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Saturday, December 9 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Expanding Our Reach: Integrating Direct Representation and Impact Litigation

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As lawyers on the front lines, we bear witness to widespread injustices affecting our clients, many of which are not as visible to the broader public. This panel discussion will address the vital role, and significant potential of, using impact litigation to reverse these systemic issues and how to do so effectively from within a public defender or civil legal services office. The panelists will provide an overview of impact litigation models and how those models can benefit from and serve advocates and offices whose primary focus is direct representation. The workshop will address creating and developing internal capacity to pursue impact litigation, effective internal collaborations, and how to partner with external organizations and law firms when internal capacity is unavailable. Panelists will discuss best practices from two vantage points – advocates within legal aid and defender organizations and advocates at external partners with whom we may seek to collaborate.


Angel Harris

Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
At the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (LDF), Angel handles matters in various areas of criminal justice including capital defense, juvenile life without the possibility of parole, felon disenfranchisement, and policing reform, as well as school desegregation cases in several... Read More →

Scott Levy

Special Counsel, The Bronx Defenders
As special counsel at The Bronx Defenders, Scott provides critical legal and policy advice to the Criminal Defense Practice. Scott is also counsel on Trowbridge v. Cuomo, an Impact Litigation Practice case challenging delays in misdemeanor cases. Scott previously developed and managed... Read More →

Adam Shoop

Legal Director, Civil Action Practice, The Bronx Defenders
In addition to a full caseload as an attorney in the Civil Action Practice for The Bronx Defenders, Adam is also counsel in two Impact Litigation Practice cases: Encarnacion v. City of New York (challenging property seizure practices) and The Bronx Defenders v. NYPD (freedom of information... Read More →

Johanna Steinberg

Director of Impact Litigation, General Counsel, The Bronx Defenders
As general counsel for The Bronx Defenders, Johanna provides advice on strategic, legal, and policy issues facing the organization. She is also the director of the Impact Litigation Practice, developing and supervising affirmative litigation to challenge systemic injustices affecting... Read More →

Saturday December 9, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room 12-13-14 Meeting Room Level

Attendees (27)