ALFDP is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS) Leadership Summit 2020: Pro Bono and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion which will be held on March 11, 2020 from 8:30am-2:00pm at Thomson Reuters in New York.

Below you will find more information and links to register.

VOLS Leadership Summit 2020:

Aligning Pro Bono and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives to Better Serve our Communities

March 11, 2020

8:30am – 2:00pm

Thomson Reuters

3 Times Square, 30th floor

Breakfast and lunch is provided

Registration is free: Click here to register

In addition to VOLS, Summit sponsors include our hosts at Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute, as well as The Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo), the NYC Bar Association, the Public Interest Pro Bono Association (PIPBA), and the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP).

The Summit is part of VOLS’ celebration of 35 years of partnering with pro bono attorneys and community groups to provide free legal services to immigrants, children, seniors, veterans, incarcerated women, and small business owners in New York City’s underserved communities.

The Summit will explore the intersection between pro bono and DEI initiatives, and it offers a unique opportunity for Pro Bono and DEI professionals to come together to collaboratively move the needle on providing access to justice. Attendees will gain valuable strategic takeaways to help bolster Pro Bono and DEI initiatives within their respective organizations.

Attendees will include Pro Bono and DEI professionals from law firms, corporations, public interest legal organizations, law schools, the courts, as well as managing partners, shareholders, and in-house general counsel. Like “Noah’s Ark,” we invite you to come in pairs: the pro bono and DEI professionals from each organization, so that you can strategically participate and engage together in Summit takeaways.

The Opening Plenary will set the tone for the Summit, discussing ways to overcome the effects of separating pro bono and DEI initiatives within organizations, and the benefits and the challenges of aligning them. Facilitator: Paula T. Edgar, Partner, Inclusion Strategy Solutions LLC and Immediate Past President, Metropolitan Black Bar Association. Panelists: Thomas Kim, Chief Legal Officer, Thomson Reuters; Kim Koopersmith, Partner & Chairperson, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Mary Lu Bilek, Dean, CUNY Law School; Roger Juan Maldonado, Partner, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP and President, NYC Bar Association; and Lillian Moy, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.

The Plenary will be followed by two consecutive sessions, each of which will include facilitated group discussions as part of the format:

  • Panel #1: Integrating Pro Bono and DEI Programs. Panelists will include representatives from law firms and corporations at various stages of integration, facilitated by Susan Sturm, George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility at Columbia Law School and Founding Director, Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School. Confirmed panelists include: Aisha Greene, Director of Attorney Development and Training and Annie Mohan, Manager of Pro Bono at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Kevin J. Curnin, Partner and Yakiry M. Adal, Director of Talent and Inclusion at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.
  • Panel #2: Meeting Community Needs through Pro Bono and DEI Programs. Representatives from community organizations will discuss how firms and corporations can work with legal service providers and community organizations to tailor their pro bono and DEI programs to meet the needs of the community. Confirmed panelists include: Shekar Krishan, Chief Program Officer and Co-Founder, Communities Resist; Rodrigo Sanchez-Camus, Director, Legal, Organizing & Advocacy, NMIC; Chaumtoli Huq, Associate Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law.

For more information and to register, please visit And if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at or 347-521-5717.