John Burke Pro Bono Breakfast

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee holds an annual breakfast briefing in October to present its agenda for the upcoming year to the DC legal community.


The Committee will be holding its 2015 John Burke Pro Bono Breakfast on Thursday, October 1, at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel, 1000 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C., from 8:00am – 10:00am. This event is the Committee's primary opportunity to introduce new firms to its work and to report to supporting law firms on its current activities.

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Special guest speakers for this year's Burke Breakfast will be Paul M. Smith, Jenner & Block LLP; Nkechi Taifa, Open Society Foundations; and Timothy Webster,President of the District of Columbia Bar. The Breakfast will also feature brief reports by Committee staff on current program developments and opportunities for law firm pro bono involvement.

A recap of the 2014 event is available here.

Click here to download the 2015 invitation.

For over 20 years, John L. Burke, Jr. served with distinction as the Committee’s General Counsel and as a volunteer attorney on a series of significant Committee cases. Shortly after his untimely death in 2004, the Committee’s Pro Bono Breakfast was renamed in his honor and a fund bearing his name was established. To date, the John Burke Memorial Fund has received over $100,000 in gifts. The proceeds of this fund are used to support the cause of pro bono service to which John contributed so greatly.

For more information about the next breakfast briefing or to donate to the Burke Memorial Fund, email

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