Making Low Bono Work: Creating a Sustainable Community for Affordable Lawyers in D.C.
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HBA-DC has Co-Sponsored the D.C. Bar Court Lawyers and Administration of Justice Community “Making Low Bono Work: Creating a Sustainable Community for Affordable Lawyers in D.C.” event and invites our members to join and help promote this important discussion. HBA-DC members who want to register will receive discounted registration price of $15 instead of the regular D.C. Bar price ($20) and non-D.C. Bar member price ($25).

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
12:00 PM
Where: New DC Bar Headquarters Location!
901 4th Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20001
United States
Contact: Richard Rodriguez

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Program Description:


In 2015, the D.C. Bar co-sponsored with the Washington Council of Lawyers a year-long program series entitled “A Deeper Look into Low Bono” to explore the various models for delivering reduced fee legal services to address the unmet need of moderate income people who do not qualify for pro bono representation but cannot afford market rate attorneys’ fees.    The D.C. Lawyer and Mediator Referral Service (“D.C. Refers”) was formed in 2016 to move this discussion into action.  In February of 2017, D.C. Refers launched the District of Columbia’s first online directory of reduced fee lawyers.  At this workshop, the D.C. Bar community will describe how the online directory of reduced fee lawyers works, and its vision for creating a supported community of affordable lawyers in the District of Columbia.  The program will include Civil Justice Network, a Maryland-based program that has built and supported a community of affordable lawyers serving moderate-income clients in Maryland, and the founder of a “low bono” law firm whose entire practice is devoted to reduced fee representation of tenants.




Nancy A. Lopez, Executive Director, Washington Council of Lawyers

Joseph Mack, Executive Director, Civil Justice Inc.

Marc Borbely, Esq. D.C. Tenants’ Rights Center

Ivy Smithers, Hotline Attorney/Manager of Reduced Fee Panel, Legal Counsel for the Elderly

Andrea Ferster (moderator) D.C. Bar President (term 2013-2014)


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