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 CDT

Building Sustained Partnerships with Funders, Contributors, & Supporters
Identifying priority needs of your organization and then matching those to the right funder is an art. But once you have decided on who is the best fit, how do you get the funder’s attention? What are the elements of a good pitch or proposal? And how do you know how best to steward that contribution and keep the relationship with your funder fresh? In this session, we will explore these questions and more from the perspective of funders, including foundations, corporate partners, and individual philanthropists. There will be time for audience questions at the end, so please come prepared.

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Jo-Ann Wallace

President & CEO, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Before becoming head of NLADA, Jo-Ann Wallace was the organization’s senior vice president for programs, responsible for oversight of both the civil legal aid and public defense program agendas. From 1994 to 2000, she served as director of the Public Defender Service for the District... Read More →

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Sandra Ambrozy

Senior Fellow - Civil Legal Justice, The Kresge Foundation
Sandra McAlister Ambrozy is a senior fellow with The Kresge Foundation and is focused on civil legal justice. With more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy, Sandra has developed expertise in human services, arts and culture, green building initiatives, and civil legal aid... Read More →

Max Laun

Vice President & General Counsel, Arconic
As vice president and general counsel, Max Laun oversees the day-to-day operations of Arconic’s legal activities worldwide. Previously, he was assistant general counsel, mergers and acquisitions. Max began his career as an attorney in Alcoa’s legal group in Pittsburgh more than... Read More →

Mr. Jack W. Londen

Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Jack W. Londen, a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Intellectual Property Group, has 35 years of experience in patent litigation and complex commercial litigation. He is the executive vice president and treasurer of the Consortium for the National Equal Justice Library and has served... Read More →

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

4:15pm CDT

Don't Leave Money on the Table: Diversifying Funding and Building a Comprehensive Fundraising Plan
With the uncertainty of any single funding source, it is important to have a fundraising plan that considers various types of funding sources and methods of reaching those sources. In this session, I will briefly present the process that Prairie State Legal Services underwent to restructure its Development Team and the importance of having a written fundraising plan. Then I will facilitate a brainstorming session to create a list of potential fundraising sources (cy pres awards, corporations, individuals, family foundations, government funding, etc.) and methods for acquiring those sources (email marketing, social media, corporate presentations, education). We will discuss the donor cultivation process and how generational differences affect the effectiveness of fundraising methods. Finally, attendees will be provided samples of fundraising plans and will take initial steps to putting the information gathered into a unique fundraising plan for the attendee's use. I will also provide attendees with a list of resources that I have found useful for increasing my knowledge and skills in various areas of fundraising.

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Jennifer Luczkowiak

Attorney, Director of Development, Prairie State Legal Services
Jennifer Luczkowiak is an attorney and Director of Development at Prairie State Legal Services (PSLS). PSLS provides free civil legal services to vulnerable populations throughout 36 counties in northern and central Illinois. In her role, Jennifer participates in the senior management... Read More →
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Alyson Robbins

Manager of Outreach & Development, Michigan Advocacy Program
Alyson Robbins is the manager of outreach and development at Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP). She is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law (JD), Bank Street College of Education (MSEd), and the University of Michigan (BS). Alyson was a staff attorney in MAP’s Family... Read More →

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

8:30am CDT

State Legislative Funding Roundtable: Strategies for Success in 2019
This roundtable continues the long-term practice of providing a forum for leaders from around the country who are working on state legislative funding for civil legal aid to share ideas and learn from the successes and challenges of others. We would love to have a representative from every state join us in strategizing about how to gain increased revenue in 2019 and beyond from this important funding source.

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Randy Chapman

Randy Chapman is the recently retired executive director of Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC). For more than 25 years, he coordinated efforts among Legal Aid providers and Access to Justice partners to expand access to civil Legal Aid in Texas. Randy has worked with state elected... Read More →

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

10:30am CDT

May the Force of Social Change Be with You
Legal services can be forces of social change. In order to meet the demands of our time, we may need new sources of funding and models for delivery of services. Three new projects have emerged in Los Angeles County to address the region's growing problem of homelessness, justice-involved individuals, and patients receiving treatment in the county's health system. These three projects are supported by funding from federal and local governments and work in collaboration with non-attorneys, including community health workers, doctors, community-based organizations, and social workers. This panel discussion, led by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, will share funding strategies that created these projects, the impact these projects are making in some of the most diverse communities in the country, and challenges to operating and sustaining this work.


Helen Tran

Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation 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 →



Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Javier Beltran joined Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) in 2016 as the Managing Attorney for the Santa Monica office and Domestic Violence Clinic. He currently manages LAFLA's Measure H Legal Services team working with the homeless population to remove legal barriers to... Read More →
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Ronnette Ramos

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Managing Attorney of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’ Medical - Legal Partnership Project, Ronnette Ramos, supervises attorneys working with healthcare professionals at two locations: The Children’s Clinic in Long Beach, CA and at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient... Read More →

Tyler Nicole Smith

Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Tyler Nicole Smith is a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles for Project imPACT, a wraparound reentry program providing legal services, behavioral health services, job training, and job placement to Los Angeles residents who are currently on probation and parole... Read More →

Gerson Sorto

Associate Supervising Attorney for Medical-Legal Partnerships, Neighborhood Legal Services of LA 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... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Plaza Ballroom I Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

2:30pm CDT

Advocacy Meets Funding and Finance: Managing Program Finances and Fund Development to Support Strong and Broad Advocacy [RJ]
The residents of a toxic building need a lawyer to face up against the big landlord; or the city council needs to hear how a proposed ordinance would impact low-income residents of color. But does your program have the right resources to support this work? The workshop features experienced program leaders who will help you think about how to develop the resources that will support strong impact advocacy, through smart fundraising, sound financial management, well-constructed cash reserves, and acquisition of less-restricted funds to ensure that your program can do the work your clients need.

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Colleen Cotter

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Executive Director
Colleen Cotter has been the executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland since 2005. Cleveland Legal Aid provides civil legal assistance to 8,000 clients each year, focusing on safety and health, education and economic stability, shelter, and ensuring government agencies... Read More →
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Steven Eppler-Epstein

Steve Eppler-Epstein, Non-profit Consulting
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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Cesar Torres

Executive Director, Northwest Justice Project
César E. Torres has been the executive director of the Northwest Justice Project, a statewide, publicly funded legal aid program serving low-income communities throughout Washington State, since 2006. Previously, he served as deputy director of Essex Newark Legal Services in Newark... Read More →

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

4:15pm CDT

Development Outreach and Strategic Communications: Connecting with Your Audience
Development and communications outreach often employ similar strategies to reach a similar goal—connecting with a specific audience. In some larger nonprofits, however, there is little coordination between the two while in some smaller nonprofits a single person is expected to do both, presenting a series of challenges. This panel will explore new ways to reach out to targeted audiences useful to both communications and development as well as better ways to integrate the two. Topics include:
* How to tailor your basic message for different audiences
* Integrating development and communications outreach
* Turning fundraising events into news events
* Using social media in development and communications campaigns
* Transforming annual reports from overgrown yearbooks to strategic outreach tools
* Wearing two hats without losing your head: challenges to those directing both communications and development

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Clarissa Ayala

Communications Director, Lone Star Legal Aid
Clarissa Ayala is communications director for Lone Star Legal Aid in Houston. As LSLA’s media contact, she is responsible for news/press releases regarding various litigation & advocacy topics. When Harvey hit four months into her new role, Clarissa hit the ground running, working... Read More →
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Nadia Elguindy

Director of Institutional Advancement, Legal Services Corporation
Nadia Elguindy is the director of institutional advancement at the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), where she oversees the identification and implementation of all private fundraising initiatives. Before joining LSC, she led development efforts at The Nexus Fund, the Center for International... Read More →
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Carl Rauscher

Director of 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 eight years ago. He was political editor and Washington bureau managing editor for Cox Newspapers; Washington editor... Read More →

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