California Bar Journal
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Legal services conference - the first in five years -scheduled this month
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Legal services advocates, pro bono program managers and those who work in court-based programs, community organizations and other support centers are invited to attend "Pathways to Justice," the first statewide legal services and pro bono conference in five years.

Sponsored by the State Bar's Office of Legal Services and the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC), the conference will offer more than 55 workshops on subjects including language access, cultural competency, disability rights, elder, employment, family and immigration law, and pro bono strategies.

The May 30-June 1 meeting offers up to 13.5 hours of MCLE credit,  development sessions featuring fund-raising guru Bob Zimmerman, and keynote speakers state Sen. Sheila James Kuehl and Los Angeles Super-ior Court Judge Veronica McBeth.

The California Legal Services Coordinating Committee also will meet to assess strengths and develop strategies to fill gaps in the delivery of legal services.

The conference will be held at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles.

To request a registration brochure, call 415/538-2143 or download the registration form at The deadline to register for the discount $185 rate and the $110 per night hotel rate is May 10. The brochure provides LAAC membership and group discount information.

Limited scholarships are available for rural or small budget ($300,000 or less) IOLTA-funded programs. E-mail to apply.