Help For Individuals

Advice and Referral Clinic

Open to the general public, the clinic is sponsored by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program and held on the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. You do not need an appointment to meet with an attorney, but you must arrive by noon.

The clinic provides individuals who do not have their own lawyer an opportunity to discuss with volunteer attorneys civil legal problems governed by D.C. law including:

  • Bankruptcy and debt collection
  • Consumer law
  • Employment law
  • Family law
  • Health law
  • Housing law, such as landlord–tenant issues
  • Personal injury
  • Probate matters, such as wills and medical directives
  • Public benefits, such as welfare and SSI
  • Tax law

The clinic does not assist with any criminal issues, including criminal record expungment or traffic issues. Clinic services are only available to individuals, not businesses, nonprofit organizations, tenants associations, or similar groups.

Volunteer attorneys may help you identify legal issues that you may need to pursue further, help you fill out papers to file with the court, make a phone call to resolve a dispute, write a letter on your behalf, or give you general advice about your legal problem.

If brief service is not enough to resolve your problem or if you require a different type of service than the Advice and Referral Clinic offers, clinic volunteers may be able to refer you to or provide you with information about a legal or social service provider appropriately suited to handle your case. However, the clinic does not guarantee that you will obtain representation through one of the referred agencies.

The services at the clinic are provided free of charge. Please bring all of the documents concerning your legal problem to the clinic.

If you need the help of an interpreter at the clinic, please call the Legal Information Help Line, 202-626-3499, press 3 for information about the free legal clinic, then press 9 to leave a message with the information requested.

The walk–in clinic is located at two locations:

Bread for the City—Northwest Center
1525 7th Street NW

  • To arrive by Metro take the Green Line to Shaw–Howard University Metro Station.

Bread for the City—Southeast Center
1640 Good Hope Road SE

  • To arrive by Metro take the Green Line to the Anacostia Metro Station.

Additional directions to the clinics.