ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference

Updates from the ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference

Update: June 22, 2020

We are excited to announce the dates of our virtual Equal Justice Conference – August 11 – 13, 2020. 

We hope you are able to join us for a variety of programming relevant to access to justice for low income persons that addresses the significant issues of our times, including:

  • Opening keynote by Andrea Young, executive director of the 22,000 member American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia

Nine CLE-accredited and eleven non-CLE sessions, including:

  • Why We Can’t Wait: Training Pro Bono Volunteers on Institutional, Structural, and Systemic Racism
  • Right to Counsel in a World Gone Mad: Evictions During and After the Pandemic
  • Hot Topics in Civil Legal Aid
  • Walking the Line - Ethical Considerations for Legal Aid Lawyers When Collaborating with Other Professionals in Providing Legal Services to Low-Income Clients

Please be on the lookout for more details, including registration information, coming soon!

Update: May 6, 2020

The ABA and NLADA remain committed to provide the equal justice community with a space to convene, converse, and learn from each other. We plan to offer an EJC Webinar Series of both CLE and non-CLE programming in the near future. Please be on the lookout for future emails with more information and registration details.

We also are updating our refund policy. Because we are going fully virtual this year, we will be automatically refunding registration fees that we received for the in-person May dates. We hope that you will re-register for the virtual conference, and will keep you updated on how you may do so.

If you have not yet requested a refund, we will begin processing refunds this week. Please allow 5-7 business days for refunds to process for credit cards and 7-14 business days for checks to be mailed. If you have any questions about refunds please contact Vickie Shea.

We hope to connect with you soon!

Update: March 19, 2020

The well-being of the Equal Justice Conference attendees and speakers is our highest priority. In light of the March 15, 2020 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control to cancel large group meetings scheduled for the next eight weeks, the designation of the COVID-19 disease as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the number of organizations imposing travel bans on their employees, and, most importantly, the health of our registrants, presenters, and staff, the ABA and NLADA have decided that the most prudent course of action is that we do not hold the Equal Justice Conference May 6-9. We currently are exploring the feasibility of rescheduling the conference to dates later this year, but wanted to communicate this update to you now. We will continue to provide updates as we have them. Please monitor your inboxes or visit the Equal Justice Conference website for future communications about the conference.

Information for registrants

Because we are exploring rescheduling the conference, we encourage those of you who can do so to hold off on requesting a refund in the event that we are able to reschedule. We will apply your registration to the rescheduled event. We know that not everyone is in the same position and will continue to provide full refunds to those who request one. To request a refund, please send us an email. Some of you who have cancelled over the past few weeks have offered to waive your refund. We thank you for your generosity. If you must cancel at this time and would like to waive a portion or all of your refund, please let us know in your email.

While we are saddened that we will not convene in May, we are hopeful that we will see you soon, and we remain grateful to be working with all of you to advance equal justice. We hope to have another update for you in the coming weeks.

Stay safe and be well.

Update: March 12, 2020

The ABA and NLADA take the health and safety of our members, staff, and constituents seriously; it is our first priority.

We are monitoring a variety of sources, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, U.S. state and local health authorities, and, when appropriate, public health authorities in other nations, for the latest updates and recommendations affecting our operations and programming.

The decision whether to attend the ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference is a personal decision based upon your current health and in consultation with medical professionals when appropriate. As more is learned regarding the current conditions, we will share further information, make decisions, and update this statement. You can check here for more information about the Equal Justice Conference. For more information on the coronavirus, please visit the CDC, WHO, and Johns Hopkins University.

In order to provide flexibility as you make decisions about whether to register for the conference, we have updated our cancellation policy to waive the administrative fee of $75. We hope that this helps as you weigh considerations about registering at this time. You can check here periodically for any further updates to the cancellation policy that may be made.

If you have questions regarding the above, please contact Radhika Singh.


The 2020 ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference will take place in Atlanta, GA. We look forward to another conference filled with vibrant discussion of innovative ideas around access to justice, from delivery models to management issues to the use of technology.

The EJC planners gave a great deal of thought and consideration to the appropriateness of meeting in Atlanta in light of the recent legislation affecting womens’ reproductive rights. We spoke with our colleagues and friends at organizations in Atlanta and throughout the state of Georgia, as well as many of you who reached out to us to share your views. We carefully weighed the many pros and cons before deciding to remain in Atlanta, where we can support our colleagues on the ground and highlight the good work being done in Georgia to advance access to justice. We will also offer attendees with a list of local businesses owned by women, minorities, and veterans so that you may support communities important to us all.

While we recognize that some in our community may not be able to join us, we encourage those who are able to join us for this unique opportunity to share ideas and vision within the access to justice communities. The conference will also help to vastly improve your skills and provide you the latest information in providing clients fair and adequate legal services. There is no better time, and no better value, for learning and sharing about how to make equal justice a reality for everyone.

The ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference is an annual gathering of legal services and pro bono advocates to share and learn about developments and innovations in providing legal services to low-income persons. It is co-sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.

Upcoming Dates and Locations

2021: Sheraton Dallas, Dallas, TX