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Thursday, May 9
 

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 →
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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
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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 →
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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 →


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

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 →
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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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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
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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

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
 
Friday, May 10
 

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
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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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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
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 8:30am - 10:00am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 8

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
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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
avatar for Catherine C. Carr

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

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
 
Saturday, May 11
 

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