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ABA Lawyer Well-Being Week Round-Up

11 May 2020   Blog, Featured

2020 has been a doozy of a year. Pro bono and public-interest lawyers normally are stretched thin due to the challenging nature of the work they do and the limited resources they have to support their work. Many in the…

What to Watch During Quarantine – Washington Council of Lawyers Edition

08 April 2020   Blog, Featured

You may be binge-watching bad Netflix series . . . but you could be inspired by these Washington Council of Lawyers greatest hits instead! Fellowships 101 – Law students!  We are planning our 2020 Fellowships 101 program, but in the…

Sewer Service: Improper and Ineffective Service of Process on Tenants

08 April 2020   Blog, Featured

Improper or fraudulent service of process has become know as “sewer service.” Sewer service in the District of Columbia’s Landlord-Tenant Court means that defendants do not appear for court because they do not know about their case. Advocates in DC are mobilizing to address this issue.

COVID- 19 Response Resources

08 April 2020   Blog, Featured

The following is a list of resources for lawyers serving clients and DC residents in need of support. We will continue to update as more resources become available. ABA COVID-19 Resource Pages Standing Committee for Legal Aid and Indigent Defense…

Rapid Rehousing Program: Implementation Doesn’t Meet Expectations

26 March 2020   Blog, Featured

The RRH Program was designed to help homeless families (with children) become self-sufficient by giving them rental assistance and case management for a period of one year. However, for my client, and many others, the reality is something very different. My experience only touched the tip of the ice berg when it comes to these issues, but it was enough to open my eyes and get me to commit to doing more pro bono work and advocacy work on behalf of the homeless, and families in need. Everyone deserves the right to an adequate place to live, and no young child should have to fear not having a place to sleep at night.

Becoming a Judge

10 March 2020   Blog, Featured

This month we co-hosted Becoming a Judge. Held at the D.C. Court of Appeals, the event gave attendees the opportunity to network with current judges, as well as hear from a panel of judges about their pathways to the bench and tips for applying. Some of the points raised by the judges aligned perfectly with the Council’s mission of promoting pro bono and public interest law in the District.

Managing Student Loan Debt

24 February 2020   Blog, Featured

Taking control of your student debt can be a daunting process.  That’s why we hosted a panel discussion on Managing Student Debt on February 19, 2020. Jen Tschirch, Assistant Director, Office of Public Interest and Community Service at Georgetown University Law Center and Washington Council of Lawyers Board Member guided the conversation with our panelists Brooke Meckler, Law School Engagement and Advocacy Program Manager at Equal Justice Works; Imoni Washington, Director of Programs at the D.C. Bar Foundation; and Courtney Weiner, Managing Partner of the Law Office of Courtney Weiner PLLC.

Litigation Skills Series: Mediation Training 2020

11 February 2020   Blog, Featured

Washington Council of Lawyers hosted a Litigation Skills Series training on Mediation on Friday, February 7, 2020. The training gave participants a strong foundation of negotiation theory followed by the opportunity to put what they learned into practice. Melissa Reinberg,…

Best Practices in Pro Bono: The Social Science of Doing Good

17 January 2020   Blog, Featured

Our Best Practices in Pro Bono session on January 15 focused on the Social Science of Doing Good. Our conversation was led by an all-star lineup of panelists: Andrea Mangones from Kids In Need of Defense, Dr. Larry Richard from…