Join us for a look at how in-house lawyers can do pro bono work! Our panel of experts will talk about the benefits of pro bono work for in-house lawyers. They will highlight a variety of legal services organizations with strong pro bono programs and explore different pro bono partnership models. The panel will also tackle thorny questions about the unauthorized practice of law, malpractice insurance, conflicts of interest. There are no insurmountable obstacles to doing pro bono work for a motivated in-house lawyer! Our panelists include: Susan Hackett, Legal Executive Leadership, LLC Luise Welby, Freddie Mac Kathi Westcott, Pew Charitable Trusts Our moderator will be Pat McGlone, Ullico Inc. and current President of the D.C. Bar. Bring your lunch! Drinks, desserts, and tips for great pro bono experiences will be provided.
Spend a Saturday volunteering with us at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's Advice & Referral Clinic. The clinic provides free advice (and referrals) for people with questions about a variety of subjects, including bankruptcy and debt collection, consumer law, employment law, family law, health law, housing law, personal injury, probate, public benefits, and tax law. Most people have fairly basic questions, and you need not be familiar with the substantive areas of law; program staff and expert mentors will be on hand to offer guidance and supervision. For lawyers, the morning begins with a short orientation over bagels and coffee at 9:30 am. (Non-lawyer volunteers are asked to arrive at 9:15 am to get ready to greet early-arriving individuals.) All volunteers are asked to stay until the last individual has been seen, sometimes as late as 3 or 4 pm. There is no ongoing time commitment beyond the day of the clinic. The clinic is a great opportunity for government attorneys, law firm attorneys, solo practitioners, and in-house counsel to provide hands-on legal assistance. Help your neighbors! Volunteer! Once you register our volunteer coordinator, Linda Popejoy, will be in touch with additional information and to answer any questions.
Dine Around for Justice is a great way to enjoy a delicious meal with friends and colleagues while helping to raise money to expand access to justice. Our first installment takes place at Farmers & Distillers. If you have lunch or dinner at Farmers & Distillers on Thursday, August 3, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Washington Council of Lawyers; these funds will help us continue our work to ensure that our justice system serves everyone, including those who are poor and marginalized. To participate, make a reservation or just drop in and dine! please tell Farmers & Distillers that you appreciate their support of Washington Council of Lawyers! Then, download these Dine Around for Justice Flyers to let others in your office know about this great opportunity to connect with friends for a cause. Finally, please tell Farmers & Distillers that you appreciate their support of Washington Council of Lawyers!