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Thursday, May 9
 

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.

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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 →
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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 →


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

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.

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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

 
Friday, May 10
 

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
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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 →
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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

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.

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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

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.

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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