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Firms that are interested in learning more are encouraged to access the many resources available in the Washington, DC legal community. A good starting place may simply be a law firm with a healthy pro bono program. Pro bono partners and pro bono counsel or coordinators at area law firms are often the best resource for programmatic and substantive information, and are very willing to both help—and learn from—others.
- Get help in strengthening your pro bono program.
D.C. Bar PART Program: Join over 100 law firms with organized pro bono programs at regular meetings, at which participants learn of emerging and critical pro bono needs, as well as exchange ideas for enhancing their own pro bono programs. The PART Program will soon have a practice area on probono.net/dc that will allow members to share firm policies, practices and other information. Contact: DC Bar Pro Bono Program, 202-737-4700, ext. 293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative: Participating firms annually report pro bono performance to the DC Bar on a confidential basis, and receive information in return that allows them to assess their pro bono performance with comparable firms in D.C. Contact: DC Bar Pro Bono Program, 202-737-4700, ext. 293 or email@example.com.
Pro Bono Institute at Georgetown University Law Center: PBI’s Law Firm Pro Bono Project offers to law firms with at least 50 lawyers information, materials, and consultative services on pro bono programs. More information is available at: www.probonoinst.org.
- Locate pro bono cases appropriate for your firm.
www.probono.net/dc: This website includes a library of training materials, model pleadings and other materials, postings of volunteer opportunities, descriptions of the District’s legal service organizations. Current substantive areas are: Asylum, Employment, Civil Rights, Family Law, Community Development, Housing, Death Penalty, and Public Benefits.
www.dcbar.org/pro-bono: The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program provides a directory, searchable by subject area, of area legal services providers with pro bono opportunities. Or contact staff of the DC Bar Pro Bono Program at 202-737-4700, ext 293 or firstname.lastname@example.org for advice and assistance finding pro bono projects and partner organizations.
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