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. In 2013, the training program hosted 22 training sessions attended by 870 new attorney volunteers, legal assistants, and D.C. legal services provider practitioners. Check out the Training Calendar for specific information and to register for an upcoming training session.

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.