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  • Atlanta Bar Association
    • 229 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 400 Atlanta, GA 30303
    • T (404) 521-0781
    • F (404) 522-0269
    • Contact: Terri Beck Bryant (Executive Director)
    • Provides the option of legal representation. Assistance is provided in the fields of bankruptcy, intellectual property, taxes, and real estate, among others.
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society
    • 54 Ellis Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303
    • T (404) 524-5811
    • Contact: Steven Gottlieb (Executive Director)
    • Represents Atlanta's poor in civil legal cases. This service focuses on the essentials – a safe home, enough food to eat, a decent education, protection against fraud, and personal safety.
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Inc. (AVLF)
    • 235 Peachtree Street NE Suite 1750 Atlanta, GA 30303
    • T (404) 521-0790
    • F (404) 521-3434
    • Contact: Martin L. Ellin (Executive Director)
    • Provides civil legal representation to low-income Georgians, primarily through the use of volunteer lawyers. Services include the Saturday Lawyers Program, which handles civil legal matters pertaining to automobile, consumer, contracts, and insurance issues, as well as landlord-tenant conditions, student loans, and wage claims.
  • Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
    • King Plow Arts Center Suite J-101 887 W. Marietta Street NW Atlanta, GA 30318
    • E gla@glarts.org
    • T (404) 873-3911
    • F (404) 873-4004
    • Contact: Anda Lopazan (Director for Volunteer Services)
    • Offers advice on rights and general legal issues, such as contracts, pending claims, and ongoing infringements. They also do pro bono work based on household income, as well as host a free legal clinic every month for members.
  • Georgia Legal Service Program
    • 104 Marietta Street NW Suite 250 Atlanta, GA 30303
    • T (404) 206-5175
    • F (404) 463-1623
    • Contact: Phyllis J. Holmen (Executive Director), Michael L. Monahan (Pro Bono Director) – (404) 527-8762
    • Focuses on legal matters that concern family law, domestic violence, housing, public benefits, consumer, healthcare, education, and employment.
  • State Bar of Georgia
    • 104 Marietta Street NW, Suite 100 Atlanta, Georgia 30303
    • T (404) 527-8700
    • F (404) 527-8717
    • Contact: Dee Dee Worley (Assistant Director of CLE)
    • Provides consumer legal information, including information about the attorney grievance process, and offers public assistance through their fee arbitration program or clients’ security fund.


  • Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston
    • 15 Channel Center Street, Suite 103 Boston, MA 02210
    • T (617) 350-7600
    • F (888) 412-7610
    • Contact: Emily Abramovich (Program Manager) x7014
    • Establishes a vital connection between Boston’s dynamic business and legal communities and their lively arts and cultural communities.
  • Boston Bar Association
    • 16 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108
    • T (617) 742-0615
    • F (617) 523-0127
    • Gives referrals of pre-screened attorneys, suggested through their Lawyer Referral Program, based on the legal issues and geographic and language preferences. Issues that qualify for representation may include injuries, employment, landlord-tenant conflicts, child support and custody, as well as many others.
  • Greater Boston Legal Services
    • 197 Friend Street Boston, MA 02114
    • T (617) 371-1234
    • Contact: Jacquelynne J. Bowman (Executive Director)
    • Presents free civil legal assistance to the low-income people of Boston and thirty-one additional cities and towns. Aid ranges from legal advice to full case representation, depending on client need.
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • 20 West Street Boston, MA 02111-1204
    • T (617) 338-0500
    • Lawyer Referral Line: (617) 654-0400
    • Helps find an attorney or legal resource to meet the public’s need with the MBA’s Lawyer Referral Service. Cases that are handled include eviction defense, divorce, custody, Social Security, and other government benefit matters.
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts, Inc.
    • 249 A Street, Studio 14 Boston, MA 02110
    • T (617) 350-7600
    • F (617) 350-7610
    • Contact: Jim Grace (Executive Director) 
    • Offers legal services as well as educational opportunities for artists, arts organizations and attorneys. Legal services partly consist of their Legal Referral Program that assists with legal issues including contracts, copyright and trademark, First Amendment, tax and non-profit, estate planning, landlord tenant, non-profit incorporation and employment, among others.
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association
    • Volunteer Lawyers Project 99 Chauncy Street, Suite 400 Boston, MA 02111
    • E info@vlpnet.org
    • T (617) 423-0648
    • F (617) 423-0061
    • Legal Hotline: (617) 603-1700
    • A legal aid program that provides assistance in civil matters, to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through their pro bono services offered by private attorneys.


  • Arts and Business Council of Chicago
    • 444 N Wabash Ave, Suite 500 Chicago, IL 60611
    • T (312) 372-1876
    • F (312) 372-1102
    • Contact: Andrew Micheli (Executive Director) x101
    • Supports hundreds of non-profit art groups by strengthening the management of their organizations through educational programs and business services, and by helping them build dynamic partnerships with the for-profit sector.
  • Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc.
    • 2938 East 91st Street Chicago, IL 60617
    • T (773) 731-1762
    • F (773) 731-4264
    • Contact: Edward Grossman (Executive Director)
    • Assistance is provided for immigrants and refugees, disabled people who have been denied social security benefits, abused women, tenants facing unlawful eviction and others who can not find or afford legal representation. Services offered include direct legal services, pro bono, and community education.
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • 321 South Plymouth Court Chicago, IL 60604
    • E info@chicagobar.org
    • T (312) 554-2000
    • F (312) 554-2054
    • Promotes general legal information to the public via the telephone, online, and in print. Also offered are a variety of legal service programs, such as attorney fee dispute assistance, call-a-lawyer, in-court lawyer referral program, and “Law Week.”
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
    • 33 North Dearborn Street, Suite 400 Chicago, Illinois 60602
    • T (312) 332-1624
    • F (312) 332-1460
    • Contact: Margaret Benson (Executive Director)
    • Arbitrates legal issues pertaining to family, consumer, probate, tort, government benefits, immigration, and miscellaneous cases. In addition, monthly neighborhood clinics are held to provide further assistance.
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • 20 South Clark Street, Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60603-1802
    • T (312) 726-8775
    • Lawyer Referral Line: (312) 554-2001
    • Offers legal information about a number of issues including but not limited to family, health, employment, and homes and estates, via the Internet. Referrals are also provided to lawyers within the state, through their Lawyer Referral System, which can be operated by telephone or online.
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts
    • 213 West Institute Place, Suite 403 Chicago, IL 60610
    • T (312) 649-4111
    • F (312) 944-2195
    • Contact: Marci Rolnik Walker (Legal Director)
    • Extends pro bono legal assistance to clients in all areas of art, culture, media, and entertainment. Advice is also given to clients that face legal issues such as: corporate and general business matters; copyright, trademark, and patents; rights clearance and fair use; contract drafting, review, and negotiation; dispute resolution and litigation; nonprofit formation and tax exemption; and rights of privacy and publicity.
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
    • 120 S. LaSalle Street Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60603
    • T (312) 341-1070
    • F (312) 341-1041
    • Contact: Diana C. White (Executive Director)
    • Provides legal assistance to low-income residents of Cook County in Civil issues only. Cases can include family problems, domestic violence, housing, home ownership, public benefits, migrant worker problems, immigration, crime victims, consumer issues and employment problems.


  • Colorado Attorneys for the Arts
    • 789 Sherman Street, Suite 280 Denver, CO 80203
    • E main@cbca.org
    • T (720) 428-6720
    • F (303) 778-0203
    • Contact: Rene Haynes (Acting Executive Director)
    • Serves as a liaison between artists and arts organizations that are members of CoLA, and their network of volunteer attorneys. Legal services include counseling, negotiation, and litigation assistance.
  • Colorado State Bar Association
    • 1900 Grant Street, 9th Floor Denver, CO 80203
    • T (303) 860-1115
    • F (303) 894-0821
    • Executive Director: Patrick Flaherty
    • Provides free legal information, legal clinics, a lawyer referral system, as well as other educational resources.
  • Denver Bar Association
    • 1900 Grant Street Denver, CO 80203
    • T (303) 860-1115
    • F (303) 894-0821
    • Contact: Patrick Flaherty (Executive Director)
    • Offers complimentary services through legal clinics and their lawyer referral system, as well as general legal information. In addition, educational resources are made available.
  • The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado
    • 1900 Grant Street, Suite 1112 Denver, CO 80203
    • T (303) 863-9544
    • F (303) 863-7226
    • Contact: Dianna Poole (Executive Director)
    • Assistance is presented to low-income individuals and families in securing or maintaining access to health care or disability benefits, saving homes from foreclosure, obtaining child support orders, restoring family stability, as well as other issues.
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers
    • 1905 Sherman Street, Suite 400 Denver, CO 80203
    • T (303) 837-1313
    • Contact: Philip H. Lietaer (Executive Director)
    • Recommends civil cases to volunteer and/or low-fee lawyers regarding specifically adoption, bankruptcy, conservatorships, consumer debt, domestic/family law, estate planning, guardianships, immigration, landlord/tenant, persons with HIV/AIDS, probate, real estate, and tax and tort defense.


  • California Lawyers for the Arts (Southern California)
    • 1641 18th Street Santa Monica, CA 90404
    • E losangeles@calawyersforthearts.org
    • T (310) 998-5590
    • F (310) 998-5594
    • Contact: Alice Reeb (Associate Director)
    • Provides assistance through Legal Referral Service, which handles all arts related issues. This includes legal matters concerning copyright, contract drafting, review and negotiation, nonprofit organization issues, landlord/tenant, organizational tax (not individual), employee/independent contractor, and mediation and arbitration.
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
    • 1102 Crenshaw Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90019
    • T (323) 801-7991
    • F (323) 801-7945
    • Legal Line: (800) 399-4529
    • Provides low-income people with access to justice to combat discrimination and effect systemic change, through representation, advocacy, and community education.
  • Legal Aid Society of Orange County & Community Legal Services of Southeast Los Angeles County
    • 2101 North Tustin Avenue Santa Ana, CA 92705
    • T (714) 571-5200
    • Legal Line: (800) 834-5001
    • Assists all of Orange County and many cities in southeast Los Angeles County, by offering free civil legal services to low-income persons and seniors. Services include a Hotline intake system, self-help clinics, workshops, on-line court forms, and in-depth legal services ranging from preparation of legal documents to legal representation.
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • 1055 W. Seventh Street, Suite 2700 Los Angeles, CA 90017-2577
    • E msd@lacba.org
    • T (213) 627-2727
    • F (213) 833-6717
    • Client Referral Line: (213) 243-1525
    • Contact: Sally Suchil (Chief Executive Officer)
    • Presents a number of public service programs which provide legal or law-related services, for a modest fee (in some cases, for free). This includes their lawyer referral and information service, mediation and arbitration service, as well as assistance in matters relating to family law, homelessness, domestic violence, mental health, and immigration.
  • Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
    • 1102 East Chevy Chase Drive Glendale, CA 91205
    • E legal@nls-la.org
    • T (818) 291-1760
    • Legal Line: (800) 433-6251
    • Contact: Neal S. Dudovitz (Executive Director)
    • Promotes free legal services to low-income residents regarding family law, housing law, employment law, and consumer protection. In addition, they endorse the development of self-help skills and other tools via the Internet.
  • Public Counsel
    • 610 South Ardmore Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90005
    • T (213) 385-2977
    • F (213) 385-9089
    • Delivers free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of society, including abused and abandoned children, homeless families and veterans, senior citizens, victims of consumer fraud, and nonprofit organizations serving low-income communities.
  • State Bar of California
    • 180 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94105
    • E feedback@calbar.ca.gov
    • T (415) 538-2000
    • Lawyer Referral Services Directory: (415) 538-2250
    • Offers multiple assistance programs, such as Mandatory Fee Arbitration, Legalist Specialist Search, Client Security Fund, and California Courts Self Help Center. In addition, a list of certified lawyer referral services can be obtained via their website.


  • Central Minnesota Legal Services
    • 430 First Ave. North Suite 359 Minneapolis, MN 55401-1780
    • T (612) 332-8151
    • F (612) 334-3402
    • Intake Line: (612) 334-5970
    • Provides civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Central Minnesota. Services are offered in legal matters involving housing, government benefits, family law, consumer law and employment law.
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390 Minneapolis, MN 55402
    • T (612) 752-6600
    • F (612) 752-6601
    • Contact: Duane Stanley (Executive Director) (612) 752-6610
    • Referral Line: (612) 752-6666
    • Refers individuals with legal conflicts to experienced private attorneys, through their Lawyer Referral and Information Service.
  • Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis
    • 430 1st Avenue North, Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55401-1780
    • T (612) 332-1441
    • F (612) 334-5755
    • Intake Line: (612) 334-5970
    • Provides civil legal services to low-income and elderly people in 20 central Minnesota counties. Main issues that are encountered relate to immigration, housing, employment, government benefits, senior’s issues, utilities, family law, and consumer law.
  • Management Assistance Program for Nonprofit
    • 2314 University Avenue West, Suite 28 St Paul, MN 55114-1863
    • E info@mapfornonprofits.org
    • T (651) 647-1216
    • Contact: Judith Alnes (Executive Director)
    • Offers accessible and affordable management and board recruitment services to many nonprofit organizations each year. Among the legal services offered are the legal hot line, legal counsel, and incorporation.
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380 Minneapolis, MN 55402
    • T (612) 333-1183
    • Provides referrals to lawyers, a list of specialists that are board certified, as well as information about legal aid via the Internet.
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services Administrative Office
    • 1000 Alliance Bank Center 55 E. 5th St. St. Paul, MN 55101
    • T (651) 228-9823
    • F (651) 228-9450
    • Intake Line: (888) 575-2954
    • Delivers legal services to low-income individuals and eligible client groups in civil matters, such as government programs, landlord/tenant or housing, family law, homeless matters, and consumer issues.
  • Springboard for the Arts Resources and Counseling for the Arts
    • 308 Prince Street, Suite 270 St. Paul, MN 55101
    • E info@springboardforthearts.org
    • T (651) 292-4381
    • F (651) 292-4315
    • Offers many services for artists, including but not limited to individual consultation, Artist Loan Fund (ALF), Emergency Relief Fund (ERF), contracts and legal templates, attorney referrals, and workshops.
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
    • 600 Nicollet Mall Suite 390A Minneapolis, MN 55402
    • T (612) 752-6677
    • F (612) 752-6656
    • Matches low-income clients with volunteer attorneys for free civil legal services, which range from advice to full representation.


  • Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
    • 200 S. Broad Street, Suite 700 Philadelphia, PA 19102
    • E info@artsandbusinessphila.org
    • T (215) 790-3620
    • F (215) 790-3729
    • Contact: Eileen Cunniffe (Director of Governance + Consulting Services)
    • Fosters development between the cultural community and economic development of the Greater Philadelphia Region by strengthening the partnership among the two.
  • Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
    • 1424 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19102-2505
    • T (215) 981-3700
    • Contact: Deborah L. Freedman (Executive Director)
    • Handles civil cases only, regarding bankruptcy, credit card debt, employment, foreclosure, landlord-tenant, loans and collections, medical assistance, mortgages, unemployment compensation, and welfare.
  • Penn Legal Assistance Program, University of Pennsylvania Law School
    • 3501 Sansom St. Philadelphia, PA 19104-6204
    • E clinic@law.upenn.edu
    • T (215) 898-7483
    • F (215) 573-6783
    • Contact: Ann Stock (Client Coordinator)
    • Serves various legal needs of the community, through The Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies. Assistance can be provided by their civil practice clinic, entrepreneurship legal clinic, mediation clinic, legislative clinic, or transnational clinic.
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • 100 South Street Harrisburg, PA 17101
    • E info@pabar.org
    • T (800) 932-0311
    • Provides information and resources specifically for the public, including an online lawyers directory, pro bono service, and law-related educational material.
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
    • 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107
    • T (215) 238-6300
    • F (215) 238-1159
    • Offers a variety of services, including attorney referrals, outreach programs, resources for resolving lawyer-client fee disputes, a directory of public interest law agencies, and Supreme Court opinions of interest to the public.
  • Philadelphia Legal Assistance
    • 718 Arch Street, Suite 300N Philadelphia, PA 19106
    • T (215) 981-3800
    • F (215) 981-3860
    • Contact: Anita Santos-Singh (Executive Director)
    • Provides assistance in legal matters pertaining to welfare, medical assistance, unemployment compensation, mortgage foreclosures, bankruptcy, consumer issues, divorce, support, custody, and domestic abuse.
  • Philadelphia VIP
    • 1500 Walnut St. Suite 400 Philadelphia, PA 19102
    • E phillyvip@phillyvip.org
    • T (215) 523-9550
    • Contact: Christina J. Rodriguez (Program Assistant)
    • Offers legal assistance to low-income residents and families facing civil legal problems that threaten their basic human needs: shelter, employment, financial stability, education, and health. In addition, issues may relate to child support or custody, disability, probate, tangled title, consumer debt, litigation defense, adoption/guardianship, name change, and immigration issues.
  • Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
    • 200 S. Broad Street, Suite 700 Philadelphia, PA 19102
    • T (215) 790-3822 or (215) 790-3836 x1
    • Contact: Miriam Dechant, Esq. (Director of Legal Services) (215) 790-3822
    • Presents legal advice mainly through their Legal Line, Art Fax, or Full Service benefits. The Full Service option is for those that require greater legal aid than what is offered by either Legal Line or Art Fax.
  • Temple Legal Aid
    • 1719 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19122
    • T (215) 204-1800
    • F (215) 204-5521
    • Contact: Mary Beth Wilson (Program Coordinator)
    • T (215) 204-1857
    • Offers free legal representation to qualifying, low-income Philadelphia residents in civil law matters. This includes issues related to family law, health law, life-planning, employment discrimination, and public benefits.


  • The Bar Association of San Francisco
    • 301 Battery Street, Third Floor San Francisco, California 94111
    • T (415) 982-1600
    • F (415) 477-2388
    • Lawyer Referral Line: (415) 989-1616
    • Provides a lawyer referral and information service. In addition, the Bar hosts the Community Organization Representation Project—a pro bono program dedicated to meeting the needs of low-income people in San Francisco and the Bay Area, through legal services and educational workshops.
  • Bay Area Legal Aid Administrative Office
    • 1735 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA 94612
    • T (510) 663-4755
    • Legal Assistance Line: (800-551-5554)
    • Represents low-income people facing legal matters regarding housing, domestic violence, public benefits, health care access, and other civil legal problems.
  • California Lawyers for the Arts (San Francisco)
    • Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard Building C, Room 265
    • San Francisco, CA 94123
    • E LRIS@calawyersforthearts.org
    • T (415) 775-7200
    • F (415) 775-1143
    • Contact: Elisa Della-Piana, Esq. (Legal Director)
    • Operates as a lawyer referral service that handles all arts related issues, including but not limited to: copyright, contract drafting, review and negotiation, nonprofit organization issues, landlord/tenant, organizational tax (not individual), employee/independent contractor, and mediation and arbitration.
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
    • 131 Steuart Street, Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94105
    • E info@lccr.com
    • T (415) 543-9444
    • F (415) 543-0296
    • Contact: Oren Sellstram, Esq. (Legal Director)
    • Protects those that have been victims of discrimination based on race, poverty, and immigration status, with legal services and pro bono attorneys.
  • The Legal Aid Society- Employment Law Center
    • 180 Montgomery St. Suite 600 San Francisco, CA 94107
    • E info@las-elc.org
    • T (415) 864-8848
    • F (415) 593-0096
    • Advances the workplace rights of low-income and minority workers by litigation, direct services, and legislative advocacy. In addition, they host five programs that can offer further assistance: the Community Legal Services Program; The Racial Equity Program; The Gender Equity Program; The National Origin, Immigration, and Language Rights Program; and The Disability Rights Program.
  • State Bar of California
    • 180 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94105
    • T (415)538-2000
    • Lawyer Referral Services Directory: (415) 538-2250
    • Offers multiple assistance programs, such as Mandatory Fee Arbitration, Legalist Specialist Search, Client Security Fund, and California Courts Self Help Center. In addition, a list of certified lawyer referral services can be obtained via their website.


  • Columbia Legal Services
    • 101 Yesler Way, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104
    • T (206) 464-5911
    • (800) 542-0794
    • A nonprofit law firm that offers accessible and affordable assistance to low-income people. Issues qualified for representation vary, but examples include: low wage workers seeking payment, low-wage workers and health issues, Food Stamp recipients, people subject to predatory lending practices, and victims of deficient public defense system.
  • King County Bar Association
    • 1200 5th Avenue, Suite 700 Seattle, WA 98101
    • T (206) 267-7100
    • F (206) 267-7099
    • Lawyer Referral Service: (206) 267-7010
    • Promotes opportunities for legal justice through The Housing Justice Project, The Family Law Mentor Program, neighborhood legal clinics, and additional volunteer legal services.
  • Seattle Community Law Center
    • 1404 E. Yesler Way, Suite 203 Seattle, WA 98122
    • E info@seattlecommlaw.org
    • T (206) 686-7252
    • F (206) 903-0675
    • Contact: Alexandria K.F. Doolittle (Executive Director)
    • Delivers legal assistance and representation to people of limited means facing legal matters that threaten their stability, safety, and health. In addition, there are three existing projects that further benefit the community: the Social Security Advocacy Project, The Access Law Project, and The Community Law Advocate Worker (LAW) Project.
  • Wayfind
    • P.O. Box 2134 Seattle, WA 98111-2134
    • E contact@wayfindlegal.org
    • T (866) 288-9695
    • Contact: Jodi Nishioka (Executive Director)
    • Endorses community development and organizational capacity-building through free legal assistance on business-related matters. Refers eligible organizations to volunteer attorneys who can help with matters ranging from maintenance of tax-exempt status to complex business contracts and transactions.
  • Washington Lawyers for the Arts
    • PO Box 61308 Seattle, WA 98141-6308
    • E info@thewla.org
    • T (206) 328-7053
    • Contact: Julia Rome (Administrative Director)
    • Offers affordable legal programs to the cultural community, consisting primarily of the Arts Legal Clinic, Speakers Bureau, and Brown Bag Seminars. Issues that may be addressed include intellectual property, tax, corporate law, arts law, and entertainment law.
  • Washington State Bar Association
    • 1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600 Seattle, WA 98101-2539
    • E questions@wsba.org
    • T (206) 443-9722
    • F (206) 727-8316
    • Intake Line: (888) 201-1014
    • Assists in finding a lawyer via the telephone or the Internet. In addition, legal information is provided online regarding issues such as fee arbitration, mediation, filing a complaint against a lawyer, as well as general information about the Washington courts.


  • American University Civil Advocacy Clinic
    • 4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016
    • T (202) 274-4140
    • F (202) 274-0659
    • Contact: Jaron Bass (Program Coordinator)
    • Provides opportunities for student attorneys to represent low-income clients in legal matters that may pertain to consumer protection, employment, family law, health, housing, public benefits, and bankruptcy.
  • Bread for the City
    • 1525 Seventh Street, NW Washington, DC 20001
    • T (202) 265-2400
    • F (202) 518-0545
    • Contact: Su Sie Ju, Esq., (Legal Clinic Director)
    • Focuses on legal issues that may relate to family law, landlord-tenant cases, social security benefits, public benefits, and bankruptcy.
  • Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington
    • 923 F St. NW #303 Washington, DC 20004
    • E staff@cultural-alliance.org
    • T 202.393.2161
    • Contact: Eileen Rappoport (Vice President) x24
    • Fosters the advancement of the arts and cultural community by providing necessary resources that encourage professional development through marketing and other services.
  • The District of Columbia Bar
    • 1101 K St. NW Suite 200 Washington DC 20005-4210
    • E probono@dcbar.org
    • T (202) 737-4700
    • Offers an advice and referral clinic to individuals facing civil legal problems that may include issues concerning employment, health, housing, and public benefits. In addition, other services are provided for further assistance, such as the Landlord Tenant Resource Center, free Child Custody Clinic, Community Economic Development Project, and a Legal Information Help Line.
  • Howard University Law School, Clinical Law Center
    • 2900 Van Ness Street, NW Washington DC 20008
    • T (202) 806-8082
    • F (202) 806-8436
    • Contact: Tamara Meekins (Clinic Director)
    • Houses an assortment of programs, such as the Civil Rights Clinic, the Alternate Dispute Resolution Clinic, the Criminal Justice Clinic, the Fair Housing Clinic, and the Equal Justice Program—all of which provide legal guidance.
  • Legal Aid Society of District of Columbia
    • 1331 H Street, NW Suite 350 Washington, DC 20005
    • T (202) 628-1161
    • F (202) 727-2132
    • Contact: Jodi Feldman (Supervising Attorney)
    • Gives priority to legal cases regarding evictions and homelessness, affordable housing, access to health care, public benefits, and child support and custody arrangements.
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Program
    • Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center
    • 680 Rhode Island Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002
    • T (202) 832-6577
    • F (202) 832-1984
    • Includes services such as advice and counsel for civil cases, brief service, representation in judicial and/or administrative hearings, educational and outreach programs, as well as, referrals to private attorneys and other services.
  • University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
    • Building 52
    • 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008
    • T (202) 274-7400
    • F (202) 274-5583
    • Contact: Jordana Arias (Clinic Paralegal)
    • Provides legal assistance to the residents of the District of Columbia who could not otherwise afford representation. In addition, they offer further aid through seven clinics: Community Development, Government Accountability, HIVS/AIDS, Housing and Consumer, Juvenile and Special Ed, Legislation, and Low-income Tax.
  • Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA)
    • 1300 I St NW Suite 400E Washington, DC 20005
    • E legalservices@thewala.org
    • T (202) 289-4440
    • Contact: John C. Good (Executive Director)
    • Presents legal services and support to the Washington arts community through education programs, legal clinics, legal referrals, and pro bono work.


  • Arts and Business Council of New York
    • One East 53rd Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10022
    • T (212) 279-5910
    • F (212) 279-5915
    • Contact: Emma Osore (Program Coordinator)
    • Serves both the arts and the business communities of New York, with programs in volunteerism, professional development, leadership development, and economic impact.
  • Bronx County Bar Association
    • New York State Supreme Court Building
    • 851 Grand Concourse, Room 124 Bronx, New York 10451
    • E info@bronxbar.com
    • T (718) 293-2227
    • Offers a Legal Referral Service that refers private attorneys only, for a small fee, for a free 30-minute consultation.
  • The Brooklyn Bar Association
    • 123 Remsen Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
    • T (718) 624-0675
    • F (718) 797-1713
    • Legal Referral Service: (718) 624-0843
    • Provides a Lawyer Referral Service that refers individuals to attorneys in any of the five boroughs of New York, as well as some neighboring counties. In addition, it houses the Volunteer Lawyers Project that may prove to be of further legal assistance.
  • City Bar Association of NY
    • 42 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036
    • T (212) 382-6600
    • Legal Hotline: (212) 626-7383
    • Legal Referral Services: (212) 626-7373
    • Contact: Lynn M Kelly (Executive Director)
    • Pro bono / Legal Services
      • T (212) 382-6678
      • F (212) 221-5318
    • Assists the public in legal matters by providing advice, representation, and a telephone hotline, as well as educational material.
  • Legal Services NYC
    • 40 Worth St. Suite 606 New York, NY 10013
    • T and F: (646) 442-3600
    • Serves low-income people throughout New York City in civil legal matters. This includes advice or referral information, representation in courts and administrative tribunals, assistance with community-based economic development, and legal education through community workshops, help-lines, and written materials.
  • New York County Lawyers’ Association
    • 14 Vesey Street New York, NY 10007
    • T 212-267-6646
    • F 212-406-9252
    • Legal Referral Service: (212) 626-7373
    • Delivers legal assistance through their Legal Referral Service where a trained paralegal or lawyer consults with the client and provides further assistance, either by giving basic information or recommending a free legal service or agency, depending on the issue.
  • New York State Bar Association
    • 1 Elk Street Albany, NY 12207
    • T (518) 463-3200
    • F (518) 463-5993
    • Offers a variety of services to the community, including but not limited to, the Lawyer Referral and Information Service, free legal assistance, and court interpreters.
  • Queens County Bar Association
    • 90-35 148th Street Jamaica, New York 11435
    • T (718) 291-4500
    • F (718) 657-1789
    • Legal Line: (718) 739-4100
    • Sponsors the Queens Volunteer Lawyers Project—a not-for-profit legal assistance program that provides attorneys on a pro bono basis, to the low-income residents of Queens County. Assistance is provided for issues regarding housing, family law, foreclosures, and bankruptcy and consumer problems.
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
    • 1 East 53rd Street New York, NY 10022
    • T (212) 319-2787 ext. 1
    • F (212) 752-6575
    • Provides accessible and affordable legal assistance for artists and arts organizations statewide. In addition, they research and compile data on legal issues affecting the arts community.