Take a break from your stressors and join us for a lunch-time virtual yoga session. Our instructor from YogaNoMa will lead a class that is appropriate for all levels, and there will be time for virtual networking afterward! The class will be held in the comfort of your own home through Yoga NoMa's virtual studio Yoga NoMa Unbound. You'll need to have an internet connection (whether wireless or mobile data), and the Zoom app downloaded on the device from which you will be joining the class. Once you register, you will receive an email with the streaming link an hour before class starts. The streaming link will go to the email that you registered with, so we recommend you register with an email you regularly check. Wear comfortable clothing, and "bring" a water bottle, a towel and a yoga mat if you have one. This yoga class is free for Washington Council of Lawyers members and $5 for all others. (Join today to get the class for free!)
Our Best Practices in Pro Bono series brings together some of the brightest minds and kindest hearts in the pro bono community. Together we are able to improve the delivery of pro bono legal services for the clients we serve and the lawyers who are doing the work. COVID-19 is bringing change and challenge to everyone, including pro bono directors at law firms, legal services organizations, corporations, and government agencies. That's why we are convening a special virtual edition of Best Practices in Pro Bono on Wednesday, April 29, from 12:30 - 1:45 pm. You will have the chance to connect with your pro bono colleagues to share resources and collaborate on ways to best serve clients in need while offices are closed and in-person meetings are not possible. We will discuss the challenges you are facing, share innovative solutions, and find ways that the DC pro bono community can support one another. Paul Lee, Pro Bono Counsel at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, will facilitate the conversation via webinar. There is no cost to attend. Bring your questions and your suggestions. Sign up today!
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! The cost of this program is $26 for Washington Council of Lawyers Members, $28 for public-interest and government lawyers, and $33 for the general public & law firm attendees. (Join here to receive the discounted member 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! Join and follow the conversation at #SCOTUSpress!
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. It's also a great way to highlight the importance of pro bono and public-interest work throughout one's legal career. This year's event features a keynote discussion with D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby. Judge Blackburne-Rigsby will discuss championing change and advocating for justice, her impressive and varied career, and the importance of pro bono in promoting the rule of law and equal access to justice. After lunch and the the keynote, attend one of six 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 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. Special Early Bird pricing is available until May 1. This event always sells out, so secure your spot now! Summer Program Coordinators: If you'd like your summer associates or interns to attend, but don't yet know their names, you can register them as guests (First name: Guest 1, Last Name: Organization Name). Please email Christina Jackson (at firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need any assistance. Look for updates and join the conversation about the Summer Forum using #SumFo20 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!
Public-interest and pro bono lawyers often interact with clients and witnesses who have experienced trauma. Better understanding the science of trauma can help you be a more effective advocate. Understanding what your client may be feeling makes you a more compassionate lawyer. Learning skills for interviewing people who have experienced trauma in an appropriate way can help you get the information you need to build a strong case while also minimizing the risk of re-traumatizing your client. Join us on Thursday, March 5, from 12:00-2:00 pm at Mayer Brown (1999 K Street) to learn more about trauma-informed interviewing. Our panelists will be: Tara Graham (Senior Program Manager, Just Detention International) Priya Konings (Deputy Director of Legal Services, Kids in Need of Defense) Bridgette Stumpf (Executive Director, Network for Victim Recovery of DC) The panel will be moderated by Jennifer Grishkin (Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, CAIR Coalition). This training is free for Washington Council of Lawyers members (join) and $15 for others. Bring your lunch. We will provide drinks and desserts! Thank you to Mayer Brown for hosting this important topic!
We often roll up our sleeves to help our neighbors in need around the holidays. This year, we will volunteer to sort and bag clothing donations with Gifts for the Homeless on Saturday, December 7, from 11 am until 4 pm. The clothing sorting takes place at 2300 N Street, NW, conveniently located north of Washington Circle and within walking distance of the Foggy Bottom/GW and Dupont Circle Metro stops. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes and bring a water bottle. We will be volunteering with many other groups and individuals to help bring warm clothes to people in need. Learn more here. Last year, Gifts for the Homeless was able to receive, sort, bag and deliver nearly 3,200 bags of clothing and other items to more than 55 homeless service organizations. Join us for a hands-on, worthwhile, and fun volunteer activity that is appropriate for individuals and families. All are welcome!
DC Pro Bono Week may have ended, but the need for volunteers to provide legal help to those in our community is non-stop! Volunteer with us on Saturday, November 9, at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's Advice & Referral Clinic. At the clinic, you'll provide brief advice (and referrals) to people who otherwise wouldn't have access to legal help. We meet 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. As a volunteer attorney, you'll answer questions about consumer law, family law, housing law, public benefits, bankruptcy, and other topics. You don't need to be 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 of the D.C. Bar, or a federal government attorney barred in another state to participate. Once you register to attend, our volunteer coordinator, Sébastien Monzón Rueda, will be in touch with additional details.
Our November Best Practices in Pro Bono features a conversation with Nancy Drane, Executive Director of the DC Access to Justice Commission, previewing some highlights of the Commission’s forthcoming report, Delivering Justice: Addressing Civil Legal Needs in the District of Columbia. Nancy will focus on some of what the Commission learned about civil legal needs in our community, the progress we've made, and what the future may hold. How has the civil legal services community innovated, adapted, and changed since the last Legal Needs Report was issued in 2008? What new areas of need have emerged? What are some of the barriers that low- and moderate-income District residents still face? What is the role of pro bono in moving the needle on our local legal needs? What might be some of the next frontiers in access to justice in the District? Breakfast and networking take place from 8:45-9:00 am. The conversation, facilitated by Lise Adams of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, takes place from 9:00-10:15 am. Thank you to Fried Frank for hosting! Best Practices in Pro Bono is open to pro bono coordinators at law firms, legal services organizations, government agencies, and in-house legal departments. We hope you will join us on Thursday, November 7 – first, to get your morning caffeine buzz, and then, to hear all the buzz about the Commission’s report.