May 10-14, 2021


The Partners for Justice Conference takes place annually, and presents a unique opportunity for legal services program staff, the public and private bar, members of the judiciary, human services agencies, elected officials, and others to discuss critical issues facing the poor and underrepresented across the mid-Atlantic region and how we can improve access to justice.

The Partners for Justice Conference is going virtual!

With speakers and panelists from over 25 different organizations, government agencies, and law firms across Maryland and the United States, Partners for Justice is a conference for everyone!  Because the conference is virtual and covers a full week, you won't have to miss a single presentation, speaker, or networking session.

Register Now to access the entire week of panels and programs for just $65 until 4/23. A la carte session options and student discounts available.

Can't make it, but still want to support? Donate instead. 

Conference Schedule

Monday, May 10

9:30 am - 10:30 am50 Tech Tips for Legal Services and Beyond!Read more »
11:00 am - 12:00 pmExamining and Unlearning our Implicit BiasesRead more »
12:30 pm - 1:15 pmMidday Plenary
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1:30 pm - 2:30 pmWhat's in a Name? Unraveling Identification Issues to Reduce Employment and Housing BarriersRead more »
2:45 pm - 3:30 pmLegislative Update & Networking Session
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Tuesday, May 11

9:30 am - 10:30 amBuilding Successful Programs: Using Evaluation and Data-Driven Decision-Making to Increase Effectiveness and Foster a Culture of Continuous ImprovementRead more »
11:00 am - 12:00 pmCourtroom Advocacy: Discovering and Telling Our Clients' StoriesRead more »
12:30 pm - 1:30 pmTrivia Tuesday Networking SessionRead more »

Wednesday, May 12

9:30 am - 10:30 amA New Alternative to Guardianship: Supported Decision-MakingRead more »
11:00 am - 12:00 pmCalling Out Sexual Harassment in Housing: Fair Housing Protections for Tenants and Resources for AdvocatesRead more »
12:30 pm - 1:15 pmMidday Plenary
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1:30 pm - 2:30 pmLeveraging Volunteers Effectively to Expand Legal ServicesRead more »
2:45 pm - 3:30 pmNetworking Session
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Thursday, May 13

9:30 am - 10:30 amThe Impact of Water Policies on Communities of Color and Low Income: Looking beyond Maryland to Neighboring States and CitiesRead more »
11:00 am - 12:00 pmWorker Misclassification Is MistreatmentRead more »
12:30 pm - 1:15 pmMidday Plenary
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1:30 pm - 2:30 pmTen Things Every Poverty Lawyer Needs to Know About Technology and the Emerging "Digital Welfare Dystopia"Read more »
2:45 pm - 3:30 pmNetworking Session
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Friday, May 14

9:30 am - 10:30 amClosing the Justice Gap through Medical-Legal PartnershipsRead more »
11:00 am - 12:00 pmJuvenile Lifers in MarylandRead more »
12:30 pm - 1:15 pmKeynote Address by Chris WilsonRead more »
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmStorytelling and Media AdvocacyRead more »

Free Webinars for Partners for Justice

Since we were unable to host the live Conference in 2020, we are offering free webinars that will benefit legal services and pro bono providers through the remainder of the year. See below!

Questions? Contact Kiah Pierre at