Sessions Information

  • January 4, 2020
    8:30 am - 10:15 am
    Session Type: Section Programs
    Session Capacity: N/A
    Hotel: Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
    Room: Virginia C
    Floor: Lobby Level

    Lawyers have an obligation to uphold the rule of law and be the guardians of our legal system and society. Pro bono and public service are essential elements to the profession–helping those who cannot help themselves. These historical roles of the lawyer have been critical in protecting our society through cases for individual clients, serving as advisors for non-profit organizations, or serving in public office. Moreover, this service is not just good for clients and society, it is also good for the lawyer doing it. However, these traditional roles face modern challenges. This session will discuss funding issues that the Legal Services Corporation and state Access to Justice Commissions face, how defunding them may affect pro bono work around the country, and how legal education can help. Finally, this session will provide practical tips and sample programs that attendees can implement at their home schools.
    Section award presented around 9:30 am. 
    Business meeting at program conclusion. 

Session Speakers
Organization: American Bar Association

Organization: Georgia State University College of Law

Organization: Baylor University School of Law

Organization: Legal Services Corporation

Organization: Texas Access to Justice Foundation

Session Fees
  • [5130] Pro-Bono & Public Service Opportunities, Co-Sponsored by Empirical Study of the Law & Legal Education and Leadership - Pro Bono and Public Service: Pillars of Democracy and the Legal Profession: $0.00