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    Arent Fox’s Deanne Ottaviano Elected President of DC Legal Aid Society’s Board of Trustees

    June 26, 2012

    WASHINGTON, DC – Arent Fox LLP is proud to announce that firm partner Deanne Ottaviano has been elected president of the board of trustees of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. Prior to her election to the presidency, Deanne had served as the vice president of the Society’s board of trustees. Deanne has also served on the board’s executive committee.

    The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia was established in 1932 to provide legal representation to those who may not be able to afford to hire a lawyer. Over the years countless numbers of District residents have benefited from their services.

    “I am honored to be selected by my peers as the next president of the DC Legal Aid Society,” said Deanne. “The attorneys and professionals who voluntarily dedicate so much of their time and skill to the Legal Aid Society of DC are representative of the highest ideals of the legal profession. I am humbled and grateful that they have seen fit to trust me with the leadership of this indispensable organization.”

    Arent Fox Chairman Mark Katz said, “Deanne’s commitment and dedication to pro bono work and service to the community are a true inspiration to her colleagues at Arent Fox and our fellow members of the bar in the Washington, DC, area. We congratulate her on her election. With Deanne at the helm, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia is in the very best of hands.”

    “I cannot think of a finer choice to lead the DC Legal Aid Society,” agreed Arent Fox Chair Emeritus Marc Fleischaker. “During her term as chair of our firm’s pro bono committee and her service as a member of the Society’s executive committee and vice president, Deanne has been at the forefront of some of the most innovative and effective initiatives to provide high quality legal representation to persons living in poverty in the District of Columbia, including our nation’s returning veterans, families facing the threat of foreclosure on their homes, senior citizens, and immigrants.”

    Arent Fox’s commitment to work in the public interest dates backs to the firm’s founding in 1942. The founding partners believed that community service and pro bono public interest work were integral parts of the practice of law and made it a priority to be at the forefront of the private bar's efforts to ensure that indigents have access to justice. That tradition continues to this day with Arent Fox’s leadership in the DC SAILS Pro Bono Project for Veterans and free legal services for the neediest members of the DC community in the areas of family/domestic violence, housing, public benefits, and consumer law.