Pathways to Justice Conference

Los Angeles, California
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pathways to Justice Conference
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 8:00 AM -
Thursday, June 11, 2015 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)

The California Endowment
(866) 833-3533
1000 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, California 90012
United States

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The Pathways to Justice Conference is a statewide conference convened every three years by the State Bar of California, in partnership with its co-sponsors, the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) and the Equal Access Project of the Judicial Council (EAP/JC). LAAC and the State Bar of California work with a network of nearly 100 legal services nonprofits funded by the State Bar. Pathways is the only statewide legal services conference in California that allows legal services organizations, pro bono organizations, and court-based programs; private law firm attorneys; judges; law school faculty and pro bono administrators; law students; court interpreters and others in California an opportunity to come together for two days of substantive trainings on issues that affect the state's low-income communities. 

Who Should Attend:

Legal services, pro bono, court-based program and LRS staff, judges, pro bono attorneys, board members, law school practitioners, law students, small claims advisors, law librarians, court interpreters, paralegals, and other justice partners. The programming offered at Pathways to Justice is rich and diverse--there is something for EVERYONE!

Conference Highlights include:

  • Programming in a variety of topics for staff, board members, volunteers and others from: Legal services and pro bono providers, self-help centers, small claims advisor services, lawyer referral services, law schools, and other justice partners 
  • 10 hours of MCLE credit, including Legal Ethics, Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society, and Competence Issues
  • Affinity group meetings and networking opportunities
  • Presentation of the LAAC Awards of Merit  


We are pleased to announce that this year the keynote speaker will be California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu. Justice Liu will address the Conference on Wednesday, June 10 during the opening session. Before joining the court on September 1, 2011, he served as a member of the Berkeley Law faculty, focusing his teaching and research on constitutional law, education policy, civil rights, and the Supreme Court. He also served as Associate Dean from 2008 to 2010. Justice Liu, a Rhodes Scholar, has served on several boards. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2008 and presently serves on the ALI Council. He also is a member of the California Commission on Access to Justice.

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Online registration is the preferred method for registration. If you need an alternate method to register, please e-mail

2-Day Early Bird Rate
thru May 19
2-Day Regular Rate
May 20 - June 4
1-Day Early Bird Rate
thru May 19
1-Day Regular Rate
May 20-June 4
 Basic Registration
 $300  $350  $200  $225
Non-profit, Court-Based,
Government, Education

$150 $225 $100 $125

The registration fee includes:

  • Conference admission (choose from 42 sessions)
  • MCLE (earn up to 10 hours)
  • Online access to session materials and limited printed onsite materials
  • Two continental breakfasts
  • Two boxed lunches
  • Reception on June 10 where the LAAC Awards of Merit will be presented

Please note that online registration closes at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 5. Registration after that time is subject to space availability. Information about onsite registration will be posted on this webpage on Friday, June 5 after 12 p.m.

Group Registration

If your organization or firm is planning to register more than one person at the same time, please email for special registration assistance. Our staff will then contact you directly and guide you through the process. Please have ready all registrant contact personal info as well as their course selections. Payment must be made in full for the group by either credit card (VISA or MasterCard) or paper check. Please see payment information below. 

Although group registration is available we strongly encourage individual registration. Please note there is no discount for group registration.


Payment is due at the time of registration. Registration can be made with a credit card (VISA or MasterCard only) or by check (individual or agency). If payment is by check, payment must be received by the State Bar within 5 business days of submitting the registration online, and registration processing will be finalized after payment in full is received. Checks should be made payable to “The State Bar of California” and mailed directly to:

Kimberly Warmsley
The State Bar of California
Office of Legal Services
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105


Thanks to a grant from the California Bar Foundation, a limited number of scholarships are available to cover the registration fee. Partial travel expenses may also be provided on a case-by-case basis. Please click here for information about the criteria, guidelines and the scholarship application.

Conference Materials

Registrants will receive a link to session materials that can be downloaded before the first day of the conference. Hard copy materials for each session will NOT be available at the conference except for PowerPoint slides and materials that any individual speaker provides on the day of.


The 2015 Pathways to Justice Conference will be held at The California Endowment Los Angeles Conference Center located at 1000 N. Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles. The Center is on the bottom floor of the Endowment’s administrative offices. Please note that smoking is prohibited in all areas of the Conference Center, including the outdoor courtyard.

Travel and Hotel

Registrants are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. There are several hotels in downtown Los Angeles near The California Endowment that you may want to consider. For more information about travel, hotel and directions to The California Endowment, please click here for more information.

Cancellation, Registration Transfer and Refund Policy

Cancellations must be in writing by sending an e-mail to no later than Monday, June 1, 2015. If you do not receive an email within 5 days confirming your cancellation, please contact Kimberly Warmsley at The cost of registration will be refunded minus a $50 cancellation fee. All refunds will be processed after the conference. No refunds will be issued after June 1. Registration may be transferred with the original course selections to one other individual only. Requests must be in writing by sending an e-mail to no later than Monday, June 8 at noon. Requests must include the name and complete contact information for the replacement registrant.

Disability Accommodation and Special Assistance

If you need a disability accommodation, please explain on the registration form. If you have a request for special assistance, send an e-mail with detailed information to A Pathways to Justice Conference staff member will follow up with you.

Food Allergies or Restrictions

Please specify any food allergies or restrictions on the registration form.


Earn up to 10 hours of MCLE credit, including Legal Ethics, Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society, and Competence Issues. The Legal Aid Association of California is a State Bar of California MCLE Approved Provider.

Other Continuing Education Credit

If you are seeking professional continuing education credit other than Minimum Continuing Legal Education, indicate this on the registration form and a Pathways to Justice Conference staff member will follow up with you.

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Contact Information

  • Rodney Low - Program Developer
    State Bar of California 
    Office of Legal Services
    Phone: (415) 538-2219

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