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

Best Practices in Pro Bono
 Holistic Help for Our Clients 
Thursday, January 9, 2014
8:30 am - breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 am - discussion
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP
801 17th Street NW
Becky Troth, Pro Bono Coordinator, Sidley Austin LLP,
Su Sie Ju, Legal Clinic Supervisor, Bread for the City, and
Wendy Guyton, LICSW, Social Services Supervisor,
Bread for the City.
Click here to RSVP.
Happy New Year Happy Hour
Co-sponsored by WCL and
DC Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
6:30-8:30 pm
 Laughing Man Tavern, 1306 G Street NW.
Click here to RSVP.
Litigation Skills Series:
Expert Witnesses
Friday, January 24, 2014
12 - 2:00 pm
 Arnold & Porter LLP, 555 12th Street NW
Space is limited. CLE credit pending in CA, NY, VA.
Click here to register.
Go to the Mat for Justice
Start the year off right!
A fundraiser yoga class to benefit WCL.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
3:00-4:00 pm - Yoga Class
4:00 - 5:00 pm - Tea Lodge
 Yoga District, 1922 I Street NW
$20 for attorneys - $10 for law students
All proceeds benefit WCL.
Click here to learn more & sign up!
Pro Bono Without Borders:
An introduction to international pro bono work.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
12 - 2:00 pm
 DLA Piper, 500 8th Street NW
Brown bag lunch panel discussion.
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Save the date!
Pro Bono for Government Attorneys: Starting and Sustaining a Pro Bono Practice
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
noon - 1:00 pm
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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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