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Friday, December 8 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Holistic Programming: Bringing Together Civil Legal Aid, Criminal Defense, and Community Agencies for Superior Representation and Services

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Legal aid and public defender programs have operated for decades, helping low-income clients to resolve their legal concerns. Despite these efforts, the need for legal assistance has not diminished, while threats to funding continue. We must use our limited resources to improve delivery methods so as to reach a greater number of people with more efficiency and efficacy. This competence can be achieved through stronger partnerships between public defenders, civil legal aid providers, and social service agencies. Panelists from Rhode Island Legal Services and the Rhode Island Public Defender will describe their internal holistic programs as well as their growing collaboration. These services will be contrasted with those offered by Project Legal Link, an organization housed at Bay Area Legal Aid, which focuses on the role that non-legal advocates can play in helping clients to access the civil and criminal legal services needed to achieve overall success.

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Robert Barge

Executive Director, Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.
Robert Barge has been executive director of Rhode Island Legal Services since 1990. Before his appointment as executive director, he held several positions at RILS, including staff attorney, managing attorney, and acting airector. Mr. Barge is a graduate of Tuskegee Institute and... Read More →

Brian Furgal

Staff Attorney, Rhode Island Legal Services
After graduation from Roger Williams University School of Law, Attorney Brian Furgal came to Rhode Island Legal Services to work as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps fellow and staff attorney, working with clients to remove barriers to employment. Attorney Furgal’s practice areas... Read More →

Emmett Hardiman

Community Outreach Liaison, Office of the Public Defender of Rhode Island
Emmett Hardiman has worked for the Rhode Island Public Defender for five years, initially in the intake department and currently as the community outreach liaison. As the community outreach liaison, Mr. Hardiman works on a variety of projects including strengthening partnerships with... Read More →

Nora Salomon

Supervising Attorney, Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.
Upon graduation from Fordham University School of Law, Attorney Nora Salomon was hired by Rhode Island Legal Services to work in its Housing Law Center, assisting clients with eviction defense and resolution of conditions disputes. Attorney Salomon subsequently worked in a variety... Read More →
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Sacha Steinberger

Executive Director, Legal Link
Sacha Steinberger is the Founder and Executive Director of Legal Link, an organization dedicated to removing legal barriers for people living in poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sacha began working on what became Legal Link in 2014 with the support of Tipping Point Community... Read More →

Friday December 8, 2017 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
Meeting Room 5 Meeting Room Level