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ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference

Pre-Conferences & Additional Programming

MIE New Executive Director Training

Tuesday, May 5 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6 | 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 Jacquelynne Bowman, Executive Director, Greater Boston Legal Services; Yvonne Mariajimenez, Executive Director, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County; and Jan May, recently retired Executive Director, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly.

Please register by April 7, 2020.

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 [email protected], 508-737-4010.

New Pro Bono Managers: Nuts & Bolts

Wednesday, May 6  | 8:30 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: $150 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 8, 2020 and are subject to a $25 penalty.

Law School Pro Bono Advisors Program

Wednesday, May 6  | 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: $100 in addition to the basic conference fee (includes breakfast and lunch).

Beyond the Basics: Experienced Pro Bono Managers

Wednesday, May 6 | 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.

National Meeting of State Access to Justice Commission Chairs
Presented by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid & Indigent Defendants

Friday, May 8 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

The National Meeting of State Access to Justice Commission Chairs (National ATJ Meeting) is the preeminent annual gathering of Access to Justice Commission members and other stakeholders. It offers substantive programming delivered by national experts and unique networking opportunities for state 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.

This year, for the first time ever, the National ATJ Meeting will also be open to all Equal Justice Conference registrants at no additional cost. Please note that the meeting begins on Friday, May 8 with the Opening Plenary/Table Talks (8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.), which will be followed by concurrent workshops.