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.

We refer about 250 matters to private practice and government attorneys each year. 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.

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 probono@legalaiddc.org.

Pro Bono Resources

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Read about the experiences of these pro bono attorneys:

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

READ MORE ABOUT LEGAL AID’S PRO BONO PROGRAM:

“40 at 50” Honorary Event Recognizes D.C. Pro Bono Leaders
By Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, posted on Apr 08, 2021
Longtime Legal Aid Pro Bono Volunteer David Reiser Receives 2021 William J. Brennan Jr. Award
By Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, posted on Mar 26, 2021
USDA Withdraws Appeal in Legal Aid Lawsuit Challenging SNAP Rule
By Nicole Dooley, posted on Mar 26, 2021
2020 CAPITAL PRO BONO HONOR ROLL SUBMISSIONS DUE MARCH 15!
By Jodi Feldman, posted on Feb 19, 2021
Pro Bono Goes Local Event Kicks Off DC Pro Bono Week
By Sylvia Soltis, posted on Oct 27, 2020

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