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Making Low Bono Work: Creating a Sustainable Community for Affordable Lawyers in D.C.

March 13, 2018
Credit: 0 Credit Hours
**Pre-registration is now closed for this program. On-site registration is available.
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. Also featured will be the Legal Counsel for the Elderly’s reduced fee panel.
**Please check this page in case of inclement weather for program status or call the D.C. Bar at (202) 737-4700 for more information.
Pre-registration for this program is encouraged. As always, please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues. D.C. Bar membership is not required to attend.
This luncheon program is sponsored by the D.C. Bar Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice Community. Cosponsored by the Administrative Law and Agency Practice Community, the Antitrust and Consumer Law Community, the Criminal Law and Individual Rights Community, the District of Columbia Affairs Community, the Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Community, the Family Law Community, the Labor and Employment Law Community, the Law Practice Management Community, the Litigation Community, the Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Community, the Tort Law Community, the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. and the Washington Council of Lawyers. Food is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 11:30 am. Lunch and networking begin at 12:00 pm. Program content will begin at 12:15 pm.
**This program is available for both in-person attendance and live webinar participation. To access webinar registration, please click here.
Please Note: Requests for changes to registration from in-person attendance to webcast must be made by 10:00 am the day of the event.
  • Marc Borbely, Esq., D.C. Tenants’ Rights Center
  • Katie Dilks, Associate Director, Public Interest Programs & New Initiatives, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Joseph Mack, Executive Director, Civil Justice Inc 
  • Ivy Smithers, Hotline Attorney/Manager of Reduced Fee Panel, Legal Counsel for the Elderly
  • Andrea Ferster (Moderator)
In-Person Fees: $0 Sponsoring/Cosponsoring Community Member; $10 Law Student; $15 Government/NonProfit; $15 Cosponsoring Organizations; $20 D.C. Bar Member; $25 Non-Member
Please select Individual Registration to register.  

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Joseph Mack,

Katie Dilks,

Marc Borbely,

Andrea Ferster,

Ivy Smithers, Legal Counsel for the Elderly