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2020 Summer Pro Bono & Public Interest Forum

  • When: 07 July 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
  • Where: Zoom
  • Cost: WCL Members $25; Law Students $30; Govt & Public-Interest Lawyers & Interns $35; Law Firm Lawyers & Summer Associates & Corporate Law Department Lawyers & Interns & General Public $55

Our annual Summer Forum is an annual tradition 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, we will explore both the impending access to justice crisis brought on by the COVID-19 health crisis and the paths to meaningful traditional pro bono & public-interest practice areas.

We’ll kick off the virtual event with a keynote discussion with D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby on Tuesday, July 7 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. The Chief Judge will engage in a wide-ranging conversation about 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. Her conversation partner will be Jim Sandman, President Emeritus of the Legal Services Corporation, and Chair of the American Bar Association’s Covid-19 Task Force.

Then, over the next two weeks you will have the opportunity to attend five different virtual panel presentations where you can learn more about pro bono and public-interest work in DC and all across the country. Each panel will focus on a different practice area, featuring presentations by national and local experts in that legal specialty. The panel topics will include:

All panels take place from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

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

And the best part is that this year, you don’t have to be in DC to attend! A single registration gets you access to all six Summer Forum sessions!

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, Facebook and LinkedIn!