Best Practices in Pro Bono: “The Sky Is Falling!” Pro Bono in Crisis
The Muslim Travel Ban. COVID-19. Immigrant children at the border. The impending tidal wave of evictions. Afghan Refugees. Hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires. Just when one crisis ends, it seems like another dominates the headlines. Pro bono volunteers are moved to take action. Pro bono coordinators are pressed to set up systems to bring legal help to people in need quickly.
The next Best Practices in Pro Bono session focuses on how to best utilize pro bono in response to a crisis. What are the steps to take to mobilize volunteers quickly? How can you respond effectively without neglecting the rest of your pro bono program? What other community partners should we consider in our response? Is it sometimes better to just wait?
Join our panelists from different sectors of the legal community for a deep dive into how pro bono coordinators can tap the power of volunteers to provide help in crisis situations. We will hear from:
- Jenna Gilbert, Director of Refugee Representation, Human Rights First
- Karen Grisez, Public Service Counsel, Fried, Frank, Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP
- Gabriella Lewis-White, Associate Director, Housing, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
The conversation will be moderated by Paul Lee, Pro Bono Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
Our panel discussion will take place on Monday, November 15, from 12:00-1:15 pm ET. Following the panel, you are invited to join a small group breakout room for 15 minutes with one of our panelists for further discussion and networking. Join us to learn, and stay after the panel to continue the conversation!