Stoop Law uses Zoning and Civil Rights Laws to protect and advance community.  Through our advocacy and collaborative efforts Stoop Law has been at the forefront of shaping land use policy through direct action. Stoop Law works with large and small groups as well as individuals.  We have represented clients before the Zoning Commission during the PUD process as well as represented clients at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  We have successfully negotiated monetary settlements, jobs and training packages, and have staved off unwanted, community damaging development for extended periods, often gaining important concessions for the community in the process.

Stoop Law's notable cases include (click links for Judicial Opinion and/or Plaintiffs' Complaint):

Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Association v. District of Columbia Zoning Commission

C.A.R.E. v. Department of Housing and Community Development 

Friends of McMillan Park v. District of Columbia Zoning Commission


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Ari Theresa is a Civil Rights attorney focusing on Zoning and Administrative Law.  He is principal partner of Stoop Law which is located in the Anacostia neighborhood of Southeast Washington DC. He is a 4th generation resident that graduated from Howard University School of Law in 2010. 

He has appeared on WJLA, WAMU (88.5), WPFW (89.3), Radio Sputnik (105.5), and has served as a panelist for:

"Creative (In)equality : Creative Class Conflict and Cooperation", a Public Anthropology Conference at American University.

"Urban Transformations", Metropolitan Policy Center of American University.


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