Call for Session Proposals

Sessions at this year’s Forum are completely in your hands!

PILnet calls on passionate lawyers and advocates to fully create, organize, and facilitate your session this year so that you, our partners, can have a bigger voice in the discussions. Unlike in years past when you have submitted your ideas, this year, we are asking you to take the lead. 

We will gather diverse stakeholders for engaging discussion, collaboration, and planning. Your session may relate to any topic of relevance to pro bono and public interest lawyering, with the goal of  generating and sharing new ideas, building connections, and advancing action plans that use legal tools and the expertise of lawyers to build more just and fair societies. 

We will prioritize high-quality interactive sessions ideas that:

  • feature diverse presenters 
  • interactively engage the audience as participants, beyond simply Q&A
  • involve innovative ideas and approaches for the use of pro bono and public interest lawyering 

If chosen, you will take responsibility for organizing your session, including inviting and liaising with speakers, planning the content and timing of the session, and executing it at the event. A PILnet staff member will liaise with and support you on all logistical and technological aspects of your session.

See the full requirements and guidelines below

Deadline: Friday, May 27, 2022

Requirements & Guidelines

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

Requirements and Guidelines

Fully think through the session and provide as much detail as possible to the questions in your submission.

This will help PILnet choose the best sessions and allow for a diverse agenda.

Session Content and Approach

PILnet’s goal with this Forum is to convene lawyers and advocates from across the field and around the globe for open dialogue on collaborative models for pro bono and public interest lawyering. Proposals that both explore innovative models and approaches as well as prioritize diversity and inclusion through both participation and format will be given preference. Session proposals that are designed to encourage open discussion, interactivity, and collaboration, interactivity — rather than those that are in a lecture format or a sequence of presentations — will be given strong preference. A preference will be given to session proposals that will engage participants beyond simply including a Q&A. You should consider the diversity of Forum participants and the larger community of partners when organizing your session. 

Please note, chosen sessions may be streamed to virtual registrants who will be able to comment and pose questions. 

Session Length

All sessions will run either 1 or 1.5 hours. You may state your preference in your session proposal form and we will do our best to accommodate that.

Process

The deadline to submit your proposal is Friday, May 27, 2022.

You will be notified no later than June 30, 2022 as to whether your proposal was accepted or not. 

Forum planners anticipate receiving many high-quality proposals and all sessions will be given careful consideration by PILnet, with the input of external partners where relevant. 

If your proposal is accepted, PILnet reserves the right to suggest changes in the recommended presenters, program, or materials. Proposals that are similar in subject matter may be conditionally accepted and recommended for merging at the discretion of PILnet. PILnet will facilitate introductions of groups submitting proposals in that case.  

Responsibilities

If chosen, you will take responsibility for organizing your session, including inviting and liaising with speakers, planning the content and timing of the session, and executing it at the event. A PILnet staff liaison will be assigned to your session to guide you through the process, provide information to you regarding scheduling and logistics, and answer any questions you have. This person will be your primary contact leading up to the Forum. 

Materials

PILnet will provide you with guidance to organize the session, including a template to prepare an outline illustrating the major points and rundown of the session. Each organizer must submit a single consolidated outline. A one-paragraph summary describing the session, as well as presenter names, photos, and short bios not to exceed 150 words will be compiled and submitted by the organizer as well. Additional materials should also be provided as appropriate. 

Registration and Fees

PILnet will provide meeting space, limited audio-visual equipment, publicity, logistical support, and session evaluation. 

  • All presenters are expected to register for the conference. No exceptions will be made.
  • Session leads and presenters who wish to attend any session other than their own are required to pay the appropriate registration fee. Session organizers and presenters who attend only their session and no other part of the conference, can apply for a “session only” registration fee waiver. PILnet staff will provide information about how to request and register for “session only” waivers after session decisions have been announced. 
  • All presenters are expected to make themselves flexibly available during both days of the Forum (October 18th and 19th) in order to facilitate session scheduling. Scheduling decisions will be finalized by the end of July 2022.
  • Session organizers are asked to support related costs of their session presenters should they require support, including travel, lodging and event registration, or to assist their presenters with obtaining support.
  • In extremely limited cases, PILnet will waive the registration fees of speakers from NGOs, universities and bar association staff, upon request and subject to the outcome of PILnet’s fundraising efforts.

Submit a Session Proposal