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Pro Bono Center Operations Update: COVID19

Effective March 16, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, all D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center staff are working remotely and are available via phone and email to provide free legal assistance. Service changes for specific programs are listed below:

Individuals seeking legal assistance during the COVID-19 restrictions can find up-to-date information about D.C. legal services providers on the LawHelp coronavirus page. People seeking legal help should continue to access LawHelp. The Pro Bono Center’s Legal Information Help Line at 202-626-3499 operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing information on legal topics in Spanish, Amharic and French, in addition to English.

Landlord Tenant Resource Center (LTRC): LTRC provides free legal information to both unrepresented tenants and small landlords who have residential housing disputes in the District of Columbia. While the court-based Landlord Tenant Resource Center is closed until Wednesday, July 1, tenants or small landlords seeking legal information can call 202-780-2575 for help.

Consumer Law Resource Center (CLRC): CLRC provides information regarding small claims cases, debt collection, rent deposit recovery, and other consumer matters. The court-based Consumer Law Resource Center is closed until Wednesday, July 1, but those with an emergency in a consumer case, such as the attachment of your bank account, who are not able to submit the emergency papers electronically should call 202-780-2574.

Family Law Assistance Network (FLAN): FLAN offers individuals confidential, free legal advice or representation in custody, child support, parentage, and divorce cases. Individuals with questions about D.C. family law cases or who need help filing a pleading with the Domestic Relations Branch can speak with an attorney from one of the three participating organizations (D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, D.C. Affordable Law Firm, and the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia) by calling 202-844-5428.

Advice & Referral Clinic: The Clinic on Saturday, June 13, has been canceled in both Shaw and Anacostia. Those who need of legal assistance for individual civil matters governed by D.C. or federal law (no criminal, business or immigration/asylum matters) can call our temporary, dedicated Clinic line at 202-737-4700, ext. 3294.

Nonprofit Legal Assistance Program (NPSB): NPSB continues to operate its legal match program as well as its nonprofit and small business brief advice legal clinics. Law firm pro bono coordinators can contact [email protected] if they have attorneys seeking pro bono opportunities. Nonprofits and small businesses seeking updates during the COVID-19 restrictions can find up-to-date information here: COVID-19 Legal Resources for Nonprofits & Small Businesses.

About the Pro Bono Center

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is an independent, nonprofit organization supported entirely by voluntary contributions. The Pro Bono Center recruits, trains, and mobilizes volunteer attorneys to take pro bono cases serving individuals living in poverty who are at risk of losing their homes, their livelihoods, and their families. The center also helps small businesses and community-based nonprofits needing legal assistance. Last year, the Pro Bono Center touched the lives of more than 20,000 D.C. residents.

As part of Bar's larger strategic planning process, the Pro Bono Center went through its own assessment beginning in September 2014, evaluating the current environmental factors and trends, as well as the organization's operations in order to develop a five-year strategic plan. Learn more about the Pro Bono Center's strategic assessment

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