4th Annual Federal Pro Bono Institute: The Benefits and Practical Realities of Working with an Incarcerated Client in the Pro Bono Program 


The 3rd Annual Presentation of the Hon. Jerome B. Simandle Award
The Honorable Madeline Cox Arleo

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 (Zoom webinar)

Presented in cooperation with the United States District Court.

Opening Remarks:

Edward T. Kole, Esq., Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

View from the New Jersey Federal Bench:
The program will begin with an overview of the Pro Bono Program and will cover the types of cases assigned, process for assignment, how to become a part of the program, what Judges expect from pro bono counsel, the experience newer counsel can gain in pro bono cases, and what a pro bono trial looks like from the bench.

Hon. Lois Goodman, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey
Hon. Noel L. Hillman, U.S. District Judge, District of New Jersey
The Nitty Gritty of Working with an Incarcerated Client:
This session will explore the practical realities of working with a pro bono client who is incarcerated. The discussion will include practical tips for lawyers who have never worked with incarcerated individuals as well as those who do so on a regular basis. Among other things, we will be discussing how to efficiently get in and out of prison, how to get incarcerated clients access to necessary case materials (whether electronic or in hard copy), how COVID has impacted prison operations and the methods by which counsel can interact with their clients, and various other specific problems that attorneys encounter when representing incarcerated individuals.

Philip B. Alagia, Essex County Chief of Staff
Tess Borden, Esq., ACLU-NJ
Karen Confoy, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP
Deputy Commissioner Tracey Shimonis-Kaminski,  New Jersey Department of Corrections
Moderator: Matthew E. Beck, Esq., Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

Introduction to the Federal ReEntry Program and How to Get Involved:
Hear how the ReEntry Program assists participants obtain employment despite their criminal records, attain stable housing, support their children and families, and contribute to their communities. Learn how you can become a part of this life changing program.

Jason Kanterman, Esq., Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Important CLE Information:
2.0 CLE credits have been requested towards New Jersey.
1.5 substantive CLE credits have been approved towards Pennsylvania.
In order to receive proper credit, each attendee is required to complete and submit a CLE affirmation form after the program, including filling in the code(s) provided during the program.