Bread for the City operates two legal clinics, one out of each Center in Northwest and Southeast DC. We have 14 attorneys and a loaned associate from Covington & Burling, LLP and Venable, LLP who represent and advise clients. We also have three non-attorney staff who represent clients in administrative hearings and an organizer who advances our community lawyering work.
The Legal Clinic represents clients in landlord-tenant disputes, represent claimants who have been denied Social Security disability benefits, advocate in fair hearings for other public benefits and represent clients in family law matters including child custody, civil protection orders, child support and divorce.
Our legal clinic has four special projects: the Community Lawyering Project, the Landlord-Tenant Court-Based Legal Services Project, the Child Support Community Legal Services Project, and the Domestic Violence Community Legal Services Project.
The Community Lawyering Project uses legal advocacy and organizing to help achieve solutions to community identified issues in ways that develop local leadership and institutions that can continue to exert power to effect systemic change.
Our attorneys also work in partnership with the Legal Aid Society to operate the Landlord-Tenant Court-Based Legal Services Program, which allows attorneys to appear immediately in court with clients whom they meet that same day, often resulting in them taking the cases on for full representation. Bread for the City also represents tenant associations and other individuals as we work toward preserving low-income housing, assuring that people live in safe environments, and preventing or delaying evictions.
Through the Child Support Community Legal Services Project (which is modeled after the Court-Based Legal Services Program), we again partner with Legal Aid to staff an office right at the Paternity & Support Branch of the Court. We provide same-day advice and temporary representation and, in some cases, extended representation to low-income District residents who need assistance with child support matters.
And through the Domestic Violence Community Legal Services Project, we provide the legal services necessary (Civil Protection Orders, divorce proceedings, child custody, etc.) to assist low-income District residents who are experiencing domestic violence.
Did You Know…
- Last year, we provided 4,147 individuals with advice, referrals, or even full representation from our legal clinic.
- The legal clinic utilizes dozens of volunteer attorneys, and law students to help meet the needs of our clients.
- The D.C. Employment Justice Center holds walk-in Workers’ Rights Clinics at our Northwest Center every Wednesday (6:00 – 7:30pm) and at our Southeast Center the last Saturday of every month (10:00am – 1:00pm).
- The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Advice & Referral Clinic holds walk-in legal clinics at our Northwest and Southeast Center locations on the second Saturday of each month (10:00am – 12:00pm).