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What’s on the horizon for public interest law?

December 7, 2020

After a year when race and equal access to justice were brought to light in new ways through the lens of a global pandemic and a politically divided nation, a new administration and new possibilities dawn. To explore what 2021 might hold for public interest lawyers, Preparing for 2021 and Beyond: The Outlook for Public Interest Lawyers and Advocacy, a Dec. 15 webinar at 1 p.m. ET, will examine what’s ahead, how the ABA advocates on behalf of public interest issues and how members can connect and make an impact.

The webinar "Preparing for 2021 and Beyond: The Outlook for Public Interest Lawyers and Advocacy" will take place Dec. 15.

The webinar "Preparing for 2021 and Beyond: The Outlook for Public Interest Lawyers and Advocacy" will take place Dec. 15.

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ABA President Patricia Lee Refo and Legal Services Corporation President Ronald S. Flagg will give opening remarks. A panel that includes April Faith-Slaker, associate director of research innovations at the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School; Jaime Hawk, legal strategy director of the Campaign for Smart Justice at ACLU of Washington; and Radhika Singh, chief of civil legal services at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, will discuss:

  • How lawyers can help bring about racial equity
  • The impact of the pandemic and the election on civil legal aid and public defender funding
  • How to engage pro bono resources to meet clients’ legal needs
  • The state of the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • How to lend your voice to advocacy efforts
  • ABA resources and opportunities to support your work and career

The webinar is sponsored by the ABA Center for Public Interest Law, which is made up of 11 entities that are committed to serving the common good for communities and people across the country, at the border and around the world.

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