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2023 Summer Forum Keynote Nicole Austin-Hillery

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 2023 Summer Forum features an in-person and live-streamed keynote luncheon with Nicole Austin-Hillery, President & CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. followed by six virtual practice area panel discussions that introduce lawyers and law students to pro bono and public-interest career options and volunteer opportunities. The panel discussions include:

  • Non-Litigation Pro Bono – Thursday, June 8 from 12:00-1:15 pm ET
  • Environmental Justice – Thursday, June 8 from 1:15-2:30 pm ET
  • Poverty Law – Thursday, June 15 from 12:00-1:15 pm ET
  • Criminal Law & Death Penalty – Thursday, June 15 from 1:15-2:30 pm ET
  • Civil Rights & Civil Liberties – Thursday, June 22 from 12:00-1:15 pm ET
  • Immigration & Human Rights – Thursday, June 22 from 1:15-2:30 pm ET

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 #SumFo23.

Recap of 2022 Summer Forum

Recap of 2021 Summer Forum

Recap of 2020 Summer Forum

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