Resources & Training

Pro Bono Program: Training Program

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 another local legal services provider. This fall, we recruited expert practitioners to offer 12 comprehensive, issue-area specific trainings that focus on the most underserved needs of our community. Our training sessions are designed to prepare DC attorneys, and attorney and paralegal teams, to take pro bono assignments from the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program and our sponsoring legal services providers.

Fall 2014 Training Schedule. For detailed information and to register, click on the specific training title within the schedule below. Please note that for each training session, the eligibility and obligations differ, based on programming needs and clinical requirements.

*Public Benefit Series: TANF Session: Cash Assistance for Families in Need
Monday, 09/29/14 – 12 pm to 2 pm

Child Custody Training: 2-Part Series
Tuesday, 9/30/14 & Tuesday, 10/07/14 – 5:45 pm to 8:30 pm (both sessions)

Probate Resource Center Volunteer Training Session
Wednesday, 10/08/14 - 12 pm to 2:30 pm

Providing Pro Bono Representation Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims
Friday, 10/17/14 - 9 am to 5 pm

*Public Benefit Series: Eligibility for Public Health Insurance in DC
Monday, 10/27/14 - 12 pm to 3 pm

Landlord/Tenant Practice & Rent Control in the District of Columbia: 2-Part Series
Tuesday, 10/28/14 & Tuesday, 11/4/14 – 5:45 pm to 8:45 pm (both sessions)

Bankruptcy Training for Pro Bono Attorneys: 2-Part Series
Monday, 11/3/14 & Wednesday 11/5/14 - 9 am to 4 pm (both sessions)

Pro-Se-Plus Divorce Clinic Volunteer Training
Tuesday, 11/18/14 - 5:45 pm to 8:45 pm

*Public Benefit Series: Immigrant Eligibility for Public Benefits Session
Wednesday, 11/19/14 - 12 pm to 2 pm

Family Court Self-Help Center Volunteer Training
Friday, 12/05/14 - 9 am to 1 pm

Training Requirements

Please note that the eligibility and obligations differ for each training session, based on programming needs and clinical requirements. Participants attending pro bono trainings offered by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program are required to perform pro bono legal services for the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program or one of the sponsoring organizations. 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.


Staff Contact

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. Shannon can also answer questions about the training sessions or policies.