Last year, over 850 petitions were filed by consumers in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia. A significant portion of those were pro se petitions filed by low-income and working-poor individuals... the very ones who could most benefit from counsel.

The Bankruptcy Practice Area of guides and supports volunteer attorneys to represent low-income and working-poor individuals from their initial interviews through to their final discharges; including preparation of their Chapter 7 petitions, defense or preparation of any adversarial matters, preparation and attendance at the 341 Meeting of Creditors, and post-discharge counseling.

Join us!

Just click "Join this Area" on the left tool bar and complete the registration form. You should be admitted within 24 hours.


The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is proud to announce that its Bankruptcy Training for Volunteer Attorneys is now available in the library under training materials. This training was filmed in January 2020 and focuses on the basic skills used to interview a prospective client, prepare bankruptcy schedules, and represent a debtor through a Chapter 7 proceeding.

What's in the Library?

  • Training Manuals
  • Model Pleadings
  • Forms for Voluntary Petition
  • U.S. Code - Title 11
  • Local Rules
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Important Links