Government & Public Interest

WCL’s Summer 2022 Pro Bono & Public Interest Forum

Keynote – Wednesday, June 8; 12:00-2:00 pm ET
Panels – Thursday, June 9, June 16, and June 23; 12:00-2:30 pm ET 


The Washington Council of Lawyers (WCL) Summer Pro Bono & Public Interest Forum is an annual tradition that brings together hundreds of summer associates, summer interns, law students, and lawyers to discuss how to make pro bono or public interest work a part of their legal careers and provide an introduction to several different types of public interest practice.

WCL’s keynote speaker will be Kristen Clarke, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice. Attorney General Clarke is a lifelong civil rights lawyer who has spent her entire career in public service. She has a wealth of legal experience including working as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division, working on voting rights and election law with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, serving as head of the Civil Rights Bureau for the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and as president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

The keynote discussion will take place on Wednesday, June 8, from 12:00 – 2:00 pm ET at Arnold & Porter. A live stream also is available. The first practice-area panel discussion will follow on Thursday, June 9 from 12:00 – 1:15 pm ET.

Then, over the following two weeks, participants will have the opportunity to attend the remainder of the virtual panel presentations where they can learn more about pro bono and public interest work in DC and all across the country. Each panel will focus on a different practice area, featuring presentations by national and local experts in that legal specialty. The panel topics will include:

June 9, 12:00-1:15 pm – Non-Litigation Pro Bono
June 16, 12:00-1:15 pm – Poverty Law
June 16, 1:15 -2:30 pm – Criminal Law & Death Penalty
June 23, 12:00-1:15 pm – Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
June 23, 1:15 – 2:30 pm – Immigration & Human Rights

$25 for WCL Members. BC Law is a WCL member school. For those wishing to attend the keynote luncheon in person, the cost is just $15 more to cover the cost of food and beverages.