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Tuesday, October 30
 

8:30am

New Executive Director Training -- Day 1
This training requires an additional registration fee. Go to the MIE website for more info and to register: https://mielegalaid.org/civicrm/event/info%3Fid%3D30%26reset%3D1

This two day training is newly updated and more relevant than ever to the challenges facing the legal aid executive director today. It is designed for the new directors of LSC-funded, IOLTA-funded, elder law, pro bono and protection and advocacy programs.

The intent of the New Executive Director Training is to help new directors, who typically learn on-the-job, to more quickly achieve deeper insight into their work. The training stresses both (1) knowing what should be done to lead an effective program, and (2) actually doing what needs to be done.

Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Post Oak Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

8:30am

Train the Trainers: Creating Training Programs and Culture in Defender and Civil Organizations -- Day 1
This training requires an additional registration fee. Go to https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?WebCode=SessionDetail&session_key=1f22f471-d099-4925-8d95-4722317a35a4&evt_key=d4b7846e-cb82-44bd-be55-934da055ae91&Site=NLADA to register.

This program is specifically designed for training directors, both new and experienced, as well as managers and upcoming leaders responsible for planning and providing training in their organizations. Lawyers and other professionals who want to improve their training skills will also benefit. There is something for everyone across all agencies, regardless of their size and in both civil legal aid and public defender organizations. The training will be conducted by a team of training professions from a variety of perspectives and cultures. The training faculty is diverse, representing different regions of the country and with experience in training within statewide, county and nonprofit systems. The format of the program will include both plenary sessions and breakout groups for participants to focus on individual goals for themselves and their agencies.

What will be covered?
* Planning short- and long-term curricula around client-centered values.
* Making the best use of limited resources and working creatively within budgetary guidelines.
* Developing leadership skills critical to carrying out curricula.
* Discovering and exploring how training can deliver and shape the agency culture.
* Determining how to select and support presenters with an eye toward adult learning principles and training methods that work for defenders.
* Evaluating and assessing the take-aways from programs, events and individual presentations.

Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Tanglewood Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

6:30pm

NLADA NAIDE Section Meeting
Tuesday October 30, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
West Alabama Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

7:00pm

 
Wednesday, October 31
 

8:30am

Train the Trainers: Creating Training Programs and Culture in Defender and Civil Organizations -- Day 2
This training requires an additional registration fee. Go to https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?WebCode=SessionDetail&session_key=1f22f471-d099-4925-8d95-4722317a35a4&evt_key=d4b7846e-cb82-44bd-be55-934da055ae91&Site=NLADA to register.

This program is specifically designed for training directors, both new and experienced, as well as managers and upcoming leaders responsible for planning and providing training in their organizations. Lawyers and other professionals who want to improve their training skills will also benefit. There is something for everyone across all agencies, regardless of their size and in both civil legal aid and public defender organizations. The training will be conducted by a team of training professions from a variety of perspectives and cultures. The training faculty is diverse, representing different regions of the country and with experience in training within statewide, county and nonprofit systems. The format of the program will include both plenary sessions and breakout groups for participants to focus on individual goals for themselves and their agencies.

What will be covered?
* Planning short- and long-term curricula around client-centered values.
* Making the best use of limited resources and working creatively within budgetary guidelines.
* Developing leadership skills critical to carrying out curricula.
* Discovering and exploring how training can deliver and shape the agency culture.
* Determining how to select and support presenters with an eye toward adult learning principles and training methods that work for defenders.
* Evaluating and assessing the take-aways from programs, events and individual presentations.

Wednesday October 31, 2018 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tanglewood Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

8:30am

New Executive Director Training -- Day 2
This training requires an additional registration fee. Go to the MIE website for more info and to register: https://mielegalaid.org/civicrm/event/info%3Fid%3D30%26reset%3D1

This two day training is newly updated and more relevant than ever to the challenges facing the legal aid executive director today. It is designed for the new directors of LSC-funded, IOLTA-funded, elder law, pro bono and protection and advocacy programs.

The intent of the New Executive Director Training is to help new directors, who typically learn on-the-job, to more quickly achieve deeper insight into their work. The training stresses both (1) knowing what should be done to lead an effective program, and (2) actually doing what needs to be done.

Wednesday October 31, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Post Oak Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

2:00pm

Exhibits
Visit our exhibiting partners to learn about the valuable products and services they can offer to make your work more efficient and more effective for the clients and communities you serve.

Wednesday October 31, 2018 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Galleria Foyer Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

2:00pm

Registration
Check-in with NLADA's registration staff to get your name badge, conference program, and other materials.

Wednesday October 31, 2018 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Galleria Foyer Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

4:00pm

Orientation for New Members and First-Time Conference Attendees
Learn about the benefits of your new NLADA membership and how to get the most out of your conference experience. Come with questions you want answered!

Wednesday October 31, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plaza Ballroom I Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

5:30pm

Annual Meeting of Members - A Discussion on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion
At the Meeting of the Members, NLADA will release its Racial Justice Action Plan, which builds on past statements and efforts by NLADA and its community to advance racial justice, diversity, and inclusion within its ranks and for the community it serves. The action plan commits NLADA and its members to: (1) speak with clarity about poverty and racial equity; (2) improve our internal governance to reflect the racial equity we seek to secure in our communities; and (3) support a purpose-driven practice that employs strategic advocacy to advance racial justice in our communities. The panel discussion will provide examples across all of these strategies. The session will conclude with an interactive discussion around implicit bias tests. We encourage participants to take the Harvard Implicit Association Test on Race, which you can find here, in advance of the session. (You will not be asked to report your results to anyone.)

Moderators
avatar for Maha Jweied

Maha Jweied

Consultant, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Maha Jweied is a consultant with the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, where she supports initiatives on issues such as racial justice and fines and fees. She is also a member of the Legal Services Corporation’s Opioid Task Force. Until January 2018, she served as the acting... Read More →

Speakers
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Te’iva Johnson Bell

Assistant Public Defender, Public Defender Office of Harris County (TX)
Te’iva Johnson Bell, assistant public defender, joined the Felony Trial Division of the Public Defender Office of Harris County in September 2011. Mrs. Bell has been licensed to practice law since May 2005. Before joining the PDO, Mrs. Bell worked as a criminal defense attorney... Read More →
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Tracy Figueroa

Attorney, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Tracy Odvody Figueroa is an attorney and the Disaster Assistance Group coordinator at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. She obtained her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2001 and clerked for the Honorable Hayden W. Head Jr. of the United States District... Read More →
avatar for Regina Kelly

Regina Kelly

Motivational Speaker/Civil Rights Advocate, Lone Star Legal Aid
A mother of four by age 24, Regina Kelly worked multiple jobs to support her family and provide a safe environment in the midst of the tough neighborhood in which they lived. Despite her efforts, she became entangled in an ironic twist of fate when she was arrested at work right before... Read More →
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Kimberly Merchant

Racial Justice Network Director, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Kimberly Merchant is the first-ever racial justice network director, where she leads and provides strategic oversight for the Racial Justice Institute of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and its expanding advocacy network. Merchant has more than 20 years of experience... Read More →


Wednesday October 31, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Galleria Ballroom I-II Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

7:00pm

Host Committee Welcome Reception
Meet and mingle with your colleagues. Catch up with old friends and make new ones. And Celebrate Texas Resilience!

Wednesday October 31, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Galleria Foyer & Galleria Ballroom III Westin Galleria, 3rd Level
 
Thursday, November 1
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Get your day started right! Have a bite and visit with our exhibitors.

Thursday November 1, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Galleria Foyer Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

7:30am

Exhibits
Visit our exhibiting partners to learn about the valuable products and services they can offer to make your work more efficient and more effective for the clients and communities you serve.

Thursday November 1, 2018 7:30am - 5:00pm
Galleria Foyer Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

7:30am

Registration
Check-in with NLADA's registration staff to get your name badge, conference program, and other materials.

Thursday November 1, 2018 7:30am - 5:00pm
Galleria Foyer Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

8:30am

Opening Plenary Session
Join us for a keynote address from Harris County, Texas, Commissioner Rodney Ellis. During his career in public service, Commissioner Ellis has worked hard to ensure that children have equal access to a quality education, regardless of where they reside. He also has spearheaded legislation to provide employees with a safe workplace, access to affordable health care, and a living wage. In criminal justice, he has fought for reforms that guarantee equal treatment for everyone under the law. It’s his cardinal belief that guilt and innocence must never be dependent on one’s income, gender, race, or ethnicity.

We will also hear from NLADA Board Member and Chair of the NLADA Corporate Advisory Committee Max Laun. Max is the vice president and general counsel of Arconic, and he will address the value of public-private partnerships.

We will also present the NLADA Award for Justice through Philanthropy to The Kresge Foundation. The Kresge Foundation’s longtime and unwavering support for innovative solutions, like the Justice for All Project, collaborative models like medical-legal partnerships and the Holistic Legal Assistance Network, and critical infrastructure like the Legal Services Corporation and the Shriver Center’s Legal Impact Network, have been vital in securing access to justice for so many individuals and communities. Moreover, Kresge’s strong support for NLADA’s Civil Legal Aid Initiative, which builds collaborations between civil legal aid and providers of critical services like housing and health care and helps these collaborations access federal funding, has resulted in partnerships across the country. These partnerships provide a continuum of services that help stabilize people’s lives so that they may begin to find pathways out of poverty. They have also resulted in the allocation of millions of federal dollars to support the partnerships. Ariel Simon will accept the award on behalf of the Kresge Foundation.

Speakers
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Max Laun

Vice President & General Counsel, Arconic
As vice president and general counsel, Max Laun oversees the day-to-day operations of Arconic’s legal activities worldwide. Previously, he was assistant general counsel, mergers and acquisitions. Max began his career as an attorney in Alcoa’s legal group in Pittsburgh more than... Read More →
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Rhodia Thomas

Executive Director, MidPenn Legal Services
Rhodia Thomas is the executive director of MidPenn Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm that provides civil legal services to low-income individuals and domestic violence survivors in 18 counties in central-Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University and received... Read More →
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Jo-Ann Wallace

President & CEO, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Before becoming head of NLADA, Jo-Ann Wallace was the organization’s senior vice president for programs, responsible for oversight of both the civil legal aid and public defense program agendas. From 1994 to 2000, she served as director of the Public Defender Service for the District... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Galleria Ballroom Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

10:00am

Break
Catch up with old friends and new. Visit our exhibitors.

Thursday November 1, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Galleria Foyer Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

10:30am

Civil Caucus - Ensuring Individual and Systemic Justice in a World of Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, and Automation
The Civil Caucus will include a brief update on the current environment and issues in the civil legal aid community, followed by a dynamic panel discussion on the use of technology – both within civil legal aid and in systems that touch clients. The increasing use of Artificial Intelligence, algorithms, and automation has created multiple touchpoints in the delivery of civil legal aid. Technology can go a long way in facilitating the delivery of civil legal aid to those who are most in need of assistance. But the use of AI, algorithms, and other types of automation also presents a number of challenges to advocates in civil legal aid. Leaders in civil legal aid and experts in the use of technology will guide the discussion and lead attendees as we evaluate: What technology is being used and how? What does this mean for how advocates approach the work? What questions do we need to be asking? How do we best prepare and engage with clients to address the practical impact of an increasingly automated world? What does this mean for the future of the delivery of legal services?

Thursday November 1, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Galleria Ballroom Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

10:30am

Client Caucus - Clients Engaging the Community
Lived experience is the most powerful educator, and the client voice is the most powerful messenger. The Client Caucus this year will focus in a new way on how clients engage with their communities, lead change, and take command of real results. Clients will be introduced to strategies for developing clear objectives that are grounded in understanding what is really important to them and the communities they serve. Building a team culture for achieving those objectives and cultivating trust will be among the tools provided, along with understanding the power of unity to achieve change. Clients are a force for change, and this Caucus will put tools in the hands of our most valued resource—the Client.

Speakers
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Ed Burnette

Consultant, Inspired Vision


Thursday November 1, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Tanglewood Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

10:30am

Defender Caucus - Pretrial Reform
Pretrial reform is accelerating across the country. Defenders can and should engage with these efforts to ensure that reforms are effective, fair, and equitable. The Defender Caucus will feature a forum through which attendees will identify the common components of pretrial reform, such as counsel at first appearance, pretrial supervision, risk assessment instruments, and others. This will be an interactive discussion about the issues and opportunities public defenders associate with these components.

Thursday November 1, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Plaza Ballroom I Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

12:00pm

Lunch on Your Own
You are on your own for lunch on Thursday. Check your registration bag for a list of nearby lunch options. The Marriott hotel’s food outlets will also have some special deals available; those menus are also in your registration bags.

Thursday November 1, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
See restaurant list

12:15pm

ACCD Meeting – Leadership Training: How to Make the Case for Public Defense Resources (NOTE: This meeting is by invitation only.)
This panel will discuss how chief public defenders and court administrators can effectively advocate for resources to support the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel. The session will focus on the leadership and advocacy skills needed to “make the case” to funders and other key criminal justice stakeholders. We will train defender leaders on how to engage policy makers regarding the important role of the Sixth Amendment and the system-wide benefits of effective public defenders.

Moderators
avatar for Keir Bradford-Grey

Keir Bradford-Grey

Chief Defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia
Keir Bradford-Grey was named chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia in 2015. Previously, she was a trial lawyer at the Defender Association and the Delaware Federal Public Defender’s Office before she was named chief defender for the Montgomery County (PA) Public... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vivian King

Vivian King

Chief of Staff, Harris County (TX) District Attorney's Office
Vivian R. King retired from her Fortune 500 banking/Accounting career after nine years and decided to go into a profession that needed more black women—the profession of law. So at 30, Vivian went to law school and three years later graduated cum laude from Thurgood Marshall School... Read More →
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Tami Sawyer

Commissioner, Shelby County District 7
Before she was elected to the Shelby County Commission, Tami Sawyer was the director, diversity & cultural competence with Teach For America Memphis and a writer, speaker, and social justice and education advocate. Tami was named by The Tennessean and Commercial Appeal as one of 18... Read More →
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Kevin Tully

Chief Defender, Mecklenburg County Public Defender Office


Thursday November 1, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Monarch Westin Galleria, 24th Level

12:30pm

NLADA Farmworkers Law Section Meeting
NOTE: This meeting takes place in the Westin Oaks hotel, which is on the other side of the Galleria shopping mall. Follow the map in your registration bag.

The NLADA Farmworkers Law Section will meet with members of LSC to discuss updates in specialized funding as well as program expectations and other service delivery matters. Attendees will also receive information regarding the section’s monthly meetings for project directors and the newly developed monthly training series for farmworker advocates. Further discussion will include best practices and ways to establish mentorship relationships within the farmworker advocacy community. Executive directors and litigation directors are especially encouraged to attend, in addition to staff providing legal services to the agricultural worker population.

Thursday November 1, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Oak -- Across Mall in Westin Oaks hotel Westin Oaks, 3rd Level

2:15pm

Another Brick in the Wall: Education Rights of Immigrant and Refugee Students in Times of Uncertainty [RJ]
In 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Plyler v. Doe that students could not be constitutionally denied a free public education on account of their immigration status. In addition to Plyler, civil rights laws—Title VI, EEOA, IDEA—guarantee meaningful access to educational opportunities for all children regardless of national origin and to all parents by requiring schools to communicate with them in a language they understand. Amid the atmosphere of increasingly aggressive immigration enforcement, some localities have stepped up protection and support for immigrant students and their families, while others blatantly violate long-standing policies. With a federal Department of Education that seems inclined to weaken the efforts of the Office of Civil Rights and indications that Trump Administration support for Plyler and language access may disappear, the need to support immigrant students and their families takes on new urgency. This panel will review the educational rights of immigrant families, connecting those policies to state and local implementation. We will also discuss legal strategies and current litigation.

Speakers
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Michelle Lapointe

Acting Deputy Legal Director of the Immigrant Justice Project, Southern Poverty Law Center
Michelle Lapointe is a senior attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project. Michelle began her legal career at SPLC in 2008. Over the past decade, she has represented thousands of immigrants in federal civil rights and employment litigation in the Deep... Read More →
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Tere Ramos

Education and Language Access Attorney, Ramos Law LLC
Tere Ramos is an education, disability, and civil rights attorney at Ramos Law LLC. She represents children with disabilities as well as students who have faced bullying, harassment, or civil rights violations in school. Before Ramos Law, Tere was the language access attorney at the... Read More →
avatar for Julie Sugarman

Julie Sugarman

Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute
Julie Sugarman is senior policy analyst for PreK-12 Education at the Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, where she focuses on issues related to immigrant and English learner students in elementary and secondary schools. Her areas of focus... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Woodway I

2:15pm

Educating Legislators about Legal Aid 2.0
This session is designed to build on the workshops we have done for the past few years on how to explain legal aid as constituent services to legislators and their staff. Now that many LSC grantees and other legal aid programs have begun to develop relationships with their federal and state legislators and staff, we want to identify ways to build on and expand those connections, e.g., provide trainings for district caseworkers and involve legislative staff in community outreach efforts. The panel will include LSC grantee executive directors and civil legal aid practitioners with experience meeting with and educating federal and state legislators and their staff. The panel will also address compliance with LSC lobbying restrictions applicable to LSC grantees in communicating with legislators.

Moderators
Speakers
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Nan Heald

Executive Director, Pine Tree Legal Assistance
Nan Heald has been the executive director of Maine’s largest legal aid provider, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, since 1990. She grew up in Maine and is a graduate of Smith College and George Washington University Law School. Nan worked for the federal government and in private practice... Read More →
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Nikole Nelson

Executive Director, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Nikole Nelson is the executive director of Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), Alaska’s only statewide provider of civil legal aid to low-income Alaskans. Nikole oversees ALSC’s 11 offices and a 50-member staff scattered across the vast and remote State of Alaska. Nikole... Read More →
avatar for Betty Balli Torres

Betty Balli Torres

Executive Director, Texas Access To Justice Foundation
The Texas Access to Justice Foundation is the leading funding source for legal aid in Texas. We are committed to the vision that all Texans, regardless of income, will have equal access to the civil justice system. With TAJF funding, legal aid organizations provide assistance in civil... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Plaza Ballroom II

2:15pm

Impact Litigation and Movement Lawyering to Support Communities in a Changing Landscape
The computers are coming! Technological "modernization" of state and federal agencies--including algorithm-based decision-making, software systems overhauls, and internet-based client portals--can provide new and transformative technologies that improve the lives of our clients. But these projects can also go horribly wrong. Human communication and access to information is cut. Benefits are narrowed or denied. Data and predictive analytics wrongly identify our clients as fraudulent actors in the system. As advocates, we are learning to identify these projects, involve our clients and their voices in the development phase, and then respond with multi-dimensional advocacy strategies when technology harms vulnerable populations. Come join us and learn how you can work for, and against, these new technological advances.

Speakers
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Kevin De Liban

Attorney, Economic Justice Practice Group Leader, Legal Aid of Arkansas
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Julia Simon-Mishel

Staff Attorney, Public Benefits Unit, Philadelphia Legal Assistance


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Woodway II

2:15pm

MLCP-LA: Showcasing Innovations in Technology, Partnership, and Funding to Bring Legal Services to Most Vulnerable Los Angeles County Residents
This workshop will introduce an innovative approach to providing county-wide legal services by showcasing the development of Medical Legal Community Partnership-Los Angeles (MLCP-LA). MLCP-LA is focused on helping the most vulnerable Los Angeles County residents overcome barriers keeping them from stability. It is a partnership among the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services’ (DHS) Whole Person Care Program (WPC), Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County as the lead agency, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and Mental Health Advocacy Services. DHS’ Whole Person Care program leverages community health workers with relevant lived experience to support LA County’s Medi-Cal eligible beneficiaries facing homelessness, serious mental illness, chronic hospitalizations, substance use disorders, and other critical needs. MLCP-LA helps individual Whole Person Care participants, empowers DHS’ community health workers, and works to identify and overcome systemic barriers. MLCP-LA leveraged funding through Medicaid waiver dollars, developed technological referral and intake innovations, created a hybrid service delivery system, and formed a strong collaboration of premiere nonprofit law firms focusing on major barriers impacting poverty. Through a panel presentation and interactive discussion, this workshop will provide an overview into the development, service delivery, data collection, and partnerships established to create MLCP-LA. Attendees will also be provided with a framework and space for discussion to help identify and materialize similar local opportunities.

Speakers
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Silvia Argueta

Executive Director, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Silvia Argueta is the executive director at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, the frontline law firm for low-income individuals in Los Angeles County. LAFLA is committed to promoting access to justice, strengthening communities, fighting discrimination, and effecting systemic... Read More →
avatar for Yvonne Mariajimenez

Yvonne Mariajimenez

Deputy Director, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
Yvonne is the deputy director for Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA), a LSC-funded law firm that provides free legal services and advocacy to poor and low-income individuals and families residing in Los Angeles County. Yvonne is at the head of many aspects of... Read More →
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Gerson Sorto

Associate Supervising Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles 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 LA County... Read More →
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Helen Tran

Staff 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 →


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Chevy Chase Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

2:15pm

Moving Toward Meaningful Access: Access to Justice Commissions and Justice For All Efforts, an Update on Our Progress
Join this session for an exploration of the ways in which all states can take advantage of recent access to justice developments, including a report on how the Justice For All Project (supported by the Public Welfare Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and Open Society Foundations) states are implementing their strategic action plans to move toward meaningful access to justice for all. Panelists will also discuss the recommendations contained within the recent Access to Justice Commission Staffing and Funding report from the ABA Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives, lessons and findings from the Justice For All state reports, next steps for the Justice For All project, and where the future lies for these efforts for other states.

Moderators
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Radhika Singh

Director, Civil Legal Aid Initiatives, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Radhika Singh is director of NLADA’s Civil Legal Aid Initiative, which supports civil legal aid’s capacity to apply for and partner on federal grants. Radhika also is an expert in Public Service Loan Forgiveness and income-driven student loan repayment plans. She previously worked... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mary Lavery Flynn

Mary Lavery Flynn

Consultant, ABA Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives
Mary Lavery Flynn is a consultant on access to justice issues and author of the recent ABA report, “Access to Justice Commissions: Increasing Effectiveness Through Adequate Staffing and Funding.” From 1992-2014, she worked at the State Bar of California, primarily as the director... Read More →
avatar for Nalani Fujimori Kaina

Nalani Fujimori Kaina

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
Nalani Fujimori Kaina is executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i, a statewide LSC-funded organization with 10 offices and more than 100 staff. She is a commissioner on the Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission and serves on the board of directors of the National... Read More →
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Shelley Spacek-Miller

Court Research Associate, National Center for State Courts
Shelley Spacek Miller is a court research associate in the Research Division of the National Center for State Courts. Her current projects focus on a variety of areas, including access to justice and civil justice reform. She has supported several Conference of Chief Justice Committees... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm
San Felipe Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

2:15pm

Providing Culturally Competent Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Clients
The session will explain the basics of culturally competent legal services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Panelists will share practical strategies for providing legal services to LGBT clients. Participants will have a chance to develop action items for their respective organizations. Key LGBT terminology will be explained and case studies for intake and case handling will be analyzed through role-plays and group discussion.

Speakers
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Amelia Schlossberg

Health Care Advocate, Vermont Legal Aid


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Sage

2:15pm

What Supporting Justice IV Tells Us about Pro Bono
This session will discuss the results of the ABA’s data collection study on pro bono participation, motivations, and challenges to participation. Panelists will discuss strategies for development of pro bono projects and recruitment based on the findings of the study. Attendees are encouraged to weigh in with their reactions to the findings and ideas for strategies going forward.

Speakers
avatar for April Faith-Slaker

April Faith-Slaker

Associate Director of Research Innovations, Access to Justice Lab, Harvard Law School
April Faith-Slaker is the associate director of research innovations at the Harvard Access to Justice Lab. Before working at the Lab, she served as director of the Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives at the American Bar Association, where she worked to support the creation... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Zalenski

Cheryl Zalenski

Counsel, American Bar Association
The ABA Center for Pro Bono is a national resource and support center that provides technical assistance and planning advice, at no charge, to pro bono advocates as they seek to fulfill the promise of equal access to justice for those who cannot afford paid counsel. The Center also... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Monarch Westin Galleria, 24th Level

2:15pm

The Importance of Reentry in Achieving Meaningful Justice [RJ]
There are many stages in achieving meaningful advocacy throughout the civil legal aid and public defense community. Early access to help and zealous advocacy can significantly increase the chances for a good outcome. The holistic identification of all needs that clients may have that drive them into the care of legal professionals is also known to be the best course of action for a sustainable resolution to legal challenges. But what happens when the “case” is closed and the client moves on to navigating through challenges like taking care of a family, securing a safe and healthy living environment, obtaining employment, and being accepted in the community? Reentry can be the most critical stage for clients. This session will explore the challenges in reentry and provide guidance in how the client community can access services, hone advocacy skills, and navigate through challenges with effective strategies and confidence.

Speakers
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Eddie Ellis

Founder, One by 1
Eddie B. Ellis Jr. is a champion for change. This native Washingtonian is a youth activist and motivational speaker. His lived experience as a former convict provides an insight and depth into his work that allows him to connect with and engage audiences. Mr. Ellis's professional... Read More →
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Ronald Simpson-Bey

Director of Outreach & Alumni Engagement, Just Leadership USA
Ronald D. Simpson-Bey is a formerly incarcerated leader working as the alumni associate for JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) and a 2015 Leading with Conviction Fellow with JLUSA, coordinating a nationwide network of 388 formerly incarcerated leaders. As a decarceration leader committed to... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Tanglewood Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

2:15pm

Community Listening: A Response to an Established Community Lawyering Practice [RJ]
In 2015, as a response to the unrest in Baltimore City after the death of Freddie Gray, Maryland Legal Aid established the Community Lawyering Initiative. In three years, the program has grown dramatically and places attorneys in libraries, workforce development programs, places of worship, and other community centers throughout the state. The program has not only grown geographically, but also in depth. Attorneys work directly in locations where community members already feel safe and where they are often receiving other services, such as drug treatment or housing counseling. As a result, these attorneys are uniquely positioned to identify emerging client needs. In 2018, Maryland Legal Aid began several new programs based on expressed client needs, including: (1) a pilot program with the Office of the Public Defender to refer clients for civil forfeiture, (2) a partnership with a Skadden Fellow to provide consumer debt relief arising out of money bail, (3) a State’s Attorney partnership to assist with identity theft related to expungement, and (4) a connection with an attorney monitoring police complaints under a consent decree. Come to this session to discover that by listening to community needs, community lawyering creates new, innovative, and important client programs.

Speakers
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Kathryn Frey-Balter

Professor
Kathryn Frey-Balter is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Legal and Justice Studies at Stevenson University; an adjunct professor of law at University of Maryland, Carey School of Law; and a 2018 Imagining Justice in Baltimore Fellow at the Islamic, Christian... Read More →
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Meaghan McDermott

Project Director, Maryland Legal Aid
Meaghan McDermott is the supervising attorney and project director of the Community Lawyering Initiative at Maryland Legal Aid. The Initiative conducts mobile legal clinics in community spaces across the state. Meaghan has been with Legal Aid since February 2017. Prior to Legal Aid... Read More →
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Amy Petkovsek

Director of Advocacy, Training & Pro Bono, Maryland Legal Aid Bureau
Amy Petkovsek is the director of advocacy for training and pro bono at Maryland Legal Aid. Before serving in this position, she represented children for seven years in Legal Aid’s child advocacy practice in Prince Georges and Montgomery County, Maryland. She also served as an appellate... Read More →
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Veryl Pow

Associate Counsel and Skadden Fellow, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
A graduate of UCLA Law in 2017, Veryl Pow is now in his second year of his Skadden fellowship with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He provides free legal representation to clients who are harassed or sued by bail bond companies in debt collection suits in Baltimore... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm
West Alabama Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

2:15pm

Fighting the Criminalization of Poverty: Court Debt Litigation Strategies
As local governments increasingly shift the costs of the criminal justice system onto those who pass through the courts, people in poor communities who are assessed fines, fees, or costs for low-level violations and criminal convictions are caught in a devastating cycle. What begins as a $200 fine can spiral into thousands of dollars of debt, leading to abusive collection tactics, arrest, and jail. Meanwhile, for-profit corporations make millions by contracting with cities to collect court debt. Legal aid attorneys are uniquely positioned to help fight these abuses. This panel will focus on the constitutional and consumer law principles we can use to advocate for court debtors. We’ll highlight recent developments in the field, address strategies for—and common barriers to—bringing affirmative challenges, identify tools and strategies attorneys in LSC-funded programs can use, and discuss efforts to help individuals reduce or eliminate their court debt.

Speakers
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Leslie Bailey

Staff Attorney, Public Justice
Leslie Bailey is a staff attorney at Public Justice, where she litigates complex public interest cases and appeals involving civil rights and liberties, court secrecy, payday lending, and forced arbitration. She has briefed, argued, and won cases in state and federal appellate courts... Read More →
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Brian Hardingham

Legal Fellow, Public Justice
Brian Hardingham is a legal fellow at Public Justice, where he litigates a variety of cases concerning civil rights and civil liberties, employees’ rights, and forced arbitration. He is counsel in a putative class action in Alabama seeking damages against private probation company... Read More →
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Hillary Madsen

Staff Attorney, Columbia Legal Services
Hillary Madsen is a staff attorney with the Institutions Project at Columbia Legal Services (CLS). Outside of the courtroom, Hillary serves clients through coalition-building and lobbying to advance sound legislative and administrative policies. She joined CLS in 2014. Before joining... Read More →
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Caren Short

Staff Attorney, Economic Justice Project, Southern Poverty Law Center
Caren E. Short is a staff attorney in the Economic Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. She works to dismantle systems that target and exploit people and communities - particularly communities of color - based on their economic status. Caren has also represented immigrant... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Woodway III

2:15pm

Innovative Public Defense in America
I served for a time as the deputy director for the ABA Center for Innovation. What I saw—including artificial intelligence and the law, blockchain technology, and data analytics—blew me away. But I compared it constantly to the sorry state of innovation in public defense. My former office did not have enough phones for every attorney. We used outdated versions of Word Perfect to draft briefs. And we used MS-DOS to look up criminal histories. TIDC has embarked on an exploration of the most innovative indigent defense techniques in the United States. From low-tech solutions like the humble checklist and advanced mentoring programs, to SMS technology, Q&A markup, and expert systems, we explore where public defense is today and where it might be going. Most of all, this is a clarion call. The call for innovation is not driven by a search for what's cool, but a search for better tools—ways to make public defense more effective and efficient.

Speakers
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Geoffrey Burkhart

Executive Director, Texas Indigent Defense Commission
Geoff Burkhart came to the Texas Indigent Defense Commission from the American Bar Association (ABA), where he served as the first deputy director and counsel to the ABA Center for Innovation. He also helped lead the ABA’s indigent defense reform efforts as project director and... Read More →
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Scott Ehlers

Special Counsel, Texas Indigent Defense Commission
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Morgan Shell

Policy Analyst, Texas Indigent Defense Commission
Morgan Shell joined TIDC as a policy analyst in 2017. She is responsible for providing consultative services and technical assistance to jurisdictions through the review of county systems to promote local compliance with the Texas Fair Defense Act. She earned her J.D. from Texas Tech... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Post Oak Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

2:15pm

Mentoring in Public Defense
The panel will discuss the history and future of public defense mentoring in Texas, beginning with the creation of the Future Appointed Counsel Training Program (FACT) in the Harris County Public Defender’s Office in 2012 and its expansion into a statewide program funded and overseen by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in 2018. The program sends lawyers with less than three years’ practice to Gideon’s Promise, a nationally recognized public defense training program, and then pairs the lawyers with seasoned criminal defense lawyers in their legal community back in Texas. FACT was recognized as an exceptional defense program by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants.

Speakers
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Malia Brink

Staff Counsel, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants
Malia N. Brink has spent more than 15 years working on criminal justice reform issues with a focus on public defense reform. She currently serves as the associate counsel for public defense to the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (ABA SCLAID). Brink also... Read More →
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Genesis Draper

Assistant Public Defender, Harris County Public Defender's Office
Genesis Draper is an assistant public defender with the Harris County Public Defender’s Office in Houston. Before joining Harris County, she was an assistant federal public defender for the Southern District of Texas in Houston and an assistant public defender with the Metropolitan... Read More →
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Jonathan Rapping

President/Founder, Gideon's Promise
Jonathan Rapping is the founder and president of Gideon’s Promise, an organization dedicated to training and supporting public defenders in an effort to build a movement to transform criminal justice in America. He is also a law professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School... Read More →
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Sarah Wood

Assistant Public Defender, Harris County Public Defender's Office
Sarah V. Wood is an attorney in the Harris County Public Defender’s Office and is board-certified in Criminal Appellate Law. She developed and administers several prominent criminal defense training programs. The Future Appointed Counsel Training (FACT) Program is a highly competitive... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Westchester Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

2:15pm

Building Sustained Partnerships with Funders, Contributors, & Supporters
Identifying priority needs of your organization and then matching those to the right funder is an art. But once you have decided on who is the best fit, how do you get the funder’s attention? What are the elements of a good pitch or proposal? And how do you know how best to steward that contribution and keep the relationship with your funder fresh? In this session, we will explore these questions and more from the perspective of funders, including foundations, corporate partners, and individual philanthropists. There will be time for audience questions at the end, so please come prepared.

Moderators
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Jo-Ann Wallace

President & CEO, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Before becoming head of NLADA, Jo-Ann Wallace was the organization’s senior vice president for programs, responsible for oversight of both the civil legal aid and public defense program agendas. From 1994 to 2000, she served as director of the Public Defender Service for the District... Read More →

Speakers
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Sandra Ambrozy

Senior Fellow - Civil Legal Justice, The Kresge Foundation
Sandra McAlister Ambrozy is a senior fellow with The Kresge Foundation and is focused on civil legal justice. With more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy, Sandra has developed expertise in human services, arts and culture, green building initiatives, and civil legal aid... Read More →
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Max Laun

Vice President & General Counsel, Arconic
As vice president and general counsel, Max Laun oversees the day-to-day operations of Arconic’s legal activities worldwide. Previously, he was assistant general counsel, mergers and acquisitions. Max began his career as an attorney in Alcoa’s legal group in Pittsburgh more than... Read More →
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Jack Londen

Partner, The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Jack W. Londen, a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Intellectual Property Group, has 35 years of experience in patent litigation and complex commercial litigation. He is the executive vice president and treasurer of the Consortium for the National Equal Justice Library and has served... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Plaza Ballroom I Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

3:45pm

Break
Catch up with old friends and new. Visit our exhibitors.

Thursday November 1, 2018 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Galleria Foyer Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

4:15pm

Continuing the Conversation on Race [RJ]
A facilitated discussion on the issue of race and its effect on advocacy strategies, hiring, promotions, office effectiveness, and community involvement.

Speakers
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Maha Jweied

Consultant, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Maha Jweied is a consultant with the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, where she supports initiatives on issues such as racial justice and fines and fees. She is also a member of the Legal Services Corporation’s Opioid Task Force. Until January 2018, she served as the acting... Read More →
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Gina Polley

Deputy Chief Counsel, Maryland Legal Aid Bureau
Gina E. Polley is currently the deputy chief counsel for Maryland Legal Aid in Baltimore, MD. At Maryland Legal Aid, Gina oversees all of the MLA offices throughout the state, ensuring excellence in the delivery of legal services. Before coming to Maryland, Gina worked at the Legal... Read More →
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Rhodia Thomas

Executive Director, MidPenn Legal Services
Rhodia Thomas is the executive director of MidPenn Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm that provides civil legal services to low-income individuals and domestic violence survivors in 18 counties in central-Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University and received... Read More →
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Anthony Young

Executive Director, Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc.
Anthony Young has been the executive director of Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc., based in Tucson, Arizona, since 2007. Anthony has worked as a legal aid attorney since 1991 and managed legal aid offices in Nebraska and Arizona. He attended law school at the University of Nebraska... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
San Felipe Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

4:15pm

Incubating Innovation in the Aloha and Midnight Sun States: Updates on the Justice Portal Initiative
LSC, Microsoft, Pro Bono Net and the Pew Charitable Trusts are partnering with Alaska and Hawaii to develop new “justice portals" to help all people with civil legal needs more easily access assistance. This workshop will highlight recent developments in this initiative, now dubbed Legal Navigator, as the pilots approach their launch in 2019. Presenters will discuss how the pilots have been guided by Microsoft's Inclusive Design methodology, intersections with Justice for All initiatives, and what the partners are learning from the project’s cutting edge collaboration and technology approach.

Speakers
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Lester Bird

Principal Associate, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Lester Bird is a Principal Associate for the Civil Legal System Modernization team for the Pew Charitable Trusts where he focuses on bringing attention to online legal information portals and developing next-generation portal features. His current work with the Legal Navigator project... Read More →
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Nalani Fujimori Kaina

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
Nalani Fujimori Kaina is executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i, a statewide LSC-funded organization with 10 offices and more than 100 staff. She is a commissioner on the Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission and serves on the board of directors of the National... Read More →
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Liz Keith

Program Director, Pro Bono Net
Liz is Program Director with Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice through legal empowerment, volunteer mobilization and transformative collaborations. Liz joined Pro Bono Net in 2004, working first as a LawHelp Circuit Rider supporting web-based... Read More →
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Nikole Nelson

Executive Director, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Nikole Nelson is the executive director of Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), Alaska’s only statewide provider of civil legal aid to low-income Alaskans. Nikole oversees ALSC’s 11 offices and a 50-member staff scattered across the vast and remote State of Alaska. Nikole... Read More →
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Glenn Rawdon

Senior Program Counsel, Legal Services Corporation
Glenn Rawdon is program counsel for technology with the Legal Services Corporation. He is responsible for helping legal services programs with their technology efforts and with the administration of the Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) program. Since the program started in 2000... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Plaza Ballroom II

4:15pm

Job Placement Centers and Attorneys: A Partnership that Works [RJ]
In 2015, as a response to the unrest in Baltimore City after the death of Freddie Gray, Maryland Legal Aid established the Community Lawyering Initiative. Initially, the program provided legal services in a library in Mr. Gray’s neighborhood. In 2016, through a grant, Maryland Legal Aid was able to place an attorney in each of four workforce development centers in Baltimore City to assist participants in clearing any legal hurdles to obtaining full-time work. In 2017, Maryland Legal Aid hired three additional attorneys to practice in workforce development centers in Baltimore City, suburban Maryland, and the rural western counties. Because this wraparound service approach was so successful in workforce development centers, the Community Lawyering Initiative began offering legal services to other holistic service providers, including drug treatment centers, homeless shelters, community colleges, and state agencies. This session will describe methods for bundling legal assistance with other services and provide a “one-stop shop” to meet the needs of low-income individuals.

Speakers
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Walter Morris

Director, Prince Georges County Workforce Development Center
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Amy Petkovsek

Director of Advocacy, Training & Pro Bono, Maryland Legal Aid Bureau
Amy Petkovsek is the director of advocacy for training and pro bono at Maryland Legal Aid. Before serving in this position, she represented children for seven years in Legal Aid’s child advocacy practice in Prince Georges and Montgomery County, Maryland. She also served as an appellate... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
West Alabama Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

4:15pm

Lawyers Without Borders: Building a Two-State Rural Partnership
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (LANWT) and New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA) share a heavily rural 400-mile state border region where low-income clients and communities in each state frequently encounter legal problems involving cross-border parties or jurisdiction. The two legal aid programs are collaborating to build a regional advocacy partnership that will expand expertise and capacities to address these issues, including streamlined referrals between the organizations, joint legal clinics and outreach, and strategic co-counseling. The project includes attorneys at both programs who are licensed in both states. The panel will discuss the formation, operation (including supporting technologies), and strategic goals of the project and encourage audience discussion for how similar regional partnerships can be created between adjoining states elsewhere.

Speakers
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Ed Marks

Statewide Pro Bono Manager, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Ed Marks is Executive Director of New Mexico Legal Aid. Ed has been involved in TIG projects and other national legal aid technology initiatives for nearly 20 years. Ed was previously Deputy Director for Advocacy at Legal Aid of Western Ohio in Toledo, where he also founded Legal... Read More →
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Patrick McMonigle

Managing Attorney, Legal AId of Northwest Texas
Patrick McMonigle is managing attorney for Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas’s regional office in Odessa, TX.
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Tom Stutz

Director of Litigation, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas
Tom Stutz has been director of litigation for Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas since April 2011. Tom, a 1983 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, is based in Fort Worth, but he is also responsible for advocacy efforts for rural communities throughout LANWT’s 114-county... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Woodway I

4:15pm

MIE Roundtable for Legal Services Executive Directors and Managers
This forum provides legal services executive directors and managers with an opportunity to share management concerns and receive peer support and assistance in an informal and confidential setting. The roundtable will be facilitated by members of the Management Information Exchange board of directors.

Speakers
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Jan Allen May

Jan Allen May is the recently retired executive director of AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly in Washington, DC. He is chair of the MIE Journal Committee, a member of the MIE Board of Directors, and frequently writes articles for the Journal. He has often conducted the MIE New Executive... Read More →
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Patti Pap

Executive Director, MIE
Patricia Pap is the executive director of Management Information Exchange (MIE). MIE’s mission is to promote excellence in management to ensure high quality advocacy on behalf of low-income people. MIE advances best practices and innovation in leadership, management, supervision... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Monarch Westin Galleria, 24th Level

4:15pm

Organizational Redesign for Pro Bono
Do you want your legal aid advocates and substantive experts to work more closely with your pro bono program? Are you interested in different ways to staff and structure pro bono? Do you want to leverage even more volunteers effectively and efficiently? Then you’re ready for a pro bono redesign. Learn how organizations are changing how pro bono is integrated into core client services and advocacy. With the support of funders and other justice stakeholders, learn how legal aid and pro bono organizations are making concrete and systemic changes to staffing, organizational structure, HR systems, and technology to initiate culture change and innovation in pro bono. In the end, clients win with high-impact and more effective pro bono representation. Join this discussion to take a fresh look at how your organization can set pro bono up to succeed.

Speakers
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Sandhya Kidd

Program Counsel, Pro Bono Innovation, Legal Services Corporation
Sandhya Kidd is Program Counsel for Pro Bono Innovation at LSC. Previously, she served as Pro Bono Coordinator at the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP). In the three years that Sandhya served at NVLSP, she began to understand the crucial need for collaboration between... Read More →
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Marissa LaVette

Assistant Staff Counsel, American Bar Association’s Center on Pro Bono
Marissa LaVette is the assistant staff counsel with the American Bar Association’s Center for Pro Bono. She provides technical assistance and support to organizations in the pro bono field, including law schools, bar associations, pro bono programs, and legal services offices. Marissa... Read More →
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Claud Nelson

Pro Bono Program Officer, The Florida Bar Foundation
In his statewide role as the pro bono program officer, Claud Nelson serves a resource for low-income Floridians, pro bono lawyers, and more than 30 civil legal aid organizations in Florida. He fosters pro bono relationships and collaborations with bar associations, law firms, courts... Read More →
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Mytrang Nguyen

Program Counsel, Pro Bono Innovation, Legal Services Corporation
Mytrang Nguyen is the program counsel for pro bono innovation at the Legal Services Corporation, where she is responsible for the development and implementation of LSC’s Pro Bono Innovation Fund, a competitive grant program that seeks to invest in projects that creatively leverage... Read More →
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Ken Perri

Executive Director, Legal Assistance of Western NY


Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Woodway III

4:15pm

Tracking Outcomes: Challenges and Opportunities for Civil Legal Aid Providers and Funders
If a mantra exists for using outcomes data to understand, improve, and explain the work of institutions, it is only now beginning to take root in the civil legal aid community. Among civil legal aid providers and funders who are enthusiastic about outcomes tracking, there is only the beginning of emerging consensus on best strategies and models. And among skeptics, there are continuing concerns about the burdens of collecting data, risks of over-relying on data, questions about the practical value of data, and more. To a large extent, the lack of clear consensus offers great room for progress. A new report from the National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law School captures perspectives of providers and funders on opportunities for unlocking the power of outcomes data today, working toward solving harder challenges in using outcomes data, and improving the quality of the outcomes data that is tracked. Join the discussion about leading edge topics concerning effective use of data, reporting on "big goals," relying on "big data," communicating with funders about what to track, reporting "systemic outcomes," obtaining feedback from service recipients, partnering with courts, tracking holistic service, and understanding causation.

Speakers
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David Udell

Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law School
David S. Udell, executive director of the National Center for Access to Justice; and Co-director, A2J Initiative at Fordham Law School, guides the work of NCAJ in improving the circumstances of vulnerable people in the justice system, including its Justice Index, its Guide to Using... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Woodway II

4:15pm

LSC and the Client Voice
An annual conversation among the client community, LSC President Jim Sandman, and LSC Board Member Julie Reiskin. This is an opportunity for discussion on policy issues that affect client board members, a place for the client community to give direct input to LSC leadership, and for LSC to report to the community on what it has been doing and how it has engaged clients over the past year. This is also an opportunity for client board members to ask questions.


Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Tanglewood Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

4:15pm

Holistic Representation in Family Court: The Ins and Outs of Civil and Immigration Consequences
As more and more attention is drawn nationally to the discriminatory and devastating outcomes of child removal proceedings in Family Court, their impact on collateral civil proceedings has been left out of the discussion. It is vital for family court practitioners and other legal services providers to identify and understand these consequences, which range from the loss of housing to immigration consequences, in order to ensure effective representation across forums. With a panel of family defense, general legal services, and immigration practitioners, the goal of this session is to briefly introduce legal services providers from all backgrounds to child welfare proceedings. Through active participation and contribution from audience members, the panel will identify the common collateral consequences of child welfare proceedings that affect other civil proceedings and vice versa. Finally, the panel will facilitate discussion on key opportunities to utilize knowledge of these impacts in order to influence outcomes.

Speakers
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Vichal Kumar

Managing Attorney, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
Vichal Kumar joined the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem as the managing attorney of the Civil Defense Practice. As managing attorney, Vichal supervises the practice representing clients in essential civil matters including immigration, asset forfeiture, eviction prevention... Read More →
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Gigi Parris

Supervising Attorney, Family Defense Practice, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
Gigi Parris is a supervising attorney on the Family Defense Team at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS) in New York City. In her role at NDS, Gigi provides vigorous representation to indigent parents and caretakers charged with neglect and abuse of children in Family Court... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Sage

4:15pm

Jail is Not the Solution: Innovative Alternatives to the Criminalization of Homelessness
The criminalization of homelessness does not end homelessness. Why? Because criminalization does not address the real causes of homelessness. It actually worsens homelessness by negatively affecting housing and employment options for those who are homeless. It is expensive and wasteful in communities that utilize criminalization as an option and, in many cases, has been found by the Courts to be unconstitutional. However, there are innovative and viable alternatives to the criminalization of homelessness. This session will highlight the efforts of two legal service agencies, from opposite coasts, to address perceived criminal behavior through direct representation, impact litigation, and community advocacy. As part of the session, participants will be given the opportunity to share experiences (both good and bad) on how their communities view and react to the criminalization of homelessness.

Speakers
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Anne Rios

Executive Director & Managing Attorney, Think Dignity
Anne Rios completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley, and attended law school at California Western School of Law. Special recognitions include receiving the Center for Community Solutions’ Freedom Award. Anne joined the Think Dignity staff in... Read More →
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Mary Vosburgh

Staff Attorney, One80 Place Legal Services, One80 Place
Mary Vosburgh is a staff attorney with One80 Place Legal Services in Charleston, SC, working exclusively with homeless veterans. She dedicates her time to assisting homeless and indigent veterans in removing civil legal barriers to ending their homelessness. The majority of her practice... Read More →
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Mitchelle Woodson

Staff Attorney, Think Dignity
Mitchelle Woodson received her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California San Diego. She joined the Think Dignity staff in 2017 as the staff attorney for the Homeless Youth Legal Advocacy Project. As the staff attorney... Read More →
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Jeff Yungman

Director, One80 Place Legal Services, One80 Place
Jeff Yungman is the Director of One80 Place Legal Services in Charleston, SC. In 1980, after leaving the New Orleans Police Department, Jeff obtained a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University. In 1999, he became clinical director of One80 Place... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Plaza Ballroom I Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

4:15pm

Building Rural Defense
Building quality public defense systems is a struggle. Nowhere is this more true than in rural areas. Faced with few attorneys, little funding, and geographic obstacles, states and counties must often innovate to meet Gideon’s promise in regions with low populations. In Building Rural Defense, policy leaders from indigent defense commissions in four states—Utah, Idaho, Michigan, and Texas—will discuss how they have grappled with the policies and practicalities behind providing the right to counsel in rural areas.

Speakers
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Kimberley Simmons

Executive Director, Idaho Public Defense Commission


Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Post Oak Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

4:15pm

Defending Communities in Service: Defender Program Capacity-Building through National Service and NLADA
Join us to learn more about NLADA’s groundbreaking AmeriCorps VISTA program, Defending Communities in Service. This program, for the first time ever, will place AmeriCorps VISTA members in public defender offices across the country to build capacity. With support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, this program is poised to invest as much as $5 million in indigent defense over its first three years in action. As NLADA embarks on this journey, we want your feedback on how you think that National Service could serve the needs of your office and your community. Participants will meet several of our inaugural cohort VISTA members, gain a greater understanding of how DCS-VISTA has affected public defender offices across the country, and have the opportunity to help shape the next generation of National Service programs initiated by NLADA. Come. Share. Break ground with us.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Flanagan

Emily Flanagan

Senior Program Associate, Defender Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Emily Flanagan joined the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) in 2017 as the senior program associate charged with connecting public defenders to resources. Emily has more than 12 years of experience promoting global community service and development within the private... Read More →
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Anna Ladd

Community Partnerships DCS-VISTA Member, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Anna Ladd, originally from Kansas City, holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work and Anthropology from Kansas State University. She brings experience in working with people experiencing homelessness and in refugee... Read More →
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Kameryn Sessoms

Data Systems DCS-VISTA Member, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Kameryn Sessoms is a North Carolina native and graduate of North Carolina State University, where she obtained her B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies. Growing up in Southeastern North Carolina gave her early insight on the widespread community impact of poverty and fueled her standing... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Chevy Chase Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

4:15pm

Don't Leave Money on the Table: Diversifying Funding and Building a Comprehensive Fundraising Plan
With the uncertainty of any single funding source, it is important to have a fundraising plan that considers various types of funding sources and methods of reaching those sources. In this session, I will briefly present the process that Prairie State Legal Services underwent to restructure its Development Team and the importance of having a written fundraising plan. Then I will facilitate a brainstorming session to create a list of potential fundraising sources (cy pres awards, corporations, individuals, family foundations, government funding, etc.) and methods for acquiring those sources (email marketing, social media, corporate presentations, education). We will discuss the donor cultivation process and how generational differences affect the effectiveness of fundraising methods. Finally, attendees will be provided samples of fundraising plans and will take initial steps to putting the information gathered into a unique fundraising plan for the attendee's use. I will also provide attendees with a list of resources that I have found useful for increasing my knowledge and skills in various areas of fundraising.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Luczkowiak

Jennifer Luczkowiak

Attorney, Director of Development, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
Jennifer Luczkowiak is an attorney and director of development at Prairie State Legal Services (PSLS). In her role, Ms. Luczkowiak oversees the marketing and communications efforts and fundraising efforts from individual, corporate, and small foundation donors. Previously, Ms. Luczkowiak... Read More →
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Alyson Robbins

Manager of Outreach & Development, Michigan Advocacy Program
Alyson, Manager, Outreach and Development, Michigan Advocacy Program, is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law (JD), Bank Street College of Education (MSEd), and the University of Michigan (BS). Alyson was a staff attorney in MAP’s Family Law Project from 2005 to 2011... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Westchester Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

6:00pm

African-American Project Directors Association Meeting
Come and share your successes and challenges with collegues and catch up on a year gone by.

Thursday November 1, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Westchester Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

6:00pm

Texas Legal Services Center Meeting
Texas Folks: We invite you to join us for an informal conversation about online forms as a tool to increase access to justice. We want to meet with groups and individuals who work with online forms and share ideas on how to overcome barriers to the use of online forms at the local level. We are interested in hearing and learning more about barriers to the use of free forms and also finding opportunities to improve existing form collections as well as to removing barriers to acceptance across the board.

Thursday November 1, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Chevy Chase Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

6:00pm

When tenants are sexually harassed, who can help? A discussion with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
Learn about and share experiences from the pilot programs and how and why civil legal aid might collaborate with DOJ’s Civil Rights Division to combat sexual harassment in housing.

Thursday November 1, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
West Alabama Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

6:00pm

NLADA Black Public Defender Association Meeting
Come to the first meeting of NLADA's newest section to have your voice heard and join in this exciting new opportunity.

Thursday November 1, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
San Felipe Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

6:00pm

NLADA Client Section Meeting
Hear about the top issues our group is addressing now.

Thursday November 1, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Tanglewood Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

7:00pm

Client Reception
Meet, mingle, have a bite, and honor your peers at this year's client reception.

Thursday November 1, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Monarch Westin Galleria, 24th Level

8:30pm

NLADA Game Night
Hosted by the NLADA Client Council. Mix and mingle with our new "Dollar Bill" and "Two Truths & a Lie" icebreakers. Show off your skills in clasic games like dominoes, spades, and bid whist.

Thursday November 1, 2018 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Monarch Westin Galleria, 24th Level
 
Friday, November 2
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Get your day started right! Have a bite and visit with our exhibitors.

Friday November 2, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Galleria Foyer Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

7:30am

Exhibits
Visit our exhibiting partners to learn about the valuable products and services they can offer to make your work more efficient and more effective for the clients and communities you serve.

Friday November 2, 2018 7:30am - 5:00pm
Galleria Foyer Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

7:30am

Registration
Check-in with NLADA's registration staff to get your name badge, conference program, and other materials.

Friday November 2, 2018 7:30am - 5:00pm
Galleria Foyer Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

8:30am

Developing Diverse Legal Services Leadership [RJ]
We are facing a crisis in the low numbers of leaders of color in our legal services community. How can our programs create racial justice for our clients when we ourselves fail to attract and retain lawyers of color? What will we do about it? The African-American Project Directors Association will highlight the voices of emerging leaders of color as well as the best practices for nurturing them.

Speakers
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Lillian Moy

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY
Lillian M. Moy became the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. in 1995. She is a 1981 graduate of Boston University School of Law. She is a former member of the Board of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and past Chair of NLADA’s... Read More →
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Gina Polley

Deputy Chief Counsel, Maryland Legal Aid Bureau
Gina E. Polley is currently the deputy chief counsel for Maryland Legal Aid in Baltimore, MD. At Maryland Legal Aid, Gina oversees all of the MLA offices throughout the state, ensuring excellence in the delivery of legal services. Before coming to Maryland, Gina worked at the Legal... Read More →
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Rhodia Thomas

Executive Director, MidPenn Legal Services
Rhodia Thomas is the executive director of MidPenn Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm that provides civil legal services to low-income individuals and domestic violence survivors in 18 counties in central-Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University and received... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Woodway I

8:30am

Reimagining Legal Help: Using Design Thinking to Better Serve Clients-Part 1
This 2-part session is limited to first 24 attendees. As public interest lawyers, our aim is to help our clients who are usually facing insurmountable barriers and legal issues. Throughout our work for them, we aim to meet their needs. Yet, the problems that they are facing can be exceedingly complex and challenging, and at times we build solutions that meet our needs and not necessarily those of our clients. Design Thinking is a methodology that uses empathy as a base for developing a possible solution to address a problem that clients may be facing. Join us in this hands-on session aimed at demonstrating how design thinking works and how we can reimagine how we provide legal help to clients. You’ll work with others from across the country and, who knows, together you might create a prototype that will be the new standard in client services.

Speakers
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Anna Gulotta

Chief Strategy Officer, Komenge LLC
As a legal aid attorney and president of the Attorney Union, Anna Dorn-Gulotta participated in her organization’s strategic planning and development of key performance indicators and outcomes, core values creation and implementation, and staff development and training. Anna developed... Read More →
avatar for Alex Gulotta

Alex Gulotta

CEO, Komenge LLC
With more than 24 years of experience as an executive director of legal aid organizations in Virginia and California, Alex Gulotta has substantial experience in the access to justice community. In addition to his service as an executive director, since 2003 he has acted as a consultant... Read More →
avatar for Nalani Fujimori Kaina

Nalani Fujimori Kaina

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
Nalani Fujimori Kaina is executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i, a statewide LSC-funded organization with 10 offices and more than 100 staff. She is a commissioner on the Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission and serves on the board of directors of the National... Read More →
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Nikole Nelson

Executive Director, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Nikole Nelson is the executive director of Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), Alaska’s only statewide provider of civil legal aid to low-income Alaskans. Nikole oversees ALSC’s 11 offices and a 50-member staff scattered across the vast and remote State of Alaska. Nikole... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Chevy Chase Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

8:30am

An Overview of LSC’s Fiscal Regulations
This session is designed to be an interactive discussion with LSC grantees regarding LSC’s fiscal-related regulations. Two-thirds of the session will be spent defining and explaining fiscal regulations, such as cost allocation and the importance of fiscal controls. The remainder of the workshop will be spent in a question and answer session. The presentation portion will provide practical information on what is expected from LSC grantees in terms of fiscal accountability. To make the question and answer session as productive as possible, grantees will be given the opportunity to submit fiscal-related questions before the workshop begins. In addition, advance questions can be emailed to fiscalquestions@lsc.gov. Please use the subject line “NLADA Session.”

Speakers
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Stuart Axenfeld

Deputy Director of Fiscal Compliance, Legal Services Corporation
Stuart Axenfeld joined the Legal Services Corporation’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement as deputy director of fiscal compliance in July 2018. Immediately before that, Stuart was the assistant inspector general for audit at the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS)-Office... Read More →
avatar for Lora Rath

Lora Rath

Director, Office of Compliance and Enforcement, Legal Services Corporation
Lora M. Rath is the director of the Legal Services Corporation’s (LSC) Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE). OCE oversees LSC grantees’ legal and fiscal compliance in the use of $410,000,000 (FYE 2018) annually to support access to justice in civil matters. Before joining... Read More →
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Kate Schillinger

Fiscal Compliance Analyst, Legal Services Corporation
Kate Schillinger is a fiscal compliance analyst in the Legal Services Corporation’s (LSC) Office of Compliance and Enforcement. Kate is a Certified Public Accountant who supports LSC’s mission by educating its grantees on financial regulations as well as enforcing those regulations... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Plaza Ballroom II

8:30am

Building and Sustaining Disaster Response Networks: Lessons Learned from 2017
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.

Speakers
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Clarissa Ayala

Communications Director, Lone Star Legal Aid
Clarissa Ayala serves as the Communications Director for Lone Star Legal Aid in Houston, Texas. Clarissa is LSLA’s media contact as well as drafts and delivers news/press releases regarding various litigation & advocacy topics. Clarissa writes & publishes content for the company... Read More →
avatar for Liz Keith

Liz Keith

Program Director, Pro Bono Net
Liz is Program Director with Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice through legal empowerment, volunteer mobilization and transformative collaborations. Liz joined Pro Bono Net in 2004, working first as a LawHelp Circuit Rider supporting web-based... Read More →
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Lauren Lofton

Program Attorney, Legal Aid Association of California
Before joining the Legal Aid Association of California, Lauren Lofton served as the senior subsidized housing policy analyst at Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco. During that time, Lauren also provided pro bono services for tenants facing eviction. Lauren provides anti-bias... Read More →


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

8:30am

New Age of Immigration: Impact on Communities of Color [RJ]
The landscape of immigration is in flux. Immigrant communities of color are disproportionately affected by changes to immigration. Experts will provide an overview on how immigrants come to and can remain in the United States and will discuss the administration’s current enforcement efforts, including the abolition of DACA and TPS, the presence of ICE in courthouses, arrests of immigrants at ICE check-ins, and the travel ban. Advocates will learn how the current policies affect immigrants of color.

Speakers
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Tanya Douglas

Director of Disability Advocacy Project and Veterans Justice Project, Legal Services NYC
Tanya Douglas is the director of the Disability Advocacy Project (DAP) at Manhattan Legal Services (MLS) and coordinates the Veterans Justice Project at MLS, which is a program of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC). Tanya is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School. Tanya is... Read More →
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Nana Gyamfi

Black Alliance for Justice, Board Member
Nana Gyamfi is a human rights and criminal defense attorney, an adjunct professor in the Pan African Studies Department at California State University Los Angeles, the host of the radio show and podcast “Conversations On the Way: The Asafo Edition," and an organizer and activist... Read More →
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Joann Lee

Special Counsel, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Joann Lee is a special counsel on language justice at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Bilingual in Korean, Ms. Lee has provided direct legal services to the Asian/Pacific Islander (API) immigrant population in the Los Angeles area at LAFLA since 2000. Ms. Lee specializes... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Woodway II

8:30am

Things to Think About in Planning Your Research and Evaluation
Everyone wants to get better at research and evaluation, but what methodology best suits your question? Formative Assessment? Economic Evaluation? Outcome Evaluation? Randomized Control Trial? So many options, so much data, and such little time. This panel will present various research methodologies and the circumstances for which they are best suited. Attendees are encouraged to come ready to discuss their own programs and research questions in order to determine which evaluation methods would be appropriate. The panelists will also discuss available resources to help programs conduct their own evaluations or connect up with research partners.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Eppler-Epstein

Steven Eppler-Epstein

Consultant, Non-Profit Consulting and Supports
Steve Eppler-Epstein is a justice advocate and nonprofit consultant from Connecticut. His consulting focuses on advocacy organizations that benefit from strategic analysis/planning; executive coaching and supports; executive search; project design/development; and organizational and... Read More →
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April Faith-Slaker

Associate Director of Research Innovations, Access to Justice Lab, Harvard Law School
April Faith-Slaker is the associate director of research innovations at the Harvard Access to Justice Lab. Before working at the Lab, she served as director of the Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives at the American Bar Association, where she worked to support the creation... Read More →
avatar for John Greacen

John Greacen

Principal, Greacen Associates LLC
John M. Greacen is currently a principal of Greacen Associates, LLC. Mr. Greacen has conducted research and evaluations of court processes, including of comprehension of court proceedings by self-represented litigants, in multiple states and one foreign country. Mr. Greacen received... Read More →
avatar for Christopher L. Griffin Jr.

Christopher L. Griffin Jr.

Visiting Professor and Research Scholar, University of Arizona College of Law
Christopher L. Griffin Jr. is a visiting professor and research scholar at the University of Arizona College of Law, where he teaches Civil Procedure and Remedies. Griffin's research primarily uses randomized control trials to evaluate the effectiveness of innovations in civil and... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Plaza Ballroom I Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

8:30am

For Such a Time as This: Inspiring a Shared Vision [RJ]
Inspiring a shared vision is a core leadership competency for community-based equal justice leaders. Join us for an interactive presentation of ways to enhance your capacity and effectiveness in envisioning a future and enlisting others in a compelling vision for change, transformation, justice, and renewal.

Speakers
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Rosita Stanley

Board Member, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
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Chuck Wynder

Staff Officer for Social Justice & Advocacy Engagement, The Episcopal Church
Charles “Chuck” Wynder Jr. serves as the staff officer for social justice & advocacy engagement for The Episcopal Church and works to enhance its capacity for advocacy and community organizing for social and racial justice. Chuck previously served as the executive director of... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Tanglewood Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

8:30am

The Power of Partnership: Juvenile Defenders and Civil Legal Aid Attorneys Collaborating to Build Pathways for Youth Success
The consequences of juvenile court involvement are often numerous and far-reaching and can prevent young people from fulfilling their educational, social, and professional potential. Youth left to overcome these obstacles on their own face significant barriers. Partnerships between civil legal aid attorneys and juvenile defenders offer opportunities to pool expertise, minimize the damage of juvenile court involvement, and promote youth success. Participants will learn to identify and mitigate collateral consequences to ensure juvenile court-involved youth maintain a trajectory to success: get back into school with as little disruption as possible, obtain and maintain stable housing, get into college, and obtain and maintain employment. We will also explore the ways in which these valuable partnerships can fill the gap to ensure young people have access to high-quality legal representation as they transition to adulthood and work to overcome the collateral consequences of juvenile court involvement.

Speakers
avatar for Serena Holthe

Serena Holthe

Senior Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Counsel, National Juvenile Defender Center
Serena Holthe currently serves as project manager of the National Juvenile Defender Center's Civil Legal Initiative, where she leads a group of fellows throughout the country who assist young people in overcoming the legal barriers to their employment, education, and housing created... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Woodway III

8:30am

Holistic Defense: Intake through Resolution Best Practices for Cross Practice Collaboration
Holistic defense practitioners strive to provide optimal and collaborative client representation from the moment of intake through (and in some cases beyond) the resolution of each case. While much has been learned about the theories and goals of holistic defense, the logistics of collaboration in the real world require further exploration. The presenters will illustrate best practices in identifying client needs, efficiently deploying resources, and achieving the comprehensive outcomes that are sought in client-centered representation.

Speakers
MB

Michelle Burrell

Managing Attorney, Family Defense Practice, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
Michelle Burrell is the managing attorney of the Family Defense Practice of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem where she manages a staff of attorneys, social workers, and parent advocates who provide legal representation to indigent parents and family caregivers who have... Read More →
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Vichal Kumar

Managing Attorney, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
Vichal Kumar joined the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem as the managing attorney of the Civil Defense Practice. As managing attorney, Vichal supervises the practice representing clients in essential civil matters including immigration, asset forfeiture, eviction prevention... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Sage

8:30am

How to Work Collaboratively with System Stakeholders to Advance the Right to Counsel
This panel will discuss the importance of cross-stakeholder collaboration in supporting the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel. Most criminal justice stakeholders agree about the importance of the right to counsel and the important role it plays in preserving the justice system. They also recognize that sustainable reforms around the Sixth Amendment requires collaboration from all criminal justice system stakeholders, including those who are traditionally adversaries in the courtroom, such as defenders and prosecutors. The panel will discuss how to move beyond the traditional stakeholder roles and work together to advance Sixth Amendment reform.

Moderators
avatar for Stan German

Stan German

Executive Director, New York County Defender Services
Stan German is a graduate of New York University School of Law and a criminal defense attorney. Upon graduation, he worked at the criminal defense division of The Legal Aid Society of New York City in Brooklyn before joining New York County Defender Services as a staff attorney. He... Read More →

Speakers
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David LaBahn

President & CEO, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
David LaBahn is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), a national association representing elected and deputy or assistant prosecutors and city attorneys. The association acts as a global forum for the exchange of ideas, allowing... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
San Felipe Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

8:30am

The State of Texas Indigent Defense
With a patchwork of defense across its 254 counties, Texas is both leading and lagging behind in the fight to provide consistent quality legal representation. This panel pulls together some of the leading lights of Texas indigent defense, including a 183-county capital defender office, one of America's most rural defender offices, a mental-health-focused managed assigned counsel system, and a civil-legal-aid/defender hybrid.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Doggett

Robert Doggett

Executive Director, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid
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Alyse Ferguson

Chief Defender, Collin County Mental Health Defender (MAC)
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Ray Keith

Chief Defender, Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases
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James McDermott

Chief Defender, Far West Texas Public Defender
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Wesley Shackelford

Deputy Director, Texas Indigent Defense Commission


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Post Oak Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

8:30am

State Legislative Funding Roundtable: Strategies for Success in 2019
This roundtable continues the long-term practice of providing a forum for leaders from around the country who are working on state legislative funding for civil legal aid to share ideas and learn from the successes and challenges of others. We would love to have a representative from every state join us in strategizing about how to gain increased revenue in 2019 and beyond from this important funding source.

Speakers
avatar for Randy Chapman

Randy Chapman

Randy Chapman is the recently retired executive director of Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC). For more than 25 years, he coordinated efforts among Legal Aid providers and Access to Justice partners to expand access to civil Legal Aid in Texas. Randy has worked with state elected... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
West Alabama Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

10:00am

Break
Catch up with old friends and new. Visit our exhibitors.

Friday November 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Galleria Foyer Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

10:30am

Effective Succession Planning: Preparation for Continuity and Change
Effective succession planning has three purposes: avoiding (or managing) crises; preserving the knowledge of key staff members; and facing forward to promote healthy change. Legal aid colleagues who have planned and managed transitions and developed staff leadership for the future will share their successful strategies. Come to this session to share your own thoughts and best practices toward building organizational capacity as key staff members depart and new leadership develops.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Eppler-Epstein

Steven Eppler-Epstein

Consultant, Non-Profit Consulting and Supports
Steve Eppler-Epstein is a justice advocate and nonprofit consultant from Connecticut. His consulting focuses on advocacy organizations that benefit from strategic analysis/planning; executive coaching and supports; executive search; project design/development; and organizational and... Read More →
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Patti Pap

Executive Director, MIE
Patricia Pap is the executive director of Management Information Exchange (MIE). MIE’s mission is to promote excellence in management to ensure high quality advocacy on behalf of low-income people. MIE advances best practices and innovation in leadership, management, supervision... Read More →
avatar for César Torres

César Torres

Executive Director, Northwest Justice Project
César E. Torres has been the executive director of the Northwest Justice Project, a statewide, publicly funded legal aid program serving low-income communities throughout Washington State, since 2006. Previously, he served as deputy director of Essex Newark Legal Services in Newark... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Post Oak Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

10:30am

Reimagining Legal Help: Using Design Thinking to Better Serve Clients-Part 2
This 2-part session is limited to first 24 attendees. As public interest lawyers, our aim is to help our clients who are usually facing insurmountable barriers and legal issues. Throughout our work for them, we aim to meet their needs. Yet, the problems that they are facing can be exceedingly complex and challenging, and at times we build solutions that meet our needs and not necessarily those of our clients. Design Thinking is a methodology that uses empathy as a base for developing a possible solution to address a problem that clients may be facing. Join us in this hands-on session aimed at demonstrating how design thinking works and how we can reimagine how we provide legal help to clients. You’ll work with others from across the country and, who knows, together you might create a prototype that will be the new standard in client services.

Speakers
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Anna Gulotta

Chief Strategy Officer, Komenge LLC
As a legal aid attorney and president of the Attorney Union, Anna Dorn-Gulotta participated in her organization’s strategic planning and development of key performance indicators and outcomes, core values creation and implementation, and staff development and training. Anna developed... Read More →
avatar for Alex Gulotta

Alex Gulotta

CEO, Komenge LLC
With more than 24 years of experience as an executive director of legal aid organizations in Virginia and California, Alex Gulotta has substantial experience in the access to justice community. In addition to his service as an executive director, since 2003 he has acted as a consultant... Read More →
avatar for Nalani Fujimori Kaina

Nalani Fujimori Kaina

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
Nalani Fujimori Kaina is executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i, a statewide LSC-funded organization with 10 offices and more than 100 staff. She is a commissioner on the Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission and serves on the board of directors of the National... Read More →
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Nikole Nelson

Executive Director, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Nikole Nelson is the executive director of Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), Alaska’s only statewide provider of civil legal aid to low-income Alaskans. Nikole oversees ALSC’s 11 offices and a 50-member staff scattered across the vast and remote State of Alaska. Nikole... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Chevy Chase Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

10:30am

Domestic Violence Education & Outreach through Community Empowerment [RJ]
This panel discussion will help organizations develop culturally competent domestic violence education and outreach programs through community empowerment. Panelists will share their own challenges in expanding outreach and services to Native American and immigrant populations. We often "speak at" people to define domestic violence and how to resolve intimate partner violence in families and communities. This panel will challenge the traditional mode of outreach and suggest a methodology based instead on listening to communities, identifying cultural resilience, and uplifting cultural practices that address violence against women.

Speakers
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Tatjana Anne Johnson

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
Tatjana Anne Johnson is the managing attorney of the Hawai‘i Immigrant Justice Center at the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i. Ms. Johnson’s practice focuses on providing legal advocacy to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Ms. Johnson has been... Read More →
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Joanne Loeak

Outreach Specialist, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
Joanne Loeak was born and raised in Majuro, which is the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Joanne migrated to Hawaii in 1996 for schooling and to seek better opportunities for her family. She joined the Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center at the Legal Aid Society in 2014... Read More →
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Kace Rodwell

Attorney, Oklahoma Indian Legal Services
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Mary Beth Williams

Attorney, Oklahoma Indian Legal Services


Friday November 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Westchester Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

10:30am

Preparing Your Community for a Larger Undocumented Population [RJ]
In about a year, the undocumented population in the U.S. is expected to increase significantly due to changes in federal immigration policies, including termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). The end of these programs affects approximately 1.2 million people who have lived legally in the U.S. for years as well as their families. When their current protections expire, many of these individuals will lose access to critical benefits such as government-issued identification, driving privileges, and access to higher education. Speakers will address potential challenges a new group of undocumented individuals could face in obtaining employment and critical services they once had access to, such as banking services, housing, health care, and applying for public benefits for their qualifying dependents. Participants will learn what strategies they can develop to work with local allies to prepare for such a significant change and support their communities.

Speakers
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Victoria Giambra

Managing Attorney, Catholic Charities-Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance
Victoria (Vickie) Giambra has been practicing immigration law since 2009. Previously in private practice working on a variety of matters, including business and family related immigration cases, Vickie joined Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in January 2017... Read More →
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Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Advocacy Attorney, Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC)
Grounded in Catholic social teaching, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., is the largest network of community-based nonprofit immigration legal programs, with 330 affiliates in 47 states and the District of Columbia. CLINIC’s principal services include legal and management... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Monarch Westin Galleria, 24th Level

10:30am

Serving Those Who Serve
Civil legal aid for veterans has become a top priority for the American Bar Association, local and statewide bar associations, and a growing number of law school clinics around the country. Legal aid providers have found funding support for this work in many places, including as partners within the VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families grant and through medical/legal partnerships organized at VA medical centers. And yet, the role of lawyers remains controversial, with some nonprofits preferring not to use attorneys when their veteran clients need help, even when legal protections are being ignored. This session will showcase local Houston collaborations and national developments that can help participants deliver best practices in their community and increase funding to support that work.

Speakers
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Leslie Ginzel

Program Director, Beacon Law
Leslie S. Ginzel is an attorney and the current program director for Beacon Law, a program of The Beacon, which provides essential and next step services to restore hope and help end homelessness in Houston. Leslie routinely presents on areas of expertise and engages to support system... Read More →
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Nan Heald

Executive Director, Pine Tree Legal Assistance
Nan Heald has been the executive director of Maine’s largest legal aid provider, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, since 1990. She grew up in Maine and is a graduate of Smith College and George Washington University Law School. Nan worked for the federal government and in private practice... Read More →
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Alec Lawton

Public Interest Attorney and Adjunct Professor, Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics at South Texas College of Law Houston
Alec Lawton is a public interest attorney and adjunct professor at the Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics at South Texas College of Law Houston. He leads the Veterans Clinic, in which second- and third-year law students assist veterans with VA claims and applications for discharge upgrades... Read More →
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Andrew Lehmann

Veterans Legal Initiative Attorney, Houston Bar Association
Andrew Lehmann is a staff attorney with Houston Volunteer Lawyers and has been the attorney in charge of the Houston Bar Association’s Veterans Legal Initiative for six years. The program conducts more than 70 free legal clinics annually and advises or represents about 2,500 veterans... Read More →


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

10:30am

The 850,000 Left Out: Where to Send Them
We know from the 2017 Justice Gap Report that more than half of the estimated 1.7 million problems that were presented to LSC-funded legal aid organizations last year received limited or no legal help. This session will provide updates on resources that are currently available to many of those who are screened out, whether for income, conflicts, limited resources, or citizenship status, with particular focus on internet-based options.

Speakers
avatar for Tali Albukerk

Tali Albukerk

National Administrator, ABA Free Legal Answers, American Bar Association
Tali Albukerk is the national administrator of ABA Free Legal Answers for the ABA Center for Pro Bono. Tali previously held the position of staff attorney/pro bono projects manager for the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel. During her career, Tali has... Read More →
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Hannah Allison

Pro Bono Programs, Administrator, State Bar of Texas
Hannah Allison is the Pro Bono Programs administrator for the State Bar of Texas and manages Texas's Free Legal Answers-Texas Legal Answers. She has been at the State Bar for just over nine years, working within the Legal Access Division and the Texas Access to Justice Commission... Read More →
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Jessie Campbell

Pro Bono & Outreach Director, Houston Volunteer Lawyers
Jessie Campbell is the Pro Bono & Outreach director for Houston Volunteer Lawyers (HVL). HVL strives to “make it easy” for attorneys to provide pro bono assistance while meeting the civil legal services needs for our clients, for whom HVL may be their last hope for assistance... Read More →
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Chanita Chantaplin-McLelland

Managing Attorney, Texas Legal Services Center / TexasLawHelp
Chanita Chantaplin-McLelland is the managing attorney for the Self-Represented Litigants Program at the Texas Legal Services Center, in Austin, and was previously a staff attorney with Disability Rights Texas in Houston. Along with her team, she oversees TexasLawHelp. In addition... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Plaza Ballroom II

10:30am

Thinking Outside the "Legal" Box: Using Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Assist Vulnerable Clients [RJ]
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.

Speakers
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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 →
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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
Woodway I

10:30am

Legal Services’ Community Engagement & the Poor People’s Campaign of Today [RJ]
Join us for an interactive workshop that discusses the role of community engagement and client-centered legal services in the age of The Poor People’s Campaign for today.

Speakers
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Rosita Stanley

Board Member, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
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Chuck Wynder

Staff Officer for Social Justice & Advocacy Engagement, The Episcopal Church
Charles “Chuck” Wynder Jr. serves as the staff officer for social justice & advocacy engagement for The Episcopal Church and works to enhance its capacity for advocacy and community organizing for social and racial justice. Chuck previously served as the executive director of... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Tanglewood Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

10:30am

Language Access in State Courts [RJ]
This workshop will examine language access obligations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as they apply to state courts. Panelists will discuss advocacy efforts and U.S. Department of Justice enforcement examples as they relate to the current state of language access in courts. Participants will learn about court language access obligations under Title VI, local laws and ordinances, and other model standards.

Speakers
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Christine Clarke

Director, Civil Rights Justice Initiative, Legal Services NYC
Christine Clarke is the director of the Civil Rights Justice Initiative at Legal Services NYC, where she works with LSNYC’s 600+ advocates throughout New York City, using litigation and advocacy to protect and advance the rights of low-income New Yorkers to be free from discrimination... Read More →
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Daniel Hu

NAPABA Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Daniel Hu is the chief of the Civil Division with the United States Attorney’s Office in Houston. The office has a civil rights section that works with Main Justice on language access issues. He joined the U.S. Attorney’s office in 1992 from private practice. He holds a B.A. and... Read More →
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Joann Lee

Special Counsel, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Joann Lee is a special counsel on language justice at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Bilingual in Korean, Ms. Lee has provided direct legal services to the Asian/Pacific Islander (API) immigrant population in the Los Angeles area at LAFLA since 2000. Ms. Lee specializes... Read More →
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Michael Mulé

Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice
Michael Mulé is an attorney-advisor at the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS) of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice and is a member of the FCS language access courts initiative. He enforces Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and coordinates... Read More →
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Kevonne Small

Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice
Dr. Kevonne Small, an attorney-advisor in the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS) in DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, investigates allegations of Title VI violations and ensures federal agencies consistently and effectively enforce statutes and related Executive Orders... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Sage

10:30am

Who Me, Biased? Recognizing & Responding to Bias & Microaggression in the Legal Profession [RJ]
As our profession is grounded in principles of integrity and objectivity, it can be challenging to accept that implicit bias plays a role in legal practice. But humans are hardwired to be biased; it is just part of who we are. Such bias, though, can lead to explicit discrimination and prejudice or microaggression (such as micro-insults, micro-invalidations, and micro-assaults) based on, for example, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, weight, or ability. This interactive session will teach lawyers how to recognize and respond to implicit bias and microagression and implement techniques to mitigate, override, interrupt, and confront bias in their legal practice.

Speakers
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Tanya Douglas

Director of Disability Advocacy Project and Veterans Justice Project, Legal Services NYC
Tanya Douglas is the director of the Disability Advocacy Project (DAP) at Manhattan Legal Services (MLS) and coordinates the Veterans Justice Project at MLS, which is a program of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC). Tanya is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School. Tanya is... Read More →
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Latonia Haney Keith

Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education, Concordia University School of Law
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Lillian Moy

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY
Lillian M. Moy became the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. in 1995. She is a 1981 graduate of Boston University School of Law. She is a former member of the Board of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and past Chair of NLADA’s... Read More →
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Dina Shafey Scott

Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Legal Services Corporation
Dina Shafey Scott is the inaugural Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator with Legal Services Corporation, in that she is tasked with creating and coordinating the forthcoming Legal Services learning platform for grantees and other stakeholders in the Legal Aid field. Dr. Shafey... Read More →


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

10:30am

Defending Our Own: The Life and Journey of the Black Public Defender [RJ]
This panel will discuss the lived experiences of black public defenders and formally introduce the new section of NLADA, the Black Public Defender Association. The panelists will discuss the purpose, goals, and why its creation was necessary.

Moderators
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Patrice James

Director of Community Justice, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Patrice James has spent her career tackling the inequities of the criminal justice system. Most recently she was a founding attorney of Still She Rises, Tulsa, where she provided holistic legal representation, primarily to low-income women of color; engaged in community building... Read More →

Speakers
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Keir Bradford-Grey

Chief Defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia
Keir Bradford-Grey was named chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia in 2015. Previously, she was a trial lawyer at the Defender Association and the Delaware Federal Public Defender’s Office before she was named chief defender for the Montgomery County (PA) Public... Read More →
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Kevann Gardner

Criminal Defense Attorney, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
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Lori James-Townes

Clinical Assistant Professor, Towson University
Lori James-Townes has more than 20 years of clinical practice, leadership, and management experience. Professor James-Townes joined Towson University in 2017. Before joining the Towson family, Lori was director of social work, leadership, and program development at the Maryland Office... Read More →
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Martesha Johnson

Chief Defender, Nashville Defender's Office
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James King

Supervising Attorney, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
James King is a supervising attorney with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia in the Trial Division. Mr. King represents adults and juveniles charged as adults at the District of Columbia Superior Court and in front of the United States Parole Commission. He has... Read More →
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Adeola Ogunkeyede

Legal Director, Civil Rights & Racial Justice Program, Legal Aid Justice Center


Friday November 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
San Felipe Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

10:30am

Surveys, Data, and Client Satisfaction in Indigent Defense
How does an indigent defense office know if it's being effective? Is such a thing quantifiable? Rebecca Ackerman is a data scientist at New York County Defender Services, the second largest indigent defense office in Manhattan, and is the co-author of Incorporating Client Perspectives into Indigent Defense Research: A Guide for Practitioners. This will be a moderated, interactive lecture/discussion on the role of data-driven analyses applicable to the indigent defense community. We will include a discussion of the potential role of client satisfaction surveys and other possible metrics that may be brought to bear to improve the quality of representation that clients receive from indigent defense providers. Sergio De La Pava will provide the perspective of lifelong public defender helping to manage a public defender office and searching for any innovations in data science as it relates to indigent defense. Other topics will include the role of data analyses in the criminal justice system as a whole and how public defenders may usefully harness this information.

Speakers
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Rebecca Ackerman

Data Scientist, New York County Defender Services
Rebecca Ackerman is a data scientist, social science researcher, and technologist who focuses on using social science research to empower communities. She is a data scientist at New York County Defender Services, where she develops methods of determining what works in indigent defense... Read More →
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Sergio De La Pava

Legal Director, New York County Defender Services
Sergio De La Pava is the author of three novels: A Naked Singularity, Personae, and Lost Empress. He is also a lifelong public defender and legal director at New York County Defender Services in Manhattan, where he represents indigent criminal defendants and advocates for large-scale... Read More →
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Nicole Taylor

Managing Director, The International Legal Found
Nicole Taylor is managing director of the International Legal Foundation (ILF). She is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who practiced in the Philadelphia area for eight years as a private defense lawyer and as a staff attorney at the Public Defender Association of Philadelphia... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
West Alabama Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

10:30am

May the Force of Social Change Be with You
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.

Moderators
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Helen Tran

Staff 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 →

Speakers
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Javier Beltran

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 our Measure H Legal Services team working with the homeless population to remove legal barriers to housing... Read More →
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Ronnette Ramos

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

Associate Supervising Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles 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 LA County... Read More →


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

12:05pm

NLADA Awards Luncheon
Enjoy a luncheon with friends and colleagues while we honor this year's award winners.

Friday November 2, 2018 12:05pm - 2:15pm
Galleria Ballroom Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

2:30pm

Ethical Dilemmas in Client Representation
This workshop will address several ethical dilemmas facing civil legal aid attorneys in representing clients and will provide a forum for discussion of how the rules of professional conduct apply. Session leaders will facilitate discussion among participants about various scenarios that illustrate ethical issues. Topics covered will include conflicts of interest, representing clients with diminished capacity, ghostwriting, attorney fee issues, and more. Some time will be reserved for general discussion of cases and questions from the audience.

Speakers
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Anne Sweeney

Managing Attorney for Community Engagement, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Anne K. Sweeney is managing attorney for community engagement at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. Anne works with community groups, partner organizations, and staff on community lawyering, outreach and education, training, social work, and advocacy for vulnerable populations. She... Read More →
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John Whitelaw

Advocacy Director, Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
John Whitelaw is the advocacy director at Community Legal Aid Society, Inc., in Delaware. John returned to CLASI in December 2017 after a 20-year absence. Founded in 1946, CLASI is a statewide nonprofit law firm whose mission is to combat injustice through creative and persistent... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Plaza Ballroom II

2:30pm

Expanding Our Reach: Rural Environment Drives Innovation and Powerful Cross-Sector Interventions [RJ]
Partnering for Native Health is a multi-state collaborative project serving members of more than 100 tribal nations in some of the most isolated and rural communities in the country. Panelists will discuss their project and their vision for the future that integrates post-secondary education, health care, legal aid, and technology to build a community-based, culturally appropriate legal extender network that empowers communities and provides access to justice to people living in places as far flung as Tuba City, Navajo Nation, to the native Village of Selawick, Alaska.

Speakers
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Liz Keith

Program Director, Pro Bono Net
Liz is Program Director with Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice through legal empowerment, volunteer mobilization and transformative collaborations. Liz joined Pro Bono Net in 2004, working first as a LawHelp Circuit Rider supporting web-based... Read More →
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Nikole Nelson

Executive Director, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Nikole Nelson is the executive director of Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), Alaska’s only statewide provider of civil legal aid to low-income Alaskans. Nikole oversees ALSC’s 11 offices and a 50-member staff scattered across the vast and remote State of Alaska. Nikole... Read More →
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Bob Onders

Medical Director / President, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium/Alaska Pacific University
In early 2017, Dr. Robert Onders joined Alaska Pacific University as president. Previously, Dr. Onders served Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) as medical director of Community and Health Systems Improvement. Before joining ANTHC, Dr. Onders worked as clinical director... Read More →
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Izzy Williamson

Partnering for Native Health Project Director, DNA Legal Services
Izzy Williamson is the Medical-Legal Partnership project director at DNA-People’s Legal Services, where she manages the MLP on the Navajo Nation (Four Corners Legal Care). In an effort to replicate the Four Corners Legal Care model, AmeriCorps awarded funding in 2016 to expand and... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Woodway I

2:30pm

Faith & Justice Partnerships: Engaging the Faith Community for Enhanced Access to Legal Care
Legal issues can be frightening and difficult to address, and many people turn to their faith leaders for answers and guidance, often because the faith leader is frequently trusted in a way that the legal community is not. This can be particularly true for disadvantaged and low-income individuals who may feel overwhelmed and discouraged by the legal system. Through partnerships and collaborations that meet people where they are already turning for help—in this example, faith communities—legal aid organizations can expand their reach and continue to provide the highest level of service to their communities. Learn how examples of faith-based community partnerships can enhance the care that legal service providers are able to provide, can serve as an access point meeting people where they are turning for help, and can engage new pro bono volunteers to take legal referrals!

Speakers
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Andrae Crismon

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands
Andrae P. Crismon is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and a 2003 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Journal of Transnational Law. Crismon joined the Gallatin Office of Legal Aid Society in 2007 and thereafter was promoted... Read More →
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Kimi deMent

Pro Bono Coordinator, TN Administrative Office of the Courts
Kimi deMent serves as the pro bono coordinator for the Tennessee Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission and liaison for the Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance. Before her work for the Court, she worked as a family justice attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee... Read More →
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Kathryn Ellis

Pro Bono Director, Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Kathryn Ellis joined Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) in March 2012 with a primary area of practice in domestic violence law. In July 2016, Dr. Ellis became the pro bono director for LAET’s Knoxville area offices and is responsible for recruiting and coordinating volunteer pro... Read More →
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Tabitha Ponder

Contract Attorney for Judicial Council, GA Administrative Office of the Courts
Tabitha Ponder earned a B.S. degree in Psychology from Albany State University in 1996 and a J.D. from Mercer University School of Law in 1999. She is the founder and managing attorney of the Ponder Law Group, LLC, where she practices throughout the State of Georgia. She currently... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Chevy Chase Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

2:30pm

Natural Disasters: The New Gentrification [RJ]
Wealth inequality has persisted along racial lines in Eastern North Carolina for decades. Research shows that natural disasters actually increase this disparity. With the rise of gentrification in rural parts of the east, African-American communities struggle to hold onto their property and neighborhoods. For generations, these communities of landowners have passed their property through intestacy (a process known as heir property), making it more vulnerable to opportunistic developers and more difficult to access funds to maintain and restore their property after a disaster. With the challenges of “rural renewal” as a backdrop, this session will explore the intersection between the longstanding challenges heir property issues and increasingly common natural disasters. Specifically, we will explore the challenges that African-American homeowners face in trying to access disaster relief funds, which in turn prevents them from repairing their property, drives them out of family homes, and increases the wealth chasm.

Speakers
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Lesley Albritton

Supervising Attorney/CED Practice Group Manager, Legal Aid of NC, Inc.
Lesley Wiseman Albritton is the directing attorney of disaster recovery for Legal Aid of North Carolina and the practice group manager for community economic development. Lesley attended Simon’s Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, before transferring to Kenyon... Read More →
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Richard Klein

Managing Attorney - Wilmington NC, Legal Aid of NC, Inc.
Richard M. Klein is senior managing attorney of the Wilmington Office of Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. (LANC) and southeast regional manager of LANC. He is co-chair of the LANC Employment Law Practice Group and the Employment Law Taskforce. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic... Read More →
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Yolanda Taylor

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid of North Carolina Inc.–Wilson/Goldsboro Office
Yolanda Taylor serves as a managing attorney with Legal Aid of NC, where she oversees the delivery of legal services in six counties located in disaster stricken eastern North Carolina. Yolanda practices primarily in the areas of housing, nonprofit law, disaster relief, and community... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Woodway III

2:30pm

Really Doing It! Assessing Community Needs and Setting Priorities [RJ]
To effectively assess the most urgent legal needs of the client communities in their service area and set priorities, every civil legal services organization should gather information from its clients, community agency colleagues, and relevant data sets. How do you do it? What has worked well? How do you go beyond written surveys to conduct a genuine assessment of legal need in your client communities? Panelists and participants will discuss strategies and methods that grantees employ to successfully identify the most critical legal needs of their client communities and establish program priorities.

Speakers
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Kelly Carmody

Consultant, Kelly Carmody
Kelly Carmody, of Carmody and Associates, provides consulting services to organizations to improve their operations and impact. Areas of expertise include strategic planning, management coaching/assistance, program evaluation, staff and pro bono delivery system improvement, process/organizational... Read More →
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Bristow Hardin

Senior Research Analyst, Legal Services Corporation
Bristow Hardin has been a LSC program analyst since 2003 and was previously a LSC program analyst from 1995 to 1998. He oversees the evaluations of TIG projects, analyzes economic and demographic trends affecting the allocation of LSC funding and the demands on LSC grantees’ services... Read More →
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Lillian Johnson

Executive Director, Community Legal Services Arizona
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Lillian Moy

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY
Lillian M. Moy became the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. in 1995. She is a 1981 graduate of Boston University School of Law. She is a former member of the Board of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and past Chair of NLADA’s... Read More →
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Deedee Peterson

Associate Executive Director, Legal Action of Wisconsin
Deedee Peterson is associate executive director at Legal Action of Wisconsin. She has served in many different roles to work on equal justice for low-income people since 1994, including executive director at the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund; development director at the National Housing... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Woodway II

2:30pm

Systems Thinking for Creating Impact
Have you ever wondered why a program that you’ve created is not having the impact that you’ve wanted on the overall system, and things just go back right to where it started? Sometimes it is due to not looking more broadly at the system and knowing where the right leverage points are. During this workshop, you’ll learn how a systems thinking approach was used to focus civil legal services for the houseless population, how this kind of approach is used in medical-legal partnerships, and a few ways that you can use these approaches to look at the work that you are trying to do and the impact you are aiming to have.

Speakers
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Catherine Carr

Coordinator, NLADA Strategic Advocacy Initiative, Catherine Carr Consulting
Cathy is the immediate past Executive Director of Community Legal | Services, the largest civil legal aid provider in Philadelphia, a position she held for | twenty years. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School | and School of Social Work and Social... Read More →
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Nalani Fujimori Kaina

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
Nalani Fujimori Kaina is executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i, a statewide LSC-funded organization with 10 offices and more than 100 staff. She is a commissioner on the Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission and serves on the board of directors of the National... Read More →
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Ellen Lawton

Co-Principal Investigator, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
Ellen Lawton, J.D., is a principal investigator and lead research scientist at the George Washington University where she leads the University's National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership in the Department of Health Policy and Management._x000D_ An expert in poverty law generally... Read More →
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Angela Lovitt

Deputy Director, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
Angela Lovitt is deputy director of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i, where she is leading the organization’s efforts around re-envisioning legal services delivery to the houseless population and overseeing the delivery of client services. She is a 1992 graduate of Saint Louis... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Sage

2:30pm

What to Do When the Unexpected Happens: Media Preparedness and Crisis Communications
During the last two years, legal aid organizations were thrust into the spotlight by multiple events, including massive hurricanes and raging fires, attempts to eliminate LSC, family separation, and even the release of national eviction rankings. Each created an opportunity to influence media coverage on a range of issues and gave the nation a glimpse into the extraordinary work that attorneys do every day. The next opportunity or crisis could be just around the corner. Does your organization have a plan ready to effectively respond to sudden, urgent interest from reporters? Do you have a plan for managing potentially negative coverage? This workshop brings together media experts and experienced advocates to offer practical advice about crisis communication and what you need to be prepared for your media moment.

Speakers
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Miriam Camero

Case Manager, RAICES
For the last two years, Miriam Camero has been a case manager for RAICES. Up until May 2018, Miriam was the only staff member for RAICES Houston and had been local point of contact through the travel ban, challenges to DACA, Hurricane Harvey, and zero tolerance. Miriam attended the... Read More →
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Anne Chandler

Executive Director, Tahirih Justice Center
Anne Chandler is the executive director of Tahirih Justice Center’s Houston office and teaches Human Trafficking Law and Policy as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center. Since Tahirih opened its doors in Houston in 2009, Anne has provided the Houston office... Read More →
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Søren Rasmussen

Media Relations Manager, Voices for Civil Justice
Søren Rasmussen is the media relations manager at Voices for Civil Justice. Søren was born in Korea and grew up in Denmark, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern Denmark. He has a master’s degree in elections and campaign management... Read More →
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Carl Rauscher

Dir., Communications and Media Relations, Lsc
Carl Rauscher had a long career in print and broadcast journalism before becoming the Legal Services Corporation’s Director of Communications and Media Relations six years ago. He was political editor and Washington bureau managing editor for Cox Newspapers; Washington editor for... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Plaza Ballroom I Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

2:30pm

Lifting up Community Voices in State Administrate Proceedings [RJ]
This session is designed to discuss the importance of engagement by community organizations and other community voices in proceedings before state agencies and to identify the barriers that prevent engagement and how to overcome them. While the focus will be work performed before state and public utility commissions, the techniques will be applicable to many clients seeking to be more involved in proceedings before administrative agencies in their state. The session will address questions such as: Why is democratizing utility advocacy important? How do community groups make the process more accessible to affected voices? How do we build capacity for those who historically have been left out of regulatory proceedings to effectively intervene? The session seeks to provide a vision for a paradigm shift to a regulatory process that centers the voices of clients and the community.

Speakers
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Patrick Cicero

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
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Rochelle Jackson

NLADA Client Council Member, Neighborhood Legal Services Association and Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
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Marsha White-Mathis

Client Board Member, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network


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

2:30pm

#MeToo: Empowering Voices and Supporting Changes to Upend Norms of Sexual Assault and Harassment and Their Impact
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.

Speakers
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Cynthia Chavez

Mental Health Program Director, Lubbock Private Defender Office
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Nan Heald

Executive Director, Pine Tree Legal Assistance
Nan Heald has been the executive director of Maine’s largest legal aid provider, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, since 1990. She grew up in Maine and is a graduate of Smith College and George Washington University Law School. Nan worked for the federal government and in private practice... Read More →
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Alison Paul

Executive Director, Montana Legal Services Association
Alison Paul is the Executive Director of the Montana Legal Services Association in Helena, Montana. Alison attended law school at the University of Kansas, and was in private practice in Chicago, Illinois, primarily advising tax-exempt organizations on tax and corporate issues before... Read More →
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Dina Shafey Scott

Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Legal Services Corporation
Dina Shafey Scott is the inaugural Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator with Legal Services Corporation, in that she is tasked with creating and coordinating the forthcoming Legal Services learning platform for grantees and other stakeholders in the Legal Aid field. Dr. Shafey... Read More →


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

2:30pm

Building the Civil Justice System Reform Movement, Including as a Next Front in the Criminal Justice Reform Movement [RJ]
We are seeing an expansion of the civil justice system reform movement that includes: research, legal representation, self-help, technology, communication, research, government support, political engagement, community empowerment, and judicial leadership. Yet most people are still unable to secure civil legal aid. Courts are struggling to preserve basic services. Non-lawyers are barred from helping people. Lives continue to be interrupted by a civil justice system that presumes equal power between parties and that directly and indirectly pushes people into homelessness, poverty, and even into the criminal justice system. To what degree does civil justice system reform prioritize racial justice, profile societal savings, and promise substantive justice in specific areas of law such as evictions, debt, jobs, family, and benefits? Is the movement successfully engaging activists in communities most affected by an unjust system? Is it enlisting the passion of leaders in all sectors of society, including students, social scientists, corporate leaders, government officials, and philanthropic leaders? Criminal justice system reform has a goal, a theory, a financial argument, criminology, books, television shows, films, litigation, and organizing. Join in discussing all of the elements essential to the success of the civil justice system reform movement.

Speakers
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David Udell

Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law School
David S. Udell, executive director of the National Center for Access to Justice; and Co-director, A2J Initiative at Fordham Law School, guides the work of NCAJ in improving the circumstances of vulnerable people in the justice system, including its Justice Index, its Guide to Using... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Monarch Westin Galleria, 24th Level

2:30pm

Race and Wrongful Misdemeanors [RJ]
This session will explore how misdemeanors and municipal courts are abused to target, ensnare, and marginalize people of color. It will cover the criminalization of innocuous activity, the over-policing of neighborhoods, and the systemic problems within municipal courts that have weaponized misdemeanors as a tool of racial oppression. Lastly, it will encourage participants to examine and rethink the role and responsibilities of defenders in municipal court.

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Trautman Baszynski

Nikki Trautman Baszynski

Assistant State Public Defender, Ohio Public Defender
Nikki Trautman Baszynski is an assistant state public defender in the Ohio Public Defender's Appeals and Postconviction Department and the founding co-chair of the office's Racial Justice Initiative. Her work in the initiative has centered on the criminalization of poverty, relationship-building... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Post Oak Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

2:30pm

Advocacy Meets Funding and Finance: Managing Program Finances and Fund Development to Support Strong and Broad Advocacy [RJ]
The residents of a toxic building need a lawyer to face up against the big landlord; or the city council needs to hear how a proposed ordinance would impact low-income residents of color. But does your program have the right resources to support this work? The workshop features experienced program leaders who will help you think about how to develop the resources that will support strong impact advocacy, through smart fundraising, sound financial management, well-constructed cash reserves, and acquisition of less-restricted funds to ensure that your program can do the work your clients need.

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Cotter

Colleen Cotter

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Colleen Cotter became executive director of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland in 2005. She is a board member of Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Saint Luke’s Foundation, president of Greater Cleveland United Way Council of Agency Executives, and a member of Cleveland... Read More →
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Steven Eppler-Epstein

Consultant, Non-Profit Consulting and Supports
Steve Eppler-Epstein is a justice advocate and nonprofit consultant from Connecticut. His consulting focuses on advocacy organizations that benefit from strategic analysis/planning; executive coaching and supports; executive search; project design/development; and organizational and... Read More →
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César Torres

Executive Director, Northwest Justice Project
César E. Torres has been the executive director of the Northwest Justice Project, a statewide, publicly funded legal aid program serving low-income communities throughout Washington State, since 2006. Previously, he served as deputy director of Essex Newark Legal Services in Newark... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
West Alabama Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

4:00pm

Break
Catch up with old friends and new. Visit our exhibitors.

Friday November 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Galleria Foyer Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

4:15pm

Private Partnerships and Immigration Advocacy
This workshop will introduce you to the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo) and discuss how legal services advocates can most effectively partner with large law firm pro bono programs in the immigration arena. The session will give examples of how law firms work together to coordinate resources and how nonprofit organizations can engage with this broader network to access pro bono volunteers and other support. The workshop will also cover substantive issues in immigration from this perspective, including family separations, Matter of A-B-, and other developments.

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Ellyn Haikin Josef

Pro Bono Counsel, Vinson & Elkins LLP
As Pro Bono Counsel, Ellyn Josef coordinates and manages Vinson & Elkins' pro bono initiatives. Based in the Houston office, Ellyn supervises all firm-wide pro bono activities and committees and spearheads the development of local, national, and international pro bono projects. Ellyn’s... Read More →
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Allegra R. Nethery

Pro Bono & Philanthropy Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Ms. Nethery is a partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP. As the firm’s full-time pro bono and philanthropy partner, Ms. Nethery directs Seyfarth Shaw’s global pro bono program, identifying opportunities for the firm’s attorneys to volunteer their legal services, working with legal aid... Read More →
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Monique R. Sherman

Pro Bono Counsel, Cooley LLP
Monique maintains and develops Cooley's pro bono resources to ensure the firm's attorneys have the tools necessary to most effectively represent their pro bono clients. She provides technical assistance to attorneys throughout the firm on pro bono matters, and manages the firms pro... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Woodway III

4:15pm

#Engage: Get Social (Media) with Your Volunteers, Board Members, Clients, and More!
More than 2.5 billion people today have social media accounts, and the average person spends more than 2 hours on them each day. Social media is a way to speak directly to the masses – and for them to speak back. A strong social media presence can extend your organization’s reach, sharing your vision and values and reflecting your community’s diverse needs. Whether you’re a social media master or have never sent a tweet, this interactive session will share some tricks and tools to help engage your audience, no matter who they are. Participants will walk away with a social media plan to bring back to their organizations and put into practice.

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Claud Nelson

Pro Bono Program Officer, The Florida Bar Foundation
In his statewide role as the pro bono program officer, Claud Nelson serves a resource for low-income Floridians, pro bono lawyers, and more than 30 civil legal aid organizations in Florida. He fosters pro bono relationships and collaborations with bar associations, law firms, courts... Read More →
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Kate York

Grants Program Officer, The Florida Bar Foundation
Kate York is the grants program officer at The Florida Bar Foundation. Her responsibilities include creating grant applications, drafting contracts, managing grantee relationships, and reviewing performance outcomes. Previously, Kate worked as a Guardian ad Litem in Orange and Miami-Dade... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Chevy Chase Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

4:15pm

Advancing Justice through Storytelling & Strategic Communications
Our issues are making headlines, as people living in poverty are in constant threat due to harmful proposals at the state and federal levels. How do we connect the dots for our audiences from one news story to the next? How do we empower and bolster our clients to share their own stories and use their own voice in advocacy? How do we emphasize values over problems as we seek to change hearts and minds? Learn from communications leaders at law and policy organizations as they share recent experiences and offer inspiration and guidance to advance our collective work.

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Caitlin Brown

Communications Director, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Caitlin Brown is the communications director for Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS). In addition to facilitating CLS’s media contacts, Ms. Brown develops and maintains CLS’s social media, website, publications, and other external communications, and she serves as a... Read More →
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Christine Clarke

Director, Civil Rights Justice Initiative, Legal Services NYC
Christine Clarke is the director of the Civil Rights Justice Initiative at Legal Services NYC, where she works with LSNYC’s 600+ advocates throughout New York City, using litigation and advocacy to protect and advance the rights of low-income New Yorkers to be free from discrimination... Read More →
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Ambar Mentor-Truppa

Vice President of Communications, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Ambar Mentor-Truppa provides strategic direction and oversight to the Shriver Center's public relations, brand management, and marketing activities. She has 15 years of private sector experience in strategic communications, previously working as a consultant for several boutique public... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
West Alabama Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

4:15pm

Home Safe: Integrating Housing and Domestic Violence Practice
An alarming proportion of people living in poverty are in or have experienced abusive relationships. A lack of economic and housing security often perpetuates the problem of abuse. Domestic violence (DV) and the financial abuse attendant to it jeopardize housing. New York State and HUD have recently adopted housing protections for survivors of domestic abuse. This workshop reviews the RPL, RPAPL, and VAWA provisions; examines a recent appellate division case based on VAWA; and surveys the developing case law on the intersection of housing and DV. This workshop is geared toward housing and DV practitioners and their supervisors to provide tools for collaboration between practice areas to better serve clients. Housing providers and judges need to be educated on domestic violence, including economic abuse, which is pervasive and devastating. HUD’s VAWA guidance encompasses economic abuse, but there is a general lack of knowledge and understanding. Housing and DV attorneys need to have a basic understanding of each other’s practice area so they can recognize issues and address their common or respective clients’ needs.

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Vinita Kamath

Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Vinita Kamath is currently a senior attorney in housing in the Poughkeepsie office of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. She previously worked as a tenant attorney in New York City at CAMBA Legal Services in Brooklyn and at Housing Conservation Coordinators, Inc. (HCC), in Manhattan... Read More →
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Marcie Kobak

Supervising Attorney - Litigation, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Marcie Kobak is the supervising attorney for litigation at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. In addition to developing impact cases and overseeing litigation, she handles multi-family housing cases out of Legal Services’ Yonkers Office. Marcie also assists consumers facing creditor... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Sage

4:15pm

So You’re Interested in Form Automation-Now What? A Document Assembly Overview
The use of automated forms has become an important tool in the fight for access to justice. Whether by guiding the pro se litigant through a complex legal form that will produce a document ready for filing, or providing a streamlined and efficient system of forms for legal aid and pro bono attorneys, any legal aid organization can benefit from document assembly. This session will cover:
* How document assembly is being used in legal aid
* Overview of document assembly tools
* How to get started
* Best practices

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Chanita Chantaplin-McLelland

Managing Attorney, Texas Legal Services Center / TexasLawHelp
Chanita Chantaplin-McLelland is the managing attorney for the Self-Represented Litigants Program at the Texas Legal Services Center, in Austin, and was previously a staff attorney with Disability Rights Texas in Houston. Along with her team, she oversees TexasLawHelp. In addition... Read More →
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Jessica Frank

A2J Author Project Manager, CALI
Jessica Frank is the A2J Author Project Manager for the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). She oversees the development team for A2J Author and provides community outreach, technical support, and training resources to the automated document development community... Read More →
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Michael Hofrichter

Operations and Compliance Director, Houston Volunteer Lawyers
Michael Hofrichter’s current title at Houston Volunteer Lawyers is the Operations and Compliance Director, however his responsibilities go beyond that. In his Director role, he oversees the Program’s support staff; updates HVL training/policy/template libraries; manages the IT... Read More →
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Aaron Varner

Staff Attorney, Texas Legal Services Center
Aaron Varner is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law and holds an M.P.A. from the University of Wisconsin’s Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, where he focused on technology policy. He is currently a staff attorney at Texas Legal Services Center in Austin, where... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Monarch Westin Galleria, 24th Level

4:15pm

Worth the Work: Building an Information Clearinghouse Website with an Interactive Map
The website of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, which features an interactive status map with multiple views as well as other advanced technology, now serves as a primary information clearinghouse in the country. However, it was a challenging process that took several years. This panel, which features representatives from both the NCCRC and the company that wrote the website code, will explore how and why the website was created, the challenges encountered during the process, and the lessons learned for those interested in reworking or recreating their organization websites.

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Gayle Carney

Director of Strategy, Pulse Forward
Gayle Carney is the co-founder and director of strategy at Pulse Forward, an organization that offers a continuum of services that build effective nonprofit organizations from strategic planning through branding and websites. For more than 20 years, Gayle Carney’s leadership has... Read More →
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John Pollock

Coordinator, National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel
John Pollock is a staff attorney for the Public Justice Center who has served for the past nine years as the coordinator of the National Coalition for the Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC). The NCCRC works to establish the right to counsel for low-income individuals in civil cases involving... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Woodway II

4:15pm

Clients and Board Positions
How do clients become leaders on their boards? The voices of client board members are extremely important! How do we change the culture of our boards? In this session you will hear from a team that explains not only the importance of having a client member on the board, but in an executive position on the board. You will explore the steps to become an integral part of the board, make important changes for your organization, and learn how to communicate with your board as well as donors. Our panelists are veterans at identifying and assisting change within a program. One step forward is a change for those we represent!

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Jessica Keith

Client Eligible Board Chair, Legal Aid of Wyoming
Jessica Keith is the client-eligible board chair of Legal Aid of Wyoming. Jessica attended the University of Wyoming for Criminal Justice and received her degree for Paralegal Studies at Casper College. Jessica was a clerk of court as well as a paralegal for many years. Jessica’s... Read More →
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Raymond Macchia

Executive Director, Legal Aid of Wyoming, Inc.
Ray Macchia is the executive director of Legal Aid of Wyoming. Ray graduated law school from the University of Wyoming in 1997, and his first legal job was with Wyoming Legal Services. Ray has promoted diversity in both the board and in the staff at Legal Aid's six offices across... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Tanglewood Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

4:15pm

Leveraging GIS and Mapping Technology for Improved Strategic Advocacy [RJ]
Leverage Geographic Information System (GIS) and mapping techniques in the strategic planning process to create living tools for development, evaluation, and strategic advocacy. We outline a modern approach to strategic planning that incorporates GIS and mapping to develop practical processes for strategic thinking and decision-making. Programmatic goals and strategies are developed and revised using GIS and mapping techniques. We will discuss how to use mapping visualizations of internal and external data sources to bring the clarity needed to gain insight, drive strategic decision-making, and garner support. Use mapping to identify new data worthy of collection to enhance assessments of progress toward strategic goals. Identify patterns of legal issues and unmet service needs to guide ongoing strategic efforts. Overlay demographic data (e.g., poverty, race, English language proficiency, disability, at-risk status, veteran status) with service availability, office locations, and point-in-time snapshots of closed case data to provide powerful visualizations of the alignment between relevant populations and actual service delivery. Visualizations can be segmented in a number of ways – geographically, substantively, economically – to allow consideration of a number of different perspectives and evaluate whether current driving theories or hypotheses are accurate.

Speakers
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Alison Davis-Holland

GIS/Data Manager, Self-Represented Litigation Network
Alison Davis-Holland is the GIS/Data Manager for SRLN. She is a veteran cartographer and geographer with over 20 years of experience thinking through problems, analyzing data, and optimizing solutions using geographic information systems (GIS) technology. By considering location... Read More →
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Alex Gulotta

CEO, Komenge LLC
With more than 24 years of experience as an executive director of legal aid organizations in Virginia and California, Alex Gulotta has substantial experience in the access to justice community. In addition to his service as an executive director, since 2003 he has acted as a consultant... Read More →
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Anthony Gulotta

Chief Knowledge Officer, Komenge LLC
Anthony Gulotta has an undergraduate education focusing on philosophy of mathematics, logical systems, systematic methodology, and computer science. Anthony has six years’ experience in technical support, system administration, and the development of end-user training. He is knowledgeable... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Woodway I

4:15pm

The Trauma-Informed Advocate: Understanding and Advocating for High-Needs Clients
As advocates, we should seek to provide thoughtful, client-centered services to those who are in crisis and often further traumatized by the legal process. But what do you do when the client may feel difficult to work with, not because of the legal issues but because of how the client interacts with you? How do you advocate for a non-responsive client, a client who questions your ability, or a client who is in constant chaos? In this workshop, we will look at common client scenarios, consider our own implicit biases that may affect our interaction, and learn how to be strategic and thoughtful in future client communication in order to continue with our advocacy.

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Monte Jewell

Staff Attorney, Sexual Violence Law Center
Monte Jewell is a staff attorney with the Sexual Violence Law Center. With more than 20 years of experience in the gender-based violence field, Monte has worked professionally in multiple capacities on behalf of survivors in Montana, California, and now Washington. He joins SVLS from... Read More →
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Riddhi Mukhopadhyay

Legal Director, Sexual Violence Law Center
Riddhi Mukhopadhyay is currently the legal director at the Sexual Violence Law Center. Before her legal career, she worked as a sexual assault and domestic violence advocate in Texas, North Carolina, and Washington. Riddhi started her legal career as a Berkeley Law Foundation Legal... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Westchester Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

4:15pm

From Criminal Defense to Civil Action, Pre-Entry to Re-Entry: Recognizing the Transformative Power of Embedded General Civil Legal Services in Public Defender Offices [RJ]
Concentrated poverty and lack of access to fundamental civil needs—including homes, jobs, income, and education—are directly linked to and driving forces of criminal justice involvement (in addition to racism, classism, over policing and prosecution, and mass incarceration, to name a few). At the same time, stability in that access—preventing eviction, job loss, termination of benefits or other income—can be a powerful solution to the innumerable crushing consequences that individuals and families face when trapped in the criminal justice system. This session will focus on the Civil Action Practice at The Bronx Defenders—the largest and most comprehensive embedded general civil practice in a public defender office in the country. We will focus on our three main touchpoints for intervention: benefits access for community, team-based, integrated civil defense, and community reentry. We will relate the importance of attorney and non-attorney advocate collaboration and will discuss the value of having comprehensive civil legal services before, during, and after criminal justice involvement for impactful and transformational services. This will be presented as an innovation lab.

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Wesley Caines

Reentry and Community Outreach Coordinator, The Bronx Defenders
Wesley Caines is the reentry & community outreach coordinator for Bronx Defenders. He works with the office’s former and current clients, as well as community members, to overcome barriers based on prior justice involvement. He created and oversees the organization’s Records Accuracy... Read More →
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Runa Rajagopal

Managing Director, Civil Action Practice, The Bronx Defenders
Runa Rajagopal, a litigator and social justice advocate for more than 13 years, is currently managing director of the Civil Action Practice at The Bronx Defenders (BDX). The Bronx Defenders is an innovative, progressive public defender program that pioneered a model of legal representation... Read More →
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Cecilia Riera

Benefits Advisor, The Bronx Defenders
Cecilia Riera is a benefits adviser with the Civil Action Practice of the Bronx Defenders. She works on issues that include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (food stamps), emergency assistance, and housing assistance, among other benefits. Before coming to the Bronx... Read More →
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Mohammed Sheriff

Civil Legal Advocate, Supervisor, The Bronx Defenders
Mohamed Sheriff was the first civil legal advocate at The Bronx Defenders and, 15 years later, now supervises the legal advocates. He holds an associate degree in Paralegal studies (AAS) from Hostos Community College and a B.A. in International Government and Human Rights from John... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Post Oak Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

4:15pm

The Right to Counsel National Campaign: Championing Public Defense by Garnering Support from Unlikely Allies
Presenters from the Right to Counsel National Campaign (R2C) will build on last year’s session where we discussed the findings from the public opinion research, American Views on the Right to Counsel and Public Defense, and how defenders and advocates can use the findings to advocate for public defense. In this session, we will also present on the findings from the system actor roundtables and the accompanying communications toolkit (to be released in the summer of 2018), the roles these other system actors play in ensuring the Sixth Amendment right to counsel, and persuasive messages to gain system actor champions. During this session we will explore what this means for defenders; how defenders can use this information to champion the importance of public defense; and how defenders can collaborate with other system actors to gain support for effective public defense systems and to ensure the Sixth Amendment right to counsel.

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Kim Ball

Director, Justice Programs Office, The American University
Kim Ball joined the Justice Programs Office (JPO) in 2016 after spending 17 years at the U.S. Department of Justice. Kim is a nationally recognized and accomplished criminal justice strategist known for seeing all the moving parts and putting them together for successful social change... Read More →
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Genevieve Citrin

Senior Policy Advisor, Justice Programs Office, The American University
Genevieve Citrin Ray joined the Justice Programs Office (JPO) in 2015 and is the project director of the Right to Counsel National Campaign, a public awareness initiative that uses value-based communication tactics to inform policymakers, criminal justice stakeholders, and the public... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Plaza Ballroom II

4:15pm

Development Outreach and Strategic Communications: Connecting with Your Audience
Development and communications outreach often employ similar strategies to reach a similar goal—connecting with a specific audience. In some larger nonprofits, however, there is little coordination between the two while in some smaller nonprofits a single person is expected to do both, presenting a series of challenges. This panel will explore new ways to reach out to targeted audiences useful to both communications and development as well as better ways to integrate the two. Topics include:
* How to tailor your basic message for different audiences
* Integrating development and communications outreach
* Turning fundraising events into news events
* Using social media in development and communications campaigns
* Transforming annual reports from overgrown yearbooks to strategic outreach tools
* Wearing two hats without losing your head: challenges to those directing both communications and development

Speakers
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Clarissa Ayala

Communications Director, Lone Star Legal Aid
Clarissa Ayala serves as the Communications Director for Lone Star Legal Aid in Houston, Texas. Clarissa is LSLA’s media contact as well as drafts and delivers news/press releases regarding various litigation & advocacy topics. Clarissa writes & publishes content for the company... Read More →
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Nadia Elguindy

Director of Institutional Advancement, Legal Services Corporation
Nadia Elguindy is the director of institutional advancement at the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), where she oversees the identification and implementation of all private fundraising initiatives. Before joining LSC, she led development efforts at The Nexus Fund, the Center for International... Read More →
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Carl Rauscher

Dir., Communications and Media Relations, Lsc
Carl Rauscher had a long career in print and broadcast journalism before becoming the Legal Services Corporation’s Director of Communications and Media Relations six years ago. He was political editor and Washington bureau managing editor for Cox Newspapers; Washington editor for... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Plaza Ballroom I Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

6:00pm

Mountain West Agricultural Workers Meeting
Meeting for legal services organizations in the Mountain West region to discuss how to address the unique needs of and challenges facing agricultural workers and the delivery of legal services to agricultural workers in the region.

Friday November 2, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Westchester Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

6:00pm

NLADA Latino Advocates Section Meeting
Hear about the top issues our group is addressing now.

Friday November 2, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
San Felipe Westin Galleria, 3rd Level
 
Saturday, November 3
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Get your day started right! Have a bite and visit with our exhibitors.

Saturday November 3, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Galleria Foyer Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

7:30am

Exhibits
Visit our exhibiting partners to learn about the valuable products and services they can offer to make your work more efficient and more effective for the clients and communities you serve.

Saturday November 3, 2018 7:30am - 10:30am
Galleria Foyer Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

7:30am

Registration
Check-in with NLADA's registration staff to get your name badge, conference program, and other materials.

Saturday November 3, 2018 7:30am - 10:30am
Galleria Foyer Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

8:30am

LSC Compliance Oversight: What Every Grantee Should Know about Recent Regulatory Changes, Common Compliance Concerns, and Expected Changes to Oversight in 2019 and Beyond
This session will focus on the most common compliance issues noted by Office of Compliance and Enforcement staff during oversight visits and desk reviews and the types of issues/concerns most commonly identified by the Office of Inspector General. Recent LSC regulatory changes, changes to LSC Performance Area 4, and the impact these adjustments have had on LSC oversight will also be discussed. Finally, attendees will learn about changes to OCE visit reports, the upcoming revision to the LSC Accounting Guide, and the anticipated increase in training and technical assistance to be provided.

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Megan Lacchini

Deputy Director for General Compliance, Legal Services Corporation
Megan Lacchini is the deputy director for general compliance within the Legal Services Corporation’s (LSC) Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE). OCE oversees LSC grantees’ legal and fiscal compliance in the use of approximately $380,000,000 annually to support access to... Read More →
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Lora Rath

Director, Office of Compliance and Enforcement, Legal Services Corporation
Lora M. Rath is the director of the Legal Services Corporation’s (LSC) Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE). OCE oversees LSC grantees’ legal and fiscal compliance in the use of $410,000,000 (FYE 2018) annually to support access to justice in civil matters. Before joining... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
San Felipe Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

8:30am

#FamiliesBelongTogether: How Legal Aid, Defender Organizations, and Other Legal Service Providers Are Supporting Families Separated at the Border [RJ]
After the announcement of the federal government’s immigrant family separation policy in May 2018, lawyers sprang into action, with legal aid and defender organizations among those leading the charge to advocate for family reunification and to provide direct legal services and social work support to families and communities directly affected by the policy. This panel will highlight the work of legal aid and defender organization attorneys and social workers, in conjunction with immigrant rights and immigration legal service providers, to respond to the crisis. Panelists will also offer suggestions to NLADA members about how to get involved.

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Natalia Cornelio

Criminal Justice Reform Director, Texas Civil Rights Project
Natalia Cornelio is the director of Criminal Justice Reform at the Texas Civil Rights Project. Since joining the project, Natalia has settled TCRP’s debtor’s prison lawsuit against the City of El Paso, has expanded the project’s investigations against the Texas Department of... Read More →
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Shalyn Fluharty

Director, Family Detention Project, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Shalyn Fluharty is the director of the Family Detention Project at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid where she heads up the Dilley Pro Bono Project, which offers legal aid to migrant parents and children detained in Dilley, Texas. Before joining TRLA, she represented unaccompanied immigrant... Read More →
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Mary Harper

Staff Attorney, Immigration Practice, Brooklyn Defender Services
Mary (Van Houten) Harper is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Stanford Law School. At Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS), Mary represents detained noncitizens in removal proceedings through the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) – the nation’s first public... Read More →
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Andrea Nieves

Senior Policy Attorney, Brooklyn Defender Services
Andrea Nieves is currently a senior attorney on the Policy and Advocacy Team at Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS), a public defense office in New York City. Before joining BDS, she worked as a capital defense attorney in North Carolina and a policy advocate in Jakarta, Indonesia. Andrea... Read More →
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Ben Obregon

President, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.
Ben Obregon served on the working group that formulated the merger between the Project Advisory Group (PAG) and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. He served as the vice chair for NLADA’s Civil Policy Group and as a member of the association’s board of directors and... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
West Alabama Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

8:30am

Wills, Trusts, and Estates
Learn what you and others in the client community need to know when it comes to planning how to protect your assets and ensure that your family is protected.

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Terry Hamilton

Managing Attorney, Lone Star Legal Aid
Terry Hamilton is the Managing Attorney of the Pro Se/Self Help Unit of Lone Star Legal Aid in Houston. He has a J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Texas Tech University. He joined Gulf Coast Legal Foundation in 1992 as a staff attorney... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Tanglewood Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

8:30am

Creating Effective Communication Strategies When Serving Deaf Clients
In the United States, approximately 1 million people over age 5 are "functionally deaf." For some Deaf individuals, interactions with police, courts, and social services programs are fraught with communication and access barriers. A Deaf individual facing job discrimination, sexual harassment, or denial of interpreter services for medical care may not know where to turn for legal assistance. Similarly, a Deaf individual involved with any aspect of the criminal justice system may encounter communication barriers in those interactions. As a lawyer providing legal assistance in civil matters or as a public defender representing a Deaf defendant, how do you equip yourself to handle interactions with Deaf clients? During this workshop, attendees will learn about the best practices for communicating with Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Attendees will also learn how to make appropriate accommodations (including the use of technology such as video phones, VRS, and VRI) that adequately meet client-specific communication needs.

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Kristi Cruz

Staff Attorney, Northwest Justice Project
Kristi Cruz is the staff attorney at the Northwest Justice Project for the CLEAR*ASL statewide intake and referral line. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seattle University School of Law in December 2008. In 2010, Ms. Cruz was a co-reporter for the American Bar Association’s Standards... Read More →
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Amber Farrelly

Attorney
Amber D. Farrelly received her Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law with the highest distinction for her pro bono work. She is a licensed, practicing criminal defense attorney in Texas and has worked with the Innocence Project of Texas... Read More →
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Marilyn Lovo

Language Access Manager, Ayuda
Marilyn Lovo is the language access manager at Ayuda, a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, that provides direct legal, social, and language access services to low-income immigrants. Marilyn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communication from Stevenson University... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Chevy Chase Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

8:30am

Veterans Justice Is Racial Justice: A Dialogue on Challenging Racial Injustice Through Veterans Advocacy [RJ]
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—the first place thousands of people turn to when they need legal assistance for a crisis that threatens their safety, security, or shelter. As a disabled woman from a marginalized... Read More →
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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
Sage

8:30am

Protecting Clients at the Intersection of Immigration and Public Defense
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Saturday November 3, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Post Oak Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

10:00am

Break
Catch up with old friends and new. Visit our exhibitors.

Saturday November 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Galleria Foyer Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

10:30am

Hot Topics in Civil Legal Aid
This session will feature an interactive conversation among NLADA staff and others with the audience around a number of current developments related to civil legal aid. Among the issues to be discussed will be: (1) LSC legislative and regulatory matters; (2) implementation by LSC of new census data for basic field grants; (3) presidential appointments to the LSC board; (4 ) non-LSC federal funding; (5) Cy Pres litigation in the United States Supreme Court; (6) Public Services Loan Forgiveness; (7) pro bono and ATJ developments; (8) Justice for All grants; and (9) other matters of interest to providers of civil legal assistance.

Saturday November 3, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Plaza Ballroom

10:30am

Now That You’ve Become a Board Member . . . What’s Next?
Too often, members are appointed to boards of directors with little understanding of the role or responsibilities they should assume. To help them in finding their voice in the position, this presentation will provide the audience an interactive opportunity to explore three aspects of board governance relevant to the client audience: board structure, client engagement, and LSC requirements. The presentation will be based on the Nuts & Bolts of Board Governance, a handbook on the basic principles of effective board governance and engagement, particularly for governing body members of LSC-funded organizations that was first introduced at NLADA's 2010 Client Impact Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The session will also address the benefits and challenges of a diverse governing body and strategies to effectively manage the differences. This presentation will incorporate recent LSC advisory opinions interpreting the LSC regulations on governing bodies, changes in the LSC Performance Criteria, and current best practices in the nonprofit governance sector.

Speakers
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Evora Thomas

Senior Program Counsel, Legal Services Corporation
Evora A. Thomas has more than 30 years of experience in legal aid. As senior program counsel in LSC’s Office of Program Performance, she is program liaison to grantees in the western states and has worked on numerous pilot initiatives, including the Leadership & Diversity Training... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Tanglewood Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

10:30am

People with Mental Illness in Prison
More than one-third of all prisoners in the U.S. have a mental illness. There are more people with mental illnesses in prison than there are in hospitals and nursing homes, yet prison is a toxic environment for people with mental illness. This workshop will explore this issue from three different angles. First, there will be a discussion of what criminal defense attorneys should know about mental health care in prisons and jails so that they can properly advise their clients of the consequences of a plea and so that they understand the impact prison has had on any clients who were formerly incarcerated. Second, there will be a discussion of the various strategies, including litigation and policy work, that are being used to try and ensure that people with mental illnesses are provided the treatment they need while in prison. Third, there will be a discussion of how incarceration affects the ability of people with a mental illness to navigate the world upon release, how their incarceration may affect eligibility for Social Security disability or other governmental programs, their need for accommodations required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other similar issues.

Speakers
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Alan Mills

Executive Director, Uptown People's Law Center
Alan Mills is executive director of the Uptown People’s Law Center (UPLC), a small nonprofit legal organization located in Chicago. Currently, UPLC is lead counsel in seven class action cases alleging that Illinois prisons violate the constitutional rights of the people who are... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
West Alabama Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

10:30am

Hot Topics in Public Defense: Race, Research, and Resources – Oh My! [RJ]
This session will provide updates from NLADA staff and others regarding some of the most important issues affecting the delivery of defender legal services, including: (1) leading by example in addressing implicit bias in your office and in the criminal justice system; (2) NLADA’s role in DOJ’s new Sixth Amendment Initiative; (3) upcoming replication tools from DOJ’s Innovative Solutions in Public Defense Initiative; (4) thinking outside the box on generating needed resources; and (5) other matters of interest.

Speakers
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Emily Flanagan

Senior Program Associate, Defender Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Emily Flanagan joined the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) in 2017 as the senior program associate charged with connecting public defenders to resources. Emily has more than 12 years of experience promoting global community service and development within the private... Read More →
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Maha Jweied

Consultant, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Maha Jweied is a consultant with the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, where she supports initiatives on issues such as racial justice and fines and fees. She is also a member of the Legal Services Corporation’s Opioid Task Force. Until January 2018, she served as the acting... Read More →
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Michael Mrozinski

Staff Attorney, Defender Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Michael Mrozinski is the staff attorney in the Defender Legal Services division. He supports the work of public defenders nationwide, as well as improvements to indigent defense systems, through research, policy, training and technical assistance, and development of resources and... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
San Felipe Westin Galleria, 3rd Level