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

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Thursday, November 1
 

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.

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Eddie Ellis

ICAN Coordinator, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
Eddie Ellis joined the CFSY team as the Incarcerated Children's Advocacy Network (ICAN) coordinator in early 2018. In this role, he works with ICAN members across the country, connecting them to each other and with local resources. He also works with other directly affected communities... Read More →
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Ronald Simpson-Bey

Director of Outreach and Alumni Engagement, JustLeadershipUSA
Ronald D. Simpson-Bey is a national leader in the decarceration movement and currently works as the director of outreach and alumni engagement for JustLeadershipUSA. He is also a 2015 LwC Fellow with JLUSA committed to cutting the national prison population in half by 2030. Ronald... Read More →


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

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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.

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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.

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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