Planning is underway for the 2014 PBI Annual Conference and The PBEye has all things Conference-related on the mind. As we previously wrote, there are many meaningful ways to take the Conference home with you and continue building upon what you learn in March. For instance, you can supplement the Conference materials with even more information found in the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s Resource Clearinghouse or you can check out the “Best of the Conference” webinars, which update and reprise some of the most popular sessions.
Our friends at Alston & Bird*† took it one step further and designed a program of their own based on the 2013 Conference’s closing plenary session, which discussed the evolving role of the courts in supporting pro bono and how the judiciary has a pulpit that can be used to promote the essential concept of equal justice for all. In June, Alston & Bird hosted a firm-wide program called Crisis in the Courts and Access to Justice, a panel discussion that explored how our court systems, bar associations, and communities at large are responding to financial cutbacks in order to maintain the integrity of our justice system and promote access to justice. All U.S. firm offices participated by videoconference and were inspired by a diverse group of speakers: Judge Betty Ellerin from New York City, Chief Justice Carol Hunstein from Atlanta, Hernán Vera from Los Angeles, and Sean Lew from Charlotte, N.C. (For their innovative, creative, and impactful pro bono service and leadership, we are delighted to be presenting Alston & Bird with the 2013 John H. Pickering Award next week at the 2013 PBI Annual Dinner.)
As we gear up for next year, it’s exhilarating to think about how ideas and topics for discussion can make their way from our Annual Conference to your own communities and programming and lead to more and better pro bono service for those in need.
How do you take the Conference home with you – leave a comment and let us know!