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Thursday, May 9

1:30pm EDT

When Tenants Are Sexually Harassed, What to Do and Who Can Help?
In this interactive session, hear from those who investigate and litigate allegations that tenants have been sexually harassed by landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, or others with control over housing. What are your options if your client reports sexual harassment? What protections are available under the federal Fair Housing Act?


Tamar Hagler

Deputy Chief, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, Department Of Justice, Civil RIghts Division
Ms. Hagler joined the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice over 19 years ago, and currently is a Deputy Chief in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section. She supervises an active docket of investigations and litigation nationwide, enforcing federal laws prohibiting... Read More →

Thursday May 9, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 8

3:30pm EDT

Housing, Not Handcuffs: Criminalization of Homelessness & Constructive Alternatives
Across the nation, persons experiencing homelessness are criminalized for their basic human needs to rest, to ask for help, to shelter themselves, and even to eat. But recent wins by attorneys using First, Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment theories are forcing communities to reshape how they approach homelessness.


Lili Graham

Director of Litigation, Community Legal Aid SoCal
Lili Graham is the Director of Litigation at Legal Aid Society of Orange County/Community Legal Services. Her work focuses on systemic and impact advocacy and litigation for low-income clients. Primarily, Lili has focused on the preservation of affordable and low-income housing in... Read More →

Shayla Myers

Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Shayla Myers is an attorney in the Housing and Communities work group at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. At LAFLA, she primarily focuses on issues related to housing and homelessness. Shayla litigates cases in state and federal court on behalf of low-income tenants, people... Read More →

Carol Sobel

Law Office of Carol A Sobel
Carol Sobel is an attorney in private practice with the Law Office of Carol A. Sobel in Santa Monica, California. Since 2000, she has litigated issues involving the criminalization of homelessness. She was the lead attorney on Justin v. City of Los Angeles, Fitzgerald v. City of Los... Read More →

Eric Tars

Legal Director, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Eric Tars serves as the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty's Legal Director, leading its human rights, civil rights, and children's rights programs through managing its cutting edge litigation, strategic policy advocacy, and outreach and training initiatives at the international... Read More →

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

8:30am EDT

Gender-Based Violence Federal Legislative Update
We will review the current status and important (proposed) changes to the Violence Against Women Act, the Victims of Crime Act (assuming it is taken up before the session), and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act. We will also review the newly passed POWER Act (Pro bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018) and discuss implementation opportunities._x000D_

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Rebecca Henry

Deputy Chief Counsel, ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence
Rebecca Henry is the deputy chief counsel of the Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence at the American Bar Association. Since joining the ABA, Rebecca has been actively involved in efforts to strengthen legal supports for survivors of gender-based violence, including the development... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 4

10:15am EDT

Economic Justice through Scam Prevention for Older Adults
Scams can devastate older adults, especially those who are economically disadvantaged. Learn from the FTC about trends, tips and tools to avoid scams. Then, hear from the Western Kentucky Elder Justice Coordinator and a Kentucky Legal Aid Executive Director about how to prevent scams against older adults in your community.


Bill Campbell

Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, WDKY
William F. Campbell has been an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky since 1988. He handles civil fraud cases, including Medicaid and Medicare fraud, as well as other affirmative litigation on behalf of the federal government. Mr. Campbell helps lead... Read More →
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Lisa Weintraub Schifferle

Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC
Lisa Weintraub Schifferle is an attorney in the Federal Trade Commission's Division of Consumer & Business Education. At the FTC, she regularly leads trainings on identity theft, scams and cybersecurity. She has also litigated fraud and data security cases. Before arriving at the... Read More →

Neva-Marie Scott

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society
Neva-Marie Polley Scott is an attorney and Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society. Scott began work at Legal Aid in 2005 as a staff attorney in the Family Law Unit, where she served as an advocate for low-income domestic violence victims. Scott developed and launched the Domestic... Read More →

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

10:15am EDT

Top Ten Best Policies for State and Local Fines and Fees Regimes
Across the country, legislators annually close gaps in their budgets by imposing fines and fees on individuals caught up in state and local justice systems. These hidden taxes have become a significant part of state and local government financing but they are harmful and regressive. They exacerbate racial disparities, penalize people for being poor, undercut the integrity of the justice system, and prevent people from escaping poverty. Reform efforts are accelerating. But what are the best governmental policies and practices? Join us in this conversation that can be helpful in your own work and that can also help to align strategic reform initiatives that advocates are pursuing across the country. Panelists and the full group will consider strengths and weaknesses of approaches that include eliminating driver’s license suspensions for failure to pay court debt, making "inability to pay" hearings real, capping municipal revenue from fines and fees, allowing community service, requiring impact statements before adoption of new fines and fees, and more.


Lisa Foster

Fines and Fees Justice Center, Co-Director
Lisa Foster is the co-director of the Fines and Fees Justice Center, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending the unjust and harmful imposition of fines and fees in the criminal legal system. A retired judge, Lisa is also the former director of the Office for Access to Justice at... Read More →
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David Udell

Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice
David Udell is Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Access to Justice, ncforaj.org, a research and policy organization based at Fordham Law School that relies on data and advocacy to build a more just and equitable society. David guides NCAJ’s initiatives, including... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 8

3:45pm EDT

Major Immigration Updates: Asylum and Other Hot Topics
The session will focus on recent changes and developments in substantive immigration law. It will provide attendees an in-depth look at recent policy and legal developments pertaining to asylum claims and other immigration issues. Specifically, it will address recent changes in the adjudications of affirmative and defensive asylum claims.


Robyn Barnard

Staff Attorney, Human Rights First
Robyn Barnard is a Staff Attorney in the Los Angeles office of Human Rights First. She provides support to volunteer lawyers who represent asylum seekers at all levels of the immigration and court system. She also represents asylum seekers throughout the immigration process. Robyn... Read More →

Nareeneh Sohbatian

Immigration Pro Bono Supervisory attorney, Winston & Strawn LLP
Nareeneh Sohbatian is Winston & Strawn LLP's Immigration Pro Bono Supervisory attorney. Ms. Sohbatian manages the firm's pro bono immigration project, which consists of a docket of over two hundred cases. She creates and implements tools, processes, procedures, and resources to manage... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 3:45pm - 5:15pm EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 1

3:45pm EDT

Securing Safe Housing in Detroit and Beyond
Presenters will guide an interactive discussion among advocates about inequity in rental housing in Detroit, tenants rights and recent city enforcement efforts. The information and ideas generated during the panel will encourage participants to think critically about strategies to address housing inequity in their cities and inspire collaborative problem solving.


Marie DeFer

Staff Attorney, Lakeshore Legal Aid
Marie DeFer is a staff attorney at Lakeshore Legal Aid, an LSC funded organization serving 46 counties in Southeastern Michigan. Marie’s practice focuses on housing and public benefits law.

Linda Jordan

Staff Attorney, Lakeshore Legal Aid
Linda Jordan is a staff attorney at Lakeshore Legal Aid in Detroit, Michigan. She has an interest in housing justice and works to promote housing security in Detroit.

Stephanie Moes

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio
Stephanie Moes is the Managing Attorney of the Consumer Law Group of the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio. She focuses on housing and consumer issues as well as school related matters.

Steve Sharpe

Senior Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio
Steve Sharpe is a Senior Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio. He is also Of Counsel with the National Consumer Law Center. Steve focuses his practice in housing and home ownership related matters.

Friday May 10, 2019 3:45pm - 5:15pm EDT
Bluegrass 1
Saturday, May 11

8:30am EDT

Is a "Least Restrictive Placement" the Best We Can Do for Our Children?
Though the law requires that children are placed in the least restrictive setting in special education, juvenile justice and dependency cases, this does not happen for far too many children. Attendees will discuss practical resources and current research to instead reframe our advocacy to advocate for the “most connected” placement for our child clients.

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Hasan Davis

Founder, H.D. Solutions
There was a time when the first words that might have come to mind when discussing Hasan Davis might have been delinquent, troublemaker or worse. In his youth, running the streets of Atlanta, Georgia, Hasan barely stayed one step ahead of the law. After an early arrest as a pre-teen... Read More →

Brent Pattison

Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Drake University Law School, Middleton Center for Children's Rights,
Brent Pattison (B.A. Wesleyan University; J.D. University of Minnesota Law School) is a Clinical Professor of Law and director of the Middleton Center for Children's Rights at Drake University Law School. He teaches and supervises the Children's Rights Clinic, in which third year... Read More →

Rita Ward

Chief Attorney, , Louisville, KY, Institute for Compassion in Justice, Greater Jefferson County Education Advocacy Program
Rita Ward is the Chief Attorney of the Greater Jefferson County Education Advocacy Program at the Institute for Compassion in Justice. In this role she assists children with any legal issue they may face in a variety of forums and primarily represents children with education related... Read More →

Saturday May 11, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 4