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D.C. Bar Judicial and Bar Conference: Impacts of COVID-19 on Pro Bono in the District: Techniques, Tips, Technology, and Takeaways Panel

  • When: 23 April 2021, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Where: Virtual
  • Cost: Government/Non-Profit Rate - $149; D.C. Bar Member Discounted Rate - $ 159; Nonmembers & General Public - $199

Join the D.C. Bar virtually for two days of insightful sessions with subject-matter experts from the bench and bar to explore the most pressing issues during the pandemic and beyond.

Washington Council of Lawyers is hosting a panel discussion on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Pro Bono in the District: Techniques, Tips, Technology, and Takeaways on Friday, April 23 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET.

The COVID-19 pandemic has required pro bono volunteers to pivot, from appearing in court remotely to establishing secure ways to connect with clients to juggling the demands of working from home. Our experienced panel will discuss the innovations, tools, and lessons learned that will shape pro bono legal service in the post-pandemic world. Attendees will learn how pro bono programs have equipped volunteers to handle remote client interactions and court proceedings, continued to manage intakes of pro bono cases, and found ways to inspire volunteers.

Our panelists include:

  • Lise Adams, Assistant Director, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
  • Nancy E. Drane, Executive Director, District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission
  • Paul S. Lee, Pro Bono Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Sara Tennen, Executive Director, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project

Nancy Lopez, Executive Director of Washington Council of Lawyers, will moderate this discussion. Our expert panel will share ways to conduct virtual intakes; address client privacy concerns; navigate technology requirements for remote hearings; highlight various substantive, informational, and collaborative resources; and discuss other ways lawyers are striving to meet the increased demand for civil legal services. The panel will also assess areas with the greatest unmet legal needs and identify ways pro bono attorneys can best serve clients in need, including virtual opportunities. At the end of this session, attendees will gain a better understanding of how to increase access points and create a space that fosters trust and personal connection for pro bono clients and lawyers.

Our session is accredited for 1.0 CLE credit hours.

Register now to attend the full conference.

Thank you to the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, D.C. Bar Public Interest and Courts Community, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, and the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission for co-sponsoring this panel.