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University Legal Services

Few segments of the District government go without a thorough third-party vetting these days. Dorothy Brizill and Jonetta Rose Barras have turned crankiness at officialdom into a full-time occupation. D.C. Jail officials have to worry about the D.C. Prisoners’ Project and dogged attorneys Douglas Sparks and William Claiborne. Few can match Donald Temple’s zeal in fighting injustice in all corners of the city. But no one has done a better job for the least among us than University Legal Services. It is charged with monitoring the patients holed up inside St. Elizabeths. This year it issued a scathing report that revealed 11 residents had died needlessly. That followed a previous report that showed stunning negligence inside St. E’s. And it backs up its investigative work by representing and advocating on behalf of citizens with disabilities.

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