We know there is a huge justice gap in the United States. We also know an enormous race equity gap persists. The murder of George Floyd and ensuing events over the past year have sparked the passions of attorneys toward combating systemic racism through pro bono representation. How can we effectively eradicate the remnants of bias that are entrenched within our legal system? How can we create systemic change without sacrificing the individual representation necessary to protect the rights of those living in poverty? Is it possible that our existing pro bono infrastructure actually perpetuates aspects of inequity? And how can we tackle all of these issues when our current volunteer resources remain so limited?
Our panel of experts will guide us through some of these difficult conversations on racial justice, particularly as they relate to pro bono practice. Our panelists are:
- Sabrina-Yvette d’Almeida, Chief Talent & Equity Officer, Children’s Law Center
- Rachel Rintelmann, Supervising Attorney, Housing Law Unit, The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
- Jaya Saxena, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategist
- Kathleen Wach, Pro Bono Counsel, Miller & Chevalier
Our panel will be moderated by Paul Lee, Pro Bono Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
Best Practices in Pro Bono brings together pro bono directors at law firms, legal services organizations, corporations, government agencies, and law schools to share tips for improving their pro bono programs. There is no cost to attend, but donations are encouraged and support our ongoing work to train, advocate for, mentor, and support pro bono and public-interest lawyers in the District of Columbia.
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