Our Neighbors Depend on Your Support

December 21, 2018

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Over the last year, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center has served more than 20,000 low-income individuals and organizations in the District of Columbia in need of critical legal help. Dedicated legal assistance from our full representation clinics, Saturday neighborhood clinics, and resource centers has transformed the lives of our neighbors, including Ms. C.* 

Ms. C had withheld rent while enduring extreme housing code violations in her building, including mold, vermin, and broken doors and locks. A fire in the building even killed Ms. C’s neighbor, but long after the fire, the building still had no working smoke detectors. In fact, none of the code violations had been corrected — and yet, the landlord sued for back rent to evict Ms. C. 

Pro bono attorneys were able to help Ms. C through the Pro Bono Center’s Advocacy & Justice Clinic. Though the attorneys had only a day to prepare a motion to dismiss, tough negotiations with the landlord produced a settlement that avoided eviction, waived the back rent, and left Ms. C’s credit intact.  

Pro bono help was essential in ensuring that Ms. C could find safe and decent housing elsewhere in time for the cold temperatures of winter. 

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D.C. Bar members like you make it possible for us to provide life-altering legal counsel for Ms. C and tens of thousands more of our vulnerable District neighbors in matters like eviction, child custody, bankruptcy, and public benefits appeals. 

As the holidays approach, please remember our neighbors who will turn to the Pro Bono Center for legal help in their time of need. Please support the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center today with a contribution of $100, $250, $500, or more. 

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*Full name withheld to protect the client’s privacy.