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THE PRO BONO EFFECT

FINDING YOUR
COMFORT ZONE
AS AVOLUNTEER
Interviews by John Murph

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elebrating its 40th anniversary, the D.C. Bar Pro
Bono Center helped more than 20,000 individuals,
nonprofit organizations, and small businesses in
just the past year. All this would not have been
possible without the help of numerous volunteers
whose legal expertise covers the spectrum of practice
areas. Some attorneys choose the "stay in your lane"
philosophy when it comes to pro bono work, feeling
more comfortable representing clients in matters that
echo what they do on a day-to-day basis. Others,
however, leap at the opportunity to apply their skills
in new areas. Either way, the Center welcomes their
support and provides the training, resources, and
mentorship necessary for them to feel comfortable
and provide competent advice.
These nine volunteers with the D.C. Bar Pro Bono
Center illustrate some of the advantages of
broadening one's horizons as well as the benefits
of applying what you know to better help our
neighbors in need.

Photos: John P. Barker, courtesy of Arnold & Porter; Craig G. Falls, courtesy of Dechert LLP; Wendy Hadfield,
courtesy of Wendy Hadfield; Sharon Hutchins, John Murph; Brenda Oliver, courtesy of Brenda Oliver; Lee Ann
Watson, John Murph; Julie Hammerman, courtesy of Thompson HD; Sadina Montani, courtesy of Vedder Price;
Adrienne E. Van Winkle, courtesy of Williams & Connolly LLP

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JOHN P. BARKER

Partner, Arnold & Porter

EXPERTISE: National security matters, including export controls
and trade sanctions
PRO BONO CENTER EXPERIENCE: 12 years, Landlord Tenant Resource Center

"

Volunteering with the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center helped tremendously
with improving my interview skills because you only have a few minutes
to identify the issues and to bring them forward. I had no idea how difficult
it was to interview people with critical issues in a very short time frame.
The Pro Bono Center has a very good training program. We need a good
understanding of the basics [of landlord-tenant law], and Pro Bono Center
staff help us with the details. This has been a very exciting part of my legal
career.

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Digital Extras
Your Voice
From Our President
Practice Management
Calendar of Events
Leading The Bar In Pursuit Of Service
2019 D.C. Bar Election Coverage
Our Membership: Adapting To A Changing Legal Landscape
Finding Community In Voluntary Bars
Bar Business: Annual Report
Member Spotlight
Enforcing the Rules feature
Global & Domestic Outlook
Worth Reading
Media Bytes
Attorney Briefs
Ask The Ethics Experts
Disciplinary Summaries
The Pro Bono Effect
Community & Connections
Last Word
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Washington Lawyer - July/August 2019 - Your Voice
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Washington Lawyer - July/August 2019 - Practice Management
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Washington Lawyer - July/August 2019 - 2019 D.C. Bar Election Coverage
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Washington Lawyer - July/August 2019 - Our Membership: Adapting To A Changing Legal Landscape
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Washington Lawyer - July/August 2019 - Enforcing the Rules feature
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Washington Lawyer - July/August 2019 - Finding Community In Voluntary Bars
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Washington Lawyer - July/August 2019 - Bar Business: Annual Report
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Washington Lawyer - July/August 2019 - Member Spotlight
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Washington Lawyer - July/August 2019 - Global & Domestic Outlook
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Washington Lawyer - July/August 2019 - Worth Reading
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Washington Lawyer - July/August 2019 - Ask The Ethics Experts
Washington Lawyer - July/August 2019 - Disciplinary Summaries
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Washington Lawyer - July/August 2019 - Community & Connections
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