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FROM OUR PRESIDENT
The D.C. Bar has one of the strongest pro bono
commitments of any bar in the country. Last year,
attorneys provided almost one million hours
of service to pro bono clients. Even with these
efforts, however, we are falling short and need to
do more. During the past few years, a significant
amount of pro bono resources has been devoted
to larger impact cases - immigration issues and
other national problems - with a result that
some of our neighbors close to home have gone
without representation. While this impact work is
important, It's a Wonderful Life reminds us about
the value and importance of individual representation, about the power of one.
After George's guardian angel walks him
through what people's lives would have been
like without him, George sees that his life had
a ripple effect that went well beyond what he
could have imagined. Like George, attorneys
often wonder how much of an impact we can
have representing one person. Sometimes the
answer comes in strange ways. For example,
a former client who was a domestic violence

survivor told me that after several years of
healing, she had summoned the courage
to start a support group for survivors at her
church. Another client who received asylum
now works as a doctor at Johns Hopkins. Finally,
several years ago our firm's corporate group
took on an assignment at the Tax Sale Resource
Center to counsel individuals who were about
to lose their homes due to unpaid property
taxes. That individual representation evolved
into a citywide effort involving the Legal
Counsel for the Elderly and other legal services
providers that resulted in legislation addressing
flaws in the system, thereby keeping more lowincome families in their homes.
As we close out the year, I encourage you to
take on pro bono work for an individual lowincome client as part of your New Year's resolutions, and enlist a colleague to do so as well.
You can volunteer with the D.C. Bar Pro Bono
Center, which serves more than 20,000 individuals, nonprofits, and small businesses each
year, or take a referral from one of the more

than 30 organizations listed at ProBono.Center/
ConsortiumMembers that provide direct legal
services to low-income residents. Remember
that if you don't have the time to represent
a client or attend a pro bono clinic right now,
you can still join your fellow D.C. Bar members
in supporting the Pro Bono Center by making
a tax-deductible contribution to the Center
before the end of the year.
In closing, I urge you to become an unsung hero,
discover the power of one, and revel in the many
lessons of It's a Wonderful Life this season.

To make a year-end donation to the
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, visit dcbar.
org/pro-bono and click on "Donate."

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The generosity of D.C. pro bono attorneys changes lives.
In 2018, we placed more than 800 pro bono cases.
Interested in joining our mission to protect, defend
and empower D.C. seniors most in need? Please visit
aarp.org/LCE or email us at vlp@aarp.org.

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Digital Extras
Your Voice
From Our President
Practice Management
Calendar of Events
Going Above and Beyond feature
On Safer Ground feature
Casa Ruby Profile
Pro Bono Effect
Member Spotlight
Worth Reading
Media Bytes
Attorney Briefs
Ask the Ethics Experts
Disciplinary Summaries
Community & Connections
Last Word
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2019 - Digital Extras
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2019 - Your Voice
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2019 - From Our President
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2019 - Practice Management
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2019 - Calendar of Events
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2019 - Going Above and Beyond feature
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2019 - Worth Reading
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2019 - Media Bytes
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