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She’s awesome and we know it!

Bread for the City isn’t above crowing about one of our own. Congratulations to Senior Staff Attorney Taylor Healy, who was recently nametaylor healyd a DC Rising Star by the National Law Journal!

This award recognizes the DC area’s 40 most promising lawyers under the age of 40, and Taylor definitely qualifies. Her work at Bread for the City has been exemplary. As an Equal Justice Fellow, she brought BFC legal services to Northeast DC—the first time we ever had an on-site legal presence in this under-represented region. She helped organize residents of Victory Square to fight for a bus stop outside their building; they went up against WMATA and won, not once, but TWICE!

Plus, Taylor is a pivotal part of our new affordable housing advocacy campaign. Through her work with our Community Lawyering Project, she collaborates with tenant associations to address issues like equitable re-development of subsidized properties and improving building conditions. Using a combination of traditional direct legal service and community organizing, Taylor works closely with residents of subsidized units to make sure that their needs are truly heard and that the support we provide them is client-led and appropriate. It’s truly rare to find someone with the skills to cover all of these bases, but Taylor pulls it off with aplomb!

But don’t take our word for it. What do the experts say? “I think what makes Taylor special is she is so hands-on,” said Lisa Dewey, pro bono partner at DLA Piper. “She is so passionate about the work she is doing as a community services lawyer and a legal aid lawyer, it’s infectious.”

All hail Taylor!

Taylor’s work is made possible in part through private and public funds awarded by the DC Bar Foundation, as well as through support from DLA Piper.

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