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Summer Pro Bono & Public Interest Forum With Justice Ginsburg

Summer Pro Bono & Public Interest Forum with Justice Ginsburg

** Our 2017 Summer Forum is now sold out. Please click the Register button below to be added to our waiting list.** For our 2017 Summer Forum, we are delighted to welcome as our keynote speaker The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Before she became a judge, Justice Ginsburg was a pioneering civil-rights lawyer and won several landmark Supreme Court cases affecting women's rights. At the Summer Forum, Justice Ginsburg will discuss her public-interest career and the importance of lawyers who serve the poor and work toward a legal system that provides justice for all. After lunch and Justice Ginsburg's remarks, we'll offer five different breakout sessions where you can learn more about pro bono and public-interest work  in DC. We'll cover the following practice areas: civil rights & civil liberties, criminal law & death penalty, human rights & immigration law, poverty law, and non-litigation practice. The Summer Forum is open to Washington Council of Lawyers members (join) and to participants in summer-associate and summer-intern programs. This event is an annual tradition for many summer programs because it highlights the value of incorporating pro bono or public-interest work into future legal careers. And it routinely sells out, and we expect a larger-than-ever crowd this year—so save your spot today!

Supreme Court Term In Review: A View From The Press Gallery

Supreme Court Term in Review: A View from the Press Gallery

Join us this summer for a look at the recently concluded Supreme Court term— through the eyes of the reporters who cover SCOTUS. Our panelists will highlight significant cases, discuss the effects of these decisions, and make a few educated guesses about what lies ahead for the Court. Our invited panelists include: Robert Barnes (Washington Post) Joan Biskupic (Reuters) Ariane de Vogue (CNN) Amy Howe (SCOTUSblog) Adam Liptak (New York Times) Tony Mauro (National Law Journal) David Savage (Los Angeles Times) The panel will be moderated by Arthur Spitzer, legal director of the ACLU of the District of Columbia. This lively group will consider questions such as: Can an Asian-American rock band called The Slants be denied a trademark because that phrase “may disparage . . . persons, living or dead”?  Can a Border Patrol officer be held liable for shooting and killing an unarmed Mexican citizen when the officer was in the United States and the victim was across the border in Mexico? Can former sex offenders be banned for life from accessing most of the Internet. including nytimes.com? Join us for lunch and the chance to learn about how the justices interact, how things have changed now that Justice Gorsuch has replaced Justice Scalia, whether Justice Kennedy or someone else is likely to retire, and how the media covers the Court.  

Fellowships 101 (2017)

Fellowships 101 (2017)

Fellowships 101 introduces law students to post-graduate public-interest fellowships. It has three parts: First, the evening starts with a casual reception, where you'll meet current and past fellows. Next, NALP fellow Delisa Morris will discuss PSJD and other online resources for finding fellowships. Finally, our expert panelists will explain how to maximizing your chances of landing the fellowship of your dreams, and they'll take audience questions as well. The panel includes: Adina Appelbaum (Equal Justice Works Fellow, CAIR Coalition); Connor Cory (Skadden Fellow, Whitman-Walker Clinic); Matthew Hendley (Director of Litigation, Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs); and A to-be-announced representative from the Partnership for Public Service. Our moderator will be Sterling Morriss from Equal Justice Works. Fellowships 101 is free for Washington Council of Lawyers members (join) and $8 for non-members. Thanks to our co-sponsors: Georgetown University Law Center and NALP.

Giving Teeth To The D.C. Language Access Act Of 2004

Giving Teeth to the D.C. Language Access Act of 2004

More than 33,000 DC residents speak limited English, and English Language Learners are at least 10 percent of the students enrolled in DC public and charter schools. Under DC law, government agencies, departments, and programs must provide interpreters to people who speak limited English when they are interacting with the DC government. Yet violations of this law are all too common, and the law's remedies still leave much to be desired. We'll explore DC's language-access laws and how to improve them at Giving Teeth to the D.C. Language Access Act. Our expert panel includes: David Grosso (Councilmember, D.C. Council); Ray Jose (Immigrant Youth Justice Organizer, Many Languages One Voice); Evelyn Nunez (Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs); and Sapna Pandya (Executive Director, Many Languages One Voice) David Steib, Ayuda's Language Access Director and a member of our board, will moderate. We encourage you to pre-register for this free brown-bag event, but we also welcome walk-ups. D.C. Bar membership is not required to attend. This brown bag program is sponsored by the D.C. Bar Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice Section. Cosponsors include the Antitrust and Consumer Law Section; the Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section; the Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section; the Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section; the International Law Section; and us.

The Experience Of Immigrants In DC Courts

The Experience of Immigrants in DC Courts

Recent events have frightened many immigrants about interacting with the justice system. And advocates who work with immigrants increasingly need to learn about how to protect our clients from immigration enforcement and navigate the DC courts in this new, perilous environment. We'll discuss these concerns and how to handle them with two immigration experts: Katie D'Adamo Guevara (Immigration Attorney, DC Public Defender Service) and Susannah Volpe (Managing Attorney, Ayuda). For those who cannot attend in person, we'll have a video and other helpful information online later this summer. And thanks to Mayer Brown for your hospitality and technical expertise! This program is co-sponsored with the Courts, Lawyers & Administration of Justice Section of the D.C. Bar.

Happy Hour (June 2017)

Happy Hour (June 2017)

Meet and chat with lawyers and law students from DC (and around the country) at our  next happy hour. We'll head to Sixth Engine (438 Massachusetts Avenue NW)—this historic building once housed DC's oldest fire company; today, it's a vibrant Mt. Vernon Triangle neighborhood bar. Our happy hour features a cash bar, some free snacks, and of course lots of interesting people to meet. Drop by anytime between 6 and 8, and feel free to bring a friend!

Perspectives On Poverty Law From The Bench: DC Superior Court (2017)

Perspectives on Poverty Law From the Bench: DC Superior Court (2017)

At this lively brown-bag-lunch panel, a trio of D.C. Superior Court judges will discuss hearing cases in a high-traffic urban courthouse, and the twists and turns in their careers, and how pro bono and public-interest lawyers help to ensure the effective administration of justice. Our panel consists of Judges Julie Becker, Danya Dayson, and Maribeth Raffinan. The panel will be moderated by Chinh Le, Legal Director of the Legal Aid Society for the District of Columbia. You also will have a chance to hear about the process for becoming a judge in DC from Katia Garrett, Executive Director of the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission. The event is free and open to all! Bring your lunch - drinks and desserts will be provided. Thank you to DLA Piper for your gracious hospitality in hosting this program!