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FREE CLE: Stepping Up to Serve: Federal Pro Bono Representation 

May 17, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Stepping Up to Serve: Federal Pro Bono Representation 

Rescheduled for May 17, 2019 

Presented by

the Western District of Washington Federal Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee 

Free Half Day CLE!

 (1 Ethics and 3 General CLE Credits)

          Interested in serving the community this year through a pro bono case? This CLE will give you the tools to take it on! The program will feature an overview of the most common types of cases where pro bono representation is needed in Federal Court, including employment and civil rights cases in and out of prison; practice tips from Western District Judges, law clerks, and pro bono attorneys; and concrete client counseling skills mindful of implicit and explicit bias.

The Western District of Washington needs your help with pro bono cases! Frequently these cases have survived summary judgment which means volunteers can get actual trial experience while helping plaintiffs who cannot afford representation.  Even if you are newer to practice you can serve and this CLE will give you the training and confidence to do it.


  • Chief Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida
  • Magistrate Judge Michelle Peterson
  • Senior WD Federal District Court Law Clerks Kelly Seaburg Arefi and Colleen Allen
  • Roger Townsend, Breskin Johnson & Townsend PLLC
  • Daniel Johnson, Breskin Johnson & Townsend PLLC
  • Lisa Elliott, Law Offices of Joseph W. Creed
  • Andrea McNeely, Gordon Thomas Honeywell
  • Merf Ehman, Columbia Legal Services

Friday, May 17, 2019

8:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Check in at 8 AM


United States Courthouse

700 Stewart Street, 19th Floor, Seattle  

Coffee and pastry will be available in the morning and lunch will also be provided. Please remember to bring valid identification for admission to the courthouse.

Please RSVP via EventBrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stepping-up-to-serve-federal-pro-bono-representation-tickets-56515950730 

by emailing Claire McNamara at claire.mcnamara@pacificalawgroup.com 

Questions? Please contact Claire McNamara at claire.mcnamara@pacificalawgroup.com or Brett Purtzer at brett@hesterlawgroup.com


May 17, 2019
8:30 am - 1:30 pm


U.S. District Court
700 Stewart Street, 19th Floor Conference Room
Seattle, WA 98101 United States
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