Volunteer

Pro Bono Program: Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic


About the Clinic

In order to address the growing need for legal immigration services in the District of Columbia, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, along with a number of partners, sponsor an Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic to provide free consultations to area residents.

The clinic provides legal information, brief advice, and referral services. Bilingual attorneys and interpreters are available for clients who speak a variety of languages. Visitors to the clinic will be able to receive assistance from volunteer attorneys with civil legal problems governed by U.S. immigration laws.

If brief service is not enough to resolve the problem or if a different type of service is required, clinic volunteers will attempt to refer individuals to or provide information about a legal or social service provider appropriately suited to handle the matter.

The services at the clinic are provided free of charge. Visitors to the clinic are encouraged to bring all of the documents concerning their legal problem.


Upcoming Clinic Information

The next clinic will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Columbia Heights, 100 Harvard Street, NW.


Partners

Special thanks are owed to the following organizations that helped to make the clinic a reality:


Volunteering

The clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys who are members in good standing and eligible to practice law in the District of Columbia or another U.S. jurisdiction. Many of the volunteer attorneys are recruited from the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. (HBA-DC), the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of D.C. (APABA-DC), and the D.C. Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Attorneys interested in volunteering are not expected to be familiar with every area of the law or to have experience in the matters on which they will advise clients. The Pro Bono Program staff and expert mentors are available on-site.

The Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic typically takes place each March, June, September, and December. The clinic operates on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Please see Upcoming Clinic Information for the location of the clinic.

Volunteers should arrive at the clinic by 9:15 a.m. for a brief orientation of clinic operations and breakfast. Dress is casual. Volunteers should be prepared to stay until the last client is served (usually around 1 p.m.).


Staff Contact 

For more information on volunteering for the clinic, contact managing attorney Lindsy Miles-Hare at 202-737-4700 x 3297.