SummerForum 2020 Keynote

2020 Summer Public Interest Forum

  • When: 10 June 2020, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Where: Georgetown University Law Center (600 New Jersey Ave NW) Hart Auditorium
  • Cost: Govt & Public-Interest lawyers & interns $42 early bird (May 1) & $49 (after May 1); Law firm lawyers & summer associates $66 early bird (May 1) & $74 (after May 1); Law Students $42; WCL Members $38 early bird & $49 (after May 1)

Our annual Summer Forum is a tradition among many summer-associate and summer-intern programs because it brings together lawyers, summer associates, summer interns and others interested in using their law degrees to help those in need. It’s also a great way to highlight the importance of pro bono and public-interest work throughout one’s legal career.

This year’s event features a keynote discussion with D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby. Judge Blackburne-Rigsby will discuss championing change and advocating for justice, her impressive and varied career, and the importance of pro bono in promoting the rule of law and equal access to justice.

After lunch and the the keynote, attend one of six breakout sessions where you can learn more about pro bono and public-interest work in DC. Our panels feature experts in these areas of law:

  • Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • Criminal Law & Death Penalty
  • Human Rights & Immigration Law
  • Poverty Law
  • Ethics, Transparency & Accountability
  • Non-litigation Practice

The Summer Forum is open to Washington Council of Lawyers members (join), participants in summer-associate and summer-intern programs, and others interested in learning more about incorporating public-interest law into their practice.

Special Early Bird pricing is available until May 1. This event always sells out, so secure your spot now!

Summer Program Coordinators: If you’d like your summer associates or interns to attend, but don’t yet know their names, you can register them as guests (First name: Guest 1, Last Name: Organization Name). Please email Christina Jackson (at if you need any assistance. 

Look for updates and join the conversation about the Summer Forum using #SumFo20 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!