Pro Bono Students Canada

PBSC Staff to Present at 2012 Equal Justice Conference!

2012 Equal Justice Conference inJacksonville

Canadian pro bono advocates and law foundation representatives at the American Bar Association Equal Justice Conference in Jacksonville Florida, May 2012. PBSC National Director Nikki Gershbain and Program Manager Krystyna Drywa are in the second last and last rows.

PBSC National Director Nikki Gershbain and Program Manager Krystyna Drywa are off to Jacksonville Florida today for the 2012 Equal Justice Conference.  Co-hosted by the American Bar Association and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, the Equal Justice Conference brings the legal community together to discuss access to justice issues as they relate to the delivery of legal services to the poor and low-income individuals.  Pro bono and legal services program staff, judges, corporate counsel, court administrators, private lawyers, paralegals, and many others attend this event.  PBSC staff will deliver a workshop entitled “Setting Law Students Up For Success: Ensuring Quality Pro Bono Experiences”.  Sue Schechter, who runs the Field Placement Program at Berkeley Law, and Thomas Schoenherr of the Public Interest Resource Center at Fordham Law in New York City, will also be presenting. The session will review the various models that use law students to deliver pro bono services in non-clinical settings, including PBSC’s national Canadian model. Emphasizing why working with law students is so important, the workshop presenters will review the challenges and possibilities of student pro bono, and best practices in this work.