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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.
Thursday, November 1 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Job Placement Centers and Attorneys: A Partnership that Works [RJ]

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In 2015, as a response to the unrest in Baltimore City after the death of Freddie Gray, Maryland Legal Aid established the Community Lawyering Initiative. Initially, the program provided legal services in a library in Mr. Gray’s neighborhood. In 2016, through a grant, Maryland Legal Aid was able to place an attorney in each of four workforce development centers in Baltimore City to assist participants in clearing any legal hurdles to obtaining full-time work. In 2017, Maryland Legal Aid hired three additional attorneys to practice in workforce development centers in Baltimore City, suburban Maryland, and the rural western counties. Because this wraparound service approach was so successful in workforce development centers, the Community Lawyering Initiative began offering legal services to other holistic service providers, including drug treatment centers, homeless shelters, community colleges, and state agencies. This session will describe methods for bundling legal assistance with other services and provide a “one-stop shop” to meet the needs of low-income individuals.

Speakers
WM

Walter Morris

Director, Prince Georges County Workforce Development Center
AP

Amy Petkovsek

Director of Advocacy, Training & Pro Bono, Maryland Legal Aid Bureau
Amy Petkovsek is the director of advocacy for training and pro bono at Maryland Legal Aid. Before serving in this position, she represented children for seven years in Legal Aid’s child advocacy practice in Prince Georges and Montgomery County, Maryland. She also served as an appellate... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
West Alabama Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

Attendees (6)