Letters From Leadership


Letter From Leadership: Breaking Boundaries Between Attorneys and Clients

Letter From Leadership: Breaking Boundaries Between Attorneys and Clients

posted on September 6th, 2017   |   Category: Letters From Leadership   |   No Comments

Today, as an attorney working on behalf of low-income clients facing housing instability, there is something sanitized about my profession and my persona.  When I meet with clients, I presume that I can access all kinds of personal information about them – but that they will not learn anything about me.  I am neutral, unmarked, The Professional – not a human being with personality quirks, and certainly not a human being with a first-hand experience of poverty. Perhaps attorneys have more in common with our clients than we are used to looking for.  And perhaps sharing those stories, forging those connections, is worth the risk of letting our professional masks drop.

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Letter from Leadership: AVLF Expands to Six New Schools

Letter from Leadership: AVLF Expands to Six New Schools

posted on August 1st, 2017   |   Category: Letters From Leadership   |   No Comments

This time of year can be a moment of excitement and trepidation – of opportunity and real challenges. With two young daughters at home, heading into Pre-K and 1st Grade, I understand this dynamic well. It is my role as a father that weighs heavily on my mind as I head to work each day. I am all too aware of the intersection of our housing and work children’s ability to go back to school ready to learn. 

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Letter From Leadership: In Loving Memory of Elizabeth Ann Whipple

Letter From Leadership: In Loving Memory of Elizabeth Ann Whipple

posted on April 28th, 2017   |   Category: Letters From Leadership   |   No Comments

We already miss Liz terribly – she was absolutely one-of-a-kind. The kind the legal community, and the larger community, needed more of, the kind of lawyer who made equal access to justice more than just a catch-phrase, and the kind of person that caused Judge Jane Barwick to write this about what her friend Liz Whipple taught her: “That one person, one curly-headed person, can make all others better. And heartbroken.“

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