To celebrate National Pro Bono Week on October 20 to 26, members of the D.C. legal community can either ditch their business attire for casual wear at work or dress to impress at a gala for a cause.
In exchange for a small donation, attorneys and staff at law firms, corporate law departments, and other offices participating in the Go Casual for Justice campaign are encouraged to wear jeans to work for a day during the week to support the District’s local legal aid providers.
Now on its fifth year, the campaign raises money for the D.C. Bar Foundation’s Poverty Lawyer Loan Repayment Assistance Program, which helps attorneys serving the District’s most vulnerable residents meet their educational debt payments while earning a public servant salary. Last year 109 workplaces joined the campaign and raised $88,000.
On October 19, the D.C. Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network is hosting the Go Formal for Justice gala featuring dancing, a silent auction, and a performance by the law firm band Sutherland Comfort.
Proceeds will go to the Bar Foundation, the leading private funder of civil legal services in the District.
This new addition to the Pro Bono Week celebration takes place from 8 to 12 p.m. at Mayer Brown LLP, 1999 K Street NW.
Other events lined up for National Pro Bono Week include the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program’s Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic on October 22, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, 1100 4th Street SW.
On October 23 the Pro Bono Program will hold its annual Pro Bono Partnership (PART) Luncheon at Arnold & Porter LLP, 555 12th Street NW. Ivan Fong, senior vice president for legal affairs and general counsel at 3M, will serve as keynote speaker. The luncheon is open to PART members and local legal services providers. For more information, please contact Shannon Redd at 202–737–4700, ext. 3293.
Additionally, the D.C. chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and Equal Justice Works will hold an immigration reform training session at noon on October 25 at Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia.The Forum on Potential Immigration Reform and Stopping Notario Fraud will discuss issues such as the status of immigration reform, how to protect oneself from becoming a victim of immigration fraud, how to prepare for potential immigration reform legislation, and a brief overview of the various forms of relief currently available.