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Thursday, December 7 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
How to Set Up and Run a School-Based Legal Aid Clinic

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School-based legal aid clinics are a unique and effective way of delivering legal aid services, extending to hard-to-reach populations such as people without legal status, and supporting children’s educational success by stabilizing their families. For a few years now, Connecticut Legal Services, Legal Aid of West Virginia, and New Haven Legal Assistance Association have run successful school-based legal aid clinics and are well positioned to share lessons learned and assist other legal aid programs in establishing and running their own school-based clinics. This session will cover the nuts and bolts of establishing and running a school-based legal clinic, including project approaches, designs, school collaboration, staffing, and funding. This session will address: (1) community and client engagement and empowerment; (2) realistic, productive, and fair legal representation for immigrant populations; and, (3) resources for civil legal aid and legal aid attorneys.


Anne Blanchard

Litigation Director, Connecticut Legal Services Inc.
Anne Louise Blanchard is the litigation and advocacy director for Connecticut Legal Services, Connecticut’s largest legal aid law firm with 70 staff and seven offices statewide. Attorney Blanchard provides oversight and support for the litigation and advocacy of CLS’ 50 attorneys... Read More →

Amy Eppler-Epstein

Staff Attorney, New Haven Legal Assistance
Amy Eppler-Epstein has been an attorney with NHLAA since graduating law school in 1986. She works primarily with tenants in our housing unit, but she has also worked on domestic violence family law and immigration. She is one of the attorneys running our Deferred Action for Childhood... Read More →

Melissa Lilly

Project Attorney, Legal Aid of West Virginia
Melissa Lilly joined Legal Aid of West Virginia in November 2016 as the project attorney for the LAWYER IN THE SCHOOL pilot program. She, along with the volunteer attorneys who she recruits, staff a legal clinic two days per week in a very low-income elementary school. They help families... Read More →

Kate Peccerillo

Skadden Fellow, New Haven Legal Assistance Association
Kate works with the school-based legal services programs at New Haven Legal Assistance Association. She helps families address the legal struggles they face at home and increase their aware of their legal rights. Before NHLAA, Kate interned with the Honorable Stefan R. Underhill... Read More →

Thursday December 7, 2017 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
Renaissance Ballroom East Ballroom Level