This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.

Veryl Pow

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Associate Counsel and Skadden Fellow
Washington DC
A graduate of UCLA Law in 2017, Veryl Pow is now in his second year of his Skadden fellowship with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He provides free legal representation to clients who are harassed or sued by bail bond companies in debt collection suits in Baltimore City. In order to outreach to new community members, he has partnered with Maryland Legal Aid's Community Lawyering Initiative to expand the services offered in one of its weekly legal clinics to include bail bond debt relief. Veryl is also involved with directly challenging the bail bonds industry in order to weaken the industry's ability to influence legislation that would uphold the system of money bail in Maryland. For example, earlier this year, he put the spotlight on one unlicensed company that had been operating bail bonding business in the city illegally (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/03/baltimores-discount-bail-bonds/553523/), successfully getting state courts not to issue judgments against debtors sued by this company. He also participates in community organizing and state bail reform coalition spaces in order to ensure that efforts to achieve meaningful bail reform are driven by the community.