Best Practices in Pro Bono is a chance to share advice and tips for improving your pro bono program—together with pro bono coordinators from legal services organizations, government agencies, in-house legal departments, and law-firms from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. At Best Practices in Pro Bono: Impact Litigation, we'll explore the special challenges and opportunities that come with pro bono work in class action and impact litigation cases. When volunteer lawyers seek to change the shape of the law and benefit entire classes of people, they have the chance to gain new skills and change the world. But, there is also much that can go sideways. Learn from our experienced panelists how to manage the people, information, deadlines, and data that come with taking on major pro bono cases. Our panelists for this conversation include: Ted Howard, Pro Bono Partner, Wiley Rein LLP Chinh Le, Legal Director, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia Adina Appelbaum, Program Director, Immigration Impact Lab, CAIR Coalition Our moderator is Paul Lee, Pro Bono Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Continental breakfast and casual conversation will start at 8:45 am; the facilitated discussion will take place from 9–10:15 am.
Our annual awards ceremony gives us a chance to recognize lawyers and organizations who make exceptional contributions to the pro bono and public-interest community. At this year’s ceremony, we will recognize the recipients of these awards: Presidents Award for Public Service Shelley Broderick (UDC David A. Clarke School of Law) Government Pro Bono Award Catalina Martinez (U.S. Small Business Administration) Law Firm Award Covington & Burling LLP Legal Services Award Lindsy Miles-Hare (Ayuda) We also will offer special recognition to D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine for his recent adoption of an office-wide pro bono policy that encourages lawyers in the Office of the Attorney General to provide critical legal services to people in need. Join us for a celebratory evening of delicious food & drink, inspiring community connections, and the chance to celebrate our local pro bono and public-interest advocates who work tirelessly to increase access to justice! Tickets are now on sale. You can also honor this year's awards recipients by sponsoring the Awards Ceremony. For more information, please contact our Executive Director, Nancy Lopez, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 942-5063. Thank you to our 2018 Awards Ceremony Sponsors: Trailblazer Arnold & Porter Kirkland & Ellis LLP Defender Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Buckley Sandler LLP Covington & Burling LLP Hogan Lovells Sidley Austin LLP Pioneer Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, PLLC Capital One Bank Cooley LLP Crowell & Moring Dechert LLP DLA Piper US LLP Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Seyfarth Shaw LLP Steptoe & Johnson LLP TM Financial Forensics Wiley Rein If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact our Executive Director, Nancy Lopez, at email@example.com or 202-942-5063.
Join us for our next Happy Hour, where you can connect with other public-interest-minded lawyers and law students for conversation, connection, and camaraderie! We will meet on Monday, November 19, from 6-8 pm at BlackFinn Ameripub (1620 Eye Street NW). There will be extended happy hour specials (cash bar) and some free light nibbles. We especially welcome all lawyers who are young in fact or young at heart! As you get ready for Thanksgiving with family and friends, we invite you to start your attitude of gratitude with us on Monday night. Be thankful for the many opportunities to do pro bono work, appreciate the warmth of our public-interest community, and be grateful for a lively night out with some inspiring lawyers and law students!