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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Saturday, November 3 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Veterans Justice Is Racial Justice: A Dialogue on Challenging Racial Injustice Through Veterans Advocacy [RJ]

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As the legal community reflects on increasingly visible racialized violence and injustice, we are called to find tangible ways to show up and respond. In this session, seasoned veterans justice advocates will share one meaningful approach: targeted veterans advocacy. Veterans of color have long faced racial inequality; historically, they were excluded from the veterans’ benefits they rightfully earned, drafted to the frontlines of the Vietnam War at significantly higher rates, and continue to be disproportionately criminalized by the very community they enlisted to protect. Today, 45 percent of homeless veterans are African American or Latino, despite accounting for 10.4 percent and 3.4 percent of the U.S. veteran population, respectively. Presenters will empower advocates to become better attuned to the intersections of race, gender, poverty, and military service, while also providing a toolkit to holistically identify veterans of colors’ needs, develop a service-delivery model to better address their unique challenges, and engage with strategic partners.

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Nicole Perez

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of los Angeles
Nicole M. Perez is the managing attorney of the Veterans Justice Center at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). As a disabled Latina from a marginalized community, Nicole has dedicated her career to fighting for economic and racial justice. At LAFLA, Nicole works passionately... Read More →

Michael Roosevelt

Judicial Educator, State Bar of California
Michael Roosevelt is a judicial educator who specializes in strategies to reduce the influence of bias in human decision-making. He has trained judges across the country and serves as faculty for the National Judicial College. Michael has a current expertise in collaborative courts... Read More →

Saturday November 3, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am CDT