2023 Summer Pro Bono and Public Interest Forum
IN-PERSON LUNCHEON IS SOLD OUT!
The luncheon will be live-streamed and interactive. You can bring together your summer associates/summer interns and join us from anywhere.
Our Summer Pro Bono & Public Interest Forum is an annual tradition that brings together lawyers, summer associates, summer interns, and others interested in making pro bono or public-interest work a part of their legal careers and provides an introduction to several different types of public-interest practice.
We’ll kick off the forum with an in-person and live-streamed keynote conversation with Nicole Austin-Hillery, President & CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. on Wednesday, June 7 from 12:00-2:00 pm ET. The first two virtual practice-area panel discussions will follow on Thursday, June 8 from 12:00 – 2:30 pm ET. There will be networking time after the panels. Then, over the following two weeks, you will have the opportunity to attend the remainder of the virtual panel presentations where you can learn more about pro bono and public-interest work in DC and 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 8 – Non-Litigation Pro Bono – 12:00-1:15 pm ET
- June 8 – Environmental Justice – 1:15-2:30 pm ET
- June 15 – Poverty Law – 12:00-1:15 pm ET
- June 15 – Criminal Law & Death Penalty – 1:15-2:30 pm ET
- June 22 – Civil Rights & Civil Liberties – 12:00-1:15 pm ET
- June 22 – Immigration & Human Rights – 1:15-2:30 pm ET
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 four days of Summer Forum sessions, and recordings of each session will be sent to all registered attendees. You can choose to attend the in-person luncheon or participate in the live stream. All the panels are virtual.
The cost for the in-person luncheon’/virtual panel option is $65 for WCL Members; $75 for Government & Public-Interest Lawyers, Interns, and Individual Law Students; and $95 for Law Firm Lawyers, Summer Associates, Corporate Law Department Lawyers, Law Department Interns, and the General Public.
The all-virtual option is just $45 for WCL Members; $55 for Government & Public-Interest Lawyers, Interns, and Individual Law Students; and $75 for Law Firm Lawyers, Summer Associates, Corporate Law Department Lawyers, Law Department Interns, and General Public.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need any assistance.
Look for updates and join the conversation about the Summer Forum using #SumFo23 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn!