Advice & Referral Clinic
Authored By: D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
The Advice & Referral Clinic is CANCELED in both Shaw and Anacostia until September 2021.
We are taking necessary precautions to protect our clients and volunteers from the coronavirus. We do not take this step lightly and apologize for any hardship this may cause.
UPCOMING CLINIC: July 13-15th, 2021. Click here for more information.
Intake for the next remote Advice & Referral Clinic will be held from Tuesday, July 13th through Thurday, July 15th. Dial 202-737-4700 (ext. 3294) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for legal assistance. Appointments for attorney consultations will take place the following week.
All in-person Advice & Referral Clinics have been canceled in both Shaw and Anacostia.
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, such as medical debt and denial of coverage
- Housing law, such as landlord-tenant issues
- Personal injury
- Probate matters, such as medical directives
- Public benefits, such as TANF/SNAP and SSI/SSDI
- Tax law
The clinic does not assist with any criminal issues, including criminal record expungement 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 at 202-626-3499. After selecting the appropriate language, press 5 and then select 3 for information about the free legal clinic. You can then press 9 to leave a message with the information requested.