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Friday, May 10 • 3:45pm - 5:15pm
For the People: How Lawyers Must Support Community and Client-led Social Change Initiatives

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Lawyers and community members with lived experience will highlight strategies for pro bono or public interest lawyers to support client and community-led social justice efforts. They will identify models where lawyers worked “shoulder to shoulder” with community members to dismantle oppressive systems and policies that contribute to poverty and homelessness.


Jamila Martin

Director of Operations, 482Forward
Jamila Martin is the Director of Operations of 482Forward, a Detroit-based education organizing network of neighborhood organizations, parents, and youth committed to ensuring that all Detroit children have access to an excellent education, regardless of their race or socioeconomic... Read More →

Jayesh Patel

President and Managing Attorney, Street Democracy
Jayesh Patel is the President and Managing Attorney of Street Democracy, a legal reform nonprofit in Detroit. Street Democracy, through its representation of homeless and other vulnerable people, works to identify and research the systems that perpetuate poverty and punish the poor... Read More →

Jill Williams

Community Activist and Board Member, Homeless Persons Representation Project
Jill Williams served honorably in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1975 to 1981. She currently serves as a board member for the Homeless Persons Representation Project. She has been involved in various projects to advocate on behalf of veterans and persons experiencing homelessness.

Swapna Yeluri

Director of Pro Bono Programs, Homeless Persons Representation Project
Swapna Yeluri is the director of pro bono programs with the Homeless Persons Representation Project, a statewide legal program dedicated to eradicating homelessness. Prior to joining HPRP, Swapna developed and ran a pro bono Veterans"™ project and spent seven years of her legal... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 3:45pm - 5:15pm EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 4