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Affinty Groups/Networking Lunch Session [clear filter]
Thursday, May 9


AAPDA (African American Project Directors Association) Meeting
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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 →

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


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

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


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

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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 11:45am - 1:15pm
Marriott Ballroom Salon 8


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

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David Udell

Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice
David Udell is Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Access to Justice, ncforaj.org, a research and policy organization based at Fordham Law School that relies on data and advocacy to build a more just and equitable society. David guides NCAJ’s initiatives... Read More →

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


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

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


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


Affinity group discussion


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 →

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


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

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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 →

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


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.

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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 →

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 →
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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


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


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 →

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 →

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