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D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Training: The Impact of COVID-19 on Landlord Tenant Practice in the District of Columbia Webinar

Date(s):
November 5, 2020
Description:
 
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.
 
This training will feature a pre-recorded training on Landlord Tenant Practice in D.C. and a live webinar to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on landlord tenant matters. It is 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 Impact of COVID-19 on Landlord Tenant Practice 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
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Housing Matters
 
Format of the Training:
This training will incorporate pre-recorded training videos and a live webinar:
 
  • Prior to the webinar, registrants will receive a pre-recorded training series totaling five hours as well as a substantive training manual. The videos are the core of the training and are available to do at your own pace It is highly recommended that registrants view these videos in their entirety prior to the webinar.
  • On Thursday, November 5, there will be a live webinar to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on landlord tenant practice in the district. Trainees will have the opportunity to ask questions.
  • Following the training, trainees will contact a sponsoring legal services provider to fulfill their pro bono requirement.
 
Important Information:
  • No particular expertise is required to participate
  • This training is appropriate for attorneys, attorney/paralegal teams, and law students doing clinical work
  • Attendees are required to view the entire pre-recorded training series and participate in the live webinar. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: Training participants must agree to accept 2 pro bono referrals from a sponsoring organizations. This training requirement is waived for attorneys whose firms participate in either the Advocacy & Justice Clinic or the Housing Right to Counsel Project, as well as employees of legal aid providers.
 
Sponsors: Bread for the City; Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia; Rising for Justice

Co-Sponsors: D.C. Affairs Community, Litigation Community; Real Estate, Housing, and Land Use Community; Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington
 
If you have any questions, please contact Alison Percich, Training and Volunteer Specialist, at probonotraining@dcbar.org.

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