Did you provide 50 hours or more of pro bono service in 2016? If so, the District of Columbia Courts want to honor you for your contribution!
The Chief Judges of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, have announced that attorneys can now submit applications to be included on the 2016 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll. All lawyers who are authorized to perform pro bono work in the District and who completed at least 50 hours of pro bono service in 2016 are eligible for the Honor Roll. Lawyers who completed 100 hours or more of pro bono work qualify for the High Honor Roll. Participating attorneys are recognized on the D.C. Courts’ website and elsewhere.
Legal Aid encourages all of our amazing pro bono volunteers throughout the city to submit their applications. We want to make sure you receive the recognition you deserve for providing desperately needed legal representation to individuals and families living in poverty in our community.
Lawyers may record their 2016 pro bono hours using this easy online application. Directions are provided for law firm coordinators and others who may want to submit bulk applications. Applications to be on the list of honorees for 2016 are due by February 15, 2017, so don’t delay!
Supported by the D.C. Access to Justice Commission and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, the Honor Roll was launched in 2011 by the D.C. Courts to recognize the vital role that private and government attorneys play in providing pro bono services to those who cannot afford counsel. Indeed, Rule 6.1 of the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct calls upon members of the Bar “to participate in serving those persons, or groups of persons, who are unable to pay all or a portion of reasonable attorney’s fees or who are otherwise unable to obtain counsel.”
And for those of you who did not provide 50 or more hours of pro bono legal service last year, now is a great time to start on your goal for 2017! Please consider contacting Jodi Feldman or Neesa Sethi about taking a pro bono case from Legal Aid or reach out to another legal services organization to find out how you can get involved.