Jahnisa Tate Loadholt, senior associate in Alston & Bird’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, has been honored by the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia with its 2018 “Klepper Prize for Volunteer Excellence.” She is the second Alston & Bird attorney to win the award in the past three years.
The Klepper Prize recognizes attorneys who have made substantial and noteworthy contributions early in their careers to the Legal Aid Society and its clients.
Volunteering with Legal Aid since arriving in D.C. in 2015, Loadholt has focused on domestic relations and has handled several child custody cases over the past three years, achieving favorable settlements for her clients. In addition to her individual casework, she has supported a class action lawsuit in which Legal Aid is co-counseling with Alston & Bird partner and Legal Aid board member Dan Jarcho. The lawsuit alleges that the U.S. Social Security Administration, Department of Treasury, and D.C. government confiscated the plaintiffs’ tax refunds, without notice, in violation of federal law and without due process required under the Constitution.
Loadholt follows another Alston & Bird attorney, Brendan Carroll, who received the Klepper Prize in 2016.
Founded in 1932, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia is D.C.'s oldest and largest general civil legal services organization that works to improve access to justice for hundreds of poor and low-income people.