Resources & Training

Legal Service Provider Detail

D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project
5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Suite 440
Washington DC 200015
Contact: Emilia Plater-Zyberk , Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (202) 885-5542
Fax: (202) 885-5529
Web address:


Need nonlitigator volunteers?
Malpractice insurance for volunteers:
Intake hours:
Please contact Emilia Plater-Zyberk at for information about volunteering.
Non-english services?
Opportunities for attorneys not admitted in D.C.:
Yes. All volunteer positions are open to attorneys barred in another state.
Need paralegal/law students:
We generally serve only low-income D.C. residents.
Training offered:
Yes. We offer comprehensive trainings, available both in-person and online, as well as mentorship by an experienced supervising attorney.
Types of services:
The D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) aims to create safe and stable homes for domestic violence survivors and at-risk children in D.C. by providing free, high-quality legal services. Volunteers in our Domestic Violence Program help survivors of domestic violence achieve safety and independence by representing them in civil protection order, custody, divorce, and child support cases. Volunteers in our Child Advocacy Program serve as court-appointed guardians ad litem, representing the best interests of children in custody cases where concerning risk factors are present, such as parental drug addiction. To learn more about volunteering, please contact Emilia Plater-Zyberk at
Volunteer needs:
Attorneys to represent domestic violence survivors in protection order and family law cases, or at-risk children in contested custody cases. Volunteers do not need to have prior experience handling these types of cases; DCVLP provides training and mentorship.
Subject areas:
Juvenile, Child Custody, Children, Litigation, Domestic Relations, Domestic Violence, Family