Pro Bono week  

What, When, and Where:

The Housing Crisis from the Inside
Guided Tour of DC Superior Court's
Landlord and Tenant Branch
sponsored by Neighborhood Legal Services Program and The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

Thursday, October 23
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

DC Superior Court, Civil Division
Landlord and Tenant Branch
Court Building B, 510 4th Street NW
Washington, DC

Directions:  Attendees should gather at 8:30 a.m. outside Court Building B, 510 4th Street NW, which is located within walking distance of the Judiciary Square Metro Station (Red, 1 minute), and the Archives/Navy Memorial Metro Station (Green/Yellow, 5 minutes).  Please wear business or business casual attire and bring a photo ID, and leave cameras or recording devices at home.  (Cell phones with cameras are permitted.)

RSVP: Pre-registration is required because space is limited. To be eligible to attend, participants must be members of the DC Bar (or awaiting admission), government attorneys or law students. Please note, however, that lawyers currently eligible to practice in the DC Courts will be given priority. 

To RSVP to attend, email Heather Hodges:

Questions? For more information, please contact:
Heather Hodges, Neighborhood Legal Services Program, 202-269-5119,

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2014 Pro Bono Week

The Housing Crisis from the Inside:
Guided Tour of DC Superior Court's Landlord-Tenant Branch

sponsored by Neighborhood Legal Services Program and
The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

Thursday, October 23, from 8:45 to 10:30 am

Anyone who reads The Washington Post knows that access to affordable, quality housing in DC is a huge issue. Attorneys who practice in this area also know that affordable housing is one of the most significant access to justice issues in DC.  

Learn about this issue from the Court’s perspective by observing Roll Call in the D.C. Superior Court’s Landlord and Tenant Branch with an experienced housing attorney who will give you a tour and answer questions about housing law practice. “Roll Call” is the Court’s daily calendar call and all persons with cases set for initial hearings are expected to be present.  This is guaranteed to be an eye-opening experience. 

Following Roll Call, we’ll have a short discussion to help attendees put their observations in the larger context of access to justice for DC residents. We will focus on the presence (or lack thereof) of attorneys representing both tenants and landlords, barriers to broader access to representation, and challenges inherent in the court system, particularly for low-income tenants.
You'll also have the chance to learn about the work of other pro bono attorneys who are helping low-income individuals and families assert their tenants’ rights and remain in their homes, and how you, too, can get involved. This is a fantastic opportunity to get an inside perspective on what goes on in this fast-paced, high-volume court. 
Space is limited, so please RSVP in advance to Heather Hodges, Pro Bono Counsel, Neighborhood Legal Services Program at

Click here to register now!