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DC Pro Bono Week 2020 Coming Soon!

DC Pro Bono Week 2020 is just around the corner, October 25-31. While the events will be held remotely this year to ensure everyone’s safety, that will not deter us from celebrating the impact pro bono attorneys have in our community and showcasing available opportunities. Several events and affiliated trainings are scheduled throughout October and November for attorneys who want to learn more about pro bono opportunities available throughout the city. Please help spread the word!

Below are just a few highlights that may be of particular interest to Legal Aid’s pro bono partners. We appreciate you spreading the word and look forward to having you join us at one or more of these events!

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Help us kick off DC Pro Bono Week at Pro Bono Goes Local, a virtual breakfast celebration featuring the Chief Judges of the D.C. Courts, on October 26, from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. We will also hear from local pro bono superstars who will highlight their experiences in a dynamic lightning talk format that we hope will spark your enthusiasm for local pro bono.

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Serving Families During the Pandemic Series: Child Support Updates is one of many trainings hosted by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center this fall. This live webinar is designed to provide pro bono or legal services attorneys important updates about serving clients with child support matters during the COVID-19 pandemic. Legal Aid is a sponsor of this training event. The webinar will take place on October 28, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

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Hear from an expert panel at Advancing Racial Justice and Equity Through Pro Bono on October 29, from 12:00 to 1:00p.m. to learn more about the systemic inequalities that persist in our legal system and how you can make a difference through pro bono work.

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The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is hosting a live webinar, The Impact of COVID-19 on Landlord and Tenant Practice in the District of Columbia on November 5, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Legal Aid is a sponsor of this training. Registrants will receive access to a pre-recorded training series and substantive manual designed to equip attorneys who have little or no experience in landlord/tenant law to competently handle these matters for pro bono clients. The live webinar will allow for discussion of the impact the public health emergency has had and feature an opportunity for registrants to ask questions.

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Serving Families During the Pandemic Series: Child Custody Updates is a training hosted by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center this fall, designed to provide pro bono or legal services attorneys important updates about serving clients with child custody matters during the COVID-19 pandemic. Legal Aid is a sponsor of this training event. The webinar will take place on November 18, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

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The COVID-19 public health emergency and the resulting job losses have created an urgent need for pro bono assistance in navigating the unemployment insurance system. The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Public Benefits Training Series: Unemployment Insurance Webinar on November 19, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. will provide an overview of the unemployment insurance system and how to guide those who may be eligible. Legal Aid is a sponsor of this training event.

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If you would like to learn more about pro bono opportunities with Legal Aid and how you can get involved, please contact Sylvia Soltis at ssoltis@legalaiddc.org.

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