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 lawyers of all stripes to provide hands-on legal assistance. We're looking for a few good men and women to serve your community! Once you register our volunteer coordinator, Linda Popejoy, will be in touch with additional information and to answer any questions.
Our annual Government Pro Bono Roundtable strives to answer all questions about doing pro bono work as a federal or local government attorney. Pro bono work can be a rewarding part of a government attorney career; you just need to be familiar with the resources, policies, strategies, and tactics that allow for effective pro bono service by government attorneys. At this lively panel discussion, you will learn both about established pro bono programs for federal government attorneys, and emerging opportunities for engaging in pro bono work as a D.C. government attorney. Our expert panel, comprised of government attorneys from different agencies, will share tips for finding pro bono opportunities, and ensuring your pro bono experience is meaningful and productive. You also will hear from Laura Klein, the Pro Bono Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Justice, who will be available to answer questions about doing pro bono work as a federal government attorney. Our panel will be moderated by Julie Abbate, DOJ attorney, former legal services attorney, and Washington Council of Lawyers board member. Bring your lunch, a government-issued ID, and all of your questions!
Our January Best Practices in Pro Bono session will look at innovative ways to care for your pro bono volunteers -- and yourself! -- to avoid burnout and maximize the pro bono experience for clients and volunteers alike. We know how challenging and emotionally draining pro bono work can be. Our expert panel will share ways to support and encourage pro bono volunteers when the hours are long and the client emergencies are real. Our panelists will include Kim Dauton, social worker at Children's Law Center, and Denise Perme manager of the D.C. Bar's Lawyer Assistance Program. Our panel will be moderated by Paul Lee from Dechert. We will have a continental breakfast at 8:45 am; the facilitated discussion will take place from 9-10:15 am. Start the year with realistic resolutions to take care of yourself and your pro bono volunteers!
Join us at a great party for a great cause. We'll gather at Bar Deco on Thursday, December 7, starting at 6:30 pm—with a DJ, free appetizers, and free drink tickets for the first 35 people to arrive. Be sure to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Mary's Center's annual toy drive. Mary's Center is a Community Health Center that provides health care, family literacy, and social services to individuals whose needs too often go unmet by the public and private systems. We are pleased to cosponsor this event with the South Asian Bar Association, Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and Federal Bar Association—DC Chapter. Space is limited, so register early!
Our annual awards ceremony gives us a chance to recognize lawyers and organizations who make exceptional contributions to the pro bono and public-interest community. At this year’s ceremony, we will give out the following awards: Presidents Award for Public Service Patty Mullahy Fugere (Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless) Government Pro Bono Award Deborah Birnbaum (U.S. Department of Labor) Legal Services Award Tracy Goodman (Children's Law Center) Law Firm Award Mayer Brown LLP Above & Beyond Award Jaya Saxena (George Washington University Law School) Tickets are now on sale. You can also honor this year's awards recipients by sponsoring the Awards Ceremony. For more information, please contact our Executive Director, Nancy Lopez, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 942-5063.