Christian Legal Aid of the District of Columbia Newsletter | Vol. 8
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Pro Deo, Pro Bono

Pro bono means "for the public good." Pro deo means "for God." Urban Dictionary, of all places, provides a longer definition for pro deo, defining it as an action generally "on behalf of other persons in need of urgent aid--such as only those who take their cause in name of God [sic] will provide. It is aid offered in most ernest [sic] faith and brotherhood, never for the least of material gain of any kind." Urban Dictionary then notes that "the phrase has fallen out of fashion--it should, perhaps, be revived."

Here at CLADC, we'd like to help revive the phrase. First Corinthians 10:31 says, "Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." So, as Christian legal aid providers, our pro bono work is commanded to be pro deo

We just applied to join the DC Consortium of Legal Services Providers, a coalition of 32 organizations dedicated to providing legal services to low-income DC residents. Despite the fact that 65 percent of DC residents still identified as being Christian as of 2014, none of the Consortium's current 32 members has a distinctly Christian mission like CLADC. We hope that our pro deo nature shines and holds strong as we grow and get more connected with our legal aid comrades. While the 32 member organizations may not root themselves in or even associate with Christianity, undoubtedly some of their employees do, and, on some level, they are all doing God's work. Pray that God uses our inclusion in the Consortium for our and the other member organizations' mutual benefit.


Rob Rose, Legal Director

Upcoming Legal Clinics

Central Union Mission - Friday
11/11, 12/9, 1/13
Time:  Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Addr.: 65 Massachusetts Ave NW 
Metro: Union Station 
Director: Reggie Watson

Third Street Church of God/APPA

Dates: 11/12, 12/10, 1/14
Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon
Addr.: 1204 3rd Street NW
Metro: Mt. Vernon Square
Director: DJ Choi

Southeast White House

Dates: 11/19, 12/17, 1/21
Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon
Addr.: 2909 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Metro: None; free street parking
Director: Emily Maloney

Central Union Mission - Saturday

Dates: 11/5, 12/3, 1/7
Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon
Addr.: 65 Massachusetts Ave NW
Metro: Union Station
Directors: Davy Trewolla, Laura Layton

*If you're an attorney who has yet to volunteer with us, please register for our Nov. 12 Volunteer Orientation to be able to do so.  It will take place from 9:45 a.m. until noon at the Central Union MIssion, 65 Massachusetts Ave NW,  Washington, DC 20001. 
Upcoming Pro Bono Trainings 

Nov. 12 - Volunteer Orientation, Christian Legal Aid of DC  
Nov. 14 - Bankruptcy: Part 1, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
Nov. 15 - Housing Conditions Pro Bono Attorney Training, Children's Law Center
Nov. 16 - Immigrant Eligibility for Public Benefits, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
Nov. 21 - Bankruptcy: Part 2, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
Nov. 30 - Caregiver Representation, Children's Law Center
Dec. 14 - Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI/SSI) and IDA, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center 
Notes, Inter Alia
  • Are you a Christian attorney? Consider joining Christian Legal Society
  • Have a heart for prisoners? A Christian legal aid clinic was just started in a correctional center located 30 miles outside of DC. Contact us for more info. 
  • Not a lawyer, but want to help CLADC? We're looking for volunteers to welcome our clients at our clinics and develop and maintain a client prayer list. 

Fall Banquet Photos

Our Fall Banquet was a blast and went according to plan, thanks in large part to the help of several wonderful volunteers. We raised all but $870 of the $25,000 that four generous donors pledged to match. The banquet netted approximately 39 percent of our budget and may allow Tim and Rob to retain their jobs (haha, just kidding) and perhaps even hire an administrative assistant. Praise be to God! If you'd still like to donate, you can do so here. Below are some photos of the event. 

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PO Box 70555
Washington, DC 20024
P: (202) 710-0592
F: (202) 380-0486

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