Joan Strand is the president of the D.C. Bar for the 1999-2000 term, at a time when the practice of law in the District is undergoing rapid change. The new dominance of high-tech and corporate law, the incursions of the Big Five firms, and young lawyers’ increased interest in pro bono activity and in quality of life issues promise to have a major effect. This week, Jonathan Groner, the editor of, interviewed Strand via e-mail on some of the major issues facing the bar. Strand, the first full-time public interest lawyer to serve as bar president, is the director of the Civil and Family Litigation Clinic at the George Washington University Law School and is a professor of clinical law at the school. The following is a transcript of the interview. What are the three or four items on the top of your agenda to accomplish during your year as D.C. Bar president?

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