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National Association of Pro Bono Professionals presents:
Virtual Pro Bono: A Desktop Conference
NAPBPro is proud to present a virtual conference for you: Speakers and presentations on various areas of pro bono. Hear what others are doing! Share what you are doing! All while you sit at your desk.
Registration is per computer and limited! The first 94 registrations will be accepted. Cost: $65.00 for members and $95.00 for non-members. This is your chance to hear speakers from the Equal Justice Conference, from experts in the pro bono field and to interact with other pro bono professionals! Remember, your registration is per computer!
Our thanks to LexisNexis for providing the technology to conduct this event!
Dates: 4 Wednesdays in October (Two sessions each Wednesday)
Times: Sessions 1, 3, 5, and 7: 12:30 - 2:00 PM Eastern; 11:30 AM - 1PM Central; 10:30 AM - noon Mountain; 9:30 AM - 11 AM Pacific and MDT
Sessions 2, 4, 6, and 8: 2:30 PM - 4 PM Eastern; 1:30 PM - 3 PM Central; 12:30 PM - 2 PM Mountain; 11:30 AM - 1 PM Pacific and MDT
Session 1— October 3, Opening Remarks: Virginia Martin, President NAPBPro; Jennifer van Dulmen, Virtual Pro Bono Conference; Judge Walter H. Rice, US District Court, Southern District of Ohio 12:30 - 2:00 PM Eastern; 11:30 AM - 1PM Central; 10:30 AM - noon Mountain; 9:30 AM - 11 AM Pacific and MDT
and Pro bono in 90 Minutes or Less: Helenka Marculewicz, Greater Dayton, Volunteer Lawyers Project, Dayton, OH; Jennifer van Dulmen, Volunteer Legal Services Program, Akron, OH; and Pat Gerrich, Community Legal Services, Phoenix, AZ. This part of the session will provide insights into how a pro bono projects or programs operate. Panelists will discuss the basics of recruitment, referral, retention and recognition of attorneys that are used across the country.
Session 2—October 3, Communication Topics for Pro Bono Programs 2:30 PM - 4 PM Eastern; 1:30 PM - 3 PM Central; 12:30 PM - 2 PM Mountain; 11:30 AM - 1 PM Pacific and MDT
Mara Block, LAF; & Christen Hammersley, Sapient Nitro: A well-executed communication approach is often at the heart of successful organizations, both in the non-profit and the for-profit worlds. Whether it be selling your product or soliciting for new volunteers, some basic elements of communication contribute to successfully getting out the word, and then keeping your audience interested.
In this session, we will look at the successful overhaul of the communication approach for the pro bono program of LAF (f/k/a the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago), as well as examine several communication best practices you can implement no matter what your budget or your goals.
Session 3—October 10, ABA Center for Pro Bono: National Resources You Can Use 12:30 - 2:00 PM Eastern; 11:30 AM - 1PM Central; 10:30 AM - noon Mountain; 9:30 AM - 11 AM Pacific and MDT
Cheryl Zalenski, ABA Center for Pro Bono, Don Saunders, NLADA and Patty Pap, MIE: This session will introduce participants to national resources that they may not know about, or may know about but be unfamiliar with. Panelists will describe the work of their respective organizations and areas in which they provide assistance. Participants will gain information about the resources that exist to assist them in running their project or program, from the Center's Clearinghouse library, substantive web pages and staff assistance to management training from MIE to technology ideas and support from LSNTAP.
Session 4— October 10, ProBonoNet Using Technology to Recruit and Support Volunteers 2:30 PM - 4 PM Eastern; 1:30 PM - 3 PM Central; 12:30 PM - 2 PM Mountain; 11:30 AM - 1 PM Pacific and MDT
Liz Keith, Claudia Johnson, and Mirenda Watkins ProBono Net Looking for new ways to recruit volunteers - and keep them coming back for more? This webinar will highlight innovative but accessible technology you can use to promote volunteer opportunities, provide anywhere/anytime training, and make it easier for volunteer attorneys prepare and review legal documents. The workshop will be accessible and engaging to a non-technical audience, and provide specific resources attendees can use to get started in these areas.
Session 5— October 17, National Perspectives on Pro Bono 12:30 - 2:00 PM Eastern; 11:30 AM - 1PM Central; 10:30 AM - noon Mountain; 9:30 AM - 11 AM Pacific and MDT
James J. Sandman, Legal Services Corporation President and Steven Scudder, Counsel, ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service: Pro bono delivery of legal services has been receiving a good deal of attention this past year with LSC, the ABA and NLADA each engaged in major initiatives to strengthen the volunteer role in advancing access to justice. Why now and what outcomes are envisioned for this fresh look at pro bono? During this session on national perspectives, James Sandman, President of the Legal Services Corporation, and Steven Scudder, Counsel, ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, will report on their respective organization’s efforts to examine critical components of effective pro bono program operations and strategies for strengthening pro bono delivery today and in the future. The conversation will included a discussion of the challenges confronting pro bono delivery and opportunities for new directions.
Session 6— October 17, Maximizing Pro Bono Resources With Collaboration Efforts 2:30 PM - 4 PM Eastern; 1:30 PM - 3 PM Central; 12:30 PM - 2 PM Mountain; 11:30 AM - 1 PM Pacific and MDT
Joann Sahl, University of Akron School of Law; Jennifer van Dulmen, volunteer legal Services Program, Community Legal Aid , Akron, OH; Carrie Ann Harris, Akron Bar association, Akron; Virginia Martin, New Hampshire Bar Association) This workshop will discuss how to maximize pro bono resources by collaborating with community partners as well as addressing challenges partnerships may present. Presenters will discuss the collaboration in Akron, Ohio that exists with Community Legal Aid Services, the Akron Bar Association and the University of Akron School of Law. This collaboration has resulted in a number of successful events including the Pro Bono Bankruptcy Project, National Pro Bono Month Events, Wills for Seniors, Wills for Heroes, Law Week Events, View from the Bench Roundtable, Community Partners Roundtable, Jammin’ for Justice and Race Judicata. The presenters will discuss how they formed the collaboration and highlight the obstacles they encountered. In addition, the Director of the New Hampshire Bar’s Pro Bono Referral Program will discuss partnerships both with legal services and other entities, particularly those collaborations designed to meet issue-specific client needs. The workshop will include a strategy session with the attendees on how to form collaborations or how to enhance existing collaborations.
Session 7— October 24, Family Law: A new approach: 12:30 - 2:00 PM Eastern; 11:30 AM - 1PM Central; 10:30 AM - noon Mountain; 9:30 AM - 11 AM Pacific and MDT
An interactive opportunity to exchange ideas about new ways to look at pro bono service for family law issues. Resource people for select family law topics—Family Law & Immigration, Family Law & Bankruptcy, Same Sex Marriage, Relocation with Children, & possibly Child Support —will provide brief comments & suggestions and then be available to respond to questions and comments from webinar participants.
Session 8— October 24, Pro Bono in Rural & Mid-sized Settings 2:30 PM - 4 PM Eastern; 1:30 PM - 3 PM Central; 12:30 PM - 2 PM Mountain; 11:30 AM - 1 PM Pacific and MDT
Presenters: Erick Cordero Giorgana, Director of Pro Bono & Community Services, Alaska Legal Services Corporation and Linda Seely, Memphis Area Legal Services.
Adobe Connect Training for Participants
Participants are encouraged to attend one of the following preparatory sessions (don't waste time with fussing with the technology):
September 19th: Attendees Prep Session – 3 PM Eastern, 2PM Central, 1 PM Mountain, noon Pacific Time
September 26th: Attendees Prep Session —1PM Eastern, noon Central, 11 AM Mountain, 10 AM Pacific Time
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