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Decolonizing Justice: Advancing Community-Grown Justice Solutions

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Monday, November 16
 

10:00am PST

Beyond Legal Aid: Legal Empowerment and Community-Based Justice
Around the world legal empowerment organizations are improving justice outcomes by focusing on bottom-up, grassroots justice solutions. This panel discussion will share perspectives from legal empowerment practitioners in the U.S. who are leading a movement that emphasizes building community power and agency by working hand-in-hand with communities to know, use and shape the laws that affect their everyday lives.

Keynote (simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Spanish for the keynote)
  • Vivek Maru, Founder and CEO, Namati

Panelists:
  • Lam Ho, Executive Director and Founder, Beyond Legal Aid
  • Ariadna Godreau Aubert, Founder and Executive Director, Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico, Inc.
  • Sukti Dhital, Executive Director, Robert and Helen Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at NYU

Moderator:
  • Matthew Burnett, Policy Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative

Monday November 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am PST
Zoom

12:00pm PST

Transforming Legal Aid to Achieve People-Centered Justice
Legal aid organizations have long played an important role in advocating for greater access to justice.  In this session, discussion will focus on the ways in which legal aid organizations can work in community with others to elevate and advance calls for more people-centered (and less lawyer-forward) models of justice.  

Keynote (simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Spanish for the keynote) 
  • Jim Sandman, Distinguished Lecturer and Senior Consultant to the Future of the Profession Initiative at University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and President Emeritus, Legal Services Corporation

Panelists:
  • José Padilla, Executive Director, California Rural Legal Assistance
  • Marika Dias, Managing Director of the Safety Net Project, Urban Justice Center
  • Viviana Gordon, Deputy Director, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Moderator:
  • Nikole Nelson, Executive Director, Alaska Legal Services Corporation


Monday November 16, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
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Tuesday, November 17
 

10:00am PST

Regulatory Reform as an Access to Justice Imperative
This session will bring together leading U.S. reformers that are at the cutting edge of efforts to reform rules that prohibit non-lawyers from using their knowledge of the law to help other people. We will also hear from Canada, where in the province of Ontario thousands of independent community paralegals deliver legal services without lawyer supervision. Panelists will share why they see regulatory reform as an access to justice imperative, and describe the steps they are taking to mitigate any fears of consumer harm.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Spanish for this session. 

Keynote
  • Rebecca Sandefur, Professor, The Sanford School, Arizona State University and Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation

Panelists:
  • Bridget Gramme, Administrative Director and Adjunct Law Professor, Center for Public Interest Law, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Stacy Butler, Professor of Practice; Director, Innovation for Justice Program, University of Arizona Law School
  • Will Morrison, Strategic Policy Counsel, Law Society of Ontario
  • Rebecca Sandefur, Professor, The Sanford School, Arizona State University and Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation
Moderator:
  • David Udell, Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice




Tuesday November 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am PST
Zoom

12:00pm PST

Voices from Beyond the Legal Profession
This panel will bring together people from outside the legal profession who are regularly confronted with the unmet legal needs of vulnerable people. They will describe the nature and scale of the unmet legal needs they encounter and describe the ways they try to help people find their way forward. They will also talk about the potential they see in reforms that could empower them to do more to help people with their legal problems than current rules allow.

Panelists:
  • Rohan Pavuluri, CEO and Co-Founder, Upsolve
  • Katie Stewart, National Coordinator, Veterans Justice Outreach, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Michael Buono, Head of Reference and Patron Services, Brentwood Public Library (Brentwood, NY)
  • Sarah Bové, Partner and Family Law Legal Technician, Legal Technician Division

Moderator:
  • Chris Albin-Lackey, Legal and Policy Director, National Center for Access to Justice

Tuesday November 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
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Wednesday, November 18
 

10:00am PST

Centering Legal Knowledge and Lived Experience in Local Communities
This session will bring together a variety of voices to have a conversation about the importance of centering lived experience within access to justice work. Panelists will discuss the diverse ways in which legal knowledge and expertise may be gained and the power of centering lived experience in movements to achieve more just outcomes from the legal system.

Panelists:
  • Liz Medicine Crow, President and CEO, First Alaskans Institute
  • Jhody Polk, Founder and Lead Organizer, Legal Empowerment & Advocacy Hub (L.E.A.H.) 
  • Alana Greer, Director, Community Justice Project

Moderator:
  • Nikole Nelson, Executive Director, Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Wednesday November 18, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am PST
Zoom

12:00pm PST

Critical Participatory Action Research: Commitments, Accountabilities and Epistemic Justice
This session will draw from the Public Science Project’s 25 years of work with community-based organizations, activists, lawyers and young people to produce research rooted in the perspectives of those most impacted by injustice to document structural inequalities and build empirical data for policy, organizing, and popular education. It will focus on two projects: 1) The Morris Justice Project, a multi-year collaboration with community residents in the Bronx, where researchers and lawyers systematically and quantitatively documented the impact of aggressive policing on youth, adults, and elders through a secondary analysis of NYPD data conducted with the community and original data collected through a community-generated survey; and 2) The Survivors Justice Project, a new project launched in 2020 that works to document and animate the impact of the 2019 Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA) alongside women who have been incarcerated. Presenters will share key commitments, radical possibilities, and their rich collaborative engagement on these projects, making clear why and how it is critical that those most impacted by injustice are situated at the center of research.

  • María Elena Torre, co-founder and director of The Public Science Project, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Michelle Fine, Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Women’s Studies, American Studies and Urban Education, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Kate Mogulescu, Associate Professor of Clinical Law, Brooklyn Law School
  • Sharon White-Harrigan, Executive Director, The Women’s Community Justice Association (WCJA)

Moderator:
  • Matthew Burnett, Policy Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative

Wednesday November 18, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
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Thursday, November 19
 

10:00am PST

Living Justice
Keynote by Antionette D. Carroll, MA, Founder, President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab

As a Black woman in the United States, Antionette D. Carroll's lived experiences navigating and striving to survive the justice system qualify her [and many others] as a living expert of these issues of inequity and oppression, among others. Antionette will share her reflections on various meanings of the word "justice", challenge us all to examine who holds power at decision-making tables and identify what it may look like to amplify the power of living expertise, and outline her vision for redesigning and living in a world that has liberatory justice for communities of color.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Spanish for the keynote.

Moderators:
  • Liz Keith, Program Director, Pro Bono Net

Thursday November 19, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
Zoom

11:30am PST

Connecting Access to Advocacy: Technology Strategies to Build Community Power and Participation
This panel will share three examples of digital tools designed to help communities, organizers and advocates know and shape laws and policies that impact them. Panelists will discuss how co-design technology and data can help connect individual casework and legal support with systemic advocacy, and what we are learning from these efforts to inform similar efforts in the field moving forward.

Panelists:
  • Georges Clement, Co-Founder and Executive Director, JustFix.nyc 
  • Elizabeth Joynes Jordan, Deputy Legal Director, Make the Road New York 
  • David Rodriguez Andino, Attorney and Access to Justice Technology Coordinator, Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico

Moderator:
  • Rodrigo Camarena, Director, Immigration Advocates Network


Thursday November 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm PST
Zoom

1:00pm PST

Interactive Workshop: Tools and Tactics for Participatory Design
Co-design (also called participatory design), is an inclusive design development process that explores solutions to a problem by proactively seeking members of the community most impacted by that problem. Co-design follows the principle of “building with, not for” communities by engaging community members in the ideation of a solution and design decision-making process. The goal of this workshop is to spark creativity and help participants re-imagine how to engage with their communities. This is a hands-on workshop that explains why co-design is an effective strategy and walks participants through examples of co-design activities.
(Registration limited to 25.)
SESSION IS FULL: Participants will be sent the link via email!

Facilitators:
  • Katie Lam, Legal Empowerment & Technology Fellow, Pro Bono Net
  • Eric Vang, Senior Technology Attorney, Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Thursday November 19, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST
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Friday, November 20
 

10:00am PST

Envisioning a Just Future for All: Nurturing and Sustaining Justice Movements
This session will feature leading activists and movement lawyers who will reflect on the critical work of nurturing and sustaining justice movements and share their visions for a just future for all.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Spanish for this session. 

Speakers:
  • Meena Jagannath, Director of Global Programs, Movement Law Lab; Co-Founder, Community Justice Project, Inc.
  • Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, Senior Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF
  • Marbre Stahly-Butts, Executive Director, Law for Black Lives 

Moderator:
  • Ariadna Godreau Aubert, Founder and Executive Director, Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico, Inc.

Friday November 20, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Zoom

12:00pm PST

Global Perspectives on Advancing Community-Centered Justice
This session will offer global perspectives on legal empowerment and access to justice, and discuss why the U.S. justice community should connect with global efforts to advance access to justice at home.

Speakers:
  • Stacey Cram, Policy Director, Namati
  • Maaike de Langen, Program Lead, Justice for All, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, NYU-CIC
  • Maha Jweied, Fellow, NYU Center on International Cooperation; Former Head U.S. Department of Justice Office for Access to Justice
  • Sabrina Mahtani, Senior Policy Advisor for Access to Justice, The Elders

Moderator:
  • Matthew Burnett, Policy Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative

Friday November 20, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
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