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Thursday, October 19, 2017

CANCELLED: (GAF) Growing While Doing Good - All You Need to Know About Pro Bono Opportunities and How They Can Expand Your Legal Experience

Date(s): October 19, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM  EST - 8:30 PM  EST

K&L Gates LLP, 1601 K Street, NW #1 Washington, DC 20006

*If you have questions about this program or experience any difficulties in registering, please call 202-639-8880.*
Presented by: Government Attorneys Forum

Laura Klein, Department of Justice Pro Bono Manager, Chair of the Federal Government Pro Bono Program
Karen Barker Marcu, Executive Director, and co-Founder, D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project
Jon M. Greenbaum, Chief Counsel and Senior Deputy Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Maya Sheppard, Managing Attorney, Barriers to Employment, Neighborhood Legal Services Program
Nadine Wilburn, Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor Personnel, Labor and Employment Division, D.C. Office of the Attorney General

Come join us as we discuss how government attorneys can get involved in the many fascinating and fulfilling pro bono activities in our community. This great work can also boost your critical skills for a current or future career!
Panelist Laura Klein is the Department of Justice Pro Bono Program (DOJ PBP) Manager, and she runs both the DOJ PBP and the Federal Government Pro Bono Program, which includes over 40 federal agencies, in the Executive Branch. Ms. Klein will describe the pro bono opportunities that exist for government attorneys and the trainings and events and educational sessions available for these attorneys. She will also discuss the substantive mentoring that pro bono attorneys receive from legal service agencies, and the ways in which she personally supports government pro bono attorneys.
Panelist Karen Barker Marcou is the Executive Director of D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project, (DCVLP), which was founded in 2008 with the mission to create, support, and utilize a network of volunteer lawyers to provide high-quality, pro bono legal services to domestic violence victims and at-risk children in Washington, DC. Today, DCVLP volunteer and staff attorneys handle hundreds of civil protections order and family law cases for victims each year. Many of these pro bono attorneys are government employees. DCVLP and its legal services organization partners provide training and mentoring in the relevant areas of law. Each volunteer attorney is paired with co-counsel on every case to provide support and back-up. DCVLP also hosts optional supplemental trainings.
Panelist Maya Sheppard joined NLSP in September of 2015 as the Barriers to Employment Project Staff Attorney and is currently the Managing Attorney for the project. She is based in the New York Avenue office. The Barriers to Employment team works with jobseekers to help them achieve their goals and to fight barriers to employment that exist due to discrimination and/or economic injustice. She trains pro bono attorneys to assist with Barriers cases and helps manage free drop-in legal clinics at public libraries.    
Panelist Jon Greenbaum is the chief counsel and senior deputy director for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law where he is responsible for managing the Committee's efforts to seek racial justice. Greenbaum oversees the Committee's Legal Projects: Criminal Justice; Economic Justice; Educational Opportunities; Fair Housing and Community Development; and Voting Rights. Previous to that, Greenbaum served as the director of the Committee's Voting Rights Project, where he led its program to achieve equality and protect advances in voting rights for racial and ethnic minorities and other traditionally disfranchised groups.

Advance Registration
WBA Members: $20
Non-Members: $25
Student Members: $15

After 10/17/2017
WBA Members: $25
Non-Members: $30
Student Members: $20

Refunds can only be processed for cancellations received more than two business days prior to the event.

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This fall, the WBA is collecting items for Bread for the City’s Baby Pantry. Items can include diapers (sizes 4-5-6 in particular), baby wipes, bottles, pack and play items, and formula. Anyone who donates items/money at any WBA event this fall will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card compliments of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot LLP held in mid-December. If you have any questions or are interested in helping with the drive please contact Janelle Johnson (janelle@jdjohnsonlaw.com) or Karissa Johnson (kjkarissajohnson@gmail.com).


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