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Pro Bono and Affordable Counsel at the DC Courts

Lawyers: You Can Help

Our city is fortunate to have a strong network of civil legal services providers that represent low-income litigants for free. Yet, there is still a large gap between the number of people those organizations can serve and the number of people who can’t afford a lawyer. This leaves far too many unrepresented individuals in cases where the stakes are high to navigate the court system without the benefit of counsel.

The District of Columbia Courts are committed to ensuring access to justice for all who use our court system. We can use your help! If you're a lawyer eligible to practice in the DC Courts, you can help advance access to justice in our Courts and the District.


Upcoming Events

Stay tuned! Contact jodi.feldman [at] (Jodi Feldman) if you want to be placed on a list so we can notify you of future events.

Getting Started

If you’re a lawyer interested in helping to bridge the access to justice gap in our city, now is the time to get started!

Identify your pro bono goals.

Volunteer opportunities for lawyers are also available on site at Superior Court’s Family Court Self-Help Center (volunteering details here) and Probate Self-Help Center (volunteering details here).

If you’d like more information about how to get involved or unsure where to start, please contact Jodi.Feldman [at] (Jodi Feldman), Pro Bono Manager.

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Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll

Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby of the D.C. Court of Appeals and Chief Judge Anita Josey-Herring of the D.C. Superior Court have released the 12th annual Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, recognizing the contributions of those D.C. Bar members and others authorized to perform legal work who donated 50 hours or more of pro bono service during the last calendar year.

The Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll recognizes the thousands of D.C. Bar members and attorneys practicing under D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 49 who provide desperately needed free legal services to those living in poverty and/or to the small businesses and community-based non-profits that are critical to the economic well-being of our community.

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2023 Pro Bono Honor Roll and High Honor Roll, by name Download
2023 Pro Bono Honor Roll and High Honor Roll, by affiliation (law firm or organization) Download

Learn more about the pro bono experience in our courts from our past honorees!

See playlist of all pro bono attorney video profiles

Hear from Pro Bono Attorneys

Family Court Volunteers


Over 85% of parties in child custody, divorce and child support cases in Superior Court lack representation. That's why Jill Greaney, Barbara Nielsen and Eddie Allen donate their time to the D.C. Superior Family Self-Help Center.

Learn more about their experiences doing pro bono service here!


Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll

How can you make a difference? Learn more about the pro bono experience in our courts from our past honorees!

See playlist of all pro bono attorney video profiles

Rule 6.1: Voluntary Pro Bono Public Service

Did you know that Rule 6.1 of the DC Bar Rules of Professional Conduct states that a lawyer should participate in serving those who are unable to pay all or a portion of reasonable attorney’s fees?

DC Refers

DC Refers is an online directory of experienced lawyers who are willing to represent clients of modest means for a reduced fee. Are you interested in joining this innovative initiative to expand access to justice in the District of Columbia for individuals, families, and businesses that do not qualify for free legal services but cannot afford representation at market rates? Consider applying to join DC Refers. Learn more about becoming a DC Refers legal professional here.