Who We Are
D.C. Law Students in Court (LSIC) has developed an exciting new resource to assist respondents in Civil Protection Order matters. The Civil Protection Order Project (CPOP) provides litigation and mediation services to respondents, only, facing Civil Protection Order cases in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
We provide various levels of legal representation to respondents, including: brief services, such as explaining to respondents why they are in court and the nature of CPO hearings; assisting with mediations and case settlement; and longer extended representation, such as representation at trial.
We are referred potential clients by other legal service providers, the Judges who handle CPO cases, as well as the courtroom clerks and the court mediators (neutral party attorneys who meet with both sides prior to a case going in front of the Judge).
Who We Help
At times, respondents who have a Civil Protective Order (CPO) entered against them in Superior Court of the District of Columbia, may feel the CPO is overly burdensome or may perceive the legal process, which led to the entry of the CPO, to be unfair. In those cases, Civil Protection Orders may be less likely to be complied with.
CPOP aims to ameliorate this situation through ensuring respondents receive fair treatment and understand court procedures by informing respondents of the legal or collateral consequences of Civil Protection Orders; educating respondents about the Civil Protection Order process and options available; and facilitating peaceful negotiations and resolutions of domestic violence cases.
Connecting with CPOP
CPOP has an office in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The office is located in Room 118A, which is a witness room right outside of Courtroom 118 (and across from the CPO Courtrooms 113 and 114).
There are attorneys and volunteers in the CPOP office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 am – 4:45 pm. Any respondent needing assistance can stop in during that time; no appointment is necessary.
A respondent may also contact CPOP by dialing 202.638.4798, ext. 505 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qualification for Representation
Respondents need to be 200% below the Federal Poverty Line to be eligible for representation.
Pro Bono Opportunity
CPOP welcomes the assistance of volunteers to provide same-day, discrete, limited scope representation. Pro bono volunteers are able to assist in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to same-day: case negotiations and settlement, litigation at trial, community education, and legislative efforts. Any attorney interested in providing pro bono assistance with CPOP may contact the LSIC Director of pro bono, Gwen Washington: email@example.com.
Stay tuned for more details to come.