The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


National Conference at CUA: "The Role of Law Schools in Fostering Commitment to Pro Bono Publico"


9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6


The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Walter S. Slowinski Courtroom, 2nd floor
3600 John McCormack Road, N.E.
Washington, D.C.


The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law is sponsoring a two-day conference Oct. 5 and 6 that will examine the ways law schools currently meet their ABA obligation to "provide substantial opportunities" for student participation in pro bono activities. The conference also will provide a forum to investigate effective and innovative ways in which law schools can expand pro bono opportunities for students. It will examine the creation of partnerships with alumni and other legal professionals to make free and low-cost legal services more available to those who cannot afford them.

Thirty-six panelists from two dozen law schools are scheduled to speak. Session topics include "Setting up a Pro Bono Program from Scratch" and "A National Perspective on Shaping Future Leaders for Justice." Prominent Washington, D.C., area speakers include Jane Belford, chancellor, Archdiocese of Washington; Linda Singer, attorney general, District of Columbia; and Hon. Eric T. Washington, chief judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

A complete program may be viewed online at

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 202-319-6081.


The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law's Office of Law and Social Justice Initiatives

To cover the event, contact Tom Haederle at 202-319-5438 or e-mail: