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Vanessa Batters-Thompson

D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
Managing Attorney
Washington, DC
Vanessa Batters-Thompson is a managing attorney at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center. In her current role, Vanessa manages the Pro Bono Center's Advocacy & Justice Clinic, which each year matches over 300 low-income clients with pro bono attorneys from private law firms and the public sector. Vanessa oversees the Pro Bono Center's individual representation training program (which last year trained nearly 500 volunteer attorneys) and the Center's family law activities, including pro se resources. Vanessa currently serves on the D.C. Superior Court's Domestic Relations Subcommittee, as well as the Parentage & Support Subcommittee. She helped draft the Superior Court's practice standards for custody Guardians ad Litem, the current Domestic Relations Case Management Plan, the "Handbook for People who Represent Themselves in Divorce, Custody and Child Support Cases in D.C. Superior Court,"€ and the Superior Court ' Rules Governing Parentage & Support Proceedings. Prior to joining the Pro Bono Center in 2014, Vanessa worked at Bread for the City. Vanessa was a Friedman Fellow in the George Washington University Law School's Jacob Burns Legal Clinics, through which she co-taught a seminar and supervised law students participating in a family law clinical program. Vanessa received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and her B.A. from American University, along with a certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership.