REGISTRATION COMING SOON! SAVE THE DATE! Sponsored by Rising for Justice (formerly DC Law Students in Court) With the Expungement Clinic, you will have the opportunity to represent indigent clients in sealing their DC criminal records. At the clinic, attorneys will conduct intake interviews and eligibility determinations for attendees. Rising for Justice will place appropriate clients for pro bono representation after the event. Rising for Justice will conduct all outreach to ensure client attendance and pro bono placement after the event. Overview of work: Attorneys may work alone or in pairs to conduct a 30 to 45-minute client interview and subsequent eligibility determination. They will have the option to continue representation of their client under representation at their respective firms. Time commitment: 1 to 3 hours, exclusive of training, depending on the number of attendees served in total. TRAINING Training to represent clients in DC records sealing will be in person on site on the day of the event. This training will last approximately 30 minutes. Pro bono attorney mentoring will take place throughout the duration of the event. LSIC will also give you access to a resource bank that contains expungement materials and sample motions. The attorneys at LSIC will be available to provide as much guidance as you may need throughout your Expungement case. We hope to welcome you to the LSIC family and share the rewards of pro bono service. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pro Bono Director Gwendolyn Washington by phone at (202) 424-2265 or by e-mail at GWashington@dclawstudents.org. And join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using#DCProBono19!
Sponsored by Children's Law Center The last person that a parent expects to see at the pediatrician's office is a lawyer. However, medical-legal partnerships help families obtain the legal services that they need to improve their children's health. During DC Pro Bono Week, we'll visit an innovative medical-legal partnership that's become an integral part of Children's Law Center's legal work. Come East of the Anacostia River to meet a Children's Law Center lawyer — who is right in the middle of a neighborhood Health Center. You'll learn about the innovative medical-legal partnership model and hear the inspiring stories of clients who have obtained better education, housing, and benefits. Medical personnel will describe their experience with having a lawyer join their treatment team. We'll also tour the clinic and show you how high-quality medical care can be delivered to low-income DC residents. Join us in learning how medical and legal issues intersect and how you can get involved with Children Law Center's work. Pre-registration is required because space is limited. And join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using#DCProBono19!
Not only does Washington, DC have a rich history of bringing about social and political change through First Amendment demonstrations, but in recent years, increased participation in public demonstrations has created a need for more pro bono attorneys to help in this area. Hear from experts in the field and attorneys who have handled major litigation, as they discuss hot topics related to First Amendment pro bono. Learn about ways to get involved in pro bono opportunities that protect some of the most fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Panelists will include: Marques Banks, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Washington Lawyers’ Committee Barbara Harding, Partner, Jones Day The panel will be moderated by Jill Dash, Vice President of Strategic Engagement, American Constitution Society and President, Women’s’ Bar Association of DC A Happy Hour will begin at 6 pm followed by the panel discussion from 6:30-7:30 pm. And join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using#DCProBono19!
Sponsored by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center The Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic gives business and transactional attorneys the opportunity to donate their expertise to small businesses. The Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinics allow current and aspiring small business owners to speak with an attorney about their legal problems or questions that affect their businesses. Small businesses serve as the cornerstone for economic development in disadvantaged areas, but many cannot afford legal fees for advice that may determine whether they sink or swim. While only brief advice is given, entrepreneurs are able to engage in one-on-one consultations with an attorney. Matters that arise include business formation, real estate, employment, intellectual property and joint ventures and partnership agreements. One to two trainings are held each year for interested volunteers, but it is not required to volunteer. New volunteers often shadow veteran volunteers during their first few consultations. For the volunteer manual, click here. If you have further questions about volunteering, please email Christine Kulumani, Staff Attorney, at CKulumani@dcbar.org. To be added to the email list to receive information on upcoming volunteer opportunities, or small business law trainings, email Lauren Paley, Program Specialist, at Lpaley@dcbar.org. And join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using#DCProBono19!
This year's National Pro Bono Week theme is domestic violence, and October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At Legal Aid, we regularly are looking for pro bono counsel to represent domestic violence survivors in child custody cases to help them achieve long-term safety and stability for themselves and their children. For parents who cannot afford a lawyer, navigating the court system on their own is difficult enough; and, for survivors of domestic violence who share children with their former partners who were abusive, having to face their former partners in court can be daunting at best. Bring your "brown bag" lunch and come learn from Legal Aid's domestic violence and family law experts. Discussion topics will include: Child custody law basics What is involved in handling a “typical” child custody case How the dynamics of domestic violence impact child custody cases Next steps to get involved If you have questions about the event or have any difficulty registering, please email Sylvia Soltis at firstname.lastname@example.org. And join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using#DCProBono19!
Co-sponsored by Georgetown University Law Center The "Walk a Month" Poverty Simulation is a unique training opportunity for anyone who wants to better understand the hardships faced by low-income clients. Over the course of a four hours, we simulate a full month in the life of a typical low-income community; each week takes 15 to 20 minutes. Participants are divided into families; each family is placed in a specific set of circumstances based on real clients' experiences; and then you live the life of that family: working, obtaining benefits, buying food, taking your children to school, and staying in housing. We'll have volunteers on hand to portray merchants, employers, police officers, landlords, teachers, agency representatives, and others. When it's done, we'll discuss your experiences and how they reflect obstacles faced and decisions made by our clients. This interactive, immersive experience is appropriate for any lawyer interested in pro bono or public-interest work, board members of public-interest organizations, and law students. Whether you work at a law firm, nonprofit organization, government agency, or in-house legal department—or hope to do so after law school—you'll learn and grow from this unique simulation. And join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using#DCProBono19!
Sponsored by the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program In celebration of Pro Bono Week, The Veterans Consortium (TVC) is partnering with local volunteers and DC area law students to hold three, one-day pop-up legal clinics to serve the needs of veterans. These clinics will be held in three locations, simultaneously throughout Washington, DC. Locations: Transition & Care Management Center, DC VA Medical Center, 50 Irving Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20422 DC VAMC Women Veterans Health Clinic, DC VA Medical Center, 50 Irving Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20422 VA Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC), 1500 Franklin St N.E., Washington, DC 20018 TVC seeks volunteer attorneys to work with volunteer law students at the Transition & Care Management Center Clinic. Volunteers will interview veterans, conduct issue spotlighting, and refer veterans to appropriate legal aid organizations. Areas of law may include veterans' benefits, military discharge upgrades, family law, consumer law, landlord-tenant law, and employment law. Training and referral materials will be provided onsite. No prior experience is necessary. Four attorney and two law student volunteers are needed for the Transition & Care Management Center Clinic. Attorneys and students interested in volunteering to participate in the clinic at the Transition & Care Management Center should contact Jeff Janicke, TVC Staff Attorney, at email@example.com. And join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using#DCProBono19!
Please join the Chief Judges of the D.C. Courts as we launch Pro Bono Week 2019! We will celebrate pro bono attorneys for their service and welcome those who want to learn more about how to expand access to justice for people in our community who cannot afford counsel. Our celebration will feature: • The Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, Chief Judge, D.C. Court of Appeals • The Honorable Robert Morin, Chief Judge, D.C. Superior Court • Susie Hoffman, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP and DC Bar President Start your day with a light breakfast, a hearty "thank you" from the Chief Judges, and an opportunity to learn how you can make a difference by providing much-needed representation right here in our D.C. Courts! No matter what your area of practice, your unique skills as a lawyer mean the world to a District resident who needs representation to resolve a legal matter that impacts their family, housing, safety or economic security. Pro bono lawyers impact lives. Local pro bono impacts our community. Thank you to Crowell & Moring for hosting! And join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using#DCProBono19.
Sponsored by Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) In celebration of DC Pro Bono Week, the Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) is offering two sessions of its D.C. Superior Court Tour. Click below to register for one of the following sessions: Monday, October 21, 2019, 10:00 - 11:00 am Thursday, October 24, 2019, 2:00 - 3:00 pm The tour will start at the Information Desk on the 1st floor of the main building of D.C. Superior Court. This learning opportunity is ideal for attorneys interested in assisting survivors of crime (e.g. theft, simple assault, etc.), as well as attorneys with a specific interest in assisting survivors of domestic violence, dating abuse, sexual assault, and stalking. It will include an introduction to the Criminal Division, the Domestic Violence Division, the Domestic Violence Intake Center, and more! Participants will learn a brief overview of Crime Victims' Rights history, and how Crime Victims' Rights can be used to benefit and protect survivors of crime in criminal proceedings of all types (identity theft, homicide, hate crimes, domestic violence, elder abuse, etc.). Participants will also learn how survivors of domestic violence, dating abuse, sexual assault, and stalking access Civil Protection Orders (CPOs) in DC, and how these civil cases overlap with criminal proceedings. Finally, participants will learn about pro bono opportunities NVRDC has to offer. Participants: This tour is primarily designed for attorneys interested in (or already committed to) DC pro bono opportunities, but other colleagues are welcome to attend, space permitting! There is no requirement that participants commit to a pro bono matter in order to attend. This event is offered free of charge. Space is limited! Registration will close on Friday, October 18, 2019, at 11:59 pm. Questions? Contact Alex Scott, Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, at firstname.lastname@example.org. NVRDC is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, and employment. To request an accommodation, contact Alex Scott, Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, at least ten (10) days in advance at email@example.com. And join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using#DCProBono19!
Coding Justice is a DC Pro Bono Week collaboration event between social-justice nonprofits and the tech world, in partnership with Washington Council of Lawyers, DC Legal Hackers and Dechert LLP. Members of the legal community join tech-savvy volunteers to explore tech solutions to legal problems. We are looking for volunteers from both the legal community and the tech world: lawyers from all sectors are welcome. In particular, we're looking for tech volunteers with computer science or civic hacking experience in the following areas: Design thinking Data management Technology solutions Technical design A light dinner will be provided to nourish our creative problem solving. And join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using#DCProBono19!
Additional Spaces Now Available! Improv is an amazing way to help people connect with each other. For lawyers, improvisation can help improve critical thinking on one's feet, effective communication, and working with others. Developing the ability to think fast and react appropriately in the moment can mean the difference between failure and success in the courtroom, in the meeting room or around the water cooler. (Just kidding!) At Improv for Lawyers, we will explore the fundamental ideas of improvisation and how they can be applied to the everyday tasks of lawyers. Instructors will take participants through exercises that will help you enhance your trial skills, conduct more effective negotiations, and find new ways to work constructively with clients and colleagues. The best part is the creation of community space where all can be at ease among peers and possibly find some collective catharsis. Never fear! You don't need to be funny to participate; all experiences, backgrounds, and wits are welcome. The workshop is hosted by Washington Improv Theater, which is dedicated to sharing the ideas and spirit of improv with all of DC. Space is limited to 20 participants. Register early!
Held for the past 33 years, the Walk & 5K to End HIV is Whitman-Walker Health’s signature fundraiser that calls on thousands of Washington, DC area residents to strap up their shoes and walk or run to support WWH’s mission of providing dependable, high-quality, comprehensive and accessible health care to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. In a city where three percent of adults are known to have HIV and an additional three percent are infected but don’t know their status, the Walk & 5K to End HIV plays a vital role in honoring our lost ones and raising funds and awareness to fight the epidemic. By registering and fundraising, you are keeping our community members healthy, well and alive. Additionally, you’re helping the prevention of new HIV infections and the creation of and AIDS-free, virally suppressed generation. This year, we'll field a Washington Council of Lawyers team for this great event. Join our team for a fun morning of shared effort and to raise awareness and money for a good cause. RSVP at the link below so we know to expect you as a part of our team. Then officially register for the race and join our team at this link. We welcome seasoned race runners, casual walkers, families and friends!
SOLD OUT! Waitlist available (click on registration link) Staying up to speed on the ever-changing social media landscape is important for any lawyer. Whether it's marketing your practice, furthering your cause, or advancing your professional development, social media can be a powerful tool if used correctly. Yet the legal profession struggles to fully embrace and properly use social media. In Social Media for Lawyers, we'll walk through the various platforms, discuss their uses, and provide strategies for developing a social media communication plan. Our panelists will be: Renata Aguilera-Titus, Communications Manager, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless Sarah Lackritz, Director of Marketing & Communications, Equal Justice Works Sam Scarrow, Media Relations Manager, Voices for Civil Justice The panel will be moderated by Prianka Sharma, co-chair of the Washington Council of Lawyers Communications Committee. This program is for lawyers at every level of experience and every type of practice. Everyone can benefit from being more social! Bring your lunch & a friend - we'll provide the drinks & dessert!
Sharpen your impeachment skills at the next installment in our Litigation Skills Series. Expert trial lawyers Mary Kennedy and Katherine Oler will discuss both the mechanics and strategies for impeaching witnesses. The course will begin with a lively presentation and top-notch demonstration and end with the opportunity to get on your feet and practice what you have learned. Mary Kennedy is the Training Counsel at Arnold & Porter. She brings decades of experience litigating trials in D.C. Superior Court and numerous hours of teaching Litigation Skills trainings. She was named a Top Lawyer in criminal defense by Washingtonian in 2018. Katherine Oler works at the United States Court of Federal Claims. Prior to her appointment to the Court, she served as an Air Force Judge Advocate where she primarily worked in the criminal litigation area. She has held positions as first-chair felon prosecutor, a defense attorney, and a trial judge. She also brings many years of trial advocacy teaching experience. Lunch will be provided thanks to the generosity of Planet Depos. This course has been pre-approved for 2.0 participatory CLE credits in CA, 2.0 skills CLE credits in NY, and 2.0 general CLE credits in VA. Reciprocal credit may be available in other jurisdictions. Scholarships are available due to the generosity of the D.C. Bar Foundation. To apply for a scholarship, please complete this online scholarship form. Space is limited, so register today!