making it an interesting model for public spirited attorneys across the U.S.


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