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Reminder Not to Miss DC Pro Bono Week Events

Ready to learn more about local pro bono opportunities and kick off DC Pro Bono Week? Then you won’t want to miss this year’s Pro Bono Goes Local, a launch celebration on Friday, October 22, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

This launch event will begin with opening remarks from Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby from the D.C. Court of Appeals, and Chief Judge Josey-Herring from the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. We’ll share the many ways DC law firms are giving back through a pro bono initiative called DC Represents and conclude with a series of updates and recent developments in six different practice areas. You’ll get an inside view from local experts on current developments in civil justice and updates on the most urgent pro bono needs we are facing during this critical time in our community.

If you are interested in hearing more about logistics of doing pro bono remotely, we encourage you to attend Pro Bono in a Virtual Age: A Conversation with KIND, Legal Aid Society, and Bread for the City on Monday, October 25, from 12:00p.m.-1:00 p.m. The panel will include Tiffany Cheung, who will share her experience on handling a trial virtually in a case referred by Legal Aid. Tiffany and panelists will engage in an interactive dialogue where you can learn more and ask questions.

And if you want to hear more about how you can get involved specifically in housing law, please join us for The Coming Eviction Crisis and How You Can Help on Wednesday, October 27, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Hear from a DC Superior Court Judge, and experienced eviction defense and pro bono attorneys about the coming eviction crisis, new legal protections and rental assistance programs, and how you can help. The panel will discuss opportunities for pro bono attorneys to help prevent eviction and homelessness as a result of the economic fallout of the pandemic.

We hope to see you at one or all three of these upcoming events!

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For more information on all the events and affiliated trainings taking place this year during Pro Bono Week, please visit Washington Council of Lawyers website. There you’ll also find Legal Aid’s 2021 Pro Bono Week Profile on Nadira Clarke.

For more information about pro bono opportunities with Legal Aid and how you can get involved, please contact Sylvia Soltis at ssoltis@legalaiddc.org or (202) 386-6698.

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