Pre-Conferences & Additional Programming


MIE New Executive Director Training

Tuesday, May 7 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This training is newly updated and more relevant than ever to the challenges facing the legal aid executive director today. It is designed for the new directors of LSC-funded, IOLTA-funded, elder law, pro bono and protection and advocacy programs.

The intent of the New Executive Director training is to help new directors, who typically learn on the job, to more quickly achieve deeper insight into their work. The training stresses both 1) knowing what should be done to lead an effective program, and 2) actually doing what needs to be done.

Trainers will include MIE Board Members Jan May, recently retired Executive Director, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly; Jacquelynne Bowman, Executive Director, Greater Boston Legal Services; and Yvonne Mariajimenez, Deputy Director, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County.
Please register by April 10, 2019.

Cost: MIE subscribers $465; non-subscribers $565, in addition to the basic conference fee.

To register, visit, or contact Patricia Pap, MIE Executive Director, at, 508-737-4010.


New Pro Bono Managers: Nuts & Bolts

Wednesday, May 8 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Designed for new (in the position for one year or less) pro bono coordinators/managers, this program will address the basic elements of operating a pro bono program. Trainers will discuss a wide range of topics including program structure and governance, intake and referral procedures, using technology to recruit, support and thank volunteers, maintaining a client-centered approach to service delivery, strategies for effectively utilizing volunteers and ways to develop partnerships with the bar, bench, and other providers of legal services and other groups.

Pre-registration required. Cost: $125 in addition to the basic conference fee (includes continental breakfast and lunch).

Space for this event is limited. Cancellations must be received in writing no later than April 19, 2019 and are subject to a $20 penalty.

Law School Pro Bono Advisors Program

Wednesday, May 8 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Designed for law school pro bono program advisors, coordinators, directors and assistant and associate deans, this program will take a close look at law school pro bono including cutting-edge programs and activities. Several interactive workshops will explore the unique aspects of operating and expanding a law school pro bono program.

Cost: $75 in addition to the basic conference fee (includes breakfast and lunch).


Beyond the Basics: Experienced Pro Bono Managers

Wednesday, May 8 | 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Strong leadership is critical in a pro bono program. It must be uniquely considered and fostered to develop and sustain effective pro bono programs. This session will teach pro bono professionals how to develop personal leadership qualities and nurture the same within their staff, become leaders within the communities they serve and develop pro bono attorney leaders who will play important roles in their programs. This session will also discuss the role of leadership within the pro bono field itself and serve as the training ground for the launch of NAPBPRO’s Leadership Academy, which is to foster mentoring within the pro bono network.

Cost: Included with the basic conference registration fee.


Creating Opportunity Through Criminal Record-Clearing

Wednesday, May 8 | 8:30 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Record clearing, through expungement, sealing and other legal remedies, is a perfect fit for pro bono initiatives, as well as law school clinics, civil legal aid programs, and defender programs. Representation is usually brief and time limited, and the cases are relatively easy. The demand for these legal services is overwhelming, as an estimated one out of three American adults has a criminal record, many of which are eligible for clearing. And the benefits to the clients are great. An expunged or sealed record removes an intractable barrier to employment, housing and education. These life-changing results and overjoyed clients make record-clearing practice extremely satisfying for lawyers.

This preconference will address issues common across the fifty states in establishing and growing an expungement/sealing practice. The day-long session will include the following topics:

  • Starting and growing record-clearing projects and clinics;
  • Using technology to increase efficiencies;
  • Record clearing for youth and other vulnerable populations;
  • Funding of and communications about record clearing work;

This full day training session is $100 for NLADA members and $125 for non-members (*registration includes breakfast and lunch*).

To register please visit


Impact Pro Bono: Utilizing Litigation, Transactional Assistance & Public Policy

Wednesday, May 8 | 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Public interest legal organizations and law firms face unique issues when working together on impact or large scale litigation, transactional work or public policy matters. The purpose of the pre-conference is to have an open discussion on these challenges among peers. Topics will include best practices, co-counseling, staffing, media strategies and working with other involved parties..

Cost: Included with the basic conference registration fee.

  • Nancy Anderson, Pro Bono Counsel, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Marnie Berk, Director of Pro Bono Programs, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
  • Marlene Halpern, Director of Pro Bono Services, Center for Reproductive Rights


Pro Bono Innovation Fund Grantee Meeting

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

This meeting is designed for LSC Pro Bono Innovation Fund grantees to learn strategies on effective and sustainable pro bono and allow for an exchange of knowledge and expertise between grantees. Speakers and workshops will be focused on best practices in planning and implementing high quality pro bono projects and/or programs.

This event is by Invitation Only



Pro Bono State Support and Access to Justice Coordinators Meeting (Closed Meeting)

Wednesday, May 8 | 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This meeting is designed for statewide staff persons who address pro bono issues, whether as their sole charge or one piece of varied ATJ responsibilities. The focus of the agenda is pro bono, from topics purely pro bono in nature to the pro bono perspective of broader ATJ issues.

This event is by Invitation Only


National Meeting of State Access to Justice Chairs

Friday, May 10 | 1:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.

This meeting is the preeminent national gathering of Access to Justice Commission members and other stakeholders. The meeting offers substantive programming delivered by national experts, and unique networking opportunities for supreme court Justices; judges; bar association and foundation officials; legal aid directors; funder organizations; law school faculty; and of course, ATJ Commission members and staff.

For additional information about the meeting and cancellation policy, see Cost: $175 with Equal Justice Conference registration purchase.

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