The 2022 Conference will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2022

Thanks for another great Conference! See what we did for 2021 below.


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.

In May of 2021, speakers and panelists from over 25 different organizations, government agencies, and law firms across Maryland and the United States presented the first ever virtual Partners for Justice Conference.  The conference spread across the week of May 10-14 and included panel sessions, guest speakers, including Keynote Chris Wilson, networking sessions, and trivia.

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 with Maryland Bar Foundation President Thomas E. Lynch, III and Attorney General Brian E. FroshRead more »
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 SessionRead more »
- Expungement in Maryland: Progress, Impediments, and Where We Go NextRead more »

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 with Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera & MLSC Executive Director Susan ErlichmanRead more »
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmLeveraging Volunteers Effectively to Expand Legal ServicesRead more »
2:45 pm - 3:30 pmWhat’s the Big Idea? (A Partners for Justice Show & Tell event)Read more »

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 with MD Public Defender, Paul DeWolfe & MSBA President-Elect, M. Natalie McSherryRead more »
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 pmAll-Attendee Networking SessionRead more »

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 pmTools and Best Practices for Effective Storytelling & CommunicationsRead 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