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Thursday, May 9 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Housing, Not Handcuffs: Criminalization of Homelessness & Constructive Alternatives

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Across the nation, persons experiencing homelessness are criminalized for their basic human needs to rest, to ask for help, to shelter themselves, and even to eat. But recent wins by attorneys using First, Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment theories are forcing communities to reshape how they approach homelessness.


Lili Graham

Director of Litigation, Community Legal Aid SoCal
Lili Graham is the Director of Litigation at Legal Aid Society of Orange County/Community Legal Services. Her work focuses on systemic and impact advocacy and litigation for low-income clients. Primarily, Lili has focused on the preservation of affordable and low-income housing in... Read More →

Shayla Myers

Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Shayla Myers is an attorney in the Housing and Communities work group at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. At LAFLA, she primarily focuses on issues related to housing and homelessness. Shayla litigates cases in state and federal court on behalf of low-income tenants, people... Read More →

Carol Sobel

Law Office of Carol A Sobel
Carol Sobel is an attorney in private practice with the Law Office of Carol A. Sobel in Santa Monica, California. Since 2000, she has litigated issues involving the criminalization of homelessness. She was the lead attorney on Justin v. City of Los Angeles, Fitzgerald v. City of Los... Read More →

Eric Tars

Legal Director, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Eric Tars serves as the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty's Legal Director, leading its human rights, civil rights, and children's rights programs through managing its cutting edge litigation, strategic policy advocacy, and outreach and training initiatives at the international... Read More →

Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 9