Legal Services

Whitman-Walker is pleased to have a staff of experienced attorneys who provide free legal services to clients of WW, people living with HIV/AIDS, and members of our LGBT community.

We help clients with workplace rights, public benefits, immigration cases, debt collection, wills/powers of attorney/health care directives, and transgender matters, among other legal issues. We provide direct legal advocacy, representation, and advice to clients in these areas.  

We do not provide assistance in criminal, landlord/tenant and family law cases, though we can provide appropriate referrals on these matters and other issues outside of our practice areas.

We specialize in legal assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS and LGBT health-related legal issues.

Legal Assistance for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Virtually everyone living with HIV/AIDS encounters legal problems associated with his or her health status. Many HIV-positive people cannot afford the representation they need to fight for their rights to continue working, maintain access to health care, or ensure their confidentiality. Founded in 1986, the legal services program of Whitman-Walker is the only Washington, DC, area program offering a wide range of pro bono legal services specifically for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Legal Assistance on LGBT Health-Related Legal Issues

Because of Whitman-Walker’s special mission to the LGBT community, Whitman-Walker offers free legal assistance to individuals on a number of legal matters that are important to LGBT health, including discrimination, access to health care, planning for the future, and immigration.

We offer counseling and, in appropriate cases, legal representation on matters relating to:

  • Discrimination and workplace rights
  • Health, disability and life insurance
  • Immigration
  • Name and gender change documents for transgender individuals
  • Public benefits, including Medicare and Social Security
  • Medical privacy
  • Returning to work after disability
  • Wills, health care directives, and powers of attorney
  • Debtors’ rights

Please see Legal Services: More About Our Services for more information.

Legal Services oversees our Public Benefits Team that screens all WW patients for insurance eligibility.  Please see Public Benefits for more information about assistance with insurance.

Locations and Contact

You can find Legal Services staff at both Whitman-Walker sites: the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th Street, NW; and the Max Robinson Center, 2301 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave., SE.

If you have a legal problem, or you are a client of any Whitman-Walker program, and are a resident of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, our intake coordinator will conduct a telephone interview and our attorneys will review your case to determine how we can assist you.

To contact Legal Services, call 202.939.7627 or e-mail us. We are also available for limited initial consultation on a walk-in basis at our offices at Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center and at the Max Robinson Center, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am until 5:30 pm. (Walk ins for Max Robinson Center should arrive prior to 4:00 pm).

The Public Benefits Team operates on a walk-in basis from 8:00 am-8:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am-6:00 pm Friday at the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center. Note that for the remainder of February 2015, the team will only be available from 8:00 am-6:00 pm at Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center Monday through Friday. On Friday, February 26, the team will only available from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm at Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center and will not be available at Max Robinson Center. Public Benefits Navigators are available from 8:00 am- 5:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at Max Robinson CenterPlease note that the team is closed every Thursday from noon - 2 pm. Clients are served on a first-come, first-served basis. The main number for the Public Benefits Team is 202.745.6151.

More About Our Services

Legal Services and Public Benefits Staff
Volunteer Opportunities and Training
Special Events: Going the Extra Mile and Legal Community Campaign for the Walk to End HIV

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