For Immediate Release
Tysons Corner, VA | December 19, 2019
Landlords and tenants in Virginia are impacted by countless legal issues. However, not everyone involved in a legal dispute or conflict can afford representation. To help give in need access to high-quality legal services, the Northern Virginia Law Center calls on lawyers such as Offit Kurman attorney Crystal Kramer to educate other legal professionals about how to serve low-income clients facing landlord-tenant issues.
Last month, Ms. Kramer served as a presenter for “Landlord-Tenant Law and Strategy,” a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course hosted by the Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center's Housing Panel.
The Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center is a program of the Fairfax Law Foundation, the charitable arm of the Fairfax Bar Association (FBA). For over 35 years, the Fairfax Law Foundation has helped provide residents of Fairfax County with access to legal services and education. Through the program, volunteer lawyers, law students, and paralegals provide legal assistance to individuals who could not otherwise afford it.
Ms. Kramer’s Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center CLE session covered the “nuts and bolts” of Landlord-Tenant Law, with an emphasis on local practice. She co-presented the session with attorney Ron Minoinis, who represents tenants, and Judge Susan Stoney of the Fairfax County General District Court.
Over the course of three hours, the attorneys and Judge Stoney provided procedural guidance on Virginia laws and legal strategies concerning landlords and tenants. The program was eligible for 3 MCLE credits and was offered free to active members of the Virginia State Bar in exchange for pro bono service.
At Offit Kurman, Crystal Kramer’s practice is focused on the representation of landlords and property managers of residential and commercial real estate in Virginia. This representation includes Fair Housing disputes and all litigation associated with lease disputes, including breach of lease, unlawful detainer actions, and tenant’s assertion actions. She also provides broader legal advice to her clients on their compliance with various laws, drafts company policies and procedures, reviews and drafts lease agreements, and negotiates and drafts settlement agreements, among other general counsel-type tasks. Additionally, she devotes a considerable amount of her practice counseling business owners on civil disputes and representing them in court on various litigation matters.
Ms. Kramer regularly represents clients on a pro bono basis. She has been practicing pro bono Animal Rights Law for The Animal Defense Partnership, including work on the Weeping Elephant Project, among other projects.
Outside of her legal practice, Ms. Kramer has presented numerous times on Landlord-Tenant Law issues in Virginia and has served in leadership roles in several local and regional legal organizations. Groups in which she has been involved include the Fairfax Bar Association’s General District Court Committee, the Northern Virginia Women Attorneys Association, and Northern Virginia Apartment Association. She is also a member of Offit Kurman’s Diversity Committee.
For more information about Crystal Kramer, and to contact her, please visit her Offit Kurman attorney page.
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