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Thursday, May 9

10:00am EDT

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.

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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 →

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, Public Justice Center
John Pollock is the Coordinator of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel and is an attorney at the Public Justice Center. He was the recipient of NLADA's 2018 Innovations in Civil Justice Award.  Previously, he was employed as the Enforcement Director at the Central... 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 EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 4

10:00am EDT

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.


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 →

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 →
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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 and Director of Supreme Court Advocacy at the ACLU-NJ. Alex primarily 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... Read More →

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

1:30pm EDT

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.

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Sarah Galvan

Justice in Aging, Attorney
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 →

Eva LaManna

Program Specialist, Office of Elder Justice & Adult Protective Services

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 EDT

1:30pm EDT

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.

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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

Managing Attorney, Legal Services Alabama
Farah Majid joined LSA in August 2012. Majid's specialty practice areas include: consumer, housing, family law, public benefits, and bankruptcy cases. Majid was selected as LSA’s Advocate of the Year in 2014. She has served as a Staff Attorney in LSA’s Mobile and Huntsville offices... 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 EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 3

3:30pm EDT

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.

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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 →

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Helaine Barnett

Chair, NYS Permanent Commission on Access to Justice
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. She worked at The Legal Aid Society in New York for 37 years, the last ten as attorney-in-charge of its Civil Division. She then served... Read More →

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
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 →

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 EDT
Kentucky Ballroom Salon A-B

3:30pm EDT

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.

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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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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 →

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 →
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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 →

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

3:30pm EDT

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.

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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 →
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Stacy Butler

Director, Innovation for Justice, University of Arizona College of Law
Stacy Butler directs the Innovation for Justice Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, a social justice innovation lab that designs, builds and tests disruptive solutions to the justice gap. She has two decades of experience in community advocacy and... Read More →
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Anna Steele

Just Tech, LLC, Director of Consulting
Anna Steele works with clients to develop and implement strategic technologies that are in line with their unique needs. Anna values collaboration and training as key components of strong project implementation and works closely with clients to develop strategies to tackle complex... Read More →

Miguel Willis

Director, Access to Justice Tech Fellows, Law School Admissions Councel
Miguel Willis currently serves as the inaugural Presidential Innovation Fellow at Law School Admission Council, where he oversees the Access to Justice Tech Fellows Program. The Tech Fellows Program pairs law students with legal services organizations to develop projects that support... Read More →

Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 4
Friday, May 10

8:30am EDT

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.

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Claudia Johnson

Pro Bono Net, Program Manager LawHelp Interactive
Claudia manages LawHelp Interactive, an award-winning document assembly platform and training program at Pro Bono Net. Claudia has been working on access to justice through technology for 15 years, starting at Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland, California, to design and create the Legal... Read More →

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 →

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 EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 2

8:30am EDT

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.

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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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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 →

Nikole Nelson

Alaska Legal Services Corporation, Executive Director
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 a 50+member staff who are scattered across the vast and remote State... Read More →

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

10:15am EDT

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.


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 →

Elizabeth 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 →

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 EDT

10:15am EDT

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.

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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 →

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 EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 3

10:15am EDT

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.


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 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 1

1:45pm EDT

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.


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 →

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 EDT
Bluegrass 1

1:45pm EDT

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.


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 →

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 →

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 EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 7

1:45pm EDT

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.


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 →


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 →

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 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 →

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

3:45pm EDT

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.


Jamila Martin

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

Jayesh Patel

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

Jill Williams

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

Swapna Yeluri

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

Friday May 10, 2019 3:45pm - 5:15pm EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 4
Saturday, May 11

8:30am EDT

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.

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Tim Baran

Technology Innovation Manager, Pro Bono Net
Tim Baran is the Technology Innovation Manger at Pro Bono Net. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net he served as a Law Firm Library Director, Chief Marketing Officer for a legal marketing agency, and writer and editor for an online legal magazine and a legal technology startup. He also founded... 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, Crime Victim Legal Network, Empire Justice Center
Remla Parthasarathy is an attorney at Empire Justice Center and the Project Leader of the NY Crime Victims Legal Network, a partnership of organizations working to connect victims of crime with civil legal information and assistance through their online resource, NY Crime Victims... Read More →

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