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2020 Summer Forum Breakout Panel 5: Criminal Law & Death Penalty

2020 Summer Forum Breakout Panel 5: Criminal Law & Death Penalty

Hate crimes, DNA exonerations, pardons, to expungements, and the use of the death penalty are just some of continuing criminal law issues front and center in the news.  At the last of our 5 breakout panels, we will introduce you to the public-interest careers and pro bono opportunities in this often gut-wrenching field of law. The Criminal Law & Death Penalty Panel takes place on Thursday, July 23 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the day before the panel. Our expert panel includes: Brandi Harden, Partner at Harden & Pinckney, Attorneys at Law Callie Heller, ABA Death Penalty Representation Project Daniel Levin, Partner at White & Case LLP Bridgette Stumpf, Executive Director of Network for Victim Recovery of DC Liz Wieser, Deputy Attorney General, Public Safety at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia The conversation will be moderated by Stephon Woods, Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. 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, and others interested in learning more about incorporating public-interest law into their practice. One registration gives you access to all six sessions (keynote and five breakout panels). The recordings for all six sessions will be available to registrants later in the summer. You may register at any time before July 23 and receive access to all Summer Forum sessions. Summer Program Coordinators: If you need registration assistance, please email Christina Jackson at cjackson@wclawyers.org. Look for updates and join the conversation about the Summer Forum using #SumFo20 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn!

2020 Summer Forum Breakout Panel 4: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties

2020 Summer Forum Breakout Panel 4: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties

Now more than at any other time in our history, the fight to protect civil rights & civil liberties has been taken up by lawyers and non-lawyers alike. Pro bono lawyers play a critical role in protecting individuals exercising First Amendment speech rights at protests, providing post-arrest assistance, and making sure that issues like voters' rights are guaranteed during a time when in-person voting may not be possible. We will explore all these issues and more at the Civil Rights & Civil Liberties panel on Tuesday, July 21 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the day before the panel. Brandy Wagstaff, Legal Counsel for Litigation in the Criminal Section's Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice will moderate an expert panel which includes: Puneet Cheema, Staff Attorney at Lambda Legal Fatima Goss Graves, President & CEO of National Women's Law Center Jonathan Smith, Executive Director of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs Hassan Zavareei, Partner at Tycko & Zavareei LLP 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, and others interested in learning more about incorporating public-interest law into their practice. One registration gives you access to all six sessions (keynote and five breakout panels). The recordings for all six sessions will be available to registrants later in the summer. You may register at any time before July 23 and receive access to all Summer Forum sessions. Summer Program Coordinators: If you need registration assistance, please email Christina Jackson at cjackson@wclawyers.org. Look for updates and join the conversation about the Summer Forum using #SumFo20 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn!

2020 Summer Forum Breakout Panel 3: Human Rights & Immigration

2020 Summer Forum Breakout Panel 3: Human Rights & Immigration

Basic human rights and immigration policy continue to be front-line battles lawyers are fighting across the country. In the third session in our Summer Forum series, we will probe the ways that immigrant-rights organizations are working to protect the rights of immigrants and promote access to justice both in D.C. and around the country. The Human Rights & Immigration panel will be on Thursday, July 16 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the day before the panel. Our expert panel includes: Azadeh Erfani, Senior Policy Analyst, National Immigration Justice Center Sarah Besnoff, Associate at Paul Hastings LLP Jessalyn Schwartz, Staff Attorney at Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) Lucia Curiel - Immigration Attorney, Maryland Office of the Public Defender Michael Lukens, Associate Director at CAIR Coalition Karen Grisez, Public Service Counsel at Fried Frank LLP will guide the conversation. 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, and others interested in learning more about incorporating public-interest law into their practice. One registration gives you access to all six sessions (keynote and five breakout panels). The recordings for all six sessions will be available to registrants later in the summer. You may register at any time before July 23 and receive access to all Summer Forum sessions. Summer Program Coordinators: If you need registration assistance, please email Christina Jackson at cjackson@wclawyers.org.  Look for updates and join the conversation about the Summer Forum using #SumFo20 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn!

2020 Summer Forum Breakout Panel 2: Poverty Law

2020 Summer Forum Breakout Panel 2: Poverty Law

The second panel of our six-part Summer Forum will look at the varied and wide-ranging pro bono opportunities for lawyers who want to assist individuals at or below the federal poverty line. The areas of law the legal issues touch upon - landlord-tenant, consumer, and family - have the highest rate of pro se litigants but also produce some of the most life-changing outcomes for the parties involved. Representation is vital in these areas, and the need is overwhelming. We'll discuss ways pro bono lawyers can literally save lives. The Poverty Law panel takes place on Tuesday, July 14 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the day before the panel. Our expert panel includes: Tracy Goodman, Healthy Together Director at Children's Law Center Ted Howard, Partner at Wiley LLP Keeshea Turner Roberts, Adjunct Professor & Supervising Attorney of the Fair Housing Clinic at Howard University School of Law Brad Voegeli, Director of Private Attorney Involvement for Neighborhood Legal Services Program Debbie Cuevas Hill, Legal Counsel for the Elderly and Washington Council of Lawyers Board member will moderate this panel. 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, and others interested in learning more about incorporating public-interest law into their practice. One registration gives you access to all six sessions (keynote and five breakout panels). The recordings for all six sessions will be available to registrants later in the summer. You may register at any time before July 23 and receive access to all Summer Forum sessions. Summer Program Coordinators: If you need registration assistance, please email Christina Jackson at cjackson@wclawyers.org.  Look for updates and join the conversation about the Summer Forum using #SumFo20 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn!

2020 Summer Forum Breakout Panel 1: Transactional & Non-Litigation Practice

2020 Summer Forum Breakout Panel 1: Transactional & Non-Litigation Practice

In the first of five breakout sessions of the Summer Forum, we will examine the crucial role pro bono lawyers play outside of the courtroom, and not only in negotiating pre-trial settlement agreements. Pro bono lawyers are important in a host of other transactional law matters such as ensuring that clients are complying with statutes and regulations, advising non-profits on corporate governance matters, and advocating for policies that will bring about needed reform to our legal system. The Transactional & Non-Litigation Pro Bono Panel takes place on Thursday, July 9 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the day before the panel. Our expert panel includes: Nicole Austin Hillery, Executive Director, US Program at Human Rights Watch Jim Joseph, Partner at Arnold & Porter LLP Darryl Maxwell, Assistant Director (Nonprofit & Small Business) at the D.C. Pro Bono Center Walter Smith, Executive Director of D.C. Appleseed Center for Law & Justice The panel will be moderated by Susie Hoffman, Public Service Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington Council of Lawyers board member, and immediate past D.C. Bar President. 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, and others interested in learning more about incorporating public-interest law into their practice. One registration gives you access to all six sessions (keynote and five breakout panels). The recordings for all six sessions will be available to registrants later in the summer. You may register at any time before July 23, and receive access to all six Summer Forum sessions. Summer Program Coordinators: If you need registration assistance, please email Christina Jackson at cjackson@wclawyers.org.  Look for updates and join the conversation about the Summer Forum using #SumFo20 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn!

2020 Summer Pro Bono & Public Interest Forum

2020 Summer Pro Bono & Public Interest Forum

Our annual Summer Forum is an annual tradition because it 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. This year, we will explore both the impending access to justice crisis brought on by the COVID-19 health crisis and the paths to meaningful traditional pro bono & public-interest practice areas. We'll kick off the virtual event with a keynote discussion with D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby on Tuesday, July 7 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. The Chief Judge will engage in a wide-ranging conversation about championing change and advocating for justice, her impressive and varied career, and the importance of pro bono in promoting the rule of law and equal access to justice. Her conversation partner will be Jim Sandman, President Emeritus of the Legal Services Corporation, and Chair of the American Bar Association's Covid-19 Task Force. Then, over the next two weeks you will have the opportunity to attend 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: Thursday, July 9: Transactional & Non-Litigation Pro Bono Tuesday, July 14: Poverty Law Thursday, July 16: Human Rights & Immigration Tuesday, July 21: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Thursday, July 23: Criminal Law & Death Penalty All panels take place from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. 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, and others interested in learning more about incorporating public-interest law into their practice. And the best part is that this year, you don't have to be in DC to attend! A single registration gets you access to all six Summer Forum sessions! 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 cjackson@wclawyers.org) if you need any assistance.  Look for updates and join the conversation about the Summer Forum using #SumFo20 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn!

Virtual Tea Time – April 30

Virtual Tea Time – April 30

Wind down with a cup of tea (or your drink of choice), good conversation, and merriment. Join other public-interest-minded lawyers and law students for a well-deserved opportunity to connect. We'll share tips for staying motivated and productive and maybe a few new ways to stay entertained.

Litigation Skills Series: Trauma-Informed Interviewing

Litigation Skills Series: Trauma-Informed Interviewing

Public-interest and pro bono lawyers often interact with clients and witnesses who have experienced trauma. Better understanding the science of trauma can help you be a more effective advocate. Understanding what your client may be feeling makes you a more compassionate lawyer. Learning skills for interviewing people who have experienced trauma in an appropriate way can help you get the information you need to build a strong case while also minimizing the risk of re-traumatizing your client. Join us on Thursday, March 5, from 12:00-2:00 pm at Mayer Brown (1999 K Street) to learn more about trauma-informed interviewing. Our panelists will be: Tara Graham (Senior Program Manager, Just Detention International) Priya Konings (Deputy Director of Legal Services, Kids in Need of Defense) Bridgette Stumpf (Executive Director, Network for Victim Recovery of DC) The panel will be moderated by Jennifer Grishkin (Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, CAIR Coalition). This training is free for Washington Council of Lawyers members (join) and $15 for others. Bring your lunch. We will provide drinks and desserts! Thank you to Mayer Brown for hosting this important topic!

Volunteer For Gifts For The Homeless

Volunteer for Gifts for the Homeless

We often roll up our sleeves to help our neighbors in need around the holidays. This year, we will volunteer to sort and bag clothing donations with Gifts for the Homeless on Saturday, December 7, from 11 am until 4 pm. The clothing sorting takes place at 2300 N Street, NW, conveniently located north of Washington Circle and within walking distance of the Foggy Bottom/GW and Dupont Circle Metro stops. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes and bring a water bottle. We will be volunteering with many other groups and individuals to help bring warm clothes to people in need. Learn more here. Last year, Gifts for the Homeless was able to receive, sort, bag and deliver nearly 3,200 bags of clothing and other items to more than 55 homeless service organizations. Join us for a hands-on, worthwhile, and fun volunteer activity that is appropriate for individuals and families. All are welcome!

Volunteer At The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Advice & Referral Clinic (November 2019)

Volunteer at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Advice & Referral Clinic (November 2019)

DC Pro Bono Week may have ended, but the need for volunteers to provide legal help to those in our community is non-stop!  Volunteer with us on Saturday, November 9, at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's Advice & Referral Clinic. At the clinic, you'll provide brief advice (and referrals) to people who otherwise wouldn't have access to legal help. We meet at Bread for the City (1640 Good Hope Road SE). Parking is available. A brief orientation (with bagels and coffee) takes place at 9:30 am, and volunteers are asked to stay until the last client is seen, usually at around 2:30 pm. There's no time commitment beyond the clinic itself. As a volunteer attorney, you'll answer questions about consumer law, family law, housing law, public benefits, bankruptcy, and other topics. You don't need to be an expert in these areas of law: D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center staff and expert mentors will be on hand to help. You do need to be a member of the D.C. Bar, or a federal government attorney barred in another state to participate. Once you register to attend, our volunteer coordinator, Sébastien Monzón Rueda, will be in touch with additional details.

Best Practices In Pro Bono: Civil Legal Need In The District

Best Practices in Pro Bono: Civil Legal Need in the District

Our November Best Practices in Pro Bono features a conversation with Nancy Drane, Executive Director of the DC Access to Justice Commission, previewing some highlights of the Commission’s forthcoming report, Delivering Justice: Addressing Civil Legal Needs in the District of Columbia. Nancy will focus on some of what the Commission learned about civil legal needs in our community, the progress we've made, and what the future may hold. How has the civil legal services community innovated, adapted, and changed since the last Legal Needs Report was issued in 2008?  What new areas of need have emerged? What are some of the barriers that low- and moderate-income District residents still face? What is the role of pro bono in moving the needle on our local legal needs? What might be some of the next frontiers in access to justice in the District? Breakfast and networking take place from 8:45-9:00 am. The conversation, facilitated by Lise Adams of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, takes place from 9:00-10:15 am. Thank you to Fried Frank for hosting! Best Practices in Pro Bono is open to pro bono coordinators at law firms, legal services organizations, government agencies, and in-house legal departments. We hope you will join us on Thursday, November 7 – first, to get your morning caffeine buzz, and then, to hear all the buzz about the Commission’s report.