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After Multiple Court Hearings, a Client Prevails with Help from Her Pro Bono Attorney

February 18, 2020

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Ms. A was living in a building with poor housing conditions, including broken windows, mold and pest infestations, and inoperable smoke alarms. In addition, neither the door to Ms. A’s unit nor the entrance to the building locked, making Ms. A fear for her safety. Although she asked her landlord to remedy these conditions, he refused and, instead, threatened to evict her. In response, Ms. A turned for help from the Pro Bono Center’s Landlord Tenant Resource Center.

After meeting with a volunteer lawyer at the Landlord Tenant Resource Center, her case was referred to the Pro Bono Center’s Advocacy & Justice Clinic, which places family, housing, public benefits, consumer, and personal injury defense matters for full representation. The clinic matched Ms. A with a pro bono attorney, who counseled her on further legal proceedings and represented her in court when the landlord falsely claimed that he had already made the necessary repairs.

Finally – after multiple hearings – Ms. A’s landlord relented. Her pro bono attorney helped settle the case after almost all housing violations were abated, and Ms. A now lives in a home that is much safer and more secure.

Her volunteer attorney’s persistence and skill were essential to ensuring that Ms. A had safe and decent housing. D.C. Bar members like you make it possible for us to provide transformative legal counsel for Ms. A and thousands more of our vulnerable District neighbors.

*Client’s full name withheld to protect their privacy.