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

Happy Hour
Wednesday, December 17, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Teaism, 400 8th Street NW
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Government Pro Bono Roundtable
Tuesday, January 13, Noon - 1 pm
(Please arrive at 11:45 am to clear security.)
Patrick Henry Building 
601 D Street NW, Library

A lunch-hour inroduction to doing
pro bono work as a government attorney.
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Litigation Skills Training:
Opening Statements
Thursday, January 15, noon - 2:00 pm
Arnold & Porter LLP 555 12th Street NW
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Best Practices in Pro Bono:
Knowledge Management
Wednesday, January 21
8:30 am breakfast
9-10 am facilitated discussion
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP
801 17th Street NW

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Save the date!
Looking into Low Bono:
Focus on Reduced-Fee
Lawyer Referral Programs
Thursday, February 19, noon - 2:00 pm
Arnold & Porter LLP, 555 12th Street NW
Registration to 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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