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APPA provides monthly Christian legal aid clinics. These clinics offer legal and spiritual consultation for Washington DC’s homeless and low-income community members with legal issues. The services provide legal consultations and advices for people who lack the money, providing referral follow-up session if necessary.

The legal aid service is co-sponsored by the DC Christian Legal Aid Program of the Christian Legal Society, all consisting of Christian lawyers. The legal aid program’s office is open the second Saturday of every month with lawyers and law school students available for counseling.


According to the APPA LS, APPA has counseled over 100 cases every year.



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Greetings from APPA Legal Service Director:


Please join us this Saturday, February 14, 2015, from 9:30 – 12:00 noon for our monthly legal clinic at the APPA Mission Center, located at 319 R St NW, Washington, DC 20001-1915.
 
Attorneys, law students, and other volunteers will once again come together with the clinic’s clients to share breakfast and privately render legal advice to help clients resolve their legal and spiritual needs. We hope you can be a part; your service makes legal assistance available to clients who may have no one else to turn to.
 
If you plan to serve, please reply to this e-mail. The number of clients we invite to attend depends on the number of volunteers able to assist them. For the sake of volunteers and clients alike, we want to keep a good attorney-client ratio. For that same reason, please consider finding a replacement for yourself if you RSVP as a “yes” but must withdraw.
 
If you cannot come to this clinic, but want to participate in future clinics, please note that we generally meet the second Saturday of every month. Our next clinic is scheduled for Saturday,March 14, 2015.
 
Come and see the difference you can make.  Also, feel free to invite friends and colleagues to join us. Thank you, and may God richly bless you for being a part of this exciting ministry. 
 
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.  Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.  2 Corinthians 9:12-13
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CLADC Attorney Dong Jun ("DJ") Choi and Yodi Hailemariam, who are co-directing the clinic. DJ can be reached at dj.choi@christianlegalaid-dc.org, and Yodi can be reached at yodi.hailemariam@christianlegalaid-dc.org. 

With joy in service together, 

DJ Choi, Esq.
E-mail: dj.choi@christianlegalaid-dc.org
Website:  http://www.christianlegalaid-dc.org/


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APPA LAW CLINIC – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
Will sharing my Christian faith with willing clients violate any ethical rules?
 
No. A volunteer addressing a client's legal problems with advice that is consistent with the doctrines arising from Christian Scriptures, and/or sharing with a willing client how he/she came to believe in Jesus Christ, does not violate the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. In fact, it conforms specifically with Rule 2.1, which provides: "In representing a client, a lawyer shall exercise independent professional judgment and render candid advice. In rendering advice, a lawyer may refer not only to law but to other considerations such as moral, economic, social and political factors, that may be relevant to the client's situation."  Moreover, the Comments to Rule 2.1 state the following: "Advice couched in narrow legal terms may be of little value to a client, especially where practical considerations, such as cost or effects on other people, are predominant. Purely technical legal advice, therefore, can sometimes be inadequate. It is proper for a lawyer to refer to relevant moral and ethical considerations in giving advice. Although a lawyer is not a moral advisor as such, moral and ethical considerations impinge upon most legal questions and may decisively influence how the law will be applied."
 
How should I dress?
 
Dress for volunteers is business casual / casual.
 
What should I bring?
 
The clinic leadership will supply you with a legal guidebook to frequently addressed issues, as well as all the forms necessary to conduct client intake. If you would like to bring your own laptop to access resource online using the clinic’s wireless connection, please feel free to do so.
 
How do I get there?
 
If you are driving to the clinic, the neighborhood surrounding APPA usually has ample parking available.  If you are coming via metro, APPA is located a short walk from the Shaw-Howard University metro station (on the green/yellow line).  Leaving the metro station, take the R Street exit.  Make a left onto R Street.  Walk down R Street to 4th Street.  The APPA Mission Center is located on the corner of 4th Street and R Street.    
 
Is the clinic a safe environment?
 
We are grateful to you for volunteering. While the clinics have always been smooth and safe, we take your safety seriously. To that end, you will never be alone with a client, and we urge you to report anything that makes you uncomfortable. When parking your car, please remember that we are in an urban environment, so take normal precautions: lock your car doors, and conceal your valuables or take them inside with you.
 
What if a client wants my contact information or needs to follow up with me regarding their case?
 
Volunteers are encouraged to offer clients the CLADC business cards that are available at each clinic. These cards provide a voice mail number, (202)315-3960, and email address, info@christianlegalaid-dc.org, where clients may leave messages to be forwarded to the appropriate attorney.  Volunteers also have the option to provide clients with their personal contact information if they so choose.  
 
What about insurance?
 
All volunteers are covered by CLADC’s insurance

Law School Students:

Law School students volunteer frequently at APPA Legal Aids Service Clinic. Students studying at such colleges as Georgetown College, American University, George Washington University, Howard University, and Regent University help facilitate the consultation process and provide great help around the center.


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