DC Refers connects qualified lawyers with potential modest-means clients who are seeking reduced fee legal services in the District of Columbia.
DC Refers was created to increase access to justice for persons of modest means in the District of Columbia. Many people in the District of Columbia earn too much to qualify for free legal services from a pro bono lawyer or nonprofit legal aid provider, but do not earn enough to afford to pay the amount that most lawyers charge for legal services. People whose incomes fall between 200-400% of the federal poverty guidelines often have no good options for obtaining legal assistance. We seek to fill that justice gap.
DC Refers is a project of Responsive Law, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that works to make the legal system more affordable, accessible and accountable.
Board of Directors
Meet the members of our all-volunteer Board of Directors.
Susan D. Bennett
Director of the Community and Economic Development Law Clinic and Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
Legal Tech Consultant
Rhonda Cunningham Holmes
Executive Director, Legal Counsel for the Elderly
Director of Programs, Tulsa Community WorkAdvance/Madison Strategies Group
Executive Director, D.C. Access to Justice Commission
Law Office of Andrea Ferster; Past President, D.C. Bar
Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Director, Open Law Library
Director of Public Service Initiatives, NALP
Mediator, Superior Court Multi-Door Program, Former Supervisory Attorney, Legal Counsel for the Elderly (Hotline, Reduced Fee Panel), Former Clerk, D.C. Court of Appeals, Retired U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate
Christina Steinbrecker Jack
Director of Caselaw and Data Operations, Fastcase
Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
Managing Attorney, Amara Legal Center
ADR Training Director, Multidoor Dispute Resolution Division, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Bridget Bailey Lipscomb
Executive Director, Washington Council of Lawyers
Senior Assistant for Appeals, D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel
Member of the ABA House of Delegates, former President, Women's Bar Association of DC
Director of the Family Court Operations Division, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Past President, D.C. Bar
Partner, The Cochran Firm
Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Hotline Attorney and manager of the Reduced Fee Panel
Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest Law, GW Law School
* Employment/organizational affiliation provided solely for identification purposes.