D.C. Access to Justice Commission

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Welcome to the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission

We invite you to click on the accompanying links to learn more about the Commission. Our initiatives seek to ensure that the words "Equal Justice Under Law" are a reality for all District residents who enter the civil justice system.

Please note that the Commission does not provide legal services or referrals. For information about legal services providers in the District of Columbia, please visit: www.LawHelp.org/DC.

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Public Funding for Civil Legal Services

Civil legal services play a vital role in ensuring that low-income District residents receive assistance with critical legal issues. The need for these services has increased due to the recession, rising unemployment, and loss of affordable housing. Read more...
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SAILS (Senior Attorney Initiative for Legal Services) Project

The Commission and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, together with eleven leading District law firms, launched the SAILS Project, which seeks to harness the experience and talent of senior law firm attorneys to assist thinly stretched legal services organizations. Read more...
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Raising the Bar in D.C.

To address the serious shortage of funding for legal services, the Commission joined with eight leading law firms in December 2010 to launch the Raising the Bar in D.C.: A Funding Campaign for Legal Services. Read more...

Get Involved

The Commission is grateful to have many partners across the D.C. legal community who share a commitment to helping those most in need. You too can play an important part in making equal access to justice a reality…


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