According to U.S. Census Bureau data, about 123,000 D.C. residents — that’s one in five — are living in poverty. Chief among the reasons why so many DC residents live in poverty is a constricted job market due to the great recession. In addition, some people are not able to work because of physical or mental disabilities. And many of our neighbors who are struggling with poverty are veterans, people who have served our country.
That’s where the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia comes in. Through the generous support of Equal Justice Works Americorps and the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Legal Aid has been able to work on a broader range of poverty-related problems in DC by hiring two attorney fellows.
Dean Shelley Broderick of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law interviews Ashley Waddell Tingstad, Skadden Fellow who works to protect District residents from unfair and deceptive debt collection practices and Nina Wu, Equal Justice Works Americorps Legal Fellow who represents veterans who have been wrongfully denied government benefits.