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Friday, December 8 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Pro Bono Innovation Fund: Pro Bono That Works for Clients and Communities

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In 2017, the Pro Bono Innovation Fund announced new grant categories designed to ensure that LSC grantees and their partners would be able to strengthen pro bono in their communities and organizations. This session will provide an overview of LSC’s Pro Bono Innovation Fund grantmaking and focus on grantees who have developed thoughtful and impactful pro bono efforts, including: a project in Milwaukee that leverages pro bono attorneys to provide clients with same-day representation in a high-volume housing court; a project that engages large law firms to adopt urban core neighborhoods in Kansas City to address public safety, nonprofit governance, affordable housing, and problem property issues; and a project to strategically integrate pro bono into legal aid advocacy efforts. After the session and throughout the conference, the Pro Bono Innovation Fund team will be hosting one-on-one “office hours” to work with any interested organizations in developing a Pro Bono Innovation Fund application or project idea.

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Mytrang Nguyen

Program Counsel, Pro Bono Innovation, Legal Services Corporation
Mytrang Nguyen is part of a team that manages LSC’s Pro Bono Innovation Fund, a $5 million competitive grant program that invests in efforts to creatively leverage pro bono and private resources in the delivery of legal services in low-income and underserved communities. To date... Read More →


Rebekah Evenson

Director of Litigation & Advocacy, Bay Area Legal Aid
Rebekah Evenson is the director of litigation and advocacy at Bay Area Legal Aid, where she oversees all BayLegal impact litigation, including a statewide challenge to the DMV's practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of people who cannot afford to pay traffic fines, an action... Read More →

Peter Hoffman

Project Director, Legal Aid of Western Missouri
Peter Hoffman began with Legal Aid of Western Missouri (LAWMO) in 2010 as a law student and joined Legal Aid’s Economic Development Unit as an attorney in early 2013. In that capacity, he represents dozens of urban Kansas City nonprofits, community organizations, and residents toward... Read More →

Sandhya Kidd

Program Counsel, Legal Services Corporation
Sandhya Kidd is currently program counsel for Legal Services Corporation’s Pro Bono Innovation Fund. Before joining LSC, Sandhya served as the pro bono coordinator for Lawyers Serving Warriors®, the Pro Bono Program of the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP). In the... Read More →

Raphael Ramos

Project Attorney, Eviction Defense Project, Legal Action of Wisconsin
Raphael Ramos is the project coordinator at Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Eviction Defense Project. Raphael graduated from Marquette University Law School in 2008 and worked as an environmental attorney with Quarles & Brady LLP for six years and as a commercial contracts attorney... Read More →

Friday December 8, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Meeting Room 16 Meeting Room Level