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April 6, 2010

2010 Equal Justice Conference Features Sonia Nazario at Opening Plenary

Sonia Nazario

Sonia Nazario

Sonia Nazario, board member of Kids in Need of Defense and author of the book Enrique’s Journey, will deliver the keynote address at the opening plenary of the 2010 Equal Justice Conference on Thursday, May 13.

Nazario, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, has worked at The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles TimesEnrique’s Journey, the story of a Honduran boy’s search to find his mother in the United States, began as a newspaper feature that earned the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the George Polk Award for International Reporting and the National Association of Hispanic Journalist Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Overall Excellence as well as the Pulitzer.

The 2010 Equal Justice Conference will focus on delivery of legal services to low-income individuals during its 11th annual gathering that takes place at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix May 11-15.

Sponsored by the _ Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service along with the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, the EJC strengthens ties within the civil justice system.

This year’s EJC will feature more than 90 workshops and pre-conference sessions, organized under seven program tracks: delivery innovations; information management and technology; management and diversity; partnerships; pro bono; resource development; and substantive law.

“Access to justice is a concern for all Americans regardless of income level. The Equal Justice Conference focuses attention on the need to improve delivery of legal services to the economically disadvantaged and in the public interest so that our country lives up to its commitment of justice for all,” said ABA President Carolyn Lamm, who is the keynote speaker at the EJC awards luncheon on Friday, May 14.

“With the downturn in the economy forcing legal aid providers to do more with less, the EJC is an important way to provide tools and training to legal aid lawyers and advocates seeking to keep clients in their homes while providing access to affordable healthcare, a clear path to education and job opportunities for clients and their families,” said NLADA Director of Civil Legal Service Donald Saunders. “Information from this conference helps lawyers give voice to the voiceless through such sessions as limited scope representation and maintaining the financial health of non-profit legal organizations.”

The complete conference agenda is available here.

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