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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 →
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Scott Levy

Chief Policy Counsel, Bronx Defenders
As Chief Policy Counsel, Scott oversees The Bronx Defenders public policy agenda, coordinating and advancing policy reform work across the criminal, family, social work, immigration, and civil practices.  He supervises an interdisciplinary team of advocates working on legislative... Read More →

Adam Shoop

Legal Director, Civil Action Practice, The Bronx Defenders
Adam Shoop began as a staff attorney and is now the legal director of the Civil Action Practice at The Bronx Defenders, where he has been since 2012. He has represented hundreds of clients who initially come to The Bronx Defenders as a result of an arrest or child welfare case but... 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 EST
Meeting Room 12-13-14 Meeting Room Level