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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.

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is pleased to share that the Training Program was the 2022 recipient of The Frederick B. Abramson Award, recognizing a Bar committee or project that has resulted in significant benefit to the Bar and its members.

Upcoming Trainings

Spring 2023

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s spring/summer 2023 training season has not been fully scheduled. Volunteer attorneys can access the previous training recordings and materials on Training dates will be announced soon. Please email our training team at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Follow us on Twitter @DCBarProBono for more updates!

Open trainings:

Family Court Self-Help Center Volunteer Training Session
The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center and the D.C. Superior Court are hosting a virtual training on June 15, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for attorneys ONLY. Register here.

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].