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PBI Virtual Conference

Pro Bono Institute created its first-ever Virtual Conference to provide you with the same engaging content as our Annual Conference, including many of the dynamic sessions and impressive speakers! PBI’s Virtual Conference will last 4 weeks with one or two sessions each weekday. If you miss a “live” presentation, you can access sessions at your convenience. Many sessions offer CLE credit.

The Virtual Conference has sessions provided through varied learning experiences for seasoned pro bono professionals as well as newcomers to the field. Each live session and webinar features pro bono leaders and visionaries sharing their experience and insights. Plus, networking opportunities will be available! Find out more.





Thanks to PBI’s Virtual Conference Sponsors!

(as of May 4, 2020)






Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Alston & Bird

Entergy Corporation

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Lowenstein Sandler


Microsoft Corporation

Paul Hastings

Williams & Connolly

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr


Animal Legal Defense Fund

Baker McKenzie

Deere & Company



Foley & Lardner

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

General Electric Company

Greenberg Traurig

K&L Gates

O’Melveny & Myers

Troutman Sanders


Dorsey & Whitney

Eversheds Sutherland

Faegre Drinker

Fenwick & West

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

Mattos Filho

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

To sponsor PBI’s Virtual Conference, please contact
Danny Reed, Director of Development, at

202.729.6691 or


Postponed Awards Presentation

Unable to host its 2020 Annual Conference on March 17–19 due to the coronavirus pandemic, PBI has postponed the presentation of its 2020 Chesterfield Smith Award and 2020 Laurie D. Zelon Pro Bono Award. PBI will announce an update on the awards presentation when it becomes available.


2020 Chesterfield Smith Award
John J. Conroy, Jr.
Principal, Baker & McKenzie LLP

The Chesterfield Smith Award is named after the late Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Holland & Knight, who believed passionately and completely in equal justice for all, while standing firm in his conviction that public service and pro bono are absolutely essential elements in the lives of lawyers and in the work of great law firms.

An accomplished international banking and finance lawyer, John has demonstrated a career-long commitment to initiatives that address critical societal issues, including access to justice, human rights, diversity, and environmental stewardship. He has served on the boards of numerous civic, educational, and charitable organizations, including Pro Bono Institute’s Board of Directors since 2011. READ MORE


2020 Laurie D. Zelon Pro Bono Award
American International Group, Inc. and
Lucy Fato, AIG’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel

A charter signatory to PBI’s Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® initiative, AIG has supported pro bono efforts by its global team for more than 10 years. AIG’s pro bono program enjoys a high level of support from its leadership, including Brian Duperreault, AIG’s Chief Executive Officer, and Lucy Fato, AIG’s Executive Vice President & General Counsel, and includes a pro bono committee of seven lawyers with a chairman, Deputy General Counsel Eric Kobrick, who has served in that role since the inception of the program. In 2012, the department formalized its program, developing an infrastructure that has led to expanded pro bono offerings in the U.S. and around the globe and a significant increase in pro bono engagement. In the past five years alone, AIG volunteers have provided approximately 20,000 hours of pro bono legal services to a broad range of clients, including domestic violence survivors, veterans, nonprofit organizations, and low- to moderate-income micro-entrepreneurs. READ MORE