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Congratulations to Our Very Own Tracy Goodman!

November 3, 2017
When you look at the trajectory of a child’s life, there is no more important effort than to help them get the basic health care that they need and an appropriate education. This has been Tracy’s life work.* This week, the Washington Council of Lawyers announced its 2017 award honorees. We’re proud to share that Tracy Goodman, Children’s Law Center Director of Healthy Together, won the 2017  prestigious Legal Services Award! Tracy’s Tenacious Work for DC Children

When A Cough Isn’t Just A Cough: A day in the life of an embedded CLC attorney

October 25, 2017
It’s 9 a.m. on a crisp fall day in the District as Children’s Law Center Attorney Jani Tillery walks into Unity Health Care Minnesota Avenue Health Center. Her mood is high. Not only is it a perfect October morning—the kind where leaves are changing and there’s just a hint of chill in the air—it’s also DC Pro Bono Week (but more on that later).

When One Day Out Of School Means Years of Consequences

October 5, 2017
Just one day out of school makes a huge impact in a child’s education, and we don’t have time to waste. Unfortunately, some DC high schools are reporting only a fraction of suspensions. In her recent Huffington Post article, Children’s Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow urged DC Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson to send the message that he will not tolerate this violation of the law. She made her case, saying:

Street Sense: Boosting Attendance As Questions Surround DCPS Data

July 26, 2017
In July it came to light the many District of Columbia Public Schools were barring students from coming to class, but weren’t recording the suspensions, resulting in inaccurate attendance data. While the schools in question plan an attendance audit, a complete audit on all DC schools is necessary. Street Sense recently spoke with Children’s Law Center about the concerns.

Washington Post: District Does An About-Face On TANF Reform

July 24, 2017
In the most recent budget cycle, Children’s Law Center and the community we serve achieved a major victory in TANF reform. The DC Council voted to do-away with the 60 month time limit and gradually increase benefits for those whose payments had been reduced. Recently, The Washington Post spoke with Children's Law Center about the victory.

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Pro Bono Lawyer with Children's Law Center

July 18, 2017
There aren’t enough hours in the day for Children’s Law Center’s 100-person staff of lawyers, social workers and investigators to assist each child and family in DC that needs a lawyer. That’s why, for the past 20 years, Children’s Law Center has partnered with lawyers within the government, corporate in-house counsel and DC’s top law firms
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DC Bar: Member Spotlight: Sharra Greer

June 26, 2017
Children’s Law Center Policy Director Sharra Greer was recently profiled by the DC Bar. Under her leadership, Children’s Law Center has successfully advocated for significant policy changes including sweeping special education and TANF reforms.

Washington Post: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Against DC on Special-Needs Students

June 23, 2017
Recently Children's Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow spoke with The Washington Post about the Supreme Court ruling that DC wasn't doing enough to support District kids with disabilities.  The decision is an important special eduation victory. When we address the needs of kids with disabilities, we clear the way for learning -- and that's good news for everyone.

STATEMENT: Remembering Former Councilmember Jim Graham

June 15, 2017
  Statement from Children's Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow on Passing of Former DC Councilmember Jim Graham   I’m saddened by the news that former Councilmember Jim Graham, a tireless advocate for children and families in the District of Columbia, has passed away.