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Advocacy & Justice Clinic

About the Clinic

Since 1993, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Advocacy & Justice Clinic has helped improve the lives of more than 8,000 D.C. residents. To help address the unmet legal needs of people experiencing poverty, the Advocacy & Justice Clinic coordinates pro bono representation for eligible clients with civil legal problems. By recruiting, training, and supporting pro bono lawyers, we provide much-needed legal representation in housing, family law, public benefits, and consumer disputes.

How it works:  Until at least October 2021, all client placements through the Advocacy & Justice Clinic are remote.  Volunteer attorneys will receive conflicts information for their potential client, followed by a detailed case file including an intake, related documents, tips for getting started, and mentor assignment information .  After reviewing the case file and tips for remote representation, volunteers contact their client directly to set up an initial meeting and consult their mentor as needed.

The Pro Bono Center offers a comprehensive support network and resources to ensure our volunteers provide high quality legal representation.  For each case, we recruit an expert mentor who is available to guide volunteers on all substantive and procedural matters, as well as client management issues that arise during representation. Pro Bono Center staff is also available to support and consult in the event a mentor is unable or unavailable.  In addition, Probono.net/dc, a free online resource available to all pro bono attorneys, includes comprehensive libraries of model pleadings and training manuals, videos and other materials. The Pro Bono Center also offers malpractice insurance to its volunteers.

Learn more about the Advocacy & Justice Clinic at these upcoming events:

Disability Law Lunch and Learn
Monday, October 18, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Current Advocacy & Justice Clinic Partners:

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center gratefully acknowledges our 2021 Advocacy & Justice Clinic
partners. Their representation will ensure that hundreds of families living in poverty do not lose their homes or custody of their children, or go without food or medical care, simply because they lack meaningful access to legal counsel.

Platinum
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
U.S. Department of Justice/Federal Government Pro Bono Program

Gold
Foley & Lardner LLP
King & Spalding LLP
Wiley LLP

Silver
Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP
DLA Piper LLP (US)
Epstein Becker & Green, PC
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Miller & Chevalier Chartered
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP

Get Involved

Law Firms

Firms interested in joining:  To help meet the anticipated, unprecedented need, please consider partnering with the clinic and committing to represent between 5 and 15 clients.  Because we appreciate your time, energy, and expertise, we will widely recognize our partners’ participation in Washington Lawyer, the Pro Bono Center’s annual report, and on the D.C. Bar website.  Additionally, the Advocacy & Justice Clinic is an excellent way for firms to meet their commitment to the D.C. Access to Justice Commission’s D.C. Represents campaign.

Making a firm-wide commitment to serving our neighbors allows our team and your firm to serve clients consistently and quickly.  For partnering firms, we welcome the opportunity to engage your team through virtual recruitment, orientation, or training events and would be happy to schedule an event tailored to your firm.  Firms interested in joining the Advocacy & Justice Clinic may contact Vanessa Batters-Thompson.

Federal Government Attorneys

The Advocacy & Justice Clinic is proud to work closely with the Federal Government Pro Bono Program.  To volunteer for the Advocacy & Justice Clinic, please contact Chair Laura Klein at the Department of Justice.  You may also learn more about engaging in pro bono work as a government employee here.

Individual Volunteers

The Advocacy & Justice Clinic currently partners with attorney volunteers who:

  1. Have at least 2 years of litigation experience (OR supervision and support through your firm/agency/employer);
  2. Are licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia (OR eligible to waive in pro bono publico in accordance with D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 49 ); AND
  3. Are able and willing to represent a pro bono client until the completion of their matter.

Interested in participating?  Please complete our volunteer questionnaire and then email your resume to the Advocacy & Justice Clinic.  Once the Pro Bono Center reviews your materials and confirms you meet the above volunteer criteria, we will contact you to schedule a brief virtual interview.  After your successful interview, we will share information regarding potential clients seeking pro bono counsel.

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