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February 26, 2016

2016 PBI Annual Conference: Revamped In-House Track

The 2016 PBI Annual Conference is right around the corner and, for in-house counsel, it’s shaping up to be an incredible lineup that offers attendees even more sessions than in years past!  This year’s Conference, March 23-25, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., will feature an in-house track that officially kicks-off for all in-house attendees on Wednesday, March 23 with a plenary session, Managing Risks Related to In-House Pro Bono. Afterward, attendees will have the option to attend the following sessions:

In-House Pro Bono: Communication and Recognition4:15 – 5:15 pm
Legal staff are bombarded constantly with competing information. This session will address ways to break through the noise. Topics will include internal and external messaging, utilizing social media, and recognition efforts that acknowledge, encourage, and inspire pro bono participation.

In-House Pro Bono: Increasing Impact4:15 – 5:15 pm
Formal in-house pro bono programs are becoming more common and sophisticated. This session is designed for those whose departments have longer-term pro bono programs, and will consider how departments can focus on driving participation and engagement while increasing impact in the community. It will include discussion on how legal departments can work together to achieve greater change.

In-House Pro Bono: Expanding Volunteer Engagement5:30 – 6:30 pm
Legal departments are made up of a variety of people – many of whom are not lawyers – and many companies employ lawyers in a number of departments, including compliance, contracts, and claims. Led by pro bono leaders in various roles, attendees at this session will brainstorm ways legal departments can engage volunteers throughout the company in its pro bono efforts.

In-House Pro Bono: Successful Pro Bono Projects, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Panelists will discuss a variety of replicable, successful in-house pro bono projects. This session is designed for attendees leading newer pro bono programs or who are new to their position as pro bono leaders.

For new leaders of existing programs or leaders of new programs, programming begins that morning with In-House Pro Bono: Top Ten Basics from 8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. (pre-registration is required). Wednesday morning will also feature the opportunity for in-house counsel to join their law firm counterparts at the Regional Joint Networking Exchanges (10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.) and Networking Lunch (11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) and to convene informally with one another at the In-House Pro Bono Meet and Greet (1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.).

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