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As the public-interest bar association of the District of Columbia, we promote pro bono service and public-interest law, expand access to justice, and aim to create a vibrant community of public-interest lawyers, law students, legal professionals, and others to close the access-to-justice gap. Serving on our board is personally and professionally rewarding

Applications for the 2021-2022 board year have closed.

Information for the 2022-2023 board year applications will be posted in March 2022. In the meantime, below are the qualifications and responsibilities of our working board.

Qualifications:  Because the legal profession should be as varied and diverse as the world that we live in, our board comprises individuals from diverse backgrounds who bring a range of skills, interests, and voices. Board members come from all sectors of the legal community and are committed to pro bono and public-interest law; we work collaboratively amongst ourselves and with other organizations so that we can have an even greater impact.

We also ask board members to be dues-paying members of Washington Council of Lawyers. You can join, renew your membership, or check on its status here.

Responsibilities: This is a working board. The term of service is one year from September 1, 2021, until August 31, 2022, with the opportunity to stay on for future terms. You should plan to attend six board meetings each year (typically at lunchtime during the week). You also should plan to either co-chair or actively participate in at least two of our committees (including Advocacy; Budget, Finance & Planning; Communications; D.C. Bar Affairs; Judicial Endorsements; Honorary Board; Membership; Personnel; Pro Bono & Public Interest; Special Events & Fundraising; Strategic Planning). Board members are encouraged to attend our events when possible and to make a personally meaningful financial contribution to the organization each year.

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




Our Board meetings for 2020-2021 will take place at noon on:

Thursday, September 10
Monday, November 16
Wednesday, January 13
Thursday, March 16
Thursday, April 29
Thursday, May 18
Wednesday, July 28

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

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