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In-House Pro Bono Breakfast And Fair

In-House Pro Bono Breakfast and Fair

Join in-house counsel from around the region for a panel discussion of opportunities for in-house counsel to provide pro bono legal services and solutions to  common challenges, followed by a fair featuring Corporate Pro Bono, ACC NCR, and many other legal services organization representatives and in-house volunteers who will be available to provide information and answer questions. Former DC Bar President and General Counsel of Ullico Pat McGlone will moderate. Panelists include representatives of Ayuda, DC Bar Pro Bono Center, and the Legal Counsel for the Elderly, along with in-house attorneys with experience providing pro bono legal services in collaboration with each organization. This program is for in-house counsel who do or want to do pro bono work. We can't wait to help you find ways for your corporate legal departments to give back! The program is co-sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region, Pro Bono Institute, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Washington Bar Association, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, and Washington Council of Lawyers.

Litigation Skills Series: Depositions

Litigation Skills Series: Depositions

Depositions can be useful tools in all kinds of cases. Under DC's local rules, you may record a video deposition in your office without need for a court reporter. A deposition can be an effective and affordable tool for pro bono and public-interest lawyers and their clients. Our Depositions training is taught by Phil Horton and Joshua Davis from Arnold & Porter, and Chinh Le from The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. The course will feature a mix of lecture and demonstration with plenty of time for Q&A. We will cover the basics of both taking and defending depositions. We'll discuss such topics as how to frame effective questions, proper use of direct vs. leading questions, personal style, use of outlines, and deposition strategy.  And then we'll turn to defending depositions and discuss how to prepare a witness (both on the facts of the case and on how to be an effective witness) and how to defend the actual deposition.  There will also be a demonstration on taking and defending a deposition in a housing case. Bring your lunch, and join us in learning the basics of how to prepare yourself and your witness for a deposition, what techniques are most effective, and what traps to avoid. This course is CLE-approved for 2.5 General - Participatory in California and 2.5 Skills New York. CLE approval is pending and not guaranteed in VA. Scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of the D.C. Bar Foundation. Please email Nancy Lopez at nlopez@wclawyers.org for more information on applying for a scholarship.

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

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

If you resolved to volunteer more this year, a great opportunity awaits you on Saturday, February 9. 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. As a volunteer attorney, you'll answer questions about 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 of the D.C. Bar, or a federal government attorney barred in another state to participate. Once you register to attend, our volunteer coordinator, Sebastien Monzon Rueda, will be in touch with additional details.

Government Pro Bono Roundtable (2019)

Government Pro Bono Roundtable (2019)

Our Government Pro Bono Roundtable is the perfect opportunity to learn about doing pro bono work as a federal government lawyer. Pro bono work can be a rewarding part of a government career; you just need to be familiar with the resources, policies, and strategies that allow you to do the work effectively. At this lively panel discussion, you'll learn about established pro bono programs for government lawyers. Our pro bono experts will share why pro bono work is meaningful to them, tips for managing your schedule and finding the support you need, and info about the many different types of pro bono work available to government lawyers. Bring your lunch, a government-issued ID, and your questions!

Happy Hour (January 2019)

Happy Hour (January 2019)

Our January Happy Hour takes place at Teasim in Penn Quarter, where you can sip bubble tea, get steamy with a cup of hot tea, or relax over a glass of wine.  It's a great opportunity to connect with other public-interest-minded lawyers and law students.  You can learn about pro bono opportunities in DC, discuss the cutting-edge initiatives our local legal services organizations are undertaking, or just catch up with an friend you have not seen in awhile. All are welcome! Drop by anytime between 5:30 - 7:30 pm. You will find us in the meeting space downstairs. Our happy hours are cash bar events, but we'll provide some free Teaism cookies!

Joining The District Of Columbia Bench

Joining the District of Columbia Bench

The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (JNC) screens, selects and recommends to the President of the United States candidates for appointment to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and it appoints the chief judges for both courts. On Tuesday, January 29, join the members of the JNC and judges from the District of Columbia courts for a unique opportunity to learn about the JNC and our local judicial selection process, obtain advice on applying to become a judge in the District of Columbia, and hear firsthand about various facets of serving on the bench. Panelists include: Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan, Judge, United States District Court for the District of Columbia; Chair, JNC Honorable Phyllis D. Thompson, Associate Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals Honorable Darlene M. Soltys, Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia Honorable Rainey Brandt, Magistrate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia Ronald Flagg, Vice President for Legal Affairs, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Legal Services Corporation; Member, JNC This program is brought to you by Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association and co-sponsored by Washington Council of Lawyers.

National Building Museum Talk “Mapping Eviction”

National Building Museum Talk “Mapping Eviction”

Join us for the National Building Museum talk entitled "Mapping Eviction." We will learn about The Eviction Lab, the first nationwide database of evictions, which was created at Princeton University. We will meet at the National Building Museum at 5:30 pm to view the Evicted  exhibition and grab a bite to eat at the Firehook Cafe inside the National Building Museum. At 6:30 pm, we will hear from Eviction Lab research specialists James Hendrickson and Lavar Edmonds present data on the eviction rates and discuss with Evicted exhibit curator Sarah Leavitt how this data can be used in developing solutions. There's no cost to attend, so bring a friend and come out for an evening of learning! Sign up soon!  We're closing registration at noon on Wednesday, January 23, so that we can secure spots and arrange logistics.