PBPO Professionalism CLE: Supporting Legal Access and Social Justice 


Friday, November 18, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST
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Frost Brown Todd
Great American Tower
301 East Fourth Street, Suite 3300
Cincinnati OH 45202

Please register in advance. Registration closes the day prior to the event. 

Questions? Contact:

Veronica Tollefson 
Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio 
(513) 977-4011 

FREE for PBPO Volunteers!

Grow PBPO invites you to join us for our Annual Professionalism CLE! 

Attorneys have a unique responsibility to advance access to our legal justice system for all in our society, regardless of economic, social, or other barriers. Hear firsthand from a panel of local attorneys who will share their diverse experiences and commitment to furthering this goal. Their work involves freeing wrongfully convicted Ohioans, providing business legal services to local nonprofits, fighting landmark civil rights cases, and assisting immigrants and refugees with their legal needs. Attendees will also learn how they can promote access to justice, regardless of their area of practice. 

Jennifer Bergeron, Esq., Professor of Clinical Law, Ohio Innocence Project
Erin Childs, Esq., Executive Director, Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio
Al Gerhardstein, Esq., Partner, Friedman, Gilbert + Gerhardstein
Julie Leftwich, Esq., Founder and Executive Director, Immigrant and Refugee Law Center


Corey Asay, Esq., Morgan & Morgan 

CLE Credit: 
1.5 hours of Ohio Professional Conduct CLE Credit

2022 PBPO Volunteer: Free!
Future PBPO Volunteer*: Free
Non-PBPO Volunteer:
*Attorneys who commit to taking at least one project in the next year

Presented by: Grow PBPO, an advisory council that supports the mission of PBPO.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

Registration, Lunch, and Networking


12:00 – 12:15 p.m.

Megan Glowacki – Welcome

Erin Childs, Esq. – Introduction to PBPO and how lawyers can fulfill their professional commitments by providing legal services to charitable organizations that may not be able to otherwise pay for legal services and promote diversity and inclusion in our community. 


12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 

Tara Burke, Esq., Jackson Lewis P.C.

Robin Shabazz, Esq., The Eastledge Group LLC


-        Diversity and inclusion and the difference between the two;

-        The business case for diversity and inclusion in law firms and legal departments;

-        Explanation of how unconscious bias undermines diversity and inclusion with a discussion of the theory and types of unconscious biases (e.g., the differences between affinity and confirmation biases) with practical examples;

-        Discussion of the legal implications and risks;

-        Strategies for interrupting unconscious biases in the legal profession.


1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Megan Glowacki will highlight the work of a local nonprofit client and the impact delivered by PBPO attorney volunteers.



Tara Burke, Esq. okokok, Jackson Lewis P.C.Robin Shabazz, Esq., The Eastledge Group LLC

Erin Childs, Esq., Executive Director, Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio

Megan Glowacki, Esq., Thompson Hine LLP