Event Calendar

Friday, June 22, 2018

How You Can Make a Difference in Access to Justice in DC

Start Date: 6/22/2018 12:00 PM EDT
End Date: 6/22/2018 1:00 PM EDT

Location:
United States 

Presented by: Government Attorneys Forum

Teleconference

Cost: Free to Members

The Dial-In information will be sent in the registration confirmation email.

Featuring:
Nancy Lopez, Executive Director, Washington Council of Lawyers
Michael Lukens, Pro Bono Director/Operations Director, CAIR Coalition
 
The vast majority of litigants in D.C. Superior Court handle their cases without the benefit of a lawyer. People who face eviction, domestic violence situations, and threats to their family integrity navigate the legal system on their own. The process is confusing and often terrifying. Yet, the D.C. Bar is the largest unified bar in the country and there are thousands of lawyers who work in the District. Washington Council of Lawyers seeks to train, engage, mentor and encourage lawyers interested in doing pro bono work to help those in need. 
 
Learn more about this vibrant bar association, the important work they do, and how you can get involved! 
 
Nancy Lopez is the Executive Director of Washington Council of Lawyers, a voluntary bar association that seeks to promote pro bono and public interest law–by building partnerships between the public, private and nonprofit sectors; volunteering to provide legal services to those who cannot afford them; training and mentoring the next generation of public interest advocates; and supporting policies that expand access to justice. 
 
Previously, Ms. Lopez worked as a Supervising Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, an organization providing legal services to clients in the areas of domestic violence/family, housing, public benefits, and consumer law. She was also an Associate at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP and a law clerk to the Honorable John M. Ferren at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Ms. Lopez received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law School and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Minnesota.

Michael Lukens is the Pro Bono Director and Operations Director at the Capital Area Immigrants Rights (CAIR) Coalition where he is responsible for the oversight of the screening, placement, and mentoring of pro bono cases with members of the private bar. Michael serves as the CAIR Coalition liaison to law firms and the broader non-profit community, as well as directly represents children in removal proceedings.  Michael also oversees all aspects of CAIR Coalition's operations. 

Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Michael was a senior associate at Paul Hastings where he focused on environmental matters and served as the Pro Bono Coordinator for the firm’s DC Office. In addition to his commercial portfolio and pro bono responsibilities, Michael worked on many direct representation matters for pro bono clients, including immigration, non-profit governance, landlord/tenant, and contract matters. Michael received his J.D. from Hofstra School of Law.

The WBA is a nonpartisan organization. The opinions and positions expressed by any program speaker are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the WBA.