REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS OF PANEL TOPICS – 2020 Partners for Justice Conference

Deadline for Proposals EXTENDED to FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2019

You are invited to propose a panel session for the 2020 Partners for Justice Conference taking place on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Partners for Justice Conference is one of the largest gathering of legal services and public interest lawyers and staff, private practitioners, elected officials, judges, human services providers and others interested in access to justice issues in the mid-Atlantic region.

Topics can include skills-based sessions, substantive law or programmatic tips. Some examples of previous conference topics include –

  • Carceral Capitalism: Challenging the Profiteers of Money Bail 
  • Smartphone Evidence – Preserving, Introducing, … and maybe Avoiding!
  • Tell it Like it is: Race Equity Arguments in Court
  • Effective Events for Fundraising and Friendraising.

See the 2019 Conference Program for inspiration.

Please use our online form to propose a topic. The form will give you the opportunity to draft a short, one-paragraph description of the panel topic to be included in the program and space to informally explain why you think a session on that topic would be relevant to the legal services community.

Suggest possible speakers (up to 3 panelists MAX) and include their organizations and locations. Keep diversity in mind across the board. Please, no more than one representative from a particular program/organization per panel.

The deadline for proposals has been extended to FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2019. We will notify you in early January if your topic is selected.


  • Each panel MUST have no more than 3 panelists total.
  • No more than one person from a particular organization per panel.
  • Panels should be as diverse as possible when it comes to program, geography, race, gender, and perspective.
  • Panels must meet deadlines for submitting final materials and information according to planning committee timelines or risk losing the opportunity to present the panel at the Conference.
  • Each panel chosen will be assigned a moderator by the Conference Planning Committee.

Form Questions:

  • Your Name
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Organization
  • Street Address
  • City, State, Zip
  • Topic Name
  • Draft a brief, 1-paragraph description of topic to be included in program
  • An informal description of why you think this session is relevant to the legal services community and the Conference
  • Names, organizations, and locations of up to 3 potential panelists
  • Whether you’d like to be the panel coordinator (head of planning for panel)