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2015 PBI Annual Conference

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The 2015 PBI Annual Conference, held on March 4-6 at the Capital Hilton, hosted more than 300 participants from law firms, legal departments, and public interest organizations from around the world.

The Conference offered many key sessions such as Law Firm Pro Bono 101 as well as several new sessions, including Regional Joint Networking Exchanges, which gave law firm and in-house leaders an opportunity to share experiences, explore legal needs and collaboration opportunities, and discuss issues of particular interest in specific communities. In addition to offering new and improved sessions, the Conference and the Reception were held at new venues.

Elliott Greenleaf Chairman John M. Elliott presented Aetna Executive Vice President and General Counsel William J. Casazza with the 2015 Laurie D. Zelon Pro Bono Award.

The Conference kicked off with a Joint Opening Lunch for law firm and in-house attendees hosted by Mark Chandler, Cisco Systems, Inc.; Greg Jordan, The PNC Financial Services Group; Kim Koopersmith, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Mark Wasserman, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan; and David Wilkins, Harvard Law School. The panelists provided insights about the forces and trends that will shape the future of pro bono.

The Opening Plenary featured two keynote speakers: U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli and FSG Co-Founder and Managing Director Mark Kramer. U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verilli emphasized the importance of doing pro bono and setting an example for other lawyers. He also recounted his days working in a firm, explaining how taking on challenging pro bono cases made him a better lawyer and ultimately prepared him for his position as U.S. Solicitor General. Kramer talked about the future of pro bono and how law firms, legal departments, and public interest organizations can use the collective impact model to promote and strengthen pro bono programs and significantly increase the impact of their work and create better client outcomes.

PBI presented the 2015 Laurie D. Zelon Pro Bono Award to William J. Casazza and the Law & Regulatory Affairs Department of Aetna Inc. during the Annual Conference Reception. The reception was hosted at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on March 5 and featured remarks from Casazza, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Elliott Greenleaf Chairman John M. Elliot.

Click the links below to see photos from the Reception, watch videos featuring remarks from U. S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli and Kramer, learn more about our award winner, and view tweets from the Conference. We give special thanks to our generous 2015 PBI Annual Conference Sponsors.

Award Winner: William J. Casazza and the Law & Regulatory Affairs Department of Aetna Inc.

Video: 2015 PBI Annual Conference Reception

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Remarks: Justice Ginsburg

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