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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Friday, November 2 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Building and Sustaining Disaster Response Networks: Lessons Learned from 2017

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2017 was an unprecedented year in disaster response. Nearly across the board, these events have had a disproportionate impact on low-income communities, immigrant communities, the elderly, or otherwise vulnerable individuals. This session will spotlight disaster response strategies deployed in 2017 in Texas and Northern California to quickly mobilize legal response efforts, support collaboration among programs working in affected areas, and reach affected communities. We will also discuss new online resources and networking tools available through DisasterLegalAid.org to assist field response efforts nationally in future rapid response scenarios.

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Clarissa Ayala

Communications Director, Lone Star Legal Aid
Clarissa Ayala is communications director for Lone Star Legal Aid in Houston. As LSLA’s media contact, she is responsible for news/press releases regarding various litigation & advocacy topics. When Harvey hit four months into her new role, Clarissa hit the ground running, working... Read More →
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Liz Keith

Program Director, Pro Bono Net
Liz is State and National Justice Communities Program Director with Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit bringing the power of the law to all through innovative technology solutions and expertise in mobilizing justice networks. Liz has played a key role in Pro Bono Net’s program strategy... Read More →
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Lauren Lofton

Program Attorney, Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC)
Lauren Lofton is the Associate Director for Student Life & Inclusion at UC Hastings School of Law. Most recently, Lauren served as the Program Attorney at Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC), where they oversaw the LawHelpCA.org website managed by LAAC, supported state-wide... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am CDT
Monarch Westin Galleria, 24th Level