Ways to Get Involved

Special Events

2017 Going the Extra Mile.  Please save the date to join us on Thursday, May 11 at The Hamilton Live at 6:30pm! Every spring, we host Going the Extra Mile, a reception which recognizes prominent individuals, organizations and law firms that are leaders in the fight against the HIV epidemic and for LGBTQ health equity and dignity.  For more information, visit the Going the Extra Mile event page. On May 25, 2016, at The Hamilton, we celebrated 30 years of Whitman-Walker legal services to our greater Washington community. We look forward to ringing in another year of the nation's longest medical-legal partnership. The 2016 Walk & 5K to End HIV.  Thank you to everyone who made the Walk & 5K to End HIV such a success this year, including an incredibly dedicated team from Washington’s legal community.  On November 12th, nearly 4,000 people gathered at Freedom Plaza and walked or ran along the streets of Washington, around the Mall and back for a great cause—to end HIV in DC! Read more about the Walk here.  

Volunteer Opportunities

Lawyers. Actively barred attorneys interested in taking a case or volunteering with one of our legal clinics, should email us at contact-legal@whitman-walker.org describing their background, any relevant experience, language skills, and bar memberships. Clinic Support. Non-lawyers are encouraged to volunteer with us to assist with our free legal clinics including our Social Security monthly clinic, Medicare Part D clinics in the fall, and monthly Name and Gender Change Clinics.  Please email us at contact-legal@whitman-walker.org describing your interest and language skills. 

Intern Application Process

Internships. Law students who are interested in volunteering with us are encouraged to contact us. Students interested in full-time summer positions are encouraged to apply by November 15.  For part-time or full-time positions during the fall or spring semester, we accept materials on a rolling basis but students are encouraged to contact us at least four months in advance.  Please submit a cover letter and resume by email us at contact-legal@whitman-walker.org.

Thank you Supporters

Thank you to our amazing collection of generous supporters – the foundations who support our work and the donors who support our work annually through our Going the Extra Mile reception and the Walk to End HIV. Arcus Foundation Ayuda Community Interpreter Bank DC Bar Foundation The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship Maryland Legal Services Foundation Miller & Chevalier Charitable Foundation Venable Foundation

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Special Events

2017 Going the Extra Mile.  Please save the date to join us on Thursday, May 11 at The Hamilton Live at 6:30pm! Every spring, we host Going the Extra Mile, a reception which recognizes prominent individuals, organizations and law firms that are leaders in the fight against the HIV epidemic and for LGBTQ health equity and dignity.  For more information, visit the Going the Extra Mile event page. On May 25, 2016, at The Hamilton, we celebrated 30 years of Whitman-Walker legal services to our greater Washington community. We look forward to ringing in another year of the nation’s longest medical-legal partnership.

The 2016 Walk & 5K to End HIV.  Thank you to everyone who made the Walk & 5K to End HIV such a success this year, including an incredibly dedicated team from Washington’s legal community.  On November 12th, nearly 4,000 people gathered at Freedom Plaza and walked or ran along the streets of Washington, around the Mall and back for a great cause—to end HIV in DC! Read more about the Walk here.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Lawyers. Actively barred attorneys interested in taking a case or volunteering with one of our legal clinics, should email us at contact-legal@whitman-walker.org describing their background, any relevant experience, language skills, and bar memberships.

Clinic Support. Non-lawyers are encouraged to volunteer with us to assist with our free legal clinics including our Social Security monthly clinic, Medicare Part D clinics in the fall, and monthly Name and Gender Change Clinics.  Please email us at contact-legal@whitman-walker.org describing your interest and language skills. 

Intern Application Process

Internships. Law students who are interested in volunteering with us are encouraged to contact us. Students interested in full-time summer positions are encouraged to apply by November 15.  For part-time or full-time positions during the fall or spring semester, we accept materials on a rolling basis but students are encouraged to contact us at least four months in advance.  Please submit a cover letter and resume by email us at contact-legal@whitman-walker.org.

Thank you Supporters

Thank you to our amazing collection of generous supporters – the foundations who support our work and the donors who support our work annually through our Going the Extra Mile reception and the Walk to End HIV.

Arcus Foundation

Ayuda Community Interpreter Bank

DC Bar Foundation

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship

Maryland Legal Services Foundation

Miller & Chevalier Charitable Foundation

Venable Foundation

Thank you Volunteers

We would like to acknowledge the many volunteers who have provided valuable, and free legal services to our clients over the past several months:

For helping clients execute wills, medical and financial powers of attorney: Ryan Carra of Beveridge & Diamond; Hagen Ganem, Joseph Rancour and Rachel Weizman and of Skadden Arps; Lars Etzkorn of Lars Etzkorn Law PLLC; Phil Brandt, Erin Kelly and Patrick Horrell of the LGBT Bar Association of DC.

For helping clients change their names and gender markers on identity documents and in other legal records:

Arli Christian, Wesley Garson, Harper Jean Toubin, Alison Gill, Tyrone Hanley, Sandy James, Meghan Maury, Lisa Mottet, and Rachel See of the TransLAW Steering Committee

Richael Faiful of the Advancement Project

Scott Binnings of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Paul Bessette, Marianne Hogan, Abbey Glenn, Carole Klein and Laura Swett of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Angela Buckner of Nixon Peabody

Evan Cass of the Children’s Law Center

Jessica Parezo, Andrew Garrahan and Chris Hanson of Covington & Burling

Margia Corner, Carly Didden, Deepika Ravi, and Michelle Tellock of Hogan Lovells

Stephanie Duggan of the Equal Rights Center

John Elias, Valerie Meyer, Lori McPherson, DW Tunnage, and Victoria McNamee of the U.S. Department of Justice

Ashley Edmonds of Kilpatrick Townsend

Tiffiney Carney of Goodwin Procter

Dylan Dekervor and AJ Pearlman of Department of Health and Human Services

Andrew Glasgow of Department of Labor

Melissa Gohlke of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Joy Haynes of Haynes Novick Immigration

Olivia Hunt of Innovation Financing Roundtable

Jessee Lyons

Josh Singarayar

Anton Marino

Monica Miller

Patrick Paschall

Casey Pick of the Log Cabin Republicans

Shannon Redd of the DC Bar Pro Bono Program

Fahad Saghir of Alston & Bird

Anne Schaufele and David Steib of Ayuda

Josh Singarayar

Lisa Swanson of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Alex Weaver of Cooley LLP

Jaime Wojdowski of the DC Office of Human Rights

Amir Katz, Christy White and Zachary Wood of Securities and Exchange Commission

Tiffany Nichols and Jason Wool of Venable LLP

Additionally, we would like to thank our law school students and administrative volunteers, Connor M. Cory of Georgetown University Law Center, Jessica Davis-Ricci, Andrew Erdmann, Caitlin Maloney, Devon Tensley, Drew Ortiz, Simone DeJarnett George Washington University Law School, and Achim Howard.

For helping clients complete initial Social Security disability applications: Andrew Adelman, DuJuan Brown, Pamela Disney, Margot Finn, Elizabeth Landau, Justin Latus, Jessee Lyons, Bob Reeg,  Caroline Reigart, Elizabeth Richardson, Joseph Spoerl, Sam Stromberg, Beacher Wiggins, and Kan Zhang.

Patrick English and Esther Scherb of Latham and Watkins for securing a favorable decision at the ALJ level on a denial of SSDI and SSI benefits for a HIV+ gay man.

Beveridge & Diamond – David Friedland, Nadira Clarke (now at Katten Muchin Rosenman), Patrick Jacobi and Laura Brown (both now at the Department of Justice) – for tirelessly pursuing litigation on behalf of a transgender woman who had been fired from her job after she began to transition – leading to a very successful settlement.

For helping our immigration clients achieve security:

Ambrea Watts of Alston and Bird for assisting a transgender woman from El Salvador in her successful application for adjustment of status in the U.S.

Ava Benach of Benach Ragland LLP for securing a grant of asylum for a transgender woman from El Salvador.

Sherrese Smith, Lisa Leung and Keith Syverson of Paul Hastings for securing a grant of asylum for a gay man from El Salvador.

Eva Carney of Richards Kibbe & Orbe for assisting a man from Nigeria in his successful application for adjustment of status in the U.S.

WWH in-house volunteer attorney Jo Ann Scott, finally saw an asylee receive his permanent resident status (green card) in April 2014 after waiting (and writing repeatedly to USCIS) since they filed on June 1, 2007.  She is still working with two other asylees who have been waiting ten years or more to obtain permanent resident status.  In the meantime she assists on other applications for adjustment to permanent resident status, employment authorization, and travel documents.

David Courchaine and John Dalebroux of White & Case for securing a grant of asylum for a gay man from El Salvador despite having taken the case on a very short deadline.

Maria Velikonja of  Velikonja Law for representing a gay man from El Salvador and successfully securing a law enforcement certification of having been the victim of a violent crime in Arlington County, Virginia at the request of the client.