BuckleySandler has a strong commitment to public service and encourages all of its lawyers to participate in pro bono work. The firm’s pro bono practice focuses on providing legal services to economically disadvantaged individuals as well as to non-profit organizations in our surrounding communities and throughout the United States.
In 2013, BuckleySandler expanded the firm’s pro bono commitment, adding several new partnerships and continuing its partnership with other organizations with which the firm has had an ongoing relationship. Additionally, the firm provides billable credit for pro bono work, has a pro bono coordinator, and has a recognition program for those performing pro bono work. The firm’s expanded focus has led to a dramatic increase in the number of pro bono hours performed.
The firm will continue working with legal service organizations such as:
- Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
- Maryland Office of the Public Defender
- D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project
- Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
- Legal Counsel for the Elderly
- DC Bar Pro Bono Program’s Landlord Tenant Resource Center
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Pro Bono Panel
- Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
- Bet Tzedek
BuckleySandler pro bono representations involve a wide variety of subject areas that reflect the diverse interests of our attorneys. Pro bono representations have included work such as:
- Providing information to unrepresented tenants and landlords with residential housing disputes in Washington, D.C.
- Provide assistance in preparing wills and powers of attorney for low-income, elderly residents of Washington, D.C.
- Provide legal representation to indigent defendants in criminal appeals matters in the Court of Special Appeals for the state of Maryland.
- Participate as a member of the Pro Bono Panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to provide pro bono legal assistance in civil appeals.
- Provide legal representation to victims of mortgage and foreclosure rescue scams.
- Provide legal services to low-income DC residents in family law cases, including serving as guardian ad litem in custody cases.
Recent Pro Bono Victories
Returning Property to Victim of Foreclosure Rescue Scam
BuckleySandler attorneys recently represented a client in conjunction with the Washington Lawyers Committee and secured a favorable settlement that returned to the client clear title to her property.
- The client was the victim of a foreclosure rescue scam that clouded title to her property.
- The case was filed in DC Superior Court and took approximately eleven months to resolve from the time of intake to the date of settlement.
- In response to the Defendants’ motion to dismiss all claims against them, the Court issued a very favorable ruling in favor of Plaintiff on all counts. The decision is one of the first to interpret the provisions of the DC Home Equity Protection Act.
- As part of the settlement, the Court issued a Consent Decree voiding any interest Defendants had in the property.
Returning Money to Victim of Loan Modification Scam
BuckleySandler attorneys recently represented a Maryland homeowner who fell victim to a loan modification scam. Our client was initially promised she would receive a loan modification within four months or would be refunded the improper upfront payment that defendants required her to make.
- BuckleySandler filed a complaint in the Montgomery County Circuit Court, seeking several statutory and common law claims.
- BuckleySandler engaged in extensive discovery with defendants, and also filed and argued multiple discovery-related motions and a motion for summary judgment.
- BuckleySandler’s efforts resulted in a judgment being entered against defendants, which included treble damages and attorneys’ fees.
Judgment for Elderly Client Against Unscrupulous Contractor
BuckleySandler attorneys represented an elderly client referred from the Legal Counsel for the Elderly and secured a successful judgment for the client, including treble damages.
- The issues involved were violations of the D.C. Home Improvement Licensing Regulations and the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act.
- The client had paid the defendant $59,000 to repair and remodel her home. While some work was performed, the contractor disappeared and left the client without a functioning kitchen or use of other utilities for close to six months. Two years later, much of the work remains incomplete.
- After over a year of work, BuckleySandler attorneys were able to secure a judgment for the client in the amount of $92,500, which includes the return of the entire $59,000 paid to the contractor for violation of the D.C. Home Improvement Licensing Regulations and treble damages of approximately $33,500 for violation of the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act, because the contractor was never licensed to perform the work in the District of Columbia.