Join us for a lively analysis of the recently-concluded Supreme Court term— through the eyes of the reporters who cover SCOTUS. Our panel of journalists will highlight significant cases, discuss the effects of these decisions, and make a few educated guesses about what lies ahead for the Court. Part news, part law, and part speculation, this panel is sure to be a treat! 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 Art Spitzer, legal director of the ACLU of the District of Columbia.
Fellowships 101 introduces law students to post-graduate public-interest fellowships. The evening begins with a casual reception, where law students can meet current and past fellows and learn about their experiences. Next, Sam Halpert with NALP will discuss PSJD and other online resources for finding fellowships. Finally, our expert panelists will explain how to maximize your chances of landing the fellowship of your dreams, and they'll take audience questions as well. Fellowships 101 is free for Washington Council of Lawyers members (join) and $8 for non-members. Thanks to our co-sponsor Georgetown University Law Center.
Our 2018 Summer Forum features keynote speaker David Cole, national legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU is the oldest and largest civil-liberties organization in the nation. In his role as national legal director, David manages hundreds of lawyers, thousands of volunteers, and over 1,400 state and federal lawsuits on a broad range of civil-liberties issues. David will discuss his public-interest career and the importance of lawyers who seek to protect the rights of the indigent and marginalized. After lunch and David Cole's keynote speech, we’ll offer breakout sessions where you can learn more about pro bono and public-interest work in DC. In particular, we'll cover civil rights & civil liberties, criminal law & death penalty, human rights & immigration law, poverty law, and non-litigation practice. And, given the times, we are offering a new panel this year called Ethics, Transparency & Accountability: Suing the Federal Government. 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 practicing law to benefit those in need. This event is a 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—so save your spot today! Early-bird pricing is available until May 1. We are delighted to co-sponsor this year's Summer Forum with the American Constitution Society, Washington, D.C. Lawyer Chapter.
Each fall we celebrate National Pro Bono Week by organizing our very own DC Pro Bono Week. DC Pro Bono Week 2018 will take place from October 21–27, and will offer lots of opportunities to do pro bono work, learn new pro bono skills, meet other pro bono lawyers, and expand your pro bono horizons. Join us as we start making plans for DC Pro Bono Week 2018! Lunch will be provided for those attending in person, thanks to the generosity of Dechert LLP. Please RSVP so we have an accurate headcount. We hope you will join our amazing planning committee!
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 from all sectors and practices to help an individual in your community. Law students and non-lawyers are also welcome. Sign up, bring a friend, and enjoy a day of service. Once you register, our volunteer coordinator, Linda Popejoy, will be in touch with additional information and to answer any questions.
The two-day Litigation Skills Series: Trial Advocacy takes place on May 3 and May 4. We'll use lecture, demonstration, and small-group sessions to teach the basics of opening statements, closing arguments, direct and cross examinations, impeachment, using documents—and more. It's two days full of training, provided by top-notch trial lawyers, and featuring lots of individual attention and feedback. For Washington Council of Lawyers members, this comprehensive trial-advocacy training costs just $85. For non-members, the cost is $125 for public interest and government lawyers, and $175 for those in the private sector. (Join Washington Council of Lawyers to take advantage of the discounted member tuition.) The cost includes lunch on both days. In additional to lectures, demonstrations and small-group sessions, the training will feature a presentation by U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. 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. The course has been approved for 12.25 CLE credits in CA, 14.5 skills credits in NY, and 11.5 general credits in VA.