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April 14, 2009

Pro Bono Conference to Address Services for Returning Servicemembers and Ex-prisoners April 20-21


The Virginia State Bar will present a conference, “Coming Home in Lean Times: Addressing Legal Needs of Warriors and Ex-offenders,” Monday, April 20, and Tuesday, April 21, 2009, in Richmond.

The Pro Bono and Access to Justice Conference, sponsored by the Access to Legal Services Committee, is open to attorneys interested in assisting persons who need support when they re-enter communities. Approval is pending for Continuing Legal Education credit for the Monday session, which will take place at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The Tuesday session will be at the University of Richmond’s new downtown location at 626 East Broad Street.

For those who help military veterans, panelists will discuss support available through the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, employment mediation for reservists who are having difficulty getting their jobs back, post-traumatic stress and brain injury, consumer law, and pro bono and low-fee legal services available to military personnel.

For lawyers who assist efforts to re-introduce former prisoners into the community, panelists will discuss consequences that juveniles with a criminal record face in employment and civil rights, effects of incarceration on families, and medical and mental health needs of ex-prisoners.

Nina E. Olson, national taxpayer advocate for the Internal Revenue Service, will talk on April 20 at 4 p.m. about taxpayer issues in the economic downturn.

Monday evening, the VSB will present its Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award to Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr. and the Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award to Miriam R. Sincell of the University of Richmond.

On April 21, the program will include a presentation about the UR downtown location, a collaboration between the UR School of Law and its Center for Civic Engagement. A memorial portrait of Professor Robert E. Shepherd Jr., commissioned by the VSB Criminal Law Section, will be unveiled in a 2 p.m. ceremony.

A $20 fee will be charged for the April 20 CLE sessions. The Tuesday program is open without charge. For more information and registration, see http://www.vsb.org/site/events/item/pb-conference/ or call (804) 775-0548.

Updated: Apr 15, 2009