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Washington Council of Lawyers We are Washington, D.C.'s only voluntary bar association dedicated exclusively to promoting pro bono and public-interest law. Founded in 1971, the Washington Council of Lawyers (WCL) is the D.C.

area's only voluntary bar association dedicated exclusively to promoting pro bono and public interest law. The Council is both a forum and a voice for forefront public-interest issues. In 1970, a group of liberal Washington attorneys ran a campaign to oppose President Nixon's nomination of Harold Carswell to Supreme Court justice. The campaign spawned thousands of letters to the Senate Judiciary C

area's only voluntary bar association dedicated exclusively to promoting pro bono and public interest law. The Council is both a forum and a voice for forefront public-interest issues. In 1970, a group of liberal Washington attorneys ran a campaign to oppose President Nixon's nomination of Harold Carswell to Supreme Court justice. The campaign spawned thousands of letters to the Senate Judiciary C

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If you are pro #publicinterest, consider joining the #WashLawyers Board! Apps are due TOMORROW. Representatives of all s...
04/21/2022
Join our Board

If you are pro #publicinterest, consider joining the #WashLawyers Board! Apps are due TOMORROW. Representatives of all sectors of the legal industry welcome. Find position responsibilities and the application hyperlink here https://wclawyers.org/get-involved/join-our-board/

Qualifications: Because the legal profession should be as varied and diverse as the world that we live in, our board comprises individuals from diverse backgrounds who bring a range of skills, interests, and voices. Board members come from all sectors of the legal community and are committed to...

Hear how candidates for D.C. AG will address access to justice issues at our Candidate Forum on May 5th. This week, we'l...
04/20/2022

Hear how candidates for D.C. AG will address access to justice issues at our Candidate Forum on May 5th. This week, we'll learn more about the candidates. Next is - @bspivadc www.spivafordcag.com
Forum register here:https://wclawyers.org/22-05-05/ #DCAGFORUM22

On 5/22 you will hear hear how candidates for D.C. AG will address access to justice issues at our Candidate Forum. This...
04/19/2022

On 5/22 you will hear hear how candidates for D.C. AG will address access to justice issues at our Candidate Forum. This week, we'll learn more about the candidates. Today - Brian Schwalb for DC www.brianfordc.com
Register for the forum here:https://wclawyers.org/22-05-05/ #DCAGFORUM22

THURSDAY: Do the impeachment-related Federal Rules of Evidence trip you up sometimes? You’re not alone. Witness impeachm...
04/19/2022
Litigation Skills Series: Impeachment

THURSDAY: Do the impeachment-related Federal Rules of Evidence trip you up sometimes? You’re not alone. Witness impeachment, when done well, can practically guarantee you a win. Our expert instructors will help you perfect your technique. Join Mary Kennedy and Katherine Oler next Thursday, April 21, from 12:00-2:00 pm EDT. Cost is $45 for #WashLawyers members, $75 for non-members. Scholarships are available. Register for the event and access the scholarship form here: https://wclawyers.org/220421/ #LitigationSkills

Kate Oler is a Special Master at the Court of Federal Claims. Prior to her appointment to the Court, she served as an Air Force Judge Advocate where she primarily worked in the criminal litigation area. She has held positions as a first-chair felon prosecutor, a defense attorney, and a trial...

Today marks the start of National Volunteer Week. Today and every day we are so thankful for the volunteers that work to...
04/18/2022

Today marks the start of National Volunteer Week. Today and every day we are so thankful for the volunteers that work to advance equal access to justice so through our organization and as pro bono attorneys. Throughout this week we hope that you will join us and sharing photos of your favorite volunteer activities, as well as suggestions for organizations to volunteer with. Feel free too share in the comments, or tag us in your posts! #NationalVolunteerMonth #nationalvolunteerweek

On May 5, 2022, hear how candidates for D.C. AG will address access to justice issues. This week, we'll learn more about...
04/18/2022

On May 5, 2022, hear how candidates for D.C. AG will address access to justice issues. This week, we'll learn more about the candidates. First up - Ryan Jones for DC Attorney General Register for the forum here:http://ow.ly/XNqI50ILXbj

Not sure who to vote for? Join us on May 5, 2022, for a Candidate Forum to hear how candidates for D.C. Attorney General...
04/15/2022

Not sure who to vote for? Join us on May 5, 2022, for a Candidate Forum to hear how candidates for D.C. Attorney General will address access to justice issues if elected to serve the District. All candidates on the June 21 primary ballot have confirmed attendance. Register here to join us: https://wclawyers.org/22-05-05/ #DCAGForum22

Volunteer Spotlight Dawn Williams: I joined Washington Council of Lawyers because as a public-interest attorney, I found...
04/15/2022

Volunteer Spotlight Dawn Williams: I joined Washington Council of Lawyers because as a public-interest attorney, I found that my passion for public service aligned greatly with the Council’s pursuit for achieving and sustaining equity in the judicial system.

Since joining, I have been able to participate in a community of great attorneys who are championing issues such as the decriminalization of fare evasion, fair housing practices and raising awareness about intrinsic bias and how it may affect our representation as attorneys. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve with such a great group of attorneys.

Thanks for your work and support Dawn!

If you want to get involved in this important work please consider becoming a member today: https://wclawyers.org/join/ #NationalVolunteerMonth

Want to be part of a team devoted to promoting pro bono service, public interest law, and increased access to justice? C...
04/12/2022

Want to be part of a team devoted to promoting pro bono service, public interest law, and increased access to justice? Consider joining our talented board of directors team! Applications are due NEXT WEEK on 4-21 at 5 p.m. https://wclawyers.org/get-involved/join-our-board/

As part of National Volunteer Month, we’re spotlighting some of our stellar volunteers. Today’s featured member is Andy ...
04/08/2022

As part of National Volunteer Month, we’re spotlighting some of our stellar volunteers. Today’s featured member is Andy Budzinski!

“ I volunteer with Washington Council of Lawyers because it allows me to join efforts to advance meaningful change, spotlight areas in need of reform, and amplify the voices of our client communities. I feel privileged to do this work with other talented lawyers from the DC legal community.”

Thanks for your work Andy! If you feel inspired to join in, visit our website to become a member here: https://wclawyers.org/join/

#NationalVolunteerMonth

Washington Council of Lawyers congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on being confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. We...
04/07/2022

Washington Council of Lawyers congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on being confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. We are excited for this well-deserved and historic confirmation. #SCOTUS

Washington Council of Lawyers enthusiastically endorses Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the next Associate Justice on ...
04/06/2022

Washington Council of Lawyers enthusiastically endorses Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the next Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Effective trial advocacy is a skill that can be learned and then must be practiced. Once you are introduced to the basic...
04/05/2022

Effective trial advocacy is a skill that can be learned and then must be practiced. Once you are introduced to the basics, you need on-your-feet practice and expert feedback to fine tune your presentation style. Hone your basic litigation skills with us during our annual interactive Trial Advocacy training. Spend five mornings training with us, and you’ll be better prepared to make compelling presentations in all of your cases. For more info or to register click here: https://wclawyers.org/220502-2/
#trialadvocacy #litigationskills

April marks the start of National Volunteer Month! Throughout this month we will be celebrating our amazing volunteers a...
04/01/2022

April marks the start of National Volunteer Month! Throughout this month we will be celebrating our amazing volunteers and sharing ways to get involved. Check out our website to become a member so you don’t miss any of our updates: https://wclawyers.org/join/ #volunteermonth #volunteering

It's National Take a Walk in the Park Day.  In DC, we are fortunate to have so many local and national parks to choose f...
03/30/2022

It's National Take a Walk in the Park Day. In DC, we are fortunate to have so many local and national parks to choose from. Check out the National Park Service or DC Department of Parks and Recreation for info on a park in the area you have yet to discover. #NationalTakeAWalkInTheParkDay

COMING SOON! Registration is now open for the DC Attorney General Candidate Forum taking place on May 5, 2022. Visit our...
03/29/2022

COMING SOON! Registration is now open for the DC Attorney General Candidate Forum taking place on May 5, 2022. Visit our website for more information and to register: https://wclawyers.org/22-05-05/ #DCAGForum22

Join our board! As the public-interest bar association of DC, we promote pro bono service and public-interest law, expan...
03/28/2022

Join our board! As the public-interest bar association of DC, we promote pro bono service and public-interest law, expand access to justice, and aim to create a vibrant and inclusive public-interest community. Our volunteer board of directors is vital to carrying out this mission. Deadline to apply is Thursday, April 21 at 5:00 pm ET. http://ow.ly/MIC150ItSJR

Today is the first day of Spring. In many traditions, the Spring Equinox marks a time for new beginnings or transitions....
03/20/2022

Today is the first day of Spring. In many traditions, the Spring Equinox marks a time for new beginnings or transitions. So it’s a great time to assess how we are spending our time and energy. Perhaps you’ll spend more time outdoors, with loved ones, or on volunteer projects. Make sure you’re taking some time for you! #SpringEquinox #SpringBegins

Our last Best Practices in Pro Bono session explored how to help your volunteers through challenging times. If you're lo...
03/18/2022
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: An Honest Conversation about Suicide. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Our last Best Practices in Pro Bono session explored how to help your volunteers through challenging times. If you're looking for additional resources the District of Columbia Bar LAP hosts an honest conversation about suicide on 3/22. Register: http://ow.ly/8FnN50IlWbl

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: An Honest Conversation about Suicide. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

In celebration of #Women'sHistoryMonth, Board Member Stephon Woods highlights local Black women trailblazers on the benc...
03/17/2022

In celebration of #Women'sHistoryMonth, Board Member Stephon Woods highlights local Black women trailblazers on the bench. Read more here: http://ow.ly/HaWV50IlVQ2

If you’ve been following us, you know that one of our favorite ways to celebrate a holiday is with a #ProBonoPun!  We ho...
03/17/2022

If you’ve been following us, you know that one of our favorite ways to celebrate a holiday is with a #ProBonoPun! We hope a bit of humor in your feed brightens your day and inspires you to get involved! #PaddysDay #StPatricksDay #DoProBono

TOMORROW: Join our next #LitigationSkillsSeries event. The theme is Client Declarations. Our presenters from @Kids in Ne...
03/15/2022

TOMORROW: Join our next #LitigationSkillsSeries event. The theme is Client Declarations. Our presenters from @Kids in Need of Defense and the @D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center will walk you through the logistics and strategies for preparing these documents. After this hour, you will have drafted your own declaration and received constructive feedback on it. The session is free to attend, but donations are encouraged. Register now at https://wclawyers.org/220316/ #WashLawyers

It's that time again.  Time to Spring Forward into some volunteer work. Consider using that extra hour of daylight to ta...
03/13/2022

It's that time again. Time to Spring Forward into some volunteer work. Consider using that extra hour of daylight to take on a pro bono case today! #ProBono #DayLightSavings #ProBonoPun

March marks the celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth.  Notably, this month the U.S. Senate has begun the confirmation proc...
03/11/2022

March marks the celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth. Notably, this month the U.S. Senate has begun the confirmation process for Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. As women continue to excel and break through more glass ceilings, let’s celebrate women’s contributions past and present this month, and every month!

On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, we are hosting our next #LitigationSkillsSeries event. The theme is Client Declarations. O...
03/09/2022

On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, we are hosting our next #LitigationSkillsSeries event. The theme is Client Declarations. Our presenters from @Kids in Need of Defense and the @D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center will walk you through the logistics and strategies for preparing these documents. After this hour, you will have drafted your own declaration and received constructive feedback on it. The session is free to attend, but donations are encouraged. Register now at https://wclawyers.org/220316/ #litigationskills

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If you are pro #publicinterest, consider joining the #WashLawyers Board! Apps are due TOMORROW. Representatives of all sectors of the legal industry welcome. Find position responsibilities and the application hyperlink here https://wclawyers.org/get-involved/join-our-board/
Hear how candidates for D.C. AG will address access to justice issues at our Candidate Forum on May 5th. This week, we'll learn more about the candidates. Next is - @bspivadc www.spivafordcag.com Forum register here:https://wclawyers.org/22-05-05/ #DCAGFORUM22
On 5/22 you will hear hear how candidates for D.C. AG will address access to justice issues at our Candidate Forum. This week, we'll learn more about the candidates. Today - Brian Schwalb for DC www.brianfordc.com Register for the forum here:https://wclawyers.org/22-05-05/ #DCAGFORUM22
THURSDAY: Do the impeachment-related Federal Rules of Evidence trip you up sometimes? You’re not alone. Witness impeachment, when done well, can practically guarantee you a win. Our expert instructors will help you perfect your technique. Join Mary Kennedy and Katherine Oler next Thursday, April 21, from 12:00-2:00 pm EDT. Cost is $45 for #WashLawyers members, $75 for non-members. Scholarships are available. Register for the event and access the scholarship form here: https://wclawyers.org/220421/ #LitigationSkills
Today marks the start of National Volunteer Week. Today and every day we are so thankful for the volunteers that work to advance equal access to justice so through our organization and as pro bono attorneys. Throughout this week we hope that you will join us and sharing photos of your favorite volunteer activities, as well as suggestions for organizations to volunteer with. Feel free too share in the comments, or tag us in your posts! #NationalVolunteerMonth #nationalvolunteerweek
On May 5, 2022, hear how candidates for D.C. AG will address access to justice issues. This week, we'll learn more about the candidates. First up - Ryan Jones for DC Attorney General Register for the forum here:http://ow.ly/XNqI50ILXbj
Not sure who to vote for? Join us on May 5, 2022, for a Candidate Forum to hear how candidates for D.C. Attorney General will address access to justice issues if elected to serve the District. All candidates on the June 21 primary ballot have confirmed attendance. Register here to join us: https://wclawyers.org/22-05-05/ #DCAGForum22
Volunteer Spotlight Dawn Williams: I joined Washington Council of Lawyers because as a public-interest attorney, I found that my passion for public service aligned greatly with the Council’s pursuit for achieving and sustaining equity in the judicial system. Since joining, I have been able to participate in a community of great attorneys who are championing issues such as the decriminalization of fare evasion, fair housing practices and raising awareness about intrinsic bias and how it may affect our representation as attorneys. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve with such a great group of attorneys. Thanks for your work and support Dawn! If you want to get involved in this important work please consider becoming a member today: https://wclawyers.org/join/ #NationalVolunteerMonth
Want to be part of a team devoted to promoting pro bono service, public interest law, and increased access to justice? Consider joining our talented board of directors team! Applications are due NEXT WEEK on 4-21 at 5 p.m. https://wclawyers.org/get-involved/join-our-board/
As part of National Volunteer Month, we’re spotlighting some of our stellar volunteers. Today’s featured member is Andy Budzinski! “ I volunteer with Washington Council of Lawyers because it allows me to join efforts to advance meaningful change, spotlight areas in need of reform, and amplify the voices of our client communities. I feel privileged to do this work with other talented lawyers from the DC legal community.” Thanks for your work Andy! If you feel inspired to join in, visit our website to become a member here: https://wclawyers.org/join/ #NationalVolunteerMonth
Washington Council of Lawyers congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on being confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. We are excited for this well-deserved and historic confirmation. #SCOTUS
Washington Council of Lawyers enthusiastically endorses Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the next Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.