The ACC National Capital Region chapter has strong relationships with pro bono providers in Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland to offer a wide variety of opportunities that are attractive to, and convenient for, members.
Pro Bono Committee Leaders
- Michael Howson, Co-Chair, Associate VP, Yahoo Inc.
- Kirsten Keating, Co-Chair, Employee Relations Associate General Counsel, Freddie Mac
- Andrea Bridgeman
- Elizabeth Jones, Compliance Director, Cambridge International Systems, Inc.
- Sarah Maguire, Senior Counsel, BAE
- John Marzullo, Director, Assistant General Counsel, Capital One Financial Corporation
- Patrick McGlone, SVP & General Counsel, Ullico, Inc.
- Schevon Salmon, Corporate Counsel, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies
- Mara Senn, Director & Senior Counsel, Global Compliance Investigations, Zimmer Biomet
- Stephanie Suitt, Director, Attorney, PwC
- Scott Walker, Associate General Counsel, Freddie Mac
- Luise Welby, Senior Associate General Counsel, Freddie Mac
- Kathi Westcott, Senior Director and Deputy General Counsel, The Pew Charitable Trust
Please contact the Pro Bono Committee co-chairs for information about how to get involved in the pro bono efforts of ACC NCR (members, refer to the membership directory for their contact information).
UPCOMING CLINICS & PROGRAMS
Brown Bag Lunch with Whitman-Walker Health
Please join Whitman-Walker Health’s Legal Services Team on June 9 at 12:00 PM to learn about legal volunteer opportunities aimed at helping low-clients who are living with HIV and/or members of the LGBTQ communities. Volunteer legal work includes helping clients to file for a name change in their local court; secure accurate identification documents; file for Social Security disability benefits; enroll in prescription drug plans under Medicare Part D; fight discrimination and harassment in healthcare; complete wills and powers of attorney; and secure their family’s safety through immigration relief. Representatives from Whitman-Walker Legal Services will share more about how they fight for their client’s rights every day and how you can get involved!
In the spirit of Whitman Walker Health’s mission and PRIDE MONTH, please join us with your favorite rainbow themed Zoom background! If you want to learn more, but dislike virtual backgrounds, please still join us!! Register here.
Pro Bono Clinic with Whitman-Walker Health
Topic: Name Change Clinic
Partners: Whitman-Walker Health
Clients: Low-income transgender individuals
When: Friday, July 8, 10 AM – 11:30 AM (as detailed below, attorneys will self-schedule training prior to July 8; attorneys will schedule their client meetings after July 8)
Who: DC, Maryland, and Virginia-barred attorneys
Experience: None required
Pre-Training: 2 to 4 hours.Volunteer attorneys are asked to watch at least 2 online trainings prior to the date of the clinic (first, Trans 101 [40 mins], and second, one local jurisdictional training for DC, MD, or VA). The Virginia training provides the best overview of the process.
Day of Clinic Training (Via Zoom): 20 to 30 minute overview by Whitman-Walker staff followed by 1-hour Q&A session.
Support: Work in teams and a Whitman-Walker staff mentor will be assigned to each team/case assigned. Resource materials are readily accessible through Google Docs and Whitman-Walker holds monthly virtual briefing sessions for all volunteer attorneys to have questions answered and to share tips and new guidance.
Time: 6–10 hours total spread out over several months.
Work: Whitman-Walker has a great need for volunteer attorneys to assist local transgender individuals with the name change process in all 3 local jurisdictions. The pandemic has made the process even more challenging, and client demand far exceeds Whitman-Walker’s in-house resources. ACC NCR volunteers will be paired up and assigned a single client to assist in completing name change documents and will help clients file the documents pro se with the relevant court system. Following the session on July 8, interested volunteers will be sent a formal case placement email with client contact information. Volunteers will be asked to coordinate with the client to meet via Zoom, phone call, or work via email within a specified time period.
Insurance: Provided by Whitman-Walker for all volunteers; volunteers who sign-up for the clinic will be asked to complete a volunteer application/confidentiality statement and return it to Whitman-Walker prior to July 8.
*Please respond by July 1.
PRO BONO RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES
District of Columbia
- DC Bar Pro Bono Center: https://www.dcbar.org/pro-bono
- Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP): http://www.nlsp.org/
- DC Volunteer Lawyers Project: http://www.dcvlp.org/
- Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project: http://www.dvleap.org/
- Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center (In partnership with MSBA): https://probonomd.org/
- Maryland Pro Bono Rules: https://probonomd.org/maryland-pro-bono-rules/
- Pro Bono Public Service Volunteer Opportunities: https://probonomd.org/volunteers/
- Maryland Legal Aid (Mdlab.org): https://www.mdlab.org/pro-bono-attorney-opportunities/
- Legal Services of Northern Virginia: https://www.lsnv.org/
- Legal Aid Justice Center: http://www.justice4all.org/
- Virginia Legal Aid Society: http://www.vlas.org
- Virginia State Bar: https://www.vsb.org/site/sections/pro_bono/resources_public
RESOURCES FOR SETTING UP AN IN HOUSE PRO BONO PROGRAM
Pro Bono Institute - http://www.probonoinst.org/projects/corporate-pro-bono/
Corporate Pro Bono - Detailed Guide to set up In-House Pro Bono Program: http://www.cpbo.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Pro-Bono-Development-Guide-10-31-17.pdf
ACC Annual Meeting Presentation from Corporate Pro Bono - In-House Program Pro Bono: How to Start: https://www.acc.com/sites/default/files/resources/vl/membersonly/SampleFormPolicy/1388455_1.pdf
American Bar Association - Benefits of a Corporate Pro Bono Program: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/center-pro-bono/resources/pro-bono-role/corporate_counsel/
ACC Resources - Starting a Pro Bono Legal Program Is Easier Than You Think: https://www.accdocket.com/starting-pro-bono-legal-program-easier-you-think
ONGOING PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES
DC Bar Pro Bono Center Opportunities
The DC Bar Pro Bono Center offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for in-house counsel to assist individuals and families, nonprofits, and small businesses, either in a time-limited clinic or an ongoing basis, including the following:
- Advice and Referral Clinic
- Advocacy & Justice Clinic
- Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic COVID-19 Commercial Lease Brief Legal Advice to Nonprofits and small businesses
- Matches with Nonprofits for On-going Pro Bono Legal Assistance
- Lauching the Commercial Tenant Task Force
For details about each of these opportunities and information on how to volunteer, click here.
Opportunities with Whitman-Walker Legal Services Program
The Whitman-Walker Legal Services Program offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for in-house counsel, including:
Remote Legal Clinics & Case Placements
Name and Gender Change
- Health Insurance Coverage Appeals
- Estate Planning
- Medicare Part D
This work varies but currently includes issues such as (a) privacy and procedural issues related to name and gender changes; (b) sex workers’ rights; (c) HIV discrimination/ medical privacy; (d) access to HIV medications in the military; (e) immigrant rights; (f) telemedicine; and more.
For details about each of these opportunities and information on how to volunteer, click here.
PRIOR EVENTS - RECORDINGS
Hardship on Obtaining Security Deposits
On April 6, 2022, ACC NCR co-hosted a brown bag lunch session with Maryland Legal Aid. The session focused on poverty and the potential hardship for almost 40% of Maryland's population to afford an attorney if needed in civil and administrative matters. Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) also gave an introduction into the specific need for pro bono attorneys to help MLA clients in securing back security deposits as well as an overview on how to waive in (for free!) to the Maryland bar to do pro bono work. Click here for a recording of the program.
How-Tos for Developing a New Pro Bono Program
On September 14, 2021, ACC NCR co-hosted How-Tos for Developing a New Pro Bono Program featuring best practices for creating new programs and collaborating with other in-house, law firm, government, and legal services lawyers to build community and serve pro bono clients. Presenters provided practical advice on the decisions to be made and steps to take to build a strong foundation that will both encourage and support volunteers using their legal skills to help those unable to afford legal services. Thank you to the following organizations that have signed on to participate, Ayuda, Children's Law Center, Corporate Pro Bono, DC Bar Pro Bono Program, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Maryland Legal Aid, Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services
In-House Pro Bono in the Time of Covid-19
On September 23, 2020, ACC NCR co-hosted the program In-House Pro Bono in the Time of Covid-19, featuring representatives of legal services organizations and in-house volunteers sharing information about pro bono opportunities involving transactional work, litigation, wills, voting rights, immigration, and more – all of which are currently seeking volunteers for remote work during the pandemic. For more information, click on the links below:
- Recording of the Program
- List of Resources and Contact Information
- Washington Council of Lawyers Recap