Related Attorney(s): Jeffrey M. Schwaber
Stein Sperling is proud to support the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (“WLCH”) as it tips off 2012 the same way it has started each of its 25 years of service to the District’s homeless – a basketball game.
Home Court – a partnership with Georgetown University Law Center and the organization’s largest annual fundraiser – has raised over $4 million for WLCH in the past 24 years. The game, which is organized entirely by Georgetown Law students, pits Members of Congress (“Hills Angels”) against faculty and staff from Georgetown University Law Center (“Hoya Lawyas”).
“We look forward to the event each year,” said WLCH co-founder and executive director Patty Fugere. “It provides a great deal of financial support to the clinic, but it also gives law students early exposure to the often invisible legal needs in their community.”
And that exposure to a community’s needs is how Home Court was first conceived in 1988. Jeff Schwaber, then a Georgetown law student and now a practicing litigator at Stein Sperling in Rockville, Maryland, would often pass the Community Center for Nonviolence on his way to and from classes. He was struck by how the center’s residents lacked access to basic services.
“I knew I wanted to do something to help the center’s homeless residents, I just wasn’t sure how best to go about it,” said Schwaber. With guidance from Georgetown faculty, he met attorney Patty Fugere and Judge Paul Friedman who had just established WLCH.
“I asked classmates to help me plan the very first Home Court game with the goal of raising $10,000 for the clinic,” said Schwaber. “Instead, we collected $42,000 and the generosity by our legal and local communities has only grown since then.”
In 2011, Home Court 24 raised over $414,000 – mostly in private donations by the D.C. legal community – and in 2012 the bar has been elevated to $1 million. Stein Sperling will help the clinic reach its 25th Anniversary fundraising goal by serving as a Leadership Sponsor for Home Court 25.
The game will tip off at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 29, at the Trinity Center at Trinity Washington University (125 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20017). Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
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