On November 15 the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program will offer a half-day training for attorneys interested in volunteering at its Pro-Se-Plus Divorce Clinic to help unrepresented litigants going through the divorce process. The training is also open to paralegals and law students.
The Pro Bono Program regularly holds the training to recruit new volunteer instructors for the clinic. No particular expertise is required to participate, but attendees must agree to staff two clinic workshops.
All volunteers are required to attend the training before participating in the Pro-Se-Plus Divorce Clinic, a two-session workshop the Pro Bono Program runs each month at the D.C. Superior Court to assist pro se litigants on how to obtain uncontested divorces.
During the first session, volunteers will lead an informational seminar on divorce procedure in the District of Columbia. At the second session, volunteers will assist pro se litigants on how to fill out divorce forms and will address questions they may have about the process. The Pro Bono Program offers malpractice insurance to attorneys who volunteer at the clinic.
The training will cover topics such as the clinic’s operations, requirements for filing and obtaining a divorce in the District, alimony, child custody and visitation, child support, taxes, and restoration of former name.
The training takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor. Registration fee is $15 for all participants. MCLE credits are not available for this training.
The training is presented with the support of the D.C. Bar District of Columbia Affairs Section and Litigation Section.
For more information, contact Shannon Redd, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program staff attorney and training manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.