CUA Law Alumnus Vytas Vergeer is Recognized
by D.C. Bar for Legal Service to the Needy
Vytas V. Vergeer, 1993, has been selected by The District of Columbia Bar Foundation as a co-recipient of the 2010 Jerrold Scoutt Prize. The prize is awarded annually to an attorney who has worked for a significant portion of his or her career at a nonprofit organization providing direct hands-on legal services to the needy in the District of Columbia; has demonstrated compassionate concern for his or her clients; and has exhibited a high degree of skill on their behalf.
Vergeer was honored along with attorney Eric S. Angel for their successful collaborative efforts to reform pro bono tenant representation in the Superior Court Landlord and Tenant Branch.
“I couldn't possibly be prouder to work in the community I work in, or feel more honored at receiving this award,” said Vergeer. “The level of support, dedication and skill I see displayed by the D.C. legal services community amazes me every day.”
Vergeer has been the legal clinic director at Bread for the City since 2000, after beginning his career with the organization six years earlier. He has devoted his career to working on housing issues for people living in poverty, representing hundreds of tenants in D.C.'s Landlord Tenant Court, and tirelessly supervising and mentoring public interest and pro bono attorneys.
The Scoutt Prize is named in honor of Jerrold Scoutt Jr., a founding partner of Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger LLP, for his longtime support of legal services. The prize carries a stipend of $2,500, which will be shared by the co-recipients, and is endowed by the firm.
The Bar Foundation will present the 2010 Scoutt Prize during the Judicial Reception at the D.C. Bar Conference on April 9th.
Vergeer is not the first member of the CUA Law community to be recognized with the Scoutt Prize. It was previously bestowed on Professor Ellen Scully.