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Tuesday, November 3
 

8:30am

MIE New Executive Director Training - Day 1
This two-day training is newly updated and more relevant than ever to the challenges facing the legal aid executive director today. It is designed for the new directors of LSC-funded, IOLTA-funded, elder law, pro bono, and protection and advocacy programs. The intent of the New Executive Director training is to help new directors, who typically learn on-the-job, to more quickly achieve deeper insight into their work. The training stresses both: (1) knowing what should be done to lead an effective program, and (2) actually doing what needs to be done.

Speakers
avatar for Jacquelynne J. Bowman

Jacquelynne J. Bowman

Executive Director, Greater Boston Legal Services
Jacquelynne J. Bowman is the Executive Director of GBLS. Jacqui is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Antioch University School of Law and is a member of the Tennessee and Massachusetts bars. She is a nationally recognized expert in family and juvenile law as well as in law practice management. Jacqui is a member of the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty. She is also active in the Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts... Read More →
avatar for Jan May

Jan May

Executive Director, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly, MIE Board Member
Jan Allen May is the Executive Director of AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE). LCE is the primary provider of legal services to low and moderate income older people in DC. LCE operates a legal hotline, a reduced fee panel, a brief services unit, a pro bono program, a consumer unit, a housing unit, a tax project, a home visit project, and serves as both the long-term care ombudsman and legal services developer for DC. He has trained legal... Read More →
avatar for Patti Pap

Patti Pap

Executive Director, Management Information Exchange
Patricia Pap is the Executive Director of Management Information Exchange (MIE). She joined the organization in 1997 as its first full time executive director, after serving for many years on its Board of Directors and Journal Committee. As executive director, she is responsible for the overall growth and programmatic development of this national membership organization whose mission is to promote excellence in legal aid programs across the... Read More →


Tuesday November 3, 2015 8:30am - 5:15pm
Bayside A

9:00am

PLI Train-the-Trainer - Day 1
This intensive, two-day program will show you why alternatives to lengthy lectures are essential for adult learners. You will see demonstrations of what works in legal training from a trainer who has designed hundreds of programs for lawyers. From demonstrations, you will move to practice and design. You will leave this program with a head start on a training plan for a new course in your organization or region. The course is provided by NLADA with the generous sponsorship of the Practising Law Institute (New York, San Francisco). The Practising Law Institute (PLI) is contributing to internal and external professional development for legal aid and defender organizations through this and other initiatives with NLADA.

Speakers
avatar for David Cruickshank

David Cruickshank

Principal, Edge International
David Cruickshank is a Partner with Edge International. He advises law firms on management skills, strategy, governance, leadership and talent development. He works with managing partners, professional development directors and partners to convert training to a strategic advantage of the firm. David creates customized programs on leadership, legal project management (LPM), time management, delegation, feedback and management skills. | David... Read More →


Tuesday November 3, 2015 9:00am - 4:30pm
Bayside C

6:30pm

National Organization of Client Advocates (NOCA) Board Meeting
Board Meeting of the National Organization of Client Advocates (NOCA).

Tuesday November 3, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Bayside B
 
Wednesday, November 4
 

8:30am

MIE New Executive Director Training - Day 2
This two-day training is newly updated and more relevant than ever to the challenges facing the legal aid executive director today. It is designed for the new directors of LSC-funded, IOLTA-funded, elder law, pro bono, and protection and advocacy programs. The intent of the New Executive Director training is to help new directors, who typically learn on-the-job, to more quickly achieve deeper insight into their work. The training stresses both: (1) knowing what should be done to lead an effective program, and (2) actually doing what needs to be done.

Speakers
avatar for Jacquelynne J. Bowman

Jacquelynne J. Bowman

Executive Director, Greater Boston Legal Services
Jacquelynne J. Bowman is the Executive Director of GBLS. Jacqui is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Antioch University School of Law and is a member of the Tennessee and Massachusetts bars. She is a nationally recognized expert in family and juvenile law as well as in law practice management. Jacqui is a member of the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty. She is also active in the Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts... Read More →
avatar for Jan May

Jan May

Executive Director, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly, MIE Board Member
Jan Allen May is the Executive Director of AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE). LCE is the primary provider of legal services to low and moderate income older people in DC. LCE operates a legal hotline, a reduced fee panel, a brief services unit, a pro bono program, a consumer unit, a housing unit, a tax project, a home visit project, and serves as both the long-term care ombudsman and legal services developer for DC. He has trained legal... Read More →
avatar for Patti Pap

Patti Pap

Executive Director, Management Information Exchange
Patricia Pap is the Executive Director of Management Information Exchange (MIE). She joined the organization in 1997 as its first full time executive director, after serving for many years on its Board of Directors and Journal Committee. As executive director, she is responsible for the overall growth and programmatic development of this national membership organization whose mission is to promote excellence in legal aid programs across the... Read More →


Wednesday November 4, 2015 8:30am - 5:00pm
Bayside A

9:00am

PLI Train-the-Trainer - Day 2
This intensive, two-day program will show you why alternatives to lengthy lectures are essential for adult learners. You will see demonstrations of what works in legal training from a trainer who has designed hundreds of programs for lawyers. From demonstrations, you will move to practice and design. You will leave this program with a head start on a training plan for a new course in your organization or region. The course is provided by NLADA with the generous sponsorship of the Practising Law Institute (New York, San Francisco). The Practising Law Institute (PLI) is contributing to internal and external professional development for legal aid and defender organizations through this and other initiatives with NLADA.

Speakers
avatar for David Cruickshank

David Cruickshank

Principal, Edge International
David Cruickshank is a Partner with Edge International. He advises law firms on management skills, strategy, governance, leadership and talent development. He works with managing partners, professional development directors and partners to convert training to a strategic advantage of the firm. David creates customized programs on leadership, legal project management (LPM), time management, delegation, feedback and management skills. | David... Read More →


Wednesday November 4, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
Bayside C

12:45pm

Become a Storyteller to Advance Justice
Experts from Hattaway Communications will lead an interactive workshop using Hatch for Good (www.hatchforgood.org), a digital platform designed to turn social impact organizations into powerful storytellers. Participants will be trained on laying the foundation for strategic storytelling, building capacity, crafting compelling content, choosing the best technology to promote stories, and using best practices for measuring impact. Social change organizations that have attended previous trainings for Hatch include Care, The Case Foundation, the Center for American Progress, Oxfam, Third Way, and the World Health Organization. One participant summarized the experience this way: "Hatch is the tool I've always hoped would exist." Learn how to go beyond the buzz of storytelling to create powerful stories that advance justice for all.

Speakers
RB

RJ Bee

Senior Vice President, Hattaway Communications, Inc.
RJ Bee manages day-to-day operations at Hattaway and leads project teams to create research-based strategies, content, and campaigns for U.S. and international organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation, Energy Foundation, World Health Organization, City Year, and Packard Foundation. Before joining Hattaway, RJ consulted for technology and clean energy startups, political candidates, and nonprofit organizations, including the National... Read More →
IG

Ivana Griacova

Senior Operations Associate, Hattaway Communications, Inc.
A native of Slovakia, Ivana has experience working in nonprofits, government agencies, and multilateral organizations in the U.S. and Europe. She contributes her organizational skills, knowledge, and expertise in managing complex projects for a range of clients, including the World Health Organization, The Rockefeller Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, China Medical Board, Ford Foundation, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She... Read More →


Wednesday November 4, 2015 12:45pm - 4:45pm
Bayside B

2:00pm

Cyber Café & Wi-Fi Lounge
Use our computer terminals to check your email, do some research, check on flights, etc. Visit our registration desk for information on using the conference Wi-Fi.

Wednesday November 4, 2015 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

2:00pm

Exhibitor Showcase
Exhibitors
avatar for CrowdLaw

CrowdLaw

CEO, Henry Perlstein
How can we use crowdfunding?  Your office needs funding to expand your mission and help more clients. CrowdLaw’s unique crowdfunding service is the easiest, safest way to get the funding your office needs. CrowdLaw has been the industry leader since 2014. Visit us at https://www2.crowdlaw.net/nlada/
avatar for Community Services Analysis LLC (CSACO)

Community Services Analysis LLC (CSACO)

Community Services Analysis LLC (CSACO) is the leading provider of Social Return on Investment analysis services in the United States. We are the first organization on the U.S. to be a member of The SROI Network (the international standards, accreditation, and assurance organization), and is now a full member of SIAA (the Social Investment Analyst’s Association). Based on the new Social Return on Investment methodology developed by CSACO... Read More →
avatar for National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)

National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)

Founded in 1911, the NLADA is American's oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to ensuring excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. For 100 years, NLADA has pioneered access to justice at the national, state and local level through the creation of many of the first public defense systems in the country, creation of the concept of a national center to protect the right to counsel, development of... Read More →
avatar for Mutual of America

Mutual of America

Sr. Vice President, Tom MacMurray
Mutual of America Life Insurance Company specializes in providing pension and retirement related products, programs, and services since 1945. Mutual of America offers services for 401(k) Profit Sharing, 403(b) Thrift, Tax Deferred Annuity, and 401(a) Defined Contributions plans. As a full-service provider, we provide all the employee educational, administrative support, plan design, and plan documentation as well as consulting services in order... Read More →
avatar for American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono

American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono

The ABA Center for Pro Bono is a national resource and support center that provides technical assistance and planning advice, at no charge, to pro bono advocates as they seek to fulfill the promise of equal access to justice for those who cannot afford paid counsel. The Center also offers support for and information about the annual National Pro Bono Celebration (October 25-31, 2015).  
avatar for Federal Trade Commission

Federal Trade Commission

The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and internationalgovernment agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings... Read More →
MD

MOJI Design

Specializing in contemporary ladies jackets and coat dresses. Dresses for all sizes.  
avatar for NLADA Insurance Program

NLADA Insurance Program

Clinton Lyons
The NLADA Insurance Program is the advocate and provider of quality professional liability insurance products for the full spectrum of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association community – individual attorneys, legal aid organizations, public defenders, corporate pro bono programs, law school clinics, individual clients, and public interest groups that work toward justice.
avatar for The Resource for Great Programs

The Resource for Great Programs

The Resource for Great Programs is a national corporation dedicated to providing strategic support to networks of community-based organizations working in arenas having great impact on our society. For 30 years, The Resource has provided legal aid programs and their funders with technical assistance and research-based advice, with services including program and project evaluation, economic impact assessment, and legal needs analysis. Visit us... Read More →
avatar for New Dawn Technologies

New Dawn Technologies

New Dawn Technologies and SUSTAIN deploy the best case management software to the global justice industry. As wholly owned subsidiaries of the Daily Journal Corporation (Nasdaq: DJCO), New Dawn and SUSTAIN innovate case management for our current and future clients. Together we continue to develop and configure the best case management solution for the specific processes of our customers. More than 20,000 justice professionals worldwide depend on... Read More →
avatar for Justice Works

Justice Works

President, Carl Richey
Justice Works is a technology service provider with software solutions designed for legal case management. Our public defender offering, defender Data, is currently in use by offices of all sizes throughout the country. Our larger installations include statewide systems in South Carolina, Maine, Florida, and Louisiana. We also provide our full suite of services to all Federal Defender Offices nationwide. We seek to continue improving the... Read More →


Wednesday November 4, 2015 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

2:00pm

Conference Registration
Check-in with NLADA's registration staff to get your name badge, conference program, and other materials.

Wednesday November 4, 2015 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

3:45pm

New Member & First-Time Attendee Orientation
Learn more about the benefits of NLADA membership and hear how to get the most out of this year's Annual Conference.

Wednesday November 4, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Napoleon A2-3 3rd floor

5:00pm

Annual Meeting of Members
In the technology-driven information age, the pace of change is exponential. The evolving justice landscape presents widespread opportunities, as well as challenges, for developing new paradigms to significantly expand access to justice. From new technology and innovative business models, to a law school environment producing more graduates than there are legal jobs, modern equal justice advocacy is being revolutionized.

As we strive to expand access to counsel amid widening economic disparities, we also find ourselves in a new justice environment where cell phone and video devices capture institutional injustice at the intersection of poverty and race, up-close and in real time. The resulting level of engagement by policymakers, media, and communities across the country is unprecedented.

The Annual Meeting of Members is an opportunity for the NLADA leadership to report to the association membership on the state of the organization, its programs, and activities from the previous 12 months. Equally importantly, it provides a chance to engage our members on these issues as we consider how best to support their work in the shifting equal justice environment.

The program will open with remarks from John Mauldin, chair of the NLADA Board of Directors, and Jo-Ann Wallace, NLADA president and CEO, and a presentation from Judy Perry Martinez, chair of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services.

Moderators
avatar for The Honorable Lora Livingston

The Honorable Lora Livingston

Presiding Judge, 261st District Court
Judge Lora Livingston has served as the presiding judge of the 261st District Court since January, 1999. Judge Livingston has served as the Travis County Local Administrative Judge since September 1, 2011.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Gulotta

Alex Gulotta

Bay Area Legal Aid, Executive Director
Alex joined BayLegal in January 2014 following the departure of founding director Ramón Arias. With twenty-eight years of experience as a poverty law advocate and nineteen years as an executive director, Alex brings a wealth of experience to BayLegal. He is nationally recognized as a leader in the civil justice and anti-poverty movement. A life-long social justice advocate, Alex practiced as a legal aid lawyer in Appalachian... Read More →
avatar for Alec Karakatsanis

Alec Karakatsanis

Co-Founder, Equal Justice Under Law
Before starting Equal Justice Under Law, Alec was an attorney with the Special Litigation Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where he litigated complex criminal law issues and bigger-picture civil rights cases in federal and D.C. trial and appellate courts. Prior to PDS, Alec was a federal public defender in Alabama, representing indigent people accused of federal crimes. Alec is interested in ending... Read More →
avatar for Judy Perry Martinez

Judy Perry Martinez

Chair, American Bar Association Commission on the Future of Legal Services
Judy is Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on the Future of Legal Services, which aims to inspire innovation, leverage technology, encourage new models for regulating legal services and educating tomorrow’s legal professionals, and foster the development of financially viable models for delivering legal services that meet the public’s needs. She currently is a Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at... Read More →
avatar for John Mauldin

John Mauldin

Chief Public Defender, 13th Judicial Circuit, South Carolina
John Mauldin is Chief Public Defender for the 13th Judicial Circuit in South Carolina and Chairman of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association's Board of Directors.Mr. Mauldin was previously Vice Chairman of the Association's Board of Directors. | | Mr. Mauldin is a graduate of Wofford College and Emory University School of Law.He is on the adjunct faculty of Emory Law School and the University of San FranciscoLaw School, teaching trial... Read More →
avatar for Jo-Ann Wallace

Jo-Ann Wallace

President, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Jo-Ann Wallace is the president and CEO of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), responsible for the executive leadership of NLADA’s mission to promote equal justice through excellence in civil legal aid and public defense services. She was previously NLADA’s senior vice president for programs, responsible for oversight of both the Civil Legal Aid and Indigent Defense Program agendas. From 1994–2000, Ms. Wallace served as... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Wynder, Jr.

Chuck Wynder, Jr.

Missioner for Social Justice & Advocacy Engagement, The Episcopal Church
Charles “Chuck” Wynder Jr. serves as the missioner 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 the Boston Workers Alliance and is a former vice president of programs at NLADA. He consults with organizations, leaders, and communities to assist them in building... Read More →


Wednesday November 4, 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Napoleon BC

6:30pm

Exhibitor Showcase
Exhibitors
avatar for CrowdLaw

CrowdLaw

CEO, Henry Perlstein
How can we use crowdfunding?  Your office needs funding to expand your mission and help more clients. CrowdLaw’s unique crowdfunding service is the easiest, safest way to get the funding your office needs. CrowdLaw has been the industry leader since 2014. Visit us at https://www2.crowdlaw.net/nlada/
avatar for Community Services Analysis LLC (CSACO)

Community Services Analysis LLC (CSACO)

Community Services Analysis LLC (CSACO) is the leading provider of Social Return on Investment analysis services in the United States. We are the first organization on the U.S. to be a member of The SROI Network (the international standards, accreditation, and assurance organization), and is now a full member of SIAA (the Social Investment Analyst’s Association). Based on the new Social Return on Investment methodology developed by CSACO... Read More →
avatar for National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)

National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)

Founded in 1911, the NLADA is American's oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to ensuring excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. For 100 years, NLADA has pioneered access to justice at the national, state and local level through the creation of many of the first public defense systems in the country, creation of the concept of a national center to protect the right to counsel, development of... Read More →
avatar for Mutual of America

Mutual of America

Sr. Vice President, Tom MacMurray
Mutual of America Life Insurance Company specializes in providing pension and retirement related products, programs, and services since 1945. Mutual of America offers services for 401(k) Profit Sharing, 403(b) Thrift, Tax Deferred Annuity, and 401(a) Defined Contributions plans. As a full-service provider, we provide all the employee educational, administrative support, plan design, and plan documentation as well as consulting services in order... Read More →
avatar for American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono

American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono

The ABA Center for Pro Bono is a national resource and support center that provides technical assistance and planning advice, at no charge, to pro bono advocates as they seek to fulfill the promise of equal access to justice for those who cannot afford paid counsel. The Center also offers support for and information about the annual National Pro Bono Celebration (October 25-31, 2015).  
avatar for Federal Trade Commission

Federal Trade Commission

The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and internationalgovernment agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings... Read More →
MD

MOJI Design

Specializing in contemporary ladies jackets and coat dresses. Dresses for all sizes.  
avatar for NLADA Insurance Program

NLADA Insurance Program

Clinton Lyons
The NLADA Insurance Program is the advocate and provider of quality professional liability insurance products for the full spectrum of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association community – individual attorneys, legal aid organizations, public defenders, corporate pro bono programs, law school clinics, individual clients, and public interest groups that work toward justice.
avatar for The Resource for Great Programs

The Resource for Great Programs

The Resource for Great Programs is a national corporation dedicated to providing strategic support to networks of community-based organizations working in arenas having great impact on our society. For 30 years, The Resource has provided legal aid programs and their funders with technical assistance and research-based advice, with services including program and project evaluation, economic impact assessment, and legal needs analysis. Visit us... Read More →
avatar for New Dawn Technologies

New Dawn Technologies

New Dawn Technologies and SUSTAIN deploy the best case management software to the global justice industry. As wholly owned subsidiaries of the Daily Journal Corporation (Nasdaq: DJCO), New Dawn and SUSTAIN innovate case management for our current and future clients. Together we continue to develop and configure the best case management solution for the specific processes of our customers. More than 20,000 justice professionals worldwide depend on... Read More →
avatar for Justice Works

Justice Works

President, Carl Richey
Justice Works is a technology service provider with software solutions designed for legal case management. Our public defender offering, defender Data, is currently in use by offices of all sizes throughout the country. Our larger installations include statewide systems in South Carolina, Maine, Florida, and Louisiana. We also provide our full suite of services to all Federal Defender Offices nationwide. We seek to continue improving the... Read More →


Wednesday November 4, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

6:30pm

Welcome Reception
Meet and mingle with your colleagues. Catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Wednesday November 4, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor
 
Thursday, November 5
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Get your day started right! Have a bite and visit with our exhibitors.

Thursday November 5, 2015 7:30am - 9:00am
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

7:30am

Cyber Café & Wi-Fi Lounge
Use our computer terminals to check your email, do some research, check on flights, etc. Visit our registration desk for information on using the conference Wi-Fi.

Thursday November 5, 2015 7:30am - 5:00pm
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

7:30am

Exhibitor Showcase
Exhibitors
avatar for CrowdLaw

CrowdLaw

CEO, Henry Perlstein
How can we use crowdfunding?  Your office needs funding to expand your mission and help more clients. CrowdLaw’s unique crowdfunding service is the easiest, safest way to get the funding your office needs. CrowdLaw has been the industry leader since 2014. Visit us at https://www2.crowdlaw.net/nlada/
avatar for Community Services Analysis LLC (CSACO)

Community Services Analysis LLC (CSACO)

Community Services Analysis LLC (CSACO) is the leading provider of Social Return on Investment analysis services in the United States. We are the first organization on the U.S. to be a member of The SROI Network (the international standards, accreditation, and assurance organization), and is now a full member of SIAA (the Social Investment Analyst’s Association). Based on the new Social Return on Investment methodology developed by CSACO... Read More →
avatar for National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)

National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)

Founded in 1911, the NLADA is American's oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to ensuring excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. For 100 years, NLADA has pioneered access to justice at the national, state and local level through the creation of many of the first public defense systems in the country, creation of the concept of a national center to protect the right to counsel, development of... Read More →
avatar for Mutual of America

Mutual of America

Sr. Vice President, Tom MacMurray
Mutual of America Life Insurance Company specializes in providing pension and retirement related products, programs, and services since 1945. Mutual of America offers services for 401(k) Profit Sharing, 403(b) Thrift, Tax Deferred Annuity, and 401(a) Defined Contributions plans. As a full-service provider, we provide all the employee educational, administrative support, plan design, and plan documentation as well as consulting services in order... Read More →
avatar for American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono

American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono

The ABA Center for Pro Bono is a national resource and support center that provides technical assistance and planning advice, at no charge, to pro bono advocates as they seek to fulfill the promise of equal access to justice for those who cannot afford paid counsel. The Center also offers support for and information about the annual National Pro Bono Celebration (October 25-31, 2015).  
avatar for Federal Trade Commission

Federal Trade Commission

The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and internationalgovernment agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings... Read More →
MD

MOJI Design

Specializing in contemporary ladies jackets and coat dresses. Dresses for all sizes.  
avatar for NLADA Insurance Program

NLADA Insurance Program

Clinton Lyons
The NLADA Insurance Program is the advocate and provider of quality professional liability insurance products for the full spectrum of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association community – individual attorneys, legal aid organizations, public defenders, corporate pro bono programs, law school clinics, individual clients, and public interest groups that work toward justice.
avatar for The Resource for Great Programs

The Resource for Great Programs

The Resource for Great Programs is a national corporation dedicated to providing strategic support to networks of community-based organizations working in arenas having great impact on our society. For 30 years, The Resource has provided legal aid programs and their funders with technical assistance and research-based advice, with services including program and project evaluation, economic impact assessment, and legal needs analysis. Visit us... Read More →
avatar for New Dawn Technologies

New Dawn Technologies

New Dawn Technologies and SUSTAIN deploy the best case management software to the global justice industry. As wholly owned subsidiaries of the Daily Journal Corporation (Nasdaq: DJCO), New Dawn and SUSTAIN innovate case management for our current and future clients. Together we continue to develop and configure the best case management solution for the specific processes of our customers. More than 20,000 justice professionals worldwide depend on... Read More →
avatar for Justice Works

Justice Works

President, Carl Richey
Justice Works is a technology service provider with software solutions designed for legal case management. Our public defender offering, defender Data, is currently in use by offices of all sizes throughout the country. Our larger installations include statewide systems in South Carolina, Maine, Florida, and Louisiana. We also provide our full suite of services to all Federal Defender Offices nationwide. We seek to continue improving the... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 7:30am - 5:00pm
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

7:30am

Conference Registration
Check-in with NLADA's registration staff to get your name badge, conference program, and other materials.

Thursday November 5, 2015 7:30am - 5:00pm
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

9:00am

Opening Plenary Session
Join together to hear welcoming remarks from Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson. We will also honor Dr. Gail Christopher of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation with NLADA's Award for Justice through Philanthropy and Esther Lardent of the Pro Bono Institute with NLADA's Champion of Justice Award.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gail Christopher

Dr. Gail Christopher

Vice President for Program Strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Dr. Gail C. Christopher serves on the president’s cabinet that provides overall direction and leadership for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Since joining the foundation in 2007, she has served as vice president for program strategy with responsibility for multiple areas of programming, including Racial Equity; Food, Health & Well-Being; Community Engagement and Leadership; as well as place-based programming in New Orleans and New... Read More →
avatar for The Honorable Bernette Johnson

The Honorable Bernette Johnson

Chief Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court
Chief Justice Bernette Johnson is a leading advocate for social justice and civil rights. She was first elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1994 and became chief justice in 2013. She has also worked as a community organizer with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense & Educational Fund and at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Following law school, Chief Justice... Read More →
avatar for John Mauldin

John Mauldin

Chief Public Defender, 13th Judicial Circuit, South Carolina
John Mauldin is Chief Public Defender for the 13th Judicial Circuit in South Carolina and Chairman of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association's Board of Directors.Mr. Mauldin was previously Vice Chairman of the Association's Board of Directors. | | Mr. Mauldin is a graduate of Wofford College and Emory University School of Law.He is on the adjunct faculty of Emory Law School and the University of San FranciscoLaw School, teaching trial... Read More →
avatar for Jo-Ann Wallace

Jo-Ann Wallace

President, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Jo-Ann Wallace is the president and CEO of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), responsible for the executive leadership of NLADA’s mission to promote equal justice through excellence in civil legal aid and public defense services. She was previously NLADA’s senior vice president for programs, responsible for oversight of both the Civil Legal Aid and Indigent Defense Program agendas. From 1994–2000, Ms. Wallace served as... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Napoleon BC

10:30am

Coffee Break - Sponsored by Mutual of America
Sponsored by Mutual of America - Enjoy a cup of coffee and catch up with old friends and new. Visit our exhibitors.

Thursday November 5, 2015 10:30am - 11:00am
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

11:00am

Civil Caucus - The Future of Civil Legal Aid in the United States
With advances in technology and other innovations affecting the practice of law moving at breakneck speed, legal aid providers and the entire civil justice system are presented with a moment of great opportunity to expand the availability and quality of justice available to the many millions of low-income people needing legal assistance in the United States. Yet that opportunity also raises questions about how legal aid should change to ensure the most effective investment of the scarce resources available to state justice systems, while also ensuring that the rapidly evolving commercial “commoditization” of legal services to the general public does not leave people living in poverty behind.

The American Bar Association’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services is engaged in an intensive two-year study of legal innovations, regulatory changes, and market factors that will dramatically affect the future of lawyers and lawyering. The United States Conference of Chief Justices and the Legal Services Corporation are both aggressively promoting a concept of a civil delivery system that provides “100 percent access” to some kind of legal information, advice, or representation for everyone who needs help – a noble vision, but one that requires significant empirical research to determine whether existing scarce resources are being directed most effectively. Some observers have pushed to ensure that these conversations include a component that adequately addresses more resource-intensive legal services – like litigation, community engagement, or policy advocacy. Others wonder if these advances place adequate value on the special role that a trained lawyer or legal professional can play in ensuring positive outcomes for their clients.

This year’s civil caucus will focus a lens on these critical questions as they relate to the future delivery of civil legal assistance to the poor. A distinguished panel will provide information on critical developments related to the future delivery of legal services while also inviting perspectives from participants.

Speakers
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The Honorable Lora Livingston

Presiding Judge, 261st District Court
Judge Lora Livingston has served as the presiding judge of the 261st District Court since January, 1999. Judge Livingston has served as the Travis County Local Administrative Judge since September 1, 2011.
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Aurora Martin

Executive Director, Columbia Legal Services
Aurora Martin is the Executive Director of Columbia Legal Services. Ms. Martin received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Washington. She began as an intern in 1995 with the Refugee Clinic of Evergreen Legal Services, CLS's predecessor organization. Since joining CLS, she has served as a National Equal Justice Works Fellow focused on housing and expanded leadership development efforts and access to justice issues. Among her... Read More →
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James J. Sandman

President, Legal Services Corporation
Jim Sandman has been president of the Legal Services Corporation since 2011. Jim practiced with the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP for 30 years and served as the firm's Managing Partner for a decade. From 2007 to 2011, he was General Counsel of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Jim is a past President of the 100,000-member District of Columbia Bar and currently serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services of the... Read More →
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Robert K. Vischer

Dean and Mengler Chair in Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law
Robert K. Vischer is dean and Mengler chair in law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. He writes about the moral and religious dimension of professional identity, and his scholarship includes "Martin Luther King Jr. and the Morality of Legal Practice: Lessons in Love and Justice" (Cambridge Univ. Press 2013) and "Conscience and the Common Good" (Cambridge Univ. Press 2010). He practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis and earned... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Napoleon BC-2-3 3rd floor

11:00am

Client Caucus - Our Lives Matter: Justice, Community-Building & Transformation
Too often the fight for justice fails to recognize the real life consequences of the failure to invest in education, healthcare, neighborhoods, and opportunities for all people living in our communities. Policy analysts and decision makers fail to value all lives equally. This has led to the idea that some lives are more important than others. This session begins with the notion that “There Are No Throw Away People” and calls on us to acknowledge that “Our Lives Matter.” Our keynote speaker, Shawntelle Fisher, will speak to the role justice, community-building, and transformation play in recognizing the value of Our Lives.

Keynote Speaker:
Shawntelle L. Fisher is the founder and CEO of The SoulFisher Ministries whose mission is to respond to the needs of youth with incarcerated parents. The organization also works to provide quality education, job training/placement, and affordable housing to formerly incarcerated people and individuals with felony convictions. Currently a masters degree student at Washington University and Eden Theological Seminary, Shawntelle is a dynamic force for fostering the empowerment of youth and formerly incarcerated people.

Speakers
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Shawntelle L. Fisher

Shawntelle L. Fisher is the founder and CEO of The SoulFisher Ministries, whose mission is to respond to the needs of youth with incarcerated parents. The organization also works to provide quality education, job training/placement, and affordable housing to formerly incarcerated people and individuals with felony convictions. Currently, a masters degree student at Washington University and Eden Theological Seminary, Shawntelle is a dynamic force... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Napoleon D2-3 3rd floor

11:00am

Defender Caucus - Independence Under Siege
Independence of the defense function is the first of the American Bar Association’s Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System. Although the delivery of public defense in New Orleans and the wider Louisiana has been greatly improved since Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago, now the independence in selection, funding, and payment of defense counsel, and in operations overall, has been under constant threat.


  • Derwyn Bunton, Chief Defender, Orleans Public Defenders, will speak about the challenges his office and the Louisiana Public Defender Board have faced and continue to face in the current political and fiscal climates. He will also speak about how these challenges are affecting his office’s ability to effectively deliver public defense services.

  • Michele Purvis-Harris, Chief of Hinds County Public Defender's Office in Mississippi, will speak about the highly publicized challenges her office has faced regarding the independence of selection of public defenders.


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Derwyn Bunton

Chief District Defender, Orleans Public Defenders Office
Derwyn Bunton is the Chief District Defender for Orleans Parish (New Orleans) Louisiana leading the Orleans Public Defenders Office (OPD). Prior to becoming Chief Defender, Derwyn was the Executive Director of Juvenile Regional Services (JRS). JRS is the first stand-alone juvenile defender office in the nation and the first non-profit law office devoted to juvenile justice reform and front-line juvenile representation. Derwyn is also the former... Read More →
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Michele Purvis-Harris

Chief Defender, Hinds County Public Defender
Michele Purvis-Harris is both the first female and the first African American to serve as public defender for Hinds County, Mississippi. Purvis-Harris, a Mt. Olive native, is a 1984 Jackson State University graduate. She also attended University of Mississippi School of Law, graduating in 1987. Purvis-Harris has nearly 25 years of experience practicing law, including 16 years in criminal prosecution and acting as a law-enforcement counsel. She is... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Napoleon A2-3 3rd floor

12:30pm

Lunch - Click Here for Options

You are on your own for lunch today. Look inside your registration bag for a list of nearby lunch options as well as a special menu from the Pelican Bar in the Sheraton lobby. The menu includes:
APPETIZERS
Hummus and Pita-$7
Salsa and Tortilla Chips-$6
Asian Potstickers (3)-$7
*BBQ Shrimp-$12
*New Orleans Crab Cakes (2)-$10
*Muffaletta Sliders (3) with Fries-$8
*Buffalo Chicken Wings (6pcs)-$10

*Prices are inclusive of a large Soda drink

ENTRÉES
Cup of New Orleans Gumbo-$8
All Beef Classic Burger with Fries-$15
Southern Fried Catfish Poboy with fries-$15
Grilled Chicken Quesadilla-$12

Daily Special:  Happy Hour 5:00 - 7:00 pm Stella Beer $5


Thursday November 5, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

NLADA Latino Advocates Section Meeting
Hear about the top issues our group is adressing now.

Thursday November 5, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Southdown

2:15pm

Balance, Professionalism, and Commitment to the 'Cause': A Discussion of Generational and Gender Differences and their Implications for Managers
As women and younger people enter legal aid workplaces, they bring different expectations, needs, and desires about how work and private life are integrated. Technology and the ability to work from anywhere at any hour also change staff relationships with work. Senior legal aid managers often carry "old" ideas about full-time commitment to the profession and the "cause." This session will discuss how we can build organizational cultures that recognize and celebrate these differences while doing excellent and powerful work. Presenters will come from diverse backgrounds of age, race, and ethnicity.

Speakers
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Jonathan D. Asher

Executive Director, Colorado Legal Services
Jon Asher is the Executive Director of Colorado Legal Services. He was the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver from December 1, 1980 until October 1, 1999 when the three federally funded programs in Colorado became a single statewide program, Colorado Legal Services. He began his legal services career with Colorado Rural Legal Services in Greeley, Colorado in l971. Jon is a member of the Colorado Access to Justice... Read More →
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Catherine Carr

Board President, Management Information Exchange
Catherine Carr served as the executive director of Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia for 20 years following work as a CLS staff attorney for more than a decade. She stepped down in 2015 and currently serves as a consultant to civil legal aid and access to justice organizations and projects. She is a member of the NLADA Board of Directors and the president of the MIE Board of Directors, where she also serves on the MIE Journal... Read More →
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Deborah L. Freedman

Executive Director, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Debby Freedman is the executive director at Community Legal Services. Ms. Freedman has held several positions at CLS, including deputy director, interim executive director, managing attorney of Law Center North Central, managing attorney of CLS' Family Advocacy Unit, and supervising attorney in both the Welfare and SSI Units. During her time in management, Ms. Freedman’s work has focused on improving CLS’s supervision and evaluation... Read More →
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Michael Hollander

Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Mr. Hollander joined Community Legal Services in September 2008 as a Skadden Fellow (link is external). His project focuses on representing low-wage Latino immigrant workers in conjunction with local community based organizations. His practice also includes representation of low-wage workers in a variety of employment related issues ranging from wage and hour violations to ex-offender reentry work to discrimination claims to unemployment... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Nottoway

2:15pm

Brown, Battered, but Unbowed: Civil Rights of the Latino Community and Legal Services Role in Their Defense
The issue of race relations is at the forefront of discussion and analysis in the conventional media, in social media, and in communities throughout the United States. Although sometimes couched as primarily a black/white issue, the reality is far more complex and is very much present in Latino communities. This session will explore some of the most pressing human rights challenges facing Latino communities in different parts of the country, including profiling, hostility toward immigrants, police misconduct, housing and employment discrimination, language barriers, and access to education, among others. The perspective of the community will be presented and the role of legal aid/legal services programs will be explored and discussed, including successful experiences and challenges imposed by financial, regulatory, human resource and language limitations.

Speakers
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Juan Cartagena

President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice
Juan Cartagena is president and general counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF. He is a constitutional and civil rights attorney who has vast experience litigating cases on behalf of Latino and African American communities in the areas of voting rights, employment discrimination, language rights, access to public education for poor and language minority children, and housing. He formerly served as general counsel and vice president for advocacy at the... Read More →
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Ben Obregon

Vice Chair, Legal Action of Wisconsin
Ben Obregon served on the working group that formulated the merger between the Project Advisory Group (PAG) and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. He served as the vice chair for NLADA’s Civil Policy Group and as a member of the association’s board of directors and is currently actively involved in the leadership of NLADA’s Latino Advocates Section. He is the vice chair of the board of Legal Action of Wisconsin; past chairman of... Read More →
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Jose Padilla

Executive Director, California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA)
José R. Padilla was born and raised in the Imperial Valley by parents who came from farm worker families. He attended Stanford University in the early 1970s when many Latino students felt the social obligation to give something back to the communities that raised them. This central principle of giving back to his community through public service has guided José professionally and personally. José received his BA from Stanford in 1974. Deciding... Read More →
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Ofelia Zapata

Leader, Austin Interfaith, Austin Interfaith
Ofelia is a leader with Austin Interfaith, a broad base organization that is diverse in race, religion and economic backgrounds. that work together to improve the quality of life for all. Her Social Justice Ministry for the past 30 years has been to mentor and develop ordinary people to become agents of change. Ofelia is a Client Representative on the boards of NLADA, NCLEJ, TRLA and TLSC. Her experience is organizing in the areas... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Southdown

2:15pm

Building a National Racial Justice Advocacy Capacity
With recent events in Ferguson, Charlotte, and around the country, our nation is at a pivotal moment in understanding and addressing issues of race, implicit bias, and the structural barriers that marginalize communities of color. This session will provide an overview of the Racial Justice Training Institute (RJTI), a groundbreaking program that builds the capacity of advocates nationally to address the impacts of structural racialization and ensure that race is front and center in our efforts to eradicate poverty in the communities we serve. Profiling accomplishments of RJTI 2014 and 2015 cohort members, the session will include an overview of RJTI goals, the structure and components of the six-month long intensive training program, and the expanding RJTI advocacy network through which cohort members continue to learn and take action together beyond the initial training experience. Join us to learn more about this exciting program and explore how to make this resource available to advocates in your states and regions.

Speakers
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Aneel Chablani

Director of Advocacy, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. Headquarters
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Steve Eppler Epstein

Member, Board of Directors, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Executive Director, Connecticut Legal Services
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Navneet Grewal

Senior Attorney, Western Center on Law & Poverty
Navneet Grewal works to ensure that Californians with the lowest incomes have access to safe, affordable homes. She litigates cases with statewide impact and advocates for better housing policies. She has trained numerous housing attorneys and has contributed to many publications. Before joining Western Center, Navneet worked at the National Housing Law Project, advocating for the rights of tenants in federal housing programs. Ms. Grewal serves... Read More →
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Ellen Hemley

Vice President of Advocate Resources and Training, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
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Luz María Henríquez

Staff Attorney, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Luz María Henríquez joined the Children’s Legal Alliance Unit at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) in April of 2014. She handles matters involving education law within the City of Saint Louis. Luz works to achieve education equity by combatting the systemic issues that underlie punitive disciplinary practices, which have racially disparate effects, and tackling the barriers which prevent children from receiving the appropriate... Read More →
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Pavita Krishnaswamy

Deputy Director of Litigation, Legal Services NYC
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Maddie Sloan

Director, Disaster Recovery and Fair Housing Project, Texas Appleseed
Madison Sloan is Director of Disaster Recovery and Fair Housing at Texas Appleseed. For her work on equitable disaster recovery, Madison received the 2011 Impact Award from the Texas State Bar Poverty Law Section. She joined Texas Appleseed as an Equal Justice Works Katrina Legal Fellow. Sloan received a J.D. from Michigan Law School and a M.P.Aff from the LBJ School at The University of Texas. She was previously a legal services attorney.


Thursday November 5, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Maurepas

2:15pm

Critical Concepts for Proper Cost Allocation
The panelists will review the requirement of 45 CFR Part 1610, concentrating on the regulatory restrictions on LSC and non-LSC funding sources and how the restrictions impact cost allocations under 45 CFR Part 1630. The session will include a discussion of applicable OMB circulars and UGG sections and how they impact on LSC's application of Parts 1610 and 1630. The panelists will discuss and give examples of: (1) proper and improper cost allocations, (2) direct versus indirect cost allocations, (3) fund source allocations, (4) timekeeping and how it ties to allocation methodologies, and (5) when to reach out to LSC.

Speakers
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Shila Mashhadishafie

Program Counsel, Office of Compliance and Enforcement - Legal Services Corporation
Shila Mashhadishafie is a Program Counsel within the Legal Services Corporation’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE). Prior to joining OCE , Shila was a Senior Prosecutor in the Narcotics Division at the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, her work included leading and litigating complex felony narcotics investigations, including wire-tap investigations, multi-defendant distribution rings, and related firearms. Shila... Read More →
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John Seeba

Assistant Inspector General, Office of Inspector General - Legal Services Corporation
John M. Seeba is the Assistant Inspector General for Audit. John started with LSC in June of 2012 as the Director of Audit Operations and Administrative Officer for the Office of Inspector General. Prior to joining LSC, John was the Inspector General at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) where he was responsible for all audits and investigations of the FTC. Seeba has over 35 years of audit experience in the federal and private sector arenas. Over... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Gallier AB

2:15pm

Leveraging Bipartisan Momentum around Criminal Justice Reform to Advance State Policy Change
Support for criminal justice reform spans the political spectrum, bringing together odd bedfellows such as Americans for Tax Reform and the Center for American Progress, who along with other leading organizations on the left and the right have joined forces to form the Coalition for Public Safety. The Coalition and its partners are seeking to achieve comprehensive criminal justice reform at the federal and state levels, including sentencing reform, prison reform, and policies to give individuals with criminal records a second chance. This workshop, featuring representatives from several of the Coalition’s partner organizations, will survey the growing national bipartisan momentum around criminal justice reform and discuss strategies to translate this energy into policy change at the state and local levels.

Moderators
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Rebecca Vallas

Director of Policy, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress
Rebecca Vallas is the director of policy for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress. Before joining CAP, Vallas served as the deputy director of government affairs at the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, or NOSSCR, and before that as a legal aid attorney and policy advocate at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, where she was named a Skadden Fellow and a Borchard Fellow in... Read More →

Speakers
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Todd A. Cox

Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Todd A. Cox is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where his work focuses on criminal justice reform. Before joining CAP, Cox served for four years in the Obama Administration as the director of the Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where he assisted in the development of the agency’s policy on the use of criminal records in employment and represented the... Read More →
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Marc A. Levin

Policy Director, Right on Crime
Marc A. Levin is Right on Crime’s policy director, as well as the director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Based in Austin, Texas, Levin is an attorney and an accomplished author on legal and public policy issues. Levin served as a law clerk to Judge Will Garwood on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Staff Attorney at the Texas Supreme Court. In 1999, he graduated with honors from... Read More →
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Jenna Moll

Policy Director, US Justice Action Network
Jenna Moll is the policy director of the US Justice Action Network. An attorney with broad experience in successful state policy initiatives and strategy, she comes to this effort from Pew Charitable Trusts, where she led comprehensive juvenile justice policy initiatives, and the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where she researched and educated policymakers on a variety of policy initiatives across the... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Bayside C

2:15pm

NLADA & NAPABA Joint Forum on Language Access
The 2007 release of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) language access report, Increasing Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient Asian Pacific Americans, marked a significant turning point for improving access to justice and government services since Executive Order 13166 was issued in 2000. (www.napaba.org/?page=lang_acc_proj). It identified language barriers in judicial and administrative proceedings for limited English proficient (LEP) Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and made recommendations that were subsequently adopted by the ABA and have since become basic requirements to implementing language access plans. In recognition of the 15th anniversary of EO 13166, this forum will focus on information from members of NLADA and NAPABA regarding current compliance with language access requirements in state and federal courts and administrative proceedings and will ask participants to both weigh in on the direction the report should take and make recommendations needed to further improve access to justice for LEPs.

Speakers
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Daniel Hu

Southwest Regional Governor, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Daniel David Hu is the Chief, Civil Division with the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas. Mr. Hu co-chairs the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's Pro Bono Public Service Committee and is the Regional Governor for the Southwest Region. He is Vice-Chair of the Board of Lone Star Legal Aid, the fourth largest legal aid program in America. He holds a B.A., magna cum laude, and M.A. in chemistry from... Read More →
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Les Jin

Retired Federal Employee, Retired Federal Employee
As NAPABA executive director, Les developed and oversaw the writing of its Language Access report, and guided its implementation. He started his career as a legal aid lawyer for Chicago’s LSC-funded program. He has served as a trial attorney for EEOC; senior counselor for USDOJ’s Civil Rights Division; staff director for the US Commission on Civil Rights; chief operating officer for a Labor Department civil rights enforcement agency; and... Read More →
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Sabrina Shizue McKenna

Associate Justice, Hawai'i Supreme Court
Sabrina Shizue McKenna has served as an Associate Justice of the Hawai’i Supreme Court since 2011, following previous stints as a judge of the District, Circuit, and Family Courts. Born in Japan, she studied interpretation and translation in college and has worked as a translator and interpreter. Justice McKenna oversaw the creation of the Hawai’i court interpreter certification program and pushed for the provision of free language access for... Read More →
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Paul Uyehara

Senior Attorney, Department of Justice, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, Civil Rights Division
Paul M. Uyehara is a Senior Attorney in the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, in Washington, DC.  He handles discrimination cases (under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964), technical assistance, and outreach for the DOJ Courts Language Access Initiative and chairs the Limited English Proficiency Enforcement Committee of the Title VI Interagency Working Group... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Oak Alley

2:15pm

Teamwork Matters: A Holistic Approach to Providing Legal Services to People Who Are Homeless
No legal program representing the homeless has the personnel or resources to address all the needs of its clients on its own. This session will discuss strategic approaches to both creating and nurturing partnerships with agencies in the community who can be instrumental in helping to achieve holistic advocacy. In addition, the presenters will give examples of agencies they have partnered with, such as the Social Security Administration, Child Support Enforcement, Family Court, judges, Probate Court, universities, pro bono attorneys, and others, so that the session participants can replicate those relationships in their communities. As part of the session, participants will be given the opportunity to share their own experiences (both good and bad) in their efforts to create community partnerships.

Speakers
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Lea Ann Adkins

legal assistant, One80 Place Homeless Justice Project
Lea Ann Adkins serves as a Paralegal to the Homeless Justice Project (HJP) at One 80 Place in Charleston, South Carolina. Lea Ann began volunteering with the HJP in 2009 after searching for a meaningful way to help people who are homeless. Following two years’ service as a volunteer, Lea Ann formally joined as a part-time Legal Assistant. In 2014, Lea Ann became a full-time Paralegal with the HJP at One 80 Place, serving alongside Legal... Read More →
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Mary Vosburgh

staff attorney, One80 Place Homeless Justice Project
Mary Vosburgh is a staff attorney with the One80 Place Homeless Justice Project, working exclusively with homeless veterans under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. Mary assists homeless and indigent veterans in removing civil legal barriers to end their homelessness. In addition, Mary has been instrumental in the development of a local Veterans Child Support Initiative. Under this program she works through... Read More →
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Jeff Yungman

Director, One80 Place Homeless Justice Project
Jeff Yungman is the Director of the One80 Place Homeless Justice Project. In 1980 after leaving the New Orleans Police Department, Jeff obtained a Masters in Social Work and a Master's in Public Health from Tulane University. In 1999 he became Clinical Director of One80 Place, the homeless shelter in Charleston, South Carolina. In 2004 Jeff enrolled in the Charleston School of Law. While attending law school, Jeff started the One80 Place Legal... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Napoleon A3

2:15pm

The Essentials of the Compliance Supplement for Audits of LSC Recipients
The LSC OIG has revised and updated the Compliance Supplement utilized by Independent Public Accountants (IPA) in their annual financial statement audits of LSC grantees. This session will discuss and highlight the specific areas revised, with emphasis on changes and additions to the suggested audit procedures. Focus is on the revisions to the Compliance Supplement, its overall approach, grantee and IPA expectations, and how grantees can work with the IPA to streamline the process. Questions are welcomed and the interactive session will allow for on-going discussions on topics most significant to the audience and topics requiring additional clarification.

Speakers
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Anthony Ramirez

Director of Planning, Policy and Reporting, Legal Services Corporation
Anthony M. Ramirez is Director of Planning, Policy & Reporting in LSC’s Office of Inspector General and oversees the OIG’s grantee audits on selected internal controls. He is a licensed attorney in Texas and Maryland. He is a CPA and is also Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has worked as an attorney with LSC management and has experience in both “Big 8” public accounting and... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Edgewood AB 4th floor

2:15pm

Using Individual & Community-Based Advocacy to Help Children Prosper, Learn, Work, and Play
This session will focus on using a comprehensive advocacy approach to improving children's ability to live, learn, work, and play in the community. Attendees will learn ways to attack issues using advocacy grounded in both individual legal entitlements and public health advocacy, an approach that will feature multi-disciplinary approaches involving health, housing, consumer, and environmental law. The session will feature multiple case studies addressing, for example, lead-free living environments, family-centered early intervention to help children read, and maximizing children's ability to see and hear as they go through the day.

Speakers
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Gene Matthews

Director, Southeastern Region, Network for Public Health Law
Gene W. Matthews, J.D., serves as senior fellow at the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. Gene previously served as chief legal advisor to CDC in Atlanta from 1979 to 2004, directing a legal staff that grew to 30 persons. During that 25-year span, he handled a wide range of precedent-setting public health law issues and litigated key public health... Read More →
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Jane Perkins

Legal Director, National Health Law Program
Jane Perkins is Legal Director at the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), a public interest law firm working to protect the legal rights of low-income people. She is admitted to the California, Maryland, and North Carolina bars; all federal circuit courts of appeals; and US Supreme Court. Jane has consulted with advocates in all 50 states and DC, including on-site training in 35 states and DC. She is also a senior attorney with the Network for... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Napoleon A2

2:15pm

What You Should Know About the NLADA Website (& App)
NLADA is working to enhance its technology to make it easier to access information and resources for equal justice. Join us for an interactive presentation about NLADA’s website and the Annual Conference app. This session will provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about these recent developments.

Speakers
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Bill Wright

Director of Communications, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Bill joined NLADA as head of communications at the start of 2015. He previously worked on youth development at America's Promise Alliance, on building support for nonprofits at Independent Sector, and on demonstrating the value of preservation at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He's also a former high school teacher and graduate student in history, with a focus on the history of Union Station in Washington.
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Chuck Wynder, Jr.

Missioner for Social Justice & Advocacy Engagement, The Episcopal Church
Charles “Chuck” Wynder Jr. serves as the missioner 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 the Boston Workers Alliance and is a former vice president of programs at NLADA. He consults with organizations, leaders, and communities to assist them in building... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Napoleon D3

2:15pm

American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD) Meeting
The ACCD is a national organization that is a crucial voice for the leaders of state, county, and city public defenders and assigned counsel agencies. The ACCD invites you to hear about the focus of ACCD’s current work, engage in a conversation about indigent defense with other defender chiefs from around the country, and share your accomplishments and challenges during our roundtable discussion.

Thursday November 5, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Borgne

2:15pm

Community Activists for Criminal Defense Clients
Three activists and tireless workers for criminal defense clients will talk about their work and how they have made their voices heard to improve the quality of representation in their states.

Speakers
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Jay Coleman

Client Advisory Board Chair, New York State Defenders Association
Jay Coleman is the Chair of the New York State Defenders Association's (NYSDA) Client Advisory Board, which advises NYSDA on issues of client relations and community programs. He joined the Board shortly after having spent 25 years in New York State prison. While in prison, he responded to NYSDA's request for feedback on a draft of Client-Centered Representation Standards that were later revised and promulgated. In 2010, he won the Eddie Ellis... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Napoleon D1-2 3rd floor

2:15pm

State Legislative Funding Roundtable: 2015 Results, 2016 Plans
This session continues the long-term practice of providing a forum at NLADA for leaders from around the country who are working on state funding for civil legal aid to meet and discuss issues of concern, share recent successes and challenges, and discuss how to best deal with issues that are likely to arise in the next legislative session.

Speakers
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Meredith McBurney

Resource Development Consultant, ABA Resource Center for ATJ Initiatives
Meredith McBurney, a consultant since 1997, specializes in resource development for legal aid and other advocacy organizations. She serves as the resource development consultant to the American Bar Association's Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives, where she works with judicial, bar and legal aid leaders on the successful development and implementation of Access to Justice Commissions around the country. She also serves as the... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Bayside B

2:15pm

Transforming Legal Services for Survivors of Crime: How Victims of Crime Act Funding Can Support Legal Services for Survivors of Crime
The federal Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) recognizes the tremendous need for enhanced legal services for survivors of crime. OVC responded to this need by funding 10 legal networks, including the Legal Information Network of Colorado (LINC) in Denver, Colorado (led by the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center), to provide comprehensive pro bono legal services to survivors of crime. Additionally, OVC funded the National Crime Victims Law Institute (NCVLI) to provide training and technical assistance to the legal networks and document promising practices and challenges. Attendees will learn about: (1) OVC’s commitment to legal assistance for survivors and Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding opportunities, (2) LINC’s innovative methods of providing pro bono legal services, including web-based programs, and Colorado’s work to use VOCA funding to support legal services,and (3) How the OVC-funded legal networks provide holistic legal services to survivors, and promising practices and challenges identified by NCVLI.

Speakers
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Meg Garvin

Executive Director & Clinical Professor of Law, National Crime Victim Law Institute
Meg Garvin is the executive director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) and a clinical professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School. She is recognized as a leading expert on victims’ rights, testifying regularly before Congress, state legislatures, and congressional policy panels. She serves on the Victims Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission and during 2013-2014 she served on the Victim Services... Read More →
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Sasha Hutchings

Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center (RMvlc)
Sasha Hutchings joined Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center (RMvlc) in early 2014. She received her Master’s degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from Fairfield University. Sasha joins the RMvlc having most recently worked as the Assistant Director of Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust in Denver, Colorado, where she was responsible for... Read More →
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Kathrina Peterson

Attorney Advisor, Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime
Kate Peterson is an attorney advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime on an extended detail from the DOJ Criminal Division. Kate works with OVC-funded legal networks that are providing comprehensive, holistic legal services to survivors of crime throughout the country, and has been working on revising the VOCA Victim Assistance Rule. Prior to joining DOJ's Criminal Division, Kate worked for several years at the... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Bayside A

3:45pm

Break
Catch up with old friends and new. Visit our exhibitors.

Thursday November 5, 2015 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

4:15pm

Developing Positive Working Relationships with Journalists
Led by Voices for Civil Justice, this session features top-tier reporters and civil legal aid media experts who will share smart strategies, effective tactics, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid when the goal is to build mutually beneficial working relationships with reporters, editors and other key journalists. Bring your questions!

Moderators
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Elizabeth Arledge

Deputy Director, Voices for Civil Justice
Voices for Civil Justice Deputy Director Elizabeth Arledge is an experienced veteran of strategic communications, fundraising, training, and program development to advance social justice. Her experience in the civil legal aid sector includes positions at LSC, NLADA, the Legal Aid Justice Center (Virginia) and Disability Rights Oregon. Elizabeth began her career as a reporter and columnist for an independent daily newspaper in her home state of... Read More →

Speakers
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Jacob Inwald

Director of Foreclosure Prevention, Legal Services NYC
As director of foreclosure prevention at Legal Services NYC, Jacob Inwald leads one of the oldest and largest legal services foreclosure prevention practices in the country. Before joining LSNYC, he was a commercial litigator for nearly 25 years. Inwald is a recognized expert on foreclosure issues and a frequent source for journalists at the local, state, and national levels. After graduating from George Washington University Law School... Read More →
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Soren Rasmussen

Communications Associate, Voices for Civil Justice
Soren Rasmussen is the communications associate at Voices for Civil Justice, where his primary focus is to develop news stories and opinion pieces about civil legal aid for media placement. He was a field organizer on the 2014 gubernatorial race in Florida, a reporter for the investigative magazine Fagbladet 3F, and in communications for one of the largest student unions in Denmark. He completed a master’s degree in elections and campaign... Read More →
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Carl Rauscher

Director of Communications and Media Relations, Legal Services Corporation
Carl Rauscher is the director of communications and media relations for the Legal Services Corporation and the former deputy director of communications and media relations for the American Bar Association. He has extensive experience as a print and broadcast journalist, having served as political and news editor for Cox Newspapers, Washington editor for the Atlanta Journal/Constitution, executive editor for American Lawyer Media's Daily Report... Read More →
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Katy Reckdahl

Journalist, Self-Employed/Freelancer
Katy Reckdahl is a New Orleans-based journalist whose articles have appeared in the New Orleans Advocate, the Nation, the New York Times and the Atlantic. Her most recent piece in the Atlantic exposes the continuing impact of Hurricane Katrina on children displaced from their local communities.
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Campbell Robertson

Southern Correspondent, The New York Times
Campbell Robertson is Southern correspondent for The New York Times.


Thursday November 5, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Bayside B

4:15pm

Essential Staff May Soon Retire: What Do We Do to Preserve Their Knowledge?
Is your legal aid organization poised to see retirements of key staff members in finance, resource development, operations, and legal advocacy in the not-so-distant future? If your leadership role includes oversight, training, knowledge management, and hiring responsibilities, come to this session to share your thoughts and best practices toward protecting organizational capacity when key staff members depart. Learn from legal aid colleagues who have planned and managed transitions and developed staff leadership for the future.

Speakers
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Catherine Carr

Board President, Management Information Exchange
Catherine Carr served as the executive director of Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia for 20 years following work as a CLS staff attorney for more than a decade. She stepped down in 2015 and currently serves as a consultant to civil legal aid and access to justice organizations and projects. She is a member of the NLADA Board of Directors and the president of the MIE Board of Directors, where she also serves on the MIE Journal... Read More →
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Yvonne Mariajimenez

Deputy Director, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
Yvonne Mariajimenez is a Los Angeles native, born and raised in East Los Angeles. She holds a B.S. from USC in Business Administration and a J.D. from Loyola Law School. She has dedicated her entire professional career as a lawyer working with and advocating on behalf of the poor. Her work is very personal to her having been born into and raised in poverty. Yvonne is the deputy director for Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County... Read More →
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Jan May

Executive Director, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly, MIE Board Member
Jan Allen May is the Executive Director of AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE). LCE is the primary provider of legal services to low and moderate income older people in DC. LCE operates a legal hotline, a reduced fee panel, a brief services unit, a pro bono program, a consumer unit, a housing unit, a tax project, a home visit project, and serves as both the long-term care ombudsman and legal services developer for DC. He has trained legal... Read More →
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Patti Pap

Executive Director, Management Information Exchange
Patricia Pap is the Executive Director of Management Information Exchange (MIE). She joined the organization in 1997 as its first full time executive director, after serving for many years on its Board of Directors and Journal Committee. As executive director, she is responsible for the overall growth and programmatic development of this national membership organization whose mission is to promote excellence in legal aid programs across the... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Borgne

4:15pm

Hands on With Data: A Practical Workshop on Taking Raw Data and Turning it into an Advocacy Tool
This workshop aims to get attendees down and dirty with data. The practical goal is to learn how to take raw data from intake logs, city court records, etc., and turn that data into a tool for advocacy. With data becoming a larger part of everyday practice in forward thinking organizations, it is increasingly important that organizations understand how to turn data into an advocacy tool. The presenters will do a live demonstration, taking several different data sets and showing how they can be graphed, mapped, and combined with outside data to find trends, make resource determinations, and be used in advocacy campaigns. The presenters will: (1) focus on using free (and freely available) tools within the grasp of the average computer user; (2) explain some basic concepts behind data analysis and statistics; (3) analyze several real data sets in various ways; (4) show how to enhance locally collected data with outside sources such as American Community Survey information; (5) show how to graph data for trend analysis; and (6) show how to map data (plots and heatmaps). This workshop should be an excellent chance for people of all levels to learn how to become data geeks and better advocates.

Speakers
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Michael Hollander

Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Mr. Hollander joined Community Legal Services in September 2008 as a Skadden Fellow (link is external). His project focuses on representing low-wage Latino immigrant workers in conjunction with local community based organizations. His practice also includes representation of low-wage workers in a variety of employment related issues ranging from wage and hour violations to ex-offender reentry work to discrimination claims to unemployment... Read More →
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Jonathan Pyle

Contract Performance Officer, Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Jonathan Pyle is an attorney with Philadelphia Legal Assistance, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to low-income people in civil matters. At PLA he develops self-help resources for clients, implements new uses of technology, automates processes, and merges disparate public and private data sources to inform broad-based advocacy on behalf of low-income people. Before joining PLA, he practiced law in the areas of class... Read More →
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Nate Vogel

Former Legislative Counsel to New York Civil Liberties Union, Independent
Nate Vogel is a former legislative counsel at NYCLU and Frankel Legislative Fellow at the Pennsylvania ACLU. For both organizations, he advocated against bills that infringe on civil liberties. He also served as a staff attorney at Penn Law’s Toll Public Interest Center. Nate has worked on numerous projects combining data, law, and technology, including compiling data for the Sentencing and Reentry Project on juveniles in the adult justice... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Napoleon A3

4:15pm

Long Distance: Using Clinics and Technology to Empower Low-Income Consumers in Large Service Areas
Legal aid clients are frequently targeted by unscrupulous businesses and predatory credit offers. When low-income consumers default on payments, debt collectors start calling, and then they sue. Many legal aid organizations do not have a consumer law unit to address this need. Over the last 10 years, Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) and Legal Aid Society of San Diego (LASSD) have built highly successful and scalable services delivery models by utilizing courthouse-based partnerships and clinics co-located with community partners, and they are developing technology-based services, including through BayLegal’s 2015 LSC Technology Innovation Grant. Attendees will learn how to set up a clinic that combines a know-your-rights workshop with one-on-one sessions to efficiently provide consumer law education and empowerment throughout the LSC service delivery area. We will discuss the ethics inherent in creating an attorney-client relationship with unbundled services and, alternately, in providing a legal information clinic with no attorney-client relationship.

Speakers
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Dia Montecillo

Staff Attoreny, Bay Area Legal Aid
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Claire Johnson Raba

Staff Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Claire Johnson Raba: Claire is a staff attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid with five years of experience protecting the consumer rights of clients in poverty through litigation in state and federal court. Claire spearheaded the creation of a consumer law practice at Bay Area Legal Aid and developed the highly successful Debtors' Rights Clinics, operating in four counties, to assist pro per litigants with debt collection lawsuits and credit reporting... Read More →
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Alysson Snow

Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of San Diego


Thursday November 5, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Napoleon D1-2 3rd floor

4:15pm

On the Operation of Veteran Legal Clinics in VA Medical Centers
Attendees will hear and witness the teachable moments had in planning and executing recurring veterans’ legal clinics set inside two large Veterans’ Health Administration Medical Centers. The session includes the analysis of risks and rewards for various options of clinical infrastructure. The experiences at the heart of these two case studies include multiple night-and-day differences despite taking place only an hour and a half driving distance apart and the involvement of many of the same legal service provider personnel. Attendees will partake in interactive consensus building activities related to ethical issues that are unique to a Veterans’ clinic, including the obstacles of having a legal clinic in a major facility operated by the federal government and ethical issues raised by potential clients who are receiving treatment related to their mental health or wellbeing. Finally, the session will offer opportunity for creative brainstorming to improve outreach methods to the ever-expanding minority population inside the greater veterans community.

Speakers
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Gina Reyman

Senior Managing Attorney - Durham Office, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.
Reyman is head of the Family Law Practice Group and, since 2002, Managing Attorney for the Durham office. She’s supervised a Veterans’ legal clinic at the Durham VA Medical Center for the past two years. Reyman is the former Executive Director of the North Central Legal Assistance Program as well as a past President of her local Judicial District Bar. She received her JD from UNC and B.S. in Business Administration from University of... Read More →
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Matthew Wilcut

Staff Attorney - Veterans Unit, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.
Wilcut is the Veterans Unit Attorney in the Durham office of Legal Aid of North Carolina. He is the lead attorney for Duke Law’s Veterans Disability Assistance Project as well as a supervisor of a monthly Veteran clinic at the Durham VA Medical Center. Before becoming staff, he volunteered full-time for a year as an NC VetsCorps attorney with the Greensboro office. Wilcut is a graduate of Elon Law and received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Gallier AB

4:15pm

Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants: The Legal Crisis Continues
Last summer’s surge of 70,000 immigrant children entering the United States remains a crisis as the cases work their way through the immigration courts. Learn about pro bono initiatives and support at the national level, state and local efforts to provide representation, and discuss the impact of these cases on legal services organizations throughout the country.

Speakers
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Jojo Annobil

Attorney in Charge, Immigration Law Unit, The Legal Aid Society of New York City
Jojo Annobil is the Attorney-in-Charge of The Legal Aid Society’s City-wide Immigration Law Unit. He supervises individual case representation, policy advocacy and coordinates the Unit's collaboration with other legal services providers, community based organizations, pro bono attorneys and law students. He has lectured extensively at numerous immigration related seminars for judges, criminal defense attorneys and immigration practitioners... Read More →
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Kathleen Gasparian

Founder, Gasparian Immigration
Kathleen began her career in immigration law working in the International Student Affairs office of Loyola University New Orleans. Her work with students and scholars led her to law school with the passion and intent to pursue immigration law. She worked her way through the evening program and obtained her J.D. in 2002 from Loyola University, New Orleans. She was then selected for the Attorney General’s Honors Program and served as a judicial... Read More →
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Cheryl Zalenski

Director, ABA Center for Pro Bono, American Bar Association
Cheryl M. Zalenski is the Director of the American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono. The Center, a project of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, provides technical assistance and means for encouraging pro bono activity to and among pro bono programs, bar associations, legal services programs, law firms, corporate legal departments, government attorney offices, law schools, and other segments of the legal profession... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Edgewood AB 4th floor

4:15pm

Clear that Record! The Key to Moving Past Criminal Records
Criminal records are destroying our clients' lives. They are barriers to employment, housing, education, public benefits, and so many other vital needs, keeping our clients from moving forward even after they no longer present risk. The best solution? Clear that record! Because the best solution is to have no record at all. This session will examine promising proposals for allowing broad clearing of criminal records. The featured concept is the proposal known as "Clean Slate," which maximizes record clearing by automatically sealing non-violent misdemeanors and is supported by the bipartisan Coalition for Public Safety. The session will also look at other promising models, such as expungement laws recently enacted in Texas and Indiana and the REDEEM Act that would permit sealing of federal cases.

Speakers
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Sharon Dietrich

Litigation Director, Community Legal Services, Inc.
Sharon Dietrich has been an attorney with the Employment Unit of Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, since 1987. She became CLS' Managing Attorney for Public Benefits and Employment in 1997 and its Litigation Director in 2014. She specializes in employment issues faced by people with criminal records. She also worked as a contract attorney with the National Employment Law Project from 1994 through 2004. Ms. Dietrich's work features systemic... Read More →
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Marc A. Levin

Policy Director, Right on Crime
Marc A. Levin is Right on Crime’s policy director, as well as the director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Based in Austin, Texas, Levin is an attorney and an accomplished author on legal and public policy issues. Levin served as a law clerk to Judge Will Garwood on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Staff Attorney at the Texas Supreme Court. In 1999, he graduated with honors from... Read More →
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Rebecca Vallas

Director of Policy, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress
Rebecca Vallas is the director of policy for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress. Before joining CAP, Vallas served as the deputy director of government affairs at the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, or NOSSCR, and before that as a legal aid attorney and policy advocate at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, where she was named a Skadden Fellow and a Borchard Fellow in... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Bayside A

4:15pm

From Victim to Survivor: Human Sex Trafficking Collaborative Efforts Between Interdisciplinary Practices
Human trafficking is the exploitation of an individual through the use of force, fraud, and/or coercion for the purpose of forced labor or commercial sexual acts. This topic has received significant attention in the mainstream media in recent years. The social workers' involvement in working with victims of trafficking is significant in determining long-term success for the individual. This work includes transforming the trafficking victim to trafficking survivor. In order to respond effectively to this issue, collaborative, multi-systemic, on-going coordinated treatment has proven most successful with victims of trafficking, which is frequently spearheaded by social workers. A significant number of prostitution-related charges are victims of exploitation and trafficking. The extent of this victimization is rarely revealed as these cases are processed in Criminal Court. Under current practice, trafficking victims continue to be criminalized as they cycle in and out of the criminal justice system. The learning objectives of this workshops are: (1) to address the individualized needs of trafficking victims and identify appropriate community services, (2) to provide the participates the tools on how to build collaborative relationships with criminal justice stakeholders, (3) to recognize successful techniques to provide hope to the trafficking victim, which can be the key to surviving exploitation. This workshop seeks to provide the attendees with the understanding of, and the tools to develop best practice methods in, collaborating with various agencies and professionals to respond to the growing challenge of human trafficking.

Speakers
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Sarah Dolan

Mitigation Specialist, Legal Aid Society
Sarah L. Dolan, LMSW is the mitigation specialist for the Legal Aid Society’s Exploitation Intervention Project in New York City. As such, she works closely with defense attorneys to support clients arrested for prostitution defenses and those with a history of being trafficked or of involvement in the commercial sex industry. Previously, Sarah worked in the Bronx at Sanctuary for Families providing trauma-sensitive therapy for domestic... Read More →
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Danielle Latimer

Clinician / Program Coordinator, The Mount Sinai Medical Center
Danielle Latimer, LCSW, is a clinical social worker and therapist who specializes in working with trauma survivors. She currently practices at the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI) Program in New York City, where she coordinates anti-trafficking programming. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and has received post-graduate training trauma studies at the Institute for Contemporary... Read More →
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Alicia White

Supervisor, Criminal Defense Social Work Practice, Brooklyn Defender Services
Alicia White is a licensed clinical social worker who has dedicated over a dozen years in the field. She joined BDS in the summer 2013. Her parents came of age, and were politically active, during the Civil Rights era and the family dinner conversations were frequently heated discussions about politics and human rights issues. Without question, Alicia was politically aware from an early age and a dedication to social justice was instilled as a... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Oak Alley

4:15pm

Holistic Legal Assistance Networks to Reduce Poverty: Development, Implementation, and Efficacy
Created in 2013 with funding from the Kresge Foundation, Rhode Island Legal Service’s Holistic Legal Assistance Network (HLAN) is a specialized group within Rhode Island Legal Services dedicated to helping clients move from poverty to financial stability through a holistic approach. The HLAN dialogue helps identify underlying social problems that might hinder a person’s ability to meet personal goals. Together, legal and social service, education and training, and financial counseling providers work to develop legal and social objectives. Participants are referred to working groups within Rhode Island Legal Services, along with an extensive network of community providers, and followed even after individual legal and social matters are resolved. The session explores HLAN’s systems, insights gained from an evaluation of HLAN, and benefits of delivering legal services in this innovative manner, as well as the importance of foundation partnering with legal aid to end poverty and promote lasting change.

Speakers
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Sandra Ambrozy

Senior Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation
As senior program officer for Human Services, Sandra McAlister Ambrozy reviews grant proposals from community-based nonprofit organizations and explores grantmaking opportunities that support The Kresge Foundation goals and values. As a member of Kresge’s Human Services team, Sandra helps shape and refine grantmaking so Kresge’s philanthropic dollars are used most effectively to build the capacity and extend the reach of human-services... Read More →
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Robert Barge

Executive Director, Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.
Robert Mansfield Barge is Executive Director of The Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc., a nonprofit law firm. He was appointed by the Board of Directors in 1990. Mr. Barge is a graduate of Tuskegee Institute and the UCLA School of Law. In May of 2014, Roger Williams University School of Law conferred upon Mr. Barge the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law. Mr. Barge has been involved in various community organizations and civic panels, including the... Read More →
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Nora Salomon

Supervising Attorney, Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.
Nora Salomon graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Geochemistry. She then spent five years working as an Environmental Consultant throughout the northeast, assisting clients with environmental regulatory compliance. She then attended Fordham University School of Law, after which she was hired by Rhode Island Legal Services in 2006 to work in Housing Law Center, assisting clients with eviction defense and resolution of... Read More →
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Ken Smith

President, The Resource for Great Programs
Ken Smith is president of The Resource for Great Programs, a national consulting firm with offices in Michigan, New Jersey, and Oregon. He has for almost 40 years provided strategic research and analysis assistance for civil legal aid programs, funders and access-to-justice groups across the United States and Canada. He is a pioneer in economic impact analysis, outcomes measurement, and “Program-Owned Evaluation,” an approach that civil... Read More →



Thursday November 5, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Nottoway

4:15pm

Strengthening Civil Rights Language Access Remedies
Enforcing language access rights can be challenging. This panel discussion will review some of the ways in which advocates have been able to create new legal remedies, bring litigation under current laws, and take advantage of administrative complaint processes in order to get relief or compensation for individuals who have had their language access rights violated. The panelists will review various cases brought in District Courts under federal law; complaints filed with HUD regarding local housing authorities in Pennsylvania; a case filed against the California Department of Health Services to require translation of Medi-Cal documents; and efforts in Washington, DC, to add a private right of action to the DC Language Access Act of 2004.

Speakers
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Marielle Macher

Staff Attorney, Community Justice Project
Marielle Macher is a staff attorney in the Community Justice Project’s Harrisburg office, where she focuses primarily on civil rights, immigrants’ rights, and employment advocacy. Before joining the Community Justice Project in 2014, Marielle was a Skadden Fellow at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. Before her Skadden Fellowship, she clerked for Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie of the U.S. Court of Appeals for... Read More →
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David Steib

Language Access Director, Ayuda
David Steib is the Language Access Director at Ayuda, a nonprofit that advocates for low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. David serves on the executive committee of the DC Language Access Coalition, the board of Washington Council of Lawyers (a voluntary bar association dedicated to promoting pro bono and public interest law) and the steering committee of the DC Bar’s Section on Courts, Lawyers, and the... Read More →
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Christine Stoneman

Principal Deputy Chief, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice
As Principal Deputy Chief of the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, Civil Rights Division, USDOJ, Christine Stoneman helps to plan and direct a nationwide program to enforce federal statutes and executive orders prohibiting discrimination in federally assisted and federally conducted programs. She also supervises enforcement, regulatory, and policy action to prevent, identify, and redress discrimination. Prior to joining the... Read More →
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Helen Tran

Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
Helen Tran is a staff attorney at the Health Consumer Center of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. Prior to NLSLA, Ms. Tran was a staff attorney and fellow at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC in Washington, DC. Ms. Tran received her J.D. from the University of Southern California, and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in health policy from the University of Southern California. She is admitted to practice in... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Bayside C

4:15pm

LSC and the Client Voice
LSC Client Eligible Board Member Julie Reiskin and LSC President Jim Sandman will meet with client board members and interested stakeholders to discuss what LSC has accomplished during the past year, particularly with regard to how LSC is increasing the power of the client voice throughout the organization. In addition to reporting on what LSC has done over the past year, this is a time for participants to share with the presenters areas of confusion on the rules as they relate to client engagement, suggestions for LSC to continue to improve client engagement, and feedback on how well clients are being included in a real and meaningful way throughout the country. Finally, participants can share best practices and successes in client engagement. Since we began doing these sessions three years ago, each year something significant has changed at LSC as a direct result of the excellent suggestions made by client board members that attend this session.

Speakers
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Julie Reiskin

Executive Director, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition
Julie Reiskin was appointed to the Legal Services Corporation Board in 2010 by President Obama to serve as a client eligible board member. Julie Reiskin is the executive director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC), the only statewide organization of and for people with disabilities that has a focus on systemic change. CCDC has taken a leadership role within Colorado on publicly funded long-term health care. Ms. Reiskin has proposed... Read More →
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James J. Sandman

President, Legal Services Corporation
Jim Sandman has been president of the Legal Services Corporation since 2011. Jim practiced with the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP for 30 years and served as the firm's Managing Partner for a decade. From 2007 to 2011, he was General Counsel of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Jim is a past President of the 100,000-member District of Columbia Bar and currently serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services of the... Read More →



Thursday November 5, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Napoleon D3

4:15pm

Access to Counsel for Detained Immigrants: Public Defender
The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) is a city funded program launched in 2013 that provides high quality legal representation to detained New York City immigrants in removal proceedings. In the first two years of the program, NYIFUP has improved outcomes 1,000 percent as compared with detained immigrants who do not have counsel. NYIFUP’s success has sparked a national conversation about access to justice for detained immigrants, received considerable local and national press, and inspired replication efforts across the country. This session will be targeted to service providers and advocates who are interested in starting an access to counsel program in their own cities. The session will describe the advocacy that led to NYIFUP's success, describe political and logistical obstacles that were overcome, and lay out the essential components of both the campaign strategy and the actual program. Speakers from other jurisdictions (including Boston and San Francisco) currently in the process of building new local access to counsel programs will share their insights and advice, highlighting the important role of public defenders in ensuring the success of these initiatives.

Speakers
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Conor Gleason

Supervising Attorney- Immigration, The Bronx Defenders
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Jennifer Klein

Immigration Law Specialist, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Jennifer Klein is an immigration law specialist at the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts public defender’s office. She provides counsel and training to all Massachusetts public defenders on the immigration consequences of criminal conduct. Along with her colleagues, Ms. Klein engages in impact litigation on issues involving the intersection of criminal and immigration law in Massachusetts. She is a member of AILA and... Read More →
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Avideh Moussavian

Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
Avideh Moussavian’s advocacy at the National Immigration Law Center focuses on promoting economic justice for low-income immigrants, including access to public benefits. She has previously worked on immigration reform advocacy and state and local enforcement issues at the New York Immigration Coalition and directly represented immigrant victims of gender-based violence at Sanctuary for Families in New York City, with a particular emphasis on... Read More →
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Grisel Ruiz

Staff Attorney, Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Grisel Ruiz is a staff attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and focuses on the intersection between immigration law and criminal law. She advises defense attorneys on the immigration consequences of criminal offenses and supports immigration enforcement campaigns across California. Before joining the ILRC, Grisel was a litigation association at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Grisel previously received the Stimson Fellowship to... Read More →
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Emily Tucker

Senior Staff Attorney for Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice, Center for Popular Democracy
Emily Tucker is the senior staff attorney for immigrant rights and racial justice at the Center for Popular Democracy. Her work focuses on state and local campaigns to create law and policy that protects and empowers immigrant communities and other communities of color. Emily has helped develop, pass, and implement a variety of successful pro-immigrant initiatives in cities and states across the country, including municipal IDs, detainer... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Napoleon A2

4:15pm

How to Talk about What We Do: Storytelling Advocacy for the Public Defense Brand
The headline read, “Son charged in killing mom; setting house afire.” Days later, a public defender was appointed to represent the man accused of a heinous and sensational crime. Government does a lot of unpopular work, but very little is as unpopular as public defense. In spite of consistently bad press for its clients and much of the work it does, the Shelby County Public Defender has learned to tell its story differently, taking it out of the headlines and into more controlled platforms. Using Storytelling Advocacy and social media best practices, you can write your own headlines and tell your story on your terms. In this session, an assistant public defender and one-time social media strategist and a former reporter and journalism professor will share their approach to communicating with stakeholders and guided messaging. The practice can help you tell the stories that are important to your office and your clients in a way that is fresh, engaging, and wholly different from the traditional coverage that public defenders receive.

Speakers
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Lurene Kelly

Special Assistant to the Public Defender for Organizational Communication, Law Offices of the Shelby County Public Defender
Lurene Kelley is the Special Assistant for Organizational Communication at the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office.  Her work includes media relations, communication strategy, community outreach and special project management.  She is the editor of DefendShelbyCo.org, a blog dedicated to stories of justice from Memphis and beyond. Previously, Lurene was an assistant professor for the University of Memphis Department of... Read More →
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Josh Spickler

Executive Director, Just City Memphis
Josh Spickler is the Executive Director of Just City in Memphis, Tennessee. Just City was formed in 2015 in response to the challenges facing the Shelby County Public Defender's Office and its clients. Josh worked for the Shelby County PDO from 2010 until recently after spending several years in private criminal and insurance defense practices. In both roles, Josh has helped build connections with community partners in Memphis and regularly... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Southdown

4:15pm

News you can use: Federal Funding and Other Resources to Support Civil Legal Aid as a Partner in Federal Programs
This session will provide updates on the efforts of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Access to Justice Initiative to identify opportunities for federal agencies to better integrate civil legal aid into federal programs and initiatives that share the mission of serving low-income populations, and on NLADA’s efforts to provide information, technical support, and advocacy around federal programs. We will highlight new federal grant opportunities and share tips on working with new partners as part of these programs.

Speakers
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Arielle Altman

Senior Program Associate, Civil Division, National Legal Aid & Defender Assc
Arielle Altman is senior program associate for NLADA’s Civil Legal Aid Initiative, which supports legal aid’s capacity to apply for and partner on federal grants. Prior to NLADA, Arielle earned her M.P.A. with honors from Baruch College School of Public Affairs as part of the National Urban Fellows class of 2015. Previously, she had key roles on development teams at Uncommon Schools, The Posse Foundation, Thirteen WNET, and United... Read More →
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Jennifer Bentley

Chief Development Officer, Michigan Advocacy Program
Jennifer Bentley has been with legal aid since graduating from law school in 1997 and is now the Chief Development Officer at the Michigan Advocacy Program. The Michigan Advocacy Program is the umbrella organization for Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Farmworker Legal Services and several statewide advocacy programs including the Michigan Poverty Law Program, the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Michigan Elder Justice Initiative and... Read More →
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Helam Gebremariam

Senior Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice Office for Access to Justice
Helam Gebremariam is a Senior Counsel for the Office for Access to Justice at the US Department of Justice. Before joining the Department, she was a litigation associate at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. Ms. Gebremariam also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received her J.D. from New York University School of... Read More →
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Karen Lash

Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Justice Office for Access to Justice
Karen A. Lash is a Deputy Director for the Office for Access to Justice at the US Department of Justice, and the Executive Director of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable. In 2014, she received the John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement for Participation in Litigation. Before joining the Department, she was a consultant for law schools and nonprofits, including the Mississippi Center for Justice, American... Read More →
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Ellen Lawton

Moderator, Moderator, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at The George Washington University
Ellen Lawton, JD is a Lead Research Scientist at the George Washington University and leads the University’s National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She is also the lead advisor for Walmart’s signature pro bono medical-legal partnership initiative. | | An expert in poverty law generally, Ms. Lawton is a lead editor of the 2011 textbook, Poverty, Health & Law: Readings from... Read More →
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Radhika Singh Miller

Director, Civil Legal Aid Initiative, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Radhika Singh Miller is the Director of NLADA’s Civil Legal Aid Initiative, which is supported by the Public Welfare and Kresge Foundations, and builds upon the efforts of the Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable and the Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice to support civil legal aid’s capacity to apply for and manage federal grant programs. Radhika also is an expert in student debt, and has participated on federal rulemaking... Read More →
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Kathrina Peterson

Attorney Advisor, Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime
Kate Peterson is an attorney advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime on an extended detail from the DOJ Criminal Division. Kate works with OVC-funded legal networks that are providing comprehensive, holistic legal services to survivors of crime throughout the country, and has been working on revising the VOCA Victim Assistance Rule. Prior to joining DOJ's Criminal Division, Kate worked for several years at the... Read More →
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Jaclyn Piñero

Director of Grants & Contracts, Bay Area Legal Aid
Jaclyn Piñero is the Director of Grants & Contracts at Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland, CA, where she provides leadership and direction in all grant and contract procurement and management for six offices across a seven-county service region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Over Jaclyn’s 11-year tenure at BayLegal she has grown BayLegal’s grants and contracts portfolio from 32 grants totaling $5.8 million to a portfolio of over 70 grants... Read More →
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Laura Tuggle

Executive Director, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
Laura Tuggle is the Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS). She previously managed SLLS’ Housing Law Unit during the years immediately following Hurricane Katrina from 2005-2010 after having been a staff attorney there from 1994-2005. She also served as General Counsel and Director of Client Services as part of a reform administration at the long troubled Housing Authority of New Orleans. Prior to joining civil legal... Read More →


Thursday November 5, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Maurepas

6:00pm

NLADA Client Section Meeting
Come and discuss issues of importance to NLADA's client membership.

Thursday November 5, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Napoleon D3

6:00pm

NLADA Technology Section Meeting
Come and discuss issues of technology and how we can keep up.

Thursday November 5, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Napoleon A3

7:00pm

Client Awards Reception
Meet, mingle, have a bite, and honor your peers at this year's client awards ceremony.

Thursday November 5, 2015 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Gallery 1st floor
 
Friday, November 6
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Get your day started right! Have a bite and visit with our exhibitors.

Friday November 6, 2015 7:30am - 9:00am
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

7:30am

Cyber Café & Wi-Fi Lounge
Use our computer terminals to check your email, do some research, check on flights, etc. Visit our registration desk for information on using the conference Wi-Fi.

Friday November 6, 2015 7:30am - 5:00pm
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

7:30am

Exhibitor Showcase
Exhibitors
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CrowdLaw

CEO, Henry Perlstein
How can we use crowdfunding?  Your office needs funding to expand your mission and help more clients. CrowdLaw’s unique crowdfunding service is the easiest, safest way to get the funding your office needs. CrowdLaw has been the industry leader since 2014. Visit us at https://www2.crowdlaw.net/nlada/
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Community Services Analysis LLC (CSACO)

Community Services Analysis LLC (CSACO) is the leading provider of Social Return on Investment analysis services in the United States. We are the first organization on the U.S. to be a member of The SROI Network (the international standards, accreditation, and assurance organization), and is now a full member of SIAA (the Social Investment Analyst’s Association). Based on the new Social Return on Investment methodology developed by CSACO... Read More →
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National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)

Founded in 1911, the NLADA is American's oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to ensuring excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. For 100 years, NLADA has pioneered access to justice at the national, state and local level through the creation of many of the first public defense systems in the country, creation of the concept of a national center to protect the right to counsel, development of... Read More →
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Mutual of America

Sr. Vice President, Tom MacMurray
Mutual of America Life Insurance Company specializes in providing pension and retirement related products, programs, and services since 1945. Mutual of America offers services for 401(k) Profit Sharing, 403(b) Thrift, Tax Deferred Annuity, and 401(a) Defined Contributions plans. As a full-service provider, we provide all the employee educational, administrative support, plan design, and plan documentation as well as consulting services in order... Read More →
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American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono

The ABA Center for Pro Bono is a national resource and support center that provides technical assistance and planning advice, at no charge, to pro bono advocates as they seek to fulfill the promise of equal access to justice for those who cannot afford paid counsel. The Center also offers support for and information about the annual National Pro Bono Celebration (October 25-31, 2015).  
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Federal Trade Commission

The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and internationalgovernment agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings... Read More →
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MOJI Design

Specializing in contemporary ladies jackets and coat dresses. Dresses for all sizes.  
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NLADA Insurance Program

Clinton Lyons
The NLADA Insurance Program is the advocate and provider of quality professional liability insurance products for the full spectrum of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association community – individual attorneys, legal aid organizations, public defenders, corporate pro bono programs, law school clinics, individual clients, and public interest groups that work toward justice.
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The Resource for Great Programs

The Resource for Great Programs is a national corporation dedicated to providing strategic support to networks of community-based organizations working in arenas having great impact on our society. For 30 years, The Resource has provided legal aid programs and their funders with technical assistance and research-based advice, with services including program and project evaluation, economic impact assessment, and legal needs analysis. Visit us... Read More →
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New Dawn Technologies

New Dawn Technologies and SUSTAIN deploy the best case management software to the global justice industry. As wholly owned subsidiaries of the Daily Journal Corporation (Nasdaq: DJCO), New Dawn and SUSTAIN innovate case management for our current and future clients. Together we continue to develop and configure the best case management solution for the specific processes of our customers. More than 20,000 justice professionals worldwide depend on... Read More →
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Justice Works

President, Carl Richey
Justice Works is a technology service provider with software solutions designed for legal case management. Our public defender offering, defender Data, is currently in use by offices of all sizes throughout the country. Our larger installations include statewide systems in South Carolina, Maine, Florida, and Louisiana. We also provide our full suite of services to all Federal Defender Offices nationwide. We seek to continue improving the... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 7:30am - 5:00pm
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

7:30am

Conference Registration
Check-in with NLADA's registration staff to get your name badge, conference program, and other materials.

Friday November 6, 2015 7:30am - 5:00pm
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

8:30am

What Board Members Need to Know About LSC Restrictions
Board members and community stakeholders of federally funded legal services programs serve best when they understand the way LSC restrictions operate and affect programs and clients. Join us for an interactive workshop designed to inform and educate you on important aspects of LSC restrictions.

Speakers
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Rosita Stanley

Vice-Chair Board of Directors, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
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Evora Thomas

Program Counsel, Legal Services Corporation


Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Napoleon D3

8:30am

Developing Systemic, Long-Term Legal Remedies by Incorporating Two Generations As Part of the Solution
Research, demographics, and policy undergird use of the “two generation” approach. Its use by legal services lawyers to better understand and better formulate longer term, systemic legal solutions are more likely to significantly improve opportunities for success for clients by increasing inclusion of the clients’ informed individual support system and community resources through a sustained, longer term effort. By incorporating current, relevant research, experts, and other resources as part of their process for framing and proposing legal remedies for the courts (and others), legal services lawyers can play a significant role in structuring justice within the whole of our social contract.

Speakers
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Olivia Golden

Executive Director, Center for Law and Social Policy
Olivia Golden is the Executive Director of the Center for Law and Social Policy. Ms. Golden is an expert in child and family programs at the federal, state, and local levels. Her leadership role in a major multi-state initiative, Work Support Strategies, provides six states the opportunity to design, test, and implement reforms to improve low-income working families' access to health reform, nutrition assistance, and child care subsidies... Read More →
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Luis C. Jaramillo

Attorney, Center for Law and Social Policy
Luis C. Jaramillo is a board member of the Center for Law and Social Policy. He formerly served as the statewide deputy director at California Rural Legal Assistance and director of the CRLA Migrant Farmworker Project. He also served as executive director of the El Paso Legal Aid. Some of his successfully litigated cases include those challenging IQ testing of non-English speaking children for placement in classes for the mentally retarded... Read More →
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Charles Kamasaki

Senior Cabinet Advisor, National Council of La Raza
Charles Kamasaki is senior cabinet advisor of the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. He previously served as NCLR's executive vice president, and before that he oversaw the organization’s public policy work for more than two decades. He is also a Resident Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, writing a book about the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
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Avideh Moussavian

Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
Avideh Moussavian’s advocacy at the National Immigration Law Center focuses on promoting economic justice for low-income immigrants, including access to public benefits. She has previously worked on immigration reform advocacy and state and local enforcement issues at the New York Immigration Coalition and directly represented immigrant victims of gender-based violence at Sanctuary for Families in New York City, with a particular emphasis on... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Maurepas

8:30am

Ethics in the Legal Aid Setting
The Rules of Professional Conduct apply to all attorneys, but they often have different implications in the legal services world. Join this interactive session to explore ethical situations common to poverty law practice. Legal Aid specific hypotheticals will cover conflicts of interest, diminished capacity, competence, diligence, confidentiality, implications of non-lawyer assistants, and termination of representation. The discussion will address practical guidelines for fixing mistakes when they occur and avoiding common ethical complaints. Learning objectives will include: (1) Apply relevant ethical rules to poverty law cases; (2) Describe the unique implications of some ethical rules in the context of poverty law practice as compared to a typical private practice; and (3) Avoid claims and complaints in your legal aid practice.

Speakers
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Nalani Fujimori Kaina

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Hawai'i
Nalani Fujimori Kaina is the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Hawaii’s oldest and largest statewide non-profit organization providing free legal services to the poor. Ms. Kaina joined Legal Aid in 1999 as a Staff Attorney on the island of Moloka`i, was the Managing Attorney for the Maui County offices and has also held the position of Deputy Director. She is a Commissioner on the Access to Justice Commission, a past... Read More →
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Eric Mittelstadt

ULS, Deputy Director
Eric is the Deputy Director at Utah Legal | Services where he has worked for over twenty years as a | staff attorney, managing attorney, project manager, Director | of Personnel and now as Deputy Director. A member of the | MIE Board of Directors since 2003, he is a frequent trainer | at MIE events and oversees MIE’s support for legal services | administrators. Eric may be reached at eric@utahlegalservices.org.
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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 before moving to Montana. Alison joined the Montana Legal Services Association in 1998 as an attorney with its Domestic Violence Unit, and became the Executive Director in 2011. Alison is a member... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Napoleon A3

8:30am

Expanding Access to Justice Through Executive Leadership Development
OneJustice, a California support center with a mission of bringing life-changing legal help to those in need by transforming the civil legal aid system, recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of its Executive Fellows Program, a unique leadership development program. The Executive Fellows Program was created to address a dire need for a comprehensive, skills-based training in nonprofit management for California’s legal services leaders. The program was launched at a time that staff attorneys at some legal services organizations were being promoted to management positions because of their strong legal and advocacy skills without necessarily having adequate training in budgeting, fundraising, human resources management, and other executive skills. In addition, a number of California programs were facing an impending wave of executive retirements, raising questions about who would fill these senior positions. Panelists will discuss the current curriculum, its application to our jobs as leaders in the legal services sector, and lessons learned from five years of running the program in California. They will also provide a case study of how the Executive Fellowship program worked for one executive director.

Speakers
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Phil Hwang

Executive Director, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto
Phil joined Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto as Executive Director in 2012. Previously, he served as the Director of Policy and Programs at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. At the Lawyers’ Committee, he oversaw the organization’s programmatic and policy work, supervised a pro bono project serving low-income refugees, and litigated impact cases in the area of immigrant and refugee rights... Read More →
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Kimberly Irish

Director, Healthy Nonprofits, OneJustice
As Director of OneJustice's Healthy Nonprofits Program, Kimberly Irish directs the Executive Fellowship Program, and is responsible for developing continuing education programs for its Alumni, including in-person trainings and other support. Kim oversees OneJustice's consulting work, providing trainings, resources, and coaching to the Boards of Directors and executives of legal services nonprofits throughout California on governance, fundraising... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Napoleon D1-2 3rd floor

8:30am

Financially Empowering Clients: CFPB's Your Money, Your Goals for Legal Aid and Pro Bono Staff
Have you had the money conversation with your clients? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) developed the "Your Money, Your Goals" training and toolkit initiative to help frontline staff such as legal aid staff and social workers understand better the financial issues their clients may face and help them access the resources and tools they need to address them. Find out how to integrate the information and tools on topics such as ordering and fixing credit reports, rights under debt collection rules, and more into your organization and work by taking this mini-training from CFPB staff on "Your Money, Your Goals" for legal aid organizations. This training is designed to introduce the topics, why and how the toolkit works, and get participants engaged in a discussion around these issues and how they approach or work with clients on them.

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Mary Griffin

Senior Advisor, Office of Financial Empowerment, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Mary Griffin serves as senior advisor in the Office of Financial Empowerment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which focuses on improving the financial lives of low-income and economically vulnerable consumers. Mary manages work for the Office related to legal aid partnerships, mobile financial services, outcome measurement, and identifying policies that can help remove barriers to successfully achieving financial goals, with... Read More →
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Claire Johnson Raba

Staff Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Claire Johnson Raba: Claire is a staff attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid with five years of experience protecting the consumer rights of clients in poverty through litigation in state and federal court. Claire spearheaded the creation of a consumer law practice at Bay Area Legal Aid and developed the highly successful Debtors' Rights Clinics, operating in four counties, to assist pro per litigants with debt collection lawsuits and credit reporting... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Napoleon A2

8:30am

Innovations in Civil Legal Services
AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Management Information Exchange, and the Legal Services Corporation join together in this session to present best practices in civil legal services as nominated by those organizations which have created them. These innovations are proven practices that work and are of interest to others.

Speakers
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Kim Marshall

Researcher, Editor, and Writer, Legal Services Corporation
Kim Marshall has been the Researcher, Writer, and Editor in the Legal Services Corporation’s Office of Program Performance since February 2015. She helps manage the Resources section of the LSC.gov website and played a key role in the recent redesign of the entire website. Before joining LSC, Kim served as the content developer and project manager at Arkansas Legal Services Partnership. She worked in the Little Rock office of the Center for... Read More →
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Jan May

Executive Director, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly, MIE Board Member
Jan Allen May is the Executive Director of AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE). LCE is the primary provider of legal services to low and moderate income older people in DC. LCE operates a legal hotline, a reduced fee panel, a brief services unit, a pro bono program, a consumer unit, a housing unit, a tax project, a home visit project, and serves as both the long-term care ombudsman and legal services developer for DC. He has trained legal... Read More →
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Patti Pap

Executive Director, Management Information Exchange
Patricia Pap is the Executive Director of Management Information Exchange (MIE). She joined the organization in 1997 as its first full time executive director, after serving for many years on its Board of Directors and Journal Committee. As executive director, she is responsible for the overall growth and programmatic development of this national membership organization whose mission is to promote excellence in legal aid programs across the... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Bayside B

8:30am

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina, Then and Now
The panel will focus on how disaster legal services have shifted from Hurricane Katrina to the current trend of proactive disaster legal services. Laura Tuggle and Jimmy Fry will share their experiences and lessons learned as attorneys helping victims during Hurricane Katrina. Lisa Gavin and Shirley Peng will then share their experiences as project managers of their new disaster relief programs at Iowa Legal Aid and Legal Aid of Nebraska. John Eidelman, the senior program counsel at LSC, will facilitate the conversation as well as provide input from the LSC’s point-of-view on how disaster relief legal services have shifted in the past 10 years.

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John Eidleman

Senior Program Counsel, Legal Services Corporation
John Eidleman is Senior Program Counsel, Office of Program Performance at the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and has been in that position since January of 2005. His current obligations include working with field programs to improve delivery, and leading LSC's efforts in providing support and information on disaster planning. He worked with the ABA, NLADA and others to develop the web site Katrinalegalaid.org. and developed disaster planning... Read More →
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Jimmy Fry

Executive Director, Legal Services Alabama
Jimmy Fry is a retired Alabama District Attorney, retired Army Reserve Judge Advocate General and served as Judge on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. He has been Executive Director of Legal Services Alabama since 2007 and has planned the delivery of disaster services during Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil Spill and the Alabama tornadoes of April 27th 2011.
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Lisa Gavin

LSC Midwest Legal Disaster Coordinator Project Manager, Iowa Legal Aid
Lisa Gavin has been a staff attorney with Iowa Legal Aid since 1995 working under a variety of different grants. In January 2015, she became the project manager of the Midwest Legal Disaster Coordination Project for Iowa Legal Aid. She graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law and Creighton University.
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Shirley Peng

Disaster Relief Project Managing Attorney, Legal Aid of Nebraska
Shirley Peng has been a staff attorney with Legal Aid of Nebraska since 2009. In January 2015, she became the project manager of the Disaster Relief Project. She earned her B.A. from UCLA in 2006, and her J.D. from Chapman Law in 2009. She is licensed to practice in Nebraska and California, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Tax Court.
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Laura Tuggle

Executive Director, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
Laura Tuggle is the Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS). She previously managed SLLS’ Housing Law Unit during the years immediately following Hurricane Katrina from 2005-2010 after having been a staff attorney there from 1994-2005. She also served as General Counsel and Director of Client Services as part of a reform administration at the long troubled Housing Authority of New Orleans. Prior to joining civil legal... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Nottoway

8:30am

Metrics for Access to Justice: What Is an Indicator? What Are the Right Indicators? Why Do We Want and Need Access to Justice Indicators?
We know that the access to justice movement in the U.S. is dynamic. But, is it making progress? Are more people able to protect their rights and interests? Are more courts and legal aid programs reaching more people with the help that is needed? Are legal problems getting resolved? The United Nations, Congress, the Legal Services Corporation, federal and state agencies, philanthropic foundations and individual donors, legal aid programs and courts, human rights advocates, and many other stakeholders all want to see data and findings that illuminate one question: Ss the access to justice movement making a difference? Participants in this interactive panel discussion session will learn about and contribute to "indicator formation," as we discuss cutting edge research and indexing initiatives in the U.S. and around the world, as well as a new global anti-poverty agenda that puts access to justice at the center.

Speakers
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Risa Kaufman

Executive Director, Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute
Risa E. Kaufman is the executive director of the Human Rights Institute (HRI) at Columbia Law School and a lecturer-in-law. At HRI, she works to develop and advance international human rights norms and strategies in the United States through research, advocacy, network building, and training. Her advocacy and research focus on state and local implementation of human rights, access to justice, and economic, social, and cultural rights. In... Read More →
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Rebecca Sandefur

Senior Research Social Scientist, American Bar Foundation
Rebecca L. Sandefur studies access to civil justice from every angle – from how legal services are delivered and consumed, how civil legal aid is organized around the nation, the role of pro bono, the relative efficacy of lawyers and nonlawyers as advocates and representatives, to how ordinary people think about their justice problems and try to resolve them. Professor Sandefur joined the American Bar Foundation in 2010 to found and lead its... Read More →
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James J. Sandman

President, Legal Services Corporation
Jim Sandman has been president of the Legal Services Corporation since 2011. Jim practiced with the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP for 30 years and served as the firm's Managing Partner for a decade. From 2007 to 2011, he was General Counsel of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Jim is a past President of the 100,000-member District of Columbia Bar and currently serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services of the... Read More →
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David Udell

Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice
David Udell, Executive Director of the National Center for Access to Justice (NCAJ) and Visiting Professor from Practice at Cardozo Law School, guides NCAJ's data-intensive policy reform initiatives – including The Justice Index, www.justiceindex.org – to help people obtain access to justice in the United States. Founder and the director of the Justice Program of the Brennan Center for Justice from September 1997 to August 2010, David also... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Borgne

8:30am

Strategic Technology Planning: Using LSC's Baselines to Innovate and Grow
This April LSC released an updated version of its Baseline Technologies that Should Be in Place in a Legal Aid Office (aka, “the Baselines”). Many individuals from NLADA’s technology section contributed to this document, which lists baseline technology capacities that should be in place in every legal aid program, plus important considerations and additional resources in each area. Topics covered include overall capacity, management of data, supervision of legal work, telephone systems, private attorney involvement support, training, and funding. How has your program used this and other tools available to help with strategic technology planning? If you are looking for ideas, look no further: panelists will discuss how various programs have digested these tools and used them to creatively plan changes, improvements, and innovations in their technology systems.

Speakers
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Jeff Hogue

Operations and Community Relations, LegalServer
Jeff Hogue is the Community Relations Coordinator for Legal Server, which provides technology solutions for legal aid providers. Prior to his current position, he served as a legal aid attorney for 14 years and has led a number of innovative technology and legal aid projects. Mr. Hogue serves on the NYSBA Committee on Legal Aid, served on the Technology Working Group of the Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York, and is... Read More →
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Joyce Raby

Executive Director, Florida Justice Technology Center
Joyce is the Executive Director of the Florida Justice Technology Center (FJTC), a statewide technology support center. FJTC partners with legal aid organizations, the courts, the clerk’s offices, pro bono efforts, the private bar, and others to increase access to justice through the innovative use of technology. FJTC receives grant monies from the Florida Bar Foundation, with funding that originated with The Florida Bar. FJTC currently... Read More →
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Jane Ribadeneyra

Program Analyst for Technology, Legal Services Corporation
Jane Ribadeneyra is a Program Analyst for Technology at the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, DC. She is responsible for helping legal aid programs implement innovative technology projects that improve access to high-quality legal assistance for poor people across the country. She helps manage LSC's Technology Initiative Grant program, which has made more than 600 grants totaling over $46 million since its inception in 2000. Jane has over... Read More →
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Angela Tripp

Director, Michigan Legal Help Program
Angela Tripp is the Director of the Michigan Legal Help (MLH) Program. MLH is responsible for the statewide website for self-represented litigants (MichiganLegalHelp.org, AyudaLegaldeMichigan.org) and eleven affiliated Self-Help Centers around the state. In 2015, over 670,000 people visited the MLH website and over 60,000 people used its resources to complete legal forms. Ms. Tripp has led the development and growth of MLH from its inception in... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Southdown

8:30am

The Fundamentals of Medical-Legal Partnership: From Planning to Implementation to Sustainability
The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP) will present a session on the Medical- Legal Partnership (MLP) approach. Participants will be provided with NCMLP resources, including Toolkit Phase I & II, to assist with planning, or strengthening an MLP. The session will include close guidance from MLP experts. Facilitators of the session will focus on planning, implementation, and sustainability of MLPs across a range of settings and populations. Our vision for the discussion portion of the workshop is to focus on integrating MLP into the health setting, highlighting prevalent health issues affecting designated populations, and addressing ethical issues related to health care (e.g., access to care and building a sustainable workforce of legal and health professionals). Participants will have the ability to explore how the MLP approach identifies legal needs directly associated with health issues and will walk away with an understanding of the benefits of establishing an MLP.

Speakers
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Mallory Curran

Principal, Mallory Curran Consulting
Mallory Curran is an independent consultant specializing in medical-legal partnership, legal services and technology for legal and healthcare organizations. For thirteen years, she was a civil legal services attorney in Cleveland and New York City who focused on medical-legal partnership at the local, state, and national levels. Ms. Curran graduated from The Ohio State University and received her law degree from New York University School of... Read More →
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Sharena Hagins

MPH, CHES, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
Sharena Hagins is a Senior Research Assistant with the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership. Prior to joining the team, she worked on prevention research studies with the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, and a variety of community health initiatives throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area. | | Ms. Hagins is a first generation college graduate and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Goucher College in Baltimore... Read More →
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Ellen Lawton

Moderator, Moderator, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at The George Washington University
Ellen Lawton, JD is a Lead Research Scientist at the George Washington University and leads the University’s National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She is also the lead advisor for Walmart’s signature pro bono medical-legal partnership initiative. | | An expert in poverty law generally, Ms. Lawton is a lead editor of the 2011 textbook, Poverty, Health & Law: Readings from... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Oak Alley

8:30am

A New Vocabulary for a New Paradigm: Race, Gender, Language, Inclusion, Identity, and More
The concepts and work to achieve equity, racial justice, diversity, language access, immigration reform, and inclusion are distinct and yet connected. This workshop will give texture to the language we need to create a new paradigm for meaningful impact, diversity, and inclusion. Can we build a language and practice of anti-oppression and inclusion that connects our various struggles while valuing the unique characteristics of each? What are the linkages across diversity, inclusion, and equity? Is the language we use really that important? How do they inform and influence one another? What does this mean for our work and our organizations? This session will explore how advocates for a broad range of civil rights, human rights, and access develop deeper common cause and common language.

Speakers
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Tanya Douglas

Director of Disability Advocacy Program and Veterans Justice Project, Manhattan Legal Services
Tanya Douglas is the Director of the Disability Advocacy Project (DAP) at Manhattan Legal Services (MLS) and coordinates the Veterans Justice Project at MLS which is a program of Legal Services NYC. Tanya is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School. Tanya is admitted to the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York. Tanya has spent her entire 24-year legal career as a public interest attorney with Legal... Read More →
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Lillian M. Moy

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY
Lillian M. Moy has been the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York since 1995. She is a 1981 graduate of Boston University School of Law. Ms. Moy is a nationally recognized leader and trainer in the civil legal aid community. Her areas of expertise are leadership development and diversity. Ms. Moy has previously served on two ABA Standing Committees (SCLAID and PBPS) and is currently a member of the ABA’s Coalition... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Bayside C

8:30am

Working with Interpreters
Interpreters provide a critical role in providing access to justice for limited English proficient populations. This program will provide hands-on instruction to advocates on working with both spoken language and sign language interpreters. It will also highlight ethical considerations to ensure that important legal rights are not lost or inadvertently forfeited. Advocates will learn how to use trained interpreters, staff, and volunteers, while keeping in mind the issues of attorney-client communication and the unauthorized practice of law.

Speakers
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Luong Chau

Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Luong Chau is a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’ Greater Long Beach Medical Legal Partnership (GLBMLP). At the GLBMLP, she provides assistance on a variety of poverty law issues, to The Children’s Clinic’s patients spanning nine health clinics throughout Long Beach, California. She works extensively on language access issues as it relates to Social Security and public benefits at the local, state and national... Read More →
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Kristi Cruz

Attorney, Northwest Justice Project
Kristi Cruz is an attorney at Northwest Justice Project. Ms. Cruz was certified as an American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter in 1996. She works extensively on language access issues in Washington State. In 2010, Ms. Cruz was a co-reporter for the ABA’s Standards for Language Access in Courts. As the staff attorney for the CLEAR*ASL program, she conducts intakes in ASL by video phone for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind clients who... Read More →
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Carolina Herrera

Language Access Deputy Director, Ayuda
Carolina Herrera is the Language Access Deputy Director at Ayuda. She has expanded free language access services through the Community Legal Interpreter Bank, a national model and Ayuda’s local D.C. project. Carolina helped spearhead the nation’s first 24/7/365 Emergency and Victim Services Interpreter Bank. In her multifaceted position, she continues her commitment for low-income LEP/NEP immigrant rights by providing outreach, training... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Edgewood AB 4th floor

8:30am

Assessing Defendants for Crimogenic Risk and Need: Navigating the Theory and Potential Pitfalls of Evidence-Based Assessments
Research shows that intensive programming is most successful when used for the highest risk offenders, while the lowest risk defendants do best when left alone. These are principles intuitive to many defenders, but the proliferation of risk-need-responsivity research has sparked a flurry of experimentation with actuarial tools that assess for risk of recidivism and related social service needs in a range of criminal court contexts, from pretrial to sentencing. Like many reform efforts, there is great potential for these tools when developed and implemented thoughtfully, but the scheme is not without a variety of pitfalls for defenders and other justice system players. This session will provide a primer on the evidence basis behind risk-need assessment, highlighting and distinguishing a handful of validated tools currently available to practitioners free-of-charge. The session will also include a candid dialogue and brainstorming session with the audience about relevant legal and ethical questions concerns and how these challenges could be overcome.

Speakers
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Aisha Greene

Senior Coordinator, Research-Practice Strategies, Center for Court Innovation
As the senior coordinator, Aisha Greene helps to coordinate the Center for Court Innovation’s work on the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge. Prior to joining the Center for Court Innovation, Aisha was a principal court attorney for an Acting Supreme Court Justice in New York City, where she gained experience working in the Queens County Integrated Domestic Violence part and a Kings County felony trial part. Aisha also worked... Read More →
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Emily LaGratta

Deputy Director, Training and Technical Assistance, Center for Court Innovation
As deputy director of training and technical assistance, Emily provides consulting services to jurisdictions domestically and internationally, including assistance provided under the Problem-Solving Justice Initiative, a project supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice. This work aims to promote the wider use of problem-solving practices in an effort to reduce crime and incarceration while strengthening... Read More →
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Michael Tobin

Director, Trial Division, Wisconsin State Public Defender
Michael Tobin has worked for the Wisconsin State Public Defender (SPD) since 1979, except for two years off in the mid-80s for good behavior. He started as a staff attorney in 1979, left the agency in 1984 to teach at the University of Puget Sound Law School, and returned to the SPD in 1986 as a regional supervisor. Mr. Tobin has served as the director of the SPD Trial Division since 1994. He has spoken at numerous SPD training programs... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Gallier AB

8:30am

What Clients Want: Why Measure Client Satisfaction, What It Means, and How to Measure It
Both academic researchers and public defenders have increasingly recognized that client satisfaction is a critical metric of success in indigent representation. A study by the Center for Court Innovation highlights the importance of client satisfaction in evaluating the delivery of defense services. According to the study, after judges, the most important factor for clients in their perception of the court system is their perception of their lawyer. To date, however, the studies looking at client satisfaction have drawn on attorney perceptions of what it means for clients to be satisfied. No one has asked indigent defense clients themselves how they define adequate representation. At this presentation, we will address the ways in which client satisfaction surveys can and should provide a new metric for evaluating the effectiveness of the delivery of indigent defense services. We will discuss The Bronx Defenders efforts to evaluate the satisfaction of our clients. Finally, we will discuss the results of our recent study, which examines how our clients define adequate representation. The results of this study can provide the basis for defenders around the country to more effectively evaluate their work.

Speakers
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Karume James

Policy Organizer, The Bronx Defenders
Karume James received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2014, where he was an Edward V. Sparer public interest fellow, associate research editor for the Journal of Law & Policy, and a member of the Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Honor Society, Trial Division. Karume interned his first summer at the Legal Aid Society, Employment Law Unit, and interned his second summer at The Bronx Defenders. While in law school, Karume was the vice president... Read More →
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Justine Olderman

Managing Director, Bronx Defenders
Justine Olderman graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from New York University School of Law. While at N.Y.U., Justine was the Managing Editor of the Review of Law and Social Change and was awarded the George P. Faulk Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship. She spent two years clerking for Judge Robert J. Ward in the Southern District of New York before joining The Bronx Defenders in 2000. After working for a number of years as a... Read More →
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Amalea Smirniotopoulos

Criminal Defense Attorney, The Bronx Defenders
Amalea Smirniotopoulos is a criminal defense attorney at The Bronx Defenders. Her practice includes representing clients at all stages of initial criminal proceedings, from arraignment through trial. She has also represented clients with concurrent cases in civil fora, such as Family Court. As part of her practice, she has been The Bronx Defenders’ representative in the Bronx County Veterans Treatment Court since the court began in September... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Bayside A

10:00am

Coffee Break - Sponsored by Mutual of America
Sponsored by Mutual of America - Enjoy a cup of coffee, catch up with old friends and new. Visit our exhibitors.

Friday November 6, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

10:30am

How to Recruit, Retain, and Engage Client Board Members
This workshop will feature interactive sessions that will provide tips and tricks and concrete strategies including: identifying outstanding candidates for your board from your client pool, recruitment of client board members, specific training that client board members may need and how to provide this in safe setting, keeping client board members engaged in all aspects of board leadership including fiduciary duties, and retention of client board members and succession planning. The session will go through the life cycle of a board member from the client perspective, identify where things often go wrong, and provide specific strategies for avoiding these pitfalls. Participants will leave the session with specific tools that they can use immediately to recruit or retain client board members that are consistent with both LSC regulations and nonprofit best practice. These tools will help participants build a better board, not simply check a box for compliance. Participants will also be given a small electronic tool kit.

Speakers
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Julie Reiskin

Executive Director, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition
Julie Reiskin was appointed to the Legal Services Corporation Board in 2010 by President Obama to serve as a client eligible board member. Julie Reiskin is the executive director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC), the only statewide organization of and for people with disabilities that has a focus on systemic change. CCDC has taken a leadership role within Colorado on publicly funded long-term health care. Ms. Reiskin has proposed... Read More →



Friday November 6, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Napoleon D3

10:30am

Defending Tenants amidst Los Angeles' Housing Crisis
In 2014, Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies declared Los Angeles as one of the most unaffordable cities in the country. Los Angeles is home to nearly 4 million people, and more than 52 percent of that population is considered tenants. More than 70,000 eviction actions are filed in the Los Angeles County each year, and the numbers are increasing because of aggressive gentrification and lack of affordable housing in the city. The panel will discuss current policy and legal issues facing renters in Los Angeles, including increasing the supply of affordable housing, preserving the existing supply of low-income housing, filing cases against slumlords and providing legal representation to those facing eviction proceedings. Through utilizing community organizing, eviction defense, affirmative litigation, and innovative housing policies, these advocates are able to support a movement that upholds housing as a human right. This panel intends to use Los Angeles as a case study in order for others to share their knowledge about different initiatives used to protect tenants in different cities.

Speakers
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Jennifer Ganata

Staff Attorney, Inner City Law Center
Jennifer Ganata joined ICLC’s Homelessness Prevention Project in May 2015. Before starting at ICLC, Jennifer had been a staff attorney at the Eviction Defense Network (EDN). Jennifer was born and raised in Los Angeles to immigrant parents from the Philippines. She has witnessed the different changes that have occurred in the city, and, as a result, she has dedicated her work to ensuring that those who are marginalized in the city have a... Read More →
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Navneet Grewal

Senior Attorney, Western Center on Law & Poverty
Navneet Grewal works to ensure that Californians with the lowest incomes have access to safe, affordable homes. She litigates cases with statewide impact and advocates for better housing policies. She has trained numerous housing attorneys and has contributed to many publications. Before joining Western Center, Navneet worked at the National Housing Law Project, advocating for the rights of tenants in federal housing programs. Ms. Grewal serves... Read More →
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Lorraine Lopez

Supervisory Attorney, Inner City Law Center
Lorraine Lopez is a currently a supervising attorney at Inner City Law Center (Los Angeles, CA) representing low-income individuals and families who are at risk of losing their housing. She is one of five ICLC attorneys that makes up the Los Angeles Shriver Housing Project team. The Los Angeles Shriver Project is one of seven pilot projects in the state of California funded by the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act (AB 590) to provide free civil... Read More →
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Dianne Prado

Senior Staff Attorney, Inner City Law Center
Dianne Prado joined Inner City Law Center in August 2012. She started with the Homelessness Prevention Project where she litigated on behalf of individuals and low-income families who are at risk of losing their housing. Currently, she is part of the slum housing unit using her skills to stop negligent landlords from abusing the rights of tenants in Los Angeles. Before joining ICLC, Dianne was a staff attorney at the Eviction Defense Network... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Bayside B

10:30am

Developing Best Practices for Civil Litigation in State Courts: A Discussion Regarding Emerging Recommendations from the Conference of Chief Justices
The session will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about, and provide feedback on, recommendations being developed by a committee of the Conference of Chief Justices for improvements in state court civil rules and operations to make civil litigation less time consuming, fairer and less costly. When completed, the committee’s best practice recommendations will address the gamut of civil litigation, from high volume dockets to highly complex cases and general litigation in between. Committee members, including two judges, will provide background and summarize the emerging recommendations. Through small group discussions, we will elicit feedback and discussion about the current recommendations and additional ideas about how to ensure that state courts provide timely, cost-effective, and fair opportunities for resolving disputes. This is an important opportunity to bring your experience and that of your clients, as well as innovative ideas, to help improve the justice system for millions of litigants.

Speakers
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Jerome B. Abrams

Judge, Minnesota State District Court, Minnesota State District Court
Minnesota State District Court Judge Jerome (Jerry) Abrams came on to the Bench in 2008 after 27 years of a varied civil trial practice in a number of State and Federal Courts, including multi-district litigation. Judge Abrams is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is also on the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts and the American College of Business Court Judges. Judge Abrams serves as a regular... Read More →
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Jennifer Bailey

Circuit Court Judge - Miami-Dade, FL, Circuit Court, Miami-Dade, FL
Judge Jennifer D. Bailey has been a circuit court judge in Miami-Dade, Florida, for over twenty-three years. She is the Administrative Judge for the Civil Division working with 25 judges, having previously served in the Family and Criminal Divisions. Judge Bailey currently handles Complex Business Litigation cases. She has served as Dean of the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies for five years, as Chair of the Florida Bar Civil... Read More →
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Hannah Lieberman

Executive Director, Neighborhood Legal Services Program
Hannah Lieberman joined Neighborhood Legal Services Program of Washington, D.C. in March, 2012 as its Executive Director. Over the preceding four years, she worked as a consultant to legal services programs, their funders and national organizations, focusing on strengthening advocacy, strategic planning, training and evaluation. During her consultant years, she also served as the Interim Director of Advocacy and Special Litigation for Legal... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Oak Alley

10:30am

Educating Legislators about Legal Aid: What Is Permitted?
This session will provide a forum to discuss how to explain legal aid as constituent services to legislators and their staff. It is important and appropriate to educate legislators on the extensive work that legal aid programs do for their constituents. Constituents often call upon their legislators for help when veterans' or other benefits are denied, when they are victims of consumer fraud, or when a natural disaster occurs. One of the ways that legislators and their staff can be responsive to constituents is by directing them to available resources, including legal aid. The panel will include LSC grantee executive directors with experience in meetings with and educating federal and state legislators and their staff – Republicans and Democrats, supporters and opponents of government funding of legal aid. The panel will also address compliance with LSC lobbying restrictions in communications with legislators.

Speakers
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Carol Bergman

Vice President for Government Relations & Public Affairs, Legal Services Corporation
Carol A. Bergman is Vice President for Government Relations & Public Affairs at the Legal Services Corporation and has been responsible for managing LSC's communications and relationship with Congress, the executive branch, the media, and the general public since 2012. She has been engaged in federal legislative and policy work for more than 30 years. She served as director of legislative affairs for drug policy in the Clinton White House, and as... Read More →
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Marilyn Harp

Executive Director, Kansas Legal Services
Marilyn Harp is the Executive Director of Kansas Legal Services, a statewide provider of civil legal services to low income people. She graduated from the University of Kansas Law School in 1979 and has been with Kansas Legal Services since then. She became Executive Director in 2006, leading a staff of over 100 people in 11 offices to confront the effects of poverty in the lives of Kansans.
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James J. Sandman

President, Legal Services Corporation
Jim Sandman has been president of the Legal Services Corporation since 2011. Jim practiced with the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP for 30 years and served as the firm's Managing Partner for a decade. From 2007 to 2011, he was General Counsel of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Jim is a past President of the 100,000-member District of Columbia Bar and currently serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services of the... Read More →
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Vicky Selkowe

Director of Legislative, Rulemaking, and Training Compliance, Legal Action of Wisconsin
Vicky Selkowe is Legal Action of Wisconsin's (LAW) Director of Legislative, Rulemaking, and Training Compliance. She oversees staff compliance with LSC regulations, tracks legislation and rulemaking related to low-income Wisconsinites, and when requested, informs legislators and policymakers on the effects that legislation and regulations will have on LAW's clients and their rights. Vicky has been engaged in policy and legislative work for nearly... Read More →
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David Yoder

Executive Director, Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Dave Yoder is a 1974 graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law who began his legal aid practice in Michigan as a CETA-funded attorney with Legal Services of Easter Michigan. Within months of starting, he filed a class action case against the county which had funded him. While the case was successful on appeal, and established the office in the community, the county withdrew his grant. Fortunately for Yoder, Legal Services of Eastern... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Southdown

10:30am

Empowering Diverse Leadership
Diverse leadership can bring new ideas, new approaches, and new perspectives to the delivery of services to our client populations. In the latest 2013 LSC By the Numbers Report, of the 134 executive directors of LSC programs, only 37.9 percent are women and only 25.9 percent are people of color. Yet, 71 percent of clients served are women and 54 percent are people of color. Creating more diversity at the top requires both systems and supports that encourage leadership development. This session will discuss current challenges to attorneys interested in making the shift to greater leadership and provide some practical tips to continuing to move forward and what programs can do to support the building of diverse leadership. It will also explore pipeline programs at Columbia Legal Services which re-envisioned its community worker program for local legal aid lawyer development and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii's use of its AmeriCorps program to provide experience for recent college graduates as starting points for future leadership.

Speakers
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Nalani Fujimori Kaina

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Hawai'i
Nalani Fujimori Kaina is the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Hawaii’s oldest and largest statewide non-profit organization providing free legal services to the poor. Ms. Kaina joined Legal Aid in 1999 as a Staff Attorney on the island of Moloka`i, was the Managing Attorney for the Maui County offices and has also held the position of Deputy Director. She is a Commissioner on the Access to Justice Commission, a past... Read More →
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Aurora Martin

Executive Director, Columbia Legal Services
Aurora Martin is the Executive Director of Columbia Legal Services. Ms. Martin received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Washington. She began as an intern in 1995 with the Refugee Clinic of Evergreen Legal Services, CLS's predecessor organization. Since joining CLS, she has served as a National Equal Justice Works Fellow focused on housing and expanded leadership development efforts and access to justice issues. Among her... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Borgne

10:30am

Organizational Language Access Planning: Examining Data to Serve LEP Communities
With many legal services organizations now having comprehensive language access policies in place, the task of good implementation, monitoring effectiveness, and examining emerging needs can be challenging. This program will provide practical tools to using Census information and other non-traditional data sources to understand what language needs exist in your service areas and constituencies. Panelists will also discuss strategies for meeting the language access needs of clients who speak less common and emerging languages (e.g., new immigrant communities, refugees, indigenous language speakers).

Speakers
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Luong Chau

Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Luong Chau is a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’ Greater Long Beach Medical Legal Partnership (GLBMLP). At the GLBMLP, she provides assistance on a variety of poverty law issues, to The Children’s Clinic’s patients spanning nine health clinics throughout Long Beach, California. She works extensively on language access issues as it relates to Social Security and public benefits at the local, state and national... Read More →
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Meghan Faux

Acting Director, Legal Services NYC - Brooklyn
Meghan Faux is the Acting Director at LSNYC - Brooklyn. Ms. Faux was previously the Deputy Project Director and the Director of the Foreclosure Prevention Project at South Brooklyn Legal Services, where she litigated predatory-lending and fair housing cases. Prior to joining the Foreclosure Prevention Project she was a staff attorney in SBLS’ Family Law Unit. In 1999, she was the recipient of an Equal Justice Fellowship. She received her J.D... Read More →
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Lillian M. Moy

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY
Lillian M. Moy has been the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York since 1995. She is a 1981 graduate of Boston University School of Law. Ms. Moy is a nationally recognized leader and trainer in the civil legal aid community. Her areas of expertise are leadership development and diversity. Ms. Moy has previously served on two ABA Standing Committees (SCLAID and PBPS) and is currently a member of the ABA’s Coalition... Read More →
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Jennifer Stohl Powell

Senior Leadership Attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
Jennifer Stohl Powell, an immigration attorney with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, supervises the legal work of eight attorneys/paralegals. She is on SMRLS’ Senior Leadership Team and oversees SMRLS’ language access policy. Ms. Stohl Powell is a 1996 graduate from the University of Minnesota Law School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from Carleton College and completed a Master of Arts degree... Read More →
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David Steib

Language Access Director, Ayuda
David Steib is the Language Access Director at Ayuda, a nonprofit that advocates for low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. David serves on the executive committee of the DC Language Access Coalition, the board of Washington Council of Lawyers (a voluntary bar association dedicated to promoting pro bono and public interest law) and the steering committee of the DC Bar’s Section on Courts, Lawyers, and the... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Bayside C

10:30am

Body-Worn Cameras: Are They the Answer to Improved Relations between the Police and Communities?
This panel will explore the general policy pros and cons on body-worn cameras, but also specifically discuss the impact of such cameras in minority communities which are already highly surveilled.

Moderators
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Danyelle Solomon

Policy Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice
Danyelle Solomon serves as policy counsel in the Brennan Center’s DC office where she focuses on justice and democracy issues. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Danyelle served as Legislative Counsel at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy within the Office of Legislative Affairs. Danyelle also served as counsel to Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman of the Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee of the Senate... Read More →

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Jim Bueermann

President, Police Foundation
Jim Bueermann is the president of the Police Foundation, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting innovation and improvement in policing through its research, technical assistance, training, professional services, and communication programs. As president, Bueermann directs all foundation operations and is a voting member of the board of directors. Jim Bueermann worked for the Redlands Police Department for 33 years... Read More →
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Nelson Bunn

Director, National District Attorneys Association
Nelson joins NDAA with comprehensive experience across Congress, federal agencies, and the criminal justice system stakeholder community. Nelson served as the Director of Government Affairs for The Charles Group in Washington, DC, where among other clients, he represented the Major County Sheriffs’ Association (MCSA), an organization representing elected sheriffs from counties with populations over 500,000 people and collectively representing... Read More →
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Sakira Cook

Counsel, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Sakira Cook Esq. is a Counsel in the public policy department of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. The Leadership Conference is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. At The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund Ms. Cook facilitates the... Read More →
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Rachel Levinson-Waldman

Senior Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice
Rachel Levinson-Waldman serves as Senior Counsel to the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, which seeks to advance effective national security policies that respect constitutional values and the rule of law. From 2006 through 2011, Ms. Levinson-Waldman served as Associate Counsel and then Senior Counsel to the American Association of University Professors. In that role, she oversaw the AAUP’s in-house legal docket and... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Bayside A

10:30am

Criminal Justice System Reform is a Civil Rights Issue: Innovative strategies for Legal Advocacy & Collaboration
This panel will share innovative strategies for civil legal aid attorneys, indigent criminal defenders, and other advocates to achieve criminal justice systems reform, with an emphasis on ending systemic racial bias and mass incarceration, as well as explore how these new models of advocacy and collaboration can be infused into more traditional legal practice (including direct civil legal services and indigent defense).

Speakers
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Charles Elsesser

Attorney, Community Justice Project, Florida Legal Services
Charles Elsesser has a lengthy history of advocacy for the poor and marginalized. From 1972 to 1984, he worked as an attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance and later for Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. In 1986 he became the Director of Litigation at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. In 1992 he relocated to Miami and was employed as an attorney at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. In 1997, he began work at Florida Legal... Read More →
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Norris Henderson

Founder & Executive Director, Voices of the Ex-Offender
Norris Henderson, a former OSI Soros Justice Fellow, is executive director of Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE), which he incorporated in 2004. Mr. Henderson has had tremendous success in his work impacting policy and public discourse about police accountability, public defense, and reforming the notorious Orleans Parish Prison. As someone who was wrongfully incarcerated for 27 years, Mr. Henderson experienced firsthand the racism and brutality... Read More →
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Katherine Katcher

Founder & Executive Director, Root & Rebound
Katherine is the Founder and Executive Director of Root & Rebound. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in May 2013. In her time at Berkeley Law, Katherine worked as law clerk at Texas Defender Service in Houston, TX, a clinical student in the Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic, a law clerk with the Prison Law Office in Berkeley, CA, a law clerk at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children in San... Read More →
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Joshua Perry

Executive Director, Louisiana Center for Children's Rights
Before becoming LCCR’s executive director in January of 2012, Josh was General Counsel and Counsel for Special Litigation at the Orleans Public Defenders, where he was supported by a Soros U.S. Justice Fellowship. He has worked, through litigation and policy advocacy, on successful reform campaigns ranging from protecting innocence by ensuring speedy and meaningful detention hearings in criminal court to broadening criminal discovery laws. Josh... Read More →
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Wesley Ware

Founding Director, BreakOUT!, Open Society Foundation
Wes Ware is the Founding Director of BreakOUT! and a 2011 Soros U.S. Justice Fellowship recipient. He previously served as the LGBTQ Youth Project Director at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL) where he authored the report, "Locked Up & Out: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in Louisiana’s juvenile justice system". Wes also serves on the Advisory Board for the Equity Project. At JJPL, he coordinated the investigation... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Maurepas

10:30am

Drive Down the Debt: Legal Strategies to Combat Driver's License Suspension for Non-Payment of Court Costs
In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court declared in James v. Strange that state systems for recouping the costs of criminal and traffic proceedings from convicted defendants “need not blight in such discriminatory fashion the hopes of indigents for self-sufficiency and self-respect.” Nevertheless, many states automatically suspend driver’s licenses for failure to pay court costs, fines, and restitution. For individuals and families with limited financial resources, unpaid court costs often cascade into bigger debts, and the suspension of driving privileges makes it harder to maintain employment. Otherwise law-abiding individuals with unpaid traffic tickets are converted to convicted “criminals” as they serve jail time for driving while their licenses were suspended. This session will explore legal strategies for challenging the constitutionality of predatory court practices that impose manifest hardship on debtors and their families, with an emphasis on the specific features of systems that strip debtors of their driver’s licenses upon non-payment.

Speakers
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Angela Ciolfi

Legal Director, JustChildren Program, Legal Aid Justice Center
Angela Ciolfi is the Legal Director of JustChildren, a program of the Legal Aid Justice Center that focuses on improving Virginia's public education, juvenile justice, and foster care systems. Her work for the program earned her the Oliver White Hill Award from the Virginia State Bar in 2003 and the Child Advocacy Award from the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division in 2010. At JustChildren, Angela has been involved in advocating... Read More →
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Alec Karakatsanis

Co-Founder, Equal Justice Under Law
Before starting Equal Justice Under Law, Alec was an attorney with the Special Litigation Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where he litigated complex criminal law issues and bigger-picture civil rights cases in federal and D.C. trial and appellate courts. Prior to PDS, Alec was a federal public defender in Alabama, representing indigent people accused of federal crimes. Alec is interested in ending... Read More →
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Claire Johnson Raba

Staff Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Claire Johnson Raba: Claire is a staff attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid with five years of experience protecting the consumer rights of clients in poverty through litigation in state and federal court. Claire spearheaded the creation of a consumer law practice at Bay Area Legal Aid and developed the highly successful Debtors' Rights Clinics, operating in four counties, to assist pro per litigants with debt collection lawsuits and credit reporting... Read More →
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Benjamin Stevenson

Staff Attorney, ACLU of Florida
Benjamin James Stevenson is a staff attorney for the ACLU of Florida in Pensacola, where he litigates a broad array of ACLU. He joined the ACLU in 2007 after several years in private and government practice. He has challenged numerous unconstitutional practices throughout the state, including the DMV's suspension of a driver's license for failure to pay court courts (Foster v. DHSMV), a government agency's denial of access to public records (ACLU... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Gallier AB

10:30am

Free Elimination of Bias CLE Resource You Can Use to Teach Attorneys about Poverty
When working with clients who are living in poverty, attorneys are often frustrated when clients don’t follow instructions, don’t show up for meetings or court appearances, don’t get necessary paperwork, bring children to meetings, give information in ways that seem rambling and sometimes incoherent, etc. Unless attorneys have an understanding of why these happen, and how to address them, clients in poverty may not have access to the courts, even when a lawyer is helping them! Thus, training attorneys about poverty barriers to accessing the courts is essential for getting good results for clients. This session features a new online CLE curriculum (free to all legal services nonprofits) with streaming video, a downloadable companion guidebook with interactive exercises, a template for applying for CLE credit in your state, and more. Participants will leave this interactive session with an individualized plan for training staff and volunteers. A preview of the video portion of the training may be seen here: www.lindquist.com/probono.

Speakers
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Martha Delaney

Deputy Director, Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN)
Since 2003, I have been managing programs at VLN, a pro bono program in Minneapolis, MN. Before that, I worked with people in poverty through Legal Action of Wisconsin, in private practice (guardian ad litem), and as a county attorney. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School (1991). | | For years, I have been especially interested in effective ways to train our attorneys about poverty. Up to 25% of representations of a... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Edgewood AB 4th floor

10:30am

Pretrial Justice Reform: Defenders Partnering to Reduce Disparity
Between the pretrial justice system we have and the system we could have is an incredible gap in both law and practice, despite the heroic efforts of people striving day in and day out to make it all work. While we toil for justice, we often unknowingly or unwillingly perpetuate injustice. And the impact is nearly immediate, often within the first few days. The Pretrial Justice Institute has launched a new campaign, 3DaysCount, to advance pretrial justice by 2020 in 20 states, with the following three goals: (1) reduce arrests and bookings, (2) eliminate cash bail, and (3) allow for the preventive detention of the most dangerous defendants. This workshop will describe the need for the campaign and what participating jurisdictions and stakeholders can do to achieve these goals.

Speakers
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Tim Murray

Director Emeritus, Pretrial Justice Institute
Mr. Murray has worked as a criminal justice practitioner at the local, state, and federal levels for 40 years. His extensive pretrial justice experience includes management and executive positions with the pretrial services systems in Washington, D.C., and Miami-Dade County, Fla. While in Miami, he was the principal architect and administrator of the nation's first drug court. He went on to serve with the U.S. Department of Justice as first... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Napoleon D1-2 3rd floor

10:30am

Cy Pres: Growing this Funding Source for Your Program and Your State
This session will cover best practices for obtaining class action residuals and other forms of cy pres awards. Our presenters have a wealth of experience obtaining cy pres funds - they have developed how-to materials, educated judges and trial attorneys, and developed appropriate proposals for the use of the funds. They also are up-to-date on the various challenges to the use of class action residuals, and they will discuss what legal aid programs should do to help maintain this important funding source into the future. They also will discuss the value of state rules/statutes authorizing legal aid to be a recipient of cy pres awards and describe the steps advocates might follow to obtain such a rule or statute.

Speakers
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Bob Glaves

Executive Director, Chicago Bar Foundation
Bob Glaves has been Executive Director of The Chicago Bar Foundation since October, 1999. He is responsible for leading and overseeing the CBF's work to mobilize the legal community around the issue of access to justice for people in need. Since Glaves became Executive Director, the CBF has increased the amount of its annual grants and fundraising more than tenfold and has played a lead role in launching a number of groundbreaking access to... Read More →
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Meredith McBurney

Resource Development Consultant, ABA Resource Center for ATJ Initiatives
Meredith McBurney, a consultant since 1997, specializes in resource development for legal aid and other advocacy organizations. She serves as the resource development consultant to the American Bar Association's Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives, where she works with judicial, bar and legal aid leaders on the successful development and implementation of Access to Justice Commissions around the country. She also serves as the... Read More →
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Will Ogburn

Executive Director, National Consumer Law Center
Will Ogburn has been the executive director of the National Consumer Law Center since 1987. NCLC is a low-income advocacy organization, publisher of major treatises on consumer law, a support center for legal aid programs, and sponsor of the annual National Consumer Rights Litigation Conference. Mr. Ogburn has presented and written widely on consumer law. He has served as deputy commissioner of banks in Massachusetts; in the Executive Office of... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Nottoway

12:00pm

Annual Awards Luncheon - Ticketed Event
Enjoy a New Orleans-style lunch and honor this year's award winners. We'll also hear from ABA President Paulette Brown.

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Paulette Brown

President, American Bar Association
Paulette Brown, partner and co-chair of the firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Locke Lord LLP, is president of the American Bar Association. | | Ms. Brown has held a variety of leadership positions within the ABA. She has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1997 and is a former member of the ABA Board of Governors and its Executive Committee as well as the Governance Commission. While serving on the Board of... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Napoleon ABC 3rd floor

2:30pm

Civil Responses to Abuse in Later Life
This interactive session on Abuse in Later Life is for civil attorneys and legal advocates who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the needs of older victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We will provide an introduction to the universe of services and resources available for older victims, and discuss screening, safety planning, legal and social service responses, and community collaborations. Learning objectives include: (1) understand abuse in later life as a subset of domestic and sexual violence, (2) learn unique strategies to effectively screen and safety plan with every older client, (3) reframe practices regarding client communication, interviewing skills, confidentiality, and mandatory reporting,(4) recognize services and remedies available to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in later life, and (5) identify potentially new community partners for collaboration and referral.

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Shelly Fox

Justice Systems Coordinator, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin
Shelly Fox is the Justice System Coordinator for the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), a project of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (End Abuse). Shelly is responsible for nationwide leadership within the criminal justice system on enhancing safety and the quality of life of older victims and survivors of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. In addition, Shelly provides training and technical assistance, as needed, to... Read More →
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Vivian Huelgo

Chief Counsel, American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence
Vivian Huelgo is Chief Counsel to the Task Force on Human Trafficking and Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence of the American Bar Association. Ms. Huelgo leads programs to assist lawyers through continuing legal education; provision of technical assistance; publication of legal texts; and promotion of state and federal legislation. As Community Law Project Director at Sanctuary for Families, she managed staff attorneys and pro bono lawyers... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Gallier AB

2:30pm

Holistic Online Tools for Individuals who Experience Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Online tools are being used in innovative ways to meet the needs of individuals who experience domestic violence and sexual assault. Examples around the country include technology to support the completion and electronic filing of orders of protections. Additionally, tech tools have been put in place to support the holistic needs of domestic violence and sexual assault victims such as safety planning, housing, employment, and other civil remedies. Technology is also being used to facilitate safe and efficient communication and messaging between advocates and those in domestic violence situations. Panelists will cover lessons learned, safety and ethical issues, and their experiences more generally with online tools and measure their impact on their local projects. Panelists will also encourage discussion among attendees.

Speakers
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Ana Maria Garcia

Director of Access to Justice Initiatives, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
Ana Maria Garcia is a passionate advocate dedicated to creating solutions and expanding access to justice for all, particularly to underserved communities. In 1997, she earned her JD from La Verne College of Law and has excelled in her legal career as a public interest lawyer. Currently, she is the Director of Access to Justice Initiatives at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA), serving as the liaison to the Court and... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Bayside C

2:30pm

Integration Now: Using Fair Housing and Civil Rights to Overcome Systemic Racial Injustice and Increase Access to Opportunity
Enforcing the fair housing and civil rights requirements attached to federal and other government funds is a powerful tool to attack systemic racial and economic injustice. Advocates and community groups have a rare opportunity to shape the implementation of the new HUD rule on affirmatively furthering fair housing that will guide planning and resource distribution into the future. This session will focus on how systemic fair housing and civil rights claims, particularly when combined with organizing strategies, can be used both to promote access to opportunity and to mitigate the economic, social, educational, and health effects of segregation on high-poverty racially and ethnically concentrated communities.

Speakers
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Diane Glauber

Co-Director, Fair Housing and Community Development Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Diane Glauber, Co-Director of the Fair Housing & Community Development Project at Lawyer’s Committee, has over two decades of experience in the area of community development, including Director of Human Services for the City of Baltimore, syndication counsel at Enterprise Community Investment, and director of Supportive Housing at Enterprise Foundation. Diane graduate from Maryland Law School. She also holds a M.P.A. from New York... Read More →
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Cashauna Hill

Executive Director, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
Cashauna Hill is Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC). Ms. Hill previously served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of New Orleans, and has advised both New Orleans and the City of Portland on effective fair housing policy. She has also represented victims of housing discrimination at both the Oregon Law Center and GNOFHAC. She received her J.D. from Tulane Law School and her B.A. from Spelman... Read More →
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Maddie Sloan

Director, Disaster Recovery and Fair Housing Project, Texas Appleseed
Madison Sloan is Director of Disaster Recovery and Fair Housing at Texas Appleseed. For her work on equitable disaster recovery, Madison received the 2011 Impact Award from the Texas State Bar Poverty Law Section. She joined Texas Appleseed as an Equal Justice Works Katrina Legal Fellow. Sloan received a J.D. from Michigan Law School and a M.P.Aff from the LBJ School at The University of Texas. She was previously a legal services attorney.


Friday November 6, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Napoleon D1-2 3rd floor

2:30pm

LSC 40 Years Later: What Have We Learned?
Sponsored by the National Equal Justice Library, this session will explore the lessons to the civil legal aid community of the growth, struggles, and continued vitality of the Legal Services Corporation. Participants include three former policy makers and three long-time executive directors and leaders in our community.

Speakers
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Martha Bergmark

Executive Director, Voices For Civil Justice
Martha Bergmark is the founding executive director of Voices for Civil Justice. Over three decades, she has founded and/or led several initiatives for equal justice under law, both at the national level in Washington, DC, and in Mississippi, where she grew up. In 2003, Bergmark was named the Stern Family Fund’s Public Interest Pioneer. This honor came with a $200,000 grant to launch the Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ), which she led... Read More →
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Alan W. Houseman

President, National Equal Justice Library
Alan W. Houseman is president of the National Equal Justice Library. He was executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy from 1981-2013. He also founded and directed Michigan Legal Services and the Research Institute at the Legal Services Corporation. The Research Institute developed new directions in poverty law and undertook research on the delivery of civil legal aid. He has written numerous articles, manuals, papers, and books... Read More →
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Lillian Johnson

Executive Director, Community Legal Services, Inc.
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Jose Padilla

Executive Director, California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA)
José R. Padilla was born and raised in the Imperial Valley by parents who came from farm worker families. He attended Stanford University in the early 1970s when many Latino students felt the social obligation to give something back to the communities that raised them. This central principle of giving back to his community through public service has guided José professionally and personally. José received his BA from Stanford in 1974. Deciding... Read More →
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Gerry Singsen

Consultant, Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission
Gerry Singsen spent 15 years as a staff attorney and manager in legal services organizations, including a three-year stint as vice president of LSC (1979-1982), and 30 years as a consultant and trainer working with legal services program staffs, management, and boards of directors. He currently serves as a consultant to the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission. He has written extensively on legal services goals, management, practice, and... Read More →
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John A. Tull

Management Consultant, John A. Tull Associates
John’s career in legal services spans 45 years, starting as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow and staff attorney at Southern Arizona Legal Aid, where he also served as executive director from 1974 to 1980. He served as vice president for programs and director of program operations at the Legal Services Corporation from 1994 to 1998. More than 25 years of John's career have been spent as a management consultant to organizations involved in the... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Southdown

2:30pm

LSC Compliance Update: Ongoing and Emerging Trends
This session, led by staff of LSC's Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE), will concentrate the importance of OCE's ongoing oversight role, from pre-award through the entire grant cycle, concentrating on the onsite visit process. The panelists will discuss the most frequent compliance (fiscal and regulatory) issues noted during OCE onsite oversight visits and desk reviews. The panel will also explain the interaction between OCE and the Office of Inspector General, particularly as related to OIG referrals (issues most frequently referred), and the process for initiating questioned cost proceedings and the recoupment of disallowed costs.

Speakers
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Shay S. Bracey

Fiscal Compliance Analyst, Legal Services Corporation
Shay Bracey is a Fiscal Compliance Analyst within the Legal Services Corporation’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE). Shay joined OCE in 2013, bringing with her experience as a Compliance Officer and an Auditor for the State of Georgia, an Operations & Grants Manager for The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc., and as a Compliance Officer for BB&T. In addition to being a key member of OCE on-site compliance review teams... Read More →
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Lora Rath

Director, Office of Compliance and Enforcement, Legal Services Corporation
Lora M. Rath is the Director of LSC’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE). Prior to joining OCE, Lora was the Director of Policy & Planning for the Veterans Benefits Department of Paralyzed Veterans of America, a service organization which advocates for quality health care and benefits for our nations veterans. While working at PVA, in addition to helping coordinate her department’s efforts to meeting short and long-term goals, Lora... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Borgne

2:30pm

The Data Revolution Meets the Civil Legal Aid Movement
Learn about the latest in access to justice research. Across the country, researchers are producing data on do-it-yourself software, pro se education materials, judicial web sites, court "navigators" and "licensed technicians,” proactive judges, free civil legal representation, and many other models and practices designed to increase access to justice. The Justice Index, www.justiceindex.org, is also gathering data to rank state justice systems on the number of their civil legal aid lawyers and on their adoption of systems for helping people who are self-represented, people with disabilities, and people with limited English proficiency. Come discuss the place and progress of research in the civil legal aid movement.

Speakers
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James Gamble

Senior Counsel & Director, Justice Index Project (pro bono), National Center for Access to Justice
James Gamble, Senior Counsel at the National Center for Access to Justice (NCAJ) and Director of NCAJ's Justice Index Project, guides the Justice Index on a pro bono basis, helping to develop its research criteria, indexing methodology, public profile and pro bono support. Jamie also counsels NCAJ on strategic direction for the NCAJ's research and policy reform initiatives. Jamie retired as a litigation partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP... Read More →
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Nan Heald

Executive Director, Pinetree Legal Assistance
Nan Heald grew up in Oquossoc, Maine. After five years in government and private practice, she joined Pine Tree as a staff attorney in the Native American Unit in 1985 to work on federal recognition of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs. She became Executive Director of the organization in 1990.
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Maha Jweied

Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Justice Office for Access to Justice
Maha Jweied is a Deputy Director for the Office for Access to Justice at the US Department of Justice where she oversees the office's tribal justice and international work. Previously, she was a senior attorney-advisor at the US Commission on Civil Rights, a litigation associate at Arent Fox LLP, and spent time at Mizan Law Group for Human Rights, a legal aid office in Amman, Jordan. She served as a law clerk to Judge Shahabuddeen of the... Read More →
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John Pollock

Coordinator, National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel
John Pollock is a Staff Attorney for the Public Justice Center who has served for the past 7 years as the Coordinator of the National Coalition for the Civil Right to Counsel. He focuses entirely on working to establish the right to counsel for low-income individuals in civil cases involving basic human needs such as child custody, housing, safety, and public benefits. Previously, John was the Enforcement Director for the Central Alabama Fair... Read More →
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Rebecca Sandefur

Senior Research Social Scientist, American Bar Foundation
Rebecca L. Sandefur studies access to civil justice from every angle – from how legal services are delivered and consumed, how civil legal aid is organized around the nation, the role of pro bono, the relative efficacy of lawyers and nonlawyers as advocates and representatives, to how ordinary people think about their justice problems and try to resolve them. Professor Sandefur joined the American Bar Foundation in 2010 to found and lead its... Read More →
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James J. Sandman

President, Legal Services Corporation
Jim Sandman has been president of the Legal Services Corporation since 2011. Jim practiced with the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP for 30 years and served as the firm's Managing Partner for a decade. From 2007 to 2011, he was General Counsel of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Jim is a past President of the 100,000-member District of Columbia Bar and currently serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services of the... Read More →
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David Udell

Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice
David Udell, Executive Director of the National Center for Access to Justice (NCAJ) and Visiting Professor from Practice at Cardozo Law School, guides NCAJ's data-intensive policy reform initiatives – including The Justice Index, www.justiceindex.org – to help people obtain access to justice in the United States. Founder and the director of the Justice Program of the Brennan Center for Justice from September 1997 to August 2010, David also... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Maurepas

2:30pm

Expanding Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient Court Users: Collaborative Community Efforts
This session will explore how civil legal aid attorneys, public defenders, community organizations, and state courts can work together to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) individuals are provided meaningful access to all courts. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its implementing regulations prohibit national origin discrimination and require state courts that receive federal financial assistance to provide meaningful access to LEP court users, at no cost, in all proceedings and court operations. Efforts to improve access for LEP court users have included attorneys, community organizations, and courts working together to improve interpreter quality and expand interpreter coverage. Bar associations and access to justice commissions have also worked with state courts to expand interpreter access to all LEP court users. This session will provide examples of partnerships to remove barriers to justice for LEP individuals and how the Department of Justice has worked with these partners to ensure state court compliance with federal civil rights obligations.

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Rob Cruz

Executive Director, National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators
Rob Cruz is the Executive Director of the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT), the preeminent judiciary interpreting association. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, Mr. Cruz served on the NAJIT Board of Directors for six years and was the Chairman of the Board for three. He has been a practicing spoken language Certified Court Interpreter in Tennessee since 2004. Additionally, Mr. Cruz served on the... Read More →
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Emy López

Language Access Administrator, Office of Language Access, Colorado Judicial Department
Emy López, Administrator of the Office of Language Access for the Colorado Judicial Department, is responsible for the development and implementation of language access policies and practices, administration of interpreter training and testing, managing the Program’s budget, training at all levels of the Judicial Branch, and staffing the Advisory Committee on Language Access. Ms. López is a certified Spanish interpreter and translator, and... Read More →
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Patricia Medige

Attorney, Colorado Legal Services
Patricia Medige is a Senior Attorney and statewide Language Access Coordinator with Colorado Legal Services. She serves on the Advisory Committee on Language Access administered by the Colorado Judicial Department’s Office of Language Access. Her substantive practice areas include representation of low-wage workers and crime victims, including survivors of human trafficking.
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Michael Mule

Attorney Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section
Michael Mule is an attorney in the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS) of the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice and is a member of the FCS language access courts team. FCS investigates discrimination complaints filed against recipients of federal financial assistance under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and coordinates Title VI enforcement with other federal agencies. FCS is also... Read More →
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Jonathan Rhodes

Executive Director, Louisiana Civil Justice Center
Jonathan Rhodes serves as Executive Director of the Louisiana Civil Justice Center. Prior to LCJC, he served as the Projects Counsel for the Louisiana State Bar Association Access to Justice Program, where his work focused on improving legal services and promoting criminal justice reform. A dedicated community leader, Jonathan serves on numerous boards and has been involved in many campaigns to rebuild neighborhoods throughout the New Orleans... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Nottoway

2:30pm

Improving Legal Advocacy for Children by Addressing Implicit Bias
Racial disparities continue to permeate systems that affect children and youth despite years of attempts to reduce those disparities. Increasingly, scientific research shows that even people consciously committed to equality may still hold hidden, unconscious prejudices or stereotypes that influence their actions. The pervasive nature of these implicit biases has important implications for fairness in the education, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems. Implicit biases are more likely to result in discriminatory outcomes when an individual needs to make quick decisions and has broad discretion, conditions often present in these systems. However, new research suggests that reframing adults’ mindsets toward children may reduce disparities related to implicit bias in these systems. The workshop will focus on providing participants with new research on strategies to counter the impact of implicit bias to improve fair and just outcomes for youth of color.

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Hannah Benton

Staff Attorney, National Center for Youth Law
Hannah Benton is a Staff Attorney at the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL). At NCYL, Hannah primarily works on eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline through access to appropriate educational and community-based services for children at risk of juvenile justice involvement. Hannah’s work particularly focuses on reducing the disparate entry of youth of color into the juvenile justice system. Prior to joining NCYL, Hannah was a staff... Read More →
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Michael Harris

Senior Attorney, National Center for Youth Law
Michael Harris is a Senior Attorney at the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL). At NCYL, Michael works on reducing racial disparities in juvenile justice systems, school-to-prison pipeline issues, and litigation to address implicit bias. He has presented to local and national gatherings on implicit bias’s role in decision making within the juvenile justice system. Before joining NCYL, Michael served as Deputy Director of the W. Haywood Burns... Read More →
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Jason Okonofua

Doctoral Student, Stanford University, Psychology Department
Jason Okonofua is a doctoral student in Stanford University’s Psychology Department. Jason is interested in how the effects of one person’s stereotyping and another person’s threat reverberate and escalate over time. He currently researches this interest in the context of education and criminal justice. He asks how stereotypes about stigmatized children can shape how they are treated by and respond to teachers, administrators, and police... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Oak Alley

2:30pm

Risk Management in Legal Aid and Indigent Defense Organizations: Updates & Best Practices
This interactive session will provide updates on hot issues and recent claims experience in the areas of employment practices and professional liability and discipline. It will also provide best practice tips for preventing losses and dealing with claims issues when they arise in your organization. Presented by the NLADA Insurance Program.

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Judith A. Colbert

Senior Corporate Counsel, CITGO Petroleum Corporation
Judith A. Colbert is Senior Corporate Counsel for CITGO Petroleum Corporation one of the largest refiners in the nation. She primarily handles labor, employment, benefits, petrochemical contracts and some compliance matters. Prior to joining CITGO, Ms. Colbert was a partner in major Texas and Oklahoma law firms defending corporate clients in employment litigation and contract matters. Committed to social responsibility, her extensive community... Read More →
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Arthur J. Lachman

Attorney at Law, The Lachman Firm
Arthur J. Lachman practices in Seattle, Washington, focusing on legal ethics, professional liability, and law firm risk management issues. A 1989 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, he clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, has practiced as a commercial litigation attorney, and has taught civil litigation and ethics subjects at both Puget Sound area law schools. Art has served as President of the Association of... Read More →
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Toby J. Rothschild

Of Counsel, OneJustice
Mr. Rothschild is the General Counsel of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, after serving as the executive director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach for 28 years and Interim Executive Director of LAFLA for the past 9 months. He has been the president of the Long Beach Bar Association and was the founding chair the Legal Aid Association of California and of the Management Information Exchange. He also serves on the board of the... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Edgewood AB 4th floor

2:30pm

Leadership is Everybody's Business: Post Ferguson – Part 1
Join us for this interactive session to explore your aspects of your own leadership practices. Participants will have the opportunity to assess their leadership using the Leadership Practices Inventory. The workshop will examine how we can individually and collectively lead in new and different ways. Come and explore the implications for today's movement for justice, freedom, and liberation from inequality and injustice.

Friday November 6, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Napoleon D3

2:30pm

Defense Without the Defendant: Rethinking and Challenging Language in the Courtroom through Holistic Advocacy
This interactive workshop will encourage participants to think critically about the language used to describe clients in the criminal justice system, generally, and in the courtroom setting, specifically. Defense attorney and social workers are uniquely equipped to help other actors in the system understand the ways in which labels and stereotypes, as well as distancing and dehumanizing language, strip clients of their culture, dignity, and rights. Our discussion will reference the language used to prosecute young clients, clients with mental health diagnoses, and clients who use controlled substances in order to highlight prominent and problematic examples in the courts where we practice. We conclude with practice and policy recommendations: micro practice shifts to become more conscious of our own choices about language, practice reforms designed to advance awareness within offices and the broader defender community, and proposals to challenge problematic language systemically through advocacy on behalf of clients.

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Elizabeth Keeney

Managing Director of Social Work, The Bronx Defenders
Elizabeth Keeney, Managing Director of Social Work, The Bronx Defenders. Elizabeth Keeney started as a Family Defense Project social work intern in the fall of 2006. She returned as a social worker in 2009 after finishing an M.S.W with a concentration in International Social Welfare and Policy and an M.P.A in Social Policy at Columbia University. During her graduate studies, Elizabeth spent nine months interning with the Open Society... Read More →
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Robyn Mar

Deputy Managing Director, Criminal Defense Practic, The Bronx Defenders
Robyn received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she participated in the Juvenile Defender Clinic, representing children accused of crimes in the Bronx, and the Capital Defender Clinic. At N.Y.U., she was as an Executive Editor of the Review of Law & Social Change, and a Teaching Assistant for the Lawyering Program and Professor Derrick Bell. Since joining The Bronx Defenders, Robyn has worked in the Criminal Defense Practice... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Bayside A

2:30pm

Supreme Court Review
Analysis of recent U.S. Supreme Court criminal and habeas decisions that affect the defense of the indigent accused, discuss how to maximize the benefits and minimize the harms resulting from selected decisions, and reflect on how the Roberts Court is changing criminal procedure.

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Laurence A. Benner

Professor of Law and Managing Director, California Western School of Law
Laurence A. Benner is Professor of Law and Managing Director of Criminal Justice Programs at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, he previously served on the Board of Directors of NLADA and was the National Director of Defender Services for NLADA in the 1970’s. Formerly Director & Chief Trial Counsel of the Office of the Defender in Kent County, Michigan, he... Read More →
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Marshall J. Hartman

Former Chief Public Defender, DuPage County, Illinois
Marshall Hartman has served the indigent and disadvantaged through the public defender movement for more than four decades. He has represented clients in juvenile court, misdemeanor cases, felony cases, death penalty cases, and appellate and post-conviction cases in the Appellate and State Supreme Courts and before the United States Supreme Court. He has also served as national director of NLADA's Defender Legal Services; chief defender of Lake... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Bayside B

4:00pm

Break
Catch up with old friends and new. Visit our exhibitors.

Friday November 6, 2015 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

4:15pm

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
Established in the Fair Housing Act of 1968, the law directs HUD and its program participants to affirmatively further the Act’s goals of promoting fair housing and equal opportunity. The final rule on affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH) aims to provide all HUD grantees with clear guidelines and the data that will help them to achieve those goals, because no child’s ZIP code should determine her opportunity to achieve. To aid communities in this work, HUD will provide open data to grantees and the public on patterns of integration and segregation, racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, disproportionate housing needs, and disparities in access to opportunity. This improved approach provides a better mechanism for HUD grantees to build fair housing goals into their existing community development and housing planning processes. In addition to providing data and maps, HUD will also provide technical assistance to aid grantees as they adopt this approach.


Friday November 6, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Edgewood AB 4th floor

4:15pm

Closing the 'Justice Gap': Using Economic Impact and Legal Needs Study Data to Make A Powerful Case and Expand Resources for Civil Justice Programs
In this session, legal services leaders will describe the strategic actions they have taken to generate support and expand funding for legal aid, using the results of economic impact and legal needs studies. The researchers who produced these studies will describe the approaches they used to quantify legal need and economic impact.

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avatar for Victoria A. Connor

Victoria A. Connor

Chief Executive Officer, York County Bar Association and York County Bar Foundation
Victoria A. Connor is the Chief Executive Officer of the York County Bar Association and the York County Bar Foundation in south-central Pennsylvania, where she has spearheaded efforts to expand funding for legal services, including creating and funding the Civil Legal Services Task Force that commissioned a study of the economic impacts of legal aid in York County. Ms. Connor has 20 years’ experience in public relations, and is a graduate of... Read More →
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Ken Smith

President, The Resource for Great Programs
Ken Smith is president of The Resource for Great Programs, a national consulting firm with offices in Michigan, New Jersey, and Oregon. He has for almost 40 years provided strategic research and analysis assistance for civil legal aid programs, funders and access-to-justice groups across the United States and Canada. He is a pioneer in economic impact analysis, outcomes measurement, and “Program-Owned Evaluation,” an approach that civil... Read More →
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Kelly Thayer

Analyst, The Resource for Great Programs, Inc.
Kelly Thayer is an experienced analyst and strategist with the Resource for Great Programs, a national consulting firm based in Michigan and Oregon. For more than a decade, Kelly has helped civil legal aid programs, funders, and access-to-justice groups apply strategic research to accomplish their missions. He manages research and analysis of the economic impacts of legal aid and unmet civil legal needs.


Friday November 6, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Southdown

4:15pm

Combatting the School to Prison Pipeline: Ferguson and Beyond
The School to Prison Pipeline (“STPP”) is not a new concept. It includes those practices school districts use to push kids out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Students who avoid the juvenile and criminal justice systems are equally affected because they are left without the ability to break out of poverty – a school to nowhere pipeline. Events in Ferguson, Baltimore, and other parts of the country, along with recent U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights data, have re-focused concern about the disproportionate suspension and expulsion and alternative education assignment of children of color and children with disabilities, those most vulnerable to the effects of the STPP. This interactive panel will explore the many recent and innovative ways in which legal services programs and their respective education law units have responded to this problem.

Speakers
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Lyndsi Andreas

Staff Attorney, Education Law Project, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.
Lyndsi Andreas is a Staff Attorney in the Education Law Project at Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. In this position, she represents low-income clients with respect to school discipline, special education, truancy, bullying, and civil rights violations. Lyndsi has represented students of various ages at expulsion and involuntary transfer hearings throughout Kern County. Currently, Lyndsi, along with other civil rights law firms... Read More →
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Sahar Durali

Staff Attorney, California Rural Legal Assistance
Sahar Durali is a staff attorney with California Rural Legal Assistance in the organization’s Delano office. She represents low-income clients in education, housing, public benefits, and employment matters with a specialization in education law. In this capacity, she has focused on rural educational advocacy, specifically Kern County’s school discipline crisis and barriers to access for indigent students, special education students, limited... Read More →
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Luz María Henríquez

Staff Attorney, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Luz María Henríquez joined the Children’s Legal Alliance Unit at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) in April of 2014. She handles matters involving education law within the City of Saint Louis. Luz works to achieve education equity by combatting the systemic issues that underlie punitive disciplinary practices, which have racially disparate effects, and tackling the barriers which prevent children from receiving the appropriate... Read More →
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Stephanie Moes

Senior Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio
Stephanie Moes is a senior attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC. Stephanie joined the Legal Aid Society in 2004 as an Equal Justice Fellow. Today she practices in the areas of special education law and school discipline law representing parents and students. She has represented parents and students in administrative hearings, civil rights administrative complaints, and state and federal litigation. Prior to coming to the... Read More →
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Donita Parrish

Senior Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
Donita Parrish is a Senior Attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. She has over 13 years of experience in education law representing clients in school access, special education, and school discipline cases. She has represented children and families in administrative hearings, civil rights administrative complaints, and state and federal litigation. Her work as an education attorney is informed by her time as Guardian ad Litem... Read More →
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Amanda J. Schneider

Staff Attorney, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Amanda J. Schneider has practiced in the area of education law and special education law with the Children’s Legal Alliance of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri for going on a decade now. She is the first William G. Guerri Chair, a position funded by Thompson Coburn, in honor of a former managing partner, William G. Guerri. Her work includes assisting clients with navigating the special education process for children with disabilities and... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Borgne

4:15pm

Effective Communications: Shaping Your Story and Generating National Media Attention
Media is a vital tool for accomplishing client goals, bringing attention to your program, and highlighting the importance of civil legal aid to funders and the general public. Using the examples of advocacy on behalf of nursing home residents and the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, advocates and communications staff will discuss how their stories came together, the successful communications strategies they used, and the impact of bringing these stories to the media. Voices for Civil Justice (Voices), the national communications hub for civil legal aid, will also talk about generating media coverage that raises awareness of the vital role of civil legal aid, trends affecting clients, and how they can work with programs to take their media work to the next level.

Moderators
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Martha Bergmark

Executive Director, Voices For Civil Justice
Martha Bergmark is the founding executive director of Voices for Civil Justice. Over three decades, she has founded and/or led several initiatives for equal justice under law, both at the national level in Washington, DC, and in Mississippi, where she grew up. In 2003, Bergmark was named the Stern Family Fund’s Public Interest Pioneer. This honor came with a $200,000 grant to launch the Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ), which she led... Read More →

Speakers
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Sam Brooks

Attorney, Aging and Disabilities Unit, Community Legal Services
Sam Brooks is an attorney in the Aging and Disabilities Unit at Community Legal Services, where he has worked since 2008. His areas of practice include obtaining or maintaining public benefits, Social Security/SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, personal care home and nursing home issues, and long term care. Before coming to Community Legal Services, Brooks worked for Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. At LASP, he was the public... Read More →
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Caitlin Brown

Ccommunications Manager, Community Legal Services
Caitlin Brown is the communications manager for Community Legal Services, where she has worked since 2012. In addition to facilitating CLS’s media contacts, she maintains and develops CLS’s social media, website, publications, donor appeals, and other external communications. Brown also serves as co-chair of Philadelphia’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee, Staff Communications Committee, and is a member of NLADA’s Web Advisory... Read More →
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Laura Tuggle

Executive Director, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
Laura Tuggle is the Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS). She previously managed SLLS’ Housing Law Unit during the years immediately following Hurricane Katrina from 2005-2010 after having been a staff attorney there from 1994-2005. She also served as General Counsel and Director of Client Services as part of a reform administration at the long troubled Housing Authority of New Orleans. Prior to joining civil legal... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Oak Alley

4:15pm

Hot Topics in Civil Right to Counsel: Housing, Court Debt, and More
With coverage in the New York Times and Newsweek, the civil right to counsel movement has hit the mainstream, and you many have heard about the securing of new rights to counsel over the past few years in places like Montana (adoption), Hawaii (child welfare), and Massachusetts (private child guardianship). But do you know about exciting developments related to housing cases, or license suspensions, or debt collection, or pilot projects measuring the impact of providing systemic representation? Come hear about the latest work around the country, which may even be happening in your state!

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Cassandra Goodman

Supervising Attorney, Shriver Housing Project LA, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
Cassandra Goodman is a Supervising Attorney at NLSLA and manages the main hub for the Shriver Housing Project Los Angeles, a collaborative of four legal service agencies and LA Superior Court. Prior to that she worked as a housing attorney with the HPRP program representing tenants in eviction actions throughout LA County. She was a former PD for 6 years before joining the NLSLA family in 2009 and received her JD from the University of Florida.
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Alec Karakatsanis

Co-Founder, Equal Justice Under Law
Before starting Equal Justice Under Law, Alec was an attorney with the Special Litigation Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where he litigated complex criminal law issues and bigger-picture civil rights cases in federal and D.C. trial and appellate courts. Prior to PDS, Alec was a federal public defender in Alabama, representing indigent people accused of federal crimes. Alec is interested in ending... Read More →
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John Pollock

Coordinator, National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel
John Pollock is a Staff Attorney for the Public Justice Center who has served for the past 7 years as the Coordinator of the National Coalition for the Civil Right to Counsel. He focuses entirely on working to establish the right to counsel for low-income individuals in civil cases involving basic human needs such as child custody, housing, safety, and public benefits. Previously, John was the Enforcement Director for the Central Alabama Fair... Read More →
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Ronnette Ramos

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Ronnette V. Ramos is the Managing Attorney of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’ West Office and Eviction Defense Work Group. Attorneys of this work group represent 60 percent of LAFLA’s entire caseload. Three out of every five LAFLA cases now involves protecting, preserving, and assuring quality, affordable housing. Ronnette oversees LAFLA’s role in Shriver Housing Project - Los Angeles. Ronnette graduated from Boston College and... Read More →
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Andrew Scherer

Policy Director, Impact Center for Public Interest Law, NY Law School
Andrew Scherer is the Policy Director of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law at New York Law School, which launched in the fall of 2014, and a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at NYLS. In 2010, Mr. Scherer stepped down after nine years as Executive Director of Legal Services NYC, the largest nonprofit exclusively devoted to civil legal services in the United States, where he had worked in a variety of capacities since 1978.a


Friday November 6, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Nottoway

4:15pm

LSC's Pro Bono Task Force Recommendations in 2015: Current Efforts
LSC’s Pro Bono Task Force issued its report with recommendations to LSC and the justice community in October 2012. Since then, LSC has revised the Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) rule, 45 CFR Part 1614, and funded two rounds of competitive grants through its $4 million Pro Bono Innovation Fund. In this session, LSC staff will discuss current efforts to advance key recommendations of the Pro Bono Task Force. Participants will receive an update about the implementation of the revised PAI rule and discuss questions about the rule that have come up over the past year. LSC staff will also share early lessons from the first two years of the Pro Bono Innovation Fund, which was established to encourage innovations and best practices in pro bono. Participants will be invited to share their experiences implementing the new rule and Pro Bono Innovation Fund grants and identifying barriers to innovation in pro bono.

Speakers
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Stefanie K. Davis

Assistant General Counsel, Legal Services Corporation
Stefanie K. Davis is an Assistant General Counsel at the Legal Services Corporation. Before joining LSC, Ms. Davis served in the Office of the General Counsel, Children, Families, and Aging Division at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2006, she received the Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service for her role in advising HHS during the response to Hurricane Katrina. She began her legal career as a staff attorney at the... Read More →
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Lynn Jennings

Vice President for Grants Management, Legal Services Corporation
Lynn A. Jennings is Vice President for Grants Management at the Legal Services Corporation. Before joining LSC, she was principal of Jennings Solutions, LLC, a strategic consulting firm that provided expert advice and guidance on organizational efficiency, leadership development, policy development and program implementation and management. Previously, she was executive vice president at the Council for Excellence in Government and director of... Read More →
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Eric Mittelstadt

ULS, Deputy Director
Eric is the Deputy Director at Utah Legal | Services where he has worked for over twenty years as a | staff attorney, managing attorney, project manager, Director | of Personnel and now as Deputy Director. A member of the | MIE Board of Directors since 2003, he is a frequent trainer | at MIE events and oversees MIE’s support for legal services | administrators. Eric may be reached at eric@utahlegalservices.org.
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Mytrang Nguyen

Program Council, Pro Bono Innovation, Legal Services Corporation
Mytrang Nguyen is program counsel for Pro Bono Innovation at the Legal Services Corporation. From 2009 until being named to her current position, Mytrang served as Program Counsel in LSC's Office of Program Performance. Before joining LSC, Mytrang was the chief operating officer at the Pro Bono Institute and director of Fellowships, AmeriCorps, and Katrina programs at Equal Justice Works. She has also worked at Greater Boston Legal Services and... Read More →
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Amy Petkovsek

Director of Advocacy for Training and Pro Bono, Maryland Legal Aid
Amy Petkovsek, Esq., is the Director of Advocacy for Training and Pro Bono at Maryland Legal Aid. Prior to 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 law clerk for the Honorable Sally D. Adkins. Amy serves on the boards of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Alumni, the... Read More →
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John Whitfield

Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc., Blue Ridge Legal Services
John E. Whitfield joined Blue Ridge Legal Services in 1980 and has served as the executive director and general counsel since 1989. Prior to becoming the executive director, he served as law clerk, staff attorney, and supervising attorney. In 1981, he received a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer ("Reggie") Fellowship. He was the 1998 recipient of the Virginia State Bar's Legal Aid Award and he was inducted as a Fellow of the Virginia Law... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Napoleon A3

4:15pm

MIE Roundtable for Legal Services Executive Directors and Managers
This forum provides legal services executive directors and managers with an opportunity to share management concerns and receive peer support and assistance in an informal and confidential setting. The roundtable will be facilitated by members of the Management Information Exchange Board of Directors.

Speakers
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Charles S. Hey-Maestre

Executive Director, Puerto Rico Legal Services, Inc.
Charles S. Hey-Maestre is the executive director of Puerto Rico Legal Services, Inc. (PRLS), the primary provider of legal representation in civil matters for legal representation, advice, and counsel in civil matters for a potential client population of approximately 1.8 million people (half of Puerto Rico’s populace) who live at or near federal poverty levels. The Program has 17 direct service offices and several special projects serving... Read More →
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Jan May

Executive Director, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly, MIE Board Member
Jan Allen May is the Executive Director of AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE). LCE is the primary provider of legal services to low and moderate income older people in DC. LCE operates a legal hotline, a reduced fee panel, a brief services unit, a pro bono program, a consumer unit, a housing unit, a tax project, a home visit project, and serves as both the long-term care ombudsman and legal services developer for DC. He has trained legal... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Bayside B

4:15pm

Order in the Court
Studies suggest that battering fathers seek custody more frequently than do non-battering fathers. They also can have important advantages over battered women during custody litigation and are as likely as non-battering fathers to be awarded custody. Batterers are less likely than non-batterers to fully or consistently pay child support, and battered women may be afraid to press for that support. The risk for further abuse increases after separation, and the use of court proceedings can actually become a batterer’s choice of weapon. This presentation will provide insight to civil attorneys who work with complex family law cases where domestic violence is an underlying factor. Understanding the dynamics of domestic violence as well as victim impact and behaviors can provide the assistance for preparation and participation during each phase of litigation. This presentation will provide a practical/hands-on trauma-informed approach to working with victims of domestic violence in order to help litigators best serve their clients. This presentation will provide a comprehensive understanding of the complexity, dynamics, and myths surrounding the issue of domestic violence and how legal remedies can truly save lives. The interactive presentation will include lecture, visual presentation, and resources to assist in the learning process.

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Jan Edgar Langbein

CEO, Genesis Women's Shelter and Support
For more than 25 years, Jan Edgar Langbein has been an activist in efforts to end violence against women. Since 1991, she served as CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support in Dallas. As CEO, Ms. Langbein oversees Genesis’ internal and external operations as well as funding and community education. Recognized as a National Expert on the dynamics and effects of domestic violence, Ms. Langbein provides expert testimony in court cases and trains... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Napoleon A2

4:15pm

Criminal Justice Policy Advocacy in the Koch Era
With everyone from the Koch Brothers to our President clamoring for criminal justice reform, there is a historic amount of momentum toward making real changes in the way we treat those suspected, accused, and convicted of crimes. The question now becomes, how do we seize the moment to make long-overdue reforms? This session outlines some simple tools that will help advocates do exactly that. Specifically, the session will cover things like coalition building, framing, crafting effective educational materials, and communication and other strategies that will improve advocates' ability to educate decision makers and deliver the reforms needed.

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Todd L. Belcore

Adjunct Professor, Northwestern Law
Todd L. Belcore is a graduate of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Northwestern Law. At Northwestern, Todd served as president of the public service organization SERV and later as the Student Bar Association President. After law school, Todd worked at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law where he provided full representation to those with records, trained attorneys and advocates... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Bayside C

4:15pm

The Developmental Planning for National Surveys of Indigent Defense Providers and Civil Legal Aid Providers
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), a statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, is considering the feasibility of a survey of line attorneys who provide indigent legal services for criminal defendants. BJS has conducted multiple surveys at the administrative level (the 1999 Survey of Indigent Defense Systems, the 2007 Census of Public Defenders Offices, and the 2013 National Survey of Indigent Defense Systems, which is currently still in the field). While these surveys have greatly improved our understanding of indigent defense systems, we still have very little information about the professionals providing these services. This session will serve as a working group to assist BJS in determining the feasibility, the areas of interest to indigent defense attorneys that the survey should address, and how to best capture that information. A second interest to BJS is the provision of civil legal aid in the US. To date, there have been no national level studies of the provision of civil legal aid in the U.S. Very little is known about the state and local structures used to provide these services across the country. Through interactions with session participants, BJS will learn who should be the targets of such a survey, what information is readily available that should be collected, and how to best capture that information.

Speakers
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Howard Snyder

Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Dr. Howard N. Snyder is Deputy Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) within the U.S. Department of Justice. He is responsible for BJS activities on indigent defense, prosecution, courts, the federal justice system and recidivism and for BJS’s special projects. Underlying the recidivism studies is a newly-developed software infrastructure that mines and then standardizes the information found in the Nation’s criminal history... Read More →
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Suzanne M. Strong

Statistician, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Suzanne M. Strong is a statistician with the Bureau of Justice Statistics. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University at Albany - SUNY. Her interests include indigent defense, civil legal aid, problem-solving courts, court case processing, pre-trial and disparities in the criminal justice system.


Friday November 6, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Bayside A

4:15pm

Leadership is Everybody's Business: Post Ferguson – Part 2
Join us for this interactive session to explore your aspects of your own leadership practices. Participants will have the opportunity to assess their leadership using the Leadership Practices Inventory. The workshop will examine how we can individually and collectively lead in new and different ways. Come and explore the implications for today's movement for justice, freedom, and liberation from inequality and injustice.

Friday November 6, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Napoleon D3

4:15pm

Ethical, Legal, and Strategic Issues in Holistic Juvenile Defense
This session will focus on both the holistic defense model and legislative advocacy of the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights. The session will address some of the more difficult intersections of the legal and social work professions that can arise in interdisciplinary work and the ways in which LCCR has successfully worked through them. We will discuss specific issues such expressed interest versus best interest, mandatory reporting, and confidentiality and privilege.

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Meghan Garvey

Managing Director, Louisiana Center for Children's RIghts
Meg Garvey brings the experience and perspective of a mental health advocate, investigator and attorney to her work as managing director of Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights where she has been supervising staff and developing strategic initiatives since 2012. Prior to joining LCCR, Meg worked as a supervising attorney with the Orleans Public Defenders, where she began in 2006, as part of that office’s landmark post-Katrina justice system... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Napoleon D1-2 3rd floor

4:15pm

Where's My Attorney? Providing Counsel at Three Stages
While public defense reformers struggle with constructive denial of counsel, actual denial of counsel remains a great problem in the United States. From arrest, to bail hearings, to guilty pleas, many Americans are cycled through the justice system without a lawyer. The failure to provide counsel raises myriad legal and ethical questions: What are the critical stages at which counsel is required? How do we ensure that counsel is provided? Should counsel be provided even if the stage is not critical? This session will explore the right to counsel at three stages: (1) the police station; (2) first appearance; and (3) guilty pleas. The session will emphasize that the first-appearance and guilty-plea stages are often combined in a single court appearance, further complicating this issue. Participants should leave with an understanding of (1) when the right to counsel is triggered; (2) the critical difference counsel can make; (3) how the right to counsel is often denied; (4) the inadequacies of current waiver forms and colloquies; and (5) the ways in which public defense reformers are attempting to expand the right to counsel.

Speakers
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Robert Boruchowitz

Professor from Practice, Seattle University School of Law
Robert C. Boruchowitz was an attorney at The Defender Association, a nonprofit public defender office in King County, for 33 years. He is leading an initiative at the law school to advance efforts to improve public defense representation for thousands of people in Washington and provide models for application in other states. He has handled appeals at all levels of the state and federal courts and argued the Seling v. Young case in the U.S... Read More →
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Geoffrey Burkhart

Attorney & Project Director, American Bar Association
Geoffrey Burkhart is an Attorney and Project Director at the American Bar Association (ABA), where he leads the ABA's public defense reform efforts. He previously worked for five years as an attorney at the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender, as a law clerk to Justice James Epstein of the Illinois Appellate Court, and as Editor in Chief of the DePaul Law Review. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago... Read More →
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Jee Park

Deputy Chief Defender, Orleans Public Defenders Office
Jee Park is Deputy Chief Defender at Orleans Public Defenders Office, where she previously served as Special Litigation Counsel and Supervising Attorney. She previously worked at the Bronx Defenders and was a Barrett E. Prettyman fellow at Georgetown Law Center.
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Eliza Solowiej

Executive Director, First Defense Legal Aid
Solowiej is dedicated to stopping the cradle-to-prison pipeline and replacing it with government accountability for human rights. To this end, she has worked for 20 years in youth, community and organizational leadership development. She has organized initiatives including the campaigns to prevent the deployment of semi-automatic assault rifles to patrol officers, save Chicago’s public mental health clinics, and close the Cook County Juvenile... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Gallier AB

4:15pm

Keys to Sustainable Fundraising: What Staff, Management, and Boards Need to Know
There are several things that need to be in place in order to achieve successful, sustainable fundraising results. Many nonprofits are stuck in a cycle that threatens their ability to raise the money they need to succeed. The institutional and strategic support for philanthropy and fundraising is often missing, including buy-in and input from board members, management, and staff. Common issues include: (1) organizational leaders who want a fundraiser/director of development who will bring big results but they don’t want to commit the time to understand what it takes or spend money to make it happen, (2) there must be realistic performance goals, (3) organizational leaders are often reluctant to invest in the systems, technologies, and staff needed to create a sustainable fundraising program,(4) development and philanthropy are not understood across the organization, and (5) no fundraising plan. This presentation will focus on addressing these common issues and how a program can effectively address these issues. More importantly, the panel of experts will be able to talk about how to overcome the barriers that can prevent fundraising from being an integrated and active part of the organization. The panel will include executive directors, board members, resource development directors, and a general counsel from a foundation who has worked closely with legal services organizations.

Speakers
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Jim Cook

Executive Director, Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc.
Jim Cook is the Executive Director of Idaho Legal Aid Services (ILAS), a statewide non-profit law firm serving low income Idahoans. Mr. Cook assumed the position in 2013 after serving fourteen years as a staff attorney and Deputy Director. He was ILAS’s primary fundraiser for eight years prior to assuming the Executive Director position and remains heavily involved in those efforts. Through trial and error he learned the need to expand ILAS’s... Read More →
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Edmund J. Giering IV

General Counsel, Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Edmund J. Giering IV serves as general counsel to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, a community foundation with $548 million in assets which serves the needs and interests of South Louisiana by helping donors connect with nonprofit organizations to create a lasting legacy and fulfill their philanthropic goals and by leading and investing in civic leadership initiatives that build a more equitable community and address larger social outcomes... Read More →
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Shirley Molina

Executive Director, Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc.
Shirley Molina is a member of the Tohono O'odham Nation and comes from the village of Schuchulig within the Hickiwan District. She is a fourth generation basket weaver, having learned at a young age while staying with her grandmother occasionally, the late, Felicitas Enos Mendoza. Shirley's baskets are in private collections with one known basket traveling as far west to China. Shirley is a graduate of Arizona State University, completing her... Read More →
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Warren Oliveri

Board President, Maryland Legal Aid
Mr. Oliveri is a life-long Washingtonian. He received both his undergraduate and law school degrees from Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C. His practice lies principally with commercial real estate, including the purchase and sale of commercial office buildings and shopping centers, lending documentation regarding those properties, as well as all aspects of office and retail leasing, both from a landlord's and tenant's perspective. He... Read More →
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Rita Gibson Rayford

Director of Development, Memphis Area Legal Services
Rita Gibson Rayford is the Director of Development for Memphis Area Legal Services. In addition to her development duties, she serves in a program management capacity and directs the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program. During her career, she has had the opportunity to delve into a variety of academic and professional opportunities. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in public administration, nonprofit... Read More →
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Wendy Rhein

Chief Development Officer, Legal Services Corpoartion
Wendy possesses more than a dozen years of development, communications, and branding experience along with expertise in strategic planning, program development, fundraising, grant writing, and training. She served as director of advancement, marketing, and communications for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, and as executive director of The Well Project, Wendy also worked as director of campaign themes and new initiatives for the U.S... Read More →
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John E. Thies

Vice President of the Board of Directors, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
While experienced in a wide range of matters, Mr. Thies concentrates his practice in the areas of business representation and general litigation. In this regard, he has advised large and small businesses as to many substantive areas of the law and litigated in jurisdictions throughout the state of Illinois, from trial courts to the Illinois Supreme Court. Among other matters, he has handled national and state-wide class actions in state and... Read More →
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Grayce Wiggins

Program Counsel, Legal Services Corporation
Grayce Wiggins works with the Office of Program Performance at the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). Prior to joining LSC, she was the Director of New York Programs and Legal Services for Single Stop USA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping financially vulnerable families gain economic mobility. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing the grants management and operations, and the standardization of the Single Stop... Read More →
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Lois Wood

Executive Director, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
Lois Wood graduated from Harvard Law School in 1974. She became a staff attorney in the East St. Louis office of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, which provides free civil legal aid to low-income people in 65 Illinois counties, and has been continuously employed by Land of Lincoln ever since. For 30 years Lois represented clients with housing and consumer issues in individual cases and class actions and collaborated with community... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Maurepas

6:00pm

African-American Project Directors Association Meeting
Meet with your peers to learn what they are doing and share your successes and challenges.

Friday November 6, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Napoleon A2

6:00pm

LGBT Affinity Group
Meet to discuss issues of importance.

Friday November 6, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Napoleon D2

6:00pm

NLADA Farmworker Section Meeting
Meet to discuss issues of importance to this group.

Friday November 6, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Oak Alley

7:00pm

National Organization of Client Advocates (NOCA) General Session
General session meeting of the National Organization of Client Advocates (NOCA).

Friday November 6, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Borgne
 
Saturday, November 7
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Get your day started right! Have a bite and visit with our exhibitors.

Saturday November 7, 2015 7:30am - 9:00am
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

7:30am

Cyber Café & Wi-Fi Lounge
Use our computer terminals to check your email, do some research, check on flights, etc. Visit our registration desk for information on using the conference Wi-Fi.

Saturday November 7, 2015 7:30am - 12:00pm
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

7:30am

Exhibitor Showcase
Exhibitors
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CrowdLaw

CEO, Henry Perlstein
How can we use crowdfunding?  Your office needs funding to expand your mission and help more clients. CrowdLaw’s unique crowdfunding service is the easiest, safest way to get the funding your office needs. CrowdLaw has been the industry leader since 2014. Visit us at https://www2.crowdlaw.net/nlada/
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Community Services Analysis LLC (CSACO)

Community Services Analysis LLC (CSACO) is the leading provider of Social Return on Investment analysis services in the United States. We are the first organization on the U.S. to be a member of The SROI Network (the international standards, accreditation, and assurance organization), and is now a full member of SIAA (the Social Investment Analyst’s Association). Based on the new Social Return on Investment methodology developed by CSACO... Read More →
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National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)

Founded in 1911, the NLADA is American's oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to ensuring excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. For 100 years, NLADA has pioneered access to justice at the national, state and local level through the creation of many of the first public defense systems in the country, creation of the concept of a national center to protect the right to counsel, development of... Read More →
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Mutual of America

Sr. Vice President, Tom MacMurray
Mutual of America Life Insurance Company specializes in providing pension and retirement related products, programs, and services since 1945. Mutual of America offers services for 401(k) Profit Sharing, 403(b) Thrift, Tax Deferred Annuity, and 401(a) Defined Contributions plans. As a full-service provider, we provide all the employee educational, administrative support, plan design, and plan documentation as well as consulting services in order... Read More →
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American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono

The ABA Center for Pro Bono is a national resource and support center that provides technical assistance and planning advice, at no charge, to pro bono advocates as they seek to fulfill the promise of equal access to justice for those who cannot afford paid counsel. The Center also offers support for and information about the annual National Pro Bono Celebration (October 25-31, 2015).  
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Federal Trade Commission

The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and internationalgovernment agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings... Read More →
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MOJI Design

Specializing in contemporary ladies jackets and coat dresses. Dresses for all sizes.  
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NLADA Insurance Program

Clinton Lyons
The NLADA Insurance Program is the advocate and provider of quality professional liability insurance products for the full spectrum of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association community – individual attorneys, legal aid organizations, public defenders, corporate pro bono programs, law school clinics, individual clients, and public interest groups that work toward justice.
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The Resource for Great Programs

The Resource for Great Programs is a national corporation dedicated to providing strategic support to networks of community-based organizations working in arenas having great impact on our society. For 30 years, The Resource has provided legal aid programs and their funders with technical assistance and research-based advice, with services including program and project evaluation, economic impact assessment, and legal needs analysis. Visit us... Read More →
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New Dawn Technologies

New Dawn Technologies and SUSTAIN deploy the best case management software to the global justice industry. As wholly owned subsidiaries of the Daily Journal Corporation (Nasdaq: DJCO), New Dawn and SUSTAIN innovate case management for our current and future clients. Together we continue to develop and configure the best case management solution for the specific processes of our customers. More than 20,000 justice professionals worldwide depend on... Read More →
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Justice Works

President, Carl Richey
Justice Works is a technology service provider with software solutions designed for legal case management. Our public defender offering, defender Data, is currently in use by offices of all sizes throughout the country. Our larger installations include statewide systems in South Carolina, Maine, Florida, and Louisiana. We also provide our full suite of services to all Federal Defender Offices nationwide. We seek to continue improving the... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 7:30am - 12:00pm
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

7:30am

Conference Registration
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Saturday November 7, 2015 7:30am - 12:00pm
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

8:30am

A Cell is Not a Home: Advocacy to Protect Indigent Residents against Displacement and the Rampant Criminalization of Homelessness
In the aftermath of the Great Recession, major metropolitan areas have seen exponential growth in the number of residents experiencing homelessness. While investments in affordable housing, shelter space, and services have dwindled, ordinances and policies penalizing individuals for living on the streets have grown. Criminalizing daily life activities like sleeping, storing personal belongings, bathing, resting, walking, or eating in public spaces locks the nations' skid row residents into a perpetual cycle of stigmatization, poverty and incarceration. Advocates will share strategies for working with community organizations and examples of regional, statewide, and national efforts to address the criminalization of homelessness and use a human and civil rights framework to challenge draconian policies. We will cover: (1) a brief history of criminalization of homelessness, (2) challenging "quality of life" ordinances that criminalize life activities, (3) the importance of working with community groups, and (4) deconstructing structural racism in "redevelopment" and "neighborhood improvement” policies.

Speakers
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General Dogon

Community Organizer, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN)
General Dogon is an activist, long-time resident of downtown Los Angeles and has been an organizer with the community group Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) since 2005. He is the lead organizer on all civil rights projects and campaigns. Prior to working at LA CAN, Steve had been a victim of the criminal (in)justice system and had been incarcerated for many years. Since his return to the Skid Row community in Downtown LA, the most... Read More →
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Fernando Gaytan

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Fernando Gaytan, Esq. is the Managing Attorney of the Housing and Communities Work Group at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. He believes in creating positive social change on behalf of poor and low-income individuals through dedicated and strategic legal advocacy to enforce their rights Prior to working at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), he was an associate at the private civil rights firm Hadsell, Stormer, Richardson... Read More →
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Shayla Myers

Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Shayla Myers is a staff attorney in the Housing and Communities Workgroup at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. She focuses on homelessness and housing issues and is currently litigating a number of cases in state and federal court on behalf of homeless residents of Los Angeles. Prior to joining LAFLA, Shayla worked at a plaintiff’s-side civil rights firm and was a Skadden Fellow at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where she provided legal... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Bayside C

8:30am

Delivery of Veterans Legal Aid
The exponential return of troops to the United States has caused an increase in the need of a variety of support services for veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs offers benefits in the areas of healthcare, education and cemetery, leaving a large void in the delivery of legal aid post-service. In light of filling this gap, it is imperative for legal aid service providers to understand the existing legal issues that former service members typically find themselves facing and how to best deliver said services.

Speakers
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Antoinette N. Balta

Founding Director, Veterans Legal Institute
Ms. Balta is one of the founding Directors of the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) with responsibility for business development, outreach, finance, and strategic planning. She comes to VLI with a long-held passion to serve at-risk veterans and service members and has dedicated her career to that end. Ms. Balta is a reserve JAG Officer with the California State Military Reserve, assigned to the Installation Support Group at the Joint Forces Training... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Napoleon A3

8:30am

How to Start or Expand Your Legal Service Community Development Practice
Community based advocacy is an effective complement to traditional casework. This session builds on the well-established models developed by Legal Aid of Western Missouri and the Community Development Law Clinic at the David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington, D.C. The first part of the session will set out ways legal services attorneys can serve two categories of community based groups: (1) volunteer neighborhood advocacy groups, such as neighborhood associations and tenant organizations, and (2) nonprofit community based service organizations, including community development corporations. Participants will be encouraged to share their own community-based advocacy efforts, reporting successful strategies and challenges. In the second portion of the session during roundtable discussions, participants will have the opportunity to form a lasting national network of practitioners in this field to maintain a listing of practitioners with their experience, specialty areas and contact information as well as to publicize pertinent materials, training opportunities, and legal documents.

Speakers
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Michael Duffy

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid of Western Missouri
Michael Duffy is Managing Attorney of the five-person Community Economic Development Unit at Legal Aid of Western Missouri in Kansas City. He established this unit three decades ago, and led it in a wide array of services to community based organizations. Mr. Duffy authored the Missouri Housing Trust Fund, the Missouri Low-Income Housing Tax Credit legislation, and other affordable housing finance related legislative programs. He provided HOPE VI... Read More →
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Louise Howells

Professor, David A. Clark School of Law, D.C.
Louise Howells is a professor of law and director of the Community Development Law (CDLC) Clinic at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Under her direction, the CDLC provides long-haul, comprehensive legal service to its clients and often works in collaboration with community advocates, pro bono firms, and legal service providers. One of the clinic’s noted areas of expertise is tenant driven acquisition and... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Napoleon A2

8:30am

Legal Services Corporation Outcomes Toolkit
As of 2016, the Legal Services Corporation will be requiring its grantees to collect information about outcomes achieved in extended service cases and to report annually to LSC how they are using the information to manage their programs. LSC has created a toolkit to assist grantees and others in collecting outcome data. This interactive session will feature a demonstration of the toolkit and a discussion of best practices for collecting and using outcomes data.

Speakers
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Peter Campbell

Chief Information Officer, Legal Services Corporation
Peter Campbell is the Chief Information Officer at Legal Services Corporation. Prior to joining LSC, Peter spent five years managing technology at Earthjustice, the nation's leading environmental law firm, and seven years serving as IT Director at Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties, Inc. Peter has a broad knowledge of networks, databases, email and the web. In 2003, he won a "Top Technology Innovator" award from... Read More →
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James J. Sandman

President, Legal Services Corporation
Jim Sandman has been president of the Legal Services Corporation since 2011. Jim practiced with the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP for 30 years and served as the firm's Managing Partner for a decade. From 2007 to 2011, he was General Counsel of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Jim is a past President of the 100,000-member District of Columbia Bar and currently serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services of the... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Borgne

8:30am

Title VI and Executive Order 13166 in Emergencies and Disasters: Ensuring Access to Federally Assisted and Federally Conducted Programs and Activities
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its implementing regulations prohibit recipients of federal financial assistance, such as police departments, hospitals, and cities, from discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin (including limited English proficiency). Executive Order 13166 mandates the enforcement of the Title VI requirement of meaningful access for limited English proficient (LEP) individuals to federally assisted programs and activities; it also requires that meaningful access be provided for LEP individuals to programs and activities conducted by federal agencies themselves. This session will include representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as from advocacy organizations discussing the applicability of civil rights obligations in the emergency and disaster context, and review the steps taken by federal agencies over the past decade to ensure nondiscrimination in their programs and in those of their recipients. In particular, the session will address actions taken by federal agencies to ensure compliance with Title VI and Executive Order 13166 in relation to recent disasters and other emergency situations; other federal tools and resources available to advocates; and the critical role that advocates can play in advancing justice in the emergency and disaster context before, during, and after the event occurs.

Speakers
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Lynn Grasso

Acting Deputy Assistance Secretary for Enforcement and Programs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Monique Harden

Co-Director, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
Monique Harden is the co-director and attorney of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights (AEHR), a nonprofit, public interest law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA that she co-founded with attorney Nathalie Walker in 2002. Through more than 20 years of successful litigation and advocacy that have helped organized communities achieve important environmental justice victories, Ms. Harden and Ms. Walker have learned that defending human rights... Read More →
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James Montgomery

Civil Rights Program Manager, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Office of Equal Rights
James Montgomery manages the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Office of Equal Rights, Civil Rights Program. He is responsible for developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating FEMA’s Title VI program, including Title VI for grant management, implementation, and compliance for FEMA’s Grant Programs Directorate (GPD). GPD was created to consolidate the grant business operations, systems, training, policy and oversight of all... Read More →
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Reilly Morse

President, Mississippi Center for Justice
Reilly Morse is President of the Mississippi Center for Justice. He co-directed a multi-year campaign to provide essential legal services and ensure fairness to Hurricane Katrina survivors. A key achievement was a settlement with HUD and Mississippi that extended $212 million in housing repairs to over 5,000 families excluded from previous housing programs. He has advised disaster recovery advocates responding to Hurricane Ike, Superstorm... Read More →
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Tennille Parker

Director, Disaster Recovery and Special Issues Division, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Ms. Parker is the Director of the Disaster Recovery and Special Issues Division at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She manages the $46 billion portfolio of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) disaster recovery funds awarded to state and local governments following a major Presidentially-declared disaster. She was named HUD Employee of the Year in 2014. Ms. Parker previously served as a program analyst and... Read More →
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Lakshmi Sridaran

Director of National Policy and Advocacy, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
Lakshmi is Director of National Policy and Advocacy at SAALT, where she develops and directs SAALT’s legislative and public policy agenda. Previously, she was Policy Director for The Praxis Project, a national non-profit advancing health justice policies in communities of color. Lakshmi began her career as an urban planner in New Orleans. Lakshmi holds a Masters degree in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in... Read More →
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Christine Stoneman

Principal Deputy Chief, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice
As Principal Deputy Chief of the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, Civil Rights Division, USDOJ, Christine Stoneman helps to plan and direct a nationwide program to enforce federal statutes and executive orders prohibiting discrimination in federally assisted and federally conducted programs. She also supervises enforcement, regulatory, and policy action to prevent, identify, and redress discrimination. Prior to joining the... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Nottoway

8:30am

Toward a Modern Village: Seeking Justice for Youth of Color through Collaboration
A young black woman is criminalized for an in-school verbal argument and faces homelessness upon graduation due to her label as a violent offender. A young black man who faced trauma as a child, but was never identified as needing services, now suffers from severe depression and yet is denied SSI benefits. Racial disparities in childhood carry lifelong consequences. Schools with higher percentages of black students are more likely to use suspensions, expulsions, or referrals to police to handle behavior issues, resulting in greater racial disparities in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This session will focus on the complex and intersecting systems that create racial disparities and will propose a model for advocates to holistically address the needs of black youth and collaborate to achieve policy reform. The session features a unique collaboration in Philadelphia among civil legal aid, defender, and youth policy advocates.

Speakers
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Claire Grandison

Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
Claire Grandison is a Staff Attorney in the SSI unit at Community Legal Services. Her work focuses on increasing access to services and benefits for older youth with disabilities. Ms. Grandison was previously a legal intern in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Grandison worked at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. Ms. Grandison received the Public Interest/Public Service... Read More →
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Jamie Gullen

Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
Jamie Gullen is an attorney in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services. Ms. Gullen began her career at CLS as a law student intern in 2010, and was awarded a Penn Law fellowship sponsored by the Langer, Grogan, and Diver law firm to continue working at CLS upon graduation. Ms. Gullen’s work focuses on increasing access to education and employment opportunities for youth who have juvenile or criminal records through a combination of... Read More →
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Ashley Sawyer

Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow/Staff Attorney, Education Law Center
Ashley joined the Education Law Center’s Philadelphia office in June as the 2014-15 Stoneleigh Emerging Leaders Fellow. Her fellowship focuses on the education of students in delinquency placements in Pennsylvania, specifically on assisting students with disabilities, and collaborating with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Juvenile Law Center, and others to work on both systemic changes and individual advocacy. Prior to working at... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Oak Alley

8:30am

Advocating for the Elephant in the Room: Using Special Education Advocacy to Address the Mental Health Needs of Older Teens
This workshop will provide its audience with tools on how to address complex mental health needs when those needs are interfering with the youth’s ability to engage in court and access services. This workshop will focus on how special education advocacy can be used to have youth identified for services, advocate for in-school services, and how this advocacy can inform a youth’s services in the community (as well as serve as a vehicle to educate courts if the youth are court involved). Take away skills will include: (1) a nuts and bolts understanding of how youth with mental health needs can receive school-based services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, (2) an outline of creative advocacy strategies to access mental health services outside of the school system, and what to do when appropriate services are not being provided, and (3) pointers on how to advocate in court for youth to receive service-centered sentencing.

Speakers
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Sarah Flohre

Supervising Attorney, Children's Law Center
Sarah is a supervising attorney in the Healthy Together program. She joined Children’s Law Center as a special education staff attorney in 2012, after working for many years in private practice, advocating for the special education needs of low-income children and families. She has litigated over thirty administrative due process hearings, has litigated appeals of Hearing Officers’ Decisions under IDEIA in the United States District Court for... Read More →
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Beth Kurtz

Equal Justice Works Fellow/Staff Attorney, Children's Law Center
Beth joined Children’s Law Center in 2014 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by The Morrison & Foerster Foundation. Through her fellowship project, Beth represents children with serious mental health needs in abuse and neglect proceedings and works to ensure greater access to mental health care for at-risk children in the District of Columbia. She previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Catharine Easterly of the District of... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Bayside A

8:30am

The Future of Student Debt Relief: Preserving Public Service Loan Forgiveness
This panel will provide attorneys and legal employers with concrete, real-world advice on how to navigate the increasingly complex universe of federal student loan repayment and forgiveness options. It will also cover new legislative and regulatory developments, including the introduction of the new REPAY plan and proposals to cap or eliminate Public Service Loan Forgiveness. At the end of this session, participants will understand their federal student loan repayment and forgiveness options so they can choose the best options given their financial situations and career choices and explain them to others. They will also understand how new legislative and regulatory developments may impact these programs.

Speakers
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Ashley Matthews

Program Manager, Law School Engagement & Advocacy, Equal Justice Works
Ashley Matthews is a Program Manager for Law School Engagement & Advocacy for Equal Justice Works. She helps expand law student membership and maintain Equal Justice Works' leadership position on student debt in the legal community. Previously, Ashley worked as the Communications Manager for Legal Services Corporation, where she helped design communications strategies to increase public and congressional appreciation of federally funded civil... Read More →
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Radhika Singh Miller

Director, Civil Legal Aid Initiative, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Radhika Singh Miller is the Director of NLADA’s Civil Legal Aid Initiative, which is supported by the Public Welfare and Kresge Foundations, and builds upon the efforts of the Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable and the Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice to support civil legal aid’s capacity to apply for and manage federal grant programs. Radhika also is an expert in student debt, and has participated on federal rulemaking... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Maurepas

9:00am

10:00am

Break
Catch up with old friends and new. Visit our exhibitors.

Saturday November 7, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am
Napoleon Foyer 3rd floor

10:30am

A Brave New World: Going Beyond Legal Data to Assess Quality & Impact -- The Medical-Legal Partnership Approach
This session will feature the Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) approach to highlight the power of data in effectively assessing program quality and impact. With the expansion of the MLP approach to over 200 legal services organizations, there have come calls from healthcare partners and funders for systematic assessment of the MLP approach. Drawing on the robust data collection and performance measurement methodologies often used in healthcare organizations, the panelists will discuss their efforts in expanding data collection beyond that required by many law-focused funders. Participants will leave this session with (1) an understanding of the value of collecting uniform, non-legal data to improve program quality and “make the case” for civil legal services, (2) practical information on how to optimize their electronic case management systems to quickly and accurately collect robust and relevant data, and (3) examples of local and national developments in data-driven assessment of program impact.

Speakers
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Mallory Curran

Principal, Mallory Curran Consulting
Mallory Curran is an independent consultant specializing in medical-legal partnership, legal services and technology for legal and healthcare organizations. For thirteen years, she was a civil legal services attorney in Cleveland and New York City who focused on medical-legal partnership at the local, state, and national levels. Ms. Curran graduated from The Ohio State University and received her law degree from New York University School of... Read More →
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Bharath Krishnamurthy

Research Associate, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
Bharath Krishnamurthy is a Research Associate with the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership where he has helped lead a national effort to assess the quality and impact of the medical-legal partnership approach to health that targets vulnerable populations. In this capacity, Bharath works with several hospitals, FQHC’s and other healthcare and legal organizations to implement performance metrics and data collection strategies. Bharath... Read More →
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Margaret Middleton

Executive Director, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Margaret Middleton co-founded Connecticut Veterans Legal Center in 2009 and serves as its Executive Director. In 2013, the VA recognized CVLC as the first organization in the country to integrate legal services into VA care. Margaret also co-teaches the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School. Previously, Margaret clerked for the honorable Janet C. Hall of the US District Court of Connecticut. She graduated from NYU Law in 2007.
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Keegan Warren-Clem

MLP Attorney, Austin Medical-Legal Partnership
Keegan Warren-Clem, J.D., LL.M., is the founding legal champion of Austin Medical-Legal Partnership. In addition to collaborating with healthcare providers to improve health outcomes and training residents on health-harming legal needs, she is engaged in empirical research focusing on a novel adaptation of population health norms for attorney use. Keegan is admitted to practice in Texas and is a member of the State Bar College, an honorary... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Bayside C

10:30am

ADA: A Powerful Tool for Justice
The Americans with Disabilities Act is a powerful tool to fight discrimination against persons with medical conditions. Despite the strength of the law, discrimination is ongoing and persistent. This session will show how a unique partnership in Connecticut that includes the U.S. Justice Department, civil rights attorneys, leadership in state agencies, and private sector organizations effectively address discrimination against citizens with disabilities. We will provide explanations and descriptions of how various strategies employed by the partnership have been implemented including: (1) filing individual complaints, (2) using the ADA to address non-traditional discriminatory practices (child welfare system, state and federal benefits, etc.), (3) convening a state wide working group to develop a coordinated strategy for addressing ADA violations, (4) developing social media strategy for educating private and public sector entities about the ADA, (5) creating outreach training strategy, (6) working with medical providers to identify ADA violations, and (7) engaging the client community to be active participants in identifying ADA violations. We welcome your questions and look forward to your participation.

Speakers
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Michael A. Kurs

Partner, Pullman & Comley, LLC
Michael A. Kurs is a partner at Pullman & Comley, LLC. He has handled jury and non-jury cases in the state and federal courts, argued before the appellate courts, and represented clients in federal and state agency proceedings. He has written on disability law and other issues for the American Bar Association’s Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases. Attorney Kurs has served on the Connecticut State Board of Mental Health, the State of... Read More →
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Ndidi Moses

Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Division
Ndidi Moses is an assistant United States attorney and civil rights coordinator for the Civil Division in New Haven, Connecticut. Attorney Moses investigates complaints and reviews to determine compliance with the ADA on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. Her involvement in statewide activities includes serving as a board member of the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund and the Connecticut Appleseed Foundation as well as... Read More →
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Bonnie B. Roswig

Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Children's Advocacy
Bonnie B. Roswig is senior staff attorney for the Medical-Legal Partnership Project at the Center for Children’s Advocacy in Connecticut. In addition to her senior staff attorney position, Ms. Roswig is an adjunct professor in the Legal Process Program at the UConn School of Law. In 2011 Attorney Roswig was selected as one of the health leadership fellows by the Connecticut Health Foundation. Approximately 20 fellows are selected each year... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Napoleon A3

10:30am

Filing Administrative Complaints with the Justice Department: A Tool for Advocating Civil Rights, Including Protections for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Become acquainted with an advocacy tool that utilizes protections available under applicable civil rights laws through the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and then use a case study to learn how to file an effective administrative complaint. The significance of the 2013 amendment to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994, which now includes the protected classes of sexual orientation and gender identity, will be highlighted. Agencies that fail to comply with applicable federal civil rights laws risk suspension or termination of DOJ funding. There will be three 30-minute segments covering: (1) The Legal Framework – An overview, (2) Administrative Process – Overview of the process (e.g., researching funding, adhering to deadlines, downloading and completing forms), including a discussion of what makes an effective administrative complaint, (3) Case Study – A practicum session for participants to work through a case study and apply what they just learned in an interactive way: analyzing facts, applying the appropriate laws, creating an administrative complaint, and following the administrative process for filing a complaint with OCR.

Speakers
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Debra S. Murphy

Attorney Advisor, Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
Debra Murphy is an attorney at the Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). She chaired the project that developed DOJ’s guidance on the nondiscrimination provisions in VAWA. Ms. Murphy has worked extensively with domestic violence and sexual assault programs in Illinois. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois and a law... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Napoleon A2

10:30am

Hot Topics in Civil Legal Aid
This session will feature an interactive conversation among staff at NLADA, the chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (SCLAID), and the audience around a number of current developments related to civil legal aid. Among the issues to be considered will be: (1) LSC funding, policy, and regulatory matters, (2) non-LSC federal funding opportunities, (3) the impact of the census redistribution on LSC-funding, (4) status of Bank of America and Citigroup settlements;,(5) IOLTA developments, (6) ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services and the “100 percent access” concept, (7) priority work of SCLAID and the ABA.

Speakers
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The Honorable Lora Livingston

Presiding Judge, 261st District Court
Judge Lora Livingston has served as the presiding judge of the 261st District Court since January, 1999. Judge Livingston has served as the Travis County Local Administrative Judge since September 1, 2011.
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Radhika Singh Miller

Director, Civil Legal Aid Initiative, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Radhika Singh Miller is the Director of NLADA’s Civil Legal Aid Initiative, which is supported by the Public Welfare and Kresge Foundations, and builds upon the efforts of the Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable and the Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice to support civil legal aid’s capacity to apply for and manage federal grant programs. Radhika also is an expert in student debt, and has participated on federal rulemaking... Read More →
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Robin Murphy

Chief Counsel, Civil Programs, NLADA
Robin is the Chief Counsel for Civil | Programs at the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association. | Prior to joining NLADA, she was Supervising General | Attorney for the U.S. Department of Education in the | Office of Civil Rights, and prior to that served in a variety | of capacities for both LSC and non-LSC-funded legal aid | offices in Connecticut, Missouri, Arizona and the District | of Columbia. Robin may be reached at... Read More →
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Don Saunders

Vice President, Civil Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Donald M. Saunders has dedicated the past 34 years to the delivery of quality legal services to poor people, nationally as well as on the local and regional levels. Since February 1995, he has served as vice president of the Civil Legal Services Division at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. He previously served as legislative counsel for NLADA and the Project Advisory Group from May 1990 through January 1995. Before coming to... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Borgne

10:30am

The New Sword of Justice: Using Data to Create An Effective Advocacy Campaign
Data – and statistically demonstrating injustice – is increasingly important to effecting change. Unfortunately, legal services organizations are not funded to crunch large amounts of data and cannot always obtain a perfect dataset. This workshop seeks to address this problem – once you determine that a problem can be demonstrated with data, how do you use a limited dataset on a shoestring budget? The next step is to identify partners that can assist in obtaining and analyzing data. When the data is not a complete universe, skilled partners can help draw reliable conclusions. Finally, panelists will discuss and provide examples of the different means available to publicize and use the data to effect change: white papers, legislative campaigns, media and social media campaigns, lawsuits, etc. Participants will have sufficient time to brainstorm about problems they are seeing in their communities that might benefit from data analysis.

Speakers
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Elizabeth M. Lynch

Supervising Attorney, MFY Legal Services, Inc.
Elizabeth M. Lynch is the Supervising Attorney of MFY Legal Service’s Foreclosure Prevention Project. Through three data-focused reports, she has identified systemic failures in mortgage lending, the loan modification process, and New York’s judicial foreclosure process that have caused particular harm to communities of color. These reports, which received nationwide media attention, have prompted legislative action and changes to court rules... Read More →



Saturday November 7, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Oak Alley

10:30am

Using Standards to Drive Quality Public Defense: Overcoming Fear, Moving Forward for Clients
This session will attest to the power of standards to improve the quality of public defense representation. It will address the fears that new standards may instill in individuals and institutions affected by them. The session will draw on the rich history of NLADA standards, examples of current improvements in quality inspired by recent New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services' (ILS) standards, and the New York State Defender Association's tandem use of client-developed and attorney-drafted standards to advocate for a client-centered approach to public defense. Standards for criminal defense and for representation of adults in family court will be discussed. Presenters and participants will talk about creating standards, and two on-the-ground lawyers from legal aid societies will talk about how they changed their practices to conform with the new ILS standards in New York State.

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Angela Oliva Burton

Director of Qualitly Enhancement for Parent Representation, New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services
Angela Olivia Burton received her B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. She started her legal career while still in law school, representing children in New York City Family Court as a student attorney in NYU Law’s Juvenile Rights Clinic. Upon graduation, she clerked at the New York State Court of Appeals with the Hon. Fritz W. Alexander II from... Read More →
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Mardi Crawford

Staff Attorney, New York State Defenders Association
Mardi Crawford, a Staff Attorney at the New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) since 1996, has worked on many sets of public defense standards in her career. In the position of Staff Attorney at NLADA in the late 1980s she participated in the drafting of the Standards for the Administration of Assigned Counsel Systems (1989) and Standards for the Appointment and Performance of Counsel in Death Penalty Cases (1988). As a consultant, she... Read More →
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Linda Gehron

Supervising Attorney, Family Court Program, Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society
Linda Gehron, Esq., is the Supervising Attorney for the Family Court Program at the Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society (HLAS), Syracuse, New York. Linda received her law degree from Syracuse University College of Law with honors. She came to HLAS after many years in private practice representing parents as an assigned counsel attorney, and children as an Attorney For the Child in the family and criminal courts of Onondaga County. She also... Read More →
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Risa Gerson

Director of Quality Enhancement for Appellate and Post-Conviction Representation, NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services
Risa Gerson has been the Director Of Quality Enhancement for Appellate and Post-Conviction Representation at the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services since January, 2013. In that role, she convened a working group of attorneys who worked in public defender offices, legal aid societies, as academics, solo practitioners, and in public defense resource centers, to draft standards and best practices for appellate and post-conviction... Read More →
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Timothy P. Murphy

Chief Attrorney, Appeals and Post-Conviction Unit, Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo
Timothy P. Murphy has been practicing law for 20 years, and is presently Chief Attorney of the Appeals and Post-Conviction Unit of the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc., overseeing the state’s largest criminal appeals department outside New York City. The office represents indigent appellate clients in Erie, Orleans, Genesee and Cattaraugus Counties. He is the Chair of the Appellate Practice Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County; a... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Bayside A

10:30am

Connecting with Care: Funding Opportunities Created by the Affordable Care Act
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) created an unprecedented opportunity to meet the health care needs of vulnerable individuals for the first time. Included within the ACA are many provisions that can meet the behavioral health and substance abuse treatment needs of individuals involved with the criminal justice system. The ACA is a boon to individuals that public defenders and legal aid help every day, but there remains the perception that there are not the resources available to help connect individuals with these public services. This presentation will dispel these myths by describing two mechanisms through which public expenditures can be reimbursed to a jurisdiction via two Medicaid programs: Medicaid Administrative Claiming and Targeted Case Management. Each of these programs enable legal aid or public defenders to be reimbursed for activities that connect individuals to services or aid in Medicaid enrollment.

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Daniel Mistak

General Counsel, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services
Mr. Mistak is General Counsel for Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS). He joined COCHS in February 2014 and brings a wide variety of experience. Prior to joining COCHS, Mr. Mistak was a Senior Editor of the California Law Review at UC Berkeley, School of Law. His previous experience has focused on legal issues for underprivileged populations including representation of clients in asylum hearings, legal research surrounding the... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Maurepas