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Thursday, May 9


The Marriage of Pro Bono and Fund Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Making It a Win-Win for All Concerned
Pro bono and fund development can work in hand in hand to increase engagement and support for a legal aid program when the two functions are strategically integrated. This panel will be an interactive discussion of challenges, opportunities, and best practices for identifying what works, what doesn’t, and what you can do to most effectively increase funding and pro bono assistance from the legal community.

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Ana Cruz

Director of Development, Greater Boston Legal Services
Ana Cruz is the Director of Development at Greater Boston Legal Services, and is responsible for the oversight and direction of the organization’s fundraising and communications efforts. In her role, she supervises a talented and knowledgeable staff of five, and works closely with... Read More →
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Bob Glaves

Executive Director, The Chicago Bar Foundation
Bob Glaves has been Executive Director of The Chicago Bar Foundation since 1999, prior to which he had a successful nine-year career as a civil litigator in private prac-tice. As Executive Director, Bob is responsible for leading and overseeing the CBF’s work that brings Chicago’s... Read More →
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Melissa Gonzalez

Pro Bono Coordinator, Greater Boston Legal Services
Melissa Gonzalez is the Pro Bono Program Coordinator at Greater Boston Legal Services. Her professional experience includes nonprofit strategy and development consulting, program design and evaluation, and research and teaching as an academic economist. Originally from Costa Rica... Read More →

Kelly Tautges

Pro Bono Counsel & Director, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Kelly Tautges serves as Faegre Baker Daniels"™ pro bono counsel and leads the professional team that manages and supports the firm's pro bono practice and community service activities. Before joining FaegreBD, Kelly was the Chicago Bar Foundation's (CBF) Director of Pro Bono & Court... Read More →

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


Outcomes-Based Financing for Civil Legal Aid: If Not Now, When?
A conversation exploring the use of outcomes as a base for funding civil legal services. The panel will present Social Finance’s research on the feasibility of Pay for Success (PFS) models to expand civil access to justice using outcomes or performance-based financing structures that direct public and private dollars to what works. Will committing to outcomes force us to focus? Will it invite creaming? Is there even an evidence-base for our work? The use of outcomes data for funders and for focusing our mission, vision and staff will also be explored.


Navjeet K. Bal

Managing Director and General Counsel, Social Finance (US)
Navjeet K. Bal is Managing Director and General Counsel at Social Finance. She is responsible for working with the Social Finance team to develop and execute innovative financings that bring together the public, private and non-profit sectors to promote solutions to social needs... Read More →

Matthew Burnett

Policy Officer, Open Society Foundations
Matthew Burnett is a policy officer with the Open Society Justice Initiative, where he focuses on legal empowerment, technology, and innovative financing. Previously, Burnett was director of the Immigration Advocates Network, a groundbreaking collaboration among leading immigrant... 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 →

Holly Stevens

Director of Evaluation and Learning, Children's Law Center
Holly Stevens, Ph.D., is the Director of Evaluation and Learning at Children’s Law Center, a non-profit legal services organization in Washington, DC. At CLC, Holly conducts program evaluations and research projects to improve CLC’s services and build a data-informed culture of... Read More →

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


State Funding Roundtable
This session will focus on efforts to raise state legislative funding for civil legal aid. Roundtable participants will have an opportunity to share ideas and strategies being used for state funding efforts during 2019. They will also hear about the new ABA data collection process used to support state legislative efforts and hear about available technical assistance and training resources to bolster revenue enhancement efforts.


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 →

Shubi Deoras

Director, ABA Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives, American Bar Association
Shubhangi (Shubi) Deoras is an attorney licensed in Illinois and currently serves as the Director of the ABA Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives and Associate Counsel for the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (SCLAID). She held the position... 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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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 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Kentucky Ballroom Salon A-B


Responding to the Opioid Crisis and Helping Crime Victims: Civil Legal Aid and Federal Funding
What does civil legal aid have to do with responding to the opioid crisis and helping crime victims? A lot. Legal aid providers help victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, identity theft, wage theft, financial fraud, human trafficking, child abuse and neglect, and so much more. Legal aid also has a critical role to play helping children and their caregivers when a parent has a substance use disorder, and in helping people with a SUD in their recovery. This session will provide a general overview of federal funding opportunities with a focus on the opioid crisis and crime victims. Panelists will share information, the latest trends, and experiences tapping into funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, as well as other federal funding streams to support this important work.


Michael Figgins

Executive Director, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.
Michael Figgins has spent 35 years of his legal career providing civil legal services to low-income persons. He is currently executive director of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. (LASO), a statewide civil legal services program with 140 attorneys in 20 offices throughout Oklahoma... Read More →

Karen Lash

Practitioner-in-Residence and Director, The Justice in Government Project at American University Justice Programs Office
As a political appointee in the Obama Administration, Karen A. Lash served in leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Access to Justice (ATJ) and as the first Executive Director of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR). Karen conceptualized... Read More →

Kathrina S. Peterson

Acting Deputy Director, Department of Justice
Kathrina S. Peterson, J.D., LL.M., currently serves as Acting Deputy Director over the State Compensation and Assistance Division, where she oversees the Office for Victims of Crime's (OVC) state formula funding programs. Kathrina continues to advise the OVC Director on legislative... Read More →
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Radhika Singh

Chief, Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Radhika is the chief of the civil legal services division at NLADA, working with civillegal aid providers across the country. She also leads NLADA's Project toAdvance Civil Legal Aid Collaborations, which advocates for funding andpolicies that support civil legal aid’s role in advancing... Read More →

Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Bluegrass 2
Friday, May 10


Leading for Fundraising Success: What Every Executive Director Should Know
As the executive director, you are not expected to be the expert on fundraising. However, you are expected to be your organization’s leader on fundraising, and to be successful in that role there are things that you need to know and understand about how successful fundraising is accomplished. Come to this session to gain key fundraising knowledge and skills, including understanding your responsibilities, how to increase board member involvement, and how to hire and effectively support a development director. Two executive directors – one with decades of experience and one relatively new to the job – will share their insights.

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Ana Cruz

Director of Development, Greater Boston Legal Services
Ana Cruz is the Director of Development at Greater Boston Legal Services, and is responsible for the oversight and direction of the organization’s fundraising and communications efforts. In her role, she supervises a talented and knowledgeable staff of five, and works closely with... Read More →
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Jon Laramore

Executive Director, Indiana Legal Services
Jon has been Executive Director of Indiana Legal Services since 2015. ILS is a statewide, LSC-funded program with 8 offices, 150 staff, and a budget of $14 million. He began his career as a legal aid lawyer in Massachusetts, then worked as a government lawyer in Massachusetts and... Read More →

Adrienne Worthy

Executive Director, Legal Aid of West Virginia
Adrienne Worthy is Executive Director of Legal Aid of West Virginia, a position she has held since 2001. She has more than 37 years of experience leading non-profit organizations, government agencies and special initiatives in West Virginia on health, environmental, consumer, literacy... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Bluegrass 2


Creating an Easy-to-Implement Development Plan
The ideal development plan is a well articulated strategic plan that includes messaging, a fundraising strategies timeline, and goals. Panelists will share their expertise and practical experience applying this knowledge to create a development plan for a legal aid organization. Attendees will break down each stage of the planning process and will leave being able to create an easy-to-implement development plan for organizations of all sizes and budgets.


Mary Asbury

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
Mary Asbury is the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati . Her responsibilities include developing and implementing the plan and strategies for resource development, and active personal engagement in fundraising activities. Mary is a member of the MIE Board... Read More →

Charmaine S. Torma

President & Founder, Charmaine Torma Consulting LLC
Charmaine Torma is the founder and president of Charmaine Torma Consulting LLC (CTC), a boutique consulting firm empowering not-for-profits to advance their missions through strategy and innovation. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), and, for the past 20 years, she has... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Bluegrass 2