Congratulations to our executive director for being named by Super Lawyers magazine as a 2015 Rising Star for his work in employment litigation for plaintiffs. According to the website for Super Lawyers:
- To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.
- While up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars. (emphasis added)
To see the online copy, please click here. (Tim’s name is listed on page 60.)
DC offers protection to the homeless from extreme weather injury by meeting the demand for shelter during the winter.
The District’s Winter Plan for homeless services went into effect on November 1. When the temperature falls below 32° Fahrenheit between November 1 and March 31, all people who are homeless must be housed.
You can help. Call the Shelter Hotline when you see a person who is homeless who may be impacted by extreme temperatures.
All Area Hotlines:
- DC Hypothermia Shelter Hotline: 800-535-7252
- MD Prince George’s County Homeless Hotline: 888-731-0999
- MD Montgomery County Shelter Services: 240-777-4000
- VA Alexandria County Winter Hypothermia Shelter: 703-548-7500
- VA Arlington County Emergency Winter Shelter: 703-228-7395
- VA Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness: 703-324-9492
- VA Falls Church Winter Homeless Shelter: 703-854-1400
For more information, please click here.
According to the 2014 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, homelessness increased in 19 states, plus the District of Columbia. Of particular note, DC experienced the largest increase in the country by percentage during the past seven years.
Facts about homelessness in DC at a glance:
- Estimated homeless people in DC in 2014: 7,748
- Increase in homeless population in DC from 2013-2014: 883 (+12.9%)
- Increase in homeless population in DC from 2007-2014: 2,428 (+45.6%)
Link to the full report here.
CLADC is pleased to introduce Timothy P. Bosson as the organization’s new Executive Director. Prior to joining CLADC, Tim was an Associate at the D.C.-Northern Virginia office of Simms Showers LLP. His practice primarily included civil and business litigation, representation of for-profit and not-for-profit corporations and churches, and employment law. Tim has represented businesses, non-profit corporations, individuals, and church corporations involved in lawsuits in both Federal and Virginia trial courts.
“Tim is passionate about bringing justice to those in need,” said Sam Logan, chair of CLADC’s board of directors. “We are excited to have Tim join us, and we look forward to being a part of CLADC’s growth under his leadership in the years to come.”
Tim serves on the Board of Directors of Little Lights Urban Ministry in Southeast Washington, D.C. and actively serves at Sterling Park Baptist Church in Sterling, VA. In his spare time, Tim enjoys participating in local triathlons and playing with his golden retriever Atticus.
The annual CLADC Board retreat will be held on Saturday, September 27. The Board will convene for a full day to evaluate the current state of the organization in light of our mission and to renew our vision for the year to come. We look forward to sharing more details with the broader CLADC community after the retreat.
We are pleased to announce that we recently hired our new Executive Director after a comprehensive and thoughtful search for the right fit. We look forward to introducing you all to him soon. More information to follow. Stay tuned!
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Miracle Theater to support us tonight. We had a wonderful turnout of volunteers, supporters and new partners. We also thank Senator Moran, his daughter, Kelsey, and Rev. Cooke of the Central Union Mission for speaking at our event. The District needs more legal aid to serve its homeless and poor populations, and we believe CLADC is well positioned to provide this. Tonight’s event was just a glimpse of our full potential. We welcome your help as we take our organization to the next level of growth to be even more effective for our city.
Rev. Rutherford Cooke of the Central Union Mission speaking about CLADC’s impact at the Mission and saying an opening prayer.
Join us for our Faith, Law & Service Lecture and Fundraiser. Come hear more about CLADC as we grow in our mission to connect the resources of DC’s Christian legal community with the needs of the city’s poor and homeless residents. Coffee and dessert will be provided.
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 21, from 7:00-8:30 pm
Location: Miracle Theater, 535 8th Street SE, Washington, D.C. (Eastern Market/Barracks Row area)
Featuring: U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (Kansas)
The suggested donation for professionals is $20, and $10 for students. We will also accept donations at the close of the event from those interested in supporting CLADC. You may also give online here. CLADC is a faith-based, non-partisan, nonprofit public charity with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. All donations are tax deductible.
Please RSVP with your name and email address to email@example.com. All members of the public are welcome to attend.
CLADC is a Christ-focused, non-partisan, nonprofit legal aid organization serving Washington, D.C. Our mission is clear: we are motivated by our faith to connect D.C.’s over-sized population of poor and homeless residents with the tremendous legal resources in the city. Our city has a staggering population of homeless and poor people, including many children. These individuals face challenges associated with housing, public benefits, identification/vital records, employment, family law and many other areas. Meanwhile, the District is full of attorneys and law students. The ABA estimates there are 50,000 practicing attorneys in the District alone. Another source estimates that D.C. has 267 attorneys for every 10,000 residents—more than 13 times that of New York City, the next highest concentration in the country. Further, there is a vibrant Christian community and church network in D.C. Given the extraordinary need for legal aid and the massive potential for legal support, we must do better. Here’s how you can help:
- Make a donation;
- Volunteer at one of our three clinics;
- Organize other fundraising events for us;
- Host a fundraising event at your home or office;
- Serve as a referral attorney;
- Conduct a legal training on your area of expertise;
- Sign up for e-mail updates; and/or
- Support us with your prayers.
Update: We have received several high-quality applications. We are now in the final stages of selecting finalists. Thank you to everyone for helping us to spread the word.
Christian Legal Aid of the District of Columbia (“CLADC”) seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization into its next stage of growth to further its mission. CLADC is a Christ-focused nonprofit organization that operates three volunteer-based legal aid clinics providing free or low-cost legal services to low-income and homeless residents of Washington, D.C. With a committed Board of Directors, an established core of volunteers and new office space, CLADC is well positioned to multiply its legal services across the city. The successful candidate must share CLADC’s vision to thoughtfully and effectively connect the immense resources of the D.C. legal community with the great need for legal services among D.C.’s poorest residents in the name of Christ.
- Reports directly to: CLADC Board of Directors (“Board”)
- Location: Washington, D.C., with brand new, dedicated office space at the Central Union Mission’s new location at 65 Massachusetts Avenue NW (walking distance from Union Station)
- Salary and Benefits: Competitive; subject to negotiation
- Full-Time/Part-Time: Initially part-time (anticipated for the first six months), with the opportunity to grow to full-time (depending on meeting certain fundraising goals)
- Begins: Summer 2014
- Oversee all day-to-day operations of the organization, including three monthly legal aid clinics; supervise volunteer clinic directors;
- Develop an ambitious, yet realistic plan to expand the number of existing clinic offerings and, as appropriate, create new clinic sites;
- Take primary responsibility for fundraising (with assistance from the Board and other committed volunteers), including developing and managing a fundraising campaign targeted at law firms, individuals and churches, among other groups;
- Recruit volunteers within and outside of the legal profession to help with legal aid clinics, fundraising and other key initiatives of CLADC;
- Speak at law firms, area law schools and local churches to promote the mission of Christian legal aid;
- Foster strategic relationships with government agencies, other nonprofit organizations, businesses and churches;
- Apply skills and tools from the for-profit sector to increase CLADC’s social impact;
- Create legal resources such as brochures and trainings for CLADC volunteers and clients; and
- Attend meetings of and work with the Board.
- Mature believer in Jesus Christ living in repentance and faith;
- J.D. or equivalent from an ABA-accredited law school, excellent academic credentials;
- Active license to practice law in the District of Columbia;
- At least 5 years of experience, preferably with some experience in a for-profit setting;
- Passion for working with DC’s poor and homeless community;
- Entrepreneurial, innovative and creative, decisive and strategic, yet able to adapt to changing circumstances;
- Personable, energetic, self-motivated, able to relate to a variety of personalities;
- Strong oral and written communication skills; and
- Attention to detail.
If interested, please send a cover letter and resume with “Executive Director Application” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org.