For 30 years, the Catholic Charities Legal Network has provided pro bono legal services, giving persons accessing this program general information, access to volunteer attorneys and law firms, as well as referrals to other appropriate legal service organizations.

*The Legal Network does not handle Criminal, Fee-Generating or Immigration Cases. Find more information on Immigration Legal Services.


The Catholic Charities Legal Network focuses on serving low-income families and individuals whose earnings are equal to or less than 200% of the U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines. The Catholic Charities Legal Network offers its services to residents of the District of Columbia and surrounding Maryland counties of Montgomery, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s. Civil law subject areas this program addresses are:

  • Consumer Debt/Bankruptcy
  • Employment
  • Family Law (including Child Custody and Domestic Violence)
  • Landlord-Tenant/Housing Issues
  • Public Benefits (Social Security, Disability)
  • Estate Planning: Will Drafting, Advanced Healthcare Directives and Power of Attorney

Intake:  To schedule an appointment, please call our intake hotline at (202) 350-4305. Intake information is available during the hours listed in the right column.

We are a proud member of the D.C. Consortium of Legal Service Providers.

Catholic Charities Legal Network Advisory Council

Michael J. Francese, Esq., Chair
Covington & Burling LLP
James P. Gillespie, Esq., Immediate Past Chair
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
(Ex officio Council member)
John E. McCarthy Jr., Esq., Chair Emeritus
Crowell & Moring LLP
(Ex officio Council member)
Christopher Anzidei, Esq.
General Counsel of the Archdiocese of Washington
(Ex officio Council member)
Brian W. Stolarz, Esq., Senior Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
(Ex officio Council member)
Andrew N. Cook, Esq.
K&L Gates LLP
(Ex officio Council member)
Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi, Esq.
Church of the Little Flower
(Ex officio Council member)
James D. Bishop, Esq.,
Director, Catholic Charities Legal Network

Daniel Archuleta, Esq.
Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP
Miguel Eaton, Esq.
Jones Day
Charles J. Engel III, Esq.
King & Spalding LLP
The Honorable Leo E. Green Jr.
Andrea Halverson Harper, Esq.
Assistant General Counsel
Pepco Holdings, an Exelon Company
Maria O’Toole Jones, Esq.
Miller & Chevalier Chartered
Thomas J. Kelly, Esq.
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLPC
Kristine Dunne Maher, Esq.
Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
Timothy F. Maloney, Esq.
Joseph Greenwald & Laake, PA
Stephen J. Obermeier, Esq.
Wiley Rein LLP
Bridget K. O’Connor, Esq.
Jones Day
Caroline S. Pinkston, Esq.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Michael C. Williams, Esq.
Hogan Lovells