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2017 Awards Ceremony

2017 Awards Ceremony

Our annual awards ceremony gives us a chance to recognize the outstanding contributions of lawyers and organizations who make exceptional contributions to the pro bono and public-interest community. At this year’s ceremony, we will present our Presidents Award for Public Service, Government Pro Bono Award, Legal Services Award, and our Law Firm Award. Our Awards Ceremony is always one of the year’s highlights, and we hope you’ll join us for food, drink, and an inspiring evening.

Coding Justice

Coding Justice

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. At the event, members of the legal community will join tech-savvy volunteers to explore tech solutions for legal problems. We will together discuss pre-submitted legal problems, considering what tech solutions could be crafted, and then select one legal problem that we will design a tech solution for at a later date. We are looking for volunteers from both the legal community and the tech world: lawyers from all sectors are welcome. Tech volunteers with computer science or civic hacking experience in the following areas are needed to help us tackle this exciting project: Design thinking Data management Technology solutions Technical design A light dinner will be provided to nourish our creative problem-solving. We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity!

Public Speaking Series

Public Speaking Series

New on our menu of skills trainings: A four-part course on presenting professionally—from everyday conversations and briefings to impromptu speaking to courtroom advocacy. The course will be taught by Christine Clapp, President of Spoken with Authority; the goal is help you present clearly and dynamically in a variety of workplace settings. Class size is small, so each speaker will get plenty of time to practice and receive feedback. 1. October 16 Exercise: Inventory speaking skills Develop group expectations Learn strategies to manage nervousness and develop a pre-speaking routine Overview the five S’s of executive presence 2. October 23 Exercise: Elevator pitch, video review, and reflection Explore the Sandwich Structure Apply the Sandwich Structure to outline a 3–4 minute briefing 3. October 30 Exercise: Briefing, video review, and reflection Learn strategies for impromptu speaking Apply strategies for impromptu speaking to several practice questions 4. November 6 Exercise: Opening statement in breakout sessions and feedback from Spoken with Authority and legal experts Review video and evaluate progress Set goals for future presentations and identify speaking opportunities  Thank you to the D.C. Bar Foundation for supporting our public-interest community by providing scholarships for this training.

Litigation Skills Series: Objections

Litigation Skills Series: Objections

Knowing when and how to object is critical not only to winning at trial, but also to making sure that issues are preserved for appeal. Our next installment of our Litigation Skills Training will focus on the skills and tactics of an effective objection. Litigation Skills Series: Objections will be led by Daria Zane (Assistant General Counsel, National Science Foundation; former Magistrate Judge at the Court of Federal Claims) and Sharon Goodie (Judge, DC Office of Administrative Hearings; former prosecutor, DC Attorney General's office). This award-winning training offers both demonstrations and a Jeopardy-style game so that you can learn the rules and how to apply them. CLE approval is pending, but not guaranteed, in California, New York, and Virginia. Scholarships are available to public-interest lawyers due to the generosity of the D.C. Bar Foundation. Contact Nancy Lopez at nlopez@wclawyers.org to learn more about how to apply for scholarship assistance. Bring your lunch and get ready to object!

Best Practices In Pro Bono: Language Access

Best Practices in Pro Bono: Language Access

Best Practices in Pro Bono offers an opportunity to improve your pro bono program. Through a facilitated discussion, pro bono coordinators at law firms, corporations, law schools, legal services providers, and advocacy organizations exchange ideas and share their experiences—all to better deliver legal services to pro bono clients. We focus on both pro bono volunteers and the clients receiving legal help. Our September discussion will focus on the resources, challenges, and realities of language access in pro bono service. We will highlight the resources available to pro bono attorneys who are working with limited English proficient clients, and exchange tips for avoiding common language access pitfalls. Our panelists will include: Karen Grisez (Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson) James Plunkett (Office of Court Interpreting Services & Language Access Program, D.C. Superior Court) David Steib (Ayuda) Our conversation will be moderated by Paul Lee, the Pro Bono Manager at Dechert. We'll have light breakfast and talk informally at 8:45 am, and the facilitated discussion will take place from 9:00–10:15.

Corporate Pro Bono Roundtable

Corporate Pro Bono Roundtable

Join us to learn how in-house lawyers can do pro bono work. Our panel will (1) discuss the benefits of pro bono for in-house lawyers—whether they are new to legal practice or have been at it for years; (2) identify a variety of legal-services organizations with strong pro bono programs and explore different pro bono partnership models; (3) answer thorny questions about conflicts of interest, malpractice insurance, and the unauthorized practice of law. Our panelists include: Susan Hackett, Legal Executive Leadership, LLC Luise Welby, Freddie Mac Kathi Westcott, Pew Charitable Trusts Our moderator will be Pat McGlone (Ullico Inc.), the current President of the D.C. Bar. Lunch will be provided thanks to the generosity of our host, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. We are pleased to co-sponsor this program with the Association of Corporate Counsel for the National Capital Region.