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.
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Thursday, November 1 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Defending Communities in Service: Defender Program Capacity-Building through National Service and NLADA

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Join us to learn more about NLADA’s groundbreaking AmeriCorps VISTA program, Defending Communities in Service. This program, for the first time ever, will place AmeriCorps VISTA members in public defender offices across the country to build capacity. With support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, this program is poised to invest as much as $5 million in indigent defense over its first three years in action. As NLADA embarks on this journey, we want your feedback on how you think that National Service could serve the needs of your office and your community. Participants will meet several of our inaugural cohort VISTA members, gain a greater understanding of how DCS-VISTA has affected public defender offices across the country, and have the opportunity to help shape the next generation of National Service programs initiated by NLADA. Come. Share. Break ground with us.

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Emily Flanagan

• Manager, Programmatic Strategy and Innovation, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Emily Flanagan joined the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) in 2017 and was charged with connecting public defenders to resources. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and an AmeriCorps Alum with more than 14 years of experience promoting service domestically and... Read More →
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Anna Ladd

AmeriCorps VISTA Program Director, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Anna brings her passion for people and program evaluation to building capacity in public defense offices. After serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at NLADA and working with people experiencing homelessness, she came back to continue to grow the VISTA program. Anna holds a Master’s... Read More →

Kameryn Sessoms

Data Systems DCS-VISTA Member, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Kameryn Sessoms is a North Carolina native and graduate of North Carolina State University, where she obtained her B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies. Growing up in Southeastern North Carolina gave her early insight on the widespread community impact of poverty and fueled her standing... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm CDT
Chevy Chase Westin Galleria, 3rd Level