June 06, 2023

Venable Foundation Once Again Recognized as Platinum-Level Participant in D.C. Access to Justice's Raising the Bar Campaign

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The Venable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Venable LLP, is pleased to announce that it has been recognized once again as a platinum-level participant in D.C. Access to Justice's 2022 Raising the Bar Campaign. The platinum level is the campaign's top tier and honors firms that have administered financial support amounting to .11% of DC office revenue to local legal services providers.

Venable’s donations in 2022 benefited several organizations, including Ayuda, DC Affordable Law Firm, Children’s Law Center, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Legal Aid Society, and others.

The D.C. Access to Justice Commission was created by the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2005 to help improve the ability of low- and moderate-income residents to access the civil justice system. The Commission also is responsible for raising the profile in our community of the need for equal access to justice. Established initially for a three-year term, the Commission was ordered by the Court in 2007 to continue its work indefinitely.

To meet the urgent need for increased funding for legal services, the D.C. Access to Justice Commission formally launched the Raising the Bar in D.C. Campaign in December 2010. The campaign's goal is to substantially increase financial support to the District's legal services community by establishing benchmarks for law firm giving and annually recognizing those firms that have donated at benchmark levels. Because the benchmarks are based on revenue, the recognition levels are accessible to firms of all sizes.