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Family Court Self-Help Training

March 15, 2017

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On Friday, March 3, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, in partnership with the D.C. Superior Court's Family Court Self-Help Center, hosted a training for forty-seven volunteer attorneys. The Family Court Self-Help Center is a free, walk-in service that provides pro se litigants with general legal information on a variety of matters in the Domestic Relations and Paternity & Support Branches of the Family Court. Chaired by Family Court Self-Help Center branch Chief John King of D.C. Superior Court, with presentations from Soumya Evans of Delaney McKinney and Professor Lisa Martin of the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America, the training covered Family Court Self-Help Center operations, an overview of D.C. family law, FAQs in divorce, custody, and child support cases, the difference between giving legal information versus legal advice, and legal resources in family law matters. In exchange for training, participants agree to serve three 2-hour shifts over the next twelve months.

For questions about this training or other Pro Bono Center trainings, please email the Pro Bono Center.