Mission & Board of Directors
DC Refers, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, connects qualified lawyers with potential modest-means clients who are seeking reduced fee legal services in the District of Columbia.
DC Refers was created to increase access to justice for persons of modest means in the District of Columbia. Many people in the District of Columbia earn too much to qualify for free legal services from a pro bono lawyer or nonprofit legal aid provider, but do not earn enough to afford to pay the amount that most lawyers charge for legal services. People whose incomes fall between 200-400% of the federal poverty guidelines often have no good options for obtaining legal assistance. We seek to fill that justice gap.
Board of Directors
Meet the members of our all-volunteer Board of Directors.
Susan D. BennettProfessor of Law Emerita, Washington College of Law, American University
Rhonda Cunningham HolmesExecutive Director, Legal Counsel for the Elderly
Nancy DraneExecutive Director, D.C. Access to Justice Commission
Katie FeiockLegal Counsel for the Elderly, Hotline Attorney and manager of the Reduced Fee Panel
Andrea FersterLaw Office of Andrea Ferster; Past President, D.C. Bar
David GreisenCo-founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Director, Open Law Library
Sam HalpertDirector of Public Service Initiatives, NALP
Alan HermanMediator, Superior Court Multi-Door Program, Former Supervisory Attorney, Legal Counsel for the Elderly (Hotline, Reduced Fee Panel), Former Clerk, D.C. Court of Appeals, Retired U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate
Sarah HollenderAssociate Director, Tzedek DC
Kareine JohnsonSupervisory Sr. Staff Attorney/Intake & Intern Program Manager at Legal Aid of the District of Columbia, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
Karen LeichtnamADR Training Director, Multidoor Dispute Resolution Division, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Charlie LemleySenior Counsel and Former Partner at Wiley - Adjunct Professor at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Ellis LindsmithPartnerships Manager, Savi
Nancy LopezPro Bono Lawyer, and Mediator, Multidoor Dispute Resolution Division, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Laura PossesskyMember of the ABA House of Delegates, former President, Women's Bar Association of DC
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