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Thursday, May 9 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Educating Legislators about Legal Aid 2.0

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This session is designed to build on the workshops we have done for the past few years on how to explain legal aid as constituent services to legislators and their staff. Now that many LSC grantees and other legal aid programs have begun to develop relationships with federal and state legislators and staff, we want to identify ways to build on and expand those connections, e.g., provide training for district caseworkers; involve legislative staff in community outreach efforts. The panel will include LSC grantee Executive Directors and civil legal practitioners with experience meeting with and educating federal and state legislators and their staff. The panel will also address compliance with lobbying restrictions applicable to LSC grantees in communicating with legislators.

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Carol Bergman

Vice President for 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 relationships with Congress, the executive branch, the media, and the... Read More →
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Colleen Cotter

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

Nikole Nelson

Executive Director, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Nikole Nelson is the executive director of Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), Alaska’s only statewide provider of free civil legal assistance to low-income Alaskans. Nikole oversees ALSC’s 11 offices and a 50-member staff who are scattered across the vast and remote State... Read More →
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Jim Sandman

President, Legal Services Corporation
Jim Sandman has been president of the Legal Services Corporation since 2011. LSC is the largest funder of civil legal aid programs in the United States, supporting 133 programs with more than 840 offices serving every state and territory. He practiced law with the international, Washington-based... Read More →

Betty Balli Torres

Executive Director, Texas Access to Justice Foundation
Betty Balli Torres has been executive director of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, the largest Texas-based funder of legal services to the poor, since October 2001. She has dedicated her professional career to public interest work. Betty started as a staff attorney at Legal... Read More →

Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 9