Pro Bono Program

Opportunities for Private and Government Attorneys

Making Justice Real Through Pro Bono

Legal Aid integrates pro bono into almost every aspect of our program, significantly expanding our impact and providing legal assistance and representation for hundreds of additional individuals and families in our community each year.

In 2017, we referred more than 200 individual matters to attorneys throughout the city. Cases are screened initially by Legal Aid and then referred to pro bono counsel. Experienced Legal Aid attorneys are available as a resource for volunteers to answer questions, provide sample pleadings, and discuss relevant law and strategy.

Volunteer attorneys from partner law firms also conduct initial interviews with prospective clients in both our Northwest and Southeast locations, work in house as part of our Legal Aid team as law firm Loaned Associates or Volunteer Staff Attorneys, provide Legal Aid with expert outside counsel and ethics guidance, and more.

And, 2016 marked the ten-year anniversary of our Medicare Part D Initiative, which uses scores of pro bono attorneys to provide senior and disabled D.C. residents critical assistance to ensure there is no interruption in receipt of their prescription medications.

If you accept a case referred from Legal Aid, you could help make justice real in our community by:

* Preventing a family from being evicted
* Securing a tenant’s rights to safe and well-maintained housing
* Helping a survivor of domestic violence secure a child custody or    support order
* Obtaining benefits and health care for someone who can no longer    work due to disability
* Preserving home ownership for a family facing foreclosure

For more information about our Pro Bono Program and current pro bono opportunities, please send an email to

Pro Bono Resources


Read about the experiences of these pro bono attorneys:

Jahnisa Tate Loadholt
Henry Smith
Stefanie Doebler
Jonathan Porter and Elliot Weingarten
Nickolas Barber