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Help Our Neighbors in Need

December 20, 2016

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Over the last year, the Pro Bono Center has served almost 20,000 individuals and families around the District of Columbia.

There was Mr. N*, who supports his wife and young children with a job that requires a valid driver’s license. When he learned that his license would be suspended because a judgment was erroneously issued against him, he knew he would need legal assistance.

Unable to pay for an attorney, he sought help from the Pro Bono Center, and was assigned a volunteer lawyer through the Advocacy & Justice Clinic. With support from the Pro Bono Center staff and a volunteer mentor, his pro bono attorney presented evidence that the judgment had been entered against the wrong person. The plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case, preventing the suspension of Mr. N’s driver’s license and ending his worry about how he would be able to provide for his family.

In another case, Ms. Q*, who was disabled by severe diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and a hearing impairment, was the victim of a crime that left her injured. She has difficulty walking and struggles to dress herself and perform other daily activities. Despite her many health problems, she was denied Social Security disability benefits.

When she was referred to the Pro Bono Center, she was assigned a volunteer attorney who represented her at a hearing before an administrative law judge. The judge approved Ms. Q’s claim. Now she will have the monthly income that the law provides for people with disabilities to live in dignity.

Your donation to the Pro Bono Center will help ensure that our legal system protects people like Mr. N, Ms. Q, and other vulnerable residents in our community: families facing eviction from their homes; people living with disabilities in need of public benefits or trying to access medical care they have been denied; people facing crushing debt they have no ability to repay.

Your contribution will make it possible for us to provide full representation through our Advocacy & Justice Clinic and immediate legal consultation at our Advice & Referral Clinics. With your help, we are able to staff our three resource centers at the D.C. Superior Court with attorneys who assist pro se litigants with landlord–tenant, probate and consumer law matters, and more. Please support the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center with a contribution of $100, $250, $500, or more today.

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Thank you for helping to increase access to justice for our neighbors in need. 

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