(Postponed) VOLS Leadership Summit 2020: Pro Bono and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Event Details

Mar 11, 2020

8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

New York, NY

Complimentary

*Please note that the VOLS event scheduled for March 11th has been postponed.  Please visit the VOLS website at https://volsprobono.org/ for rescheduling information.

The Legal Executive Institute is pleased to partner with Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS) on a dynamic, interactive, half-day program dedicated to the intersection and alignment  of pro bono service and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives (DEI) to better serve our communities. Law firm, corporate, public interest, academic, and judicial leaders will work collaboratively on a series of core questions devoted to improving access to justice across New York City.

Attendees are invited to peruse the following resources in advance of the event:

Mansfield Rule, courtesy of Diversity Lab.
“The Overlooked Importance of Pro Bono Work” – David Lash
The FAIR Pledge: We Commit to Fighting Against Implicit Bias and Racial Inequality | National Legal Aid & Defender Association


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For 35 years, VOLS has harnessed the power of New York City’s legal community and neighborhood-based groups to provide free, civil legal services when and where they are needed most. The Pro Bono Leadership Summit is followed by VOLS’ 35th anniversary evening gala celebration: Women’s Leadership in Pro Bono. More information about the gala can be found at www.volsprobono.org/gala.

At Thomson Reuters, the health and well-being of conference attendees is of paramount import. We are carefully monitoring the evolving global health situation and will advise on any conference-related developments as they arise. Please contact lei@thomsonreuters.com with any additional questions or concerns.

Why You Should Attend

This conference offers a unique opportunity for Pro Bono & DEI professionals to meet, collaborate, and generate actionable insights to strengthen the private bar's role in supporting public interest legal service.

Who Should Attend

Participating law firms, companies, and organizations are encouraged to be represented in teams, including:
  • Pro Bono and DEI Professionals and other Senior Leaders from Law Firms and Corporations, Public Interest Legal Organizations, Law Schools, and the Courts
  • Event Details

    Wednesday, Mar 11

    8:30 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
    9:00 AM
    Opening Plenary

    Law firm, corporate, law school, and legal service leaders will set the tone for the Summit, discussing ways to overcome the effects of separating pro bono and DEI initiatives within organizations, and the benefits and the challenges of aligning them.

    Facilitator:
    Paula T. Edgar, Partner, Inclusion Strategy Solutions LLC & Immediate Past President, Metropolitan Black Bar Association.

    Presenters:
    Mary Lu BilekDean, CUNY Law School
    Thomas Kim, Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary, Thomson Reuters
    Kim Koopersmith, Partner & Chairperson, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
    Roger Maldonado, Partner, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP & President, New York City Bar Association
    Lillian M. Moy, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York

    9:50 AM
    Break
    9:55 AM
    Panel & Group Discussions #1: Integrating Pro Bono & DEI Programs

    Representatives from top tier law firms and corporations at various stages of integration will describe their efforts to integrate pro bono and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives within their organizations. A facilitated group discussion at each table will follow. We will end this session with recap/summary to share common themes/concerns put forth by each table.

    Facilitators:
    Susan Sturm, George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility, Columbia Law School & Founding Director, Center for Institutional and Social Change, Columbia Law School

    Panelists:
    Christopher S. Auguste, Partner, Chair of the Diversity Committer and Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
    Yakiry M. Adal, Director of Talent and Inclusion, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
    Kevin J. CurninPartner and Founding Director of Public Service Project, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
    Grace Gilligan, Executive Director, Assistant General Counsel, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    Aisha Greene, Director of Attorney Development and Training, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
    Annie Mohan, Manager of Pro Bono, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

    11:15 AM
    Break
    11:30 AM
    Panel & Group Discussions #2: Meeting the Community's Needs Through Pro Bono & DEI Programs

    Representatives from community organizations will discuss how firms and corporations can work with legal service providers and community organizations to tailor their pro bono & DEI programs to meet the needs of the community, and why integrating these two programs is important at the ground level. Panelists will also discuss how pro bono attorneys who come from vastly different backgrounds than their clients can competently tailor their advocacy to impact these individuals in a positive way.

    Facilitator:
    Hamra Ahmad
    , Director, Legal Services, Her Justice

    Panelists:
    Chaumtoli HuqAssociate Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law
    Shekar Krishnan, Chief Program Officer and Co-Founder, Communities Resist
    Rodrigo Sanchez-Camus, Director, Legal, Organizing & Advocacy, NMIC

    12:45 PM
    Debrief/Conclusions
    1:00 PM
    Networking Luncheon

    Please join us for lunch as we wrap up the day’s proceedings.

    Yakiry Adal

    Director of Talent and Inclusion, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP

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    Hamra Ahmad

    Legal Director, Her Justice

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    Christopher Auguste

    Partner, Chair of the Diversity Committee & Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee Kramer Levin

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    Mary Lu Bilek

    Dean, CUNY Law School

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    Kevin Curnin

    Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

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    Paula Edgar

    Partner, Inclusion Strategy Solutions LLC

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    Grace Gilligan

    Executive Director, Assistant General Counsel, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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    Aisha Greene

    Director of Attorney Development and Training, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

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    Chaumtoli Huq

    Associate Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law

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    Thomas Kim

    Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary, Thomson Reuters

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    Kim Koopersmith

    Chairperson, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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    Shekar Krishnan

    Chief Program Officer and Co-Founder, Communities Resist

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    Roger Maldonado

    Partner, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP & President, New York City Bar Association

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    Annie Mohan

    Manager of Pro Bono – New York, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

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    Lillian Moy

    Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York

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    Rodrigo Sanchez-Camus

    Director of Legal, Organizing, & Advocacy, NMIC

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    Susan Strum

    George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility, Columbia Law School

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    Accreditation

    Thomson Reuters New York Corporate Office

    3 Times Square (at 42nd St. & 7th Ave.)
    30th Floor
    New York, NY 10036

    Please be advised, we do not have a hotel room block for this event. Interested parties are invited to consider a number of nearby hotels within walking distance of our conference venue.

    Nearby Hotels

    Westin New York at Times Square

    212-201-2700

    New York Marriott Marquis

    212-398-1900

    Millennium Times Square New York

    212-768-4400

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