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Friday, May 10 • 8:30am - 10:00am
A Multi-Tiered Approach to Providing Access to the Courts by People in Prison

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Prisoners have a large unmet need for legal services, and extraordinary difficulty in connecting with counsel willing to represent them. This panel will explore a multi-tiered approach to addressing this unmet need, including court appointment of and support for lawyers, pro bono representation, not-for-profit advice and mentoring, and private lawyers either working on a contingent fee basis or charging modest fees. Participants will leave with a broader understanding of the legal needs of those in prison and concrete steps to design a more robust system to meet those legal needs.


Greg Belzley

Attorney, Belzley, Bathurst & Bentley
Greg is an honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, and has been a successful trial lawyer for almost 35 years. While a partner at the Louisville law firms of Woodward, Hobson & Fulton, Frost Brown Todd, and Dinsmore & Shohl, he was involved in virtually all types... Read More →

Nicole Godfrey

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Nicole B. Godfrey is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (DU Law). At DU Law, Nicole teaches in the Civil Rights Clinic (CRC), an in-house clinic where students represent clients on prisoners'€™ rights and police misconduct... Read More →

Greg McConnell

Senior Pro Bono Counsel, Winston & Strawn
Greg McConnell serves as Winston & Strawn's senior pro bono counsel. Under his direction, the firm has annually ranked among the top 25 law firms in The American Lawyer pro bono rankings. Winston and its lawyers have been recognized with more than 90 awards for its service during... Read More →
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Alan Mills

Executive Director, Uptown People's Law Center
Alan Mills is the Executive Director of Uptown People's Law Center, a nonprofit community legal clinic located on the North Side of Chicago which fights on behalf of tenants, the disabled, and prisoners in Illinois. UPLC currently has seven class action lawsuits filed against the... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
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