Rising for Justice is a leader in training social justice advocates and representing low-income clients in matters critical to their wellbeing. We make justice a reality for vulnerable DC residents by providing free, high-quality legal representation in tandem with social work services to promote long-lasting positive outcomes for our clients. Since our founding in 1969, we have protected the rights of over 250,000 DC residents and given thousands of law students hands-on intensive training to prepare them for public interest careers.

Our clients depend on us, and we depend on you to make our services available, accessible, and responsive. Because of you, we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of District residents who rely on us for free legal and social work services during times of hardship. Stand with us.

Explore the 2023 Annual Report to hear directly from RFJ clients, students, and partners about the impact Rising for Justice has had on their lives.

Who is Rising for Justice?


To prevent injustices today, we represent individuals who are in grave legal jeopardy.


To build a better tomorrow, we teach law students to be life-long advocates for justice.


To ensure justice always, we innovate sustainable solutions to problems of justice and equity.