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Friday, May 10 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Effective Strategic Advocacy in a Time of Challenge and Change

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This session will look at concrete ideas to move legal aid work from a focus on the handling of individual cases to creative and powerful activity for changing the systems that cause client legal problems. As movements push forward - e.g. for racial justice, civil right to counsel, criminal record relief, immigration reform, adequate education, and rights to income and shelter, how can lawyers assist the clients and communities who seek justice? The presenters will discuss with the participants how legal aid lawyers and their pro bono partners can use a wide range of legal tools, including litigation, education, coalition building, data analysis, policy advocacy and media savvy, to take on strategic work that will have an impact on thousands in their client communities. _x000D_
This session will address management issues and roles, focusing attention on race, gender and minority issues, and innovative delivery models. The session will seek interactive conversation on how barriers to systemic work faced by both legal aid staff and their pro bono partners have been overcome, with panelists guiding participants in thinking differently about the structure, substance and outcomes of their work.

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Catherine C. Carr

Coordinator, NLADA Strategic Advocacy Initiative and Adjunct Professor, UPenn Law School
Catherine C. Carr is a consultant to legal aid organizations and their leaders across the country, assisting with issues such as program structure, evaluation, service delivery, and strategic planning, with an emphasis on building effective, creative, and self-reflective organizations... Read More →

Kimberly Merchant

Director of the Racial Justice Institute (RJI) and Network (RJN), Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Kimberly Jones Merchant is the first ever Director of the Racial Justice Institute (RJI) and Network (RJN) at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, where she leads and provides strategic oversight for the annual institute as well as its expanding alumni advocacy network... Read More →

Adam Mueller

Indiana Legal Services, Advocacy Director
Adam Mueller has been the director of advocacy at Indiana Legal Services (ILS) since 2014. In this role, he oversees the strategic advocacy of the organization. He was previously a staff attorney at ILS working primarily on public benefits cases.

Friday May 10, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 10