Our Legal Aid Clinics

CLADC hosts monthly legal aid legal clinics on Saturday mornings at three sites throughout Washington, D.C. to serve the legal needs of the city’s poor and homeless community. Each clinic also provides an opportunity for legal professionals and law students to gain real-world legal experience in a variety of areas of law. If you would like more information about CLADC, our three clinics, or volunteer opportunities, please contact CLADC at (202) 710-0592 or e-mail us at info@christianlegalaid-dc.org.

APPA Mission Center

APPA’s mission is to provide physical and spiritual resources to the community of NW D.C.

CLADC partners with the APPA Mission Center (“APPA”) to provide a legal clinic on the second Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers arrive at 9:00 a.m. for instructions, fellowship, and prayer.

We meet at the Third Street Church of God: 1204 Third Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. The closest Metro is Howard/Shaw off the yellow/green lines, and there is free street parking.

The APPA legal aid clinic co-directors are Yodi Hailemariam and D.J. Choi. To make an appointment, please contact CLADC at (202) 710-0592 or email us at info@christianlegalaid-dc.org.

Central Union Mission

Central Union Mission New Building (taken 3-29-14)CLADC holds a legal aid clinic on the last Saturday of each month at the Central Union Mission (the “Mission”) in Northwest Washington, D.C., just a couple blocks from Union Station. This clinic is geared towards both the overnight guests and long-term residents at the Mission. Clinics generally run from 10 a.m. to 12 noon (volunteers should show up by 9:30 a.m.) with an informal volunteer lunch gathering afterward to build community. The Mission offers a variety of social assistance and spiritual transformation programs to the city’s homeless population. The Mission recently relocated to its brand new site at 65 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.

The Mission’s legal aid clinic co-directors are Sam Logan and Craig Welkener. To make an appointment, please contact CLADC at (202) 710-0592 or e-mail us at info@christianlegalaid-dc.org. (The closest Metro stop is Union Station off the red line. There is also street parking nearby.)

Southeast White House

CLADC has partnered with National Community Church and the Southeast White House to hold a clinic at 2909 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC. This clinic is held on the third Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Volunteers arrive at 9:00 a.m. for instructions, fellowship and prayer.

This legal aid clinic’s director is Roy Rabindranath. To make an appointment, please call CLADC at (202) 710-0592 or e-mail us at info@christianlegalaid-dc.org. (Note there is not a Metro stop nearby. If volunteers need a ride from a Metro station, please contact Legal Clinic Directors in advance of Legal Clinic. There is a parking lot with free parking.)

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Common FAQs about our clinics:

How do the clinics work? What can I expect?

You will typically be assigned to a team of other volunteers (at least one licensed attorney leading) who will meet with each client, listen to their story, and try to identify and help them with their legal needs. Often, our clients also need assistance with practical and administrative matters, and someone to listen to them with compassion. Our overall goal is to deliver quality legal services in the love of Christ.

Who should volunteer?

We are always in need of more attorney volunteers, but there is plenty of work for all willing to help, including paralegals, law students and others with a heart to serve the poor. We are also looking for people who can help us outside of the typical, monthly Saturday morning clinics, on such tasks as follow-up legal research, church outreach, communications, website design, event planning and fundraising. Please let us know if you have any special skills, or would be interested in volunteering.

 What experience is required?

Although helpful, no prior legal experience in poverty law is required. As you come and volunteer with us, you will learn how to serve and meet the legal and non-legal needs of our clients. If this is your first time, our more experienced attorney volunteers can guide you. We also try to remain aware of our limitations and when referring our clients to more experienced attorneys or conducting additional, follow-up research is appropriate.

How should I dress?

Dress for volunteers is business casual/casual.

What should I bring?

A laptop, a pad of paper, and a pen. Please also refer to this valuable resource, which we use often: The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Intake Guide (2015).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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