Pro Bono Opportunities


This page contains links to pro bono opportunities from external organizations, that may be of interest to SABA-DC members.  Send suggestions and requests to post to sabadccommunications@gmail.com.  SABA-DC is a nonpartisan organization and will not link to partisan material.


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Resource: PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES WITH LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE ELDERLY - April 25, 2017


Please consider taking a pro bono Will & Powers of Attorney case for clients capable of visiting your office.  We currently have a backlog of clients eager to have their documents completed.  LCE will provide pro bono attorneys with sample forms for wills, powers of attorney for healthcare and finance and Transfer on Death Deeds, client interview sheets, instructions, and LCE Pro Bono Project’s updated training materials.

 

 

NEW! Help Hardworking Low-Income Senior With Tax Analysis and Potential Negotiation of Liability

This client worked for the DC Superior Court from May 2005 through November 2016.  She was classified as an independent contractor.  The client filed tax returns during these years reporting her income as an independent contractor.  She currently owes a portion of the taxes due for the tax years 2010-2015, totaling $18,000, primarily related to self-employment taxes due to her classification as an independent contractor.  After she lost her job in 2016, she defaulted under the payment plan then in effect.  In June 2016 the client asked the IRS for a determination of worker status.  In July 2016 the IRS notified her that based on the documentation she provided, she was an employee for federal employment tax purposes.  The IRS advised her to file amended returns reflecting employee status, which will significantly lower her tax liability.  The client seeks advice on filing amended returns.  Is she, for instance, subject to the usual three year deadline on filing amendments?  Should she file for the years prior to 2010, the first year for which she has an open tax liability, or will she open herself to potential liability for additional taxes in the earlier years?  This senior seeks a pro bono attorney to review the letter she received from the IRS, research the possibility and consequence of amending her returns, and advise her on how to proceed. If the Forms 1040X are filed, the client would like assistance with negotiating a settlement with the IRS to cover any remaining outstanding amounts.  There are no immediate deadlines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

NEW! Litigation Opportunity: Help this Senior and her Disabled Father Recover Damages from their Landlord for Failing to Provide an ADA Accessible Unit, Housing Code Violations, and Property Loss   

Approximately two years, this senior and her handicapped father for whom she provides full-time care, moved to a different building owned by her previous landlord. Her landlord requested that she move due to redevelopment plans for her previous unit and building. The senior was willing to move her father and herself because her landlord promised that the new unit would be ADA accessible. Client’s father has dementia, very limited mobility, and was no longer able to climb the stairs to their previous apartment. The landlord further promised that it would move client’s personal property to the new unit. The new unit is not handicap accessible and does not meet DC Housing Code standards. Since her move to the new unit, this senior has experienced near constant housing code violations, including numerous sewage backups. Furthermore, the landlord threw away her furniture, personal items, clothing, and her husband’s ashes. The DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has inspected on several occasions and is working on mandating repairs by the owner. The owner is also currently under investigation by the Office of the Attorney General. This senior seeks a pro bono attorney to help her protect her rights by filing a complaint in DC Superior Court to recover damages against her landlord. LCE staff has conducted two inspections of the senior’s unit, sent a demand letter, and has a well-developed file.Attorneys from LCE’s landlord/tenant unit are available to mentor an interested pro bono attorney. There are no immediate deadlines.

 

 

Pro Bono Will for Arabic Speaking Client.  We are seeking an attorney who speaks Arabic to help a client prepare his will and Powers of Attorney documents. The client is mobile and able to visit your office.  Please contact us if you are able to assist this client.

 

 

Request a CaseTo request a matter, please email both Sheryl R. Miller at srmiller@aarp.org and Rebecca Romig at rromig@aarp.orgPlease include your DC Bar number if you have not accepted a case from us before. We closely monitor all referred matters until their closure. Periodically, our staff will contact you by email to obtain status reports on your pro bono case. We appreciate your prompt replies to status requests. If you would like to be removed from this list, add another lawyer, or update your e-mail address, please e-mail us at VLP@aarp.org.

 

Charitable Giving:  Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of Washington, DC's elderly by providing free legal services to those in need -- empowering, defending and protecting vulnerable seniors.  Help us continue to help them. To support LCE, click: http://www.aarp.org/lcedonate. Designate Legal Counsel for the Elderly under CFC #31866 and United Way #8808.  Help us help us help those in need in the District. 


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Resource: DC Court of Appeals Appellate Mediation Program


Only counseled civil, family and probate cases on appeal from the Superior Court, the Office of Administrative Hearings and D.C. administrative agencies, boards and commissions will be eligible for mediation.  Civil cases that will be excluded from the program are cases involving attorney licensing and the unauthorized practice of law, juvenile offenses, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, adoption and the guardianship of minors.


In those cases that are eligible for mediation, the appellant’s duty to order the transcript within 10 days for filing the notice of appeal will be stayed until notified by the court that the stay is lifted because the case is not appropriate for mediation or the case did not settle in mediation. 


Cases will be selected for mediation by Mediation Program staff.  Staff will review the appellate court file and may consult with counsel before deciding to schedule a case for mediation.


Participation in mediation in selected cases will be mandatory for all parties and counsel.  Counsel will be responsible for securing the participation of non-parties with settlement authority.  In appropriate cases, the Mediation Program Coordinator may excuse a party from participating in the mediation sessions in person. 


If a case is selected for mediation, staff will identify a mediator based upon the mediator’s expertise and the circumstances of the individual case.   Once staff has confirmed the mediator’s availability and the absence of any conflicts of interest, staff will issue a mediation order and send an electronic copy of the case file to the mediator. 


Counsel will be required to provide a Confidential Mediation Statement to the mediator and Mediation Program Coordinator within 15 days of the date of the order for mediation. 


The mediator will expected to conduct a pre-mediation phone call with counsel, individually or as a conference call, to discuss scheduling matters and to learn more about the nature of the dispute.  The initial mediation session should be scheduled within 30 days of the submission of the Confidential Mediation Statement and will be held at the Mediation Program offices at 510 4th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001.  The mediator will have the flexibility to schedule subsequent sessions at another location.  The length of each session will be determined by the mediator. 


Once the mediation process has concluded, the participants will be asked to complete a quality assurance survey to provide information to staff about their satisfaction with the process.  The mediator will be required to complete a Mediator Report that will describe the outcome of the mediation and alert staff to any issues that need to be followed up. 


For more information about the Mediation Program, please contact the Mediation Program Coordinator, Scottie Reid, at 202-879-9936 or areid@dcappeals.gov


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Resource: Practising Law Institute Webinar


Challenging Immigration Detention with Habeas Petitions – A Basic Overview

http://www.pli.edu/Content/Seminar/Challenging_Immigration_Detention_with_Habeas/_/N-4kZ1z10c7n?fromsearch=false&ID=311402


Topics addressed include: 

  • Nuts and bolts of filing a motion for temporary restraining order
  • Legal standard for TROs
  • Nuts and bolts for filing a petition for writ of habeas corpus
  • Common legal claims for habeas petitions      

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Resource: Dulles Justice Coalition

The Dulles Justice Coalition is a nonpartisan alliance of legal non-profits, law firms and private individuals, working to assist detainees at Dulles Airport as a result of the recent executive actions on immigration.


The Coalition has volunteer opportunities ranging from online to on the ground at Dulles, and tasks suitable for attorneys and non-attorneys ranging from greeting travelers, managing data entry, drafting talking points and press releases, to legal research. 


If you can help out, fill out the volunteer form and indicate your availability for morning, afternoon, evening, or night and preference for weekend or weekday(s) that work for you.  Please mention “SABA-DC” at the end of the form.  The Coalition will respond to you with an assignment and details.  https://www.dullesjustice.org/


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