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Thursday, November 1
 

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

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 →
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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
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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 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 →
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Betty Balli Torres

Executive Director, Texas Access to Justice Foundation
Betty Balli Torres is Executive Director of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, the largest Texas-based funding source for legal services to the poor, since October 2001. She has dedicated her professional career to public interest work. Betty started as a staff attorney at Legal... 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

Economic Justice Practice Group Leader, Legal Aid of Arkansas
Kevin De Liban manages the Economic Justice practice group of Legal Aid of Arkansas, working with low-income Arkansas to address legal issues involving health, employment, safety net benefits, and education. He also regularly represents individuals facing domestic violence. With Legal... Read More →
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Julia Simon-Mishel

Supervising Attorney, Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Julia Simon-Mishel is the Supervising Attorney of the Unemployment Compensation Unit at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), where she represents low-wage workers in unemployment compensation (UC) cases. Julia has represented over 400 clients and has an active appellate practice pursuing... Read More →


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 →
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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 FOundaiton 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 Initiative, National Legal Aid and Defender Association
Radhika Singh is director of the Civil Legal Aid Initiative, in NLADA’s Civil Legal Services division. The Initiative supports civil legal aid’s role in accomplishing the systemic goals of federal agencies to help stabilize the lives of low-income and vulnerable people and communities... Read More →

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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 →
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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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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, Harvard Access to Justice Lab
April Faith-Slaker is the Associate Director of Research Innovations at the Harvard Access to | Justice Lab. In this role, she conducts randomized control trial studies of various access to justice | topics. Prior to working at the Lab, she served as Director of the Resource Center... Read More →
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Cheryl Zalenski

Counsel, ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service
Cheryl M. Zalenski is the Counsel to the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and Director of the ABA Center for Pro Bono. Along with its policy initiatives, the Committee actively engages in outreach around pro bono development and support... Read More →


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

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Lester Bird

Principal Associate, 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 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 →
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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.

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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.

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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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Patricia Pap

Executive Director, Management Information Exchange
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.

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Sandhya Kidd

Ms., 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

Director, Pro Bono Program, 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 New York, Inc
Since 2004, C. Kenneth Perri has served as the executive director of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation established to provide access to the justice system to low-income people and other vulnerable populations who have civil legal problems. LawNY... Read More →


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
David Udell is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Access to Justice, ncforaj.org, a nonprofit organization housed within Fordham Law School that relies on research and data to increase justice. David guides NCAJ’s initiatives, including the Justice Index... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Woodway II
 
Friday, November 2
 

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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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 →
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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 →
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Axenfeld, Stuart

Deputy Director for Fiscal Compliance, LSC
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 →


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 →
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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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Lauren Lofton

Program Attorney, Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC)
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.

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Tanya Douglas

Director, Disability Advocacy Project and Veterans Justice Project, Manhattan Legal Services
Tanya Douglas is the Director of the Disability Advocacy Project (DAP) and Veterans Justice Project Coordinator at Manhattan Legal Services (MLS) a program of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC). Tanya is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School. Tanya is admitted to the Southern... 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, Harvard Access to Justice Lab
April Faith-Slaker is the Associate Director of Research Innovations at the Harvard Access to | Justice Lab. In this role, she conducts randomized control trial studies of various access to justice | topics. Prior to working at the Lab, she served as Director of the Resource Center... Read More →
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John M. Greacen

Principal of Greacen Associates and Special Projects Advisor to IAALS, Greacen Associates, LLC and Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
Currently a principal of Greacen Associates, LLC, Mr. Greacen wrote the seminal article on the difference between legal information and legal advice for court staff in 1995 and continues to publish regularly on the topic. He was editor of the California Benchbook on Self-Represented... Read More →
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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

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
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Tali K. Albukerk

ABA Free Legal Answers National Administrator, American Bar Association
Tali Albukerk works for the ABA Center for Pro Bono as the national administrator of ABA Free Legal Answers, an online legal clinic through which income-eligible clients can post civil legal services questions to be answered by pro bono attorneys from their state. Tali previously... 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

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 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 →
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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 LAET's Knoxville office in March 2012 with a primary area of practice in domestic violence (Orders of Protection and divorces). Dr. Ellis also assisted with some housing law issues and some consumer law issues. | | In July 2016, Dr. Ellis became the Pro Bono... 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. She assists LSC-funded organizations with the evaluations of their TIG and PBIF grants. Other services include strategic planning, management coaching/assistance... 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 O. Johnson

Executive Director, Community Legal Services
Lillian Johnson serves as the Executive Director of Community Legal Services, a position she has held since 1982 after relocating to Phoenix from the Chicago area. | | In her position as Executive Director, Lillian is responsible for the administration and oversight of Arizona's... Read More →
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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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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

Consultant, NLADA Strategic Advocacy Initiative_x000D_nOrganization, 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 20 years. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and School of Social Work and Social Policy... 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, Legal Services Corporation
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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Ellyn Haikin Josef

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 Sherman

Pro Bono Counsel, Cooley LLP
Monique R. Sherman is Cooley's pro bono counsel. She rejoined the firm in 2012 and is resident in the Palo | Alto office. | 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... 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.

Speakers
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Claud Nelson

Director, Pro Bono Program, 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

Director of Grants, Florida Bar Foundation
Kate York is the Grants Program Director 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.

Speakers
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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.

Speakers
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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

Speakers
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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.

Speakers
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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 9 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
 
Saturday, November 3
 

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.

Speakers
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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

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