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 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Thinking Outside the "Legal" Box: Using Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Assist Vulnerable Clients [RJ]

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Many, if not most, legal services providers work with clients who are in vulnerable situations. Clients often present in crisis when they are socially or economically insecure. They may be in danger of losing housing, unable to buy food or medication, or be in an abusive situation. The issues of poverty, racism, ageism, ableism, and more have far-reaching effects, including the ability to effectively represent a client who is facing these challenges. Addressing the many needs of a client who is in a vulnerable situation can be overwhelming. This session will discuss an inner office framework where social workers and attorneys work collaboratively to provide holistic services to clients based on the nature of their vulnerable situations. We will also discuss how to build community partnerships and engage with other providers to start coalitions and harness the available resources so your clients may live with dignity.


Sarah Duval

Supervising Attorney, Center for Elder Law and Justice
Sarah Duval is a supervising attorney in the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit at the Center for Elder Law and Justice. She handles cases dealing with elder exploitation and is a frequent presenter on the topic of elder abuse prevention. Sarah is a member of both the Erie and Niagara County... Read More →

Katie Earl

Social Worker, Center for Elder Law & Justice
Katie Earl, LMSW, is a social worker at Center for Elder Law and Justice in the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit. She assists clients with their social and emotional needs surrounding their experiences with abuse. This involves providing brief counseling, advocacy, and linkage with community... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Woodway I