2012 Equal Justice Conference – Jacksonville, FL

With only four weeks until this year’s Equal Justice Conference (EJC) in Jacksonville, Florida we thought it only fitting to highlight some of the many benefits of attending. For those who are not already familiar with the conference, EJC is co-hosted by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. This conference provides an opportunity for pro bono and legal services program staff, judges, corporate counsel, court administrators, private lawyers, paralegals, bar association leaders, and many others to come together to receive training and address current issues facing the public interest community. During this 4 day event EJC will offer:

Educational Enhancement

  • With over 85 workshops on topics ranging from current access to justice trends to innovative uses of technology to reach clients in rural and remote areas, there are sure to be multiple opportunities to improve your practice and strengthen your local efforts at improving the plight of the disadvantaged. Multiple CLE opportunities will be available. (Speak with a representative during registration for more detailed information on CLE credit).
  • In addition to the main conference workshops there are seven pre-conferences including those for law school pro bono professionals, new and experienced pro bono managers, new executive directors, and more.
  • Use many of the ideas and models you will learn about to modify or enhance your practice once you return from the conference.

Networking Opportunities

  • This year’s conference expects over 600 attendees from across the country. It will surely prove to be an excellent opportunity to make connections and gain insight from colleagues in your field.
  • Networking opportunities will be available for all registrants during the conference luncheon on Thursday.
  • As an exciting bonus this year, there will be a special social event on Friday from 5:30pm – 11:00pm held in the West Club at EverBank Field, the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars Stadium.

An Opportunity to Get Plugged In

  • Learn new techniques on how to optimize social media and technology to assist in reaching constituents, improving services and working with volunteers.
  • Have a little fun with foursquare, Twitter and Facebook while at the conference. Check back tomorrow for our social media tip sheet with information on how best to utilize social media while at the conference.

Have you attended EJC in the past? Share your favorite EJC experience below in the comments.

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