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Pro Bono As We See It
February 27, 2014

Conference Sneak Peek: Juvenile Justice


The 2014 PBI Annual Conference is just around the corner and one of this year’s highlights is a session about juvenile justice.  Although much of the Conference is built around peer-to-peer learning, we have expert-led sessions as well.  “Pro Bono in Practice” sessions bring together those involved in a particular substantive area of public interest practice to explore the status of available pro bono opportunities, strategic approaches, opportunities for collaboration, and how to get started.

The session will be moderated by Mary Benton, pro bono partner at Alston & Bird, who will discuss the Truancy Intervention Project Georgia (TIP), which pairs pro bono volunteers with children and their families to fight chronic absenteeism.  Joining Mary are two experts from prominent public interest organizations.  Marsha Levick is the deputy director and chief counsel at the Juvenile Law Center, which is based in Philadelphia and has become a national advocate for children’s rights, working across the country to promote the rights of children who come into contact with the justice and child welfare systems.  Rounding out the panel is Patti Puritz, executive director of the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC), which leads the national debate over juvenile crime and works to improve access to counsel and quality of representation for children in the justice system.

Join us on March 6 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. to learn about critical legal issues of the day related to juvenile justice and how pro bono volunteers can get involved and make a difference.  If you have questions, please send us an e-mail.  We look forward to seeing you next week!