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Tuesday, May 7
 

8:30am

MIE New Executive Director Training
This 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.

Tuesday May 7, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Bluegrass 1

2:00pm

 
Wednesday, May 8
 

7:30am

Pre-Conference Registration
Check in to pick up your badge, program book and bag

Wednesday May 8, 2019 7:30am - 11:00am
Marriott Ballroom Salons 5-6

8:00am

Law School Pro Bono Advisors Program
Designed for law school pro bono program advisors, coordinators, directors and assistant and associate deans, this program will take a close look at law school pro bono including cutting-edge programs and activities. Several interactive workshops will explore the unique aspects of operating and expanding a law school pro bono program.

Wednesday May 8, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
Skybox

8:00am

New Pro Bono Managers: Nuts & Bolts
Designed for new (in the position for one year or less) pro bono coordinators/managers, this program will address the basic elements of operating a pro bono program. Trainers will discuss a wide range of topics including program structure and governance, intake and referral procedures, using technology to recruit, support and thank volunteers, maintaining a client-centered approach to service delivery, strategies for effectively utilizing volunteers and ways to develop partnerships with the bar, bench, and other providers of legal services and other groups.

Wednesday May 8, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
Kentucky Ballroom Salon C-D

8:30am

MIE New Executive Director Training
This 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.

Wednesday May 8, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Bluegrass 1

8:30am

Creating Opportunity through Criminal Record-Clearing
Record clearing, through expungement, sealing and other legal remedies, is a perfect fit for pro bono initiatives, as well as law school clinics, civil legal aid programs, and defender programs. Representation is usually brief and time limited, and the cases are relatively easy. The demand for these legal services is overwhelming, as an estimated one out of three American adults has a criminal record, many of which are eligible for clearing. And the benefits to the clients are great. An expunged or sealed record removes an intractable barrier to employment, housing and education. These life-changing results and overjoyed clients make record-clearing practice extremely satisfying for lawyers.

This preconference will address issues common across the fifty states in establishing and growing an expungement/sealing practice. The day-long session will include the following topics
Starting and growing record-clearing projects and clinics:
Using technology to increase efficiencies;
Record clearing for youth and other vulnerable populations;
Funding of and communications about record clearing work

Speakers
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Radhika Singh

Chief, Civil Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Radhika is the chief of the civil legal services division at NLADA, working with civil legal aid providers across the country. She also leads NLADA's Project to Advance Civil Legal Aid Collaborations, which advocates for funding and policies that support civil legal aid’s role... Read More →


Wednesday May 8, 2019 8:30am - 6:00pm
Kentucky Ballroom Salon A

9:00am

LSC Pro Bono Innovation Fund Grantee Meeting (Invitation Only)
This meeting is designed for LSC Pro Bono Innovation Fund grantees to learn strategies on effective and sustainable pro bono and allow for an exchange of knowledge and expertise between grantees. Speakers and workshops will be focused on best practices in planning and implementing high quality pro bono projects and/or programs.

Wednesday May 8, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Kentucky Ballroom Salon F

12:00pm

APBCo Members Meeting
This is a meeting for members of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

Wednesday May 8, 2019 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Marriott Salon 5

12:30pm

Beyond the Basics: Experienced Pro Bono Managers
Beyond the Basics is a free pre-conference for experienced pro bono managers to explore a variety of pro bono models with diverse legal services providers, brought to you by the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals.

The preconference will begin with a panel of provider organizations discussing emerging innovations in pro bono service delivery and lessons learned from new program implementation. This panel will represent experiences from both rural and urban areas, as well as both LSC and non-LSC providers, addressing strategies for different program models and approaches and how to integrate pro bono into the broader legal services delivery context.

Following the panel, attendees will participate in a Pro Bono Simulation, an interactive session created specifically for this pre-conference. Facilitated by the Director of Advocacy for Training and Pro Bono for the LSC funded Maryland Legal Aid, the exercise will allow participants to experience multiple models of pro bono service delivery and to reflect on that experience from the provider, pro bono attorney, and client perspectives.

Wednesday May 8, 2019 12:30pm - 5:00pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 7-8

12:30pm

Pro Bono State Support and Access to Justice Coordinators Meeting (Invitaton Only)
This meeting is designed for statewide staff persons who address pro bono issues, whether as their sole charge or one piece of varied ATJ responsibilities. The focus of the agenda is pro bono, from topics purely pro bono in nature to the pro bono perspective of broader ATJ issues.

Wednesday May 8, 2019 12:30pm - 5:00pm
Kentucky Ballroom Salon G

1:00pm

Impact Pro Bono: Utilizing Litigation, Transactional Assistance & Public Policy
Public interest legal organizations and law firms face unique issues when working together on impact or large scale litigation, transactional work or public policy matters. The purpose of the pre-conference is to have an open discussion on these challenges among peers. Topics will include best practices, co-counseling, staffing, media strategies and working with other involved parties..

Wednesday May 8, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 3-4

3:00pm

Conference Registration and Exhibitor Showcase
Check in to pick up your badge, program book and bag.

Wednesday May 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Foyer 5-6
 
Thursday, May 9
 

7:30am

How to Read the Form (Race Track)
Thursday May 9, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Filly

7:30am

NAPBPro Book Club: Becoming
Thursday May 9, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Thoroughbred

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Join us for a continental breakfast to start your day.

Thursday May 9, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Marriott Ballroom Foyer

7:30am

Conference Registration and Exhibitor Showcase
Check in to pick up your badge, program book and bag

Thursday May 9, 2019 7:30am - 5:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Foyer 5-6

8:30am

Opening Plenary
The 2019 Equal Justice Conference will open with a session to welcome attendees. Our speaker will provide an update on Medicaid expansion and litigation.

Thursday May 9, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am
Marriott Ballroom Salons 5-6

10:00am

Ambiguous Results, Political Fallout, and Other Fears: Working with Academics to Research the Impact of Legal Services
Partnerships between legal services organizations and researchers can be challenging. Such collaborations involve working towards a shared goal, while at the same time, achieving goals that are unique to each partner and that may conflict. The panelists will facilitate a candid discussion about how to handle ambiguous results, address the different ways researchers and legal services organizations may describe the results, manage the political fallout from results that may appear negative, decide who has the right to publish the results and when, and other fears, as well as some best practices that have emerged.

Speakers
avatar for Joanna George Allison

Joanna George Allison

Executive Director, Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association
Joanna began her Legal Services career at the Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina where she became interested in bankruptcy and consumer law. She served as a consumer law fellow at the National Consumer Law Center before joining the Volunteer Lawyers Project as staff attorney... Read More →
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April Faith-Slaker

Associate Director of Research Innovations, Harvard Access to Justice Lab
April Faith-Slaker is the Associate Director of Research Innovations at the Harvard Access to Justice Lab. In this role, she conducts randomized control trial studies of various access to justice topics. Prior to working at the Lab, she served as Director of the Resource Center for... 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 and has served for the past 10 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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Dr. Rebecca L. Sandefur

Faculty Fellow; Associate Professor of Sociology and Law, The American Bar Foundation; University of Illinois
Rebecca Sandefur studies access to civil justice from every angle "“ from how legal services are delivered and consumed, to how civil legal aid is organized around the nation, to the role of pro bono, to the relative efficacy of lawyers, nonlawyers and digital tools as advisers... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 4

10:00am

How We Eliminated a Cash Bail System: Lessons Learned from New Jersey
This session will provide an overview of New Jersey's successful transformation of an antiquated money bail system into a modern, risk-based system that relies on empirical evidence to better identify the risk a defendant poses. We will discuss the challenges faced in passing and implementing the law, and how it can be a model for other states.

Speakers
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Elie Honig

Special Counsel, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
A former New Jersey and federal prosecutor with extensive experience leading and managing criminal trials and appeals, Elie provides strategic advice to individuals and businesses in government-facing investigations as well as counsel on internal investigations. Prior to joining... Read More →
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Joseph Krakora

New Jersey Public Defender, New Jersey Public Defender
Joseph E. Krakora was originally sworn in as Public Defender in 2011, and in 2017 was sworn in for a second term. Under his leadership, the New Jersey State Office of the Public Defender has built a reputation as one of the best offices in the country. Mr. Krakora has recruited talented... Read More →
avatar for Natalie J. Kraner

Natalie J. Kraner

Senior Public Interest Counsel, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Natalie is committed to strengthening partnerships with leading nonprofit and community organizations, encouraging pro bono participation within the firm, and serving the needs of local communities. In addition to helping run the pro bono program firmwide, Natalie maintains a substantive... Read More →
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Alexander Shalom

Senior Supervising Attorney, ACLU-NJ
Alexander Shalom is Senior Supervising Attorney at the ACLU-NJ. In that role, Alex litigates cases on issues that disproportionately impact people of color. He appears in trial and appellate courts throughout the state seeking to ensure more accountable police practices, criminal... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Rose

10:00am

Powering Elder Justice through Legal Health Check-Up Partnerships
This session will highlight how technology can enable innovative partnerships and service delivery models that further elder justice, and combat financial exploitation and elder abuse. This interactive lecture will include a discussion of these tools and the technology powering them, and how they are being utilized across the U.S.

Speakers
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Sarah Carver

Attorney, Project Coordinator, Pro Bono Training Academy, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Sarah Carver began her legal career in 2010 as a staff attorney for Alaska Legal Services in the rural Nome, Alaska office. In her role as a staff attorney she consulted with tribes on ICWA cases. In 2015 she transitioned to a new position as the project coordinator for ALSC's Pro... Read More →
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Sarah Galvan

Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
Sarah Galvan is a senior staff attorney at Justice in Aging, and works with the National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER). Under a contract with the Administration on Community Living, NCLER provides training, case consultation and technical assistance to the legal and aging... Read More →
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Shah’ada Shaban

Rural Senior Project Coordinator, Legal Services of Northern California - Shasta Regional Office
Shah'ada Shaban is Legal Services of Northern California Shasta Regional Office's Rural Senior Project Coordinator. Shah'ada has worked in this position since 2015, cultivating relationships with community partners throughout the Shasta Office's multi-county service area through clinics... Read More →
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Molly M.K. White

Staff Attorney, Center for Elder Law & Justice
Molly White is a Staff Attorney at Center for Elder Law and Justice in the Elder Abuse unit. Molly manages CELJ's Legal Risk Detector project, and promotes the use of the Legal Risk Detector App, which is a web-based legal health check-up tool that allows medical personnel, social... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 7

10:00am

Recognizing & Responding to Microaggressions in the Legal Services Workplace
Microaggressions: micro-insults, micro-invalidations and micro-assaults can be based on race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or disability. How do we recognize and respond to microaggressions amongst the staff, private attorneys, clients and the court? How do we want to be told that we have committed a microaggression? Whether we are the recipient, observer or speaker, we will examine the pros and cons of each such response.

Speakers
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Tanya Douglas

Disability Director, Manhattan Legal Services
Tanya Douglas is the director of the Disability Advocacy Project (DAP) and Veterans Justice Project coordinator at Manhattan Legal Services (MLS), a program of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC). Tanya is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School and is admitted to the Southern... Read More →
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Michelle Kraus

Senior Social Worker, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc.
Michelle Kraus hails from and lives in New York City. She is a Senior Social Worker for the Disability Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a non-profit law office serving different communities in need with advocacy and legal representation. Michelle provides... Read More →
avatar for Lillian Moy

Lillian Moy

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
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 directors of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and past chair... Read More →
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Milo Primeaux, Esq.

CEO, Just Roots Consulting LLC
Milo Primeaux, Esq. is a queer transgender person (he/him), LGBTQ+ civil rights attorney, and founder/CEO of Just Roots Consulting, LLC, which works to build industry leaders of LGBTQ+ excellence nationwide. Previously, Milo led the LGBT Rights Project at Empire Justice Center in... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 10

10:00am

Snaps and Posts and Tweets -- Oh My!
This session will highlight how legal services providers can and do use social media and online platforms to improve pro bono and volunteer programs. Panelists will discuss using such platforms to place time-sensitive cases, better understand volunteer interests, gauge availability, target larger and more diverse groups of volunteers, effectively disseminate information, and solve some of the most frequently-seen problems in volunteer engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Diego Cartagena

Diego Cartagena

Vice President, Legal Programs, Bet Tzedek Legal Services
Diego Cartagena has focused his legal career on addressing issues of access to justice. As a former Equal Justice Works Fellow and Teen Advocate with The Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice's Teen LA project, Diego helped give low income teen mothers and fathers a voice in court... Read More →
avatar for Angela Inzano

Angela Inzano

Senior Manager of Advocacy and Engagement, The Chicago Bar Foundation
Angela Inzano is the Senior Manager of Advocacy and Engagement at The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) in Chicago, Illinois. Since 2015, Angela has managed the day-to-day operation of the CBF Legal Aid Academy and the CBF Pro Bono Support Program, and assists with the CBF's legislative... Read More →
avatar for Vidhya Ragunathan

Vidhya Ragunathan

Director of Pro Bono, Inner City Law Center
Vidhya currently serves as Director of Pro Bono at Inner City Law Center (ICLC), the only legal services provider on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Prior to joining ICLC in 2015, she practiced complex commercial litigation for over five years at the law firms of Crowell & Moring LLP and... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Bluegrass 1

10:00am

Using Online Courts to Modernize the Legal System
Americans can shop, socialize, and manage bills online 24 hours a day. However, disputing a lawsuit typically requires a trip to the courthouse during business hours. Those who live far from the courthouse, have limited mobility, and have inflexible work schedules are more likely to receive a negative judgment because they failed to appear in court. This can threaten homes, family stability, livelihood, and access to justice. To meet this challenge, state and county court systems across the country are experimenting with online dispute resolution (ODR) tools--which allow parties to attempt to resolve their dispute via the internet and provides outside personal intervention only where necessary. In 2018, Utah became the first state to build an ODR tool for small claims cases. This new technology will change the way Utah courts do business. The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Center for State Courts are helping states like Utah pilot and evaluate the impacts of ODR. Leaders from Utah, NCSC, and Pew will discuss the challenges courts face using online courts to modernize the legal system, including technology, skeptics, and maintaining the rule of law.

Speakers
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Paul Embley

CIO and Technology Division Director, National Center for State Courts
Paul Embley is the CIO and Technology Division Director at the National Center for State Courts. He began his career in Silicon Valley working for the “who’s who” of high tech (along with the “who’s no longer”). After 25 years in the for-profit sector, Paul shifted to... Read More →
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Justice Constandinos (Deno) Himonas

Justice, Utah Supreme Court
Justice Deno Himonas was born in rural Utah in 1964 to Greek parents. Justice Himonas graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. After graduation, Justice Himonas spent fifteen years working on complex civil... Read More →
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Amber Ivey

Manager - Civil Legal System Modernization Team, Pew Charitable Trusts
Amber Ivey is a manager of the civil legal system modernization team at Pew Charitable Trusts. In here role, she helps make the nation’s civil legal system more accessible and affordable to the public by working with courts and stakeholders to modernize systems with the most promising... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 2

10:00am

Hot Topics in Civil Legal Aid
This session will cover developments on a wide array of issues relevant to the delivery of civil legal aid, including: 1) LSC funding in the 116th Congress; 2) other developments at the Legal Services Corporation; 3) Access to Justice Commission highlights; 4) the future of the ABA data collection process; 4) other ABA issues; 5) The Supreme Court cy pres challenge; 6) federal developments affecting Public Service Loan Forgiveness; 7) non-LSC federal funding update; 8) developments in delivery, including the Microsoft portal project and the Justice for All initiative; and 9) other matters of interest.

Speakers
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Ted Howard

Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants
Ted is the Wiley Rein's first full-time Pro Bono Partner, a position in which he oversees the firm’s pro bono activities and initiatives, and fosters relationships with the public interest legal services community. Prior to his appointment as Pro Bono Partner in May 2014, Ted's... 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 →
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Don Saunders

Senior Vice President, Policy, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Don 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 Corporation... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Kentucky Ballroom Salon F

10:00am

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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Jennifer Bentley

Executive Director, Michigan State Bar Foundation
Jennifer Bentley has served as the Executive Director of the Michigan State Bar Foundation since January 2017. The Foundation provides leadership and funding to advance access to justice for the poor and improve the administration of justice. Upon graduating from law school in 1997... Read More →
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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 →


Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 1

10:00am

Practical Implications & Best Practices: Balancing Affirmative Litigation
This session will examine best practices and practical implications of balancing affirmative litigation with an already demanding caseload in an effort to discuss the importance of affirmative litigation as a tool to further advance client rights and improve outcomes. Panel includes perspectives from an advocacy coordinator, managing attorney, and staff attorney. This includes practical skills in time management, caseload handling, and work-life balance necessary to take on affirmative litigation while handling a regular caseload.

Speakers
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Victoria Esposito

Advocacy Coordinator, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY
Victoria M. Esposito, Esq., became the first Advocacy Coordinator for the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York in January 2016. In that position, she helps her colleagues identify and tackle the many systemic issues that face LASNNY's clients. Before moving to her current position... Read More →
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Elisha Gomez

Staff Attorney, Lakeshore Legal Aid
Elisa M. Gomez is a Staff Attorney with Lakeshore Legal Aid, serving the City of Detroit. She has been in practice for close to a decade and has worked for three different legal services agencies in more than 10 counties across the State of Michigan during her career, in both urban... Read More →
avatar for Erica Ludwick

Erica Ludwick

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY
Erica Ludwick is a managing attorney in the Amsterdam Office of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York. She supervises a staff of housing and economic justice attorneys, paralegals, and support staff. Ms. Ludwick formerly worked for Legal Services of South Central Michigan... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Kentucky Ballroom Salon A-B

10:00am

Using Rigorous Evaluation for Resource Allocation
Having a criminal record constitutes an impediment to stable housing and employment and is a barrier to the finalization of a successful reentry strategy. Does expungement stabilize housing and employment while reducing in recidivism? Should oversubscribed legal services providers dedicate their scarce resources to assistance in obtaining expungements?

Speakers
avatar for Renee Danser

Renee Danser

Associate Director of Research and Strategic Partnerships, Harvard Law School Access to Justice Lab
Drawing on her knowledge of justice system operations and the internal and external politics that surround the justice system, Ms. Danser joined the Harvard Access to Justice Lab to incorporate rigorous research into the concept of improving access to justice. Ms. Danser holds dear... Read More →
avatar for Marilyn Harp

Marilyn Harp

Executive Director, Kansas Legal Services, Inc.
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 has represented thousands of low... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 8

10:00am

Beyond Band Aids: How to Manage Pro Bono Catastrophes
While minor issues and challenges occur regularly in pro bono collaborations, major breakdowns are less frequent but can have devastating effects for clients, organizations, and pro bono partners. This session will explore what happens when such a breakdown occurs and how to recover when disaster strikes. Through a facilitated discussion and case studies, participants will leave with concrete strategies for managing pro bono crises when they happen.

Speakers
avatar for Brenna K. DeVaney

Brenna K. DeVaney

Director of Pro Bono Programs/Pro Bono Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Brenna DeVaney serves as co-chair of the firm's global Pro Bono Committee. Her practice focuses on representing low-income individuals, including women in family law matters who have been the victims of domestic violence. Ms. DeVaney is involved with the Skadden Honors Program in... Read More →
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Jennifer L. Kroman

Director of Pro Bono Practice, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Jennifer Kroman is Director of Pro Bono Practice at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, a global law firm. She manages the firm's broad array of pro bono matters and develops and strengthens Cleary's relationships with public interest and legal services partners. Since 2011, Jennifer... Read More →
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Annie Pineda

Director, Pro Bono, The Bronx Defenders
Annie Pineda is Director of Pro Bono at The Bronx Defenders, which provides holistic and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, immigration and civil legal services, social work support, and advocacy to indigent people of the Bronx. In her role, she is responsible for developing... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Bluegrass 2

10:00am

Working Together to Provide Immigration Legal Services in Times of Crisis
Interactive workshop to identify best practices in communication, volunteer recruitment, and pro bono legal services delivery in a time when immigration practice is often upended by man-made crises.

Speakers
avatar for Jocelyn Dyer

Jocelyn Dyer

Senior Counsel, Pro Bono Program, American Immigration Lawyers Association
Jocelyn Dyer is the Senior Counsel of Pro Bono Programs at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where she oversees the organization’s pro bono endeavors. She also directs the mentorship program for the Immigration Justice Campaign, an initiative seeking to mobilize... Read More →
avatar for Monique Sherman

Monique Sherman

Pro Bono Counsel, Cooley LLP
Monique R. Sherman is Cooley's pro bono counsel. She rejoined the firm in 2012 and is resident in the Palo Alto office. Monique maintains and develops Cooley's pro bono resources to ensure the firm's attorneys have the tools necessary to most effectively represent their pro bono clients... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Kentucky Ballroom Salon C-D

10:00am

The Marriage of Pro Bono and Fund Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Making It a Win-Win for All Concerned
Pro bono and fund development can work in hand in hand to increase engagement and support for a legal aid program when the two functions are strategically integrated. This panel will be an interactive discussion of challenges, opportunities, and best practices for identifying what works, what doesn’t, and what you can do to most effectively increase funding and pro bono assistance from the legal community.

Speakers
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Ana Cruz

Director of Development, Greater Boston Legal Services
Ana Cruz is the Director of Development at Greater Boston Legal Services, and is responsible for the oversight and direction of the organization’s fundraising and communications efforts. In her role, she supervises a talented and knowledgeable staff office, and works closely with... Read More →
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Bob Glaves

Executive Director, The Chicago Bar Foundation
Bob has been Executive Director of The Chicago Bar Foundation since 1999, prior to which he had a successful nine-year career as a civil litigator in private practice. As Executive Director, Glaves is responsible for leading and overseeing the CBF’s work that brings Chicago’s... Read More →
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Melissa Gonzalez

Pro Bono Program Coordinator, Greater Boston Legal Services
Melissa Gonzalez is the Pro Bono Program Coordinator at Greater Boston Legal Services. Her professional experience includes nonprofit strategy and development consulting, program design and evaluation, and research and teaching as an academic economist. In addition to her consulting... Read More →
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Kelly Tautges

Pro Bono Counsel & Director, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Kelly Tautges serves as Faegre Baker Daniels"™ pro bono counsel and leads the professional team that manages and supports the firm's pro bono practice and community service activities. Before joining FaegreBD, Kelly was the Chicago Bar Foundation's (CBF) Director of Pro Bono & Court... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 9

11:45am

AAPDA (African American Project Directors Association) Meeting
Speakers
avatar for Lillian Moy

Lillian Moy

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
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 directors of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and past chair... Read More →
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Rhodia Thomas

Executive Director, MidPenn Legal Services
Rhodia Thomas is the executive director of MidPenn Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm that provides civil legal services to low-income individuals and domestic violence survivors in 18 counties in central-Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University and received... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm
Grandstand

11:45am

California LSC Programs
This networking session is for LSC grantees located in California.

Thursday May 9, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm
Filly

11:45am

Disaster Legal Services
Discuss how the legal community can assist survivors of disasters from immediately after a disaster occurs to serving longer term issues.

Speakers
avatar for Jaffe S. Pickett

Jaffe S. Pickett

Deputy Director for Legal Services Alabama, Legal Services Alabama
Jaffe Pickett has been the Deputy Director for Legal Services Alabama since 2018 and has been the Director of Development since 2013. Prior to that, Pickett served as Director of Training, Call Center Director and Director of LSA's Elder Law Helpline. Pickett was hired at LSA in 2005... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 8

11:45am

Fines and Fees
Hear the latest in the growing movement to address the inequities created by levying fines and fees.

Speakers
avatar for David Udell

David Udell

Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law
David Udell is the founder and executive director of the National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law School, a research and policy advocacy organization that works with data to expand justice in the United States. David leads all of NCAJ’s justice system reform initiatives... Read More →
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Lisa A Foster

Co-Director, Fines & Fees Justice Center
Lisa Foster is co-founder and co-director of the Fines and Fees Justice Center. Lisa is a retired judge and the former Director of the Office for Access to Justice at the United States Department of Justice. As a California Superior Court Judge in San Diego, where she served for ten... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 2

11:45am

Free Legal Answers (Invitation Only)
This is a networking session for ABA Free Legal Answers administrators.

Thursday May 9, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm
Skybox

11:45am

Immigration
Immigration is in the news on a daily basis. Join this networking session to share the latest issues and strategies.

Thursday May 9, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 9

11:45am

LGBT
Affinity group discussion

Speakers
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Dorothy Fernandez

Pro Bono Counsel, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Dorothy L. Fernandez is Pro Bono Counsel based in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster LLP. She is responsible for managing and promoting the participation of lawyers in the firm’s extensive pro bono program which includes, among other things, providing free legal services... Read More →
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Elizabeth Lewis

Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Elizabeth P. Lewis serves as the Firm’s Pro Bono and Community Service Partner. In this role, Elizabeth leads the Firm’s pro bono, community service and charitable giving initiatives. She works closely with the Firm’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee and senior management... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 4

11:45am

Right to Counsel
Discuss the latest efforts and news on the movement for a right to counsel in civil matters.

Speakers
avatar for John Pollock

John Pollock

Coordinator, National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel
John Pollock is a staff attorney for the Public Justice Center and has served for the past 10 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 →


Thursday May 9, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm
Rose

11:45am

Voting Rights
What are the hot issues in voting rights? Learn what is happening around the country and how advocates are supporting the right to vote.

Speakers
avatar for Harlene Katzman

Harlene Katzman

Pro Bono Counsel/Director, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Harlene Katzman is the Pro Bono Counsel and Director at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Prior to joining the Firm in 2008, Harlene was the Dean of the Center for Public Interest Law at Columbia Law School where she directed the school's mandatory Pro Bono Program as well as its public... Read More →
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Julie LaEace

Pro Bono Counsel and Firmwide Director of Pro Bono, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Julie LaEace is Pro Bono Counsel and Director of Pro Bono at Kirkland & Ellis. She joined the firm in 2007. Prior to joining Kirkland, Julie practiced employment law and employee benefits at two Chicago firms before transitioning to law firm management. In her pro bono role, LaEace... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Richards

Wendy Richards

Principal and Pro Bono Counsel, Miller Canfield
Wendy Richards is a Principal and Pro Bono Counsel at Miller Canfield in Detroit. Earlier in her legal career, Wendy focused on complex civil litigation including class actions, securities, and intellectual property matters. From 2013-2016, Wendy worked at a Detroit-based nonprofit... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 3

11:45am

Women's Reproductive Health
Examine the current issues surrounding women’s reproductive rights with your colleagues.

Speakers
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Katharyn Ivera Christian McGee

Pro Bono Counsel, Duane Morris LLP
Katharyn I. Christian McGee serves as Duane Morris' pro bono counsel and leads the firm-wide Pro Bono Program. Ms. McGee supervises and coordinates the firm's delivery of pro bono legal services, including outreach to bar associations, public interest organizations, and business entities... Read More →
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Marlene Halpern

Director of Pro Bono Services, Center for Reproductive Rights
Marlene joined the Center for Reproductive Rights in 2013 and is responsible for developing, maintaining, and expanding relationships with law firms to leverage effective legal support for U.S. and Global programs, as well as corporate legal needs. Since 2013, the total valuation... Read More →
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Katie Niejadlik

Senior Manager, Pro Bono Services, Center for Reproductive Rights
Katie joined the Center in 2019 and is responsible for managing and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Center for Reproductive Rights' Pro Bono team. Katie also plays a key role in developing strategy around Pro Bono’s ability to leverage a global legal network of pro bono... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 7

11:45am

Lunch and Affinity Groups
You have many options for how you can spend your extended lunch time during
the 2019 Equal Justice Conference. Regardless of how and with whom you’ll be
networking, grab lunch from the Ballroom Foyer on the second level; we’ll see you at
1:45 p.m. for the next round of workshop sessions.
Are you interested in participating in a stimulating facilitated discussion on one of the
hot topics facing our communities and constituencies? Try out one of these sessions:


• Fines and Fees, MARRIOTT SALON 2
• Immigration, MARRIOTT SALON 9
• Voting Rights, MARRIOTT SALON 3
• LGBT, MARRIOTT SALON 4
• Women’s Reproductive Rights, MARRIOTT SALON 7
• Disaster Legal Services/Recovery, MARRIOTT SALON 8
 AFFINITY GROUPS
• Free Legal Answers, SKYBOX (Invitation Only)
• California LSC Programs, FILLY
 • Right to Counsel, ROSE
 
And, if you just want to hang out with old friends, or meet new ones, find a
seat in one of the Marriott Ballrooms and start networking away!


Thursday May 9, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Foyer

1:30pm

Innovation, Data, and Promising Practices: Strengthening Capacity to Serve Older Adults
More than seven million seniors are living in poverty, and more than half of senior households experience at least one legal problem in a year. Across the country, advocates are employing innovative practices to more effectively serve and reach seniors living in poverty. This session will highlight innovative outreach methods, strategies to strengthen partnerships in the community, and explore new data collection systems to better understand the older adult population.

Speakers
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Sarah Galvan

Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
Sarah Galvan is a senior staff attorney at Justice in Aging, and works with the National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER). Under a contract with the Administration on Community Living, NCLER provides training, case consultation and technical assistance to the legal and aging... Read More →
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Eva LaManna

Program Specialist, Office of Elder Justice & Adult Protective Services
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Karen Nicolson

CEO, Center for Elder Law and Justice
Karen L. Nicolson, Esq. has been CEO of Center for Elder Law and Justice for the past sixteen years. In addition to direct civil legal services, CELJ is a trustee for the Western New York Coalition Pooled Trust for disabled persons in Western New York. Ms. Nicolson supervises the... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Rose

1:30pm

Using Data to Identify and Improve Delivery of Rural Legal Services
Legal Services Alabama (LSA) undertook a project to map poverty and free legal services offered to Alabama citizens. The data revealed that rural areas were significantly under-served, and LSA developed a plan to begin a Rural Economic Improvement Project. Presenters will provide guidance on utilizing data to identify needs and develop creative solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Forton

Michael Forton

Director of Advocacy, Legal Services Alabama
Michael Forton - Michael Forton has been the Director of Advocacy for Legal Services Alabama since 2016. Prior to that, Forton served as Managing Attorney of the Huntsville Office for six years. Prior to joining LSA in 2007, Forton worked at Florida Rural Legal Services and clerked... Read More →
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Farah Majid

Coordinating Project Attorney, Legal Services Alabama
Farah Majid has been the Coordinating Project Attorney for Legal Services Alabama's Rural Economic Improvement Project since 2018. Prior to that, Majid served as LSA's Consumer Lead attorney and as a Staff Attorney in Huntsville and Mobile Offices. Majid was hired at LSA in 2012... Read More →
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Jaffe S. Pickett

Deputy Director for Legal Services Alabama, Legal Services Alabama
Jaffe Pickett has been the Deputy Director for Legal Services Alabama since 2018 and has been the Director of Development since 2013. Prior to that, Pickett served as Director of Training, Call Center Director and Director of LSA's Elder Law Helpline. Pickett was hired at LSA in 2005... Read More →



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

1:30pm

Children’s Law Center, Inc.: Using Partnerships and Collaborations to Provide Access to Justice to Children and Youth.
This session will explore how CLC, a non-profit legal services organization, provides access to justice for children and youth by leveraging partnerships with juvenile public defenders, civil legal aid organizations, community service organizations, law schools, and private sector practitioners.

Speakers
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Amanda Bear

Managing Attorney, Children's Law Center
Amanda Bear is the Managing Attorney of the Children’s Law Center’s Lexington, Kentucky office, and the Co-Director of the Central Juvenile Defender Center. CLC is a unique non-profit legal organization providing legal advocacy to youth, and through education, training, and public... Read More →
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Acena Beck

Executive Director, Children's Law Center
Acena Beck is the Executive Director at the Children’s Law Center. She previously served as Managing Attorney and Deputy Director. Acena has extensive experience in family law and juvenile law and has represented clients in private practice and the non-profit sector. Acena earned... Read More →
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Amy E. Halbrook

Associate Dean for Experiential Learning_x000D_n & Director of the Children's Law Center Clinic, Northern Kentucky University
Amy E. Halbrook is the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Director of the NKU Chase Children's Law Center Clinic, a partnership between the College of Law and the Children's Law Center in Covington, Kentucky. Clinic students receive specialized instruction in child and family... Read More →
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Serene Holthe

Senior Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Counsel, National Juvenile Defender Center
Serena Holthe is a Senior Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Counsel with the National Juvenile Defender Center. She currently serves as Special Counsel, Post-Disposition. Her work primarily focuses on outreach, training, and technical assistance to improve the provision and quality of post-disposition... Read More →
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Howard Tankersley

Staff Attorney, Children's Law Center
Howard Tankersley joined the Children's Law Center in September of 2017 as a Staff Attorney. Prior to joining CLC, Howard graduated from Salmon P. Chase College of Law and has worked as a public defender, served as an Assistant County Attorney, and has worked in private practice in... Read More →
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Jean A. Deters Psy.D.

Director, Select Psychological Services
Jean A. Deters, Psy.D. directs Select Psychological Services, a private practice in Northern Kentucky. The primary focus of her practice is the assessment of and treatment for individuals, focusing on families adjusting to divorce or custody difficulties. She believes that all clients... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 10

1:30pm

50 New Tech Tips
Members of the legal aid technology community present 50 new technology tips! This fast-paced session will provide tips about free and low-cost tools, apps and software covering a broad range of topics that everyone can use.

Speakers
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David Bonebrake

Program Counsel for Technology, Legal Services Corporation
David Bonebrake is a program counsel for technology at the Legal Services Corporation and is responsible for helping manage LSC’s Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) Program. TIG funds innovative technology projects that improve quality and access to legal services across the country... Read More →
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Liz Keith

Program Director, Pro Bono Net
Liz is Program Director with Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice through legal empowerment, volunteer mobilization and transformative collaborations. Liz joined Pro Bono Net in 2004, working first as a LawHelp Circuit Rider supporting web-based... Read More →
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Glenn Rawdon

Senior Program Counsel, Legal Services Corporation
Glenn Rawdon is program counsel for technology with the Legal Services Corporation. He is responsible for helping legal services programs with their technology efforts and with the administration of the Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) program. Since the program started in 2000... Read More →
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Jane Ribadeneyra

Program Analyst for Technology, Legal Services Corporation
Jane Ribadeneyra joined the Legal Services Corporation in 2009 as a program analyst for the Technology Initiative Grant program. She oversees grant projects to develop and replicate technologies that improve client access to high-quality legal information and pro se assistance throughout... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Kentucky Ballroom Salon F

1:30pm

Core Online Tools Your Program and Courts Need to Know to Increase Access to Justice
This workshop will present core online tools that are well understood and how they are being used in variety of contexts to remove barriers to Justice.
We will show how well designed websites and online forms, supported with web chat tools in strong partnerships, can create new ways to serve areas of high demand, and deepen existing services and relationships. We will hear from rural programs and an urban Court on why and how they are using websites and forms to better serve those in need. One of the examples includes using online tools and case management integration in a Family Justice Center serving DV victims.

Speakers
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Vanessa Batters-Thompson

Managing Attorney, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
Vanessa Batters-Thompson is a managing attorney at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center. In her current role, Vanessa manages the Pro Bono Center's Advocacy & Justice Clinic, which each year matches over 300 low-income clients with pro bono attorneys from private law firms and the public... Read More →
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Marilyn Harp

Executive Director, Kansas Legal Services, Inc.
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 has represented thousands of low... Read More →
avatar for Claudia Johnson

Claudia Johnson

Program Manager, LawHelp Interactive Pro Bono Net
Claudia C. Johnson has been an innovator for 22 years starting the lawyer of the day project in eviction court in San Francisco (2000s), the Language Access Project at CLS, Philadelphia (1999). At Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland to design and created the Legal Advice Line. Claudia... Read More →
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Margaret Hamlett Shinn

Community Education & Pro Se Coordinator, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.
Margaret Hamlett has been the Community Education & Pro Se Coordinator for Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma since 2004. She develops, writes, and curates content for Legal Aid and the statewide web sites for clients (OKLaw.org) and advocates (ProBono.Net/OK); manages two current TIG... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 4

1:30pm

Educating Legislators about Legal Aid 2.0
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.

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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Colleen Cotter

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Colleen Cotter became executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland in 2005. She is a board member of Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Saint Luke’s Foundation, president of Greater Cleveland United Way Council of Agency Executives, and a member of Cleveland... Read More →
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Nikole Nelson

Executive Director, SCLAID Special Advisor, 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 12 offices and six Medical-Legal Partnerships and a staff of more than 60 scattered... Read More →
avatar for Jim Sandman

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 →
avatar for Betty Balli Torres

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 funding source for legal services to the poor, since October 2001. She has dedicated her professional career to public interest work. Betty started as a staff attorney... Read More →


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

1:30pm

Training the Equal Justice Warriors of the Future
Is legal education doing enough to train the next generation of equal justice warriors? In the first part of this session, we'll share the lessons learned from the collaboration between University of Arizona College of Law's Innovation for Justice Program and BYU Law's LawX legal design lab. These two legal education innovation initiatives teamed up in a fall course that tackled the problem of eviction across two jurisdictions, with an eye toward training students to create A2J solutions that scale. In the second half of the session, we'll flip the classroom and ask attendees to teach us: what should we be teaching students, so that they graduate ready to join your ranks and continue the fight for equal justice? And to make sure we're busting silos - we're bringing I4J and LawX students to the session.

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Butler

Stacy Butler

Director Innovation for Justice Program, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Stacy Butler directs the Innovation for Justice program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She has two decades of experience in community advocacy and expanding the reach of civil legal services for under-served populations. In 2017, she launched Step Up... Read More →
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Kimball Dean Parker

Director of LawX Legal Design Lab, Brigham Young University Law School
Kimball Dean Parker is the Director of LawX, the legal design lab at BYU Law School. Under his direction, LawX developed SoloSuit, an automated software that helps debt collection defendants answer a lawsuit in Utah. For his efforts to make the law accessible, Kimball received a Fastcase... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 7

1:30pm

ABA Free Legal Answers Live!
Pro Bono Service and Camaraderie -- what could be more fun! Grab your laptop or tablet, bring a cup of coffee and join your colleagues in the excitement of providing online pro bono service answering civil legal questions for low income residents of your state. Learn how easy it is to use ABA Free Legal Answers and make a difference at the same time. It’s easy to sign up and provide pro bono remotely. If you have not already done so, please visit ABAFreeLegalAnswers.org and click on "Volunteer Attorney Registration" to register your attorney account in advance.

Speakers
avatar for Tali K. Albukerk

Tali K. Albukerk

National Administrator, ABA Free Legal Answers, American Bar Association
Tali Albukerk works for the ABA Center for Pro Bono as the national administrator of ABA Free Legal Answers, an online legal clinic through which income-eligible clients can post civil legal services questions to be answered by pro bono attorneys from their state. Tali previously... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Tack

1:30pm

Building Real Estate Pro Bono Projects That Protect Vulnerable Communities
This presentation will profile an equal justice framework and provide practical tips for developing real estate and finance pro bono projects. Learn how to leverage private bar resources to serve low and moderate income and other vulnerable homeowners, with a goal of keeping individuals in their homes and their communities intact. Participants will learn how to identify threats to vulnerable communities, develop attorney skill sets needed to secure homeowner stability, and develop pro bono programs focused on keeping vulnerable individuals in their homes.

Speakers
avatar for Kurt M. Denk

Kurt M. Denk

Pro Bono Counsel, City Bar Justice Center
Kurt M. Denk is pro bono counsel at the City Bar Justice Center, an affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, where he serves as a liaison to law firms, corporate in-house counsel, and individual attorneys to support and staff pro bono cases originating from CBJC's dozen projects... Read More →
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K. Scott Kohanowski

Director, Homeowner Stability & LGBT Advocacy Projects, City Bar Justice Center
K. Scott Kohanowski directs the Homeowner Stability and LGBT Advocacy Projects at the City Bar Justice Center. Mr. Kohanowski has been working at the CBJC training attorneys, supervising placed cases with pro bono and staff attorneys, and providing direct legal services since 2010... Read More →
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Jamie Anne Porco

Associate Director of Professional Development and Pro Bono, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
In her role as associate director of professional development and pro bono programs at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, Jamie A. Porco works with firm leaders to develop and implement the firm's pro bono initiatives and lawyer training programs, the performance review processes... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Bluegrass 1

1:30pm

Engaging Corporate Law Departments in Bite-Sized Projects and Smaller Communities
Learn how to increase the capacity and support for legal aid programs by engaging corporate law departments in bite-size pro bono opportunities. Participants will learn about establishing effective partnerships between corporate law departments and legal aid programs to increase the support for practical pro bono projects in smaller communities. Hear real world examples from programs which have developed working partnerships.

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Barr

Adrian Barr

Managing Attorney, Prairie State Legal Services
Adrian Barr is the Managing Attorney of the Bloomington office of Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. In his role as Managing Attorney, Adrian supervises the delivery of no cost civil legal services to low-income people and seniors in McLean, Livingston, and Woodford counties. Upon... Read More →
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MaCharri Vorndran-Jones

Assistant General Patent Counsel, Eli Lilly and Company
MaCharri Vorndran-Jones is Assistant General Patent Counsel at Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, Indiana. MaCharri chairs Lilly's Pro Bono Leadership Committee, and has been a member of Lilly's Pro Bono Committee for over 10 years. MaCharri led the first Wills for Heroes Indiana... Read More →
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Sharon W. Ware

Associate General Counsel, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Sharon Ware is Associate General Counsel at State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. Prior to her current role, she served as Lead Counsel in the Claim Litigation Section. Formerly, she also served as Managing Attorney for the Atlanta Claim Litigation Counsel Office. Sharon... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Bluegrass 2

1:30pm

Legal Services for Trafficking Survivors: Best Practices in Pro Bono Partnerships
This program will explore successful pro bono partnerships in the delivery of legal services to trafficking survivors. Panelists will offer suggestions on creating and maintain trafficking-related pro bono programs as well as tips and best practices for both the legal services providers as well as their law firm pro bono partners.

Speakers
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Nagwa Ibrahim

Managing Attorney, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
Nagwa Ibrahim is the Managing Attorney at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking were she leads a team of 6 attorneys providing direct legal services to the largest number of survivors of human trafficking in the United States. Clients including US citizen, foreign nationals... Read More →
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Carolyn M. Kim

Senior Attorney, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
Carolyn Kim is a Senior Attorney at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking in Los Angeles, CA. As a Senior Attorney, she provides training and technical consult to legal and social service providers across the United States on comprehensive legal services for trafficking survivors... Read More →
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Jessica L. Kitson

Managing Attorney, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
Jessica Kitson is the Managing Attorney at Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, where she oversees the New Jersey Human Trafficking Victims' Legal Assistance Program. She is also an adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School, where she has taught seminars on domestic violence law and human... Read More →
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Jennifer L. Kroman

Director of Pro Bono Practice, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Jennifer Kroman is Director of Pro Bono Practice at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, a global law firm. She manages the firm's broad array of pro bono matters and develops and strengthens Cleary's relationships with public interest and legal services partners. Since 2011, Jennifer... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 2

1:30pm

Reach Diverse Populations through Adaptation of the MLP Model
Reaching diverse populations requires innovation. The Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) model is a proven community lawyering initiative. While designed for the healthcare system, elements are transferable to other systems and populations typically served by Legal Aid. Learn the models’ core elements, how it promotes client-focused services and outcomes, and strategies for adaptation more broadly in a Legal Aid organization.

Speakers
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Rose Carmen Goldberg

Supervising Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Rose Carmen Goldberg is a Supervising Staff Attorney and former Skadden Fellow at Swords to Plowshares. She directs a Medical-Legal Partnership with the Oakland Vet Center, a partnership that integrates legal services and mental health treatment for veterans. She specializes in helping... Read More →
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Ann C. Mangiameli

Managing Attorney, Health, Education & Law Project at Legal Aid of Nebraska
Ann C. Mangiameli, JD, is the Managing Attorney of the Health, Education & Law Project (HELP) at Legal Aid of Nebraska. HELP partners with eight health care systems throughout the State of Nebraska. These health care systems include eleven hospitals, three ambulatory clinics, and... Read More →
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Krista Selnau

Fellowships portfolio manager, Equal Justice Works
Krista Selnau is a Fellowships portfolio manager at Equal Justice Works, where she oversees Fellows and Fellowship sponsors on the East Coast and serves as EJW's resident MLP expert. Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, Krista founded and managed the Veterans Medical-Legal Partnership... Read More →
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Kelly Shaw-Sutherland

Director of Research and Evaluation, Legal Aid of Nebraska
Kelly Shaw-Sutherland, MPA, is the Director of Research and Evaluation at Legal Aid of Nebraska where she leads all internal and external research and evaluation efforts. As a trained social science researcher and evaluator, she has spent over the past 13 years working collaboratively... Read More →



Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Kentucky Ballroom Salon C-D

1:30pm

Outcomes-Based Financing for Civil Legal Aid: If Not Now, When?
A conversation exploring the use of outcomes as a base for funding civil legal services. The panel will present Social Finance’s research on the feasibility of Pay for Success (PFS) models to expand civil access to justice using outcomes or performance-based financing structures that direct public and private dollars to what works. Will committing to outcomes force us to focus? Will it invite creaming? Is there even an evidence-base for our work? The use of outcomes data for funders and for focusing our mission, vision and staff will also be explored.

Speakers
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Navjeet K. Bal

Managing Director and General Counsel, Social Finance (US)
Navjeet K. Bal is Managing Director and General Counsel at Social Finance. She is responsible for working with the Social Finance team to develop and execute innovative financings that bring together the public, private and non-profit sectors to promote solutions to social needs... Read More →
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Matthew Burnett

Policy Officer, Open Society Foundations
Matthew Burnett is a policy officer with the Open Society Justice Initiative, where he focuses on legal empowerment, technology, and innovative financing. Previously, Burnett was director of the Immigration Advocates Network, a groundbreaking collaboration among leading immigrant... Read More →
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Lillian Moy

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
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 directors of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and past chair... Read More →
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Holly Stevens

Director of Evaluation and Learning, Children's Law Center
As the Director of Evaluation and Learning, Holly designs and implements large-scale program assessments and assists the leadership team in making data-driven practice changes to benefit clients and their families. Prior to joining Children’s Law Center in 2012, Dr. Stevens served... Read More →


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

1:30pm

State Funding Roundtable
This session will focus on efforts to raise state legislative funding for civil legal aid. Roundtable participants will have an opportunity to share ideas and strategies being used for state funding efforts during 2019. They will also hear about the new ABA data collection process used to support state legislative efforts and hear about available technical assistance and training resources to bolster revenue enhancement efforts.

Speakers
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Jennifer Bentley

Executive Director, Michigan State Bar Foundation
Jennifer Bentley has served as the Executive Director of the Michigan State Bar Foundation since January 2017. The Foundation provides leadership and funding to advance access to justice for the poor and improve the administration of justice. Upon graduating from law school in 1997... Read More →
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Shubi Deoras

Director, ABA Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives, American Bar Association
Shubhangi (Shubi) Deoras is an attorney licensed in Illinois and currently serves as the Director of the ABA Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives and Associate Counsel for the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (SCLAID). She held the position... Read More →
avatar for April Faith-Slaker

April Faith-Slaker

Associate Director of Research Innovations, Harvard Access to Justice Lab
April Faith-Slaker is the Associate Director of Research Innovations at the Harvard Access to Justice Lab. In this role, she conducts randomized control trial studies of various access to justice topics. Prior to working at the Lab, she served as Director of the Resource Center for... Read More →
avatar for Don Saunders

Don Saunders

Senior Vice President, Policy, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Don 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 Corporation... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Kentucky Ballroom Salon A-B

1:30pm

When Tenants Are Sexually Harassed, What to Do and Who Can Help?
In this interactive session, hear from those who investigate and litigate allegations that tenants have been sexually harassed by landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, or others with control over housing. What are your options if your client reports sexual harassment? What protections are available under the federal Fair Housing Act?

Speakers
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R. Tamar Hegler

Deputy Chief, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, Department Of Justice, Civil RIghts Division
Ms. Hagler joined the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice almost 19 years ago, and currently is a Deputy Chief in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section. She supervises an active docket of investigations and litigation nationwide, enforcing federal laws prohibiting... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 8

3:00pm

Coffee Break - Sponsored by NLADA Insurance Program
Take a break and get coffee before the next session starts.

Thursday May 9, 2019 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Foyer

3:30pm

Getting to Meaningful Access to Justice for All: Lessons Learned from New York’s Justice for All Pilot
The Justice for All project provided funding to New York to create strategic action plan to provide effective assistance to 100% of those in need. This workshop will highlight the work of two pilot regions Suffolk and Monroe Counties to implement a strategy, the challenges faced and the lessons learned.

Moderators
avatar for Quisquella Addison

Quisquella Addison

LawHelpNY Program Director, Pro Bono Net
Quisquella, (pronounced Keese-kay-ya) joined Pro Bono Net as the LawHelpNY Program Director in July 2016. LawHelpNY, powered by Pro Bono Net, is an online platform for helping low-income New Yorkers solve their legal problems. Our mission is to provide and promote access to high-quality... Read More →

Speakers
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Helaine Barnett

NYS Permanent Commission on Access to Justice, Chair
Helaine M. Barnett has devoted her entire professional career to the provision of legal aid to the poor and in the pursuit of equal access to justice. In January 2004, she was appointed President of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in Washington, DC, the first legal aid attorney... Read More →
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Maria Dosso

Director of Communications and Volunteer Services, Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee
Maria Dosso is the Director of Communications and Volunteer Services at Nassau Suffolk Law Services (NSLS), one of the largest providers of free civil legal assistance on Long Island. She oversees NSLS"™ Legal Support Center for Advocates, the agency's pro bono programs, and coordinates... Read More →
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Tina Foster

Executive Director, Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County
Tina Monshipour Foster is the Executive Director of the Volunteer Legal Services Project (VLSP), a non-profit organization that provides civil legal services to low-income clients in Monroe County, NY. Tina is a long-time civil rights attorney and international human rights advocate... Read More →
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C. Kenneth Perri

Executive Director, Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
Since 2004, C. Kenneth Perri has served as the executive director of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation established to provide access to the justice system to low-income people and other vulnerable populations who have civil legal problems. LawNY... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Kentucky Ballroom Salon A-B

3:30pm

Legal Navigator: Creating Inclusive Justice Ecosystems in Alaska & Hawaii
Legal Navigator is a pilot project that brings together technology, content and community to help all people with civil legal needs more easily find a path forward. This workshop will highlight developments in this project’s novel collaborations with social services and community partners, innovative technology strategy, and initial testing results.

Moderators
avatar for Glenn Rawdon

Glenn Rawdon

Senior Program Counsel, Legal Services Corporation
Glenn Rawdon is program counsel for technology with the Legal Services Corporation. He is responsible for helping legal services programs with their technology efforts and with the administration of the Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) program. Since the program started in 2000... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sergio Alcubilla

Sergio Alcubilla

Director of External Relations, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
Sergio Alcubilla serves as the Director of External Relations for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and focuses his work on improving access to justice and increasing resources for Legal Aid's clients. Sergio helped implement Hawaii’s court based self-help centers and continues to... Read More →
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Amber Ivey

Manager - Civil Legal System Modernization Team, Pew Charitable Trusts
Amber Ivey is a manager of the civil legal system modernization team at Pew Charitable Trusts. In here role, she helps make the nation’s civil legal system more accessible and affordable to the public by working with courts and stakeholders to modernize systems with the most promising... Read More →
avatar for Liz Keith

Liz Keith

Program Director, Pro Bono Net
Liz is Program Director with Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice through legal empowerment, volunteer mobilization and transformative collaborations. Liz joined Pro Bono Net in 2004, working first as a LawHelp Circuit Rider supporting web-based... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 10

3:30pm

Preparing Legal Aid for the Law Students of Tomorrow
Through classes, clinics, and labs, law students around the country are learning how to use technology to develop tools that help increase access to justice. The legal aid community should be well prepared to fully utilize these unique skill sets as law students enter the legal aid community.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Agate

Sara Agate

Future Lawyer 2019, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Sara Agate has been embracing tech for several years in telehealth as a thought-leader on how urban communities face similar access to healthcare services issues as rural areas. She joins the legal tech space with a focus on bridging the gap between health, law, and tech. She is on... Read More →
avatar for Stacy Butler

Stacy Butler

Director Innovation for Justice Program, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Stacy Butler directs the Innovation for Justice program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She has two decades of experience in community advocacy and expanding the reach of civil legal services for under-served populations. In 2017, she launched Step Up... Read More →
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Anna Steele

Director of Consulting, Just-Tech
As Just-Tech Director of Consulting, Anna works with legal service providers to develop and implement strategic technologies that are in line with their unique needs. A former legal services technologist, Anna values the strong connection between technology and access to justice and... Read More →
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Miguel Willis

LSAC Presidential Innovation Fellow, Law School Admission Council
Miguel Willis currently serves as the inaugural LSAC Presidential Innovation Fellow. Where he oversees Access to Justice Tech Fellows Program, which he founded while obtaining his JD from Seattle University School of Law. The Fellows Program pairs law students with legal services... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 4

3:30pm

Beyond #MeToo : Empowering Survivors and Their Allies with the Law
The #MeToo movement revealed how survivors struggle to obtain justice through the legal system. This session explores ways in which legal professionals can become trusted intermediaries between survivors and courts. It is aimed at community lawyers, frontline workers and allies hoping to play their part in the post-#MeToo era.

Speakers
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Sophie Gagnon

Executive Director, Juripop
Sophie Gagnon is Executive Director at Juripop, a legal clinic promoting access to justice in Quebec. Juripop was one of the first legal responders during the #MeToo movement and is now operating Quebec's first legal resource center dedicated to victims of sexual and psychological... Read More →
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Diana Toffa

Project Manager, Éducaloi
Diana works at Éducaloi, a leader in the movement to improve access to justice in Quebec and helping citizens understand their legal rights and responsibilities. As a project coordinator, Diana develops and manages several types of projects for different population groups. She holds... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 7

3:30pm

3:30pm

Co-Developing Access to Justice Tech: Collaborative Design Thinking
From Google to Twitter to Uber, all great digital product teams have learned how to apply design thinking to solve problems efficiently. But what about pro bono teams? In this session, panelists will outline the co-development process leveraged by Paladin and Dentons to collaboratively design and develop a tech-driven pro bono platform, focusing on intelligent case intake and distribution. Panelists will also share lessons learned from over a dozen research sessions with pro bono coordinators, legal aid organizations, attorneys, and others in the ecosystem. Finally, panelists will brainstorm with the audience on how to use some of these tools effectively in their own organizations.

Speakers
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Adam Meisel

Creative Director, Paladin
Adam Meisel, Creative Director, Paladin: Adam is an award-winning product design and branding veteran, having worked with clients such as ESPN, Bloomberg, PwC, and Sony Music before making the jump to the startup world. Adam was a founding team member at Justworks, where he helped... Read More →
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Katherine Shank

Deputy Director, LAF
Katherine Shank, Deputy Director, LAF: Katherine W. Shank is the Deputy Director at LAF. Kate is responsible for identifying and managing organizational issues regarding recruitment, hiring and retention of legal staff, development and implementation of program policy, support of... Read More →
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Kristen Sonday

Co-Founder/COO, Paladin
Kristen Sonday, Co-Founder/COO, Paladin: Kristen Sonday is the co-founder and COO of Paladin, which helps legal teams run more efficient pro bono programs while increasing access to justice. In her role, she works with Fortune 500s, law firms, law schools, and bar associations to... Read More →
avatar for Ben Weinberg

Ben Weinberg

Pro Bono Partner, Dentons Global
As Pro Bono partner, Ben works with Dentons' Global and US Pro Bono Committees and with firm-wide and regional leadership to manage the Firm's substantial pro bono program. In addition, Ben helps develop new pro bono initiatives with legal aid providers, nonprofits and NGOs. He encourages... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 2

3:30pm

Eighteen Ways Courts Should Use Technology to Better Serve Their Customers
Courts and other A2J entities traditionally use technology to address their own internal needs. A new publication from IAALS changes the conversation to focus on technologies that meet the needs of their customers. Eighteen topics, with examples, including an introduction to the new Joint Technology Committee component model software standard.

Speakers
avatar for John M. Greacen

John M. Greacen

Principal, Greacen Associates, LLC
Currently a principal of Greacen Associates, LLC, Mr. Greacen wrote the seminal article on the difference between legal information and legal advice for court staff in 1995 and continues to publish regularly on the topic. He was editor of the California Benchbook on Self-Represented... Read More →
avatar for Angela Tripp

Angela Tripp

Director, Michigan Legal Help Program
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 15 affiliated Self-Help Centers around the state. In 2018, more than 1.2 million people visited the MLH... Read More →
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Dan Wallis

Trial Court Administrator, 22nd Judicial Circuit
James “Dan” Wallis became the trial court administrator for the Twenty Second Judicial Circuit of McHenry County, Illinois in December, 2008. As court administrator Dan is responsible for all aspects of the court’s operation including strategic planning, caseflow management... Read More →


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

3:30pm

All Rise for Civil Justice - The New Digital Storytelling Campaign
Perceptions of the civil legal system and the kinds of cases it handles are commonly outdated or just plain wrong. Well-told stories (e.g. sans the legal gobbledygook) are arguably our most powerful tools for helping people understand the role of civil justice in solving many of the biggest problems communities face. All Rise for Civil Justice, Voices for Civil Justice’s new storytelling campaign, aims to help us all use stories effectively in this digital age we live in. Come learn about the All Rise campaign to see how its tools and resources can help you tell powerful stories.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Arledge

Elizabeth Arledge

Deputy Director, Voices for Civil Justice
Elizabeth is deputy director of Voices for Civil Justice. She has worked in nonprofit communications, fundraising, training, and program development for... a lot of years. Since 2000 her focus has been helping civil legal aid organizations grow their communications capacity. Before... Read More →
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Sam Scarrow

Media Relations Manager, Voices for Civil Justice
Sam elevates human stories of the crises people face when seeking justice in civil court. He brings a keen sense of what editors and media gatekeepers look for in a story and builds the capacity of civil legal aid organizations to communicate to key local and national audiences. Sam... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Kentucky Ballroom Salon C-D

3:30pm

Strategic, Scenario Planning: How to Move Your Civil Legal Aid Firm Forward
This workshop will address current examples in strategic planning and scenario planning; what is the difference? How will either move your legal aid firm forward? What are new ways to engage and gain insights for an adaptive strategic or scenario plan? What is the right level of staff and board involvement? We will consider the planning processes used at a number of legal aid programs so that audience members will get a sampling of what is most current. Key priorities at programs include succession planning, race equity and increasing our impact.

Speakers
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Lillian O. Johnson

Executive Director, Community Legal Services, Arizona
Lillian Johnson serves as the Executive Director of Community Legal Services, a position she has held since 1982 after relocating to Phoenix from the Chicago area. In her position as Executive Director, Lillian is responsible for the administration and oversight of Arizona's largest... Read More →
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Aurora Martin

Founder, popUPjustice
Aurora served up justice for nearly 20 years in legal aid as a public interest lawyer who grew up from intern to executive director at Columbia Legal Services. During her tenure, she led Columbia's transformation to become a creative social justice advocacy organization with a mission... Read More →
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Lillian Moy

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
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 directors of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and past chair... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 1

3:30pm

Clinic Is Not a Four Letter Word, Part 2: Lessons Learned One Year Later
At the 2018 EJC, our colleagues put forth a convincing case for the utility of legal clinics. But what does hosting a legal clinic actually entail? In this session, we will delve into what we have learned about preparing for, managing, and providing ongoing support structures for different kinds of clinics. Participants will brainstorm potential solutions to challenges that may arise in the clinic setting.

Speakers
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Chelsea Sahai

Immigration Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, LSNYC
Chelsea began her career as an immigration attorney, specializing in family-based petitions, removal defense, and federal appeals. She transitioned to Associate Counsel at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she worked with the immigration practice group in the Clinical Law... Read More →
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Stephanie Turner

Pro Bono Manager/Attorney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Stephanie Turner is the Pro Bono Manager/Attorney in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where she helps to oversee a large pro bono program. Prior to joining Skadden, she was a litigation associate at Cooley and served as a law clerk on the Eastern District... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 8

3:30pm

Justice and a Bus? Urban to Rural Delivery Strategies.
This session will bring together perspectives from organizations that are bridging rural legal needs and urban pro bono resources - primarily through transportation but also testing other tactics. We will present lessons learned and best practices, followed by a group-wide conversation about effective implementation of these strategies and the concept of a national network to connect professionals working on these projects.

Speakers
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Jayme Cassidy

Legal Services of Greater Miami
Jayme always knew that she had a passion to help people. From an early age she was taught that "strong people don't put each other down, they lift each other up." Jayme was raised by her single parent mom, a retired Air Force Veteran. Her mom worked hard to provide Jayme a great education and she was determined to do something important with that gift. Jayme received the Pro Bono Service Award when she graduated from Seton Hall College of Law... Read More →
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Joshua B. Crabtree

Executive Director, Legal Aid of the Bluegrass
Joshua Crabtree is the Executive Director of Legal Aid of the Bluegrass (LABG). Prior to joining LABG, Joshua, was the long time managing attorney of the Children's Law Center. At LABG, Joshua will lead the mission and vision of an organization dedicated to providing civil legal assistance... Read More →
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Julia Wilson

Chief Executive Officer, OneJustice
As Chief Executive Officer, I am responsible for leading OneJustice's statewide network of 100+ nonprofit legal organizations, law firms, law schools, and businesses that together provide life-changing legal assistance to over 270,000 low-income Californians each year. In addition... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Bluegrass 1

3:30pm

Responding to the Opioid Crisis and Helping Crime Victims: Civil Legal Aid and Federal Funding
What does civil legal aid have to do with responding to the opioid crisis and helping crime victims? A lot. Legal aid providers help victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, identity theft, wage theft, financial fraud, human trafficking, child abuse and neglect, and so much more. Legal aid also has a critical role to play helping children and their caregivers when a parent has a substance use disorder, and in helping people with a SUD in their recovery. This session will provide a general overview of federal funding opportunities with a focus on the opioid crisis and crime victims. Panelists will share information, the latest trends, and experiences tapping into funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, as well as other federal funding streams to support this important work.

Speakers
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Michael Figgins

Executive Director, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.
Michael Figgins has spent 35 years of his legal career providing civil legal services to low-income persons. He is currently executive director of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. (LASO), a statewide civil legal services program with 140 attorneys in 20 offices throughout Oklahoma... Read More →
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Karen Lash

Director of the Justice in Government Project, American University's School of Public Affairs Justice Programs Office
As a political appointee in the Obama Administration, Karen A. Lash served in leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Access to Justice (ATJ) and as the first Executive Director of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR). Karen conceptualized... Read More →
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Kathrina S. Peterson

Acting Deputy Director, Department of Justice
Kathrina S. Peterson, J.D., LL.M., currently serves as Acting Deputy Director over the State Compensation and Assistance Division, where she oversees the Office for Victims of Crime's (OVC) state formula funding programs. Kathrina continues to advise the OVC Director on legislative... Read More →
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Radhika Singh

Chief, Civil Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Radhika is the chief of the civil legal services division at NLADA, working with civil legal aid providers across the country. She also leads NLADA's Project to Advance Civil Legal Aid Collaborations, which advocates for funding and policies that support civil legal aid’s role... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Bluegrass 2

3:30pm

Housing, Not Handcuffs: Criminalization of Homelessness & Constructive Alternatives
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.

Speakers
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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
Marriott Ballroom Salon 9

5:00pm

NLADA Tech Section
For legal technologists

Thursday May 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Filly

5:30pm

NAPBPro Annual Meeting
Join the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals (NAPBPro) for their annual business meeting.

Thursday May 9, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Skybox

6:00pm

EJC Host Committee Reception
We encourage everyone to mingle with your colleagues at this social event.
Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Museum access, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Music by Dynasax Quartet
Walking directions—from the Hyatt and Marriott hotels:
• Walk out of hotel and head west on Jefferson St.
• Take a right on 4th St.
• Take a left on Main St.
• Turn right on 6th St. and you will see the Ali Center to the left.
• Take the large set of stairs or elevator to enter in through the Ali Center Main Lobby.
Mobility limited attendees should visit Onsite Registration for transportation options.

Thursday May 9, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Muhammad Ali Center
 
Friday, May 10
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Join us for a continental breakfast to start your day.

Friday May 10, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Marriott Ballroom Foyer

7:30am

Conference Registration and Exhibitor Showcase
Check in to pick up your badge, program book and bag.

Friday May 10, 2019 7:30am - 5:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Foyer 5-6

8:30am

Disaster Legal Tech: How Remote Services Technology and Other Online Resources Can Help Disaster Survivors
Disaster survivors face an urgent need for legal assistance. The majority of federal aid applications are denied, and most applicants cannot access a lawyer to appeal. This session will highlight remote services technology and other online resources to mobilize volunteers and scale pro bono assistance after a disaster.

Speakers
avatar for Claudia Johnson

Claudia Johnson

Program Manager, LawHelp Interactive Pro Bono Net
Claudia C. Johnson has been an innovator for 22 years starting the lawyer of the day project in eviction court in San Francisco (2000s), the Language Access Project at CLS, Philadelphia (1999). At Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland to design and created the Legal Advice Line. Claudia... Read More →
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Jess Penkoff

Pro Bono & Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, Pro Bono Net
Jess is an attorney with a background in civil legal aid - prior to joining Pro Bono Net in 2018, Jess provided full-time eviction defense to low income tenants in Brooklyn, and represented victims of Superstorm Sandy in their disaster recovery efforts. As the Pro Bono & Strategic... Read More →
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Laren Spirer

Director of Pro Bono Programs and Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School
Laren E. Spirer is an attorney with extensive experience and relationships in the pro bono legal community. Most recently, she was the Pro Bono Manager at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she assisted associates and partners in identifying and pursuing projects with numerous not-for-profit... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 2

8:30am

Expanding Our Reach: The Future of Rural Service Delivery
Partnering for Native Health is a multi-state collaborative project serving members of over 100 tribal nations in some of the most isolated and rural communities in the country. Panelists will discuss their project and their vision for the future that integrates post-secondary education, health care, legal aid and technology to build a community-based, culturally-appropriate legal extender network that empowers communities and provides access to justice to people living in places as far flung as Tuba City, Navajo Nation to the native Village of Selawick, Alaska.

Speakers
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Sarah Carver

Attorney, Project Coordinator, Pro Bono Training Academy, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Sarah Carver began her legal career in 2010 as a staff attorney for Alaska Legal Services in the rural Nome, Alaska office. In her role as a staff attorney she consulted with tribes on ICWA cases. In 2015 she transitioned to a new position as the project coordinator for ALSC's Pro... Read More →
avatar for Liz Keith

Liz Keith

Program Director, Pro Bono Net
Liz is Program Director with Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice through legal empowerment, volunteer mobilization and transformative collaborations. Liz joined Pro Bono Net in 2004, working first as a LawHelp Circuit Rider supporting web-based... Read More →
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Nikole Nelson

Executive Director, SCLAID Special Advisor, 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 12 offices and six Medical-Legal Partnerships and a staff of more than 60 scattered... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 3

8:30am

I Get Diversity, But What is Inclusion? Recognizing Bias in Legal Aid
This interactive workshop will examine the impact of implicit bias and explore how implicit bias manifests in our daily interactions. Strategies will address how implicit bias can manifest itself in the civil legal aid community and provide a framework for fostering and building inclusive and difficult dialogue.

Speakers
avatar for Dina Shafey Scott

Dina Shafey Scott

Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Legal Services Corporation
Dr. Dina Shafey Scott is the training and technical assistance manager with Legal Services Corporation. While at LSC, Dr. Shafey Scott is creating and managing the new Legal Services learning platform for grantees and other stakeholders in the Legal Aid field. Dr. Shafey Scott has... Read More →
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Rhodia Thomas

Executive Director, MidPenn Legal Services
Rhodia Thomas is the executive director of MidPenn Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm that provides civil legal services to low-income individuals and domestic violence survivors in 18 counties in central-Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University and received... Read More →
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Miguel Willis

LSAC Presidential Innovation Fellow, Law School Admission Council
Miguel Willis currently serves as the inaugural LSAC Presidential Innovation Fellow. Where he oversees Access to Justice Tech Fellows Program, which he founded while obtaining his JD from Seattle University School of Law. The Fellows Program pairs law students with legal services... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Bluegrass 1

8:30am

Centralizing and Specializing Legal Services: TurboTax for Bankruptcy
Upsolve is the first national technology-enabled direct legal services nonprofit. We hope to share our story and learning from getting off the ground over the last three years. Combining the power of attorneys and technology, we allow anyone in the country to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy for free.

Speakers
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Rohan Pavuluri

Executive Director/Co-Founder, Upsolve
Rohan Pavuluri is the co-founder and CEO at Upsolve, a technology-enabled national legal services nonprofit that provides low-income people with free bankruptcy assistance across the country. Rohan is a member of the Legal Services Corporation's Emerging Leaders Council and the American... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Sanchez

Kimberly Sanchez

CEO, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc.
Kimberly Sanchez is the chief executive officer of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida. After graduating from the University of Miami School of Law in 2005, she began her legal career in the public interest unit with Legal Services of Greater Miami. After years in private practice... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Rose

8:30am

Oh the Places That You'll Go! Strategic Pro Bono Planning Roadmap
How can you get to Great Places without a road map? Participants, with the help of Dr. Seuss’ library & facilitators, will start outlining the road map, including pitfalls, to creating a strategic pro bono plan that’s intentional, collaborative & transformative for the local pro bono ecosystem.

Speakers
avatar for Ericka Garcia

Ericka Garcia

CEO & Co-Founder, Collaborative Justice Partners
Ericka Garcia is the CEO and Co-Founder of Collaborative Justice Partners. CJP works with non-profits striving to reduce the justice gap by building collaborative relationships and breaking down barriers to promote social, racial, and economic justice to uplift communities. Ericka... Read More →
avatar for Julia Wilson

Julia Wilson

Chief Executive Officer, OneJustice
As Chief Executive Officer, I am responsible for leading OneJustice's statewide network of 100+ nonprofit legal organizations, law firms, law schools, and businesses that together provide life-changing legal assistance to over 270,000 low-income Californians each year. In addition... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 1

8:30am

Strategic Advocacy against Automated System Bias
We will discuss the variety of automated systems that may affect your community and provide specific examples of how those systems are used to make civil and criminal justice decisions. We will focus on strategic advocacy to address the ways in which these systems succeed and fail.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Dorn-Gulotta

Anna Dorn-Gulotta

Chief Strategy Officer, Komengé © LLC
As a legal aid attorney and President of the Attorney Union, Anna Dorn-Gulotta participated in the organization's: strategic planning and development of key performance indicators and outcomes; core values creation and implementation; and staff development and training. Anna's undergraduate... Read More →
avatar for Alex Gulotta

Alex Gulotta

CEO, Kōmĕngé Consulting
With more than 24 years of experience as an executive director of legal aid organizations in Virginia and California, Alex Gulotta has substantial experience in the access to justice community. In addition to his service as an executive director, he has acted as a consultant in a... Read More →
avatar for Kevin De Liban

Kevin De Liban

Economic Justice Practice Group Leader, Legal Aid of Arkansas
Kevin De Liban manages the Economic Justice practice group of Legal Aid of Arkansas, working with low-income Arkansas to address legal issues involving health, employment, safety net benefits, and education. He also regularly represents individuals facing domestic violence. With Legal... Read More →
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Julia Simon-Mishel

Supervising Attorney, Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Julia Simon-Mishel is the Supervising Attorney of the Unemployment Compensation Unit at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), where she represents low-wage workers in unemployment compensation (UC) cases. Julia has represented over 400 clients and has an active appellate practice pursuing... Read More →
avatar for David Udell

David Udell

Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law
David Udell is the founder and executive director of the National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law School, a research and policy advocacy organization that works with data to expand justice in the United States. David leads all of NCAJ’s justice system reform initiatives... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 8

8:30am

A Multi-Tiered Approach to Providing Access to the Courts by People in Prison
Prisoners have a large unmet need for legal services, and extraordinary difficulty in connecting with counsel willing to represent them. This panel will explore a multi-tiered approach to addressing this unmet need, including court appointment of and support for lawyers, pro bono representation, not-for-profit advice and mentoring, and private lawyers either working on a contingent fee basis or charging modest fees. Participants will leave with a broader understanding of the legal needs of those in prison and concrete steps to design a more robust system to meet those legal needs.

Speakers
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Greg Belzley

Attorney, Belzley, Bathurst & Bentley
Greg is an honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, and has been a successful trial lawyer for almost 35 years. While a partner at the Louisville law firms of Woodward, Hobson & Fulton, Frost Brown Todd, and Dinsmore & Shohl, he was involved in virtually all types... Read More →
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Nicole Godfrey

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Nicole B. Godfrey is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (DU Law). At DU Law, Nicole teaches in the Civil Rights Clinic (CRC), an in-house clinic where students represent clients on prisoners'€™ rights and police misconduct... Read More →
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Greg McConnell

Senior Pro Bono Counsel, Winston & Strawn
Greg McConnell serves as Winston & Strawn's senior pro bono counsel. Under his direction, the firm has annually ranked among the top 25 law firms in The American Lawyer pro bono rankings. Winston and its lawyers have been recognized with more than 90 awards for its service during... Read More →
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Alan Mills

Executive Director, Uptown People's Law Center
Alan Mills is the Executive Director of Uptown People's Law Center, a nonprofit community legal clinic located on the North Side of Chicago which fights on behalf of tenants, the disabled, and prisoners in Illinois. UPLC currently has seven class action lawsuits filed against the... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Bluegrass 2

8:30am

Shark Tank: Pro Bono Innovation Fund Edition
The Pro Bono Innovation Fund Shark Tank will invigorate entrepreneurship and replication in legal aid pro bono. Four Pro Bono Innovation Fund grantee “Innovators” have been selected to inspire you to do pro bono more efficiently and effectively with meaningful client impact. Innovators will pitch a breakthrough product, concept, or service from their Pro Bono Innovation Fund projects for the chance to star in the next LSC Pro Bono Innovation Lab. Audience members will be the Sharks, whose job it is to identify the most promising replications that the Pro Bono Innovation Fund has to offer. Sharks will bring the perspective of diverse pro bono models and communities across the country, and will sink their teeth into Innovators’ ideas to test the strength and viability of replication. This session will use Poll Everywhere to capture live results to select the Shark Tank winner and allow the audience to provide feedback to each Innovator.

Speakers
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Jennifer Cuesta

Grant Attorney for the Pro Bono Innovation Fund Grant, Colorado Legal Services
Jennifer Cuesta served as the grant attorney for Colorado Legal Services"™ Pro Bono Innovation Fund grant. Since the grant's completion, she has continued to develop and improve rural clinics and has begun working with the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project, a pro bono initiative... Read More →
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Adam Heintz

Director of Pro Bono Services, Legal Services NYC
Adam Heintz is LSNYC's Director of Pro Bono Services. Mr. Heintz works with staff and pro bono partners to create and manage pro bono projects, place cases, access in-kind resources, and match individual volunteers with appropriate LSNYC offices. Mr. Heintz also manages communications... Read More →
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Rachel Riemenschneider

VLP Administrative Assistant - ACT 2, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Rachel Riemenschneider has been the ACT 2 Administrative Assistant at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland since April 2016. Ms. Riemenschneider is responsible for the day-to-day work of the ACT 2 program, which engages late career and retired volunteers in pro bono activities. She... Read More →
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Kate White

Access to Services Manager, Legal Aid of West Virginia
Kate first came to Legal Aid of West Virginia in 2009, via a Skadden Fellowship, a national public interest law award. In her current role, she oversees LAWV's statewide Application Line which provides statewide client access to Legal Aid services. In addition, she also directs the... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 10

8:30am

Tapping into Tech: Strategies for Integrating Tech Tools into Pro Bono Recruitment and Retention
You already realize that technology needs to play a central role in mobilizing and supporting your pro bono volunteers. You’ve even selected some tech tools to support your program. But now you’re wondering, how do I use these tools most effectively? In this session, we will discuss strategies for effective use of tech tools for recruiting, organizing, managing, and retaining volunteers. Panelists will share how they are using tech to make it easier—and more enjoyable—for lawyers to take on pro bono work and mobilize volunteer lawyers towards pressing needs. Participants will be able to identify specific strategies they can employ in their own programs.

Speakers
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Nancy Anderson

Director of Pro Bono, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Nancy J. Anderson, Esq., director of Legal Mobilization and Pro Bono for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is responsible for the overall design, structure, strategy and implementation of large-scale impact civil rights projects, which utilize pro bono resources... Read More →
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Mike Grunenwald

Program Manager, Pro Bono Net
Mike joined Pro Bono Net in March 2015. Previously, Mike worked for several years at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, where he served as the lead on a variety of technology initiatives, including management of the probono.net/dc and LawHelp.org/DC websites and development of interactive... Read More →
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Jacek Pruski

Managing Director & General Counsel, We the Action
Jacek Pruski believes that ordinary people can do extraordinary things--and that coffee helps. Jacek has served as a lawyer in the Obama White House, as associate general counsel of the U.S. Department of Education, and as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil... Read More →
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Laurie Rashidi-Yazd

Pro Bono Director and Pro Bono Unit Managing Attorney, Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Laurie is the Pro Bono Director and Pro Bono Unit Managing Attorney at Atlanta Legal Aid Society where she oversees the firm's volunteer projects and public/private partnerships. An active member of the Georgia Bar Association, Cobb County Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Association... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 7

8:30am

The Intersection of Health Care and Immigration: Tackling the "Public Charge" Rule through Pro Bono Involvement
Health care and immigration have found themselves under attack in the Trump Administration. The new proposed "public charge" rule merges these two issues as it threatens health care for immigrant individuals and families. This session will highlight innovative ways nonprofits and law firms are working together to address these issues.

Speakers
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Scott Fishman

Partner and Director of Pro Bono, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Scot Fishman is a partner and Manatt's Director of Pro Bono. He is responsible for the firm's direct legal services, large impact projects, and small business and nonprofit matters. After a commercial litigation practice at a large New York law firm, Mr. Fishman began directing pro... Read More →
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Alvaro M. Huerta

Staff Attorney, National Immigrant Law Center
Alvaro M. Huerta works to defend and advance the rights of low-income immigrants and their family members through litigation, administrative advocacy, and community education. His practice includes litigation on due process, equal protection and civil rights, and challenging anti-immigrant... Read More →
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Mara Youdelman

Managing Attorney, National Health Law Program
Mara Youdelman is Managing Attorney of the National Health Law Program's Washington D.C. offices. Youdelman has worked at the National Health Law Program since 2000 on issues that include Medicaid, health reform, language access, racial and ethnic disparities, and data collection... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 9

8:30am

Gender-Based Violence Federal Legislative Update
We will review the current status and important (proposed) changes to the Violence Against Women Act, the Victims of Crime Act (assuming it is taken up before the session), and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act. We will also review the newly passed POWER Act (Pro bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018) and discuss implementation opportunities._x000D_
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Interactive

Speakers
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Rebecca Henry

Deputy Chief Counsel, ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence
Rebecca Henry is the deputy chief counsel of the Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence at the American Bar Association. Since joining the ABA, Rebecca has been actively involved in efforts to strengthen legal supports for survivors of gender-based violence, including the development... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 4

10:00am

Break
Take a break and get coffee before the next session starts.

Friday May 10, 2019 10:00am - 10:15am
Marriott Ballroom Foyer

10:15am

Creating and Managing Successful Eviction Diversion Programs
Legal Service Managers and Law School Clinic partners from Michigan and North Carolina will describe working models of Eviction Diversion programs and offer a road map to designing and managing programs that will function well in any type of legal and community environment.

Speakers
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Peter Gilbert

Supervising Attorney, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.
Peter Gilbert supervises the housing unit in the Durham Office of Legal Aid of North Carolina and the Eviction Diversion Program. He was graduated from the UNC School of Law in 2009 and Yale University in 2003. Prior to coming to Legal Aid in 2014, he worked for the UNC Center for... Read More →
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Elizabeth (Liza) Rios

Managing Attorney, Michigan Advocacy Program, LSSCM
Liza is the Managing Attorney for the Lansing Office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan and has been with the program for 10 years, specializing in housing law. Liza graduated from The University of Michigan with a BA in political science in 2001 and received her J.D. from... Read More →
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Donald Roberts

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid of Western Michigan
Donald Roberts is a graduate of Western Michigan University and the Detroit College of Law (Michigan State University College of Law) with over thirty years of experience as a community lawyer. Mr. Roberts"™ practice concentrates on poverty law with an emphasis on litigation in... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Rose

10:15am

Linking Victims and Civil Legal Services: Serving Underserved Populations through Partnership
Forging lasting partnerships among victim advocacy organizations is essential to linking victims and civil legal services. Learn how a civil legal aid program collaborated with area domestic violence and rape crisis shelters to craft an outreach program to link rurally isolated and impoverished victims of crime and interpersonal violence with services.

Speakers
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Sarah Capps Hayes

Director of Grants and Pro Bono, Kentucky Legal Aid
Sarah Capps Hayes is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Law. Sarah began her legal career in 2007 and clerked for Hon. Thomas D. Wingate, Franklin Circuit Court before joining Kentucky Legal Aid in 2008. Sarah represented victims of... Read More →
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Tori Hardin Henninger

Executive Director, Barren River Area Safe Space, Inc.
Tori received her bachelor and master degrees in Corporate and Organizational Communication from WKU in 2006 and 2009. She worked for the WKU Alumni Association for 10 years doing fundraising, event planning, volunteer coordination, and student engagement. She came to BRASS, Inc... Read More →
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Kristy Vick-Stratton

Staff Attorney/Outreach Coordinator, Kentucky Legal Aid
Kristy Vick-Stratton is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. She is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Vick-Stratton began her legal career in 2003 and clerked for the late Hon. Margaret... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 3

10:15am

Nonlawyer Navigators in State Courts: An Emerging Consensus
With the increasing number of self-represented litigants in the state courts, many people without legal help continue to face the danger of losing their families, their homes, and their livelihoods. Yet an array of solutions along a continuum of services are on the rise to help serve more litigants who lack representation so we can achieve 100% access to justice for all. One such innovation will be highlighted in this session. _x000D_
Panelists will share findings from a study of the Justice Lab at Georgetown University Law Center which undertook a national landscape survey of programs in the state courts that use “non-lawyer” navigator personnel who come from outside the court to help self-represented litigants with their civil legal problems. These programs are being encouraged/developed by judges and court staff, legal aid lawyers, other non-profit leaders and access to justice commissions. The panelists will share key dimensions of programs they identified and offer practical considerations for the design of programs. Panelists will welcome experiences from others who are attending the session who have run/created such navigator programs.

Speakers
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Mary E. McClymont

Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow of the Justice Lab, Georgetown University Law Center
Mary McClymont has held leadership positions in the non-profit, philanthropic and government sectors, focused on social justice, human rights and humanitarian issues in both the domestic and global arenas. Ms. McClymont is currently Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow, Justice Lab... Read More →
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Dr. Rebecca L. Sandefur

Faculty Fellow; Associate Professor of Sociology and Law, The American Bar Foundation; University of Illinois
Rebecca Sandefur studies access to civil justice from every angle "“ from how legal services are delivered and consumed, to how civil legal aid is organized around the nation, to the role of pro bono, to the relative efficacy of lawyers, nonlawyers and digital tools as advisers... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 1

10:15am

Advancing Equity from the Inside Out
While our organizations increasingly emphasize strategies to address racial inequities and center community priorities, how do we make sure we are walking our talk and not perpetuating inequities internally across dimensions like hiring and priority-setting? This interactive workshop will introduce tools to help participants kickstart an equity assessment and plan.

Speakers
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Janet Chung

Advocacy Director, Columbia Legal Services
Janet Chung is Advocacy Director at Columbia Legal Services (CLS), where she oversees and coordinates litigation, policy advocacy, and communications across all of CLS's five offices in Washington State. Prior to joining CLS Janet was Legal and Legislative Counsel at Legal Voice for... Read More →
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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 →
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Jennifer Werdell

Executive Director, JustLead Washington
Jennifer Werdell is Executive Director of JustLead Washington, an organization helping equity & justice-minded advocates and organizations across Washington State increase their capacity for doing good. JustLead offers training, consulting, and coaching support promoting leadership... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 4

10:15am

How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve LegalTech
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already transforming many service professions and law is no different. While AI-related techniques and tools continue to improve at a rapid pace and become more accessible, the challenge remains in identifying how AI can be put to practical use. In this session we will present a framework for evaluating where and how AI could be implemented in legal services and present examples and case studies. We will go beyond the current hype to look at what AI can do today, what it cannot, and when it makes sense to use it. AI is very powerful technology -- too powerful to leave it to only to the technologists. The legal services community needs to engage and embrace this new technology and play a part in envisioning how it can be used to take on some of challenges of improving access to justice.

Speakers
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IV Ashton

President & Founder, LegalServer/Houston.ai
IV Ashton has spent his 20-year legal career leveraging technology to increase access to justice for vulnerable populations throughout the World. Mr. Ashton began his legal career working internationally, applying technology to promote the rule of law. Mr. Ashton oversaw the development... Read More →
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Abhijeet Chavan

Senior Executive Advisor, Tyler Technologies
Abhijeet Chavan has over 20 years of technology consulting experience with public sector, higher education, and non-profit clients. Mr. Chavan was named to the Fastcase 50 list of global legal innovators in 2017. He regularly presents at conferences on access to justice and artificial... Read More →
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Angela Tripp

Director, Michigan Legal Help Program
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 15 affiliated Self-Help Centers around the state. In 2018, more than 1.2 million people visited the MLH... Read More →



Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 2

10:15am

Better Together: How Successful Collaborations Make Us Stronger and More Effective
This session will discuss how formal and informal cross-organization and institutional collaborations can be used in various ways to create community, leverage connections, and combine resources to achieve short or long term goals and increase access to justice. In using several successful public interest and private sector examples of established and new coalitions as case studies, we will look at how groups can multiply their impact by working with others towards a common goal. We will talk about the stories behind why these groups were established, their goals, how they accomplish the change they envision, and how these collaborations are sustained over time.

Speakers
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Annie Pineda

Director, Pro Bono, The Bronx Defenders
Annie Pineda is Director of Pro Bono at The Bronx Defenders, which provides holistic and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, immigration and civil legal services, social work support, and advocacy to indigent people of the Bronx. In her role, she is responsible for developing... Read More →
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Laren Spirer

Director of Pro Bono Programs and Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School
Laren E. Spirer is an attorney with extensive experience and relationships in the pro bono legal community. Most recently, she was the Pro Bono Manager at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she assisted associates and partners in identifying and pursuing projects with numerous not-for-profit... Read More →
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Ben Weinberg

Pro Bono Partner, Dentons Global
As Pro Bono partner, Ben works with Dentons' Global and US Pro Bono Committees and with firm-wide and regional leadership to manage the Firm's substantial pro bono program. In addition, Ben helps develop new pro bono initiatives with legal aid providers, nonprofits and NGOs. He encourages... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Bluegrass 1

10:15am

Ensuring Access to Justice in Rural Areas
What is "rural America"? And how can we ensure access to equal justice in these spaces? Recent scholarship and data on the rural access to justice crisis have drawn out lessons for the legal community, and increased national attention to the plights of rural communities drives momentum for initiatives that aim to address those plights. The panelists—all dedicated public interest attorneys and educators working on behalf of rural communities—will share the latest research on rural access to justice, discuss some challenges to providing for legal needs in rural areas, and highlight many innovations in rural practice—from criminal law to housing law—being tailored and implemented to address the legal needs of rural populations. We will focus particularly on the use of technology and legal education as catalysts for change.

Speakers
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Christopher Chavis

Program and Social Media Coordinator, Alliance for Lawyers and Rural America
Christopher Chavis is a rural legal researcher and writer who lives in Alexandria, Virginia. He is an alumnus of Dartmouth College and Michigan State University College of Law, and is a current MPA candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill. Christopher is a native of Rowland, North Carolina and... Read More →
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Amanda Kool

Director of Legal Operations, Commonwealth Commercialization Center
Amanda L. Kool is the Director of Legal Operations of the newly-formed Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3), an innovative partnership between state government and Kentucky's public universities and colleges to provide centralized resources to support the growth of new companies... Read More →
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Heather Scheiwe Kulp

Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator, New Hampshire Judicial Branch
Heather Scheiwe Kulp is the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the New Hampshire Judicial Branch and serves on the State's Access to Justice Commission. She earned her law degree from Northwestern Law School and began her legal career as a Skadden Fellow at Resolution... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 7

10:15am

Pro Bono Data Analytics for Improving Your Program and Expanding Funding
Many pro bono programs struggle with data collection and grant reporting. This session will explore cutting-edge data analytic techniques being applied in Florida and Virginia for evaluating and improving pro bono case output, volunteer lawyer recruitment, retention, and utilization, donated pro bono hours, and law firm fundraising. Participants will hear directly from developers of innovative new data analytic methods and learn how to apply these methods to their own program.

Speakers
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Karl A. Doss

Deputy Director, Legal Services Corporation of Virginia
Karl A. Doss is the Deputy Director of the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which develops, funds, coordinates and oversees the delivery of civil legal services to the poor in Virginia through the work of nine regional Legal Aid programs and a statewide support center comprising... Read More →
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Ericka Garcia

CEO & Co-Founder, Collaborative Justice Partners
Ericka Garcia is the CEO and Co-Founder of Collaborative Justice Partners. CJP works with non-profits striving to reduce the justice gap by building collaborative relationships and breaking down barriers to promote social, racial, and economic justice to uplift communities. Ericka... Read More →
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John E. Whitfield

Executive Director/General Counsel, Blue Ridge Legal Services
John Whitfield has served as the executive director of Blue Ridge Legal Services, the legal aid society serving the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, since 1989. Prior to becoming the executive director, he served as a summer law clerk, , a staff attorney, and supervising attorney since... Read More →
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Ken Smith Ph.D.

President, The Resource for Great Programs
Ken Smith is president of The Resource for Great Programs, a national consulting firm with offices in Michigan and Oregon. For more than 40 years, he has provided strategic research and data analytic services for civil legal aid programs, funders, and access-to-justice groups across... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Kentucky Ballroom Salon A-B

10:15am

Setting the Standard(s): Best Practices for Supervision of Domestic & Sexual Violence
e will give EJC attendees a "sneak peek" at our brand new product, a DOJ-OVW funded best practices guide for supervision of DSV attorneys both staff and volunteer. Through an engaging discussion we will work through the intersectional themes and suggestions of the best practices guide. We will share common examples and strategies for success and transformative leadership for multigenerational staff and volunteer attorneys working with vulnerable and traumatized clients.

Speakers
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Alicia Aiken

Director, Confidentiality Institute
Since 2011, Alicia Aiken has been the Executive Director of Confidentiality Institute, a national organization protecting crime victim privacy. Ms. Aiken and Confidentiality Institute specialize in developing and delivering targeted, entertaining & interactive training that empowers... Read More →
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Vivian Huelgo

Chief Counsel, ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence
Vivian Huelgo joined the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence as Chief Counsel in 2010. Under her leadership, the Commission has expanded its reach and solidified its mission to increase access to justice for victims of domestic & sexual violence by mobilizing... Read More →
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Jamie Perez

Safe and Stable Families Project Director, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
Jamie is the director of the Safe and Stable Families Project, which includes the Domestic Violence, Family Law, and Guardian ad Litem programs. Jamie currently serves as a member of the Fulton County Family Violence Task Force. Prior to joining AVLF, Jamie practiced family law at... Read More →
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Susheela Varky

Director, Center for Family Advocacy; Staff Attorney, Domestic and Sexual Violence, Virginia Poverty Law Center
Susheela Varky has been involved in the public interest arena for over 29 years. In DC, she gained national and local experience in housing and women's issues at organizations such as McAuley Institute, The National Housing Trust and Women Empowered Against Violence. In 1998, she... Read More →
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Matt Wilkins

Alaska Native Justice Center


Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 9

10:15am

Leading for Fundraising Success: What Every Executive Director Should Know
As the executive director, you are not expected to be the expert on fundraising. However, you are expected to be your organization’s leader on fundraising, and to be successful in that role there are things that you need to know and understand about how successful fundraising is accomplished. Come to this session to gain key fundraising knowledge and skills, including understanding your responsibilities, how to increase board member involvement, and how to hire and effectively support a development director. Two executive directors – one with decades of experience and one relatively new to the job – will share their insights.

Speakers
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Ana Cruz

Director of Development, Greater Boston Legal Services
Ana Cruz is the Director of Development at Greater Boston Legal Services, and is responsible for the oversight and direction of the organization’s fundraising and communications efforts. In her role, she supervises a talented and knowledgeable staff office, and works closely with... Read More →
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Jon Laramore

Executive Director, Indiana Legal Services
Jon has been Executive Director of Indiana Legal Services since 2015. ILS is a statewide, LSC-funded program with 8 offices, 135 staff, and a budget of $11.3 million. He began his career as a legal aid lawyer in Massachusetts, then worked as a government lawyer in Massachusetts and... Read More →
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Adrienne Worthy

Executive Director, Legal Aid of West Virginia
Adrienne Worthy is Executive Director of Legal Aid of West Virginia, a position she has held since 2001. She has more than 37 years of experience leading non-profit organizations, government agencies and special initiatives in West Virginia on health, environmental, consumer, literacy... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Bluegrass 2

10:15am

Economic Justice through Scam Prevention for Older Adults
Scams can devastate older adults, especially those who are economically disadvantaged. Learn from the FTC about trends, tips and tools to avoid scams. Then, hear from the Western Kentucky Elder Justice Coordinator and a Kentucky Legal Aid Executive Director about how to prevent scams against older adults in your community.

Speakers
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Bill Campbell

Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, WDKY
William F. Campbell has been an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky since 1988. He handles civil fraud cases, including Medicaid and Medicare fraud, as well as other affirmative litigation on behalf of the federal government. Mr. Campbell helps lead... Read More →
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Lisa Weintraub Schifferle

Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, Federal Trade Commission
Lisa Weintraub Schifferle is an attorney in the Federal Trade Commission's Division of Consumer & Business Education. At the FTC, she regularly leads trainings on identity theft, scams and cybersecurity. She has also litigated fraud and data security cases. Before arriving at the... Read More →
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Neva-Marie Scott

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society
Neva-Marie Polley Scott is an attorney and Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society. Scott began work at Legal Aid in 2005 as a staff attorney in the Family Law Unit, where she served as an advocate for low-income domestic violence victims. Scott developed and launched the Domestic... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 10

10:15am

Top Ten Best Policies for State and Local Fines and Fees Regimes
Across the country, legislators annually close gaps in their budgets by imposing fines and fees on individuals caught up in state and local justice systems. These hidden taxes have become a significant part of state and local government financing but they are harmful and regressive. They exacerbate racial disparities, penalize people for being poor, undercut the integrity of the justice system, and prevent people from escaping poverty. Reform efforts are accelerating. But what are the best governmental policies and practices? Join us in this conversation that can be helpful in your own work and that can also help to align strategic reform initiatives that advocates are pursuing across the country. Panelists and the full group will consider strengths and weaknesses of approaches that include eliminating driver’s license suspensions for failure to pay court debt, making "inability to pay" hearings real, capping municipal revenue from fines and fees, allowing community service, requiring impact statements before adoption of new fines and fees, and more.

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Lisa A Foster

Co-Director, Fines & Fees Justice Center
Lisa Foster is co-founder and co-director of the Fines and Fees Justice Center. Lisa is a retired judge and the former Director of the Office for Access to Justice at the United States Department of Justice. As a California Superior Court Judge in San Diego, where she served for ten... Read More →
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David Udell

Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law
David Udell is the founder and executive director of the National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law School, a research and policy advocacy organization that works with data to expand justice in the United States. David leads all of NCAJ’s justice system reform initiatives... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 8

11:45am

Awards Luncheon and Presentations - Ticketed Event
NAPBPro will present the Tanya Neiman Pro Bono Professional of the Year Award and William Reece Smith Jr. Special Services to Pro Bono Award; NLADA will present the Innovations in Equal Justice Award.

Friday May 10, 2019 11:45am - 1:30pm
Marriott Ballroom Salons 5-6

12:00pm

National Meeting of State Access to Justice Chairs
This meeting is the preeminent national gathering of Access to Justice Commission members and other stakeholders. The meeting offers substantive programming delivered by national experts, and unique networking opportunities for supreme court Justices; judges; bar association and foundation officials; legal aid directors; funder organizations; law school faculty; and of course, ATJ Commission members and staff.

Friday May 10, 2019 12:00pm - 5:15pm
Kentucky Ballroom Salon E

1:45pm

Civil Gideon: Defending Procedural Justice in Civil Protection Order Cases
Exploration of the Civil Protection Order Project (CPOP), a unique program providing same-day representation to indigent respondents in Civil Protection Order matters. This will tie into interactive simulations regarding challenges to client representation including, recognizing and confronting implicit and explicit biases, and link between cultural competency and effective advocacy.

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Keeshea Turner Roberts

Co-Director, Civil Protection Order Project
Keeshea Turner Roberts is the Co-Director of the Civil Protection Order Project (CPOP) and a Supervising Attorney in our Civil Division. Prior to joining LSIC, Keeshea was a managing attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP). At NLSP, she supervised staff attorneys, legal... Read More →
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Abigail Scott

Co-Director, Civil Protection Order Project
Abigail Scott is the Co-Director of the Civil Protection Order Project (CPOP) in the Civil Division of Law Students in Court (LSIC) and a Supervising Attorney in the Criminal Division of LSIC. At CPOP Abigail represents respondents in civil protection order matters at the Superior... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Bluegrass 1

1:45pm

Legal Aid Collaboration in Juvenile and Criminal Records Relief
Innovative approaches to overcoming challenges in juvenile and adult records relief. Two legal aid agencies collaborating with law students, pro bono attorneys, and other partners to provide individual assistance and systemic improvement to overcome barriers to jobs, housing, and education through records relief and community engagement.

Speakers
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Richard Cozzola

Supervising Attorney Children and Families Practice Group, Legal Assistance Foundation
Richard Cozzola is a supervising attorney specializing in legal issues involving children and adolescents at LAF (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation) in Chicago, Illinois, the largest provider of legal services to the poor in Chicago. He has represented adolescents, children, and... Read More →
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Sue Pak

Supervising Attorney of the Emerging Adults Program, Cabrini Green Legal Aid
Sue Pak is the Supervising Attorney of the Emerging Adults Program at Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA), where she oversees the legal services provided to youth and emerging adults (young people between the ages of 18-24) impacted by the criminal justice system. The Program offers services... Read More →
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Sarah Sallen

Staff Attorney, Legal Assistance Foundation
Sarah Sallen is the Juvenile Expungement Staff Attorney at LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation). She manages the Juvenile Expungement Help Desk (JEHD) for LAF. In that work she helps individuals access their juvenile court records, evaluate their eligibility to expunge these records... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 7

1:45pm

Resilient + Ready: Collaboration Strategies to Strengthen Disaster Response
This workshop will explore how hard hit disaster regions, especially rural and underserved areas, can benefit from innovative partnerships that mobilize pro bono volunteers and access resources that often go untapped. Learn how recovery efforts in North Carolina and Puerto Rico have joined forces with other programs within and outside of their jurisdictions to build collaborative response networks. We will also spotlight new and forthcoming resources available through DisasterLegalAid to help communities recover, rebuild and become resilient over the long term.

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Norah Rogers

Pro Bono Coordinator, Nelson Mullins
Norah Rogers is a pro bono administrator for all of the Firm's offices._x000D_ Areas of Law_x000D_ • Examples of working knowledge: _x000D_ o State, probate and family court law_x000D_ o Guardianship/Conservatorship_x000D_ o Guardian ad Litem law_x000D_ o Public Benefits_x000D_... Read More →

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Katherine Asaro

Staff Attorney, North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center
Katherine Asaro serves as the Pro Bono Resource Center’s Staff Attorney. Currently, Katherine is in charge of Disaster Relief and Preparedness. In this role, Katherine coordinates pro bono activities in response to Hurricane Florence including organizing the volunteer legal presence... Read More →
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Ariadna Godreau Aubert

Executive Director, Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico
Ariadna Godreau Aubert is a human rights lawyer. She obtained JD from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law and a Masters in Law degree in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford, UK. Ariadna is has worked in several access to justice initiatives, which include... Read More →
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Liz Keith

Program Director, Pro Bono Net
Liz is Program Director with Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice through legal empowerment, volunteer mobilization and transformative collaborations. Liz joined Pro Bono Net in 2004, working first as a LawHelp Circuit Rider supporting web-based... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 4

1:45pm

Building Your LGBT Practice
Now is an excellent time to build a legal practice focused on serving the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals and communities. Whether you're in private practice or working at a legal services organization, in the beginning stages of hatching an idea or already have a full-fledged LGBTQ Law Unit up and running, we will offer invaluable tips and strategies to help you avoid common challenges and pitfalls, and to build a practice that is both successful and sustainable.

In this session we will cover: community needs assessments, advisory committees, and priority setting; securing the right staff trainings and professional development resources; developing specific legal and cultural expertise; nurturing relationships with and remaining accountable to multiple intersecting client communities; building LGBTQ+ attorney leadership pipelines; responsibly winding down a project or practice when it's time; and developing a supportive internal infrastructure of client engagement and data collection that will endure long after your dedicated funding streams and/or personal enthusiasm for the project comes to its natural end.

Speakers
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Xander Karsten

Project Manager, LegalServer
Xander is an attorney turned project manager at LegalServer with nearly fifteen years working in and with the civil legal services community as a paralegal, intern, attorney, program/product manager and now as a project manager with LegalServer. He enjoys standup paddle boarding yoga... Read More →
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Lillian Moy

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
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 directors of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and past chair... Read More →
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Milo Primeaux, Esq.

CEO, Just Roots Consulting LLC
Milo Primeaux, Esq. is a queer transgender person (he/him), LGBTQ+ civil rights attorney, and founder/CEO of Just Roots Consulting, LLC, which works to build industry leaders of LGBTQ+ excellence nationwide. Previously, Milo led the LGBT Rights Project at Empire Justice Center in... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 9

1:45pm

Talking about Clients: Honoring Stories, Communicating Needs, and Disrupting Essentialist Narratives
This session will explore the language we use when discussing our clients with various audiences, including funders, pro bono partners, the media, and ourselves. We will discuss examples that are disrupting “good”, “deserving”, or otherwise essentialist client narratives, and share strategies that embrace community informed story-telling.

Speakers
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Piper Anderson

Founder & President, Create Forward
Piper Anderson is a writer, educator, and Founder/Chief Creative Strategist at CREATE FORWARD. Piper has spent more than fifteen years designing cultural organizing projects to end to the mass incarceration/criminalization of communities of color. In 2016, she was awarded a TED Residency... Read More →
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Elizabeta (Liz) Markuci

Director, Immigration Project, Volunteers of Legal Service
Liz graduated from the University of Western Ontario, and received her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law. Liz serves on the Best Practices sub-committee of the Association of the Bar of the City Of New York's (ABCNY) Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee, and... Read More →
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Hamra Ahmad

Her Justice, Legal Director
Hamra Ahmad is Legal Director at Her Justice, a nonprofit organization providing legal services to women living in poverty throughout New York City by training and mentoring volunteer attorneys to address individual and systemic barriers. Prior to joining Her Justice, Ms. Ahmad was... Read More →


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

1:45pm

What is Past is Prologue: The Indian Child Welfare Act
Presenters will use the Fishbowl method to facilitate a discussion on recent ICWA cases, including cases that attempt to find the Act unconstitutional. The discussion should allow the audience to better understand arguments behind support and opposition of the Act.

If time constraints limit the time of the session, we request to present a 1 hour and 30 minute session on the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Speakers
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Sarah Carver

Attorney, Project Coordinator, Pro Bono Training Academy, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Sarah Carver began her legal career in 2010 as a staff attorney for Alaska Legal Services in the rural Nome, Alaska office. In her role as a staff attorney she consulted with tribes on ICWA cases. In 2015 she transitioned to a new position as the project coordinator for ALSC's Pro... Read More →
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Yvonne Galey

Senior Staff Attorney, Oklahoma Indian Legal Services
Yvonne Galey has worked at OILS since 2006. She has practiced law in Oklahoma since 1992, and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Before working at OILS, she was in private practice in Norman, Oklahoma. Yvonne serves the tribes in the east-central area of Oklahoma... Read More →
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Steve Hager

Senior Staff Attorney, Oklahoma Indian Legal Services
Steve Hager has worked at OILS since 1990. He is the author of "The Indian Child Welfare Act: Case, Regulation, and Analysis," now in its 22nd edition. He services the tribes in the Northern part of Oklahoma. Hager serves as a judge for the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, and sits on the Supreme Court for the Kaw Tribe of Oklahoma. He also teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College o... Read More →
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Stephanie Hudson

Executive Director, Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Inc.
Stephanie C. Hudson (Kiowa) is the Executive Director of Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Inc. A native Oklahoman, Stephanie has worked as an attorney at OILS since 2000. She graduated from the Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1993. She previously worked as a coordinator for... Read More →
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Niki Lindsey

Senior Staff Attorney, Oklahoma Indian Legal Services
Niki Lindsey has worked at OILS since 2002. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2001. She has spoken frequently on the issues of Domestic Violence and its effects on children and families. Niki has been appointed as Guardian ad Litem for numerous... Read More →
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Nikole Nelson

Executive Director, SCLAID Special Advisor, 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 12 offices and six Medical-Legal Partnerships and a staff of more than 60 scattered... Read More →
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Greg Razo

Board Chair, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Greg Razo is chair of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission, a member of the board of directors of the Alaska Federation of Natives, Chair of Alaska Legal Services Corporation, vice chair of the Alaska Native Justice Center and an adjunct professor for Alaska Pacific University... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 8

1:45pm

Empowering Tenants: Technology Interventions in Housing Justice Systems
Technology can make strong tenant protections meaningful by democratizing the legal process and empowering non-experts and lay advocates. This session will discuss open source technology and community-centered design approaches to the law and present housing technology projects with the authors from Massachusetts, Ohio, Kentucky, and New York City.

Speakers
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Toby Grytafey

Finder, Eviction Fighter/Legal Elements Library
Toby Grytafey helped develop Eviction Fighter with the benefit of over 13 years of housing advocacy work for legal aid organizations, including six years of providing assistance to unrepresented eviction defendants. Toby earned his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004... Read More →
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Ken Johnson

Co-Founder, Eviction Fighter
Ken Johnson is a Contract Administrator for the Cincinnati office of the Defense Contract Management Agency. He serves on the board of Fuel Cincinnati and is website and web-based programming coordinator for the Young Lawyers Division of the Kentucky Bar Association. Ken is a graduate... Read More →
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Dan Kass

Co-founder and Executive Director, JustFix.nyc
Dan Kass is a technologist and advocate working at the intersection of housing justice and technology. He is the co-founder and Executive Director at JustFix.nyc, a tech nonprofit that serves tenants facing landlord harassment and displacement as a result of gentrification. The JustFix.nyc... Read More →
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Quinten Steenhuis

Senior Housing Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services
Quinten Steenhuis is a senior housing attorney, systems administrator, and computer programmer at Greater Boston Legal Services, where he has worked since 2008. Quinten is a frequent speaker at legal technology conferences and area law schools, as well as a blogger. He serves on the... Read More →



Friday May 10, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Rose

1:45pm

Did You Get That? Effective Strategies in Training and Technical Assistance
This session will provide the Legal Aid participants with a Training and Technical Assistance model that supports new or returning volunteers, board members, attorneys, and clients. Strategies introduced will engage attendees in Adult Learning Principles, Training Planning Models, Creating Assessment Models and incorporating Differentiated Instruction in delivery across multiple modalities.

Speakers
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Ronké Hughes

Deputy Director, Office of Program Performance, Legal Services Corporation
Ronké Hughes is a Deputy Director in the Legal Services Corporation's Office of Program Performance. She joined LSC in August 2014 and served as a Program Counsel until 2019. She received her B.A. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her J.D. from The George Washington... Read More →
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Dina Shafey Scott

Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Legal Services Corporation
Dr. Dina Shafey Scott is the training and technical assistance manager with Legal Services Corporation. While at LSC, Dr. Shafey Scott is creating and managing the new Legal Services learning platform for grantees and other stakeholders in the Legal Aid field. Dr. Shafey Scott has... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Thouroughbreed+Filly

1:45pm

Effective Strategic Advocacy in a Time of Challenge and Change
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_
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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.

Speakers
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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 →
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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 →
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Adam Mueller

Advocacy Director, Indiana Legal Services
Adam Mueller has been Indiana Legal Services’ Director of Advocacy for the past four years. In this role, he oversees ILS’s strategic advocacy priorities. This includes identifying issues to be addressed and facilitating collaboration between ILS staff and partner organizatio... Read More →



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

1:45pm

Effective Online Communications with Clients
As attorney-client communications go online via platforms such as ABA Free Legal Answers, LiveChat, text and email, attorneys may find it challenging to provide effective legal advice while satisfying clients’ need for instant access. This session will present best practices in providing timely, brief, thoughtful and professional online legal advice that includes plain language, effective hyperlinks, and other online tools. Panelists will discuss best practices in the context of various options for online pro bono legal service and examine the advantages and disadvantages of this type of client communication.

Speakers
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Tali K. Albukerk

National Administrator, ABA Free Legal Answers, American Bar Association
Tali Albukerk works for the ABA Center for Pro Bono as the national administrator of ABA Free Legal Answers, an online legal clinic through which income-eligible clients can post civil legal services questions to be answered by pro bono attorneys from their state. Tali previously... Read More →
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Katherine Alteneder

Executive Director SRLN, SRLN
Since 2013, Katherine Alteneder has been the Executive Director of the Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) the only non-profit supporting justice system professionals focused on the question of how best to reform ALL aspects of the legal system (courts, legal aid, the bar and... Read More →
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Nicole Capretta

Prairie State Legal Services
Nicole Capretta is the Supervising Attorney of Telephone Counseling Service at Prairie State Legal Services. Her work involves interviewing and advising clients calling who are in need of legal assistance with diverse issues. Previously, Nicole worked at Illinois Legal Aid Online... Read More →
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Anna Steele

Director of Consulting, Just-Tech
As Just-Tech Director of Consulting, Anna works with legal service providers to develop and implement strategic technologies that are in line with their unique needs. A former legal services technologist, Anna values the strong connection between technology and access to justice and... Read More →


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

1:45pm

The Kids Are Alright: Strategies for Pro Bono Work with Immigrant Children
Session will cover best practices for pro bono representation of immigrant children in removal proceedings, offering practical suggestions for law firms and LSPs to successfully collaborate.

Speakers
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BJ Jensen

Pro Bono Associate, Paul, Weiss
BJ Jensen is Paul, Weiss's full-time Pro Bono Associate, helping to manage the firm's pro bono efforts across departments and to develop partnerships with legal services organizations and clients. BJ's legal practice is focused on the immigration needs of LGBTQ individuals, UACs... Read More →
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Chelsea Sahai

Immigration Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, LSNYC
Chelsea began her career as an immigration attorney, specializing in family-based petitions, removal defense, and federal appeals. She transitioned to Associate Counsel at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she worked with the immigration practice group in the Clinical Law... Read More →
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Kaavya Viswanathan

Pro Bono Managing Attorney, The Door
Kaavya Viswanathan is the Pro Bono Managing Attorney at The Door's Legal Services Center. Prior to joining The Door in June 2018, Ms. Viswanathan was a Senior Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), where she represented and supervised pro bono representation... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 2

1:45pm

Creating an Easy-to-Implement Development Plan
The ideal development plan is a well articulated strategic plan that includes messaging, a fundraising strategies timeline, and goals. Panelists will share their expertise and practical experience applying this knowledge to create a development plan for a legal aid organization. Attendees will break down each stage of the planning process and will leave being able to create an easy-to-implement development plan for organizations of all sizes and budgets.

Speakers
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Mary Asbury

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
Mary Asbury is the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati . Her responsibilities include developing and implementing the plan and strategies for resource development, and active personal engagement in fundraising activities. Mary is a member of the MIE Board... Read More →
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Charmaine S. Torma

President & Founder, Charmaine Torma Consulting LLC
Charmaine Torma is the founder and president of Charmaine Torma Consulting LLC (CTC), a boutique consulting firm empowering not-for-profits to advance their missions through strategy and innovation. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), and, for the past 20 years, she has... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Bluegrass 2

3:15pm

Coffee Break - Sponsored by Complete Equity Markets
Take a break and get coffee before the next session starts.

Friday May 10, 2019 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Marriott Ballroom Foyer

3:45pm

Creating Inclusive Justice Ecosystems in Alaska and Hawaii: Insights from the Legal Navigator Initiative (ATJ/EJC Overlap Session)
Legal Navigator is a pilot project that brings together technology, content and community to help people with civil legal needs more easily access legal information and referrals specific to their issues and find a path forward. This workshop will highlight developments in this project’s novel collaborations between court, legal aid and social services partners, its innovative technology strategy using artificial intelligence and natural language processing, and initial testing results. Presenters will discuss next steps in Alaska and Hawaii, work to advance this vision on a national level, and opportunities for replication in other states.

Speakers
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Sergio Alcubilla

Director of External Relations, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
Sergio Alcubilla serves as the Director of External Relations for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and focuses his work on improving access to justice and increasing resources for Legal Aid's clients. Sergio helped implement Hawaii’s court based self-help centers and continues to... Read More →
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Liz Keith

Program Director, Pro Bono Net
Liz is Program Director with Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice through legal empowerment, volunteer mobilization and transformative collaborations. Liz joined Pro Bono Net in 2004, working first as a LawHelp Circuit Rider supporting web-based... Read More →
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Glenn Rawdon

Senior Program Counsel, Legal Services Corporation
Glenn Rawdon is program counsel for technology with the Legal Services Corporation. He is responsible for helping legal services programs with their technology efforts and with the administration of the Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) program. Since the program started in 2000... Read More →
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Ericka Rickard

Senior Officer - Civil Legal System Modernization, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Erika Rickard leads Pew’s work to modernize the nation’s civil legal system, a project to pilot and evaluate the most promising technologies and tools to assist people without access to a lawyer. These include online dispute resolution, which brings the entire court process online... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Show

3:45pm

Making Effective Use of "Nonlawyer" Navigators in State Courts: an Emerging Consensus (ATJ/EJC Overlap Session)
With the increasing number of self-represented litigants in the state courts, many people without legal help continue to face the danger of losing their families, their homes, and their livelihoods. Yet an array of solutions along a continuum of services are on the rise to help serve more litigants who lack representation so we can achieve 100% access to justice for all. One such innovation will be highlighted in this session. Panelists will share findings from a study of the Justice Lab at Georgetown University Law Center which undertook a national landscape survey of programs in the state courts that use “non-lawyer” navigator personnel who come from outside the court to help self-represented litigants with their civil legal problems. These programs are being encouraged/developed by judges and court staff, legal aid lawyers, other non-profit leaders and access to justice commissions. The panelists will share key program models they identified and offer practical considerations for the design of programs. Panelists will also solicit experiences from others who are attending the session who have run/created such navigator programs.

Speakers
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Mary E. McClymont

Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow of the Justice Lab, Georgetown University Law Center
Mary McClymont has held leadership positions in the non-profit, philanthropic and government sectors, focused on social justice, human rights and humanitarian issues in both the domestic and global arenas. Ms. McClymont is currently Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow, Justice Lab... Read More →
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Dr. Rebecca L. Sandefur

Faculty Fellow; Associate Professor of Sociology and Law, The American Bar Foundation; University of Illinois
Rebecca Sandefur studies access to civil justice from every angle "“ from how legal services are delivered and consumed, to how civil legal aid is organized around the nation, to the role of pro bono, to the relative efficacy of lawyers, nonlawyers and digital tools as advisers... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Kentucky Ballroom Salon D

3:45pm

Strategic Planning and Justice for All: Getting Every Person the Legal Help They Need (ATJ/EJC Overlap Session)
The Justice for All initiative is entering its third year, and more than seven states have undertaken planning and implementation activities. Join this session to hear from grantees about success and failures, and learn about the resources available to all commissions to undertake the key elements of Justice for All strategic planning. Panelists will discuss how strategic planning has impacted the narrative of civil justice in their respective states, and the value of a national network of states aligning in a common purpose.

Speakers
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Katherine Alteneder

Executive Director SRLN, SRLN
Since 2013, Katherine Alteneder has been the Executive Director of the Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) the only non-profit supporting justice system professionals focused on the question of how best to reform ALL aspects of the legal system (courts, legal aid, the bar and... Read More →
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Danielle Hirsch

Principal Court Management Consultant, National Center for State Courts


Friday May 10, 2019 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Win

3:45pm

Strategies and Tips for Maintaining/Restoring Legal Services and ATJ Funding in the Government Arena (ATJ/EJC Overlap Session)
The Legal Aid and ATJ funding was completely eliminated in Kentucky in 2018 by the Executive Branch. Key allies in the Legislative and Judicial Branches went to work to restore funding. They hope their story will be illustrative for other states facing similar hostile funding environments.

Speakers
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Hon. Michelle Keller

Associate Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court
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Jason Nemes

State Representative, Kentucky General Assembly


Friday May 10, 2019 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Place

3:45pm

For the People: How Lawyers Must Support Community and Client-led Social Change Initiatives
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.

Speakers
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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 →
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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 →
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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.
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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
Marriott Ballroom Salon 4

3:45pm

Training Attorneys with Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality (VR) is quickly being recognized as a great tool for training people in multiple fields. In San Francisco we are using VR to train pro bono attorneys in how to conduct landlord/tenant negotiations. We will explain what VR is and how your organization can join the VR revolution.

Speakers
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Drew Amoroso

Founder, DueCourse
Drew Amoroso is the founder of DueCourse, a learning platform that helps lawyers develop essential skills and achieve peak performance through customized video courses and personalized learning. Drew started his career as a senior associate at Reed Smith and was the owner of his own... Read More →
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Gloria Chun

Director of Pro Bono Legal Services, Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco
I advocate for the people that the law should serve. The Justice & Diversity Center's free legal service programs help thousands of people, as well as other nonprofit organizations that serve low-income communities.
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Matthew Stubenberg

Associate Director of Legal Technology, Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School
Matthew Stubenberg graduated cum laude from Maryland Law School in 2013. Interested in using technology to change how the law is practiced, he set out to develop his first legal based app. The mobile app named, Not Guilty App, helps law clerks and lawyers navigate Maryland courthouses... Read More →



Friday May 10, 2019 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 2

3:45pm

Legal Threats to State Bars: Potential Impact on Access to Justice Initiatives and Funding for Civil Legal Aid
The recent decision of the United States Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME, 585 U.S. 16 (2018), has created new challenges for mandatory bar associations and providers of civil legal aid, affecting the earlier ruling in Keller v. State Bar of California, 496 U.S. 1 (1990), which supported many of the programs of fully integrated state bars.

The Supreme Court’s recent remand in the 8th Circuit case of Fleck v. Wetch, 868 F.3d 652 (2017), on Janus grounds, and federal court challenges in Texas and Wisconsin to the state bar’s access to justice initiatives and funding of civil legal aid have left a cloud of uncertainty among bar leaders, access to justice advocates, and civil legal aid programs.

This session will explain these cases’ potential impact and engage participants in a discussion of next steps in preparing a community response.

Speakers
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Chris Buerger

Counsel, Civil Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
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Monte Mollere

Director, Access To Justice Program, Louisiana State Bar Association
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Don Saunders

Senior Vice President, Policy, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Don 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 Corporation... Read More →
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Janet Welch

Executive Director, State Bar of Michigan


Friday May 10, 2019 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 9

3:45pm

Faith & Justice Alliance Pro Bono Clinics: From Inception to Action
This session will show how a Faith & Justice Alliance Pro Bono Program can serve the needs of a broader range of clients by holding clinics at houses of faith from different religions and denominations, as well as different geographic areas. Many citizens who may not have the ability or the confidence to seek legal help elsewhere will attend a clinic at their church or a church in their community. This crosses economic, racial, and ethnic lines. Many Pro Bono volunteers at these clinics are drawn to the opportunity to volunteer their legal services in a way that is connected to the faith community. This alliance has now held clinics at over twelve houses of faith in and around Knoxville, providing clients who attend the clinics with advice and more extended services. Come learn how to start the conversation among interested parties, how to spread the word, and how to take action!

Speakers
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J. William Coley

Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, Hodges, Doughty & Carson
J. William Coley (Bill) received his law degree with honors from the University of Tennessee in 1985. His practice is devoted primarily to utility representation across a broad range of legal issues, general litigation, and insurance representation. He is President of the Knoxville... Read More →
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Kathryn Ellis

Pro Bono Director, Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Kathryn Ellis joined LAET's Knoxville office in March 2012 with a primary area of practice in domestic violence (Orders of Protection and divorces). Dr. Ellis also assisted with some housing law issues and some consumer law issues. In July 2016, Dr. Ellis became the Pro Bono Director... Read More →
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Rev. Lee Fox

Senior Minister, Ball Camp Baptist Church
Rev. Lee Fox is a native of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. He began his ministry as pastor of Ball Camp Baptist Church in October 2015. He is a graduate of Carson-Newman University with a B.A. in Religion and a B.A. in History and also a graduate of George W. Truett Theological Seminary... Read More →


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

3:45pm

Major Immigration Updates: Asylum and Other Hot Topics
The session will focus on recent changes and developments in substantive immigration law. It will provide attendees an in-depth look at recent policy and legal developments pertaining to asylum claims and other immigration issues. Specifically, it will address recent changes in the adjudications of affirmative and defensive asylum claims.

Speakers
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Robyn Barnard

Staff Attorney, Human Rights First
Robyn Barnard is a Staff Attorney in the Los Angeles office of Human Rights First. She provides support to volunteer lawyers who represent asylum seekers at all levels of the immigration and court system. She also represents asylum seekers throughout the immigration process. Robyn... Read More →
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Nareeneh Sohbatian

Immigration Pro Bono Supervisory attorney, Winston & Strawn LLP
Nareeneh Sohbatian is Winston & Strawn LLP's Immigration Pro Bono Supervisory attorney. Ms. Sohbatian manages the firm's pro bono immigration project, which consists of a docket of over two hundred cases. She creates and implements tools, processes, procedures, and resources to manage... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 1

3:45pm

Securing Safe Housing in Detroit and Beyond
Presenters will guide an interactive discussion among advocates about inequity in rental housing in Detroit, tenants rights and recent city enforcement efforts. The information and ideas generated during the panel will encourage participants to think critically about strategies to address housing inequity in their cities and inspire collaborative problem solving.

Speakers
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Marie DeFer

Staff Attorney, Lakeshore Legal Aid
Marie DeFer is a staff attorney at Lakeshore Legal Aid, an LSC funded organization serving 46 counties in Southeastern Michigan. Marie’s practice focuses on housing and public benefits law.
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Linda Jordan

Staff Attorney, Lakeshore Legal Aid
Linda Jordan is a staff attorney at Lakeshore Legal Aid in Detroit, Michigan. She has an interest in housing justice and works to promote housing security in Detroit.
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Stephanie Moes

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio
Stephanie Moes is the Managing Attorney of the Consumer Law Group of the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio. She focuses on housing and consumer issues as well as school related matters.
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Steve Sharpe

Senior Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio
Steve Sharpe is a Senior Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio. He is also Of Counsel with the National Consumer Law Center. Steve focuses his practice in housing and home ownership related matters.


Friday May 10, 2019 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Bluegrass 1

4:00pm

Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service Meeting
This is a meeting for members of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service Meeting.

Friday May 10, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Grandstand

6:00pm

National Meeting of State Access to Justice Chairs: Welcome Reception
Registration for National Meeting of State Access to Justice Chairs required

Friday May 10, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Offsite
 
Saturday, May 11
 

7:30am

Coffee Service
Get coffee before the next session starts.

Saturday May 11, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Marriott Ballroom Foyer

7:30am

Conference Registration and Exhibitor Showcase
Check in to pick up your badge, program book and bag.

Saturday May 11, 2019 7:30am - 12:00pm
Marriott Ballroom Foyer 5-6

8:00am

8:30am

The Use of Technology and Innovative Collaborations to Improve Victim Access to Legal Services
This session highlights innovative collaborations that use technology to improve crime victims’ access to legal information and resources. Panelists from New York and Colorado will share what they have learned developing and implementing victim legal assistance networks that address the various needs faced by individuals in the aftermath of victimization.

Speakers
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Tim Baran

Pro Bono Net, LawHelpNY Program Manager
Tim joined Pro Bono Net in June 2018. His two-decade journey in the legal space has taken him from the Federal Courts to Law Firm Library Director to Legal Tech Ambassador to Legal Marketing. He works closely with legal services and community-based organizations and manages initiatives... Read More →
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Kazi Houston

Legal Director, Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center
Kazi, a Denver native, obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Seattle University in 1998, her Master of Social Work and Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Denver in 2001, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver in 2010. Prior to attending... Read More →
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Remla Parthasarathy

Project Leader, Empire Justice Center
Remla Parthasarathy is the Project Leader of the NY Crime Victims Legal Network, a federally-funded partnership between the New York State Office of Victim Services, Empire Justice Center, Pro Bono Net, and the Center for Human Services Research at the State University of New York... Read More →


Saturday May 11, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 8

8:30am

The Power of the Portal: Building Partnerships to Enhance Statewide Sites
West Tennessee Legal Services and Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services built strategic partnerships to enhance user experience on their statewide portal, HELP4TN.org. Their team developed a document- automating chatbot and benchmarked internet marketing best practices and strategy. This session explores how they built their team of experts and demonstrates a consumer and data driven approach to site updates.

Speakers
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Ryan Carter

Founder and CEO, Parachute Media
Ryan Carter is the Founder and CEO of Parachute Media based in Nashville, Tennessee. Parachute Media is a nationally recognized and awarded social media agency providing social media strategies and creative services to medium and large sized companies. Parachute Media has been nominated... Read More →
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Kirsten Jacobson

Staff Attorney, Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services
Kirsten Jacobson is a Staff Attorney at the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS). She focuses on leveraging technology to provide new legal service delivery models and increase access to legal care for low-income Tennesseans. Kirsten joined TALS as an Equal Justice Works Fellow... Read More →
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Tom Martin

CEO and Founder, LawDroid Ltd
Tom Martin is a legal bot advocate, lawyer, author and speaker. He is CEO and founder of LawDroid Ltd. (an AI company dedicated to creating useful legal chatbots). LawDroid has been honored by Fastcase 50, ABA Journal Web 100, and as runner up for the British Legal Technology Forum's... Read More →


Saturday May 11, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 3

8:30am

Communicating with Low Income and Vulnerable Clients: Ethical Considerations and Best Practices (Ethics Session)
Communicating with low-income and vulnerable clients presents unique practical issues in addition to the ethical ramifications for civil legal services lawyers. Using various scenarios, this Workshop will first engage participants in a discussion about the nature of communications in this context, including the provision of unbundled and limited legal services and the use of technology tools to communicate with these clients. In terms of civil legal aid lawyers’ ethical obligations in these and other scenarios, panelists will discuss the application of Model Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1 (Competence), 1.2 (Scope of Representation), 1.4 (Communication), 1.6 (Confidentiality), and 1.18 (Prospective Clients). Attendees will discuss how to communicate with clients ethically and effectively, and in a way that is trauma-informed and builds trust.

Speakers
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Ellyn Rosen

Regulation and Global Initiatives Counsel Center for Professional Responsibility, American Bar Association


Saturday May 11, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 9

8:30am

Top Ten Best State Laws & Policies for Pro Bono
Join this panel discussion about how some states have been improving pro bono services and culture, and how yours can too, by adopting laws, rules and policies which promote pro bono participation, such as (i) requiring pro bono service as a condition to becoming licensed for law practice; (ii) permitting attorneys who take pro bono cases to earn credit toward mandatory CLE requirements; (iii) requiring attorneys to report on certain aspects of pro bono service to maintain their professional licenses to practice; and (iv) waiving professional license requirements for law professors, in-house counsel, retired and inactive attorneys and for out-of-state attorneys assisting individuals and families in a state impacted by a disaster. At the conclusion of the session, we will identify a suggested set of best laws, rules and policies for supporting pro bono, and the reasons for and against the inclusion of each.

Speakers
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Jamie Gamble

Senior Counsel and Director, Justice Index Project
Jamie Gamble, Senior Counsel and Director of the Justice Index Project, guides on a pro bono basis the NCAJ's Justice Index, including the work of its pro bono research partners. Jamie retired as a litigation partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in December 2010. During his 14... Read More →
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Alyssa Saunders

Assistant Director, Corporate Pro Bono, Pro Bono Institute
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Cheryl Zalenski

Counsel, ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono, American Bar Association
Cheryl M. Zalenski is the counsel to the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and director of the ABA Center for Pro Bono. Along with its policy initiatives, the Committee actively engages in outreach around pro bono development and support... Read More →


Saturday May 11, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 7

8:30am

Is a "Least Restrictive Placement" the Best We Can Do for Our Children?
Though the law requires that children are placed in the least restrictive setting in special education, juvenile justice and dependency cases, this does not happen for far too many children. Attendees will discuss practical resources and current research to instead reframe our advocacy to advocate for the “most connected” placement for our child clients.

Speakers
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Hasan Davis

Founder, H.D. Solutions
There was a time when the first words that might have come to mind when discussing Hasan Davis might have been delinquent, troublemaker or worse. In his youth, running the streets of Atlanta, Georgia, Hasan barely stayed one step ahead of the law. After an early arrest as a pre-teen... Read More →
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Brent Pattison

Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Drake University Law School, Middleton Center for Children's Rights,
Brent Pattison (B.A. Wesleyan University; J.D. University of Minnesota Law School) is a Clinical Professor of Law and director of the Middleton Center for Children's Rights at Drake University Law School. He teaches and supervises the Children's Rights Clinic, in which third year... Read More →
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Rita Ward

Chief Attorney, , Louisville, KY, Institute for Compassion in Justice, Greater Jefferson County Education Advocacy Program
Rita Ward is the Chief Attorney of the Greater Jefferson County Education Advocacy Program at the Institute for Compassion in Justice. In this role she assists children with any legal issue they may face in a variety of forums and primarily represents children with education related... Read More →


Saturday May 11, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 4

10:00am

Closing Plenary: Social Justice 2.0
Join us for our closing panel of three social justice advocates who bring a new perspective and approach to advocacy. Our panelists will share the inspiration behind their respective projects, their goals, and how they aim to achieve them through creative solutions.

Moderators
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Ted Howard

Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants
Ted is the Wiley Rein's first full-time Pro Bono Partner, a position in which he oversees the firm’s pro bono activities and initiatives, and fosters relationships with the public interest legal services community. Prior to his appointment as Pro Bono Partner in May 2014, Ted's... Read More →

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Amanda Kool

Director of Legal Operations, Commonwealth Commercialization Center
Amanda L. Kool is the Director of Legal Operations of the newly-formed Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3), an innovative partnership between state government and Kentucky's public universities and colleges to provide centralized resources to support the growth of new companies... Read More →
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Melissa Lilly

Attorney, Legal Aid of West Virginia
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Jesse McCoy

James Scott Farrin Lecturing Fellow, Supervising Attorney, Duke Law Civil Justice Center


Saturday May 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Marriott Ballroom Salons 5-6