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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 Greater Boston Legal Services. She initially started work at GBLS as a senior attorney and then became managing attorney of the Family Law Unit. She left GBLS to work at MLRI as the state support attorney for family and juvenile law... Read More →
avatar for Jan Allen May

Jan Allen May

Executive Director, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly
- Jan is the Executive Director of AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE), the primary provider of legal services to low and moderate income older people in D.C. At LCE, Jan has implemented a wide array of innovative delivery systems and community education initiatives. Jan has... 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... 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 is Principal of Edge International, and longtime advisor to private lawyers and legal aid lawyers offering practical courses to help lawyers and law offices get organized, prioritize demands, manage time and control distractions. He advises on practice management, strategy... 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 Greater Boston Legal Services. She initially started work at GBLS as a senior attorney and then became managing attorney of the Family Law Unit. She left GBLS to work at MLRI as the state support attorney for family and juvenile law... Read More →
avatar for Jan Allen May

Jan Allen May

Executive Director, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly
- Jan is the Executive Director of AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE), the primary provider of legal services to low and moderate income older people in D.C. At LCE, Jan has implemented a wide array of innovative delivery systems and community education initiatives. Jan has... 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... 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 is Principal of Edge International, and longtime advisor to private lawyers and legal aid lawyers offering practical courses to help lawyers and law offices get organized, prioritize demands, manage time and control distractions. He advises on practice management, strategy... 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
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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... Read More →
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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... 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 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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... Read More →
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://w... 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... Read More →
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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Jo-Ann Wallace

Jo-Ann Wallace

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

Chuck Wynder

Staff Officer for Social Justice & Advocacy Engagement, The Episcopal Church
Charles “Chuck” Wynder Jr. serves as the staff officer for social justice & advocacy engagement for The Episcopal Church and works to enhance its capacity for advocacy and community organizing for social and racial justice. Chuck previously served as the executive director of... Read More →


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

6:30pm

Exhibitor Showcase
Exhibitors
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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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... Read More →
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://w... 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... Read More →
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... 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... 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... 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 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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... Read More →
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://w... 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... Read More →
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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Jo-Ann Wallace

Jo-Ann Wallace

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


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
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.
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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... Read More →
avatar for Jim Sandman

Jim 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... 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... 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... 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.


Speakers
DB

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... 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... 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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Jon 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... Read More →
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Catherine Carr

Coordinator, NLADA Strategic Advocacy Initiative, Catherine Carr Consulting
Cathy is the immediate past Executive Director of Community Legal | Services, the largest civil legal aid provider in Philadelphia, a position she held for | twenty years. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School | and School of Social Work and Social... Read More →
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Michael Gilbert Hollander

Supervising Attorney, Community Legal Serv of Phila
Michael Hollander is a supervising attorney in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services. His work focuses on the barrier to employment posed by criminal records as well as wage theft, especially for immigrant workers, through a combination of direct representation, community... 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... Read More →
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Ben Obregon

President, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.
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... Read More →
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Jose R Padilla

Executive Director, California Rural Legal Assistance Inc
Jose Padilla is executive director of California Rural Legal Assistance.
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Ofelia Zapata

Client Board Rep. - Austin Interfaith, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.
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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →


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 III, 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... 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... 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

Associate Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress
Rebecca Vallas is the managing director for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at American Progress. Before joining American Progress, Vallas served as the deputy director of government affairs at the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, where her... Read More →

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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... 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... 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... 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

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

Senior Attorney, Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
Paul M. Uyehara is a senior attorney in the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS) of the U.S. Justice Department, Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C. His work is focused on the FCS Courts Language Access Initiative, which uses enforcement, technical assistance, and... 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... Read More →
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Mary Vosburgh

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

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


Thursday November 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 & 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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Chuck Wynder

Staff Officer for Social Justice & Advocacy Engagement, The Episcopal Church
Charles “Chuck” Wynder Jr. serves as the staff officer for social justice & advocacy engagement for The Episcopal Church and works to enhance its capacity for advocacy and community organizing for social and racial justice. Chuck previously served as the executive director of... Read More →


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... 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, Management Information Exchange
Meredith McBurney has spent over 35 years working with and for legal aid and access to justice organizations as a staff person, consultant and volunteer, specializing in resource development. In her current role as resource development consultant to MIE, she works on the design and... 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, National Crime Victim Law Institute
Meg Garvin, MA, JD, is the executive director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute and a professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School.  Ms. Garvin has testified before Congress, state legislatures, and the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Sexual Assault in the Military on the... 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... Read More →
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Kathrina Peterson

Attorney Advisor; White House LAIR Advisor, 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... 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
Elizabeth Arledge, of Voices for Civil Justice, is a veteran of nonprofit communications, fundraising, training, and program development. Since 2000 she has helped national, state and local civil legal aid organizations grow their communications capacity. As head of training and conventions... 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... 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... Read More →
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Carl Rauscher

Dir., Communications and Media Relations, Lsc
Carl Rauscher had a long career in print and broadcast journalism before becoming the Legal Services Corporation’s Director of Communications and Media Relations six years ago. He was political editor and Washington bureau managing editor for Cox Newspapers; Washington editor for... 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... Read More →
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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

Coordinator, NLADA Strategic Advocacy Initiative, Catherine Carr Consulting
Cathy is the immediate past Executive Director of Community Legal | Services, the largest civil legal aid provider in Philadelphia, a position she held for | twenty years. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School | and School of Social Work and Social... 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... Read More →
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Jan Allen May

Executive Director, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly
- Jan is the Executive Director of AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE), the primary provider of legal services to low and moderate income older people in D.C. At LCE, Jan has implemented a wide array of innovative delivery systems and community education initiatives. Jan has... 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... 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 Gilbert Hollander

Supervising Attorney, Community Legal Serv of Phila
Michael Hollander is a supervising attorney in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services. His work focuses on the barrier to employment posed by criminal records as well as wage theft, especially for immigrant workers, through a combination of direct representation, community... Read More →
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Jonathan Pyle

Contract Performance Officer, Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Jonathan Pyle is the Contract Performance Officer at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), where he is responsible for LSC compliance, reporting, and implementing new uses of technology to analyze, streamline, and expand service delivery. Before joining PLA, he practiced law in the... 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... 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

Consumer Rights Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Claire Johnson Raba is a staff attorney and the consumer law unit coordinator at Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Consumer law attorneys at BayLegal serve clients through a combination of full representation, affirmative and impact litigation, and a robust... Read More →
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Alysson Snow

Senior Attorney, Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.
Alysson Snow, Senior Attorney, leads the Consumer Protection Division of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.  Ms. Snow and her team provide free legal assistance and representation to low-income consumers.  To address the steady flood of debt defense cases, Ms. Snow designed... Read More →


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
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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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Cheryl Zalenski

Counsel, American Bar Association
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... 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
Sharon M. Dietrich has been an attorney with the Employment Law Project of Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, since 1987. She was CLS' managing attorney for public benefits and employment from 1997 until she became its litigation director in 2014. She represents low-income persons... 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... Read More →
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Rebecca Vallas

Associate Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress
Rebecca Vallas is the managing director for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at American Progress. Before joining American Progress, Vallas served as the deputy director of government affairs at the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, where her... 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... 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... Read More →
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Alicia White

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

Executive Director, Rhode Island Legal Svc
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... Read More →
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Nora Salomon

Supervising Attorney, Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.
Upon graduation from Fordham University School of Law, Attorney Nora Salomon was hired by Rhode Island Legal Services to work in its Housing Law Center, assisting clients with eviction defense and resolution of conditions disputes. Attorney Salomon subsequently worked in a variety... Read More →
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Ken Smith

President, The Resource for Great Programs, Inc.
Ken Smith is president of The Resource for Great Programs, a national consulting firm based in Michigan and Oregon. For 40 years, Ken has helped civil legal aid programs, funders, and access-to-justice groups apply strategic research to accomplish their missions. Ken has led economic... 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.

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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... Read More →
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David Steib

Language Access Director, Ayuda
David Steib is the language access director at Ayuda, a nonprofit that provides direct legal, social, and language access services to immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area. David received a B.A. in Spanish and Theater Studies from Yale University and then spent a year in Spain... Read More →
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Christine Stoneman

Principal Deputy Chief, Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
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... 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... 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... Read More →
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Jim 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... 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... Read More →
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Avideh Moussavian

Senior Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
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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... Read More →
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Emily Tucker

Senior Staff Attorney, 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... 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 bl... 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... 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
avatar for Arielle Altman

Arielle Altman

Senior Program Associate, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Arielle Altman is a senior program associate in the Civil Legal Services division at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association.
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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... 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... 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... Read More →
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Ellen Lawton

Co-Principal Investigator, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
Ellen Lawton, J.D., is a principal investigator and lead research scientist at the George Washington University where she leads the University's National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership in the Department of Health Policy and Management._x000D_ An expert in poverty law generally... Read More →
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Radhika Singh Miller

Director, Civil Legal Aid Initiatives, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Radhika Singh Miller is director of NLADA’s Civil Legal Aid Initiative, which supports civil legal aid’s capacity to apply for and partner on federal grants. Radhika also is an expert in Public Service Loan Forgiveness and income-driven student loan repayment plans. She previously... Read More →
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Kathrina Peterson

Attorney Advisor; White House LAIR Advisor, 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... Read More →
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Jaclyn Piñero

Development Director, Bay Area Legal Aid
Jaclyn is the Director of Development for Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal), overseeing all revenue generation for the firm including a $13M grants portfolio and a $1.2M private donor campaign. Jaclyn has worked in BayLegal's development department for 14 years and has helped to grow... 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), the largest nonprofit civil legal services provider in Louisiana. She previously managed SLLS’ Housing Law Unit during the years immediately following Hurricane Katrina from 2005-2010 after having... 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
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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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://w... 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... Read More →
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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... 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... 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... 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
avatar for Rosita Stanley

Rosita Stanley

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

Senior Program Counsel, Legal Services Corporation
Evora A. Thomas has more than 30 years of experience in legal aid. As senior program counsel in LSC’s Office of Program Performance, she is program liaison to grantees in the western states and has worked on numerous pilot initiatives, including the Leadership & Diversity Training... Read More →


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... 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... 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... Read More →
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Avideh Moussavian

Senior Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center


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
avatar for Nalani Fujimori Kaina

Nalani Fujimori Kaina

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
Nalani Fujimori Kaina is executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i, a statewide LSC-funded organization with 10 offices and more than 100 staff. She is a commissioner on the Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission and serves on the board of directors of the National... Read More →
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Eric Mittelstadt

Deputy Director, Utah Legal Services
Eric has worked at Utah Legal Services for over 25 years as a staff attorney, managing attorney, project manager, director of advocacy and 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... Read More →
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Alison Paul

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


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.

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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... Read More →
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Kim Irish

Director, Healthy Nonprofits Program, OneJustice
As director of OneJustice’s Healthy Nonprofits Program, Kim Irish directs the Executive Fellowship Program and is responsible for developing continuing education programs for its alumni, including in-person trainings and other support. She oversees OneJustice’s consulting work... 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... Read More →
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Claire Johnson Raba

Consumer Rights Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Claire Johnson Raba is a staff attorney and the consumer law unit coordinator at Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Consumer law attorneys at BayLegal serve clients through a combination of full representation, affirmative and impact litigation, and a robust... 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
avatar for Kim Marshall

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... Read More →
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Jan Allen May

Executive Director, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly
- Jan is the Executive Director of AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE), the primary provider of legal services to low and moderate income older people in D.C. At LCE, Jan has implemented a wide array of innovative delivery systems and community education initiatives. Jan has... 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... 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.

Speakers
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John Eidleman

Senior Program Counsel, Legal Services Corporation
John is the point person at LSC on Disaster Response and Recovery. He has served in this capacity for the past 12 years.
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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... Read More →
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Lisa Gavin

Manager Midwest Legal Disaster Coordination project, 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... Read More →
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Shirley Peng

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid of Nebraska
Shirley Peng manages the state-wide Disaster Relief Project at Legal Aid of Nebraska. She earned her B.A. from the University of California – Los Angeles in 2006 and her J.D. from the Chapman University School of Law in 2009. She is licensed to practice in Nebraska and California... 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), the largest nonprofit civil legal services provider in Louisiana. She previously managed SLLS’ Housing Law Unit during the years immediately following Hurricane Katrina from 2005-2010 after having... 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... Read More →
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Rebecca Sandefur

Faculty Fellow, 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... Read More →
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Jim 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... 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... 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’s passion lies in innovative nonprofit strategies and legal aid projects that leverage technology to help low income people and other vulnerable populations who struggle to attain fair access to legal information and counsel. He is the Director of Operations and Community... 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 organization she helped create with the access to justice community of Florida. FJTC partners with legal aid organizations, the courts, the clerk’s offices, the private bar, law... Read More →
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Jane Ribadeneyra

Program Analyst for Technology, Legal Services Corporation
As a Program Analyst for Technology with the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), I execute LSCs Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) program. TIG supports projects to develop, test and replicate innovative technologies to improve access to high quality legal assistance for poor people... Read More →
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Angela Tripp

Director, Michigan Legal Help
Angela Tripp is the Director of the Michigan Legal Help (MLH) Program, which is responsible for the statewide website for self-represented litigants (MichiganLegalHelp.org) and fifteen affiliated Self-Help Centers around the state. In 2016, over 770,000 people visited the MLH website... 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

Attorney & Consultant, 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... Read More →
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Sharena Hagins

MPH, CHES, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
Sharena Hagins is a research associate with the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership. Before 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... Read More →
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Ellen Lawton

Co-Principal Investigator, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
Ellen Lawton, J.D., is a principal investigator and lead research scientist at the George Washington University where she leads the University's National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership in the Department of Health Policy and Management._x000D_ An expert in poverty law generally... 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.

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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... Read More →
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Lillian Moy

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY
Lillian M. Moy became the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. in 1995. She is a 1981 graduate of Boston University School of Law. She is a former member of the Board of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and past Chair of NLADA’s... 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... Read More →
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Kristi Cruz

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

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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... Read More →
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Emily Gold 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... 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... 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.

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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... Read More →
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Justine Olderman

Executive Director, The 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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, Government Relations & Public Affairs, Legal Services Corporation
Carol Bergman is the vice president for government relations and public affairs at the Legal Services Corporation, where she has worked since March 2012, and is responsible for managing LSC’s communications and relationship with Congress, the executive branch, the media, and the... 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... Read More →
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Jim 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... 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 (LAW)’s 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... 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... 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 Hawaii
Nalani Fujimori Kaina is executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i, a statewide LSC-funded organization with 10 offices and more than 100 staff. She is a commissioner on the Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission and serves on the board of directors of the National... 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... 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).

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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... 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... Read More →
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Lillian Moy

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY
Lillian M. Moy became the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. in 1995. She is a 1981 graduate of Boston University School of Law. She is a former member of the Board of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and past Chair of NLADA’s... 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... Read More →
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David Steib

Language Access Director, Ayuda
David Steib is the language access director at Ayuda, a nonprofit that provides direct legal, social, and language access services to immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area. David received a B.A. in Spanish and Theater Studies from Yale University and then spent a year in Spain... 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.

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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.

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Angela Ciolfi

Director of Litigation & Advocacy, Legal Aid Justice Center
Angela Ciolfi is the litigation director at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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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... Read More →
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Claire Johnson Raba

Consumer Rights Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Claire Johnson Raba is a staff attorney and the consumer law unit coordinator at Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Consumer law attorneys at BayLegal serve clients through a combination of full representation, affirmative and impact litigation, and a robust... 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... 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.

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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... 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.

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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... 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.

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Bob Glaves

Executive Director, The Chicago Bar Foundation
Bob has been Executive Director of The Chicago Bar Foundation since October, 1999, prior to which he had a successful nine-year career as a civil litigator at the Chicago law firm then known as Menges, Mikus & Molzahn. As Executive Director of the CBF, Bob is responsible for leading... Read More →
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Meredith McBurney

Resource Development Consultant, Management Information Exchange
Meredith McBurney has spent over 35 years working with and for legal aid and access to justice organizations as a staff person, consultant and volunteer, specializing in resource development. In her current role as resource development consultant to MIE, she works on the design and... Read More →
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Willard Ogburn

Senior Fellow, National Consumer Law Center
Will is a Senior Fellow at the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), previously serving as Executive Director. NCLC is a low income advocacy organization, publisher of the major treatises on consumer law, a support center for legal aid programs, and sponsor of the annual National Consumer... 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... 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... 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... 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.

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Ana Maria Garcia

Director, 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 J.D. from La Verne College of Law and has excelled in her legal career as a public interest lawyer. Currently... 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.

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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... 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... 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... Read More →


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.

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Martha Bergmark

Executive Director, Voices for Civil Justice
Martha Bergmark is executive director of Voices for Civil Justice, the national communications hub for civil legal aid. Over four decades, Martha has been a leader in the movement to fulfill America’s promise of justice for all. During her tenure as its founding president, the Mississippi... Read More →
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Alan 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... Read More →
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Lillian Johnson

Executive Director, Community Legal Services Arizona
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Jose R Padilla

Executive Director, California Rural Legal Assistance Inc
Jose Padilla is executive director of California Rural Legal Assistance.
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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... Read More →
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John Tull

Management Consultant, John A. Tull & Associates
John’s career in legal services spans 47 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... 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.

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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... Read More →
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Lora Rath

Director, Office of Compliance and Enforcement, Legal Services Corporation
Lora M. Rath is the director of the Legal Services Corporation’s (LSC) Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE). OCE oversees LSC grantees’ legal and fiscal compliance in the use of $410,000,000 (FYE 2018) annually to support access to justice in civil matters. Before joining... 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.

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Jamie Gamble

Program Director, 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... Read More →
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Nan Heald

Executive Director, Pine Tree Legal Assistance
Nan Heald has been the executive director of Maine’s largest legal aid provider, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, since 1990. She grew up in Maine and is a graduate of Smith College and George Washington University Law School. Nan worked for the federal government and in private practice... Read More →
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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... 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 nine years as the coordinator of the National Coalition for the Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC). The NCCRC works to establish the right to counsel for low-income individuals in civil cases involving... Read More →
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Rebecca Sandefur

Faculty Fellow, 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... Read More →
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Jim 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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Michael Mulé

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

Deputy Managing Director, Criminal Defense Practice, The Bronx Defenders
Robyn Mar is the deputy managing director of the Criminal Defense Practice at the Bronx Defenders. Since joining the Bronx Defenders, Robyn has worked in the Criminal Defense Practice as a staff attorney, practice supervisor, training team leader, and the director of early advocacy... 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... Read More →
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Marshall Hartman

Attorney at Law, Lake County, Illinois
Marshall J. Hartman is the former chief public defender for Lake County, Illinois. Mr. Hartman was also head of the Cook County Appellate Division and director of NLADA's Defender Division and adjunct professor at Kent College of Law. He was instrumental in promoting the early public... 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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Victoria A. Connor

Chief Executive Officer, York County Bar Association and the York County Bar Foundation
Victoria Connor is 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. Those efforts include creating and funding the Civil Legal Services... Read More →
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Ken Smith

President, The Resource for Great Programs, Inc.
Ken Smith is president of The Resource for Great Programs, a national consulting firm based in Michigan and Oregon. For 40 years, Ken has helped civil legal aid programs, funders, and access-to-justice groups apply strategic research to accomplish their missions. Ken has led economic... 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... Read More →


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.

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Lyndsi Andreas

Staff Attorney, 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 executive director of Voices for Civil Justice, the national communications hub for civil legal aid. Over four decades, Martha has been a leader in the movement to fulfill America’s promise of justice for all. During her tenure as its founding president, the Mississippi... 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... 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... 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), the largest nonprofit civil legal services provider in Louisiana. She previously managed SLLS’ Housing Law Unit during the years immediately following Hurricane Katrina from 2005-2010 after having... 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!

Speakers
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Cassandra Fequiere Goodman

Supervising Attorney, Shriver Housing Project LA, Neighborhood Legal Services
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... 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... 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 nine years as the coordinator of the National Coalition for the Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC). The NCCRC works to establish the right to counsel for low-income individuals in civil cases involving... Read More →
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Ronnette Ramos

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

Policy Director, New York 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... Read More →


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 in the Office of Legal Affairs at the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). She is responsible for drafting LSC’s regulations and providing guidance on statutory and regulatory questions to LSC and its grantees. Before joining LSC in... Read More →
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John E. Whitfield, Esq.

Executive Director, Blue Ridge Legal Services
John E. Whitfield has served as the executive director and general counsel of Blue Ridge Legal Services since 1989. Prior to becoming the executive director, he served as law clerk, staff attorney, and supervising attorney since first joining the organization in 1980.In 1981 he was... 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... Read More →
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Eric Mittelstadt

Deputy Director, Utah Legal Services
Eric has worked at Utah Legal Services for over 25 years as a staff attorney, managing attorney, project manager, director of advocacy and 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... Read More →
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Mytrang Nguyen

Program Counsel, Pro Bono Innovation, Legal Services Corporation
Mytrang Nguyen is the program counsel for pro bono innovation at the Legal Services Corporation, where she is responsible for the development and implementation of LSC’s Pro Bono Innovation Fund, a competitive grant program that seeks to invest in projects that creatively leverage... Read More →
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Amy Petkovsek

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


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... Read More →
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Jan Allen May

Executive Director, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly
- Jan is the Executive Director of AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE), the primary provider of legal services to low and moderate income older people in D.C. At LCE, Jan has implemented a wide array of innovative delivery systems and community education initiatives. Jan has... 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.

Speakers
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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... 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.

Speakers
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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... 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... 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... Read More →


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.

Speakers
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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... 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... 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... 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
Eliza Solowiej has been executive director of First Defense Legal Aid for more than four years. She is dedicated to stopping the cradle-to-prison pipeline and replacing it with government accountability for human rights. For 20 years, she has focused her career on youth, community... 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... 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... Read More →
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Warren Oliveri

President, Board of Directors, Maryland Legal Aid Bureau
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... Read More →
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Rita Gibson Rayford

Chief Development Officer, 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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Grayce Wiggins

Program Counsel, Legal Services Corporation
Grayce joined the Legal Services Corporation’s Office of Program Performance in September 2013, as a Program Counsel. Prior to joining LSC, she worked for Single Stop USA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income families build economic stability. Single... 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... Read More →
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Anthony Young

Executive Director, Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc.
Anthony Young has been the executive director of Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc., based in Tucson, Arizona, since 2007. Anthony has worked as a legal aid attorney since 1991 and managed legal aid offices in Nebraska and Arizona. He attended law school at the University of Nebraska... 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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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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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://w... 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... Read More →
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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... 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... 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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →
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Fernando Gaytan

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Fernando Gaytan is the managing attorney for the Housing & Communities Workgroup and the South Los Angeles office of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). Since joining LAFLA in 2008, he has focused on litigating housing and civil rights cases in state and federal court... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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Jim 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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Lakshmi Sridaran

Director of National Policy and Advocacy, South Aisan Americans Leading Together
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... Read More →
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Christine Stoneman

Principal Deputy Chief, Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
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... 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.

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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... Read More →
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Jamie Gullen

Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services Inc.
Jamie Gullen is a supervising attorney in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia and also co-directs CLS’s Youth Justice Project (YJP). Jamie’s work focuses on removing barriers to education and employment for young people who have juvenile or criminal... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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Radhika Singh Miller

Director, Civil Legal Aid Initiatives, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Radhika Singh Miller is director of NLADA’s Civil Legal Aid Initiative, which supports civil legal aid’s capacity to apply for and partner on federal grants. Radhika also is an expert in Public Service Loan Forgiveness and income-driven student loan repayment plans. She previously... 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

Attorney & Consultant, 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 Initiatives, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Radhika Singh Miller is director of NLADA’s Civil Legal Aid Initiative, which supports civil legal aid’s capacity to apply for and partner on federal grants. Radhika also is an expert in Public Service Loan Forgiveness and income-driven student loan repayment plans. She previously... Read More →
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Robin Murphy

Chief Counsel, Civil Programs, National Legal Aid & Defender Assc
Robin is the Chief Counsel for CivilPrograms at the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association.Prior to joining NLADA, she was Supervising GeneralAttorney for the U.S. Department of Education in theOffice of Civil Rights, and prior to that served in a varietyof capacities for both... Read More →
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Don Saunders

Vice President, Civil Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Don Saunders is a nationally recognized leader of America’s civil justice community. He has spearheaded NLADA’s civil division for more than 20 years, building the organization’s expert training and technical assistance capacity and advocating with Congress, the Legal Services... 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... 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.

Speakers
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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... Read More →
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Mardi Crawford

Staff Attorney, New York State Defenders Association, Inc.
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... 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... 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... Read More →
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Timothy P. Murphy

Chief Attorney, Appeals and Post-Conviction Unit, The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo
Timothy P. Murphy has been practicing law for 23 years. He is the chief attorney for the Appeals and Post-Conviction Unit of the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, the state’s largest purely criminal appeals office outside of New York City. He previously worked for Lipsitz Green Scime... 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.

Speakers
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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... Read More →


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