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


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.


Meaghan McDermott, Esq.

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. Before Legal Aid... Read More →

Kathryn Frey-Balter

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 →

Amy Petkovsek

Director of Advocacy, Training & Pro Bono, Maryland Legal Aid
Amy Petkovsek is the director of advocacy, training, and pro bono at Maryland Legal Aid. Amy oversees the growth and development of the Community Lawyering Initiative, Lawyer in the Library program, and Lawyer in the Schools program across Maryland. Before serving in this position... Read More →

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
Friday, November 2


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.

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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 →

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 at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). Bilingual in Korean and English, Joann has provided direct legal services to the growing Asian & Pacific Islander (API) immigrant population in the Los Angeles area at LAFLA since 2000. Joann practices... Read More →

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 →

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


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.


Tanya Douglas

Disability Director, 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 and is admitted to the Southern... Read More →

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 directors of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and past chair... Read More →
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Dina Shafey Scott

Training and Technical Assistance Manager, The Legal Services Corporation
Dr. Dina Shafey Scott is the training and technical assistance program manager with Legal Services Corporation. While at LSC, Dr. Shafey Scott is creating and managing the new Legal Services learning platform for grantees and other stakeholders in the Legal Aid field. Dr. Shafey Scott... Read More →

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


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.

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David Udell

Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law
David Udell is Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Access to Justice, ncforaj.org, a research and policy organization based at Fordham Law School that relies on data and advocacy to build a more just and equitable society. David guides NCAJ’s initiatives... Read More →

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


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.

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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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Alex Gulotta

CEO, Kōmĕngé Consulting
With more than 24 years of experience as an executive director of legal aid organizations in Virginia and California, Alex Gulotta has substantial experience in the access to justice community. In addition to his service as an executive director, he has acted as a consultant in a... Read More →

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 →

Friday November 2, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Woodway I
Saturday, November 3


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.

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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 (LAFLA). As a disabled Latina from a marginalized community, Nicole has dedicated her career to fighting for economic and racial justice. At LAFLA, Nicole works passionately... Read More →

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