John K. BlakeHoward C. Westwood Fellow Economic Security Unit

John K. Blake

John joined Neighborhood Legal Services Program in September of 2018 as a Howard C. Westwood Fellow. John works in the Economic Security Unit, where his caseload focuses on providing legal advice and representation in consumer law, public benefits, and housing law matters. He is based in the New York Avenue office.
John has a long-time commitment to advocacy and service around the issues impacting indigent citizens. During his first year of law school, John participated in President Obama’s Clemency Project 2014. John was also a Joseph L. Raugh Fellow with the Montana Innocence Project, working on cases that led to the release and exoneration of three people who had been wrongfully convicted. John worked for the UDC Housing & Consumer Law Clinic, first as a student attorney, then as a Freddie Mac Fellow, then as a teaching assistant. John also worked as a student attorney for D.C. Law Students In Court, working on criminal defense and record sealing cases. John was the Notes Editor of the UDC Law Review, where he worked on organizing a symposium, The FHA At 50. John served as the President of UDC OutLaw, Co-President of UDC’s American Constitution Society, and as a Student Senator of the Student Bar Association.
John earned his J.D. from The University of The District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. During his time there, he was selected as a Dean’s Fellow, received the Earl H. Davis Award as an Olender Scholar, and was a recipient of the Dean’s Cup for his commitment to service and scholarship. John received his B.A. in Public Administration & American Government from The University of Montana. John is an alum of the AmeriCorps State & National Justice For Montanans Program, where he worked with Montana Legal Services Program to increase access to civil legal services. Before law school John worked as a long-time organizer, activist, and nonprofit administrator, on the rights of racial minorities, LGBTQIA people, and women.
John can be reached by phone at 202-269-5104, or via email at