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November 28, 2017

Ms. C, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Advice & Referral Clinic Client

Over the last year, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center served more than 17,000 low-income individuals and families in the District of Columbia in need of critical legal assistance. Dedicated legal help from our Saturday neighborhood clinics, full representation clinics, and resource centers has transformed the lives of our neighbors, including Anacostia resident Ms. C.*

Late last year, Ms. C came to the Pro Bono Center’s Advice & Referral Clinic for help with a mistaken overcharge on a utility bill. She had lived in her home for almost 30 years and for the first time received a utility bill for over $600—an error made by the utility company, and a devastating amount that Ms. C simply could not afford to pay. She immediately turned to the Advice & Referral Clinic for help, saying, “If I didn’t know about this Saturday clinic, I wouldn’t know what else to do in a situation like this.”

During her initial visit, a volunteer attorney wrote a letter challenging Ms. C’s bill, but the request for an adjustment was denied. Undeterred, Ms. C returned to the Advice & Referral Clinic the next month and met with a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. Going above and beyond a one-time legal consult, our volunteer attorney agreed to represent Ms. C in the case and requested a hearing on the matter. After several months of discovery, the utility company finally agreed to adjust the bill, and the case was dismissed right before the holidays.

Ms. C, moved by the assistance she received from the Pro Bono Center, says, “I am among the low-income population that does not have access to good legal counsel, so I appreciate the work done by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center. The community really relies on the Advice & Referral Clinic, and we are grateful.”  

D.C. Bar members like you make it possible for us to provide immediate legal consultation at our Advice & Referral Clinics, and through our many other award-winning programs, to vulnerable members of our community like Ms. C.

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