September 17, 2015
A team of Weil lawyers in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office received an award from the DC Appleseed Center for Law & Justice in recognition for pro bono work relating to efforts to pass legislation aimed at improving end-of-life medical care in the nation’s capital. The award was presented at a ceremony on September 16.
During the past three years, the Weil team has worked with DC Appleseed on drafting and advocating for legislation that will provide District residents nearing the end of their lives with greater opportunities to discuss, understand and memorialize their goals for end-of-life medical care. This legislation is currently before the Council of the District of Columbia.
The project involved interviewing dozens of specialists in the areas of end-of-life care, disability rights and emergency services, along with numerous religious leaders, to better understand the issues associated with the provision of end-of-life care in the District. This information was then analyzed and guided the creation of legislation introduced by the Council of the District of Columbia earlier this year that should greatly improve end-of-life care in the nation’s capital.
DC Appleseed Center for Law & Justice works on issues affecting the daily lives of those who live and work in the District of Columbia area, from healthcare to voting representation to education reform to environmental concerns to jobs and housing. The organization works with volunteer attorneys, business leaders and community experts to identify the issues, conduct research and analysis, make specific recommendations for reform and advocate effective solutions.