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

 
 
2014-2015 Mentoring Program
Be a mentor! Click here to express interest in volunteering as a Mentor in our Mentoring Program.  
Apply to be a Mentee! Click here to apply to be a Mentee in our Mentoring Program.
The deadline for applications is September 26.
 
 
 
Hit the Mat for Justice
A yoga class to benefit WCL.
Saturday, September 27, 9 am - 10 am
District Yoga, 1922 I Street NW
Join us for an all-levels yoga class,
followed by networking at the Tea Lodge.
Start your weekend right!
Click here to register to attend.
 
 
Now accepting nominations!
Nominate a great attorney to be recognized at our annual Awards Reception on December 4.
 

 
 
Click the links to learn more. Deadline is October 3. 
 
Pro Bono Week is Coming!
October 18-26, 2014
 Click here to learn about
DC Pro Bono Week events and programs.
 
 
Click here to see the DC Pro Bono Week 2014 Toolkit. 
 
 
October Happy Hour
Thursday, October 23
6:30-8:30 pm

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

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 Van Ness Street NW

Moot Courtroom, 5th floor
RSVP by clicking here.
 
Get ready for
Best Practices in Pro Bono 2014-2015

Registration will open soon.
 
 
 
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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