Pathways to Justice Conference

Thursday, June 7 - Friday, June 8, 2012



UC Hastings College of the Law, David Snodgrass Hall, 198 McAllister St. San Francisco, CA

Presented by The State Bar of California Office of Legal Services, Legal Aid Association of California and the Administrative Office of the Courts Equal Access Project.

Special thanks to the California Bar Foundation for their generous support of Pathways to Justice.


Legal services, pro bono, court-based program and LRS staff, judges, pro bono attorneys, board members, law school practitioners, law students, small claims advisors, law librarians, court interpreters, paralegals, and other justice partners. The programming offered at Pathways to Justice is rich and diverse--there is something for EVERYONE!


Carlos R. Moreno, Of Counsel with Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles and former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, will be the keynote speaker on
Thursday, June 7.
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  • Programming in a variety of topics for staff, board members, volunteers and others from: Legal services and pro bono providers, self-help centers, small claims advisor services, lawyer referral services, law schools, and other justice partners
  • 40 training sessions will be offered, including six optional program tracks in the areas of Cultural Competency, Family Law, Organizational Development, Public Benefits, Small Claims and Consumer Law, Technology
  • Live webcast by Practising Law Institute (PLI) for two housing sessions on Friday, June 8.
  • 10+ hours of MCLE credit, including Legal Ethics, Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, and Detection/Prevention of Substance Abuse
  • Nonprofit Resource Fair: Learn about services offered by other nonprofits that can help your organization
  • Affinity group meetings and networking opportunities
  • Presentation of the LAAC Awards of Merit
  • ABA Pro Bono Standards: Join a lively discussion of best practices in pro bono


Come join a discussion of best practices in pro bono.  The ABA is revising its Pro Bono Standards, published in 1996. These standards offer a guideline of best practices and important considerations in designing and running an effective pro bono program (free standing or within a larger program).  At this facilitated discussion, participants will discuss some of the more controversial issues in pro bono and how to address them in the standards and comments, including: dealing with volunteers who have been the subject of professional discipline; ethics and effectiveness of technology in pro bono; how to handle clients with no meritorious legal issue; whether volunteers should have the opportunity to perform a secondary screen of possible clients; and more.

Give us your opinion!  Join us for an informal but lively discussion on Friday June 8 during the lunch break. Please indicate your interest on the course selection portion of the registration form and you will receive more information via e-mail.


Thanks to the generous support and cooperation of Practising Law Institute (PLI), two Pathway sessions on Friday afternoon will be part of a special presentation at Pathways (no additional registration with PLI is necessary). You will view a big screen presentation from PLI's California Conference Center and will be able to pose questions to the speakers. You can attend these sessions in the same manner as any other Pathways session.

(Note: The webcast will enable advocates and pro bono attorneys throughout California and nationally to “participate” remotely in these two sessions. In addition, both sessions will be archived on PLI’s website for one year. For more information about the PLI webcasts, contact Rodney Low at or 415-538-2219. To register for any of PLI's free pro bono programs or to access an archived program go to and click on Pro Bono to register for an upcoming live or live webcast program or to access archived programs.)


LAAC is proud to announce the 2012 Awards of Merit honorees!

The 2012 award recipients are:

  • Award of Merit for Extraordinary Service: Stephanie Choy, State Bar of California, Legal Services Trust Fund
  • Attorney: Catherine Bishop, Senior Staff Attorney, National Housing Law Project
  • Legal Secretary: Ethel Louise Oden-Brown, National Center for Youth Law
  • Paralegal: Julio Edrosolan, Bay Area Legal Aid
  • Volunteer and Board Member: Dr. James Meeker, Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Public Law Center
The LAAC Awards of Merit are the legal services community's opportunity to recognize the importance of legal services and to particularly honor a few of the many who have made contributions to the field during the last year.

This year's Awards of Merit recipients will be honored during a ceremony and reception Thursday, June 7 during the 2012 Pathways to Justice Conference. The ceremony, beginning at 6:00 p.m., will take place at the Administrative Office of the Courts in San Francisco. Those attending the Pathways to Justice conference may attend the reception and ceremony free of charge; those not attending the conference should contact Denise Watt at or (415) 834-0100 x 304 for tickets ($10 per attendee).

If you'd like to place an ad in the award program to congratulate a friend or colleague please contact Denise Watt at or at (415) 834-0100 ext. 304.


One of the highlights of Pathways to Justice, and new for 2012, is the Nonprofit Resource Fair. Learn about a  variety of services and technical assistance available from other nonprofits that can help your organization increase its capacity to raise funds, provide legal services more efficiently and effectively, manage risks, train staff and volunteers, strengthen its governance structure, enhance policy and advocacy work, improve information technology, and much more!

Confirmed Exhibitors

Alliance for Justice
American Bar Association (Pro Bono Standards)
California Association of Nonprofits
California Bar Foundation
California Housing Finance Agency
CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
Council of California County Law Librarians
Legal Aid Association of California
Nonprofits’ Insurance Alliance of California
Practising Law Institute
Pro Bono Net
The Foundation Center
The State Bar of California

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