Passing: Barbara McDowell

From the Washington Post obituaries:

Barbara McDowell, 56, a lawyer who argued many cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and who later became a national leader in public interest advocacy as director of the appellate project of the D.C. Legal Aid Society, died Jan. 2 of brain cancer at her home in Falls Church.

In 2004, Ms. McDowell joined the D.C. Legal Aid Society and established its Appellate Advocacy Project. She argued about 50 cases related to issues of poverty law in the D.C. Court of Appeals and won significant legal victories involving housing, public benefits, domestic violence and the rights of the poor.