Volunteer

Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic



About the Clinic

To address the growing need for legal immigration services in the District of Columbia, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, along with many partners, sponsor an Immigration Legal Advice & 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. Visitors to the clinic are encouraged to bring all documents concerning their legal issue. All services at the clinic are provided free of charge.

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 a more appropriate legal or social service provider.

All individuals affected by the Trump Administration's rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are encouraged to attend. Such individuals will receive consultation and advice regarding their options. While the clinic does not complete renewal applications, individuals will receive appropriate referrals, if applicable.


Upcoming Clinic Information

Clinics will be held on the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.:

December 2, 2017 at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Columbia Heights, 1100 Harvard St., NW

March 3, 2018 at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Columbia Heights, 1100 Harvard St., NW

June 2, 2018 at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Columbia Heights, 1100 Harvard St., NW

September 15, 2018 at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Columbia Heights, 1100 Harvard St., 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) and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of D.C. (APABA-DC).

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 Center staff and expert mentors are available on-site.

The clinic is open to clients on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Please see Upcoming Clinic Information for the location of the clinic.

Interested volunteers should contact the leadership of their voluntary bar association or Adrian Gottshall (agottshall@dcbar.org), Managing Attorney, to apply. A short informational survey is required and can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ImmigrationClinic. Volunteers will be invited to participate and then sent a confirmation e-mail in advance of the clinic. Volunteers must respond to the invitation and confirm for each clinic date separately. Not all volunteers that respond to the initial invitation are guaranteed a confirmation, so it is best to respond early.

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 which is generally in the early afternoon.