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Thursday, November 1
 

10:30am

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

Speakers
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Ed Burnette

Consultant, Inspired Vision


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

2:15pm

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

Speakers
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Eddie Ellis

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

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


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

4:15pm

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


Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Tanglewood Westin Galleria, 3rd Level
 
Friday, November 2
 

8:30am

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

Speakers
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Rosita Stanley

Board Member, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
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Chuck Wynder

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


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

10:30am

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

Speakers
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Rosita Stanley

Board Member, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
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Chuck Wynder

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


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

2:30pm

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

Speakers
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Patrick Cicero

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
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Rochelle Jackson

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

Client Board Member, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network


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

4:15pm

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

Speakers
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Jessica Keith

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

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


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

8:30am

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

Speakers
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Terry Hamilton

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


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

10:30am

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

Speakers
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Evora Thomas

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


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