Career Toolkit

Career Toolkit: Leadership & Volunteer Opportunities

Type of Resource Resource Description
Application WBA Committee/Forum Co-Chair WBA is seeking co-chairs for its committees and forums. Active participation, whether as a co-chair or a member of a committee or forum, is an excellent way to develop leadership skills and increase professional visibility. Committee and forum members plan and implement programs and serve as “goodwill ambassadors” for the WBA. If you are interested in serving as a co-chair, please fill out this form completely. These applications are used to learn about your background, leadership goals, and how you see yourself contributing to the WBA mission. You may continue any of your responses on an additional sheet of paper and email to
Nonprofit DC Bar Pro Bono Center The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center transforms lives by providing free legal assistance to individuals, nonprofit organizations and small businesses through volunteer lawyers. The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center was established in 1978. Since then, the Pro Bono Center has become the largest provider of pro bono legal help in the District of Columbia.
Website ABA Pro Bono Center ABA Pro Bono Center provides technical assistance and planning advice to a wide range of constituents in the field, including bar associations, pro bono programs, legal services offices, bar leaders, law schools, corporate counsel, judges and government attorneys.
Article Washington Lawyers Committee The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs works to create legal, economic and social equity through litigation, client and public education and public policy advocacy.
Leadership Course WBA Foundation Founded in 1981, the mission of the WBAF is to leverage the generosity of lawyers and friends to support nonprofits that serve the legal and related needs of women and girls in the DC Metropolitan community. Attending WBAF events provides you with a wonderful opportunity to develop networking skills and build connections with other DC attorneys and professionals, while giving back to the community.
Leadership Organization Catch A Fire Skill-based on-demand volunteering matching for nonprofit organizations.
Leadership Course Leadership Principles Course Harvard Business School Online’s Leadership Principles course is designed to help new and aspiring leaders unleash the potential in themselves and others, and cultivate high-performing teams. Become a more versatile leader who can mobilize others by immersing yourself in real-world leadership challenges, self-assessments, and 360-degree feedback from colleagues and peers.
Article Volunteer Opportunities Do you want to volunteer to provide pro bono legal assistance? No matter your practice or practice setting, there are opportunities for you. Through the resources linked on this page, you will find the program, the case, the issue, the client and the location best suited for your needs and interests.
Article Remote Legal Volunteering Opportunities for Law Students If you’re getting used to the new world of law school and you find yourself with a little less pressure, this is a list of organizations that have remote legal volunteering opportunities for law students.
Nonprofit Global Mentorship Initiative
Global Mentorship Initiative is a non-profit organization that empowers students around the world for success in their job search by providing them with the tools and guidance needed to be successful. This is accomplished through a structured, short-term, online, one to one mentorship with a business professional. You can volunteer to serve as a mentor for one student for 14 weeks (1 hour/week).
Nonprofit Neighborhood Legal Services Program Through an array of pro bono initiatives involving each of its practice areas, NLSP can best match the interests of volunteers with the expertise of NLSP attorneys in order to address critical, unmet legal needs of low-income residents in the District of Columbia. NLSP carefully designs volunteer opportunities to be impactful for clients and manageable for volunteers.
Nonprofit DC Volunteer Lawyers Project With the help of hundreds of well-trained volunteer lawyers each year, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project provides comprehensive legal services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, and other forms of gender-based violence, and to vulnerable children living in dangerous situations. Every year, we help over 2,100 clients escape violence and move toward safety & stability.
Leadership Program Leadership programs for DC lawyers, provided by Excelleration, a DC-based lawyer coaching company.
Publication Leadership for Lawyers A comprehensive guide to leadership for lawyers, written by The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel.
Article 13 Leadership Books for Lawyers This article provides 13 suggestions for leadership reads for lawyers.
Leadership Course Leadership in the Legal Profession Berekely Law Education provides a course called Leadership in the Legal Profession. It is a ten-week, business school-style course for legal professionals who want to challenge intuitive approaches to leadership and management, as well as learn new mental models and dynamic leadership skills that can be quickly applied to their practices. Each two-hour class is held once a week and conducted virtually via the groundbreaking learning platform, Minerva Forum.
Leadership Organization Leadership for Lawyers Leadership for Lawyers helps lawyers and other professionals improve their ability to develop business, manage teams and lead their firms. Using time-tested teaching and coaching methodologies, they help professionals develop strategies, skills and systems to compete in “the new normal.” The site also includes a blog, articles, webinars, and more resources.
Leadership Opportunities Law Student Leadership Opportunities Want to lead, advocate, and shape policy on a national scale? Network with prominent attorneys and law students from around the country? You can! There are many ways to get involved with the ABA as a law student leader.
Leadership Course Women’s Leadership Program Yale School of Management Executive Education’s Women Leadership Program. This 6-week course is completely online and requires 6-8 hours per week. Participants will learn about values-driven leadership; self-knowledge and self-mastery; leading growth through experimentation; emotionally intelligent feedback; networks and structures of innovation; and positive leadership.
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Article The Current Environment Needs Leadership: Coaching Can Help Lawyers Lead Lawyers will play a significant role in facilitating change in the post-pandemic world, but leadership skills have only recently gained acceptance as integral to the legal profession. How will broader dissemination of leadership coaching throughout the legal profession help equip lawyers at all levels to lead effectively and develop a society of greater access and belonging?
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Leadership Organization Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative The Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative offers affiliates and guests an open forum for networking, sharing ideas, the chance to mingle with nationally recognized, inspiring motivational speakers and opportunities to participate in thought provoking and fun events. WWLI is a cross-industry, multi-discipline, non-partisan, non-competitive professional education and networking organization for executive level women. Its exclusive events offer affiliates unique opportunities to meet and learn from some of the most influential and inspiring women leaders from around the globe.

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