Get Involved

Our all-volunteer board of directors is integral to everything we do, including advocacy, mentoring, training, event planning, communications, fundraising, and more. Serving on our board is rewarding, both personally and professionally. As a board member, you will make connections with leaders in the community, engage in efforts to increase access to justice and help promote and expand the District’s pro bono and public-interest community.

Washington Council of Lawyers believes that the legal profession should be as varied and diverse as the world in which we live. Our board of directors is all-inclusive and is comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds who bring a range of skills, interests, and experience. Our board members work in all sectors of the legal community and are committed to pro bono or public-interest law. They see value in strong collaboration and partnerships so that our efforts have greater impact. We also ask board members to be dues-paying members of the Washington Council of Lawyers (you can join, renew your membership, or check on its status here).

Our board is a working board, which means our board members devote time and energy to our work. The term of service is one year from September 2019 until September 2020, with the opportunity to stay on for future terms. We hold six board meetings each year (typically at lunchtime during the week) and board members actively participate in two of our committees (Communications, Issues, Membership, Special Events & Fundraising, and Pro Bono & Public Interest). Additionally, we ask board members to attend our events, when possible, and to make a personally meaningful financial contribution to the organization.

To apply to join our board of directors, please submit a resume and a statement of interest (no longer than two pages). In your statement of interest, please address the following:

  • Your interest in serving as a board member of the Washington Council of Lawyers;
  • A description of your relevant personal, work, or volunteer experience, including how your unique background and experiences inform your devotion to pro bono and public-interest law;
  • Leadership/experience with other organizations, such as other voluntary bar associations, professional organizations, or community groups; and
  • The perspectives, strengths, talents, and abilities that you would bring to our board (e.g. being a member of a community that traditionally has been underrepresented or under-served, cross-cultural competence, social media savvy, budgeting/financial management, fundraising).

Submit your application materials here by Friday, April 26, 2019. 

For more information, email our Executive Director, Nancy Lopez, at

Our upcoming Board meetings will take place on:

Wednesday, May 15 at noon

Washington Council of Lawyers members are welcome to attend. For more information and to RSVP, contact Executive Director Nancy Lopez at