D.C. Access to Justice Commission (DCAJC)

The D.C. Access to Justice Commission was created by the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2005 to help improve the ability of low– and moderate–income residents to access the civil justice system.
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Primary geographic focus: District of Columbia
Organization type(s): ATJ Initiative
Acronym or short name: DCAJC
Tags: Access to Justice Commissions

The Commission is responsible for raising the profile in our community of the need for equal access to justice. Established initially for a three–year term, the Court, in 2007, ordered the Commission’s work to continue indefinitely.

The Commission has eighteen Commissioners, including D.C. Court of Appeals and Superior Court judges, past Presidents of the D.C. Bar, Executive Directors of leading legal services providers, and other community leaders. It is chaired by Georgetown University Law Professor, Peter Edelman. Commissioners are appointed by the Court for three–year terms.




The Justice Gap: How Big Law Is Failing Legal Aid

Susan Beck
June 29, 2015
An in-depth examination of law firms' lack of financial contributions to civil legal aid.

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DOJ Civil Rights Head: ‘Moral Imperative’ to Close Justice Gap

Zoe Tillman
National Law Journal
April 14, 2016
Lawyers have a “moral obligation” to support organizations that provide civil legal services to low-income Americans, Vanita Gupta, head of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, said in remarks earlier this week.

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Cities Are Guaranteeing Tenants Access To A Lawyer To Help Them Fight Eviction

Eillie Anzilotti
Fast Company
August 24, 2017
In eviction cases, 90% of landlords have a lawyer, and 90% of tenants do not. To fight gentrification and displacement, cities are trying to correct that imbalance.


Ariel Levinson-Waldman: With COVID debt cases expected to rise, DC should fully fund civil legal services

Ariel Levinson-Waldman
The DC Line
June 3, 2020

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