We have been working remotely, but in full force, since the courts closed and the Mayor declared a Public Health Emergency. We are:
- Conducting intake and providing client consultations by telephone
- Preparing cases for Landlord-Tenant Court
- Participating remotely in emergency telephonic hearings
- Assisting the U.S. District Court as amicus curiae in emergency litigation related to the impact of COVID-19 on conditions in the D.C. Jail and the Correctional Treatment Facility.
We are also laying the groundwork to help respond to the expected influx of new legal needs as the courts reopen and the crisis ebbs and flows for the foreseeable future.
Our focus is on strengthening:
- Eviction Defense Service, the largest in the District, with attorneys at the courthouse every hour the Court is in session.
- Social Work Program, which helps address the many conditions that can lead to a notice of eviction or other legal crisis, including mental health challenges, and lack of employment or access to public benefits.
- Civil Protection Order Program, which will experience an increase in demand as the incidence of domestic violence skyrockets.
We are grateful to be in a position to help indigent and low-income D.C. residents during this time of extraordinary need. Please consider donating here.