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Christian Legal Aid of the District of Columbia Newsletter | Vol. 6
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Putting the Christian in CLADC

As a Christian, I believe the most important thing in life is leading others toward Jesus. I was reminded of this in church earlier this month when I heard Capitol Hill Baptist Church Senior Pastor Mark Dever say something to the effect that, "If you're not trying to get others to follow Jesus, you're not really following Jesus yourself." Reflecting on this now, I'm reminded of Jesus' parting words to his disciples (commonly referred to as "The Great Commission"). Jesus said, "Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life." (Mt 28:19).

I'll admit that my actions don't always align with my beliefs. It is easy for me to compartmentalize my faith. Having been a private practice attorney for five years, I often find myself slipping into the old groove of focusing predominantly or exclusively on a client's legal issue. Of course, this is not to suggest that we shouldn't strive to provide excellent legal services to our clients. We certainly should, for God tells us that "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." (Ecc. 9:10). But I believe our legal services should be a means to an end of communicating God's love and the gospel to our clients. For if we provide the best legal services in the world, but do not have love, we've gotten nowhere. (See 1 Cor. 13:1-3).

What is love? God is love. So next time you're working with a client, take a shot at directing him or her to Christ. By doing so, you'll be displaying an act of love to both the client and God, thereby practicing the two greatest commandments. 

Rob Rose
Legal Director

Do More 24 is an annual 24-hour fundraiser. Last year, we raised $4,405. This year, we hope to raise even more in order to serve more. On Thursday, June 2nd, you can support us by donating to CLADC using this link.  Also, if you'd like to be a "Donor Captain" and line-up 10 people to commit to donating, please email us at info@christianlegalaid.dc.org 
Volunteer Orientation

Saturday, May 7
9:45 a.m. to noon
Central Union Mission

Orientations are strongly recommended for current volunteers and mandatory for new volunteers.

RSVP here.

Coffee and bagels provided.
Annual Faith and Law Lecture
 
Join us on May 24 for our annual faith and law lecture, featuring notable professor and pastor Soong-Chan Rah. Before joining academia, Professor Rah was the founding pastor of a Chicago-based church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice. At our event, Professor Rah will be speaking on a Christian response to racial reconciliation.
Client Story Night
On April 5, we held our first client story night. If you couldn't make it, here's what you missed:

Vilma's story: Vilma loves kids and enjoyed her job working at a local day care center. So she was surprised, hurt, and confused when she learned a case had been filed against her claiming that she had bruised a child on the leg. "I knew in my heart I didn't do anything," Vilma said. Even so, she still had to answer the charges and deal with the emotional and financial stress. A friend gave her Tim Bosson's name, and Tim argued Vilma's case on appeal. There wasn't any evidence to support the accusation, and the charges were found to be unsubstantiated. Vilma's name was cleared. She thanks God she is able to work again, now free and clear of the false charges.

Corey's story: At 22, Corey found himself in a mountain of debt due to the costs of attending American University, the expense of living in the District, and medical bills related to an inflamed appendix. One night (when he was on leave from college due to the death of his grandfather) Corey fell asleep in a parked car. He woke to a cop knocking on his window. Corey consented to a search. Suddenly six cops were on the scene surrounding him. "I'd never been arrested before," Corey said. "I got a bad vibe." Then a cop found two pain pills under the driver's seat. Corey explained they were leftover from a legal prescription he'd obtained months ago to help him manage his health issues. "I encouraged them to call my pharmacy," Corey said. The cops arrested him instead and charged him with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. The prosecutor eventually dismissed the case, and Corey thought his troubles were over. He returned to American University and lined up a job at Johns Hopkins—only to discover he didn't pass the background check due to the former charges. CLADC not only helped expunge the charges, but is preparing to file a civil rights action on Corey's behalf. 

Reflecting on these two stories, Tim says: "In D.C. alone, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of others like Vilma and Corey who are victims of injustices at the hands of governmental agencies, employers, and landlords. Many cannot afford an attorney. Thank you for supporting our organization and making our representation of people like Vilma and Corey possible!"
Legal Clinics
 
APPA Mission Center
2nd Saturday of each month | 9:30am-noon (volunteers arrive at 9am)
Location: Third Street Church of God, 1204 3rd St. NW
Metro: Mt. Vernon Square
Clinic Codirectors: DJ Choi
 
Southeast White House
3rd Saturday of each month | 9:30am-noon
(volunteers arrive at 9am)

Location: 2909 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Metro: none nearby; free street parking; contact CLADC at 202-710-0592 or info@christianlegalaid-dc.org prior to clinic to arrange for transportation
Clinic Codirectors: Emily Maloney 
 
Central Union Mission
Last Saturday of each month | 10am-noon
(volunteers arrive at 9:30am)

Location: 65 Massachusetts Ave NW
Metro: Union Station
Clinic Codirectors: Sam Logan, Davy Trewolla
Support CLADC
 
Regular Support: Would you prayerfully consider being a regular supporter of CLADC?

One Time Support: Small amounts make a BIG difference. $40 covers the overhead costs of a weekly clinic. $60 covers the filing fees for a person who needs to expunge a misdemeanor. $160 covers the filing fees to seek a restraining order. $2,500 covers the living expenses of our executive director for one month.

Online donations: Visit christianlegalaid-dc.org.

Snail mail: If you prefer to write a check, please make it out to the Christian Legal Aid of the District of Columbia and send it to:
 
CLADC
PO Box 70555
Washington, DC 20024

All donations are tax deductible.

We are grateful for your support!
Note from the editor: Thank you for reading this newsletter! If you have a devotional you would like to submit, a story you would like to see featured, or any questions, comments, or concerns, email Jenny Rough at jenny.rough@jennyrough.com or call (703) 254-6416.

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