Meetings and Events

VSB Pro Bono & Access to Justice Conference

Mon, April 20, 2009 - Tue, April 21, 2009
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Richmond, Virginia
6.0 (1.5 Ethics) Credits Pending Approval


Monday, April 20 daytime CLE and Evening Award Ceremony
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009 (non-CLE) Open House UR Downtown
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Monday, April 20, 2009

8:30 a.m. CLE Registration, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Education & Library Complex
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm CLEs

9:00 A.M. Welcome and Ethics Session Introductions

9:05 to 10:25 General Ethics Session:
(1.5) Rules as Tools in Catastrophe Readiness, Response & Recovery: Client Communications - What about “Plan B and C” Scenarios?
Moderated by VSB President Manuel A. Capsalis with: David J. Johnson, Leslie A.T. Haley, and Janet James

10:25 to 10:35 Refreshment Break

Track 1 (Military Transitioning/ADR etc.)
10:35 to 12:15 p.m.
Community Re-Integration Challenges Facing Veterans, Military Service Members and their Families.

  • Expanding Traditional Programs: Virginia Department of Veterans Services’ Entry-Point Assistance with Cathy Wilson, Executive Director, Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, and Johnny Beale, DVS Benefits Manager (Eastern District).
  • ADR Model: Virginia Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, with James W. Hopper, ESGR Volunteer
  • The Science of PTS and Head Injury with John Benesek, Psy.D., Director, PTSD Program, McGuire VA Medical Center
  • VSB Military Law Section Project to Locate Pro Bono and Reduced-Fee Attorneys to Assist “Modest Means” Military Personnel With General Legal Needs. Presentations by Edward L. (“Ned”) Davis, and, Toni B. Dunson

Track 2 (Diversion/Offender Reentry)
10:35 to 12:15 p.m.
Long & Short-term Concerns: Diversion & Offender Reentry

  • Tips for Practitioners: Collateral Civil Consequences of Juvenile Adjudications with Margaret Nelson
  • Detention & Diversion Interventions in Community Settings; Confinement and other Statistics, with Victoria Shivy, Ph.D.
  • Unique and General Medical Needs of Ex-Offender Populations with Daniel Jannuzzi, M.D.
  • Addressing Pre and Post Release Concerns: Albemarle County’s Regional Protocol for Crisis Intervention when Reentry and Mental Health Concerns Co-occur, with Helen Trainor

12:20 to 1:10 p.m. (non-CLE)
Lunchtime: Firms in Service. Join representatives of five Richmond law firms to discuss pro bono collaborations committed to increasing quality legal assistance for the underserved. Presenters are: George H. Hettrick, G. Andrew Nea Jr., Scott C. Oostdyk, Stephen A. Northup, and, Andrew W. White,


Track 2, Cont’d – (Inmate Reentry & Diversion Projects)
1:15 to 2:30 p.m. Maintaining Family Bonds — Approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for previously qualified guardians ad litem for children

  • Incarceration: Impact on the Family from a Lay Perspective by “Message Project” founder - film-maker Carolyn LeCroy
  • Kinship Care and Related Issues with Dale Margolin and Christine E. Marra

2:30 to 2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break

2:45 to 3:10 p.m. Track 2, (Ex-Offender Reentry/Diversion cont’d)
Surveying Re-entry Public Policy Measures and Initiatives
Collaborative Efforts - DNA Notification, by Mary Kelly Tate, Rule-Making to Help Juveniles Transition from Correctional Centers, by Melissa Cortez Goemann, Civil Rights Restoration Efforts by Dana Wiggins

3:10 to 4:00 p.m. Track 2, Ex-Offender Reentry/Diversion, Cont’d
Eastern District of Virginia, Federal Probation Office, SCORE Drug Court Diversion Program, with Hon. M. Hannah Lauck, and, Daniel Guertler

Track I (Military Transitioning/Advocacy Models) cont’d
1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
Direct Service: Law School Interdisciplinary Efforts. With Mark D. Matthews, and, Blair Taylor, and, Tara Casey

2:30 to 2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break

2:45 to 4:00 pm (Track 1 cont’d)
Consumer Law Trends Affecting Members of the Armed Forces with Jay Speer and Naval Legal Assistance Attorney Dwain Alexander II

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm: General Session
Dealing with Taxpayers in the Economic Downturn, a joint audience Lecture by Nina E. Olson, Esq., United States Internal Revenue Service National Taxpayer Advocate.

7:00 to 9:00 pm Evening Award Ceremony & Reception at Lewis Ginter
Honoring Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr., Esq., recipient, 2009 Lewis F. Powell Jr., Pro Bono Award, and, University of Richmond 3rd-year Law Student Miriam R. Sincell, recipient, Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award. Moderated by VSB President Manuel A. Capsalis with remarks by Hon. Marilynn C. Goss, Judge, Richmond J&DR District Court.

Day 2 (New Location)
Tuesday, April 21 (non-CLE)
A Special Event for Pro Bono & Access to Justice Conference attendees

Afternoon Open House UR Downtown
a multidisciplinary collaboration between the Law School and the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Richmond, 626 East Broad Street, Suite 100, across from the new Federal Courthouse in Downtown Richmond

University of Richmond Downtown
Engaging and Educating in the Heart of the City

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Recognition of Robert Shepherd Jr. and Unveiling of Memorial Portrait
In honor of his tireless advocacy on behalf of families and his passionate service to the community, the University of Richmond will present the memorial portrait of Robert “Bob” Shepherd Jr. commissioned by the Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section Board. Recognition will include remarks regarding the late professor's legacy.

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Open House Reception
Join the UR Downtown staff for a reception in which tours of the downtown space will be given. Light refreshments will be provided, as well as networking opportunities for all guests.

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Evolution of UR Downtown: a Multidisciplinary Approach to Civic Engagement
John Douglass, Dean, University of Richmond School of Law
Amy Howard, Ph.D., Director, University of Richmond Center for Civic Engagement
Tara Casey, Director, Harry L. Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service
Dale Margolin, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Jeanette S. Lipman Family Law Clinic
Judy Mejia, Richmond Families Initiative Program Manager, University of Richmond Center for Civic Engagement

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Post-program Question and Answer Session



Updated: Apr 10, 2009