The Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is pleased to offer the following scholarships as valuable resources to attendees to help defray the costs associated with the conference. Qualified individuals may apply for multiple types of scholarships, but are only eligible to receive one.

Please review scholarship application forms for full award details and requirements. All scholarship applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. (Central Time), Monday, February 13, 2017. Applicants will be notified of application status by Friday, February 17, 2017.

ABA Center for Pro Bono Scholarship

Purpose: The American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono is pleased to offer a limited number of 2017 ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference (“EJC”) Scholarships covering the basic EJC registration fee to encourage attendance by pro bono professionals.  These scholarships give the opportunity to participate to pro bono professionals who, without financial assistance, would not otherwise be able to attend the EJC,.

Justice Scholarship

Purpose: The Justice Scholarship Program gives an opportunity to participate to people who, without financial assistance, cannot afford to attend the 2016 ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference. The purpose of the Justice Scholarship Program is to provide travel expense assistance to full-time pro bono program managers/staff and new lawyers participating in post-graduate public service fellowships (including Americorps lawyers) -- two groups that routinely have found it financially difficult to attend. Scholarships up to $750 will be provided to help reimburse travel-related expenses for each recipient.  

William Reese Smith Jr. Equal Justice Conference Scholarship Award

Purpose: This scholarship gives pro bono professionals who, without financial assistance would not otherwise be able to attend the EJC, an opportunity to participate. Those who wish to apply must be a president-elect, vice-president or an upcoming leader of the bar association.

Award: Each William Reece Smith Jr. Scholarship Award recipient will receive a scholarship covering the basic registration waiver, as well as meeting and travel expenses totaling up to $1,500.

Distribution of Award: Scholarships will be awarded on a reimbursement basis only, following receipt of the conference evaluation, personal report, and reimbursement request form (with original receipts). The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service will provide these forms to scholarship recipients prior to the Equal Justice Conference.