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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

Details on the application process are below:

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.

Application Process: Please submit a statement of interest (no longer than two pages) and your resume.
In your statement, please discuss the following:

  • Why you want to join the board and why you’re interested in pro bono and public-interest law;
  • Your relevant experience—whether personal, work-related, in the community, with other organizations, or with Washington Council of Lawyers;
  • Any skills—such as writing, social media, fundraising event planning, membership recruitment, budgeting and finance, or cross-cultural competence—that you might bring to the board; and
  • Whether you are a member of an underserved or underrepresented community.

Applicants are selected based on the anticipated needs of the board. We often receive many more applicants than available spots. Even if you are not selected to join our board this year, we may ask you to get involved with one of our committees and encourage you to apply again in the future.

Submit your application to join our board here. Applications are due by 5 pm on Wednesday, April 21.  

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