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 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
#MeToo: Empowering Voices and Supporting Changes to Upend Norms of Sexual Assault and Harassment and Their Impact

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Join a discussion on the impact and implications of bad behavior and bias toward women in civil legal aid and public defense. Our engaging panel will discuss examples of efforts to address bias and behavior both within our workplaces and by external actors, including the private bar and judiciary. We will provide a framework and dialogue for moving forward both practically and culturally as well as tools for having difficult conversations, gaining buy-in from stakeholders, and changing policies and practices. Attendees will discuss next steps in empowering women and making change in our community.


Cynthia Chavez

Deputy Director, Lubbock Private Defenders Office

Nan Heald

Executive Director, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc.
Nan Heald has been the executive director of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Maine’s oldest and largest civil legal aid provider, since 1990. In 1996, Pine Tree was the first legal aid program in the country to create a website with self-help materials posted on it. Since that time... Read More →
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Alison Paul

Executive Director, Montana Legal Services Association
Alison Paul has served as MLSA's Executive Director since January of 2011. Ms. Paul graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law, then spent 7 years in private practice in Chicago. Ms. Paul began her career with MLSA as a staff attorney in 1999,
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Dina Shafey Scott

Legal Services Corporation, Legal Services Corporation
Dina is the Training and Technical Assistance Manager with the Legal Services Corporation. While at LSC, Dr. Shafey Scott creates, manages, and evaluates all organizational training resources and develops the new Legal Services Corporation learning platform. 

Friday November 2, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
San Felipe Westin Galleria, 3rd Level