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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 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

Social Security Disability Federal District Court Practice
Monday, March 11, 2024
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Virtual)


Family Law and Taxes
Thursday, March 28, 2024
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Virtual)


Client-Centered Lawyering Training
Monday, April 8, 2024
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Virtual)


Ins and Outs of Third-Party Custody
Wednesday, April 17, 2024
12:00p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Virtual)


Social Security and Veteran’s Disability: How these Federal Programs Compare, Differ, and Benefit Income Security for Eligible People with Disabilities
Thursday, April 18, 2024
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Virtual)


Housing Training: Eviction Defense, Housing Conditions Calendar, and Eviction Record Sealing
Part 1: Monday, May 6, 2024
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Hybrid: In-Person and Zoom Available)

Part 2: Monday, May 20, 2024
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Hybrid: In-Person and Zoom available)


Money, Money, Money! Illegal Rent Increases, D.C. Rent Control, and Tenant Petitions
Thursday, June 6, 2024
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Virtual)


Bankruptcy Training for Pro Bono Attorneys, 3-Part Series (Pre-Approval Required)**
Part 1: Thursday, August 22, 2024
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Virtual)

Part 2: Thursday, August 29, 2024
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Virtual)

Part 3: Friday, September 5, 2024
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (In-Person)


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. 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.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

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