Supreme Court Term In Review: View From The Press Gallery (2019)

Supreme Court Term in Review: View From the Press Gallery (2019)

Join us for a lively analysis of the recently-concluded Supreme Court term with those who know it best - the press who cover the Court. Our panel of journalists will highlight significant cases, discuss the implications of those decisions, and make a few educated guesses about what lies ahead for the Court. Part news, part law, and part conjecture, this panel is sure to be intriguing! 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 Paul Smith, Vice President, Litigation & Strategy, Campaign Legal Center. The cost of this program is $24 for Washington Council of Lawyers Members, $26 for public-interest and government lawyers, and $30 for the general public & law firm attendees. (Join here to receive the discounted price.) Lunch is provided and the program offers open seating, so please arrive early! We look forward to having you join us for lunch and a fascinating discussion of the recently-concluded Supreme Court term!

2019 Summer Public Interest Forum

2019 Summer Public Interest Forum

Our annual Summer Forum is a tradition among many summer-associate and summer-intern programs because it brings together lawyers, summer associates, summer interns and others interested in using their law degrees to help those in need, and highlights the importance of pro bono and public-interest work throughout one's legal career. This year's event features a keynote discussion of civil rights advocacy and the impact pro bono lawyers have on filling the access to justice gap.  After the keynote, we’ll offer lunch and breakout sessions where you can learn more about pro bono and public-interest work in DC. Our panels feature experts in these areas of law: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Criminal Law & Death Penalty Human Rights & Immigration Law Poverty Law Ethics, Transparency & Accountability Non-litigation Practice With so many significant panels, you may have difficulty choosing just one! The Summer Forum is open to Washington Council of Lawyers members (join), participants in summer-associate and summer-intern programs, and others interested in learning more about incorporating public-interest law into their practice. This event routinely sells out - so register quickly. Look for updates and join the conversation about the Summer Forum using #SummerForum19 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

Lawyers Have Heart 10K Race 5K Run And Fun Walk

Lawyers Have Heart 10K Race 5K Run and Fun Walk

Lawyers Have Heart is the premier athletic philanthropic event led by the greater Washington legal community and brings together more than 300 organizations and over 6,000 runners and walkers in support of the American Heart Association. Since 1991, Lawyers Have Heart has raised over $13 million for the American Heart Association and each year is one of the largest 10K races in the Washington DC area. This year, we'll field a Washington Council of Lawyers team for this great event. Join us for a fun morning of shared effort and to raise money for a good cause. RSVP at the link below so we know who is on the team. Then register as part of the team at this link. We welcome seasoned race runners, casual walkers, families and friends! Early Bird pricing to register for the race ends February 28. $35 Early Bird pricing without technical t-shirt $65 Early Bird pricing with technical t-shirt

Best Practices In Pro Bono: DC Pro Bono Task Force Listening Session

Best Practices in Pro Bono: DC Pro Bono Task Force Listening Session

Best Practices in Pro Bono is a chance to share advice and tips for improving your pro bono program—with legal services, government, in-house, and law-firm pro bono coordinators from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. For our final Best Practices in Pro Bono Session of this season, we are bringing together the leaders of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Task Force with pro bono stakeholders to discuss issues that the task force working groups are taking on. This is a unique opportunity to share the experiences and ideas of those working closest with pro bono attorneys so we all can better understand some of the challenges that are limiting pro bono volunteerism in our local courts.  Join us to learn what the Pro Bono Task Force is doing, and how Bar leadership is hoping to engage its members more to increase pro bono services. Our panelists for this conversation will be: Ron Flagg, Chair of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Task Force, and Vice President and General Counsel of the Legal Services Corporation Meg McKinney, Chair of the Pro Bono Task Force Domestic Relations Working Group and Partner at Delaney McKinney LLP Rebecca Troth, Chair of the Pro Bono Task Force Housing Working Group and Executive Director of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Nancy Drane, Chair of the Pro Bono Task Force Appellate Working Group and Executive Director of the D.C. Access to Justice Commission Our moderator is Paul Lee, Pro Bono Counsel at Steptoe LLP. Continental breakfast and casual conversation will start at 8:45 am; the facilitated discussion will take place from 9–10:15 am.

Volunteer At The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Advice & Referral Clinic

Volunteer at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Advice & Referral Clinic

Join us in delivering legal assistance to our neighbors in need at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's Advice & Referral Clinic. At the clinic, we provide brief advice (and referrals) to people who otherwise wouldn't have access to legal help. We meet East of the River 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, but it is important that you are able to stay until at least 2:30 pm. As a volunteer attorney, you'll answer basic questions about a variety of common issues including consumer law, family law, housing law, public benefits, bankruptcy, and other topics. Don't worry if you're not 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 in good standing of the D.C. Bar (but you may be inactive or retired) or a member in good standing of the bar of another U.S. state or territory. Any attorney volunteers who have not completed a volunteer application in the last year should submit one here: Once you register to attend, our volunteer coordinator, Sebastien Monzon Rueda, will be in touch with additional details.

Litigation Skills Series: Trial Advocacy

Litigation Skills Series: Trial Advocacy

The two-day Litigation Skills Series: Trial Advocacy takes place on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10. Through lecture, demonstration, and small-group on your feet sessions, attendees will learn the basics of opening statements, closing arguments, direct and cross examinations, impeachment, using documents—and more. Top-notch trial lawyers provide two full days of training and plenty of individual attention and feedback. For Washington Council of Lawyers members, this comprehensive trial-advocacy training costs just $90. For non-members, the cost is $130 for public interest and government lawyers, and $180 for those in the private sector. (Join Washington Council of Lawyers to take advantage of the discounted member tuition.) The cost includes the materials and lunch on both days. Scholarships are available due to the generosity of the D.C. Bar Foundation; please email our Executive Director, Nancy Lopez, for information on how to apply. CLE approval is pending and not guaranteed in CA, NY, and VA. Reciprocal credit may be available in other jurisdictions.

Yoga For Lawyers

Yoga for Lawyers

Stretch into spring with Yoga for Lawyers. A fun and relaxing way to connect with other public-interest lawyers and law students. Our instructor from YogaNoMa will lead a class that is appropriate for all levels, and there will be time for healthy snacks and networking afterwards! The class will be held on Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 pm at The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (1331 H Street NW, Suite 350). Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a water bottle, a towel and a yoga mat if you have one. This yoga class costs just $5 for WCL members and their guests, or $15 for all others.  (Join today to get the discounted price!)

Litigation Skills Series: Public Speaking & Executive Presence

Litigation Skills Series: Public Speaking & Executive Presence

Whether you’re in court, speaking at a conference, meeting with a client, or anywhere else, speaking confidently and effectively is essential. Good public speaking can advance your career; weak public speaking can hold you back. In Litigation Skills Series: Public Speaking & Executive Presence, you'll learn practical strategies to help you connect with any audience and to enhance your poise and polish. Public speaking isn't just for litigators. Lawyers also need to talk to the press, testify before legislators, address committees, and more. So public speaking is important—and it can also be enjoyable, as we'll discuss at our next skills training on public speaking for lawyers. This event will be facilitated by Dr. Jean Miller of Spoken with Authority, a DC-based consultancy that trains professionals to become better presenters. Bring your lunch. Drinks & desserts will be provided.  

Litigation Skills Series: Mediation

Litigation Skills Series: Mediation

Sold out! Registration has filled for this course. You may join the waiting list using the Register button below.  Mediation can be an effective way of resolving disputes between parties with minimal costs and effective results. Mediation can be used in a wide variety of cases from complex civil cases to small claims, family, and landlord-tenant cases. And mediation provides many advantages to both parties. Our training begins with a presentation focused on mediation and negotiation theory. Melissa Reinberg, mediator and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, will explore tips for effective client preparation, using leverage in negotiations, and identifying the Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement. Then, each participant will have the opportunity to participate in two different mock mediation sessions of a typical Landlord & Tenant case. In one session, participants will participate in the mediation as the lawyer representing one of the parties, and in the other they will play the role of the client. The mediations will be conducted by experienced mediators from the Multi-door Dispute Resolution Division of D.C. Superior Court. The training will conclude with lunch and an opportunity to debrief and ask questions. Scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of the D.C. Bar Foundation. Please email Nancy Lopez at for more information on applying for a scholarship.