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.
Wednesday, October 31 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Annual Meeting of Members - A Discussion on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion

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At the Meeting of the Members, NLADA will release its Racial Justice Action Plan, which builds on past statements and efforts by NLADA and its community to advance racial justice, diversity, and inclusion within its ranks and for the community it serves. The action plan commits NLADA and its members to: (1) speak with clarity about poverty and racial equity; (2) improve our internal governance to reflect the racial equity we seek to secure in our communities; and (3) support a purpose-driven practice that employs strategic advocacy to advance racial justice in our communities. The panel discussion will provide examples across all of these strategies. The session will conclude with an interactive discussion around implicit bias tests. We encourage participants to take the Harvard Implicit Association Test on Race, which you can find here, in advance of the session. (You will not be asked to report your results to anyone.)

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Maha Jweied

Senior Fellow, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Maha Jweied is a senior fellow with NLADA, having most recently authored NLADA’s Policy Brief, “Access to Justice Is Good for Business.” Ms. Jweied is an independent expert on access to justice, working with a number of nonprofit and multilateral organizations leveraging insight... Read More →


Te’iva Johnson Bell

Assistant Public Defender, Public Defender Office of Harris County (TX)
Te’iva Johnson Bell, assistant public defender, joined the Felony Trial Division of the Public Defender Office of Harris County in September 2011. Mrs. Bell has been licensed to practice law since May 2005. Before joining the PDO, Mrs. Bell worked as a criminal defense attorney... Read More →

Tracy Figueroa

Attorney - Disaster Assistance Group Coordinator, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Tracy Odvody Figueroa is an attorney and the Disaster Assistance Group coordinator at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. She obtained her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2001 and clerked for the Honorable Hayden W. Head Jr. of the United States District... Read More →
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Regina Kelly

Chair, NLADA Client Council, Lone Star Legal Aid
A mother of four by age 24, Regina Kelly worked multiple jobs to support her family and provide a safe environment in the midst of the tough neighborhood in which they lived. Despite her efforts, she became entangled in an ironic twist of fate when she was arrested at work right before... Read More →
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Kimberly Merchant

Director of Racial Justice Institute, Shriver Center on Poverty Law
Kimberly Merchant is the first-ever racial justice network director, where she leads and provides strategic oversight for the Racial Justice Institute of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and its expanding advocacy network. Merchant has more than 20 years of experience... Read More →

Wednesday October 31, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Galleria Ballroom I-II Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

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