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Monday, June 3
 

9:30am PDT

Pre-Conference: Registration
Limited Capacity seats available

Monday June 3, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am PDT
Milton Marks Conference Center Lobby

10:00am PDT

Pre-Conference: CalFresh Basics
Limited Capacity seats available

CalFresh provides eligible households with money for food. Did you know that SSI recipients may now be eligible? This session will cover the basics of CalFresh: what it is, who is eligible, and how to apply. Participants will learn how to screen for basic eligibility and how to connect people to CalFresh.

Speakers
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Liliana Sandoval

Senior Program Manager, CalFresh Outreach, SF-Marin Food Bank
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Stephanie Nishio

Director of Programs, California Association of Food Banks
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Edith Martinez

Program Manager, California Association of Food Banks


Monday June 3, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Redwood

11:00am PDT

Pre-Conference: SSI advocates discussion [by invitation only]
Limited Capacity seats available

Join a discussion among legal services advocates about working with Social Security to resolve complaints of racial bias. To register for this session, please contact Trinh Phan (tphan@justiceinaging.org).

Speakers
avatar for Trinh Phan

Trinh Phan

Justice in Aging, Senior Staff Attorney


Monday June 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Farallon

1:00pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

Pre-Conference: Domestic Violence: Coordinating a Statewide Civil Strategy
Limited Capacity seats available

The legal landscape for domestic violence survivors in California has significantly shifted over the past half-decade, due in part to an increase in appellate litigation addressing systemic problems across several areas of civil law including restraining orders, custody and visitation cases, support matters, immigration, juvenile law and more. Four years ago at Pathways to Justice, Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP) sought your input on appellate priorities and strategy which contributed to our statewide appellate work on behalf of domestic violence survivors.

This year, joined by Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ), which maintains a robust domestic violence-related appellate practice, we are seeking your input and collaboration on future strategy.  What are the issues facing your clients which appellate case law needs to address?  How should we prioritize that work?  Have the 40 published appellate opinions resulting from FVAP and LACLJ's work addressed the issues raised four years ago?  Are there unintended consequences?  What other strategies such as legislation or systems change might address the most pressing issues facing domestic violence survivors?

We encourage attendees to think about these two questions in advance:
1.  What has changed in DV legal practice in the past 4-5 years after new case law and statutes?  Is it better?  Worse?  In what ways?
2.  What are the most pressing legal issues your DV clients are facing right now?


Speakers
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Jennafer Wagner

Director of Programs, Family Violence Appellate Project
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Sarah Reisman

Supervising Attorney, Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice
Sarah Reisman is a supervising attorney at the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ), where she supervises a legal team that provides holistic legal representation to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She also supervises LACLJ’s appellate work, which, in... Read More →
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Erin Smith

Executive Director, Family Violence Apellate Project
Appealing domestic violence cases


Monday June 3, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Catalina

1:00pm PDT

Self-Help Center Cost Benefit Analysis (ONLY register via Survey Monkey)
Limited Capacity seats available

The Judicial Council Center for Families, Children & the Courts will be conducting a cost-benefit study of self-help services, as required by the 2018 Budget Act, with the participation of courts across the state. This interactive session will focus on methods for collecting data to measure the costs and benefits of self-help services provided by the courts.

The session will also provide an opportunity for self-help programs statewide to share information about the data they are currently collecting and to highlight successes and challenges with improving efficiency, expanding self-help services, and resource allocation.

 Presented by Mr. John Greacen, Court Consultant

Please contact kelly.meehlieb@jud.ca.gov for the Survey Monkey registration link.

The class will be held at the Judicial Council, 255 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco but the classroom location has not been determined yet.

Speakers
avatar for John Greacen

John Greacen

Principal of Greacen Associates, Greacen Associates, LLC
After a distinguished career as a court administrator in the federal and state courts – managing both trial and appellate courts and serving as Director of the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts, Mr. Greacen has spent the past eighteen years consulting on many topics... Read More →


Monday June 3, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
San Diego

1:30pm PDT

1:30pm PDT

1:30pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

 
Tuesday, June 4
 

8:30am PDT

Registration & Breakfast
Limited Capacity seats available

Tuesday June 4, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am PDT
Milton Marks Conference Center Lobby

9:00am PDT

Opening Plenary
Limited Capacity filling up

Tuesday June 4, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am PDT
Auditorium

9:45am PDT

Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Direct Legal Services (intellectual, developmental, and psycho-social disabilities)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will offer some limited discussion of general language use and disability etiquette relating to the disabilities being covered in this session, and primarily focus on accommodations, policy modifications, and best practices when working with people with intellectual, developmental, and/or psycho-social disabilities. Physical accessibility will also be covered since that can be needed by people with multiple disabilities. We will also spend some time addressing intersectionality and things to consider when working with folks with multiple marginalized identities, including disability. This session is focused on delivery of legal services in a direct services context.

Speakers
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Alexis Alvarez

Senior Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Program, Legal Aid at Work
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Silvia Yee

Senior Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund



Tuesday June 4, 2019 9:45am - 11:15am PDT
San Diego

9:45am PDT

#ImmigrantWomenToo: Protections for Non-Citizen Women Fleeing or Experiencing Domestic Violence
Limited Capacity seats available

Covering the intersectionality of domestic violence and immigration, this session will discuss remedies for non-citizens dealing with domestic violence. This session will provide an overview on the current state of U.S. immigration policies seeking to limit due process rights and protections for non-citizens, including the impact on women fleeing domestic violence in their countries of origin or experiencing domestic violence in the United States. Legal service providers will gain an understanding of specific challenges faced by and legal remedies available to domestic violence survivors, including local avenues for protection, such as crisis intervention, safety planning, and restraining orders as well as potential federal immigration protections available with a focus on asylum, U-visa, and VAWA, and of best practices in each forum.

Speakers
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Stephanie Penrod

Managing Attorney, Family Violence Law Center
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Anna Cabot

Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
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Catherine Seitz

Legal Director, International Institute of the Bay Area



Tuesday June 4, 2019 9:45am - 11:15am PDT
Auditorium

9:45am PDT

Navigating Restitution for Elder Financial Abuse Victims
Limited Capacity seats available

Elder financial abuse is a particularly insidious and reprehensible crime because the elderly victim is unlikely to recover from the financial losses in his or her lifetime. Armed with knowledge of legal strategies and tools to use in elder abuse cases, attorneys can better help their clients obtain important relief and avoid further harm. This session will provide information on key legal strategies. Presenters will also share new resources from the National Center on Law & Elder Rights (NCLER) and CANHR. CANHR, through a California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services grant, produced and published a California Restitution Guide for Professionals and a Restitution Guide for Consumers. The Professional guide sets forth what professionals need to know about the criminal and civil proceedings along with information on non-judicial remedies and services to aid victims of abuse. NCLER recently developed a California Financial Exploitation Guide for legal aid attorneys. Attendees will receive copies of the guides.

Speakers
avatar for Fay Gordon

Fay Gordon

Project Manager, Justice in Aging
Fay joined Justice in Aging’s Health Team in May 2012 and is based in Oakland, CA. Fay is the Project Manager of 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... Read More →
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Prescott Cole

Senior Staff Attorney, CANHR



Tuesday June 4, 2019 9:45am - 11:15am PDT
Redwood

9:45am PDT

Occupational Health & Safety 101: Helping Injured & Ill Clients
Limited Capacity seats available

Many workers who have experienced a workplace injury often come into legal aid organizations for help when it’s too late. They may be coming in for assistance with unemployment, wage theft, public benefits, sexual harassment, domestic violence, or other issues without directly addressing what caused them to have issues at work. Learn about the basics of how to help clients that come to you with workplace injuries or illnesses including domestic violence that spills into the workplace, sexual harassment and assault, as well as acute injuries and chronic illnesses from long term exposure. Learn about employment rights, retaliation and whistleblower issues, and intersections with employment and labor laws.Learn about new retaliation rights and how they may affect your client.

Speakers
JT

Jora Trang

Managing Attorney, Worksafe



Tuesday June 4, 2019 9:45am - 11:15am PDT
Monterey
  Employment, Employment

9:45am PDT

Social Work & Legal Services: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this workshop, we will discuss and explain the importance of the social worker-attorney relationship from our work with the Children’s Rights Project and Immigrant’s Rights Project at Public Counsel. Social work professionals have become an integral part of the legal teams at Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro-bono law firm with the objective of providing holistic legal services to clients. The non-traditional collaboration between attorneys and social workers provides benefits to many, namely the clients and the attorneys themselves. The capacity to see clients as full individuals with multi-dimensional lives allows the social worker to collaborate with the client in navigating various intersecting systems. This also allows the social worker to help the attorneys put the client’s circumstances and lives into perspective as it relates to their legal case.

Many times, it is all of these systems’ interactions and their overlap with the immigration or foster care system that shape the client’s experience and decision-making. Throughout the presentation, the challenges and benefits of introducing a social work professional in a legal team for various stakeholder’s will be examined. Specifically the discussion will highlight the flexibility of the social work profession, a framework for how to incorporate social workers into a legal team, particularly how to leverage their skills in furtherance of the legal work. Our workshop will include a case study to illustrate the collaboration in practice, and end with engaging participants on how this framework can be implemented in their agencies and how it would benefit their work. Working with the populations we work with often requires creativity and forging new partnerships in the systems they actively choose to engage- a concept that is not foreign to social workers.


Speakers
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Bernadette Gholami

Social Worker, Public Counsel
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HyunJoo Lee

Staff Attorney, Public Counsel
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Jose Ortiz-Rosales

Social Worker, Public Counsel
José Ortiz-Rosales is a Social Worker at Public Counsel in Los Angeles. He received his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and has certification in Mental Health First Aid and Motivational Interviewing. As a social worker, Jose collaborates... Read More →



Tuesday June 4, 2019 9:45am - 11:15am PDT
Santa Barbara
  Holistic Services, Outreach

9:45am PDT

Creative Pro Bono Programs and Universal Representation
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Attorneys in Justice & Diversity Center’s (JDC) Immigrant Legal Defense Project and Pro Bono Legal Services Program will engage in a panel discussion moderated by OneJustice. The attorneys will highlight the unique way in which JDC provides holistic representation to the most vulnerable populations through creative pro bono programs and how JDC is leveraging data to advocate for due process in the courts, continuity in services, increased funding, and universal representation. This session will also provide an overview of successful universal representation models nationwide and engage the audience in exploring what we can learn from these models, as well as how we can surmount challenges to advocating for universal representation.

Speakers
avatar for Gloria Chun

Gloria Chun

Director and Managing Attorney, Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco
I advocate for the people that the law should serve. The Justice & Diversity Center's free legal service programs help thousands of people, as well as other nonprofit organizations that serve low-income communities.
avatar for Claire Fawcett

Claire Fawcett

AOD Attorney Coordinator, Justice & Diversity Center
Claire Fawcett is the Attorney Coordinator for the Attorney of the Day (AOD) program. Claire oversees the AOD program, recruiting and training attorney volunteers, and providing follow-up legal assistance to pro se respondents. Prior to her position at JDC, Claire worked as a staff... Read More →
avatar for Ariella Morrison

Ariella Morrison

Senior Staff Attorney, OneJustice
OneJustice is an innovative and award-winning nonprofit that brings life changing legal help to those in need by transforming the civil legal aid system. OneJustice works statewide to build the capacity of all components of California's civil legal aid system to meet the legal needs... Read More →
HP

Hamid Panah

Advocacy Director, California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice


CCIJ pdf

Tuesday June 4, 2019 9:45am - 11:15am PDT
Bodega A&B

9:45am PDT

MLCP-LA: Showcasing Innovations in Technology, Partnership, and Funding to Bring Legal Services to Most Vulnerable Los Angeles County Residents
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop showcases an innovative approach to providing county-wide legal services: Medical Legal Community Partnership – Los Angeles (MLCP-LA), a collaboration between the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services’ Whole Person Care Program (WPC), Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County as the lead agency, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and Mental Health Advocacy Services. WPC employs community health workers to support LA County’s Medi-Cal beneficiaries facing homelessness, mental illness, chronic hospitalizations, substance use disorders, and other critical needs. MLCP-LA supports these WPC participants, empowers community health workers, and strives to identify and overcome systemic barriers. MLCP-LA leveraged Medicaid waiver funding, developed electronic referral and intake systems, and created a hybrid service delivery system to amplify its reach.

Through a panel presentation and interactive discussion, this workshop will provide an overview into MLCP-LA’s development and implementation and will seek to identify local opportunities among attendees.


Speakers
avatar for Johanna Bloomfield

Johanna Bloomfield

Senior Attorney, Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc.
Johanna ("Jo") Bloomfield is a senior attorney at Mental Health Advocacy Services in Los Angeles where she supervises the organization's Medical Legal Community Partnership work. Jo's background is in general poverty law, with a focus on disability benefits and mental health law and... Read More →
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Dennis Hsieh

Director, Social Medicine and Community Health, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
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Gerson Sorto

Supervising Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
Gerson Sorto is an Associate Supervising Attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County overseeing the program’s five Medical Legal Community Partnerships (MLCPs). He has led NLSLA’s efforts as the lead agency implementing the “MLCP–LA” project with the... Read More →
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Helen Tran

Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Helen Tran is a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles for the Medical-Legal Community Partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Before joining LAFLA, Ms. Tran worked at the Health Consumer Center of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los... Read More →



Tuesday June 4, 2019 9:45am - 11:15am PDT
Benicia

11:30am PDT

Determining Ability to Pay: Lessons from the Traffic Pilot
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters will explain how the Online Traffic Pilot Project is developing an online system for requesting and processing ability to pay determination in traffic infraction cases. The system includes an option for litigants to request a name check against a public benefits database to verify their income and qualify them for specific fine and fee adjustments. Presenters will include the participants in exercises to brainstorm other applications for this work including civil fee waivers.

Speakers
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Martha Wright

Supervising Analyst, Judicial Council/Criminal Justice Services
MC

Mark Culkins

Criminal Court Administrator, Superior Court of California - County of San Francisco
LF

Lauren Finke

Analyst, Criminal Justice Services, Judicial Council of CA



Tuesday June 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Benicia

11:30am PDT

Assisting Tribal Community With Restraining Orders
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This workshop provides participants with a tribal advocate perspective regarding restraining order processes and navigating jurisdiction. The purpose is to enhance knowledge/skills for working with American Indian individuals addressing barriers, process, and jurisdictional concerns. Participants will have the opportunity to learn strategies tribal advocates use when working with clients and assessing danger risks.

This workshop is for advocates, casa workers, ICWA workers, therapists, counselors, judges, medical personnel and/or anyone who works with or spends time with victims/survivors of domestic violence or sexual trauma.

Learning Objectives:
1. Individuals will learn victim/survivor barriers, concerns with the legal process and jurisdiction.
2. Individuals will learn assessment approaches to determine danger risks and cultural concerns.

Speakers
avatar for Keely Linton

Keely Linton

Executive Director, Strong Hearted Native Women's Coaltion, Inc.
Keely Linton is an Íipay and Cupeno Native from the Mesa Grande Band of MissionIndians. She is a single parent of two children. She currently lives and works within hercommunity. Keely obtained her Bachelors in Science degree from California StateUniversity, San Marcos. She began... Read More →


Tuesday June 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Catalina
  DV / Tribal, DV
  • Skill Building Yes
  • CIMCE Yes

11:30am PDT

Strengthening Advocacy through Partnerships: Protecting LEP Seniors from Medicare Marketing Abuses
Limited Capacity seats available

Limited English Proficient older adults are susceptible to suspect Medicare marketing tactics from agents and brokers. Come to this session to learn about Medicare marketing rules through a case study where a local legal services organization and a national legal services support center combined efforts to combat improper marketing behavior that targeted LEP older adults living in one rural California county, many of whom had both Medicare and Medi-Cal. Find out what was done and how advocates were able to use the improper behavior as an opportunity for systemic change.

Speakers
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Denny Chan

Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
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Beatriz Garcia

Managing Attorney, California Rural Legal Assistance
CD

Carla Diaz

California Rurlal Legal Assistance



Tuesday June 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Redwood
  Elder Law, Elder Law, Medi-Cal, Language Access/LEP

11:30am PDT

Sexual Harassment of Low-Wage Workers: Outreach, Education and Representation
Limited Capacity filling up

Knowing how to outreach, educate and represent low-wage workers regarding sexual harassment in the workplace is a must. Low-wage workers have been a significant part of the Time’s Up and #metoo movements. However, many low-wage workers continue to be unaware of their rights or fearful of coming forward. We need to provide low-wage workers with the knowledge and power of fighting against sexual harassment. Learn tips on providing education and outreach to low-wage workers and best practices in representing low-wage workers in front of the DFEH, EEOC and/or in court.

Speakers
avatar for Blanca A. Bañuelos

Blanca A. Bañuelos

Migrant Unit Director, California Rural Legal Assistance
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Victoria Hassid

CA Dept of Industrial Relations
VV

VIRGINIA VILLEGAS

President, Villegas Carrera, Inc.



Tuesday June 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Santa Barbara

11:30am PDT

From Training to Action: Using Technology to Connect Pro Bono Attorneys to Volunteer Opportunities
Limited Capacity filling up

The workshop will discuss the development and implementation of the Pro Bono Training Institute’s volunteer opportunities tech feature and the new Language Access training modules. PBTI is a LSC PBIF project of Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Neighborhood Legal Services, and OneJustice that collaborates with legal non-profits to develop free pro bono trainings. As PBTI grew, the project learned that many attorneys did not know where pro bono opportunities were available to them. To ensure that these trained users could connect with pro bono work, PBTI developed the new volunteer opportunities feature on pbtraining.org, allowing organizations to post opportunities for volunteers to search through on the PBTI site. This workshop will begin with a brief overview of PBTI. We will then discuss the process of developing the website feature. Finally, we will facilitate break out groups for attendees to brainstorm ways they technology to connect volunteers.

This session will also include a short presentation on LawHelpCA, California’s official and free legal resource.

Session Coordinator
avatar for Patrick Fodell

Patrick Fodell

Training Institute Senior Manager, OneJustice
As the Training Institute Manager, Patrick dedicates his time to the California Pro Bono Training Institute, a new and innovative projected created by the Pro Bono Directors of OneJustice, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County... Read More →

Speakers
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Tiffany Tsao

Pro Bono Manager, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
avatar for Sharon Bashan

Sharon Bashan

Director, Pro Bono Justice, OneJustice
OneJustice is an innovative and award-winning nonprofit that brings life changing legal help to those in need by transforming the civil legal aid system. OneJustice works statewide to build the capacity of all components of California's civil legal aid system to meet the legal needs... Read More →


Tuesday June 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Monterey
  Technology, Pro Bono

11:30am PDT

Technical Innovations for Self-Represented Litigants, an Update
Limited Capacity filling up

Use of automated forms solutions is increasingly common in self-help centers and online. The programs, developed by judicial branch attorneys and analysts, offer: 1) reduced data entry, 2) neat and accurate forms, 3) educational material, and 4) a direct link to “self-represented litigant-friendly” e-filing. This session will update you not just on the applications, but on actual court deployments courts through innovation grants, case management system deployments and other creative approaches. We will focus on Tyler Guide & File and LHI/HotDocs. As these applications become more mature, they're being adopted by an increasing number of Courts and litigants, countrywide. See what modules are available for your use today, learn about free customization for your Court, and see/hear about the latest innovations. The panel will also feature an in-depth look at an e-filing pilot in Los Angeles County serving landlords and tenants as a case study on the benefits, challenges, and lessons learned in implementing an e-filing project focused on the self-represented litigant experience.


Session Coordinator
avatar for Mirenda Meghelli

Mirenda Meghelli

Partnerships Manager, Pro Bono Net
Mirenda Meghelli serves as the Partnerships Manager at Pro Bono Net. She previously worked as the Hotline Program Coordinator for Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) in New York City, where she managed the organization's bilingual telephone and email family law information... Read More →

Speakers
JS

Janice Shurlow

Senior Attorney, Los Angeles Superior Court
Janice Shurlow is a Senior Attorney with the Los Angeles Superior Court Self-Help program. The Self-Help program in the Los Angeles Superior Court is one of the largest in the country. There are 14 Self-Help Centers in courthouses across the county. The Centers are operated by the... Read More →
DG

Diana Glick

Attorney, Judicial Council of California
TF

Tammy Fry

Business Systems Analyst, Orange County Superior Court



Tuesday June 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
San Diego

12:30pm PDT

Lunch + Networking
Tuesday June 4, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Milton Marks Conference Center Lobby

1:30pm PDT

The Intersection of Disability and Racial Justice in the Educational Context: Legal and Ethical Considerations in Centering the Needs of Children of Color with Disabilities
Limited Capacity seats available

There will be an interactive discussion of practices that deprive students of the right to a free appropriate education and/ or the right to education.Presenters will discuss the "school-to-prison" pipeline and use of "behavioral control," including  an overview of new federal legislation on restrain and seclusion and how this topic arises in the courts.  The panel will discuss the disparate use of these practices on students of color. The discussion on restraint and seclusion as behavioral interventions will be used to surface alternative approaches and models. 

Speakers
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Michael Harris

Senior Director, National Center for Youth Law
Michael Harris is a Senior Attorney at the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL). At NCYL, Michael works on reducing racial disparities in juvenile justice systems, school-to-prison pipeline issues, and litigation to address implicit bias. He has presented to local and national gatherings... Read More →
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Arlene Mayerson

Directing Attorney, DREDF
CB

Chris Bridges

Legal Team, Equal Justice Society



Tuesday June 4, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Benicia

1:30pm PDT

The Family Law Refresher Game
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel is highly interactive, as the participants will be cross-training one another as we make a participatory game of learning family law, domestic violence law, and practical skills in advising clients who seek legal assistance at DV clinics.

Session Coordinator
MS

Minty Siu-Kootnikoff

The People Concern

Speakers
avatar for Paula Savage Cohen

Paula Savage Cohen

Senior Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
5 Fast Facts About Me: 1. I am a Senior Attorney at LAFLA where I've worked my entire legal career; 2. I specialize in DV/family law (and dabble in immigration law); 3. I am also an Adjunct Faculty member at UCI School of Law, teaching students training in Public Interest; 4. I grew... Read More →



Tuesday June 4, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
San Diego
  DV / Tribal, DV, Family Law, Immigration

1:30pm PDT

Addressing PACE: The Next Great Predatory Lending Fiasco
Limited Capacity seats available

Property Assessed Clean Energy Home Loans have become the weapon of choice for unscrupulous contractors. The loans that are used to finance so-called "clean energy" upgrades become first-priority liens and subordinate all other secured interests in the property. The result for consumers is rising levels of fraud, extremely aggressive sales practices, and inappropriately-expensive lending. Because PACE loans become first-priority liens against borrowers' property, they are essentially risk-free. Lenders, however, are charging high up-front fees, and very high interest rates. Customers often are not even aware of the loan until an elevated property-tax bill arrives. Efforts to address the legislation are slowly making headway, but litigation is confronting obstacles.

The PACE Panel will address what PACE is, why PACE is so devastating, how it is being addressed legislatively, our experience with litigation, and how attorneys can address all these issues.

Speakers
avatar for Alysson Snow

Alysson Snow

Senior Attorney, Legl Aid Society of San Dieo
Alysson Snow, Senior Attorney, leads the Consumer Protection Division of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.  Ms. Snow and her team provide free legal assistance and representation to low-income consumers.  To address the steady flood of debt defense cases, Ms. Snow designed... Read More →
avatar for Jaime Levine

Jaime Levine

Director of Legal Services, Elder Law & Advocacy
I have run the Legal Services Program at Elder Law & Advocacy for a number of years. We focus on financial elder abuse cases, but do see a very wide range of legal issues affecting seniors. While scams aimed at seniors are rampant, a predatory lending scheme has become prominent recently... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Sperling

Jennifer Sperling

Impact Litigation and Policy Attorney, Bet Tzedek
Jennifer Sperling is the Impact Litigation & Policy staff attorney for Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles. Since 2017, the bulk of her litigation advocacy has centered on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans, which have impacted scores of Bet Tzedek's most vulnerable... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Sitkin

Lisa Sitkin

Senior Staff Attorney, NHLP
Lisa Sitkin is a Senior Staff Attorney at National Housing Law Project (NHLP) in San Francisco, CA. She focuses on policy advocacy on behalf of low-income homeowners and renters, and provides consultation, technical assistance and practice resources in connection with mortgages and... Read More →
avatar for STACEY TUTT

STACEY TUTT

Clinical Professor of Law, UC Irvine School of Law
Professor Stacey L. Tutt launched the Consumer Law Clinic at UC Irvine in the Fall of 2018. The Consumer Law Clinic teaches students the skills of lawyering while exploring a community-based approach to consumer law. As advocates for consumers and veterans exploited by predatory... Read More →



Tuesday June 4, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Redwood

1:30pm PDT

Long-Term Care Facility Issues for the Legal Aid Attorney
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will address multiple facets of representing long-term care facility residents, including program development and substantive law. The program development discussion will include how to attract more clients, and possible partnerships within the aging network. The substantive law discussion will include federal nursing facility law, assisted living law, and potential uses of consumer law to protect residents’ interests.

Speakers
EC

Eric Carlson

Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging



Tuesday June 4, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Monterey
  Elder Law, Elder Law, Medi-Cal

1:30pm PDT

Effectively Representing Clients who are Homeless
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Over the past thirty years, homelessness has increased throughout California, and the need for legal representation for people who are unhoused is significant. From facing civil rights violations as the result of unconstitutional encampment sweeps and criminalization practices, to denials of public benefits and housing, people who are homeless often have critical legal needs. Addressing those legal needs often requires significant and often systemic legal advocacy. But being homeless can add barriers to accessing justice, beyond those that our housed clients already must overcome. Whether as a plaintiff in federal civil rights litigation or as a client petitioning to obtain owed benefits, the day to day challenges our unhoused clients face can stretch our capacity to provide legal services. But overcoming those barriers is critical to ensuring our clients’ voices are heard, their rights are protected, and they are partners in developing strategies to address issues that impact their lives. To do so, legal services attorneys often have to come up with creative strategies meet our clients where they are, sometimes quite literally, to ensure full and equal access to justice. This panel will be a roundtable discussion, focused on identifying ways to overcome some of the barriers our clients who are homeless face in accessing justice, and that we ourselves face as legal services providers, in adequately representing those clients. The focus of the discussion will be on representing unhoused clients as plaintiffs in ongoing litigation, but the discussion will also be appropriate and helpful for attorneys who provide direct services to unhoused clients on a wide range of issues. The discussion will include opportunities for participants to share their strategies and practical tips.

Speakers
SM

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 →
MK

Michelle Kotval

Community legal Services of Southern California
SG

Sarah Gregory

Legal Aid Society of Orange County



Tuesday June 4, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Farallon

1:30pm PDT

Seeking Balance: Mindfulness Tools for Greater Compassion, Competence, & Creativity
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This program will engage participants in mindfulness and compassion practices specifically designed to decrease stress, enhance creativity, gain even greater competence, and increase wellbeing. In these times, legal aid and other public interest and government attorneys face seemingly insurmountable challenges: clients in crisis and experiencing trauma, greater demand for services, and a divisive political and social climate. Scientifically validated and easily accessible mindfulness practices help. They provide tools to understand and manage internal and external stressors. They can be cultivated individually, shared at the organization, and offered to clients. They can help disrupt our negative thoughts and biases, as well as our reactiveness to those around us. This program will offer concrete mindfulness and compassion tools for participants to try out, take away, implement, and share.

Speakers
avatar for Judi Cohen

Judi Cohen

Founder, Warrior One
Warrior One offers mindfulness training to the legal profession, including in-person, live online, and on demand programming for firms and organizations. We also have a weekly, 20-minute, Thursday online gathering called the Wake Up Call, where lawyers from across North America gather... Read More →
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Tirien Steinbach

Chief Program Officer, ACLU of Northern California



Tuesday June 4, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Catalina

1:30pm PDT

Rural Outreach in California: Challenges and Opportunities
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will be a facilitated conversation about best practices for outreach to rural areas of California. CCLS advocates will share successes and lessons learned from their outreach efforts in remote parts of Central California, including outreach where significant language and/or cultural barriers exist. CCLS advocates will facilitate break-out sessions in which guided questions will be used to collect experiences and strategies. The session will culminate in a regroup/share-out session, and findings will be compiled and emailed to attendees after the session ends. Attendees will leave with new ideas and strategies to inform their rural outreach work.

Speakers
avatar for Emilia Morris

Emilia Morris

Legal Director, CCLS
Emilia P. E. Morris is the Legal Director at Central California Legal Services. CCLS is a private, not-for-profit, public interest law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals, families, organizations and communities in California’s Central Valley... Read More →
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Paul Carter Mullen

Deputy Development Director, Central California Legal Services
Paul Carter Mullen is the Deputy Director of Development at Central California Legal Services. His responsibilities include grant management, reporting, and assisting with grant writing and fundraising. Previuosly, Mr. Mullen served as the CCLS Voluntary Legal Services Program supervising... Read More →
avatar for Nora Salazar-Hernandez

Nora Salazar-Hernandez

Consumer/Utilities Advocate, Central California Legal Services.
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Jesus Sanchez

Health Team Outreach Advocate, Central California Legal Services.



Tuesday June 4, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Auditorium

1:30pm PDT

Hague Convention on Service of Process Abroad: A Self-Help Model Using a HotDocs Translation Program
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

A presentation on the requirements of serving legal documents through the Central Authority of Hague Convention on Service of Process Abroad countries, overview of on-line search tools to determine country requirements, and a demonstration of the HotDocs program that translates dissolution and paternity case documents into Spanish language documents for service in Spanish speaking countries.

There are 11 computer stations in this room but additional attendees can share. If we have additional people interested, we can open up Bodega B, which opens up more computer stations (note the computers face a different direction, however, so participants will face one way to view the presentation, then turn to their computers to demo HocDocs).

Session Coordinator
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Janice Shurlow

Senior Attorney, Los Angeles Superior Court
Janice Shurlow is a Senior Attorney with the Los Angeles Superior Court Self-Help program. The Self-Help program in the Los Angeles Superior Court is one of the largest in the country. There are 14 Self-Help Centers in courthouses across the county. The Centers are operated by the... Read More →

Speakers
SD

Sreoshi Datta

Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County



Tuesday June 4, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Bodega A&B
  Technology, Self-Help

3:15pm PDT

CalFresh and SSI after the End of Cash-Out
Limited Capacity seats available

In the summer of 2019, the ‘cash-out’ policy that bans SSI recipients from receiving CalFresh (food stamps) will end. For the first time in over four decades, people will be able to receive CalFresh benefits and SSI benefits at the same time. This presents a tremendous opportunity to increase food security for very low-income seniors and people with disabilities throughout the state. Successfully implementing this policy change this summer will require a collaborative effort to educate and enroll SSI recipients in CalFresh, and to ensure that any implementation issues are resolved quickly and effectively. The legal services community will need to understand the details of the change, in order to be effective advocates for their clients once the change goes into effect.

The policy change includes a commitment by the state to offset the loss of CalFresh benefits for households where adding in the SSI recipient will lead to a partial or total loss of the household's CalFresh. These households will be eligible to receive a state-funded nutrition benefit, either the Supplemental Nutrition Benefit (partial loss) or the Transitional Nutrition Benefit (total loss), to help offset the loss. The session will include a panel on the collaborative, cross-sector advocacy that led to the policy change and the subsequent collaborative effort to implement the change, and details on the changes and the two new state-funded nutrition programs.

Speakers
avatar for Trinh Phan

Trinh Phan

Justice in Aging, Senior Staff Attorney
AC

Andrew Cheyne

Director of Government Affairs, California Association of Food Banks
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Michael Herald

Director of Policy Advocacy, Western Center on Law & Poverty



Tuesday June 4, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm PDT
San Diego

3:15pm PDT

Housing Element: Your Tool to Combat The Housing Crisis
Limited Capacity seats available

The State of California is combating a housing crisis which is disproportionately affecting our most vulnerable populations. Families throughout the state cannot afford rent. The only true solution to our housing crisis is to build more affordable housing. The Housing Element is the mechanism that all advocates and communities can use to ensure that city governments allow affordable housing to be built for its residents. This program will: introduce the audience to the tools available to promote affordable housing development in each city’s Housing Element plan; provide a roadmap to public participation in affordable housing planning; and instruct the audience on how to comment on proposed Housing Elements to ensure that a city addresses its community’s housing needs.

Speakers
avatar for Sang Banh

Sang Banh

Program Group Director, Inland Counties Legal Services
Sang Banh is the director of the Systemic/Impact litigation practice group at Inland Counties Legal Services Inc. Inland Counties Legal Services (“ICLS”) is a non-profit 501c(3) corporationdedicated to securing justice and equality for low income people in the communities of... Read More →
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Rebecca Eckley

Staff Attorney, Inland Counties Legal Services
Rebecca Eckley is a staff attorney with Inland Counties Legal Services (ICLS), a non-profit that provides legal aid to low-income persons in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. She currently works in the Systemic and Impact Litigation Practice Group, where she focuses on civil... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Kim

Anthony Kim

Staff Attorney, Inland Counties Legal Services
Anthony Kim is a staff attorney at Inland Counties Legal Services, Inc., working in the Systemic/Impact Litigation practice group. He has experience in both advocacy and litigation in numerous legal fields, such as Housing Element law, landlord/tenant law, and public benefits law... Read More →



Tuesday June 4, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm PDT
Santa Barbara

3:15pm PDT

Decoding Domestic Abuse Across Cultures
Limited Capacity seats available

Domestic abuse is a public health and safety concern that continues to impact women, men, and children across all racial, religious, and societal groups. Yet, it manifests differently across these groups. Understanding the role of culture is critical in assisting survivors both inside and outside the courtroom. In this presentation, Honorable Judge Mark Juhas from the Superior Court of Los Angeles (Family Law Division) and Shuray Ghorishi, Senior Attorney from Family Violence Appellate Project, will identify different forms of abuse in the cultural context, the barriers survivors often face when seeking assistance with legal matters, and how to dispel common myths attributed to survivors in a courtroom setting by using statutes and case law.

Session Coordinator
SG

Shuray Ghorishi

Senior Staff Attorney, Family Violence Appellate Project

Speakers
TH

The Honorable Mark A. Juhas

Judge, Los angeles superior court



Tuesday June 4, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm PDT
Auditorium

3:15pm PDT

Creating Replicable & Scalable Pro Bono Models: Challenges & Opportunities
Limited Capacity filling up

We frequently speak of the importance of building “replicable” and “scalable” pro bono service delivery models to meet the vast need for basic legal services in our client communities. On its face, these goals seem glaringly obvious and vitally important: With limited resources and capacity, why waste time “reinventing the wheel” or executing resource-intensive service delivery models that serve only a small number of our many clients in need? Yet there are pitfalls to designing projects that are replicable and scalable and still responsive to the nuanced and shifting needs of our client communities across different regions, eras and legal needs. Using examples of models that have sought replicability and scalability, this session will be an interactive and dynamic conversation and problem-solving opportunity for diverse stakeholders to discuss these complex concepts and move towards a nuanced yet impactful framework for advancing responsible replicability and scalability across the pro bono sector.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Letson

Sarah Letson

Best Practices Manager, New Americans Campaign
RJ

Renee J. Schomp

Director of Strategic Partnerships, OneJustice
Renée has worked in New York, Detroit, Mexico City, and the Bay Area on social justice issues ranging from counter terrorism and human rights to workers’ rights, both on the ground as a legal services advocate and in federal and municipal policy advocacy. She has traveled to Guantanamo... Read More →
avatar for Joel Kim

Joel Kim

Staff Attorney, OneJustice
As a Staff Attorney in the Pro Bono Justice Consulting team, I facilitate and teach pro bono project design and support networks that connect pro bono volunteers with legal services organizations. Before joining OneJustice, I was a staff attorney with the Homeless Action Center in... Read More →



Tuesday June 4, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm PDT
Catalina

3:15pm PDT

Technical Innovations for Self-Represented Litigants Follow-up Session
Limited Capacity filling up

Have you ever wondered what document assembly is all about?  Or maybe you've heard about HotDocs or Guide & File and want some hands-on experience with these programs. Join us in the computer room and jump on the program of your choice to learn more!  Representatives of both Guide & File and HotDocs programs will be there to answer questions and help you test out the programs to see if there might be something of benefit for your self-help center or legal services workshops.

Speakers
JS

Janice Shurlow

Senior Attorney, Los Angeles Superior Court
Janice Shurlow is a Senior Attorney with the Los Angeles Superior Court Self-Help program. The Self-Help program in the Los Angeles Superior Court is one of the largest in the country. There are 14 Self-Help Centers in courthouses across the county. The Centers are operated by the... Read More →
avatar for Mirenda Meghelli

Mirenda Meghelli

Partnerships Manager, Pro Bono Net
Mirenda Meghelli serves as the Partnerships Manager at Pro Bono Net. She previously worked as the Hotline Program Coordinator for Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) in New York City, where she managed the organization's bilingual telephone and email family law information... Read More →
DG

Diana Glick

Attorney, Judicial Council of California
TF

Tammy Fry

Business Systems Analyst, Orange County Superior Court


Tuesday June 4, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm PDT
Bodega B

3:15pm PDT

Virtual Reality Training for Pro Bono Attorneys
Limited Capacity seats available

Virtual reality is an effective immersive learning tool in the right contexts but to our knowledge, isn't used yet to train attorneys. We'll describe and demo a VR training we developed to prepare pro bono attorneys for a new area of law, and for working in a clinical setting that differs from their usual offices. Attendees will be able to experience our completed training, and learn how to create their own 360-degree videos. We aim to bring a 360-degree camera and engage attendees in creating a short demo video.

Issues we'll address:
- What is virtual reality and where is it useful as a training tool
- How to create and use VR trainings
- Time and expsense required, and how to integrate that into a legal aid nonprofit's resources
- Other uses for VR in legal aid

Presenters will briefly describe how a collaboration with Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School led to a study of how VR may enhance traditional training for a clinic in which attorneys negotiate settlements for tenants facing eviction. The clinic takes place in the hallways of the San Francisco Housing Court, a vastly different work environment from our volunteer attorneys’ usual work spaces. Presenters will describe how we chose typical scenarios to “show” prospective volunteers, to alleviate hesitation to take on the unknown and make them feel better prepared. With VR goggles donated from a tech company, we’re showing VR videos to some trainees, and studying whether they’re more likely to actually volunteer, achieve better results, and/or feel better equipped from receiving immersive teaching in addition to traditional talking and photos. We recently launched the VR training and will have initial observations to offer, as well as offer attendees an opportunity to try the VR experiences themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Gloria Chun

Gloria Chun

Director and Managing Attorney, Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco
I advocate for the people that the law should serve. The Justice & Diversity Center's free legal service programs help thousands of people, as well as other nonprofit organizations that serve low-income communities.
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Drew Amoroso

Founder, DueCourse
Drew Amoroso is the founder of DueCourse, a mobile platform that’s changing the way lawyers think at work, specializing in mindset training and situational skill building. Drew started his career as a senior associate at Reed Smith and was the owner of his own law firm where he... Read More →
avatar for Jay Lee

Jay Lee

Pro Bono Manager, Justice & Diversity Center
I help connect volunteer attorneys, law students, and other legal professionals to pro bono opportunities at the Justice & Diversity Center, one of the largest pro bono legal services organizations in Northern California.



Tuesday June 4, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm PDT
Redwood
 
Wednesday, June 5
 

8:30am PDT

Registration & Breakfast
Limited Capacity seats available

Wednesday June 5, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am PDT
Milton Marks Conference Center Lobby

9:00am PDT

Fighting Fines and Fees: Toward Debt Free Justice in California
Limited Capacity seats available

A deep dive into the fees and fines that plague criminal justice-involved people and the statewide coalition dedicated to abolishing these fees and releasing the outstanding debt. By centering the experiences of directly impacted folks, two attorneys and an organizer will help legal services providers to navigate these systems, respond to their clients needs, and join the fight for abolition.

Speakers
JB

Jhumpa Bhattacharya

Insight Center
SC

Stephanie Campos-Bui

UC Berkeley Policy Advocacy Clinic
AE

Aminah Elster

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children & All Of Us Or None
TZ

Theresa Zhen

East Bay Community Law Center
AF

Aila Ferguson

Staff Attorney, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children



Wednesday June 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Redwood

9:00am PDT

Recent Domestic Violence Appellate Decisions and Statutory Changes Directly Affecting Your Work
Limited Capacity seats available

Many significant appellate decisions were released in 2017, 2018 and 2019 that resolved issues of first impression in California.* The Legislature also amended multiple California code sections impacting domestic violence survivors. Honorable Judge Mark Juhas from the Superior Court of Los Angeles (Family Law Division) and Shuray Ghorishi, Senior Attorney at Family Violence Appellate Project, the organization responsible for most of the case law and statutory changes that will be discussed, will address the factual and legal grounds for each case, the new statutory amendments, and provide best practices for low-income litigants that need to use these laws in family court.

Speakers
TH

The Honorable Mark A. Juhas

Judge, Los angeles superior court
SG

Shuray Ghorishi

Senior Staff Attorney, Family Violence Appellate Project



Wednesday June 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Auditorium

9:00am PDT

Developing a medical-legal partnership in a violence prevention program
Limited Capacity seats available

The Wraparound Project (WAP) is a hospital-based violence intervention program housed in San Francisco General hospital. WAP’s goal is to reduce the burden violent injury in San Francisco. WAP’s case managers use the time just after injury as a “golden window” to identify and address the underlying risk factors for injury. In this interactive session, we will introduce participants to the legal challenges that individuals at high-risk of violent injury endure. A WAP case manager will discuss the impact of these challenges on at-risk youth. We will then outline the steps taken by WAP to develop a medico-legal partnership to address this need. The panelists will discuss issues peculiar to this at-risk population and highlight/solicit innovative methods to overcome these issues. The proposed presenters are: Adaobi Nwabuo, MBBS, MPH – the program manager of The San Francisco Wraparound Project, Christine Smith of the Giffords Law Center; and Michael Texada – Supervising case manager for the Wraparound Project

Speakers
AN

Adaobi Nwabuo

SF Wraparound Project UCSF
CS

Christine Smith

Pro Bono Director, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
MT

Michael Texada

SF Wraparound Project UCSF



Wednesday June 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Golden Gate

9:00am PDT

Holistic Legal Advocacy to Combat and Prevent Homelessness in SF and LA Counties.
Limited Capacity filling up

In light of increased resources to combat and prevent homelessness, legal services providers are presented with different opportunities to tailor legal services to underserved communities and explore new methods for delivering legal services. In San Francisco, attorneys and social service staff are working collaboratively to address clients' legal as well as social service needs. This holistic legal model allows for a more comprehensive approach to legal issues and leads to improved outcomes. In Los Angeles, attorneys are providing legal along with social services wherever individuals and families are currently homeless or facing imminent risk of homelessness. This presentation will explore the successes and pitfalls in delivering these new methods of legal services and exploring potential future legal services to further to combat the homelessness crises in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Session Coordinator
JB

JAVIER BELTRAN

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Javier Beltran joined Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) in 2016 as the Managing Attorney for the Santa Monica office and Domestic Violence Clinic. He currently manages LAFLA's Measure H Legal Services team working with the homeless population to remove legal barriers to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Katie Danielson

Katie Danielson

Senior Supervising Attorney, JUSTICE & DIVERSITY CENTER
Katie Danielson is the Senior Supervising Attorney at the Justice and Diversity Center (JDC) of the Bar Association of San Francisco the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP). She supervises HAP’s SSI disability benefits advocacy work and has experience working on Fair Housing and eviction... Read More →
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Ronnette Ramos

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Ronnette Ramos (she/her) oversees the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’ attorneys and paralegals working with healthcare professionals to identify and help patients reach their optimal health. As Managing Attorney of Medical-Legal Partnerships, Ronnette oversees our clinics located... Read More →
JR

Julie Rosenthal

Director of Social Services, Justice and Diversity Center



Wednesday June 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Benicia

9:00am PDT

Trauma Informed Lawyering
Limited Capacity seats available

Lawyers working with clients who are poor, disabled, underrepresented, experiencing chronic illness or mental health conditions, or are victims of sexual assault or domestic violence are likely to find that many of their clients are survivors of trauma, whether as children, in domestic relationship or the trauma inherent in long term poverty.  That trauma informs how our clients relate to the world, including their legal representative.  For attorneys working with these populations, a trauma informed approach allows for more competent representation, improved legal outcomes, increased client engagement and be an empowering experience for clients.

This session will discuss why and how to integrate trauma informed practices into your representation and use a hypothetical case to have participants practice applying trauma-informed skills at the time of intake. 

Session Coordinator
SR

Sarah Reisman

Supervising Attorney, Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice
Sarah Reisman is a supervising attorney at the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ), where she supervises a legal team that provides holistic legal representation to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She also supervises LACLJ’s appellate work, which, in... Read More →

Speakers
HF

Heather Freinkel

Managing Attorney, Alameda County Homeless Action Center
Heather Freinkel is a managing attorney at the Homeless Action Center (HAC) and has held that position since 2017. She worked at HAC as a staff attorney from 2011 to 2017. HAC provides public benefits advocacy to Alameda County, California, residents with mental and physical disabilities... Read More →
avatar for Mary A. Gilg

Mary A. Gilg

Deputy Director, Alameda County Homeless Action Center
Mary Gilg is the deputy director of the Homeless Action Center (HAC), a position she has held since 2016. HAC provides public benefits advocacy to Alameda County, California, residents with mental and physical disabilities, including SSI and SSDI benefits, General Assistance, CalWORKs... Read More →
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Amy Goldman

Supervising Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County



Wednesday June 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
San Diego

9:00am PDT

ABA Free Legal Answers: A Virtual Legal Walk-In Clinic and Convenient Pro Bono Opportunity
Limited Capacity seats available

This program will provide an overview of ABA Free Legal Answers— the only nationwide on-line legal clinic through which income-eligible clients can post civil legal services questions to be answered by pro bono attorneys in their state. The goal of this presentation will be to inform and spark discussion of how California can join the majority of U.S. jurisdictions already utilizing ABA FLA to 1) fill the access-to-justice gap for low-moderate income residents, often rural or with undocumented status, 2) serve as a legal resource for victims of natural disasters, and 3) provide an innovative pro bono program for attorneys in search of convenient, short-term volunteer opportunities. Requirements for state participation will be presented and an update will be provided on the site data research being conducted for predictive analytics by the Stanford Legal Design Lab.

Speakers
avatar for Tali Albukerk

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 →
avatar for Nihad Mansour

Nihad Mansour

Pro Bono Staff Attorney, North Carolina Bar Foundation
BH

Bryan Hathorn

ABA Free Legal Answers



Wednesday June 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Santa Barbara

9:00am PDT

Innovations Grant Technology Projects-New Ways to Deliver Self-Help Services
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

These courts have been successful in creating and implementing new ways to deliver self-help services using videoconferencing, document assembly and other newly developed methods to assist with operating a successful self-help center. The presenters will unveil their programs and assist attendees to brainstorm ways they might replicate these efforts.

Speakers
WT

Wendy Trafton

SHARP Program and Grant Manager, Butte County Superior Court
LB

Leah Boucek

Family Law Facilitator, San Diego Superior Court
MH

Maria Hernandez

Lead Legal Assistant, Butte County Superior Court
JR

Joanna Renteria

Self Help Attorney, Ventura County Superior Court
CJ

Charity Juker

Self Help Attorney, Ventura County Superior Court


Wednesday June 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Monterey

10:45am PDT

Let It Shine: FOIA & CPRA Requests
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a skills-based training on the basics of using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and California Public Records Act (PRA) requests to elicit important information and data from federal, state, and local agencies. This training includes the mechanics of making requests, tips for being most effective, and what to do if you need to take legal action to enforce your rights under Freedom of Information laws. The training would also include an overview of the types of information and data that can be accessed by advocates without these statutory requests, where to find the data, and the types of data and information for which these tools are typically required, with a particular focus on examples in the health care, housing, and public benefits contexts.

Speakers
SP

Sydney Pickern

Staff Attorney, DREDF
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Hayley Penan

Staff Attorney, NATIONAL HEALTH LAW PROGRAM
Hayley Penan is a staff attorney in the National Health Law Program’s Los Angeles office. Before joining the National Health Law Program, Hayley served as a Health Policy Fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives, Ways & Means Health Subcommittee and worked as a Research Assistant... Read More →



Wednesday June 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Redwood

10:45am PDT

Systemic Change through Administrative Advocacy
Limited Capacity filling up

Engaging with the government agencies can sometimes be the quickest and most effective way to address systemic problems. Creating working relationships with and demanding accountability from those agencies is a powerful advocacy tool. When used correctly, administrative advocacy may have a broader impact than litigation or legislation or can serve as complement to those strategies. In this workshop, we will discuss administrative advocacy and the state and local level, with a case study in Medi-Cal advocacy.

Speakers
avatar for David Kane

David Kane

Staff Attorney, Western Center on Law and Poverty
avatar for Cori Racela

Cori Racela

Senior Health Attorney, Western Center on Law & Poverty



Wednesday June 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Santa Barbara

10:45am PDT

Demystifying the Judicial Appointments Process
Limited Capacity seats available

The panel will share their paths to the bench, explain the role of the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE), discuss the current status of diversity in the judiciary, and provide insights into the judicial appointments process under Governor Newsom.

Session Coordinator
EH

Elizabeth Hom

Program Supervisor, State Bar of California

Speakers
AS

Aminder Singh

Alameda County Public Defender
JH

Judge Holly Fujie

Los Angeles Superior Court
JB

Judge Brenda Harbin-Forte

Alameda County Superior Court
JM

Justice Martin Jenkins (Retired)

Judicial Appointments Secretary
JP

Judge Paul A. Bacigalupo

Los Angeles Superior Court



Wednesday June 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Catalina

10:45am PDT

Intersectional Approaches to Overcoming Legal System Barriers for Underserved Communities
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will engage in an interactive session to identify barriers for underserved communities and build practical skills to overcome those barriers in their legal aid practices. Participants will engage in interactive activities to develop best practices. Presenters will model client communition from intake through case management and provide participants with an opportunity to practice the skills learned in the session. Presenters will also provide recommendations for systems change for organizations including policies which promote access for underserved communities.

Session Coordinator
avatar for Lauren Lofton

Lauren Lofton

Program Attorney, Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC)
Lauren Lofton is the Associate Director for Student Life & Inclusion at UC Hastings School of Law. Most recently, Lauren served as the Program Attorney at Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC), where they oversaw the LawHelpCA.org website managed by LAAC, supported state-wide... Read More →

Speakers
MF

Mieko Failey

Director of Legal Services, LGBTQ Center of Long Beach
Mieko Failey, Esq. is the Director of Legal Services at the LGBTQ Center Long Beach where she oversees LBGTQ-specific legal services for the greater Long Beach area, including comprehensive direct legal services to LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, hate... Read More →



Wednesday June 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT
San Diego

10:45am PDT

Arrears—Calculation, Correction, and Compromise
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn a quick and easy way to calculate child support arrears when there is a controversy; review Judicial Counsel forms related to calculation of arrears; Get a general understanding of the corrections that DCSS can do in-house and which require a Request for Order; identify the acronyms regularly used for arrears and how both assigned and unassigned arrears can be compromised.

Speakers
PR

Patricia Rich

Family Law Facilitator, Riverside Superior Court
I am a Family Law Facilitator and Self-Help attorney at the Riverside Superior Court. I provide assistance in many areas of family law, DVRO, Civil RO, small claims and Unlawful Detainer,
IJ

Irene Jimenez

Paralegal I, Riverside Superior Court



Wednesday June 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Benicia
  Family Law, Family Law

10:45am PDT

Practical Skills for Direct and Cross Examinations
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn basic tips and skills for direct and cross examinations. Emphasis will be placed on administrative hearings. 

Speakers
DL

Danielle Lucido

IFPTE Local 20
JT

Jora Trang

Managing Attorney, Worksafe



Wednesday June 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Auditorium
  Pathways to Practice, Practice Skills

10:45am PDT

Implementing a Live Chat service for better triage, increased access and happier customers
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The Center for Families, Children & the Courts conducted a pilot test of Live Chat capability on the California Courts website for the name change process from September 2018 through March 2019. Join us to hear about lessons learned, the data we collected, and how you can start your own Live Chat program using staff and volunteers. We will show you a demo of the technology and each participant will receive a "Getting Started Toolkit," with materials and resources to help you implement Live Chat in your own self-help center or legal aid agency.

This session will also include a short presentation on LawHelpCA, California’s official and free legal resource.

Speakers
DG

Diana Glick

Attorney, Judicial Council of California
KC

Karen Cannata

Supervising Analyst, Judicial Council
SM

Suma Mathai

Contract Attorney, USC



Wednesday June 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Monterey

12:30pm PDT

Awards Ceremony
Limited Capacity seats available

Wednesday June 5, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm PDT
Auditorium

1:15pm PDT

2:00pm PDT

Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Direct Legal Services: Etiquette, Media, and Document Accessibility
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will offer general language use and disability etiquette, increased awareness of how media fosters disability stereotypes, and communication accommodations needed by people with disabilities, including ensuring document accessibility. This session is focused on delivery of legal services in a direct services context.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own computers to practice document accessibility practices live in real time during the session. If possible, please have both Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Pro available on your laptops, and please download the sample documents provided on Sched in advance of the program (as Wi-Fi service is limited in the conference space).

Speakers
avatar for Ingrid Tischer

Ingrid Tischer

Director of Development, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
avatar for Carly Myers

Carly Myers

Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund



Wednesday June 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Farallon

2:00pm PDT

Local to State Advocacy: Equitable Community Engagement in Policy Reform
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Participants will learn new approaches to bringing together community stakeholders around common advocacy goals and prioritizing stakeholder voices to create more effective and equitable local and state policies. Session information will include the nuts and bolts of shaping statewide policies through the legislative process: working in a coalition to draft a bill, securing a bill author, garnering bill support, addressing opposition, moving the bill through committees, managing floor votes, and obtaining the Governor's signature. The session will also include specific strategies for how legal aid organizations and community stakeholders can work together to inform policies and how local and state reform efforts can work synergistically to move a collective agenda forward.

Speakers
avatar for Julia Frudden

Julia Frudden

Director of Community Advocacy, Child Care Law Center
Julia Frudden joined the Child Care Law Center in 2016. She directs engagement efforts for community development initiatives and advocates for fair housing and land use laws for family child care homes. She has led multiple successful outreach efforts to promote awareness of child... Read More →
avatar for Lucy Salcido Carter

Lucy Salcido Carter

Policy Advocate, Youth Law Center
Lucy Salcido Carter joined the Youth Law Center in 2016 to serve as policy advocate, providing policy leadership and support to a wide range of YLC efforts including the Quality Parenting Initiative, grant-funded projects, and legislative reforms. For 25 years, Lucy has worked with... Read More →
avatar for Virginia Corrigan

Virginia Corrigan

Staff Attorney, Youth Law Center
Virginia Corrigan joined the Youth Law Center as an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Baker & McKenzie and Intel in September 2013 and became a staff attorney in 2015. Virginia’s current work focuses on a range of issues affecting children and youth, including improving conditions... Read More →



Wednesday June 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Redwood

2:00pm PDT

Legal Ethics & the Intersection of DV and Workplace Violence
Limited Capacity full
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This workshop explores the intersection of domestic violence and workplace violence through the lens of legal ethics. What happens when your clients experience domestic violence and it spills into the workplace? What are their remedies and how do you ensure that you are following legal ethical rules in representing clients?

Speakers
JT

Jora Trang

Managing Attorney, Worksafe
MS

Minty Siu-Kootnikoff

The People Concern



Wednesday June 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Benicia
  DV / Tribal, DV, Cultural Humility, Elimination of Bias, Racial justice

2:00pm PDT

Supporting Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Survivors of DV/IPV
Limited Capacity seats available

This roundtable discussion will discuss how legal advocates can better support transgender and gender nonconforming survivors of domestic and/or intimate partner violence through community support and partnerships with Survivor Advocates. In queer and trans relationships, power and control can appear in ways that may not be as readily understood or considered by cisgender and/or heteronormative advocates. The panelists will speak to how gender greatly impacts perceptions of "violence" in queer and trans family and intimate relationships. The panelists will also speak on how vital it is for advocates to support and represent queer and trans people respectfully and competently.

Speakers
PA

Priya Awasthi

Youth Advocate, self
JJ

Judy Jun

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children



Wednesday June 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Catalina

2:00pm PDT

How to launch and sustain legal incubators
Limited Capacity seats available

Legal incubators are popping up across the country, coaching a new solos to launch economically sustainable law practices providing affordable, accessible legal services to the 99% of the population increasingly disenfranchised from legal representation due to geographic isolation or having too much income to afford legal aid but too little to afford full priced legal fees. These legal incubators are an emerging new tool increasing access to justice in both urban and rural settings, across a diversity of legal fields. This fishbowl of representatives from leading legal incubators will discuss pros and cons of different incubator models (partnering with legal aid, bar associations, law schools, or freestanding; modeled as a firm or as a community of solos); incorporation of pro bono and low bono work into law practice development coaching; nuts and bolts of launching an incubator and supporting legal entrepreneurs; and how to sustain incubators while coaching truly sustainable, accessible law practices.


Speakers
avatar for Bob Pimm

Bob Pimm

Professor of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law
EDUCATIONB.A. Columbia University: Columbia College, New York, NYM.Sc. London School of Economics & Political Science London, EnglandB.A. [Law]; M.A., [Law] Cambridge University: Magdalene College, Cambridge, EnglandJ.D. University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, CAGOLDEN... Read More →
SK

Susun Kim

Attorney, Contra Costa Family Justice Center
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Cynthia Chandler

Director, BALI-Bay Area Legal Incubator
As Director of BALI | Bay Area Legal Incubator, Cynthia Chandler’s work is 90% fairy godmother and 10% fixer – she makes attorneys’ dreams come true while keeping them out of trouble and promoting social justice. BALI is an Oakland, California-based, social-mission, legal incubator... Read More →



Wednesday June 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Santa Barbara

2:00pm PDT

Hague Convention on Service of Process Abroad: A Self-Help Model Using a HotDocs Translation Program
Limited Capacity seats available

A presentation on the requirements of serving legal documents through the Central Authority of Hague Convention on Service of Process Abroad countries, overview of on-line search tools to determine country requirements, and a demonstration of the HotDocs program that translates dissolution and paternity case documents into Spanish language documents for service in Spanish speaking countries.

There are 11 computer stations in this room but additional attendees can share. If we have additional people interested, we can open up Bodega B, which opens up more computer stations (note the computers face a different direction, however, so participants will face one way to view the presentation, then turn to their computers to demo HocDocs).

Session Coordinator
JS

Janice Shurlow

Senior Attorney, Los Angeles Superior Court
Janice Shurlow is a Senior Attorney with the Los Angeles Superior Court Self-Help program. The Self-Help program in the Los Angeles Superior Court is one of the largest in the country. There are 14 Self-Help Centers in courthouses across the county. The Centers are operated by the... Read More →

Speakers
SD

Sreoshi Datta

Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County



Wednesday June 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Bodega A&B

2:00pm PDT

Improving Self Help Workshops Through Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will explore different ways that Self Help Centers can use technology to improve the delivery of legal assistance in a workshop setting. Using examples from throughout the State, participants will brainstorm ways that available technology can be leveraged to improve or provide workshops.

This session will also include a short presentation on LawHelpCA, California’s official and free legal resource.

Session Coordinator
LR

Lollie Roberts

Family Law Facilitator, Sacramento Superior Court

Speakers
PR

Patricia Rich

Family Law Facilitator, Riverside Superior Court
I am a Family Law Facilitator and Self-Help attorney at the Riverside Superior Court. I provide assistance in many areas of family law, DVRO, Civil RO, small claims and Unlawful Detainer,



Wednesday June 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
San Diego

2:00pm PDT

Notice and hearing rights: What methods actually work in the digital age?
Limited Capacity seats available

A common remedy in individual and impact cases is getting defendants, usually government agencies, to use proper and effective notices and hearing rights. But often the types of noticing we advocate for or defendants offer are the old-style paper and mail notices. This session would encourage advocates to think about the way our clients actually prefer to receive information, especially information critical to the support programs and other benefits they rely on for their health, economic stability, nutrition and housing needs.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gavin Huntley-Fenner

Dr. Gavin Huntley-Fenner

Principal Consultant, Huntley-Fenner Advisors, Inc
avatar for Cori Racela

Cori Racela

Senior Health Attorney, Western Center on Law & Poverty
RN

Robert Newman

General Counsel, Western Center on Law & Poverty
Class actions and impact cases on behalf of low income individuals and families with regard to health care, public benefits, housing and employment



Wednesday June 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Monterey

3:15pm PDT

Providing Services for LGBTQ Clients with a Cultural Humility Lens
Limited Capacity full
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The session will explain the basics of culturally competent legal services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. Panelists will share practical strategies for providing legal services to LGBTQ clients. Participants will have a chance to develop action items for their respective organizations. Key LGBTQ terminology will be explained and case studies for intake and case handling will be analyzed through role-plays and group discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Carla Lopez

Carla Lopez

LGBTQ+ Program Coordinator, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
SR

Skyler Rosellini

Attorney/Outreach Coordinator, Bay Area Legal Aid
Skyler is an attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid's Health Consumer Center and works primarily out of BayLegal's Oakland and Napa offices. Skyler is also the HCC's Outreach Coordinator where he works with community partners throughout the Bay Area and state-wide on health education and... Read More →



Wednesday June 5, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm PDT
Monterey

3:15pm PDT

Diversity in the Legal Profession: Retention and Recruitment of Legal Aid Staff & Diversity Considerations for Board Members
Limited Capacity full
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This session will discuss internal practices, policies, procedures and tools to support the recruitment and retention of legal aid staff. This session will include discussion of the role of boards in regard to diversity, equity, and inclusion at legal aid organizations including retention and recruitment of staff and board members. This will be an interactive discussion session with conversations between panelists and attendees. Panelists will present data from recent State Bar reports pertaining to diversity in the legal profession in California.  

Session Coordinator
avatar for Salena Copeland

Salena Copeland

Executive Director, Legal Aid Association of California
Salena is the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Association of California and spends much of her time coordinating statewide legislative and administrative advocacy, while also supervising a small staff who work to support the entire IOLTA legal aid community through trainings... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Lofton

Lauren Lofton

Program Attorney, Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC)
Lauren Lofton is the Associate Director for Student Life & Inclusion at UC Hastings School of Law. Most recently, Lauren served as the Program Attorney at Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC), where they oversaw the LawHelpCA.org website managed by LAAC, supported state-wide... Read More →
AJ

Angelica Jongco

Deputy Managing Attorney, Public Advocates
DC

Denny Chan

Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging



Wednesday June 5, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm PDT
Catalina

3:15pm PDT

Self-Help Mobile Application for Victims of Crime
Limited Capacity seats available

 Presented by Stephanie Dolan, Executive Director, Northern California Tribal Courts Coalition.

The Northern California Tribal Courts Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is a collaboration of Tribal Courts in Northern California, namely those of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Karuk Tribe, the Smith River Rancheria, the Trinidad Rancheria and the Yurok Tribe.

Speakers
SD

Stephanie Dolan

Executive Director, Northern California Tribal Court Coalition
Stephanie Dolan is the Executive Director of the Northern California Tribal Court Coalition, a tribally-chartered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to improve awareness, exercise of jurisdiction and increased access to tribal courts in our region, particularly regarding domestic... Read More →
JS

Jake Swamp

Project Specialist, Northern California Tribal Court Coalition
Jake Swamp is the Project Specialist of the Northern California Tribal Court Coalition(NCTCC), a tribally-chartered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to improve awareness, exercise of jurisdiction and increased access to tribal courts in our region. His projects include Self-Help... Read More →
RM

Raquelle Myers

Staff Attorney, National Indian Justice Center
BM

Ben Myers

Staff Attorney, National Indian Justice Center


Wednesday June 5, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm PDT
Redwood
  DV / Tribal, DV
  • Skill Building Yes
  • CIMCE Yes

3:15pm PDT

Parenting Someone Else’s Child: Informing caregiver decision-making
Limited Capacity seats available

Many low-income Californians parenting or seeking to parent someone else’s child need legal assistance navigating challenges encountered in formal and informal custody arrangements, including probate guardianships and foster care. Caregivers face a myriad of direct and collateral consequences impacting their ability to parent and must weigh the benefits and risks in order to make informed decisions when choosing custodial options. What are the implications of each option on financial supports, housing, immigration, and family autonomy, including parental decision making on visitation, education, healthcare, discipline, social activities, religion, and household composition? This session will provide approaches to counselling and representation through a parenting lens: how informal and formal arrangements impact a caregiver’s ability to make parental decisions. Advocacy strategies for dealing with probate court, juvenile court, child welfare, social services, schools, and other public and private agencies to address common issues that impede the caregiver’s custodial choice and ability to support and effectively parent the children in their care.

Speakers
MR

Maria Ramiu

Senior Staff Attorney, Youth Law Center
Maria F. Ramiu is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Youth Law Center, a Support Center that works on law and system reform issues on behalf of young people in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Maria has litigated, trained, written and consulted on a wide range of issues... Read More →



Wednesday June 5, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm PDT
Benicia
  Family Law, Family Law

3:15pm PDT

Expanding Access: Better Serving Clients Outside of 9-5
Limited Capacity seats available

The session will describe LSNC's efforts to better serve individuals who cannot maintain appointments during traditional business hours. Beginning in 2018, LSNC created a service area-wide evening phone intake system and implemented centralized support for clinical work. These two new initiatives have increasingly fused together over EAP's one year of existence as LSNC has learned lessons on in integrating the new program into the work of local offices, how to improve outreach to new populations, and how to offer work-life flexibility for participating attorneys.

Session Coordinator
WA

Wade Askew

Managing Attorney, Legal Services of Northern California

Speakers
LD

Leon Dixson

Legal Services of Northern California



Wednesday June 5, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm PDT
Santa Barbara

3:15pm PDT

How Can Law Schools and Public Interest Law Firms Collaborate to Improve Access to Legal Representation?
Limited Capacity seats available

Law schools and public interest law firms can and should collaborate to improve access to legal representation for disadvantaged groups. This program will present a case study of the collaboration between San Joaquin College of Law (SJCL) and Central California Legal Services (CCLS), both located in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley, followed by brainstorming and roundtable discussion. SJCL has recently implemented a practice program, which prepares law students for the practice of law through substantive course offerings in legal technology, community lawyering, and law practice management, as well as opportunities to apply these skills in clinical settings. The practice program culminates with the Law Practice Institute, a legal incubator that promotes rural and low bono service. CCLS is a private, not-for-profit, public interest law firm established for the purpose of providing free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals, families, organizations, and communities. CCLS has been innovative in its creation and execution of its housing and seniors’ programs, amongst others. SJCL and CCLS have collaborated by creating clinical opportunities for law students in the housing and seniors’ programs. Law students have a chance to apply recently acquired practice skills, and at the same time further the specific social justice missions of CCLS. Upon graduation, these students are practice ready with a social justice mindset, and prepared to serve disadvantaged groups thereby improving access to legal representation. After a short presentation of this case study, we will open up the program to brainstorming and roundtable discussion on the topic of how law schools and public interest law firms can further collaborate to improve access to legal representation for disadvantaged groups.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Kucera

Andrew Kucera

Professor of Law, San Joaquin College of Law
avatar for Paul Carter Mullen

Paul Carter Mullen

Deputy Development Director, Central California Legal Services
Paul Carter Mullen is the Deputy Director of Development at Central California Legal Services. His responsibilities include grant management, reporting, and assisting with grant writing and fundraising. Previuosly, Mr. Mullen served as the CCLS Voluntary Legal Services Program supervising... Read More →



Wednesday June 5, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm PDT
San Diego

3:15pm PDT

Digital Self Help: Writing Better Web Content - you can help!
Limited Capacity full
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In 2019, the Digital Self Help team at the JCC completed a pilot project exploring opportunities for technology to improve the end-to-end experience for self represented litigants. In this session, the team will present research findings, prototypes, and a new opportunity for self help professionals to reimagine the future of online legal assistance offered by the JCC. After the presentation, the Digital Self Help team will lead a hands-on work session: participants will help shape some of the early content for the new SRL portal and learn skills they can apply to increase access to justice online -  and off.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Madans

Jack Madans

Digital Service, Principal, Judicial Council of California
digital self help, user testing, procedural justice, metrics for portals, why brevity need not be the enemy of legal accuracy, and snowshoeing :)
CH

Cyd Harrell

Service Design Lead, Judicial Council


Wednesday June 5, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm PDT
Bodega A&B

4:30pm PDT

Final Plenary & Next Steps
Wednesday June 5, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Auditorium