Request for Proposals Sought for 2015 Equal Justice Conference

  • 9/3/2014
  • ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and NLADA
  • Source: Pennsylvania

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service (ABA) and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) are seeking session proposals for the 2015 Equal Justice Conference which will be held May 7-9, 2014 in Austin, Texas. This conference is designed to bring together all components of the legal community committed to ensuring civil equal justice for the poorest, most disadvantaged people and communities in our society.

Conference programming will focus on the innovative and creative ways that the equal justice community has maximized and leveraged strategic and collaborative approaches, using a broad range of resources (including the private bar, staffed field programs, law schools, public service lawyers, members of the judiciary and others), to address inequities in our justice system.

Proposals should explore the most current and relevant legal needs of those struggling to achieve access to justice including consumer debt collection and bankruptcy, managing an organization with limited resources, immigration, health care, housing, and new strategies for providing service.

Proposals are sought in the following categories:

  • Pro Bono Programming: focuses on models utilizing volunteers to deliver legal services and all aspects of involving volunteers in access to justice, from recruitment to recognition
  • Partnership Programming: focuses on ways in which elements of the legal community such as court, bar leaders, etc. can support and promote pro bono participation in conjunction with legal services and pro bono providers
  • Substantive Law Programming: presents information on an area of substantive law, e.g. domestic violence
  • Management and Diversity Programming: addresses issues of nonprofit management and increasing diversity among staff and volunteers
  • Delivery Innovations Programming: presents advances in and inventive models of legal services delivery
  • Resource Development Programming: examines issues of funding and fundraising
  • Info Management and Technology Programming: discusses ways in which technology can be utilized to leverage the delivery of legal services by staff and volunteers

Proposal submissions are due no later than October 10, 2014.

For more information visit and follow the links below. If you have questions about completing the online form, please contact Erin Wellin at

Proposal Guidelines
Session Proposal Submission Form

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