July 20, 2012
Child-Victims: Providing Effective Rights Enforcement Representation
Join the countryfs leading experts on victimsf rights for an intensive, two-day training focused on child-victims of crime. This two-day program, Child-Victims: Providing Effective Rights Enforcement Representation, will be offered at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on Wednesday, August 1 and Thursday, August 2, 2012 in Alexandria, Virginia.
This training seeks to educate practitioners about victims’ rights and help foster a collaborative working relationship among professionals who assist child]victims of crime. It is open to lawyers, advocates, medical professionals, social workers, law students, and other allied professionals.
The training will provide participants with an overview of victims’ rights, a detailed discussion of child development knowledge and age-appropriate techniques for working with a child]victim client, in-depth information and practical litigation skills for attorneys asserting a child]victims’ rights throughout a criminal proceeding, analysis of ethical issues that may arise when representing child-victims of crime, and discussion of the inter]relation of disciplines and professions that are often involved when a child is victimized.
Whether you know nothing about victims’ rights or working with child-victims or you have experience in these areas, this training will provide you with information that can assist you in becoming a more effective advocate for child-victims.
Standard - $175
Non-Profit, Government, or Academic - $125
(Enhanced NAVRA Members** will receive a $50 discount)
Law Students – Free (limited spaces available)
(Lunch on your own)
Visit http://www.ncvli.org for registration information and to learn about other NCVLI/NAVRA trainings.
July 11, 2012
Join Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) Director Brian Concannon and IJDH Staff Attorney Nicole Phillips in D.C. for a panel discussion and film screening about the cholera epidemic in Haiti. The panel discussion will be followed by a screening of the Tribeca Film Festival award-winning short documentary, Baseball in the Time of Cholera, which follows the story of a Haitian little league pitcher forced to grow up too quickly because of cholera. Watch the official trailer at www.baseballinthetimeofcholera.com.
You’re invited to join experts for a discussion on the UN’s responsibility for the Haiti cholera outbreak, with analysis of the evidence linking the UN to the outbreak, and an overview of the legal response being pursued by the victims’ attorneys. Panelists include:
- Ruth Wedgewood, SAIS Professor of International Law and Diplomacy
- Brian Concannon, Jr.,Esq., IJDH Director
- Jonathan Katz, former Associated Press correspondent and author of an forthcoming book on cholera in Haiti
Where: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
When: Wednesday, July 18th. Panel discussion at 4:30 pm, film screening at 5:30 pm.
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2012.
Time: Noon – 1:30 pm. This is a brown bag lunch.
The East of the River Lawyers invite all interns, law students and interested pro bono attorneys to a lunch-and-learn session in Ward 8 to find out more about practicing public interest law east of the Anacostia River. This brown bag lunch program and panel will feature attorneys from legal services providers that serve the residents of these diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. Imoni Washington of the D.C. Bar Foundation will also join us to discuss the Loan Repayment Assistance Program for poverty lawyers working in the District and the recent grants the DCBF has made to legal services providers serving residents east of the Anacostia River.
* Marc Borbely – Neighborhood Legal Services Program
* Elizabeth Kaplan – Whitman-Walker Health
* Renee Murphy – Children’s Law Center
* Carolyn Rand – Our Place DC
* Kate Sauser – Covington & Burling LLP (Loaned Associate)
* Imoni Washington – Director of Programs, D.C. Bar Foundation
* Moderator and Co-Chair of D.C. Consortium of Legal Services
Providers: Erin Leveton, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
To Register: Contact Heather Hodges at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.269.5100.
Location: Neighborhood Legal Services Program
Address: 3101 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue S.E. NLSP is on the 3rd floor of the Washington Gas Building. On-street parking is available.
By Metro: Take the Green Line to Anacostia or Congress Heights stations.
By MetroBus: A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, A42, A46, A48, W4.
June 15, 2012
WCL Summertime Happy Hour
Wednesday, June 27 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Science Club, 1136 19th Street NW
Cash bar – nibbles – great conversation!
The happy hour will feature a cash bar, and light snacks provided by the Washington Council of Lawyers.
You do not need to be a member of the Washington Council of Lawyers to join us.
Summer associates and interns welcome! Please RSVP so that we know how many to expect.
The Science Club was described in Washington Post as a bar where there is intelligent conversation about the news of the day. In one of the few nods to the club’s name, patrons at the bar sit on round metal stools rescued from some high-school chemistry lab — the kind where, if it’s too short, you spin the seat to raise it. A nearby chalkboard is available for computations as well as random graffiti.
May 31, 2012
Please note that the Washington Council of Lawyers’ Summer Forum will take place on Tuesday, June 12, from noon – 2:30pm. The fee to attend is $25 for legal interns at public interest organizations or government agencies and $60 for private sector summer associates. The Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will deliver the keynote address, and there will be panel presentations on various substantive legal areas, from representation of children to criminal and immiration law.
The registration form is available here: http://washingtoncounciloflawyers.org/WCL%20Summer%20Pro%20Bono%20Forum%20Registration%20Form%202012.pdf
Please let Jen Tschirch (email@example.com) know if you plan to attend.
Brief description of the event from WCL:
The WCL Summer Forum, attracting nearly 200 summer associates and legal interns each June, has established itself as a must-attend event for aspiring lawyers. This unique event brings law students, working in Washington for the summer, face-to-face with public interest lawyers and private sector lawyers who have incorporated pro bono service into their law practices.
Students will have the opportunity to meet other summer associates and legal interns as they learn more about how – and why – lawyers use their law degrees for public service in the face of pressure to increase billable hours and take on popular causes.
May 31, 2012
TASSC – http://tassc.org/blog/, is located within walking distance of the law school at 4121 Harewood Road, NE; it is the only U.S. organization founded by survivors of torture for survivors, to oppose torture and to empower a community of survivors. Most TASSC members arrive in the U.S. seeking political asylum based on the torture and persecution they experienced in the home countries they fled. TASSC provides pro bono legal representation.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to engage in policy advocacy, but their primary focus will be on asylum representation. Students will take lead responsibility, under the supervision of TASSC pro bono attorneys, for initial screening of cases and for developing the case once members are accepted for asylum representation, from drafting documents and gathering evidence to preparing the client for interviews and hearings at Immigration Court (Arlington, Baltimore) and the DHS Asylum Office (Arlington). To the extent possible, students will be authorized to act as counsel in those venues in the presence of the attorney of record.
Students must work at TASSC for the bulk of their hours. They will be given a desk, a computer and telephone access; as well as orientation and ongoing guidance at least once a week, including overviews of substantive legal principles and processes.
To apply, send a cover email and resume to Steve France, Esq., Asylum Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) and cc Demissie Abebe, Executive Director (email@example.com) by June 8. TASSC is likely to ask for a writing sample and will interview applicants before accepting them into the program.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. How to Become an Administrative Law Judge presented by the Mentoring Committee of The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and sponsored by Hollingsworth, LLP, 1350 I Street, NW (McPherson Square Metro Station)
A distinguished panel of Administrative Law Judges from both the D.C. and Federal Governments will provide invaluable guidance on how to become an Administrative Law Judge. The panel will share information about current prospects for a career as an ALJ and also discuss the application process and how best to pursue an ALJ position. $15 for students ($20 after 4/22/12). For more information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To register: http://www.wbade.org.
February 17, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 6:00 – 7:30pm at Hogan Lovells LLP, 553 13th St. NW – Staying Public: Tips for Maintaining a Public Interest Career.
A panel discussion on how attorneys can stay in public interest work for the long haul, with discussions of financial considerations and options, avoiding burnout, and various paths. Featured panelist include Jen Tschirch, CSL Pro Bono Coordinator. Law students are welcome! For more information and to register, visit - http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=eca9oegab&oeidk=a07e5k2xcyg3b0bb231&oseq=a01cogtbwkp0r
October 5, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, American Bar Association, 740 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC.
Join the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and collaborating organizations at a cocktail reception in celebration of Mediation Week. The theme this year for ABA Mediation Week is “Civility and Civil Public Discourse.” This event is an excellent networking and learning opportunity for attorneys, mediators and other ADR professionals, law students and corporate and government representatives. There is no fee for attending the event. Cocktails and
appetizers will be served.
The event will feature Dr. Hal Saunders as the keynote speaker and other
distinguished special guests. Dr. Saunders is currently the director of
international affairs at the Kettering Foundation and plays a key role in the
foundation’s international studies. He is the architect of Sustained Dialogue,
“a public peace process” designed to change relationships among those in
deep-rooted human conflicts. The ABA has recognized the third week in
October as Mediation Week to educate lawyers, dispute resolution professionals,
students, and the public about mediation and related forms of collaborative
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