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On October 13, 2016, Jenner & Block’s Washington, DC office was recognized by the DC Bar Pro Bono Center for its participation in the Center’s Housing Right to Counsel Pilot Project. The Project is a groundbreaking collaborative effort bringing together the legal services community and the private bar to reduce evictions from subsidized housing and resolve other housing issues. More than 35,000 eviction cases are filed each year in the Landlord and Tenant Branch of the DC Superior Court. Of these, approximately 95 percent of the tenants involved appear without legal representation, whereas approximately 95 percent of landlords have counsel. The Project is part of the broader DC Housing Initiative, a communitywide coalition convened by the DC Bar Pro Bono Center and the DC Access to Justice Commission, to address the housing crisis in the District.
Partner Damon Y. Smith is coordinating the firm’s participation in the pilot project and supervising cases; Partners Kenneth L. Doroshow and Jerome L. Epstein are also supervising. Associates handling cases have included Emily A. Bruemmer and Marguerite L. Moeller.
The recognition event was reported in the DC Bar Newsletter on October 24.