Graphic: 2021 Summer Forum Keynote

2021 Summer Pro Bono & Public Interest Forum

  • When: 03 June 2021, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
  • Where: Virtual
  • Cost: Early Bird Pricing: WCL Members $25; Govt & Public-Interest Lawyers & Interns & Individual Law Students $35; Law Firm Lawyers & Summer Associates & Corporate Law Department Lawyers & Interns & General Public $55

Our Summer Pro Bono & Public Interest Forum is an annual tradition that brings together lawyers, summer associates, summer interns, and others interested in using their law degrees to help those in need. It’s also a great way to highlight the importance of pro bono and public-interest work throughout one’s legal career.

We’ll kick off the virtual event with a keynote discussion with Eric Holder, former United States Attorney General, on Thursday, June 3 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET. Mr. Holder will engage in a wide-ranging conversation about championing change and advocating for justice, his impressive and varied career, and the importance of pro bono in promoting the rule of law and equal access to justice. A practice-area panel discussion will follow the keynote from 1:15 – 2:15 pm ET. There will be networking time before and after the panel.

Then, over the following two weeks, you will have the opportunity to attend the remainder of five different virtual panel presentations where you can learn more about pro bono and public-interest work in DC and all across the country. Each panel will focus on a different practice area, featuring presentations by national and local experts in that legal specialty. The panel topics will include:

  • June 3 – Non-Litigation Pro Bono
  • June 10 – Poverty Law
  • June 10 – Human Rights & Immigration
  • June 17 – Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • June 17 – Criminal Law & Death Penalty

The Summer Forum sessions are from 12:00-2:30 pm ET. Each session will feature two practice area panels with networking opportunities after each session.

The Summer Forum is open to Washington Council of Lawyers members (join), participants in summer associate and summer intern programs, lawyers in law firms, government and public-interest organizations, law students, and others interested in learning more about incorporating public-interest law into their practice.

You can attend from anywhere! A single registration provides access to all three days of Summer Forum sessions, and recordings of each session will be sent to all registered attendees.

Early bird pricing is has been extended to May 7.

Summer Program Coordinators: If you’d like your summer associates or interns to attend, but don’t yet know their names, you can register them as guests (First name: Guest 1, Last Name: Organization Name). Please email Christina Jackson (at if you need any assistance. 

Look for updates and join the conversation about the Summer Forum using #SumFo21 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn!