After a five-year hiatus, one of the best events
the State Bar has to offer is returning, and all signs indicate it
will be bigger and better than ever. The statewide legal services/ pro
bono training conference, this year titled "Pathways to Justice,"
will offer three days of intensive training for both staff and
volunteers of legal services and pro bono programs, court programs and
many other community groups.
The 2002 program will be special for many
reasons, but mostly because the pro bono conference fell victim to the
bar's fiscal and political woes of the late 1990s. Now that the
State Bar has gotten back on its feet, we can begin to focus again on
the important work of providing legal services for those most in need
and seeking equal access to justice for all Californians.
During the three-day period, May 30 to June 1 in
Los Angeles, more than 55 training and educational sessions will be
offered, many with MCLE credit.
The program is sponsored by the State Bar's
Office of Legal Services, Access & Fairness Programs, and the
Legal Aid Association of California and will feature two prominent
speakers: Judge Veronica McBeth of the Los Angeles County Superior
Court will kick off the event, and State Sen. Sheila James Kuehl will
The "Pathways to Justice" program will be
held at the Omni Hotel at California Plaza. More information on the
programs offered and registration may be found at www.calbar.org/events/pathways.pdf
or by calling 415/538-2143 to register and/or 415/538-2141 for more
I urge you to "celebrate" the return of this
conference by attending and learning more about how we can provide
necessary legal services for thousands of people in our continually
Russell Roeca of San Francisco represents District 4 on the State
Bar Board of Governors.