2020 Pro Bono Coordinators Retreat & Poverty Law Conference
September 1-2, 2020

The Pro Bono Coordinators Retreat, scheduled September 1 & 2, is a 1 1/2-day annual training for pro bono coordinators from legal aid offices, law firms, law schools, and/or corporate law departments. PBCR is designed to increase the quantity and quality of civil legal aid available to the low-income and poor Texans through pro bono efforts.

The Poverty Law Conference, scheduled September 2-4, is a three-day annual training on poverty law issues affecting low-income and poor Texans. The PLC offers targeted continuing legal education with a specific public interest focus and features presentations from some of the most knowledgeable poverty law practitioners and private attorneys in their respective fields.

Important Dates

  • The scholarship application period opens in March 2020

  • Call for session proposals will begin in late February 2020

  • Pro Bono Coordinators Retreat (PBCR): September 1 & 2, 2020

  • Poverty Law Conference (PLC): September 2-4, 2020

  • Online registration will open in June for PBCR and PLC.


PBCR and/or PLC speaker: $25

Pro Bono Coordinators Retreat attendee*: $50

PLC attendees:
    Civil legal aid employees**, military legal assistance officer, or
    2019-20 Pro Bono member: $125

    Government attorney: $175

    Private attorney: $225

*PBCR attendees must be pro bono coordinators who work for or are employed by a legal aid office, law firm, law school, and/or corporate law department.

**Civil legal aid employees includes any staff member employed by an LSC or TAJF-funded program, a domestic violence organization, self-help center, or other qualifying organization. Please call/email to discuss your organization’s eligibility if not listed above.


All materials will be made available online to registered participants as they are received.

What to Expect

  • A multi-tracked substantive curriculum focusing on all aspects of poverty law practice, including, but not limited to, family, housing, consumer, immigration and public benefits

  • The opportunity to learn from successful practitioners, within legal services and the private sector

  • A broad-based program offering valuable sessions, whether you are a seasoned advocate, generalist, or new legal services attorney

  • An open forum where you can meet and network with colleagues who represent low-income and poor Texans

  • CLE credit at a cost that can't be beat and of the quality you've come to expect from the Legal Access Division of the State Bar

Who Should Attend PLC

  • Executive directors of legal services programs

  • Managers of legal services programs

  • Legal services employees

  • Civil legal aid advocates

  • Advocates who provide legal assistance to low-income members of the military

  • Pro bono program managers and staff

  • Private attorneys who provide pro bono services in civil cases

  • Law students interested in providing legal services to the poor

Hotel Information

The 2020 PBCR and PLC will be held at the Hilton Austin, located at 500 East 4th Street. A room block has been secured with the Hilton at $179/night for conference attendees. The room block cut-off date is July 31.


Contact Catherine Galloway by email or phone: cgalloway@texasbar.com or 512-427-1892.

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