DC Volunteer Lawyers Project provides high-quality, pro bono legal services to low-income individuals in the District of Columbia who are domestic violence victims, at-risk children, or have other urgent family law needs.
In our Civil Protection Order (CPO) practice area, volunteers help domestic violence survivors find immediate safety from their abusers through a CPO, or "stay-away" order. These cases provide supervised in-court litigation experience in a short time frame, with each case lasting just 8-12 days on average. The time commitment of each case is about 10-15 hours. Volunteers may sign up far in advance to represent a client on a certain hearing date, allowing busy attorneys to predict when they will need to be in court.
We offer to all volunteers: comprehensive training programs, live and online; mentorship by an experienced supervising attorney, who reviews all written work and accompanies the volunteer to court; access to an extensive resource library, including sample pleadings; administrative support; malpractice insurance; and more.
To start the volunteering process, please register at http://www.dcvlp.org/registration. Then, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for next steps. Thank you.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Orientation or Training
- Average 12-15 hours over 2 weeks
- One-day online or in-person training