The OAH Resource Center, located at 441 Fourth Street, NW, Suite 450N, is a self-help center that contains a variety of resources for people and businesses with cases.
Due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the OAH Resource Center is currently not open for walk-in visits. To speak with someone with the Resource Center, call (202) 442-9094 during regular business hours. You can also email your questions to [email protected]
There are a variety of online pamphlets and flyers available in English and in Spanish, including:
- What to Expect at a Hearing (Que Puede Esperar en una Audiencia) (በመስሚያ ችሎቱ ላይ ምን ይጠበቃል)
- Understanding a Final Order (Como Entender Una Orden Definitiva)
- Understanding a Department of Public Works Notice of Violation (Lo Que Significa Un Aviso de Infracción del Departamento de Obras Públicas)
- What to Expect at an Unemployment Insurance Hearing (Apelaciones en Casos del Seguro de Desempleo)
General Legal Help
- DC Bar Pro Bono Advice and Referral Clinic offers free assistance with many types of civil legal matters. Visit the clinic webpage by clicking the link to see updated call-in clinic days and times.
- Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (Como obtener ayuda) provides free legal aid in civil matters to individuals, families and communities in the District who could not otherwise afford to hire a lawyer.
- Small Claims Resource Center (Centro de Recursos para Reclamos de Menor Cuantía) provides to plaintiffs and to defendants without lawyers free legal and court information related to small claims issues in the District of Columbia.
- DC Bar “How to find and work with a lawyer” - provides an online pamphlet that describes how to find and work with a lawyer.
- www.lawhelp.org - this website provides information about civil legal matters and help finding legal aid assistance in Washington, DC
- Claimant Advocacy Program (Usted podría recibir ayuda legal en su caso de desempleo gratis) - free legal advice is available for all claimants in District of Columbia unemployment compensation appeals to the Office of Administrative Hearings. In certain cases, there may be free lawyers available for hearings.
- Employer Advocacy Program (Usted podría recibir ayuda legal en su caso de desempleo gratis) -Free legal advice is available for all employers in District of Columbia unemployment compensation appeals to the Office of Administrative Hearings. In certain cases, there may be free lawyers available for hearings.
Public Benefits (including Shelter, SNAP (Food Stamps), TANF, Rehabilitative Services, and Medicaid)
- The OAH Legal Assistance Network (OAH Línea Directa de Asistencia Legal) (ኦ-ኤ-ኤች(OAH) የሕግ እገዛ የአስቸኳይ ግዜ መስመር ኔትወርክ) (OLAN) consists of four nonprofit legal service organizations that provide free legal help to people with public benefits cases at OAH.
- This Legal Services Provider List contains contact and intake information for other organizations that may be able to help with your public benefits case.
- Need help with Rehabilitative Services? University Legal Services administers the Client Assistance Program in the District of Columbia to advise residents of their rights and responsibilities under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- Need help with Medicaid or EPD Waiver Personal Care Aide (PCA) Services?
- This PCA Case Manager Training link contains a training video and materials to assist case managers representing their clients before OAH.
- This Legal Aid Society Guide explains options available to you if your PCA hours have been reduced or stopped.
- This Legal Aid Society Guide explains the steps and requirements involved in DHCF's Reconsideration process.
- This Legal Counsel for the Elderly Guide answers basic questions about navigating the OAH hearing process during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regulatory Affairs and Tax
- Consumer Law Resource Center (Centro de Recursos Sobre la Ley del Consumidor) provides to people without lawyers free legal and court information related to consumer law issues in the District of Columbia.
- District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce offers free legal information if you are the owner or operator of a business with a case at the Office of Administrative Hearings involving the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
- Advocates for Justice and Education helps educate parents, youth, and the community about the laws governing public education, specifically for children with special needs.
- Need Help with your Housing Case? (¿Necesita ayuda en su caso de vivienda?) - the Landlord Tenant Legal Assistance Network (Red de Asistencia Jurídica para Propietarios e Inquilinos) (LTLAN) consists of six nonprofit legal services organizations that may be able to provide you with help for your housing case.
- District of Columbia Office of the Tenant Advocate provides free technical and legal advice to tenants about disputes with landlords and provides free representation in certain cases.
- The District of Columbia Housing Provider Ombudsman assists small housing providers who have questions or concerns about the District's housing law.