It Take a Village: LSIC and UDC Form Pilot Partnership Program | DCLAW Students


LSIC has partnered with the UDC Social Work Program to help better meet our clients’ legal and social support needs. We launched a pilot project this semester in which social work students work together with LSIC staff and student attorney teams in our Landlord and Tenant Court office.

The social work students use their skills to help assess our clients’ needs and connect them to community support services.

“Clients seeking our services often face difficult circumstances, both legal and non-legal, that brought them into the justice system in the first place,” said Executive Director Moses Cook. “We hope that offering social work services in addition to legal help not only helps strengthen our legal representation but benefits our clients in years to come.”

Early interventions are showing promising results.

UDC social work student Antoine Harris recently accompanied our attorneys to Landlord & Tenant Court, where he worked with several tenants summoned to court by their landlord. He listened patiently to learn about and address their needs. He connected several women with important services, like Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds, disability benefits, and referral agencies that help individuals manage their funds. He also provided comfort and practical help for these women in crisis.

Said UDC Clinical Instructor and Field Director Michelle LeVere,

 “It’s about being present with clients, listening attentively, and empowering them to resolve their own issues.”

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