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Thursday, November 1
 

2:15pm

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

Speakers
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Kathryn Frey-Balter

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

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

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

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


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

2:15pm

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

Speakers
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Leslie Bailey

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

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

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

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


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

4:15pm

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

Speakers
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Vichal Kumar

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

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


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

4:15pm

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

Speakers
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Anne Rios

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

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

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

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


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

8:30am

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

Speakers
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Serena Holthe

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


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

10:30am

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

Speakers
avatar for Christine Clarke

Christine Clarke

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

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

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

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

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


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

10:30am

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

Speakers
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Tanya Douglas

Director, 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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Latonia Haney Keith

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

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern 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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Dina Shafey Scott

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


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

2:30pm

#MeToo: Empowering Voices and Supporting Changes to Upend Norms of Sexual Assault and Harassment and Their Impact
Join a discussion on the impact and implications of bad behavior and bias toward women in civil legal aid and public defense. Our engaging panel will discuss examples of efforts to address bias and behavior both within our workplaces and by external actors, including the private bar and judiciary. We will provide a framework and dialogue for moving forward both practically and culturally as well as tools for having difficult conversations, gaining buy-in from stakeholders, and changing policies and practices. Attendees will discuss next steps in empowering women and making change in our community.

Speakers
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Cynthia Chavez

Mental Health Program Director, Lubbock Private Defender Office
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Nan Heald

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

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

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


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

2:30pm

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

Speakers
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David Udell

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


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

4:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Alison Davis-Holland

Alison Davis-Holland

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

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

CEO, Kōmĕngé © LLC
With over 24 years of experience as an Executive Director of legal aid organizations in Virginia and California, Alex Gulotta has broad experience in the access to justice community. In addition to his service as an Executive Director, since 2003 he has acted as a consultant in many... Read More →


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

4:15pm

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

Speakers
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Monte Jewell

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

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


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

8:30am

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

Speakers
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Kristi Cruz

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

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

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


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

8:30am

Veterans Justice Is Racial Justice: A Dialogue on Challenging Racial Injustice Through Veterans Advocacy [RJ]
As the legal community reflects on increasingly visible racialized violence and injustice, we are called to find tangible ways to show up and respond. In this session, seasoned veterans justice advocates will share one meaningful approach: targeted veterans advocacy. Veterans of color have long faced racial inequality; historically, they were excluded from the veterans’ benefits they rightfully earned, drafted to the frontlines of the Vietnam War at significantly higher rates, and continue to be disproportionately criminalized by the very community they enlisted to protect. Today, 45 percent of homeless veterans are African American or Latino, despite accounting for 10.4 percent and 3.4 percent of the U.S. veteran population, respectively. Presenters will empower advocates to become better attuned to the intersections of race, gender, poverty, and military service, while also providing a toolkit to holistically identify veterans of colors’ needs, develop a service-delivery model to better address their unique challenges, and engage with strategic partners.

Speakers
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Nicole Perez

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Nicole M. Perez is the managing attorney of the Veterans Justice Center at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles—the first place thousands of people turn to when they need legal assistance for a crisis that threatens their safety, security, or shelter. As a disabled woman from a marginalized... Read More →
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Michael Roosevelt

Judicial Educator, State Bar of California
Michael Roosevelt is a judicial educator who specializes in strategies to reduce the influence of bias in human decision-making. He has trained judges across the country and serves as faculty for the National Judicial College. Michael has a current expertise in collaborative courts... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Sage

10:30am

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

Speakers
avatar for Alan Mills

Alan Mills

Executive Director, Uptown People's Law Center
Alan Mills is the Executive Director of Uptown People's Law Center, a nonprofit community legal clinic located on the North Side of Chicago which fights on behalf of tenants, the disabled, and prisoners in Illinois. UPLC currently has seven class action lawsuits filed against the... Read More →


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