The Washington Council of Lawyers is a voluntary bar association located in the nation's capital. Our mission is to promote the practice of pro bono and public interest law. We invite you to join us as we work to strengthen pro bono and public interest lawyering in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. We are lawyers, legal professionals, law students and others committed to advancing issues important to the public interest community.

Coming Up at the Council

DC Bar Candidates Forum
Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Hogan Lovells LLP
555 13th Street NW

Voluntary bar associations, including host organization LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and co-sponsors Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, DC area (APABA-DC), the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC), Capital Area Muslim Bar Association (CAMBA), Greater Washington Area Chapter, the Women's Lawyers Division, the National Bar Association (GWAC), the Hispanic Bar Association of DC, the Washington Bar Association (WBA), and the Washington Council of Lawyers invite you to attend a reception and forum for candidates in the 2014 election for the DC Bar leadership positions.
The event is free. No RSVP is required. See you there!  
Litigation Skills Series:
Intensive Litigations Skills Training
Thursday & Friday, May 1-2, 2014
9:00 am - 5:30 pm both days
CLE credit pending.
Scholarships available.
Click here to learn more and register!
Best Practices in Pro Bono
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
8:30 am - Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 am - Facilitated Discussion
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP
801 17th Street NW
Click here to register.

Volunteer with WCL at the
DC Bar Advice & Referral Clinic

Saturday, May 10, 2014
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Contact Anne King
to learn more and sign up!


Save the date!
Happy Hour
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
6:30 -8:30 pm
Teaism in Penn Quarter
400 8th Street NW
Plan to join us for hot or cold beverages!
Summer Pro Bono & Public Interest Forum
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Noon - 2:30 pm
Arnold & Porter LLP, 555 12th Street NW
Featuring a Keynote Address by
Jim Sandman
President, Legal Services Corporation
Panel presentations:
Civil Rights / Civil Liberties
Human Rights / Immigration
Representation of Families & Children
Transactional / Non-litigation practice
Criminal / Death Penalty
Click here to register!
Save the date!
Fellowships 101: An introduction to Postgraduate Public Interest Fellowships
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Georgetown University Law Center
McDonough Hall - Hart Auditorium
600 New Jersey Avenue NW (entrance on 2nd Street NW)
Registration to open soon!
Join or Renew your WCL Membership
WCL Needs Your Support!

Take advantage of the numerous special events and volunteer opportunities provided by WCL. Each year WCL holds its Awards Reception to recognize lawyers in our community for their commitment to pro bono and public service.  We have demonstrated a long-term commitment to advocacy in the public interest and provide skills training programs specially designed for the public interest sector.  The Council also endorses candidates for DC Bar office based on their equal justice records.

Join us, too, in providing walk-in legal advice at the DC Bar's Advice and Referral Clinic in Southeast Washington. Teach D.C. elementary kids the importance of the judicial process by participating in the Youth Law Fair each year.

One of our most important goals is encouraging young lawyers to incorporate a public interest focus in their practice, through pro bono service or as a full-time career choice.  In 2005, the Council launched its Mentoring Program, which assists young lawyers entering public interest practice to more easily integrate into that community.

Our annual Summer Forum, designed for summer associates and legal interns, showcases leaders in the legal profession whose deep commitment to public interest makes them role models for this group of aspiring lawyers. The Forum also provides smaller breakout sessions to give the students an opportunity to meet with practitioners from a variety of practice areas.

The WCL Newsletter will keep you posted on current events and issues in the public interest community as well as Council activities. If you are looking for employment in a public interest law setting, subscribe to the Public Interest Job Clearinghouse. Free to WCL members, the Clearinghouse provides monthly job listings from public interest organizations around the country.

Join our efforts to raise the level of pro bono and public interest activity in the Washington area. Contact one of our committees to GET INVOLVED. We look forward to getting to know you!

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