November 20, 2020
Join Us for Public Interest Law Day on Thursday, December 3
Come together with your colleagues to discuss the most pressing issues facing the public interest community.
The Philadelphia Bar Association is bringing Philadelphia's vibrant public interest community together virtually this year for the annual Public Interest Law Day. The daylong continuing legal education program on Thursday, December 3 will focus on top-of-mind issues impacting public interest attorneys and pro bono practitioners, and provide insights for those interested in learning more about this community.
"Public Interest Law Day allows practitioners to come together and learn from their colleagues about areas within the sector where they don't necessarily practice, and about different laws that are potentially impacting their clients so they can provide more holistic advocacy," says Arly Smith-Pearson, chair of the Association's Public Interest Section Executive Committee and staff attorney with the family law unit of Philadelphia Legal Assistance. "The CLE aims to provide timely discussions on a range of subjects that are both wide-ranging and granular enough to help practitioners day-to-day."
The agenda includes an opening plenary covering lessons learned from the 2020 elections and discussing voting rights challenges that could be on the horizon in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, including voting by mail, election security and redistricting. The afternoon plenary, "Race at the Center of the Struggle for Social Justice," will focus on how public interest organizations can hold institutions and themselves accountable for valuing Black lives.
Other sessions throughout the day will focus on COVID-19 and the courts, the ethical issues of remote work, criminal justice and immigration detention, and housing rights and housing insecurity.
"We always have excellent programming and this year's virtual agenda is no different," says Smith-Pearson. "We have a variety of speakers, from experts in the field who have practiced for 30 years to newer voices."
The event also includes an award ceremony, which this year is being held virtually beginning at 5:30 p.m. on December 4. The ceremony will include presentation of the Bending the ARC Award and the Hon. Louis H. Pollak Award and a performance by Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos. The ceremony will also include the introduction of the Public Interest Section's 2021 leadership. Register for the award ceremony.