ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference

Pre-Conferences & Additional Programming

MIE New Executive Director Training

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

This pre-conference requires an additional registration fee. 

To register, visit www.mielegalaid.org, or contact Patricia Pap, MIE Executive Director, at ppap@mielegalaid.org, 508-737-4010.

New Pro Bono Managers: Nuts & Bolts

Wednesday  | 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).

This pre-conference requires an additional registration fee. 

Law School Pro Bono Advisors Program

Wednesday  | 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.

This pre-conference requires an additional registration fee. 

Beyond the Basics: Experienced Pro Bono Managers

Wednesday | 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Beyond the Basics is a free pre-conference for experienced pro bono managers to explore a variety of pro bono models with diverse legal services providers, brought to you by the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals.

The preconference will begin with a panel of provider organizations discussing emerging innovations in pro bono service delivery and lessons learned from new program implementation. This panel will represent experiences from both rural and urban areas, as well as both LSC and non-LSC providers, addressing strategies for different program models and approaches and how to integrate pro bono into the broader legal services delivery context.

Following the panel, attendees will participate in a Pro Bono Simulation, an interactive session created specifically for this pre-conference. Facilitated by the Director of Advocacy for Training and Pro Bono for the LSC funded Maryland Legal Aid, the exercise will allow participants to experience multiple models of pro bono service delivery and to reflect on that experience from the provider, pro bono attorney, and client perspectives.

Creating Opportunity Through Criminal Record-Clearing

Wednesday | 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 pre-conference requires an additional registration fee.

To register please visit www.nlada.org

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

Wednesday | 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.

Pro Bono Innovation Fund Grantee Meeting

Wednesday | 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| 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  | 1:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Saturday | 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 http://www.ambar.org/atjmeeting.

Cost: $175 with Equal Justice Conference registration purchase.