The Washington Council of Lawyers is a voluntary bar association located in the nation's capital. Our mission is to promote the practice of pro bono and public interest law. We invite you to join us as we work to strengthen pro bono and public interest lawyering in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. We are lawyers, legal professionals, law students and others committed to advancing issues important to the public interest community.

Coming Up at the Council

Join us for Pro Bono Week!
October 18-26, 2014
 Click here to learn about
DC Pro Bono Week events and programs.
October Pro Bono Week Happy Hour
Thursday, October 23
6:30-8:30 pm

Buffalo Billiards, 1330 19th Street NW
Thanks to our Co-sponsors:

American Immigration Lawyers Association,
Federal Bar Association - DC Chapter,
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association,
and the LGBT Bar Association of DC.

RSVP by clicking here.


Attorney General Candidates Forum:
A brave new world?

Thursday, October 23, 6:30-8:30 pm
University of the District of Columbia
David A. Clarke School of Law
4340 Connecticut Avenue NW

Moot Courtroom, 5th floor
RSVP by clicking here.

Best Practices in Pro Bono 2014-2015
Our focus this year is on the volunteer.
Join us on Tuesday, October 28
8:30 - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 am Conversation
At Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP,
 801 17th Street NW.
Looking into Low Bono:
How to Provide Legal Services
to Persons of Modest Means in DC

Thursday, October 30, noon - 2:00 pm
DC Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW
A co-sponsored kickoff event
featuring opening remarks by
Chief Judge Eric T. Washington,
and a panel of low bono experts moderated
by Jack C. Keeney, Jr.
Click here to RSVP.

Volunteer at the DC Bar Advice & Referral Clinic
Saturday, November 8
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Bread for the City, 1640 Good Hope Road, SE
Contact Renee Kostick
at to volunteer. 

Litigation Skills Training: Case Theory
Tuesday, November 11, Noon - 2:00 pm
Arnold & Porter LLP, 555 12th Street NW
$24 for WCL members; $50 for non-members
CLE credit pending in CA, NY and VA.
Click here to register to attend.

Walk a Month Poverty Simulation
Wednesday, November 12, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Mayer Brown LLP, 1999 K Street NW
Click here to RSVP.
Save the date!
WCL Awards Reception
Thursday, December 4, 6:30 pm
Arnold & Porter LLP, 555 12th Street NW
Join or Renew your WCL Membership

Take advantage of the numerous special events and volunteer opportunities provided by WCL. Each year WCL holds its Awards Reception to recognize lawyers in our community for their commitment to pro bono and public service.  We have demonstrated a long-term commitment to advocacy in the public interest and provide skills training programs specially designed for the public interest sector.  The Council also endorses candidates for DC Bar office based on their equal justice records.

Join us, too, in providing walk-in legal advice at the DC Bar's Advice and Referral Clinic in Southeast Washington. Teach D.C. elementary kids the importance of the judicial process by participating in the Youth Law Fair each year.

One of our most important goals is encouraging young lawyers to incorporate a public interest focus in their practice, through pro bono service or as a full-time career choice.  In 2005, the Council launched its Mentoring Program, which assists young lawyers entering public interest practice to more easily integrate into that community.

Our annual Summer Forum, designed for summer associates and legal interns, showcases leaders in the legal profession whose deep commitment to public interest makes them role models for this group of aspiring lawyers. The Forum also provides smaller breakout sessions to give the students an opportunity to meet with practitioners from a variety of practice areas.

The WCL Newsletter will keep you posted on current events and issues in the public interest community as well as Council activities. If you are looking for employment in a public interest law setting, subscribe to the Public Interest Job Clearinghouse. Free to WCL members, the Clearinghouse provides monthly job listings from public interest organizations around the country.

Join our efforts to raise the level of pro bono and public interest activity in the Washington area. Contact one of our committees to GET INVOLVED. We look forward to getting to know you!

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