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Grace Lopes, '80, to Direct Rising for Justice (formerly DC Law Students in Court)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019  
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Grace LopesCongratulations to Grace Lopes, '80, upon her selection as Executive Director of Rising for Justice. Formerly known as D.C. Law Students in Court, Rising for Justice works to address the unmet legal needs of District of Columbia residents while providing clinical legal education for students attending D.C. law schools, including UDC Law.

“Grace is a widely respected leader in the fight for justice for all, and we’re excited that she’ll be bringing her passion and commitment to Rising for Justice,” said Don Ridings, Chair of the Board of Rising for Justice. “As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary and look to a future of even greater impact, we know that Grace is the right leader for this moment in our organization.”

Read the full Rising for Justice announcement of Grace's hiring.

According to the Rising for Justice website: "In 1968, in the wake of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the subsequent riots in Washington DC, a group of forward-thinking attorneys, judges, Supreme Court Justices, and law school deans recognized that legal education could play an important role in increasing access to justice in the District of Columbia.

Through their efforts, law and policy was changed to enable law students, supervised by attorneys, to assist indigent defendants in D.C.’s Small Claims and Landlord-Tenant court.

At that time, less than 2% of all defendants facing eviction at Landlord-Tenant court had legal representation, while 90% of all plaintiffs had a skilled attorney by their side.

D.C. Law Students in Court, the predecessor of Rising for Justice, was formed in 1969 to address this disparity... 

...In 1972, a criminal defense practice was added, and subsequent innovative expansions have included the Eviction Defense Services, Civil Protection Order Project, the Immigration Defense Program, the Expungement Clinic, and our Social Work Program.

Today, Rising for Justice represents close to 4,000 clients in grave legal jeopardy through the combined efforts of law students, staff attorneys, clinical social workers, and social work students."

 


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