Tuesday Morning Sessions (Non CLE)
9:00 – 10:00 AM – Morning Yoga with Rachel
Join us for a morning yoga session to clear your mind and prepare for a day full of learning and connecting!
10:30 - 11:20 AM Plenary: Keynote by Andrea Young, Executive Director of ACLU of Georgia
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Hot Topics in Civil Legal Aid
This session will focus on developments at the Legal Services Corporation, the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, and NLADA particularly related to the COVID-19 legal response and the emerging dialog about racial justice in the United States. Presenters will address these issues from their respective institutional perspectives and will engage with participants in a Q & A segment responding to their particular questions or concerns.
Ron Flagg, President, Legal Services Corporation
Theodore Howard, Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants
Don Saunders, NLADA Senior VP, Policy
12:55 - 1:40 PM. Hot Topics in Asylum and Immigration
Asylum and immigration law are facing rapid changes that dramatically impact pro bono attorneys and their clients. This panel will discuss hop topics and trends in asylum and immigration, preparing attorneys to better represent and inform their clients.
Jenna Gilbert, Human Rights First, Los Angeles, CA
Nareeneh Sohbatian, Winston and Strawn LLP, Los Angeles, CA
1:45 - 2:30 PM Brave New World: Pro Bono, Technology, and Virtual Services in the Age of COVID
As the traditional model of pro bono shifts to a virtual service delivery platform, providers and volunteers alike are pivoting to new and creative methods of bridging the access to justice gap. The pandemic and the recent spotlight on systemic racism have laid bare the harm that the digital divide places on low-income households and communities of color. The panel will explore innovations, challenges and practical tips on securely connecting pro bono clients with pro bono lawyers. How can lessons learned from these challenging times strengthen pro bono advocacy for years beyond the pandemic?
Paul Lee, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, DC
Dr. Rashid Muhammad, Volunteer Lawyers Services Project of Monroe County, Rochester, NY
John Greiner, Just-Tech, LLC, New York City, NY
2:30 – 3:00 PM - Available each day! Meet up and reconnect in our Networking Break Rooms
2. Racial Equity
3. The Lobby with ABA/NLADA Staff
4. The EJC Lounge
5. Listening Room (Smooth Jazz)
7. Pro Bono Managers
8. Law Firm and Law School Pro Bono
9. Pro Bono and Technology
10. Rural Pro Bono
Tuesday Afternoon Sessions (CLE)
3:00 - 4:00 PM Session I - Reaching the Other 80%: Technology Strategies to Build Legal Capacity in Local Communities
Technology has helped to transform how legal aid programs enable access to and deliver services for low income communities. But what about the estimated 80% of individuals in many states who experience a civil justice problem, but never seek help from a lawyer?
This workshop will explore efforts to use technology to engage and educate communities who are generally disconnected from traditional justice systems, and to strengthen the work of community-based lawyers and advocates serving them. Presenters will discuss how technology and legal empowerment strategies can help to bridge the gulf between individuals with justice problems and traditional justice institutions such as legal aid programs and the courts, and support communities in understanding and defending their rights.
Liz Keith Liz Keith, Pro Bono Net, San Francisco, CA
Matthew Burnett, Open Society Foundations, New York, NY
Ariadna Godreau Aubert, Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR
Tanina Rostain, Georgetown Law, Washington, DC
4:00 - 4:15 PM Break
4:15 - 5:15 PM Session II - Mobilizing Attorney Volunteers in the Wake of Disaster
As disasters hit Alaska, North Carolina, and Ohio, pro bono attorney volunteers played a vital role in helping victims recover and rebuild. Attend this webinar to hear insights learned from managing earthquake, hurricane, and tornado crises, and strategies to effectively use attorneys (within and outside the state) who want to help. Don’t wait until disaster strikes your service area! In addition to providing useful information and a framework for handling legal issues, get to know the network of experienced pro bono professionals who will support you in your time of need.
Cheryl Naja, Alston & Bird, Atlanta, GA
Katherine Asaro, North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center, Raleigh, NC
Kelly Henrici, Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, Dayton, OH
Krista Scully, Alaska Bar Association, Anchorage, AK
5:15 - 5:30 PM Break
5:30 - 6:30 PM Session III - Walking the Line - Ethical Considerations for Legal Aid Lawyers When Collaborating With Other Professionals in Providing Legal Services to Low-Income Clients
Many legal aid organizations are comprised of lawyers and other professionals who work together when providing services to low-income clients. In some instances, the programs are managed by those who are not lawyers or employ other professionals who collaborate with the lawyers on staff. Other times, legal aid lawyers must collaborate with other professionals outside the organization. Using discussion scenarios based on real-life, our panel of experts will explore with the audience ways to stay on the right side of the lines drawn by Model Rules of Professional Conduct 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, and 5.7.
Ellyn S. Rosen, American Bar Association, Chicago, IL
Jenny Mittelman, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Anne K. Sweeney, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH