Nancy A. Lopez 
The Washington Council of Lawyers 


Wednesday January 23, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM EST

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Jacobson LLP 
801 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
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The Washington Council of Lawyers invites you to  our continuing conversation,

Best Practices in Pro Bono:

Building Effective Pro Bono Relationships 

Law firms, legal services organizations, and corporations in dialogue to improve the business of doing pro bono.

Join the Washington Council of Lawyers for our second Best Practices in Pro Bono: Building Effective Pro Bono Relationships conversation on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Fried, Frank Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, 801 - 17th Street NW.  We will gather at 8:30 am for a continental breakfast, and the facilitated conversation will take place from 9:00 - 10:00 am.  You do not need to have been present for the first conversation to participate in this second of four sessions.

This second conversation in the series is entitled "Keeping it Going" and will feature facilitators Chris Herrling, Pro Bono Counsel at WilmerHale LLP, and Vytas Vergeer, Legal Director at Bread for the City.  Our focus will be on how to maintain and support positive pro bono relationships between firms and service providers as well as between clients and pro bono attorneys. Topics will include:

  • Training opportunities and skill building;
  • Mentoring strategies;
  • Setting attorney/client expectations;
  • Motivating good work;
  • Understanding our clients;
  • Maintaining appropriate staffing;
  • Firm/provider relationships;
  • Recognition and awards.

There is no cost to attend.  Please feel free to invite others to join the conversation!

Questions?  Contact Paul Lee at or Nancy Lopez at 

Save the dates for future Best Practices in Pro Bono Conversations!

SETTING BOUNDARIES  -  Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Firm supervision; Provider mentoring; Cocounseling arrangements; Court expectations; Defining the scope of relationships; Withdrawal of representation; Termination procedures; Establishing a foundation for repeat pro bono.
COLLABORATING FOR IMPACT - Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Alternative models of pro bono; Nontraditional collaboration; Impact litigation; Large-scale advocacy; Policy work; Partnerships to attract  more pro bono; Court-based initiatives; Evaluating successes and challenges; Setting future goals.

All conversations take place from 8:30 - 10:00 am at Fried Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.