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Friday, December 8 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Building the Culture and Practice of Strategic Advocacy in Civil Legal Aid: Advice from the Field

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Legal services programs struggle with how to use their limited resources to meet huge client needs and what is the appropriate balance between services to individual clients and work to address broad-based and systemic problems. Is our job to help struggling clients who come to us in trouble, or to do work that may provide more profound and lasting change? Can we do both, and, if so, how? This session will provide concrete examples from programs that are looking strategically at the work they do and then addressing program culture, structures, and programs to move into or build work with systemic impact. Programs and volunteers who have participated in NLADA’s Strategic Advocacy Initiative will report on how NLADA is assisting member organizations to move this work forward.

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Catherine C. Carr

Consultant and Adjunct Law Professor, University of Pennsylvania, MIE Board
Catherine C. Carr (she/her) is a consultant and professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She served as the Executive Director of Community Legal Services (CLS) in Philadelphia for 20 years until stepping down in 2015, and was a public benefits litigator prior to her... Read More →

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Ed Marks

Statewide Pro Bono Manager, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Ed Marks is Executive Director of New Mexico Legal Aid. Ed has been involved in TIG projects and other national legal aid technology initiatives for nearly 20 years. Ed was previously Deputy Director for Advocacy at Legal Aid of Western Ohio in Toledo, where he also founded Legal... Read More →
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Tom Mlakar

Deputy Director for Advocacy, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Tom Mlakar (he/him) is the Deputy Director for Advocacy at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland where he is responsible for the legal work at the firm. He has worked as an attorney with Cleveland Legal Aid since graduating from The Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University... Read More →
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Adeola Ogunkeyede

Legal Director, Civil Rights & Racial Justice Program, Legal Aid Justice Center

Friday December 8, 2017 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
Mt. Vernon Square A Meeting Room Level