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This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.

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Thursday, November 1
 

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
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 →
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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
 
Friday, November 2
 

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
avatar for Lillian Moy

Lillian Moy

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
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 Civil... 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
avatar for Anna Dorn-Gulotta

Anna Dorn-Gulotta

Chief Strategy Officer, Komengé © LLC
As a legal aid attorney and President of the Attorney Union, Anna Dorn-Gulotta participated in the organization's: strategic planning and development of key performance indicators and outcomes; core values creation and implementation; and staff development and training. Anna's undergraduate... 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 →
avatar for Kōmĕngé

Kōmĕngé

CEO, Kōmĕngé © LLC
With over 24 years of experience as an Executive Director of legal aid organizations in Virginia and California, Alex Gulotta has broad experience in the access to justice community. In addition to his service as an Executive Director, since 2003 he has acted as a consultant in many... 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 free civil legal assistance to low-income Alaskans. Nikole oversees ALSC's 12 offices and a 50-member staff that are scattered across the vast and remote State... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Chevy Chase 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 →
avatar for Patricia Pap

Patricia Pap

Executive Director, Management Information Exchange
Patricia Pap is the Executive Director of Management Information Exchange (MIE). She joined the organization in 1997 as its first full time executive director, after serving for many years on its Board of Directors and Journal Committee. As executive director, she is responsible for... 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
avatar for Anna Dorn-Gulotta

Anna Dorn-Gulotta

Chief Strategy Officer, Komengé © LLC
As a legal aid attorney and President of the Attorney Union, Anna Dorn-Gulotta participated in the organization's: strategic planning and development of key performance indicators and outcomes; core values creation and implementation; and staff development and training. Anna's undergraduate... 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 →
avatar for Kōmĕngé

Kōmĕngé

CEO, Kōmĕngé © LLC
With over 24 years of experience as an Executive Director of legal aid organizations in Virginia and California, Alex Gulotta has broad experience in the access to justice community. In addition to his service as an Executive Director, since 2003 he has acted as a consultant in many... 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 free civil legal assistance to low-income Alaskans. Nikole oversees ALSC's 12 offices and a 50-member staff that are scattered across the vast and remote State... Read More →


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

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.

Speakers
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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 →
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 LSC grant funds to support access to justice in civil matters. Before joining OCE, Lora was the... Read More →


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