Play your part. Get involved.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of WALA. Attorneys teach workshops and volunteer with legal clinics and pro bono cases. Artists organize events and workshops. Art lovers get involved in supporting the creative community. There's a role for everyone.
More than 450 attorneys and other professionals volunteer with WALA. Our volunteers range from partners in major national firms to those with small solo practices to retired attorneys to law students.
If you are currently licensed to practice law and you carry malpractice insurance, we invite you to accept cases through our Pro Bono Referral Program. Common types of cases on the biweekly referral listserv include copyright, business formation, contracts, and litigation matters, but WALA also refers out tax, immigration, litigation, and many other types of legal matters. Cases vary greatly from month to month. Cases are marked “pro bono” or “NOT pro bono” based on WALA’s Pro Bono Guidelines.
Other options for those not licensed or those without insurance include sitting on a WALA Committee, becoming a member of our Speakers’ Bureau as a potential speaker at events in and around DC, joining our Board Bank of names available to artists looking for Board Members for their non profits, or assisting with Special Projects as they arise.
Not a D.C. Bar member? D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 49 specifies certain exemptions for attorneys licensed in other states who are not D.C. Bar members and who are engaged in pro bono work in D.C. Please check the rule to see whether you fall within one of these exemptions. Non-Bar members who fall within one of the Rule 49 exemptions are welcome to volunteer with WALA.