Produced in conjunction with West LegalEdcenter, PBI offers a series of low-cost webinars. These programs, which generally offer CLE credits, focus on topics ranging from reprising sessions from the most recent PBI Annual Conference to current and evolving issues in legal pro bono.
Registration is free for Law Firm Pro Bono Project Member Law Firms. Law firm participants should contact the Law Firm Pro Bono Project for the promotional code to register for the live programs or get them on demand free of charge once they have aired.
Corporate participants should contact Corporate Pro Bono Project Assistant for registration information.
Check back for upcoming webinars!
All past webinars are available on demand.
Building a Second Ring of Legal Aid: Triage Pro Bono
October 7 at 12:30 PM EDT
This webinar will explore a collaborative undertaking by law firms, legal departments, and legal aid organizations to mobilize pro bono assistance to help with critical legal needs in local communities, such as housing eviction defense, expunction of criminal records, and healthcare. “Triage pro bono” is creating a new and different approach to the distribution of legal services by providing additional resources and support to local legal aid organizations and increasing access to justice for low-income community members. Panelists will discuss the essential elements that make the triage program a success and how it might be replicated in your community.
Protecting Disability Rights (Pro Bono in Practice)
July 30 at 12:30 PM EDT
How can pro bono attorneys partner with disability rights advocates to ensure that people with disabilities can live, work, and learn in the communities of their choice, free from discrimination? Attorneys from two national disability rights advocacy organizations will provide an overview of the disability rights movement with an emphasis on deinstitutionalization, discuss examples of recent cutting edge disability civil rights litigation, and review opportunities for successful pro bono partnerships. This session presents a unique opportunity to learn more about the burgeoning field of disability rights law and how it might intersect with other specialties, including areas such as education, criminal justice, and health care.
Location, Location, Location: Capitalizing on Unique Opportunities for Pro Bono in Small and Mid-Size Markets
June 7 at 1:00 PM EDT
How do you grow pro bono when you are located in an area lacking the usual resources and capacity of a typical large city? This webinar features panelists who have seized the challenge of cultivating pro bono in small and mid-sized cities and will share best practices, solutions to common challenges, and insights for law firms, in-house legal departments, and legal service organizations about how to capitalize on your unique location and expand pro bono offerings.
In-House Pro Bono Partnerships: Civil Asset Forfeiture Defense Project
January 24, 2019 at 12:30 PM EST
This program will feature an in-depth look at the pro bono partnership between United Airlines’ Legal Department, Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA), and Seyfarth Shaw LLP, to help low-income individuals recover vehicles and other assets wrongfully seized by the police. As in a number of U.S. jurisdictions, police in Chicago are authorized to seize property that they suspect has been used in connection with criminal activity. People seeking to recover their vehicles were not only required to prove their innocence but also to prove that the property was exempt from seizure. Due to the advocacy efforts of this partnership project, the law was changed in July 2018 to place the burden on the government to show that the property is subject to seizure. United Airlines, CGLA, and Seyfarth Shaw’s project exemplifies a pro bono partnership that has made a holistic impact on the Chicago community, from directly providing pro bono representation, to helping reform civil asset forfeiture laws, to crafting statewide standardized forms to improve the process of recovering seized property.
Note: This webinar is not eligible for continuing legal education credit.
When Helping Hurts
December 17, 2018 at 12:30 PM EST
This session will explore the mental health effects of high stress representation, such as domestic violence, child abuse, immigration, and death penalty advocacy. The program will introduce the concept of “vicarious” trauma in pro bono volunteers, offer tips for those in need of our care, and identify strategies and resources for healing and treatment.
Engaging in Transactional Pro Bono
November 7, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST
While brief-advice clinics providing transactional legal services are undeniably beneficial and can build interest and momentum for pro bono, organizations engage pro bono attorneys and their colleagues to provide a variety of impactful transactional assistance to low-income communities. This webinar will explore the varying aspects of transactional pro bono opportunities and recent developments. The discussion will include several examples of successful and sophisticated transactional pro bono opportunities, how to engage transactional attorneys and colleagues to represent pro bono clients, and opportunities for collaboration.
Assisting Survivors of Domestic Violence
October 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM EDT
One in four women and one in seven men experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), our expert speakers will explore how pro bono lawyers can be of help.
Housing Matters (Pro Bono in Practice)
October 18, 2018 at 12:30 PM EDT
This session will explore housing-related pro bono opportunities and developments, including the need for pro bono attorneys to address the housing crisis, status of available pro bono opportunities, emerging issues including the right to counsel, how to get started, and opportunities for collaboration.
Pro Bono to Protect the First Amendment
September 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT
This webinar will provide a thought-provoking discussion of current events and their impact on the First Amendment Freedoms of Speech, the Press, and the Right to Assemble, and how pro bono lawyers can be of assistance.
Serving Our Seniors (Pro Bono in Practice)
July 25, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT
How can we ensure that low‐income and other eligible seniors age with dignity? From advanced planning to government benefits and housing protections to fraud and abuse prevention, this session will explore a range of pro bono opportunities and developments.
Time’s Up: Actions for Gender Equity
June 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm EDT
The spotlight is on, and while sexual harassment in the workplace is nothing new, the current focus by celebrities and the media presents a unique opportunity to effect change. This webinar will introduce the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which connects those who experience sexual misconduct in the workplace with legal and public relations assistance, and will discuss how pro bono volunteers can get involved.
In-House Pro Bono Partnership: Review-A-Rama
Jan. 16, 2018
Panelists from UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UHG) and Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (CVLC) will provide an in-depth view of their successful pro bono partnership for their project “Review-A-Rama,” benefiting veterans pursuing disability compensation. Review-A-Rama is an innovative national model for limited-scope pro bono assistance provided by in-house lawyers and other legal department staff, which empowers volunteers to work in any location and at any time to help met crucial unmet legal needs and promote greater efficiencies in the delivery of legal services.
Pro Bono in Practice: Juvenile Life without Parole
Dec. 12, 2017
In January 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that its 2012 decision banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juvenile killers must be applied retroactively, granting a new chance at release for hundreds of inmates serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed in their youth. What’s been happening since Montgomery v. Louisiana was decided? This webinar reprises the session from the 2017 PBI Annual Conference and will discuss current events and how pro bono lawyers can be of assistance.
In-House Pro Bono Partnership: The Landlord Tenant Project
Dec. 4, 2017
This program will feature an in-depth look at the pro bono partnership between Alcoa Corporation and Arconic Inc. with Meyer, Unkovic & Scott to provide low-income Pittsburgh-area residents a voice in their own security and housing advocacy. Panelists will explain the substance of their pro bono efforts and provide insight into the creation and maintenance of their successful partnership.
Ferguson, Fines, and Fees
Sept. 14, 2017
The costs associated with being a low-income offender can be overwhelming, as many states and localities charge fees and surcharges to fund the criminal justice system at every step of the process, from the courtroom to jail to probation. This webinar will explore inspiring developments in the effort to decriminalize poverty and how pro bono lawyers can be of help.
Public Policy and Systemic Initiatives (Pro Bono in Practice)
July 7, 2017
Litigation is not the only route to transformative change. This webinar will consider how policy advocacy offers a critical tool to complement other pro bono efforts. This dynamic discussion will explore how the pro bono community can use our connections, research, and powers of lobbying, organizing, and persuasion to promote equality and access to justice.