Rising for Justice provides free, high-quality legal services and protects the rights of some 250,000 low-income DC residents. Each year, dozens of students from area law schools, joined by attorneys from local law firms, receive training on representing low-income clients. Attorneys conduct intake, provide client consultations, and participate in emergency hearings. For the thousands of DC residents at risk of homelessness, they are 19 times likelier to prevail if they are represented by a lawyer. This critical work is very much needed as we face the long road ahead.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 3

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students; Disabled; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Law schools at the following local universities:; American University ; Catholic University; Georgetown University; George Washington University; Howard University; University of the District of Columbia

  • Number of people we serve annually:  
    Rising for Justice provides legal assistance to more than 3,000 low-income residents each year.
  • Number of hours of volunteer legal work we record annually:  
    The 90 law students Rising for Justice trains provide over 30,000 hours of free legal help.

Awards & Recognition

Rising for Justice has been selected to be refeatured in the 15-16 Catalogue for Philanthropy.


Budget (FY2023)

  • The current budget for Rising for Justice is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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