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Dear <<First Name>>,

I hope you and your family are doing well.

In last month's newsletter, a CLADC client, Mr. G told his story of restoration and hope. If you missed it, you can catch up here. You'll be glad you did.

This month, I'm glad to introduce to two other members of the CLADC community. 
But first, I need to tell you about A New Day 1: Supporting Successful Reentry in DC. On Wednesday, August 18, we're partnering with Prison Fellowship to host a film screening and a panel discussion at the Miracle Theatre. More details are included below, and you'll receive reminders in the coming weeks. I hope you will join us!
 
Today's newsletter spotlights Susie H., a dedicated attorney volunteer, and Tim Bosson. Tim was CLADC's first executive director and now leads Bosson Legal Group, our 2021 Justice Partner.

What stood out to me when I heard from both Susie and Tim were the clear examples of their biblical convictions in action. These convictions were filled with joy and hope, and were so encouraging to read.

What's more encouraging is not just that Tim and Susie are living out their faith with love for God and their neighbors, but that so many in the CLADC community share their convictions to serve with integrity, compassion, and love that glorifies God. I'm so thankful for you all.
 

As always, I'd love to hear from you, and I hope to see you on August 18!
 
Gratefully, 


  
  Whitney King
  Executive Director



 
Join Prison Fellowship and Christian Legal Aid of DC at the Miracle Theatre to learn how to support successful reentry in your community!

The evening will include a free screening of Prison Fellowship's latest documentary, A New Day 1, and a panel discussion exploring the unique challenges of reentry for incarcerated men and women in DC.

When: Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Miracle Theatre 535 8th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
Register today: The first 50 people to register will receive a voucher for a free popcorn and beverage.

 
Generously sponsored by CLADC's 2021 Justice Partner: Bosson Legal Group.
Volunteer Spotlight: Susie H.

How long have you been volunteering with CLADC?

I’ve been serving for about 1 year in total. (I knew about the great work CLADC was doing in the District before that, but it still took me a while to join the team because I had other pro bono commitments through my law firm at the time.) 

What motivated you to volunteer?

I’ve been involved in various pro bono opportunities throughout law school and my legal career, ranging from landlord/tenant cases, to asylum and special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) cases, and international human rights cases.  As I've put down my roots in DC over the years, I've become increasingly interested in serving the local community here, as God said to the exiles from Jerusalem to Babylon, "seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile.  Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper" (Jeremiah 29:7).
While we await our heavenly Home, we are called to serve and bless where God has placed us on this side of eternity, and I feel that volunteering with CLADC offers a great way to do that as a lawyer and a neighbor in the District.  Plus, I am learning so much about various areas of law and the local governance and social services of DC through the pro bono client work as well as the trainings and resources provided by CLADC.
"While we await our heavenly Home, we are called to serve and bless where God has placed us on this side of eternity, and I feel that volunteering with CLADC offers a great way to do that as a lawyer and a neighbor in the District."
What has been the most meaningful part of the volunteer experience for you?  

I've been very blessed through the relationships I've gotten to build with the CLADC clients and staff as I learn about their stories of tribulations, resilience, and hope.  I haven't yet experienced what it's like to meet with clients in person (it's all been over the phone thus far), so I look forward to doing so whenever it becomes possible for us.

How has volunteering with CLADC impacted your faith?

Volunteering with CLADC is constantly humbling, not only because I continue to see how much I need to learn and grow as a lawyer, but also because it is always clear how much we need God's help and His presence, to steer us toward hope, faithfulness, and justice, rather than pessimism, inertia/complacence, or selfish ambition.  To that end, I really appreciate the group devotional time before each clinic, which helps us collectively re-orient our hearts and humbly submit our work before God.  "Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails" (Proverbs 19:21).  Same about the CLADC emails from Whitney and Lindsay.

What would you say to someone thinking about volunteering or supporting CLADC? 

It's such a blessing that the Lord has provided CLADC to this city.  For those of you who are interested in volunteering, do not be intimidated even if you feel that you lack relevant background or that you don't know much about probate, landlord/tenant, record sealing, etc. (as I was). CLADC's awesome staff and advisors will help you, and you will learn as you serve, which is fun!  

 
Email us to learn more about volunteering with CLADC

What would a law firm that places its clients’ interests ahead of itself actually look like?

Bosson Legal Group regularly asks itself this question as it strives to apply the Biblical commandment to “do nothing out of selfish ambition” but to “consider others better than yourselves” (Phil. 2:3-4). Believe me, it is not always easy. Like all for-profit businesses, a law firm needs to pay its staff and stay afloat. And the pressures from judges, opposing counsel, and clients are immense. Nonetheless, as Christian lawyers, the Firm looks for opportunities to serve its clients by its fees, advice, and prosecution or defense of each client’s matter. 
  
In doing so, the Firm takes some risk. There was the highly publicized defamation case of a public figure, which cost around $75,000 in attorney fees, in order to win the client $20,000 at Trial. The client ended up paying the Firm less than $10,000. But trust me, the client deserved the vindication. And a very recent case, which the Firm fought up and back from the Fourth Circuit, removed an innocent client from the Virginia Sex Registry. All the client did to get on the Registry was to not fight off her juvenile attacker “forcefully enough.” The Firm received less than 25% of its billed fees to settle the case, but in so doing, changed the life of a very deserving woman. 

In the majority of our work, the Firm charges a fair price and is paid it. We have found that simply applying the Biblical command of putting others first means that we provide timely and zealous service, prudent advice, and, in return, enjoy (almost universally) good relationships with our clients. It has been a hugely successful business model. Who knew that even lawyers could benefit from Biblical principles? 😊

While the Firm is generally busy, we always welcome new clients and new cases. If you have a business or personal matter with which you think we can assist (see below), please reach out.  We’d love to show you Philippians 2 at work in a law firm. 

Blessings,
Tim   


Bosson Legal Group exists to provide superior, client-focused legal services, assisting businesses and individuals in diverse matters related to business, employment, serious personal injury, general civil litigation, and Defense Base Act claims. We represent clients in Mediation and Arbitration, and practice in the Virginia and District of Columbia State and Federal Courts, the Virginia Supreme Court, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Learn more at www.bossonlaw.com.

What We're Reading & Listening To

Here are few things that are inspiring our team, and we'd love to hear from you. What's been feeding your mind and heart? Reply to this email and let us know.

Lindsay: Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. This book
is based on seven Scriptural realities that teach us how to develop a true relationship with the Creator. This book has encouraged me to go deeper with the Lord and continue to push myself to not just learn about Him but to experience Him in my everyday life. I love how the author focuses on loving God and being loved by God and letting everything else flow from that.
 
Julia: This past week I have read part of Eric Metaxas's biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  The chapter was about Bonhoeffer's and others' fight to protect the church from Nazi control. I was encouraged by their courageousness in their defiance.

Whitney: In Prayer Revoltion: Rebuilding the Church and City through Prayer John Smed invites readers to join Christians from around the world in Spirit-filled prayer. I was inspired to pray beyond what seems possible to me and join in the adventure of God's redemptive plan. 
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