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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.

Registration is now open!

The 2022 Summer Forum is a six-part series featuring 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 introduce lawyers and law students to pro bono and public-interest career options and volunteer opportunities. The panel discussions will take place on:

  • Non-Litigation Pro Bono on Thursday, June 9
  • Poverty Law on Thursday, June 16
  • Criminal Law & Death Penalty on Thursday, June 16
  • Civil Rights & Civil Liberties on Thursday, June 23
  • Immigration & Human Rights on Thursday, June 23

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. A single registration provides access to all four days of Summer Forum sessions, and recordings of each session will be sent to all registered attendees.

The cost is only $35 for WCL Members; $45 for Government & Public-Interest Lawyers, Interns, and Individual Law Students; and $65 for Law Firm Lawyers, Summer Associates, Corporate Law Department Lawyers, and Law Department Interns, and the General Public. Or you can attend the keynote in person for just $15 more.

Summer Program Coordinators: If you’d like your summer associates or interns to attend, but don’t yet know their names, you can register them as guests (First name: Guest 1, Last Name: Organization Name). Please email Christina Jackson (at if you need any assistance.

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

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

Photos and live tweets from the 2021 Summer Forum on our social media using #SumFo21.

Recap of 2021 Summer Forum

Recap of 2020 Summer Forum

Photos of 2019 Summer Forum

Video of David Cole at the 2018 Summer Forum

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