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
May the Force of Social Change Be with You

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Legal services can be forces of social change. In order to meet the demands of our time, we may need new sources of funding and models for delivery of services. Three new projects have emerged in Los Angeles County to address the region's growing problem of homelessness, justice-involved individuals, and patients receiving treatment in the county's health system. These three projects are supported by funding from federal and local governments and work in collaboration with non-attorneys, including community health workers, doctors, community-based organizations, and social workers. This panel discussion, led by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, will share funding strategies that created these projects, the impact these projects are making in some of the most diverse communities in the country, and challenges to operating and sustaining this work.


Helen Tran

Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Helen Tran is a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles for the Medical-Legal Community Partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Before joining LAFLA, Ms. Tran worked at the Health Consumer Center of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los... Read More →



Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Javier Beltran joined Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) in 2016 as the Managing Attorney for the Santa Monica office and Domestic Violence Clinic. He currently manages LAFLA's Measure H Legal Services team working with the homeless population to remove legal barriers to... Read More →
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Ronnette Ramos

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Managing Attorney of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’ Medical - Legal Partnership Project, Ronnette Ramos, supervises attorneys working with healthcare professionals at two locations: The Children’s Clinic in Long Beach, CA and at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient... Read More →

Tyler Nicole Smith

Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Tyler Nicole Smith is a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles for Project imPACT, a wraparound reentry program providing legal services, behavioral health services, job training, and job placement to Los Angeles residents who are currently on probation and parole... Read More →

Gerson Sorto

Associate Supervising Attorney for Medical-Legal Partnerships, Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County
Gerson Sorto is an Associate Supervising Attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County overseeing the program’s five Medical Legal Community Partnerships (MLCPs). He has led NLSLA’s efforts as the lead agency implementing the “MLCP–LA” project with the... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Plaza Ballroom I Westin Galleria, 3rd Level