2016 NALP PSJD Public Service Mini-Conference

Public interest career counselors, pro bono program managers, and other public-service career professionals from the law school and employer communities are invited to attend the 2016 NALP Public Service Mini-Conference on Thursday, October 27th at the University of California Washington Center with additional programming for newcomers on Wednesday, October 26.


Participate in this ideal opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from across the country, attend substantive and skills-based programs, and interact with NALP staff members! The Mini-Conference’s morning programs will include introductions, PSJD Honor Roll announcements, and a plenary program. Our luncheon will feature an announcement of the PSJD Pro Bono Publico award recipient, a student who has performed exemplary public service during her/his law school career, an update on staff-driven initiatives, and the NALP Public Service Section meeting. Our afternoon sessions will include two blocks of programming for a total of four breakout sessions.

Our plenary program this year will discuss overcoming barriers in diversity in Public Interest Law.

Afternoon programming will include four exciting breakout sessions:
1. Professional Development Hot Topics for Public Service Counselors and Employers
2. Building Practice-Ready Graduates: Creating and Counseling Students Towards Pro Bono and Externship Programs
3. Creating Jobs Out of the Mist: Envisioning, Building, and Funding Postgraduate Fellowships
4. Challenge: Counseling New Graduates and Recent Alumni

This year’s Mini-Conference events will once again include the popular “Public Interest Advising 101” session for newcomers. Public Interest Advising 101 will be hosted at the University of California Washington Center on the day before the Mini-Conference, Wednesday, October 26th, from 4:00-5:00 pm. Public Interest Advising 101 is a highly useful introduction for newcomers to the field and for more experienced professionals who have recently added public interest advising to their portfolios.

Following the Public Interest Advising 101 program, all Mini-Conference and 101 attendees are invited to join up for a “Round-Robin Networking Dinner” at 6pm on Wednesday. This pay-your-own-way event provides an informal opportunity to share a meal with colleagues old and new. And we’ll pick the restaurants and make the reservations for you!

The Mini-Conference, NALP’s premier public interest event, is a great opportunity to spend time with friends and colleagues during the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair weekend, and offers wonderful programming that will benefit both veteran public interest career professionals and newcomers alike. We look forward to seeing you soon!

NALP and PSJD thank the University of California system for their partnership and generosity in hosting our Mini-Conference events.


  • When

  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - Thursday, October 27, 2016
    4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • UC Washington Center
    1608 Rhode Island Ave., NW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20036

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

Join us at the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair on October 27-28, 2016 for more law school professional programming and the NALP/EJW Employer Reception.

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