Director William H. Milliken will speak on the Pro Bono (Ethics) Plenary at the Federal Circuit Bar Association's 2022 Bench & Bar® Conference on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The hybrid conference is hosted in Sea Island, GA and virtually.
This panel will examine current trends and challenges for pro bono practice in each of the major programs where the Bar Association is active: the USPTO Patent Pro Bono, the international Inventor Assistance Program (IAP), Veterans Appeals, and Merit Systems Protection Board Appeals. Among other things, the panel will discuss how COVID has affected demand for pro bono services, pro bono participation in law firm and corporate programs, our pro bono clients, and the agencies and courts where we represent them. The panel will also consider what lessons the pandemic has taught us about pro bono practice that can be applied more broadly, and it will identify opportunities for members to get more involved.