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Nicole Austin-Hillery: 2019 Presidents Award for Public Service

14 November 2019   Blog, Featured

Nicole Austin-Hillery has long been recognized as a passionate, mission-driven, and committed civil rights leader fighting for the disenfranchised. As the newly created U.S. Program Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, she directs efforts to end systemic injustice within the…

2019 Government Pro Bono Award: Marisa Schnaith

12 November 2019   Blog, Featured

Marisa Schnaith is a pro bono superstar. Not only has she contributed an impressive number of pro bono hours, over 100 in the past year alone, but she has made significant contributions to the Department of Labor’s Pro Bono Program. That is why we’re thrilled to award her with the 2019 Government Pro Bono Award.

Trisha Monroe: 2019 Legal Services Award

12 November 2019   Blog, Featured

“Superb.”  “Exceptional.”  “One of the fiercest advocates for domestic violence survivors I have ever met.”  These are just a few of the superlatives colleagues use to describe Trisha Monroe, our 2019 Legal Services Award Recipient.

Jen Swedish: 2019 Above & Beyond Award

07 November 2019   Blog, Featured

They say it’s always the quiet ones. In our case, the quiet one is a force. Quietly, and without fanfare, Jen Swedish simply gets things done. Effectively. Excellently. Extraordinarily. As one of her fellow board members aptly stated, “She has…

Steptoe & Johnson LLP: 2019 Law Firm Award Recipient

06 November 2019   Blog, Featured

Steptoe & Johnson and their long-time, former Pro Bono Counsel Barbara Kagan, have been staunch supporters of Washington Council of Lawyers since our inception in 1971. That is why we are pleased to highlight their outstanding commitment to public service and partnership with Washington Council of Lawyers and the larger D.C. pro bono community to advance access to justice in our community with our 2019 Law Firm Award.

DC Pro Bono Week 2019 Photos!

29 October 2019   Blog, Featured

Pro Bono Week 2019 is a wrap! See all the fun, learning and volunteering.

DC Pro Bono Week 2019 Profiles: Complete Set

28 October 2019   Blog, DC Pro Bono Week, Featured

During DC Pro Bono Week 2019 we profiled lawyers who made a profound difference in the lives of their pro bono clients despite heavy demands on their time. We hope they have inspired you to take on your own pro bono case.

Pro Bono in Protest: Protecting First Amendment Freedoms in the District

24 October 2019   Blog, Featured

D.C. hosts over 2,000 protests a year.  This unique landscape gives local lawyers an amazing chance to protect democracy and uphold the First Amendment.
To highlight and promote pro bono opportunities in this exciting area, the Washington Council of Lawyers hosted Pro Bono in Protest: Protecting First Amendment Freedoms in the District on October 22, 2019 at Steptoe & Johnson, with co-sponsorship from the American Constitution Society, the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Washington, DC, and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association.

Pro Bono Week 2019: Paul Thompson – Appellate Pro Bono

21 October 2019   Blog, Featured

Paul Thompson, a partner with McDermott Will & Emery LLP, is a very successful, well-known appellate lawyer. Despite his busy practice, he regularly uses his skills and experience to advocate on behalf of pro bono clients. He handles a wide-range of appeals on behalf of pro bono clients and is a frequent author of amicus briefs.  Two of his most noteworthy efforts this year highlight Paul’s commitment to pro bono.