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 Fight Injustice and Inequality Volunteer Opportunities

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Area(s) of Interest (SEE DESCRIPTIONS BELOW)

Team with us on Litigation & Policy Advocacy

Who: Lawyers at private law firms.

By co-counseling with law firms in DC and around the country, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee provides our clients more than 50,000 hours of quality legal representation every year. We also regularly team with private attorneys to publish reports and advocate for more just public policies.

Join us at the Workers’ Rights Clinic (Intake Volunteers)  

Who: Lawyers, law students, and community members.

Under the general direction of the Clinic Coordinator, Intake Volunteers use a structured intake questionnaire to interview workers about their workplace issues, summarize the interview for on-site Advising Attorneys, and relay the attorneys’ advice to workers. Intake Volunteers may also assist with writing demand letters and filing complaints with appropriate agencies or workplace supervisors.

Intake Volunteers are expected to come to clinic at least once a month during clinic hours. All volunteers must attend a mandatory training before participating in clinic, regardless of background or experience. Clinic details here.

Advise Volunteers at the Workers’ Rights Clinic (Advising Attorneys)

Who: Lawyers with at least two years of experience practicing employment law and who are barred in DC, MD, or VA.

Advising Attorneys provide legal advice on substantive and procedural issues in employment and labor law matters. Advising Attorneys work under the guidance and supervision of a WLC Senior Staff Attorney.

Advising Attorneys are expected to come to clinic at least once a month during clinic hours. All Advising Attorneys must attend a mandatory training before participating in clinic, regardless of background or experience. See above for details about the Workers’ Rights Clinic. Clinic details here.

Partner with a DC Public School

Who: Individuals at DC area law firms and businesses.

The DC Public School Partnership Program partners area law firms and businesses with individual DC public schools throughout the city, in the process bringing tutoring, mentoring, and other academic enrichment services to thousands of children.

Represent a Prisoner at a Parole Hearing

Who: Lawyers, including those who have not yet passed the bar, and paralegals.

The Committee’s DC Prisoners’ Project coordinates volunteers to represent prisoners at their parole grant hearings. Volunteers prepare for and represent DC prisoners at their parole hearings. These hearings, with relaxed rules of evidence, are great opportunities for young lawyers and partners alike. Each hearing takes about 40 hours of work total. Because DC prisoners are housed at federal Bureau of Prisons facilities across the country, some hearings are within driving distance of DC, others are farther away. The Committee is not able to reimburse volunteers for travel expenses.

Lead a Fundraising Campaign

Who: Law firm associates

Each spring law firm associates lead fundraising campaigns within their firms to support the Washington Lawyers’ Committee.

Become a Trustee to the Committee

Who: Law firm associates, counsel, and partners

Committee Trustees and Associate Trustees are leaders of our organization and of civil rights advocacy in Washington, DC. They are ambassadors of the Committee’s mission within their law firms.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

General inquires may be sent to Kiva Zytnick at Kiva_Zytnick@washlaw.org.

Internship, Fellowship, & Job Opportunities

Click here for information on internship, fellowship, and job opportunities with the Committee.

 

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