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Annual Conference

January 18, 2018

Snack and Socialize at the 2018 Pro Bono EXPO and Happy Hour (Part Two)

The PBEye recently provided a preview of the public interest organizations that will be featured during the Pro Bono EXPO and Happy Hour (February 22, 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. at the 2018 PBI Annual Conference.

Table hosts will share emerging issues, strategies, and innovations; answer questions; and provide information about cutting-edge pro bono opportunities available to your law firm or legal department. This is a unique time to mingle, forge productive relationships and partnerships with public interest organizations from across the U.S. and around the world, and develop new pro bono initiatives.  We are excited to continue our preview of this year’s sneak peek. Additional table hosts include:

Make sure to check back over the coming weeks for additional table hosts!

If you have any questions about the Conference or need assistance with registration, please email events@probonoinst.org or call 202.370.6770.

January 11, 2018

Conference Sneak Peek: Pro Bono in the UK

The 2018 PBI Annual Conference is next month and one of this year’s highlights is a session about pro bono and legal needs in the United Kingdom.

Pro Bono in the UK is designed for law firm attendees who are interested in how to get their UK lawyers involved in pro bono. Join us on February 21, from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., to discuss pro bono opportunities in the United Kingdom. Curious about Brexit?  Vaguely familiar with the Collaborative Plan?  Concerned about legal aid funding in the UK and what that means for unmet legal needs and priorities? This session will explore these questions and more! We are grateful to our panel of experts who will be sharing their experiences and expertise:

Interested in learning more?  Check out episodes of the Pro Bono Happy Hour, the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s podcast; featuring guests from across the pond:  Rebecca Naylor of Reed Smith*† and Nic Patrick of DLA Piper*†. You can subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour in Apple Podcasts and links to all of the episodes can be found here.

If you have any questions about the Conference or need assistance with registration, please email events@probonoinst.org or call 202.370.6770.

* denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® signatory

† denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Project® member

January 4, 2018

Snack and Socialize at the 2018 Pro Bono EXPO and Happy Hour

Want to network with leaders from legal services and public interest organizations? The 2018 PBI Annual Conference will be here before we know it and we are excited to provide a preview of this year’s Pro Bono EXPO and Happy Hour.

Table hosts will share emerging issues, strategies, and innovations; answer questions; and provide information about cutting-edge pro bono opportunities available to your law firm or legal department. This is a unique time to mingle, forge productive relationships and partnerships with public interest organizations from across the U.S. and around the world, and develop new pro bono initiatives.  Table hosts include:

Check back for additional table hosts over the coming weeks!

This year’s EXPO and Happy Hour will take place from 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on February 22. We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about the Conference or need assistance with registration, please email events@probonoinst.org or call 202.370.6770.

December 21, 2017

Welcome to Law Firm Pro Bono!

Are you a newly appointed managing partner, practice group or office leader, pro bono committee chair or member, pro bono partner, counsel, director, manager, or coordinator? Has your firm (of more than 50 lawyers) recently created or restructured a formal pro bono program? Is your firm planning to do so in 2018? If so, we have a special pre-Conference session just for you! Join us bright and early on February 21 for Law Firm Pro Bono 101 to jumpstart the 2018 PBI Annual Conference.

Leading a law firm pro bono program can be overwhelming, particularly for those new to the position or leading a program going through a reboot. We can help! Attend Law Firm Pro Bono 101 – a crash course on the basics of structuring, implementing, and administering successful law firm pro bono programs – to get all the information you need. Law Firm Pro Bono Project staff members will share valuable resources available to you and discuss the variety of support services available from the Project year-round. You’ll also receive individualized tips for navigating the Conference. This interactive pre-Conference session is particularly helpful for first-time attendees. What would you like to learn at Law Firm Pro Bono 101? Let us know!

Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what an attendee from last year’s session had to say about the program: “This was an inspiring session, particularly as someone new to the space. It was thoughtful and an excellent job all around. Very helpful for people who are new to the pro bono game.”

Pre-registration is required. The discounted, early-bird registration rate expires on January 5, so be sure to register today. If you have any questions about the Conference, or need assistance with registration, please email events@probonoinst.org or call 202.370.6770.

Don’t miss out on this popular session. We’ll see you there!

November 30, 2017

Mix and Mingle at the 2018 Pro Bono EXPO

The 2018 PBI Annual Conference, which will be held on February 21-22 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., is just a few short months away! In addition to thought-provoking and inspiring sessions and programs, we are excited to present the popular Pro Bono EXPO. A variety of prominent organizations will be hosting tables, and their expert representatives will share emerging issues, strategies, and innovations, answer questions, and provide information about cutting-edge pro bono opportunities available to your law firm or legal department. Seize this unique opportunity to network, forge productive relationships and partnerships with public interest organizations from across the U.S. and around the globe, and develop major pro bono initiatives. This year’s EXPO and happy hour will take place from 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on February 22. See you there!

Are there particular organizations or topics you would like to see represented at the EXPO? Would you like to apply to host a table? Space is limited, so please email Law Firm Pro Bono Project Assistant, Elysse DeRita soon with your suggestions or for more information. If you have questions about the Conference or need assistance with registration, please email events@proboninst.org or call 202.370.6770.

March 13, 2017

It’s Pro Bono Podcast Monday: Get to Know Our Speakers – Part 3

Missed the 2017 PBI Annual Conference? Want to hear more from our speakers? Since the Law Firm Pro Bono Project launched our podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour, in October 2015, we have had the opportunity to feature a variety of guests from law firms and public interest organizations; many of whom were speakers at the Conference last week.

Check out these episodes with public interest and law firm pro bono leaders who facilitated Conference Sessions:

Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour in iTunes. Have you rated us on iTunes yet? Would you consider doing it now? We’d appreciate the feedback and it would help make it easier for others to find the show and expand the conversation about access to justice. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Links to all of our episodes can be found here.


* denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® Signatory
† denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Project® Member

March 6, 2017

It’s Pro Bono Podcast Monday: Get to Know Our Speakers – Part 2

The 2017 PBI Annual Conference is only a few days away! Need some listening material while you pack? Tune in to our most recent episode, Ready, Set, Go! 2017 PBI Annual Conference Preview. During this special episode, the Law Firm Pro Bono Project discusses what’s new this year, opportunities for networking, cutting-edge issues that will be featured, and more.

Interested in learning more about our speakers as you prepare to attend?  Since the Law Firm Pro Bono Project launched our podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour, in October 2015, we have had the opportunity to feature a variety of guests from law firms and public interest organizations; many of whom will be speakers at the Conference.

Check out these episodes with public interest and law firm pro bono leaders who will be facilitating Conference Sessions:

Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour in iTunes. Have you rated us on iTunes yet? Would you consider doing it now? We’d appreciate the feedback and it would help make it easier for others to find the show and expand the conversation about access to justice. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Links to all of our episodes can be found here.

If you have any questions about the Conference or need assistance with registration, please email events@probonoinst.org or call 202.370.6770.

* denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® Signatory
† denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Project® Member

March 3, 2017

Conference Sneak Peek: Lessons From Our Past

The 2017 PBI Annual Conference is next week and one of this year’s highlights is a session about the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case Korematsu v. United States (1944) and its aftermath.

The “Day of Remembrance” commemorates the Japanese American internment during World War II. It is observed on February 19, the anniversary of President Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the internment of approximately 120,000 Japanese American men, women, and children. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Order. Join us on Thursday, March 9, for, “Lessons From Our Past.” While we are all familiar with World War II, this story of injustice, prejudice, and war hysteria remains less known.  Let’s discuss fundamental questions regarding the failure of leadership at the highest level of government and of the legal system to protect the constitutional rights of a racial minority. We are grateful to our panel of experts who will be sharing their stories and helping us explore this timely subject:

If you have any questions about the Conference or need assistance with registration, please email events@probonoinst.org or call 202.370.6770.

March 2, 2017

Conference Sneak Peek: Get to Know Our Speakers – Part 1

The 2017 PBI Annual Conference is next week! Interested in learning more about our speakers as you prepare to attend?  Since the Law Firm Pro Bono Project launched our podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour, in October 2015, we have had the opportunity to feature a variety of guests from law firms and public interest organizations; many of whom will be featured speakers at the Conference.

Check out these episodes with law firm pro bono leaders who will be facilitating Conference sessions:

Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour in iTunes. Have you rated us on iTunes yet? Would you consider doing it now? We’d appreciate feedback and it would help make it easier for others to find the show and expand the conversation about access to justice. The podcast is also available on YouTube. Links to all of our episodes can be found here.

If you have any questions about the Conference or need assistance with registration, please email events@probonoinst.org or call 202.370.6770.

* denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® Signatory
† denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Project® Member

February 23, 2017

Conference Sneak Peek: Engage and Inspire Action

“The most powerful delivery system ever invented for an idea is a story.”
– Aaron Sorkin (February 19, 2017)

The 2017 PBI Annual Conference is only two weeks away and one of this year’s highlights is a storytelling workshop.

We want to share the impact that our pro bono efforts have, but often the numbers we track and report don’t paint a complete picture.  Numbers and data lack the emotional resonance that a story has to inspire action. Narratives can do what data alone cannot – they provide context, meaning, emotion, and purpose. Stories are universal, relatable, and engaging. Stories help our listeners, viewers, and readers understand and care about why we do what we do.

Join us on Friday, March 10, for “Engage and Inspire Action: Storytelling to Enhance Pro Bono Engagement and Access to Justice.” Jerome Deroy, Chief Executive Officer of Narativ, will help us explore the benefits, challenges, and best practices of using stories to frame access to justice issues; recruit, engage, and motivate pro bono lawyers and staff; sway funders and other stakeholders; create a sense of urgency; and inspire collective action.

Through a skills-building workshop, we will practice and hone the craft of storytelling: the “what,” “why,” “how,” and “when” of storytelling.  What are the qualities of a well-told story? Why are stories effective? How do you identify which stories will work and engage your audiences in what matters to you and your organization? When might you find stories helpful? What stories do you already have as part of your toolkit? How can you translate the data you have into engaging stories that connect? You will return home with critical information, models, ideas, and innovations that you can use to reshape, retool, and enhance your pro bono and access to justice messaging.

If you have any questions about the Conference or need assistance with registration, please email events@probonoinst.org or call 202.370.6770.

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