Help for Individuals

Consumer Law Resource Center

Operations Update March 30, 2020: 

Consumer Law Resource Center Temporary Phone Line: 202-780-2574.

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is taking necessary precautions to protect our clients, resource center customers, staff, and volunteers from COVID-19.  As such, our court-based Consumer Law Resource Center is closed through at least Wednesday, May 13th. We do not take this step lightly and apologize for any hardship this may cause.

Effective immediately, we have created a temporary telephone system that enables us to speak with customers seeking help from the Consumer Law Resource Center while the Center is closed. Callers will be prompted in English and Spanish to leave a message with their name and phone number. Leaving a message does not guarantee assistance, but applicants will receive a return call from a Pro Bono Center attorney within the next three to five business days.

We are working with the D.C. Consortium of Legal Services Providers to post the most up-to-date information with on resources and telephone intake services that are being offered on www.LawHelp.org/DC.



The Consumer Law Resource Center provides free legal information to consumers related to:
  • Debt Collection
  • Home Improvement/Independent Contractor Disputes
  • Security Deposit Refunds
  • Small Claims Cases
  • Used Car or Car Repair Disputes
  • Utility Disputes
  • Violations of the Consumer Protection Procedures Act

Volunteer attorneys at the center:

  • Inform consumers about their legal rights and obligations
  • Review contracts
  • Assist consumers with preparing demand/reply letters
  • Help self–represented persons understand court proceedings
  • Coach self-represented person how to best present cases in court
  • Assist self–represented person prepare pleadings
  • Inform self–represented persons how to obtain continuances and retain counsel
  • Make referrals to legal services providers and other resources in appropriate cases

Hours of Operation: Wednesday, 9:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Please note that due to a high demand for services, it may be necessary for
the Resource Center to limit the number of customers it sees each day and close
intake before 12 p.m. Even if intake is closed early, all customers who have
court dates that day will be seen if they sign in before 12 p.m. The Resource
Center will, whenever possible, provide written materials and referrals to
customers who cannot be seen that day.

Location:

  • Court Building B
    510 4th Street NW
    Room 208

For more information, please contact Managing Attorney Erik Goodman at [email protected].