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Thursday, May 9

10:00am EDT

Beyond Band Aids: How to Manage Pro Bono Catastrophes
While minor issues and challenges occur regularly in pro bono collaborations, major breakdowns are less frequent but can have devastating effects for clients, organizations, and pro bono partners. This session will explore what happens when such a breakdown occurs and how to recover when disaster strikes. Through a facilitated discussion and case studies, participants will leave with concrete strategies for managing pro bono crises when they happen.

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Brenna K. DeVaney

Director of Pro Bono Programs/Pro Bono Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Brenna DeVaney serves as co-chair of the firm's global Pro Bono Committee. Her practice focuses on representing low-income individuals, including women in family law matters who have been the victims of domestic violence. Ms. DeVaney is involved with the Skadden Honors Program in... Read More →

Jennifer L. Kroman

Director of Pro Bono Practice, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Jennifer Kroman is Director of Pro Bono Practice at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, a global law firm. She manages the firm's broad array of pro bono matters and develops and strengthens Cleary's relationships with public interest and legal services partners. Since 2011, Jennifer... Read More →

Annie Pineda

Director, Pro Bono, The Bronx Defenders
Annie Pineda is Director of Pro Bono at The Bronx Defenders, which provides holistic and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, immigration and civil legal services, social work support, and advocacy to indigent people of the Bronx. In her role, she is responsible for developing... Read More →

Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Bluegrass 2

10:00am EDT

Working Together to Provide Immigration Legal Services in Times of Crisis
Interactive workshop to identify best practices in communication, volunteer recruitment, and pro bono legal services delivery in a time when immigration practice is often upended by man-made crises.

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Jocelyn Dyer

Senior Counsel, Pro Bono Program, American Immigration Lawyers Association
Jocelyn Dyer is the Senior Counsel of Pro Bono Programs at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where she oversees the organization’s pro bono endeavors. She also directs the mentorship program for the Immigration Justice Campaign, an initiative seeking to mobilize... Read More →
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Monique Sherman

Pro Bono Counsel, Cooley LLP
Monique R. Sherman is Cooley's pro bono counsel. She rejoined the firm in 2012 and is resident in the Palo Alto office. Monique maintains and develops Cooley's pro bono resources to ensure the firm's attorneys have the tools necessary to most effectively represent their pro bono clients... Read More →

Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Kentucky Ballroom Salon C-D

1:30pm EDT

ABA Free Legal Answers Live!
Pro Bono Service and Camaraderie -- what could be more fun! Grab your laptop or tablet, bring a cup of coffee and join your colleagues in the excitement of providing online pro bono service answering civil legal questions for low income residents of your state. Learn how easy it is to use ABA Free Legal Answers and make a difference at the same time. It’s easy to sign up and provide pro bono remotely. If you have not already done so, please visit ABAFreeLegalAnswers.org and click on "Volunteer Attorney Registration" to register your attorney account in advance.

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Tali Albukerk

National Administrator, ABA Free Legal Answers, American Bar Association
Tali Albukerk works for the ABA Center for Pro Bono as the national administrator of ABA Free Legal Answers, an online legal clinic through which income-eligible clients can post civil legal services questions to be answered by pro bono attorneys from their state. Tali previously... Read More →

Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT

1:30pm EDT

Building Real Estate Pro Bono Projects That Protect Vulnerable Communities
This presentation will profile an equal justice framework and provide practical tips for developing real estate and finance pro bono projects. Learn how to leverage private bar resources to serve low and moderate income and other vulnerable homeowners, with a goal of keeping individuals in their homes and their communities intact. Participants will learn how to identify threats to vulnerable communities, develop attorney skill sets needed to secure homeowner stability, and develop pro bono programs focused on keeping vulnerable individuals in their homes.

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Kurt M. Denk

Executive Director, City Bar Justice Center
Kurt M. Denk has served as Executive Director of the City Bar Justice Center since March 2021, having joined the organization as Pro Bono Counsel in 2018. A division of the City Bar Fund – the nonprofit philanthropic affiliate of the New York City Bar Association – the Justice... Read More →

K. Scott Kohanowski

Director, Homeowner Stability & LGBT Advocacy Projects, City Bar Justice Center
K. Scott Kohanowski directs the Homeowner Stability and LGBT Advocacy Projects at the City Bar Justice Center. Mr. Kohanowski has been working at the CBJC training attorneys, supervising placed cases with pro bono and staff attorneys, and providing direct legal services since 2010... Read More →
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Jamie Anne Porco

Associate Director of Professional Development and Pro Bono, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
In her role as associate director of professional development and pro bono programs at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, Jamie A. Porco works with firm leaders to develop and implement the firm's pro bono initiatives and lawyer training programs, the performance review processes... Read More →

Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Bluegrass 1

1:30pm EDT

Engaging Corporate Law Departments in Bite-Sized Projects and Smaller Communities
Learn how to increase the capacity and support for legal aid programs by engaging corporate law departments in bite-size pro bono opportunities. Participants will learn about establishing effective partnerships between corporate law departments and legal aid programs to increase the support for practical pro bono projects in smaller communities. Hear real world examples from programs which have developed working partnerships.

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Adrian Barr

Managing Attorney, Prairie State Legal Services
Adrian Barr is the Managing Attorney of the Bloomington office of Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. In his role as Managing Attorney, Adrian supervises the delivery of no cost civil legal services to low-income people and seniors in McLean, Livingston, and Woodford counties. Upon... Read More →

MaCharri Vorndran-Jones

Assistant General Patent Counsel, Eli Lilly and Company
MaCharri Vorndran-Jones is Assistant General Patent Counsel at Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, Indiana. MaCharri chairs Lilly's Pro Bono Leadership Committee, and has been a member of Lilly's Pro Bono Committee for over 10 years. MaCharri led the first Wills for Heroes Indiana... Read More →

Sharon W. Ware

Associate General Counsel, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Sharon Ware is Associate General Counsel at State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. Prior to her current role, she served as Lead Counsel in the Claim Litigation Section. Formerly, she also served as Managing Attorney for the Atlanta Claim Litigation Counsel Office. Sharon... Read More →

Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Bluegrass 2

1:30pm EDT

Legal Services for Trafficking Survivors: Best Practices in Pro Bono Partnerships
This program will explore successful pro bono partnerships in the delivery of legal services to trafficking survivors. Panelists will offer suggestions on creating and maintain trafficking-related pro bono programs as well as tips and best practices for both the legal services providers as well as their law firm pro bono partners.


Nagwa Ibrahim

Managing Attorney, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
Nagwa Ibrahim is the Managing Attorney at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking were she leads a team of 6 attorneys providing direct legal services to the largest number of survivors of human trafficking in the United States. Clients including US citizen, foreign nationals... Read More →

Carolyn M. Kim

Senior Attorney, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
Carolyn Kim is a Senior Attorney at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking in Los Angeles, CA. As a Senior Attorney, she provides training and technical consult to legal and social service providers across the United States on comprehensive legal services for trafficking survivors... Read More →

Jessica L. Kitson

Managing Attorney, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
Jessica Kitson is the Managing Attorney at Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, where she oversees the New Jersey Human Trafficking Victims' Legal Assistance Program. She is also an adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School, where she has taught seminars on domestic violence law and human... Read More →

Jennifer L. Kroman

Director of Pro Bono Practice, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Jennifer Kroman is Director of Pro Bono Practice at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, a global law firm. She manages the firm's broad array of pro bono matters and develops and strengthens Cleary's relationships with public interest and legal services partners. Since 2011, Jennifer... Read More →

Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 2

1:30pm EDT

Reach Diverse Populations through Adaptation of the MLP Model
Reaching diverse populations requires innovation. The Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) model is a proven community lawyering initiative. While designed for the healthcare system, elements are transferable to other systems and populations typically served by Legal Aid. Learn the models’ core elements, how it promotes client-focused services and outcomes, and strategies for adaptation more broadly in a Legal Aid organization.


Rose Carmen Goldberg

Supervising Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Rose Carmen Goldberg is a Supervising Staff Attorney and former Skadden Fellow at Swords to Plowshares. She directs a Medical-Legal Partnership with the Oakland Vet Center, a partnership that integrates legal services and mental health treatment for veterans. She specializes in helping... Read More →

Ann C. Mangiameli

Managing Attorney, Health, Education & Law Project at Legal Aid of Nebraska
Ann C. Mangiameli, JD, is the Managing Attorney of the Health, Education & Law Project (HELP) at Legal Aid of Nebraska. HELP partners with eight health care systems throughout the State of Nebraska. These health care systems include eleven hospitals, three ambulatory clinics, and... Read More →

Krista Selnau

Fellowships portfolio manager, Equal Justice Works
Krista Selnau is a Fellowships portfolio manager at Equal Justice Works, where she oversees Fellows and Fellowship sponsors on the East Coast and serves as EJW's resident MLP expert. Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, Krista founded and managed the Veterans Medical-Legal Partnership... Read More →
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Kelly Shaw-Sutherland

Director of Research and Evaluation, Legal Aid of Nebraska
As a trained social science researcher and evaluator, Kelly Shaw-Sutherland has spent the past 14 years working collaboratively with people across multiple disciplines and professional backgrounds on a wide array of research and evaluation endeavors. Joining Legal Aid of Nebraska... Read More →

Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Kentucky Ballroom Salon C-D

3:30pm EDT

Clinic Is Not a Four Letter Word, Part 2: Lessons Learned One Year Later
At the 2018 EJC, our colleagues put forth a convincing case for the utility of legal clinics. But what does hosting a legal clinic actually entail? In this session, we will delve into what we have learned about preparing for, managing, and providing ongoing support structures for different kinds of clinics. Participants will brainstorm potential solutions to challenges that may arise in the clinic setting.


Chelsea Sahai

Immigration Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, LSNYC
Chelsea began her career as an immigration attorney, specializing in family-based petitions, removal defense, and federal appeals. She transitioned to Associate Counsel at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she worked with the immigration practice group in the Clinical Law... Read More →

Stephanie Turner

Pro Bono Manager/Attorney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Stephanie Turner is the Pro Bono Manager/Attorney in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where she helps to oversee a large pro bono program. Prior to joining Skadden, she was a litigation associate at Cooley and served as a law clerk on the Eastern District... Read More →

Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 8

3:30pm EDT

Justice and a Bus? Urban to Rural Delivery Strategies.
This session will bring together perspectives from organizations that are bridging rural legal needs and urban pro bono resources - primarily through transportation but also testing other tactics. We will present lessons learned and best practices, followed by a group-wide conversation about effective implementation of these strategies and the concept of a national network to connect professionals working on these projects.


Jayme Cassidy

Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., Chief Diversity Officer & Pro Bono Advocacy Director
Jayme always knew that she had a passion to help people. From an early age she was taught that "strong people don't put each other down, they lift each other up." Jayme was raised by her single parent mom, a retired Air Force Veteran. Her mom worked hard to provide Jayme a great education and she was determined to do something important with that gift. Jayme received the Pro Bono Service Award when she graduated from Seton Hall College of Law... Read More →

Joshua B. Crabtree

Executive Director, Legal Aid of the Bluegrass
Joshua Crabtree is the Executive Director of Legal Aid of the Bluegrass (LABG). Prior to joining LABG, Joshua, was the long time managing attorney of the Children's Law Center. At LABG, Joshua will lead the mission and vision of an organization dedicated to providing civil legal assistance... 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 →

Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Bluegrass 1
Friday, May 10

8:30am EDT

A Multi-Tiered Approach to Providing Access to the Courts by People in Prison
Prisoners have a large unmet need for legal services, and extraordinary difficulty in connecting with counsel willing to represent them. This panel will explore a multi-tiered approach to addressing this unmet need, including court appointment of and support for lawyers, pro bono representation, not-for-profit advice and mentoring, and private lawyers either working on a contingent fee basis or charging modest fees. Participants will leave with a broader understanding of the legal needs of those in prison and concrete steps to design a more robust system to meet those legal needs.


Greg Belzley

Attorney, Belzley, Bathurst & Bentley
Greg is an honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, and has been a successful trial lawyer for almost 35 years. While a partner at the Louisville law firms of Woodward, Hobson & Fulton, Frost Brown Todd, and Dinsmore & Shohl, he was involved in virtually all types... Read More →

Nicole Godfrey

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Nicole B. Godfrey is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (DU Law). At DU Law, Nicole teaches in the Civil Rights Clinic (CRC), an in-house clinic where students represent clients on prisoners'€™ rights and police misconduct... Read More →

Greg McConnell

Senior Pro Bono Counsel, Winston & Strawn
Greg McConnell serves as Winston & Strawn's senior pro bono counsel. Under his direction, the firm has annually ranked among the top 25 law firms in The American Lawyer pro bono rankings. Winston and its lawyers have been recognized with more than 90 awards for its service during... Read More →
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Alan Mills

Executive Director, Uptown People's Law Center
Alan Mills is the Executive Director of Uptown People's Law Center, a nonprofit community legal clinic located on the North Side of Chicago which fights on behalf of tenants, the disabled, and prisoners in Illinois. UPLC currently has seven class action lawsuits filed against the... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Bluegrass 2

8:30am EDT

Shark Tank: Pro Bono Innovation Fund Edition
The Pro Bono Innovation Fund Shark Tank will invigorate entrepreneurship and replication in legal aid pro bono. Four Pro Bono Innovation Fund grantee “Innovators” have been selected to inspire you to do pro bono more efficiently and effectively with meaningful client impact. Innovators will pitch a breakthrough product, concept, or service from their Pro Bono Innovation Fund projects for the chance to star in the next LSC Pro Bono Innovation Lab. Audience members will be the Sharks, whose job it is to identify the most promising replications that the Pro Bono Innovation Fund has to offer. Sharks will bring the perspective of diverse pro bono models and communities across the country, and will sink their teeth into Innovators’ ideas to test the strength and viability of replication. This session will use Poll Everywhere to capture live results to select the Shark Tank winner and allow the audience to provide feedback to each Innovator.


Jennifer Cuesta

Rural Pro Bono Program Attorney, Colorado Legal Services
Jen Cuesta is the program coordinator for the Colorado Legal Services' Pro Bono Innovation Fund grant. Since 2015, she has worked to research, design, implement and evaluate 5 clinic models that will increase services to low-income communities in Colorado.

Adam Heintz

Director of Pro Bono Services, Legal Services NYC
Adam Heintz is LSNYC's Director of Pro Bono Services. Mr. Heintz works with staff and pro bono partners to create and manage pro bono projects, place cases, access in-kind resources, and match individual volunteers with appropriate LSNYC offices. Mr. Heintz also manages communications... Read More →

Rachel Riemenschneider

VLP Administrative Assistant - ACT 2, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Rachel Riemenschneider has been the ACT 2 Administrative Assistant at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland since April 2016. Ms. Riemenschneider is responsible for the day-to-day work of the ACT 2 program, which engages late career and retired volunteers in pro bono activities. She... Read More →

Kate White

Access to Services Manager, Legal Aid of West Virginia
Kate first came to Legal Aid of West Virginia in 2009, via a Skadden Fellowship, a national public interest law award. In her current role, she oversees LAWV's statewide Application Line which provides statewide client access to Legal Aid services. In addition, she also directs the... Read More →

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

8:30am EDT

Tapping into Tech: Strategies for Integrating Tech Tools into Pro Bono Recruitment and Retention
You already realize that technology needs to play a central role in mobilizing and supporting your pro bono volunteers. You’ve even selected some tech tools to support your program. But now you’re wondering, how do I use these tools most effectively? In this session, we will discuss strategies for effective use of tech tools for recruiting, organizing, managing, and retaining volunteers. Panelists will share how they are using tech to make it easier—and more enjoyable—for lawyers to take on pro bono work and mobilize volunteer lawyers towards pressing needs. Participants will be able to identify specific strategies they can employ in their own programs.


Nancy Anderson

Director of Pro Bono, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Nancy J. Anderson, Esq., director of Legal Mobilization and Pro Bono for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is responsible for the overall design, structure, strategy and implementation of large-scale impact civil rights projects, which utilize pro bono resources... Read More →
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Mike Grunenwald

Senior Program Advisor, Pro Bono Net
Mike joined Pro Bono Net in 2015 after several years at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, where he served as the lead on a variety of technology initiatives, including management of the probono.net/dc and LawHelp.org/DC websites and development of interactive interviews on the LawHelp... Read More →

Jacek Pruski

Managing Director & General Counsel, We the Action
Jacek Pruski believes that ordinary people can do extraordinary things--and that coffee helps. Jacek has served as a lawyer in the Obama White House, as associate general counsel of the U.S. Department of Education, and as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil... Read More →

Laurie Rashidi-Yazd

Pro Bono Director and Pro Bono Unit Managing Attorney, Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Laurie is the Pro Bono Director and Pro Bono Unit Managing Attorney at Atlanta Legal Aid Society where she oversees the firm's volunteer projects and public/private partnerships. An active member of the Georgia Bar Association, Cobb County Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Association... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 7

8:30am EDT

The Intersection of Health Care and Immigration: Tackling the "Public Charge" Rule through Pro Bono Involvement
Health care and immigration have found themselves under attack in the Trump Administration. The new proposed "public charge" rule merges these two issues as it threatens health care for immigrant individuals and families. This session will highlight innovative ways nonprofits and law firms are working together to address these issues.


Scott Fishman

Partner and Director of Pro Bono, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Scot Fishman is a partner and Manatt's Director of Pro Bono. He is responsible for the firm's direct legal services, large impact projects, and small business and nonprofit matters. After a commercial litigation practice at a large New York law firm, Mr. Fishman began directing pro... Read More →
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Alvaro M. Huerta

Staff Attorney, National Immigrant Law Center
Alvaro M. Huerta works to defend and advance the rights of low-income immigrants and their family members through litigation, administrative advocacy, and community education. His practice includes litigation on due process, equal protection and civil rights, and challenging anti-immigrant... Read More →

Mara Youdelman

Managing Attorney, National Health Law Program
Mara Youdelman is Managing Attorney of the National Health Law Program's Washington D.C. offices. Youdelman has worked at the National Health Law Program since 2000 on issues that include Medicaid, health reform, language access, racial and ethnic disparities, and data collection... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 9

10:15am EDT

Better Together: How Successful Collaborations Make Us Stronger and More Effective
This session will discuss how formal and informal cross-organization and institutional collaborations can be used in various ways to create community, leverage connections, and combine resources to achieve short or long term goals and increase access to justice. In using several successful public interest and private sector examples of established and new coalitions as case studies, we will look at how groups can multiply their impact by working with others towards a common goal. We will talk about the stories behind why these groups were established, their goals, how they accomplish the change they envision, and how these collaborations are sustained over time.


Annie Pineda

Director, Pro Bono, The Bronx Defenders
Annie Pineda is Director of Pro Bono at The Bronx Defenders, which provides holistic and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, immigration and civil legal services, social work support, and advocacy to indigent people of the Bronx. In her role, she is responsible for developing... 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 →
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Ben Weinberg

Pro Bono Partner, Dentons Global
As Pro Bono partner, Ben works with Dentons' Global and US Pro Bono Committees and with firm-wide and regional leadership to manage the Firm's substantial pro bono program. In addition, Ben helps develop new pro bono initiatives with legal aid providers, nonprofits and NGOs. He encourages... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Bluegrass 1

10:15am EDT

Ensuring Access to Justice in Rural Areas
What is "rural America"? And how can we ensure access to equal justice in these spaces? Recent scholarship and data on the rural access to justice crisis have drawn out lessons for the legal community, and increased national attention to the plights of rural communities drives momentum for initiatives that aim to address those plights. The panelists—all dedicated public interest attorneys and educators working on behalf of rural communities—will share the latest research on rural access to justice, discuss some challenges to providing for legal needs in rural areas, and highlight many innovations in rural practice—from criminal law to housing law—being tailored and implemented to address the legal needs of rural populations. We will focus particularly on the use of technology and legal education as catalysts for change.


Christopher Chavis

Program and Social Media Coordinator, Alliance for Lawyers and Rural America
Christopher Chavis is a rural legal researcher and writer who lives in Alexandria, Virginia. He is an alumnus of Dartmouth College and Michigan State University College of Law, and is a current MPA candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill. Christopher is a native of Rowland, North Carolina and... Read More →

Amanda Kool

Director of Legal Operations, Commonwealth Commercialization Center
Amanda L. Kool is the Director of Legal Operations of the newly-formed Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3), an innovative partnership between state government and Kentucky's public universities and colleges to provide centralized resources to support the growth of new companies... Read More →

Heather Scheiwe Kulp

Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator, New Hampshire Judicial Branch
Heather Scheiwe Kulp is the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the New Hampshire Judicial Branch and serves on the State's Access to Justice Commission. She earned her law degree from Northwestern Law School and began her legal career as a Skadden Fellow at Resolution... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 7

10:15am EDT

Pro Bono Data Analytics for Improving Your Program and Expanding Funding
Many pro bono programs struggle with data collection and grant reporting. This session will explore cutting-edge data analytic techniques being applied in Florida and Virginia for evaluating and improving pro bono case output, volunteer lawyer recruitment, retention, and utilization, donated pro bono hours, and law firm fundraising. Participants will hear directly from developers of innovative new data analytic methods and learn how to apply these methods to their own program.


Karl A. Doss

Deputy Director, Legal Services Corporation of Virginia
Karl A. Doss is the Deputy Director of the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which develops, funds, coordinates and oversees the delivery of civil legal services to the poor in Virginia through the work of nine regional Legal Aid programs and a statewide support center comprising... Read More →
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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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John E. Whitfield

Executive Director, Blue Ridge Legal Services
John Whitfield has served as the executive director of Blue Ridge Legal Services, the legal aid society serving the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, since 1989. Prior to becoming the executive director, he served as a summer law clerk, a staff attorney, and supervising attorney since... Read More →
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Ken Smith Ph.D.

President, The Resource for Great Programs
Ken Smith is president of The Resource for Great Programs, a national consulting firm with offices in Michigan and Oregon. For more than 40 years, he has provided strategic research and data analytic services for civil legal aid programs, funders, and access-to-justice groups across... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Kentucky Ballroom Salon A-B

10:15am EDT

Setting the Standard(s): Best Practices for Supervision of Domestic & Sexual Violence
e will give EJC attendees a "sneak peek" at our brand new product, a DOJ-OVW funded best practices guide for supervision of DSV attorneys both staff and volunteer. Through an engaging discussion we will work through the intersectional themes and suggestions of the best practices guide. We will share common examples and strategies for success and transformative leadership for multigenerational staff and volunteer attorneys working with vulnerable and traumatized clients.

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Alicia L. Aiken, JD

Principal & Director, Danu Center for Strategic Advocacy & Confidentiality Institute
Alicia Aiken has dedicated 25 years to working within the public and non-profit sectors to further social justice for people living in poverty and surviving violence. Alicia brings a deep understanding of the legal and social services non-profit sector, having spent 15 years as a... Read More →

Vivian Huelgo

Chief Counsel, ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence
Vivian Huelgo joined the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence as Chief Counsel in 2010. Under her leadership, the Commission has expanded its reach and solidified its mission to increase access to justice for victims of domestic & sexual violence by mobilizing... Read More →

Jamie Perez

Safe and Stable Families Project Director, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
Jamie is the director of the Safe and Stable Families Project, which includes the Domestic Violence, Family Law, and Guardian ad Litem programs. Jamie currently serves as a member of the Fulton County Family Violence Task Force. Prior to joining AVLF, Jamie practiced family law at... Read More →
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Susheela Varky

Director, Center for Family Advocacy; Staff Attorney, Domestic and Sexual Violence, Virginia Poverty Law Center
Susheela Varky has been involved in the public interest arena for over 29 years. In DC, she gained national and local experience in housing and women's issues at organizations such as McAuley Institute, The National Housing Trust and Women Empowered Against Violence. In 1998, she... Read More →

Matt Wilkins

Alaska Native Justice Center

Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 9

1:45pm EDT

Effective Online Communications with Clients
As attorney-client communications go online via platforms such as ABA Free Legal Answers, LiveChat, text and email, attorneys may find it challenging to provide effective legal advice while satisfying clients’ need for instant access. This session will present best practices in providing timely, brief, thoughtful and professional online legal advice that includes plain language, effective hyperlinks, and other online tools. Panelists will discuss best practices in the context of various options for online pro bono legal service and examine the advantages and disadvantages of this type of client communication.

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Tali Albukerk

National Administrator, ABA Free Legal Answers, American Bar Association
Tali Albukerk works for the ABA Center for Pro Bono as the national administrator of ABA Free Legal Answers, an online legal clinic through which income-eligible clients can post civil legal services questions to be answered by pro bono attorneys from their state. Tali previously... Read More →
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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 →

Nicole Capretta

Prairie State Legal Services
Nicole Capretta is the Supervising Attorney of Telephone Counseling Service at Prairie State Legal Services. Her work involves interviewing and advising clients calling who are in need of legal assistance with diverse issues. Previously, Nicole worked at Illinois Legal Aid Online... 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 →

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

1:45pm EDT

The Kids Are Alright: Strategies for Pro Bono Work with Immigrant Children
Session will cover best practices for pro bono representation of immigrant children in removal proceedings, offering practical suggestions for law firms and LSPs to successfully collaborate.


BJ Jensen

Pro Bono Associate, Paul, Weiss
BJ Jensen is Paul, Weiss's full-time Pro Bono Associate, helping to manage the firm's pro bono efforts across departments and to develop partnerships with legal services organizations and clients. BJ's legal practice is focused on the immigration needs of LGBTQ individuals, UACs... Read More →

Chelsea Sahai

Immigration Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, LSNYC
Chelsea began her career as an immigration attorney, specializing in family-based petitions, removal defense, and federal appeals. She transitioned to Associate Counsel at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she worked with the immigration practice group in the Clinical Law... Read More →

Kaavya Viswanathan

Pro Bono Managing Attorney, The Door
Kaavya Viswanathan is the Pro Bono Managing Attorney at The Door's Legal Services Center. Prior to joining The Door in June 2018, Ms. Viswanathan was a Senior Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), where she represented and supervised pro bono representation... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 2

3:45pm EDT

Faith & Justice Alliance Pro Bono Clinics: From Inception to Action
This session will show how a Faith & Justice Alliance Pro Bono Program can serve the needs of a broader range of clients by holding clinics at houses of faith from different religions and denominations, as well as different geographic areas. Many citizens who may not have the ability or the confidence to seek legal help elsewhere will attend a clinic at their church or a church in their community. This crosses economic, racial, and ethnic lines. Many Pro Bono volunteers at these clinics are drawn to the opportunity to volunteer their legal services in a way that is connected to the faith community. This alliance has now held clinics at over twelve houses of faith in and around Knoxville, providing clients who attend the clinics with advice and more extended services. Come learn how to start the conversation among interested parties, how to spread the word, and how to take action!


J. William Coley

Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, Hodges, Doughty & Carson
J. William Coley (Bill) received his law degree with honors from the University of Tennessee in 1985. His practice is devoted primarily to utility representation across a broad range of legal issues, general litigation, and insurance representation. He is President of the Knoxville... Read More →
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Kathryn Ellis

Pro Bono Director, Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Kathryn Ellis joined LAET's Knoxville office in March 2012 with a primary area of practice in domestic violence (Orders of Protection and divorces). Dr. Ellis also assisted with some housing law issues and some consumer law issues. In July 2016, Dr. Ellis became the Pro Bono Director... Read More →

Rev. Lee Fox

Senior Minister, Ball Camp Baptist Church
Rev. Lee Fox is a native of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. He began his ministry as pastor of Ball Camp Baptist Church in October 2015. He is a graduate of Carson-Newman University with a B.A. in Religion and a B.A. in History and also a graduate of George W. Truett Theological Seminary... Read More →

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

8:30am EDT

Top Ten Best State Laws & Policies for Pro Bono
Join this panel discussion about how some states have been improving pro bono services and culture, and how yours can too, by adopting laws, rules and policies which promote pro bono participation, such as (i) requiring pro bono service as a condition to becoming licensed for law practice; (ii) permitting attorneys who take pro bono cases to earn credit toward mandatory CLE requirements; (iii) requiring attorneys to report on certain aspects of pro bono service to maintain their professional licenses to practice; and (iv) waiving professional license requirements for law professors, in-house counsel, retired and inactive attorneys and for out-of-state attorneys assisting individuals and families in a state impacted by a disaster. At the conclusion of the session, we will identify a suggested set of best laws, rules and policies for supporting pro bono, and the reasons for and against the inclusion of each.

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Jamie Gamble

Senior Counsel and Director, Justice Index Project
Jamie Gamble, Senior Counsel and Director of the Justice Index Project, guides on a pro bono basis the NCAJ's Justice Index, including the work of its pro bono research partners. Jamie retired as a litigation partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in December 2010. During his 14... Read More →

Alyssa Saunders

Assistant Director, Corporate Pro Bono, Pro Bono Institute

Cheryl Zalenski

Counsel, ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono, American Bar Association
Cheryl M. Zalenski is the counsel to the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and director of the ABA Center for Pro Bono. Along with its policy initiatives, the Committee actively engages in outreach around pro bono development and support... Read More →

Saturday May 11, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 7