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Pro Bono Center Training Program

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center hosts training sessions for attorneys and paralegals who wish to undertake pro bono assignments from the Pro Bono Center or another local legal services provider. We recruit expert practitioners to offer comprehensive, issue- or area- specific trainings that focus on the needs of underserved communities in Washington, D.C. Please click on the titles below for more information and to register.

Upcoming Trainings

Spring 2021 Trainings

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is taking all necessary precautions to protect our speakers, attendees, and staff from COVID-19. As such, all spring 2021 trainings will be held remotely. During this period of remote operations, the Pro Bono Center is pleased to announce that all spring 2021 trainings will be offered at no cost.

Asylum and Immigration Training Series: Basics of Asylum Law
Thursday, April 15, 2021
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Asylum and Immigration Training Series: Asylum Seekers and Detention
Thursday, April 22, 2021
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Asylum and Immigration Training Series: Asylum Based on Membership in a Particular Social Group (PSG)
Thursday, April 29, 2021
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Landlord Tenant Practice in D.C.: 5-Part Course
We ask registrants to attend all five sessions in this series.
Part 1: Landlord Tenant Overview & Key Concepts • Thursday, May 6, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Part 2: Pro Bono LT Case Soup to Nuts • Thursday, May 13, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Part 3: Other Forums for LT/Rent Control • Thursday, May 20, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Part 4: Public and Subsidized Housing • Thursday, May 27, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Part 5: Settlements and Post Judgement Issues • Thursday, June 3, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Child Custody Training Series: Working with Children and Key Stakeholders
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Child Custody Training Series: Serving Pro Se Litigants and Confronting Implicit Bias
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Child Custody Training Series: How to Effectively and Ethically Service Clients Remotely
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Asylum and Immigration Training Series: Trauma-Informed Approach to Developing Effective Client Narratives
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Bankruptcy Law for Pro Bono Attorneys, 2-Part Training
Part 1: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Part 2: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Some events may require registrants to view on-demand videos prior to the date of the live training. Please see the registration page for more details. Please email Alison Percich, Training and Volunteer Specialist, at probonot[email protected] if you have any questions.

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Training Requirements

Please note that the eligibility and obligations differ for each training session, based on programming needs and clinical requirements. Participants attending pro bono trainings offered by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center are required to perform pro bono legal services for the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center or one of the sponsoring organizations. This rule may be waived for individuals who are employed by a nonprofit legal service provider. Interns and loaned associates are considered to be “employed by” the organizations with which they are affiliated. Any other pro bono requirement waiver may be obtained on a case-by-case basis by directing requests to the staff attorney and training manager. Attorneys who are not licensed in the District of Columbia should review D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 49, which allows non-D.C. attorneys to engage in pro bono work under certain circumstances.

Pro Bono Training Refund Policy

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds. If you have registered for a training with the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center and are unable to attend, we do permit someone else from your organization/firm to attend the training in your place with 24 hours of prior notice. Registration fees cannot be applied to future trainings. Please direct any questions or comments to [email protected].

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

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