DC Bar Pro Bono Center: Landlord/Tenant Practice in the District of Columbia Part 1

  • Training (non-CLE)
  • Housing

Training Fee: $25
    Shockingly, more than 90% of the tenant defendants in D.C.’s Landlord/Tenant Court routinely appear in court without counsel.  Evictions lead to homelessness.  With such high stakes, legal representation in landlord/tenant matters can make a huge difference in the lives of individuals and families.

    These training sessions are designed to equip attorneys who have had little or no experience in landlord/tenant matters to competently and comfortably handle these matters for pro bono clients. The training will focus primarily on proceedings in the District of Columbia involving indigent or low income families.

    The Landlord/Tenant training will cover:

        Overview of Landlord/Tenant Court
        Overview of Substantive Landlord and Tenant Law
        Complaints, Pleadings and Pre-trial Procedures
        Eviction Procedures
        Public and Subsidized Housing Issues
        Rent Control

    Important Information:

        No particular expertise is required to participate
        This training is appropriate for attorneys, attorney/paralegal teams, and law students doing clinical work
        This training is held over the course of two evening sessions. Participants are required to attend both sessions. The first part will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, and the second part will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

    PLEASE NOTE: Training participants must agree to accept 2 pro bono referrals from one of the sponsoring organizations. This training requirement is waived for attorneys whose firms participate in either the Advocacy & Justice Clinic or the Housing Right to Counsel Program, as well as employees of legal aid providers.

    Sponsors: Bread for the City; Catholic Charities Legal Network; D.C. Law Students in Court; Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia; Legal Counsel for the Elderly
    Co-Sponsors: D.C. Affairs Community, Litigation Community; Real Estate, Housing, and Land Use Community; Public Interest and Courts Community

    If you have any questions, please contact Alison Percich, Training and Volunteer Specialist, at probonotraining@dcbar.org.