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Madison Glennie

  • Hosted by DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Sponsored by DLA Piper LLP (US), Verizon Foundation
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school Georgetown University Law Center
  • Issue area Domestic Violence, Health Care, Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Fellowship class year 2021
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Madison (she/her/hers) will create a medical-legal partnership that serves low-income survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of gender-based violence in immigration, protection order, and family law cases. 

Every day in Washington, D.C., survivors of gender-based violence go without needed legal services. 88% of petitioners in the D.C. Superior Court Domestic Violence Division lack legal representation. Survivors may fear seeking protection orders or a divorce without representation due to concerns about retaliation or losing custody of their children. Survivors also experience immense immigration needs, but they often do not know their legal remedies, usually due to immigration-related abuse. Seeking legal services referrals from police or state actors or walking into a courthouse can be inaccessible for survivors. Two D.C. health care clinics, Children’s National Primary Care and AIDS Healthcare Foundation, noted a need among their patients for on-site legal services, particularly for domestic violence and immigration issues. 

Fellowship Plans

In collaboration with DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP), Madison will implement a medical-legal partnership co-located at Children’s National Primary Care in Columbia Heights and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Madison will conduct legal intakes on site and provide survivors with direct representation in protection order, immigration, and family law cases. Madison will also train health care providers to spot potential signs of violence and identify immigration issues to refer to her clinic. 

Access to legal services can drastically impact a survivor’s life—I am dedicated to creating this medical-legal partnership to aid D.C.’s survivors.

Madison Glennie /
2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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