The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program hosts training sessions for attorneys and paralegals who wish to undertake pro bono assignments from the Pro Bono Program or other legal services providers in District. These sessions are taught by experienced legal services provider practitioners and private bar practitioners, and are sponsored by D.C. Bar Sections, law firms and legal services providers. The training sessions address a wide array of legal areas, including Bankruptcy, Political Asylum, Family Law, Landlord–Tenant Law, Veterans’ Claims and Parole Advocacy. In 2012, the Training Program sponsored 21 training sessions attended by over 900 new volunteers, legal assistants and D.C. legal services provider practitioners.
Participants attending pro bono trainings offered by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program are required to perform pro bono legal services for a Pro Bono training event sponsoring organization. This rule may be waived for individuals who are employed by a nonprofit legal service provider. Interns and loaned associates are considered to be “employed by” the organizations with which they are affiliated. Any other pro bono requirement waiver may be obtained on a case by case basis by directing requests to the staff attorney & training manager at 202-737-4700, ext. 3293. Attorneys who are not licensed in the District of Columbia should review D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 49, which allows non–D.C. attorneys to engage in pro bono work under certain circumstances.
Pro Bono Training Refund Policy: To cancel a registration and receive a refund for a pro bono training offered by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, please call or send an e–mail request at least seven (7) days prior to the training session to Shannon Redd, staff attorney and training program manager, 202-737-4700, ext. 3293.
All cancellation and refund requests for pro bono trainings conducted by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program must be received seven (7) days before the training session date to receive a refund. Registration fees cannot be applied to future trainings.
Missed a session? Attended but want to refer back for continuing training purposes? Please contact Shannon Redd, staff attorney and training program manager, at 202-737-4700, ext. 3293 to learn more about training materials that may be available for certain programs.
Please direct any questions about the training sessions or policies to Shannon Redd, staff attorney and training program manager, at 202-737-4700, ext. 3293.