The PBEye

Pro Bono As We See It
January 28, 2014

2014 Annual Conference: In-House Track Preview


The PBEye invites in-house counsel and staff to join CPBO March 5-7 at the 2014 PBI Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The Conference gives pro bono leaders from legal departments, law firms, and public interest organizations from around the world an opportunity to network and discuss ways to improve access to justice through pro bono.

For in-house counsel and other legal department staff, programming kicks off on the afternoon of March 5 with a plenary session followed by two in-house specific sessions – one for those starting or reviving a pro bono program and one for more experienced pro bono programs.

In-House Pro Bono: The Basics, 4:15 – 6:00 pm
This session is designed for legal departments that are in the process of creating or re-launching a department-wide pro bono program. It will offer a brief, but comprehensive workshop on the basics of designing, guiding, implementing, and administering a successful in-house pro bono program.

In-House Pro Bono: Momentum and Growth in Mature Programs, 4:15 – 6:00 pm
This session will provide representatives from legal departments with formally structured or longer-term pro bono programs an opportunity to discuss issues of common concern and learn about exciting new ideas and approaches in in-house pro bono. Topics of discussion may include transitions in pro bono management and succession planning, self-assessment for strategic planning, partnerships and collaborations, and the intersection of corporate social responsibility and pro bono.

Afterward, attendees will meet in small groups to discuss hot topics within in-house pro bono. The day will conclude with a networking dinner that offers an informal opportunity to meet with peers from other legal departments over a meal while exchanging information about the most effective, cutting-edge practices in in-house pro bono.

Over the remaining two days of the Conference, in-house attendees will be able to attend a variety of sessions with law firm, in-house, and public interest attendees. If you haven’t already, be sure to register for the Conference. To learn more about other sessions, please view the in-house agenda. If you have questions, please send us an e-mail.