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Friday, May 10

12:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Kentucky Ballroom Salon E

3:45pm EDT

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.

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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 Keith has played a key role in Pro Bono Net’s program strategy for more than a decade. She joined Pro Bono Net as a LawHelp circuit rider, working with legal aid programs in 25 states to build online resources to increase access to legal help for low-income communities. As program... Read More →
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Glenn Rawdon

Senior Program Counsel for Technology, Legal Services Corp.
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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Erika Rickard

Senior Officer, Civil Legal System Modernization, 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 EDT

3:45pm EDT

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.


Mary Mcclymont

Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow Justice Lab, Georgetown Law
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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 EDT
Kentucky Ballroom Salon D

3:45pm EDT

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.

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Katherine Alteneder

Self-Represented Litigation Network, Consulting Senior Strategic Advisor
Katherine Alteneder is the consulting senior strategic advisor to the Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN), a diverse network of innovative justice system professionals and allies seeking to make courts better for people without lawyers. Before joining SRLN, Katherine spent... Read More →

Danielle Hirsch

National Center for State Courts, Principal Court Management Consultant
Danielle brings a broad range of relevant professional experiences to her work at the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). Immediately before joining NCSC, Danielle served as the assistant director of the Civil Justice Division of the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts... Read More →

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

3:45pm EDT

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.


Hon. Michelle Keller

Associate Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court

Jason Nemes

State Representative, Kentucky General Assembly

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

6:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Saturday, May 11

8:00am EDT