Crime and Redemption

Should Christians care about criminal justice reform, or about helping those in prison? How should our faith affect the way we respond to crime, and the rehabilitation of affected communities?

As President Obama becomes the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, come join a growing bipartisan discussion about criminal justice reform in the United States, led by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC).

Mark your calenders for Tuesday, July 28, 2015, from 6:30-8:30 pm, at 212 East Capitol Street NE, Washington DC 20003 (Lutheran Church of the Reformation). The event is free, but an RSVP is required, at this link.

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CLADC Executive Director, Tim Bosson, Named a 2015 Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine

DCSL15Congratulations 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’s Hypothermia Hotline: (800) 535-7252

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.

(Source: http://dhs.dc.gov/service/hypo-hyperthermia-watch)

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.

HUD Report: 45.6% increase in homelessness in DC from 2007-2014

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 Welcomes Tim Bosson as Executive Director

Tim Bosson headshotCLADC 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.

Welcome Tim!

CLADC Board to Gather for Annual Retreat

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.

CLADC’s First Major Fundraiser Just a Glimpse of Our Full Potential

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.

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Rev. Rutherford Cooke of the Central Union Mission speaking about CLADC’s impact at the Mission and saying an opening prayer.

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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)

http://www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=7e1128de-e5aa-4892-a949-df3349a2cd09

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 rsvp@christianlegalaid-dc.org. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

We Need More Christian Legal Aid in DC. Here’s How You Can Help.

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.