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Seminar/Forum

February 21, 2011

In-House Pro Bono 101

Is your legal department looking to formalize a pro bono program?  If so, this year’s Forum session In-House Basics is a great place to gather relevant information and engage in lively discussion about common challenges and best practices.

Designed for legal departments that have recently created or restructured a formal pro bono program, or are in the process of doing so, this session offers a brief but comprehensive orientation to the basics of designing, guiding,  implementing, or administering a successful in-house legal department pro bono program.  Leading the discussion about in-house pro bono basics will be a team of Caterpillar* attorneys who have been integral to the success of the award-winning Caterpillar pro bono program.  Panelists will discuss their experiences getting started with pro bono and will answer questions pertaining to nascent pro bono programs. 

 Caterpillar is one of many legal departments that CPBO has assisted to implement a successful pro bono program.  CPBO, a partnership project of PBI and the Association of Corporate Counsel* (ACC), provides free and confidential technical assistance to in-house counsel, legal departments and ACC chapters.  Toward this end, CPBO has developed a collection of resources for legal departments looking to undertake a pro bono program and many of those resources will be provided to Forum participants.

For a complete list of Forum sessions, click here.  If you have questions or would like to register for the Seminar/Forum, please send an email to probonoseminar@courtesyassoc.com or call 202.973.8720.  

*denotes a Signatory to the Corporate Pro Bono ChallengeSM

February 21, 2011

Conference Countdown

With just days to go until The 2011 Annual Seminar and Forum on In-House Pro Bono, The PBEye is in countdown mode.  This week and next we’ll be bringing you information about sessions and events from the Seminar/Forum that we think you need to know. 

Be sure to check back here often to learn what you can expect during the Seminar/Forum.  We’ll be highlighting the sessions, award winners, and special events that matter to you!

And if you haven’t yet registered, act fast — online registration has already closed and space is extremely limited!  You can register by contacting registration at 202.973.8720 or probonoseminar@courtesyassoc.comWe look forward to seeing you next week in Washington, D.C.

February 17, 2011

Get In the Know at the Pro Bono Expo!

The 2011 PBI Annual Seminar Forum on In-House Pro Bono is rapidly approaching, and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to learn more about the public interest organizations that will be featured at the Pro Bono Expo Lunch on Friday, March 4.  We have 24 organizations hosting tables at the lunch, and their representatives are excited to share emerging issues, strategies, and developments in their topical areas, and provide information on the types of pro bono opportunities available to your firm or legal department.

Several of the organizations that have signed on to host a table this year include:

Bet Tzedek
National Women’s Law Center
Medical-Legal Partnership
Instituto Pro Bono
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

Online registration for the 2011 Seminar and Forum on In-House Pro Bono closes tomorrow, so please register now, to take advantage of this exciting networking event. We hope to see you there!

February 10, 2011

Seminar/Forum Expo Lunch: Your Chance to Eat and Meet and Greet!

The 2011 PBI Annual Seminar Forum on In-House Pro Bono is in three weeks! You don’t want to miss out on the chance to learn more about the public interest organizations that will be featured at the lively and informative Pro Bono Expo Lunch, held on March 4.  So far, we have 24 organizations hosting tables at the lunch, and their representatives are excited to share emerging issues, strategies, and developments in their topical areas, and provide information on the types of pro bono opportunities available to your firm or legal department.

Several of the new organizations that have signed on to host a table this year include:

Women’s Earth Alliance
Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors, Inc.
Asian American Justice Center
Probono.org

You can also check out interviews that The PBEye has had with two other public interest organizations that will be participating in the Expo, Appleseed and Farmworker Justice:

Online registration for the 2011 Seminar and Forum on In-House Pro Bono closes February 18, so please register now, to take advantage of this exciting networking event. We hope to see you there!

February 7, 2011

Learn How to Secure Management Support for Pro Bono at the Upcoming Forum on In-House Pro Bono

If you haven’t yet registered for the 2011 Seminar and Forum on In-House Pro Bono (March 3-5 in Washington, D.C.), now’s the time to do so — online registration closes 2/18!  For corporate legal departments, the Forum will address a range of issues pertaining to in-house pro bono, and will provide participants with an opportunity to collaborate with other in-house attorneys and network with law firms and public interest organizations.

The opening session at this year’s Forum will focus on securing management support for pro bono. Uncertainties in the market, changes in state and federal regulations, and a greater push to accomplish more with less have increased pressure and scrutiny from business clients on in-house legal departments.  For some, this may reopen the question of why legal departments should sponsor formal pro bono programs.  Through role play and discussion, this lively session will consider the benefits of in-house pro bono and how best to market the case for pro bono at all levels of the company – from the general counsel to the CFO and CEO.  In particular, the session will focus on how to communicate the benefits of pro bono to the individual employee, to the company, and to the larger community. 

Join us at the 2011 Seminar and Forum on In-House Pro Bono to learn how to make the case for a pro bono program.  And register online today!

January 20, 2011

Everything I Need to Know about Pro Bono…I learned at Law Firm Pro Bono 101

Are you a newly appointed managing partner, pro bono committee chair, pro bono counsel, partner, or coordinator?  Are you a firm leader that has recently created or restructured a formal pro bono program or are planning to do so in 2011?  Do you like continental breakfast? If you’ve answered yes to two or more of these questions, please join us for Law Firm Pro Bono 101, on March 3 at 8:30 a.m., to kick off this year’s Annual Seminar/Forum.  This session is an interactive crash course on structuring, implementing, and administering successful law firm pro bono programs.  PBI staff members will provide you tips for navigating the Seminar in order to maximize your “newbie” experience, and you will learn how to get the most out of what the Law Firm Pro Bono Project has to offer year-round.

Speaking of resources, in addition to the materials flash drive provided to all Seminar/Forum registrants, each 101 attendee will be the proud owner of a brand new “Nuts and Bolts of Law Firm Pro Bono” CD, which includes examples of various pro bono annual reports, pro bono awards, global pro bono opportunities, pro bono marketing, pro bono policies and procedures, numerous Pro Bono Institute publications, and other resources that will make your life easier as you strive to improve your firm’s pro bono program.

Pre-registration is required for this program, and space is limited, so sign up today through your personal Cvent registration page.  If you did not receive an e-vite to the Seminar/Forum please contact probonoseminar@courtesyassoc.com

This session is always one of our favorites and a great way for you to learn from your colleagues in law firm pro bono.  We hope to see you there!