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Our annual Summer Pro Bono and Public Interest Forum encourages summer associates and summer interns to make pro bono or public-interest work a part of their legal careers and provides an introduction to several different types of public-interest practice.

The 2022 Summer Forum featured Kristen Clarke, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, as our esteemed keynote followed by five virtual practice area panel discussions that introduced lawyers and law students to pro bono and public-interest career options and volunteer opportunities. The panel discussions explored:

  • Non-Litigation Pro Bono
  • Poverty Law
  • Criminal Law & Death Penalty
  • Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • Immigration & Human Rights

The Summer Forum is open to Washington Council of Lawyers members (join), participants in summer associate and summer intern programs, lawyers in law firms, government and public-interest organizations, law students, and others interested in learning more about incorporating public-interest law into their practice.

To learn more about our past Summer Forums, check out the links below.

You can see photos and live tweets from the Summer Forum using #SumFo22.

Recap of 2022 Summer Forum

Recap of 2021 Summer Forum

Recap of 2020 Summer Forum

Photos of 2019 Summer Forum

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