The PBEye

Pro Bono As We See It
March 5, 2012

Learning in Bloom

The 2012 PBI Annual Conference promises to be an exciting one.  Always an invaluable experience, attendees leave the legal community’s premier pro bono event having learned about the best practices and emerging issues in the field.  And as a fantastic networking opportunity, there is the added benefit of acquiring new contacts and opportunities after learning alongside other pro bono leaders and visionaries.

Spanning from March 28-30, the Conference coincides with the 100th Anniversary celebration of Japan’s gift of cherry trees to Washington, D.C. After you’ve soaked up the gems at the informative and interactive sessions being offered (more here and here) at the Conference, take some time to get lost in the ever-popular National Cherry Blossom Festival as this year’s celebration is expected to be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

What better way to follow your days spent bolstering your law firm or legal department’s pro bono programs than by experiencing the aesthetic and symbolic beauty of one of the National Mall’s greatest attractions?  Instead of heading home after the Conference, why not take an extra day to check out some of the festival’s signature events. Witness some of the most amazing kite flying on the National Mall during the Blossom Kite Festival, check out the Samurai exhibit at the National Geographic Museum or hop on a Cherry Blossom Tea Cruise down the Potomac River.

This year, whether you’re travelling from out of town or from just up the street, consider the PBI 2012 Annual Conference a mini getaway. After spending time learning about the best ways to give back through pro bono, let the District give back to you with its rich culture and thriving nightlife.