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Saturday June 3, 2017 (continued)
12:15 – 12:30 Justice Joint Break
12:30 – 1:45 Lunch Ballroom C/D
Welcome: Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst
Keynote: Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
Access to Justice Awards: Presenters are Ishbel Dickens and Beth Leonard, Access to Justice Conference Planning Committee Co-Chairs
Aligning with our Communities Ballroom C/D
A Ted Talk-style panel will highlight critical and emerging issues facing marginalized communities. Michele Storms, Deputy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington will moderate discussions which will focus on the intersectionality of the issues our communities are facing and how we can align to more effectively advance equity and justice in our state. We will hear about the following communities and issues:
• Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Vanessa Gutierrez, Directing Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
• Native American and Tribal Communities: David LaSarte-Meeks, Senior Attorney, Northwest Justice Project
• Religious Minorities: Jasmin Samy, Civil Rights Manager, CAIR-Washington State
• Gender Justice including women’s healthcare and LGBT issues: David Ward, Legal and Legislative Counsel,
Legal Voice
• Environmental Justice: Marissa Ordonia, Associate Attorney, Earthjustice
Step back and power up on capacity-building skills, ideas, and best practices to help energize and revitalize your work. Choose two 30-minute sessions where “masters” will offer learning and discussion opportunities on technology, leadership, volunteer management, new service delivery approaches, and communications. Each session will be given twice unless otherwise noted. A 15 minute break will be provided between sessions.
1:45 – 2:00 Justice Joint Break
2:00 – 4:15 P L E N A R Y S E S S I O N
4:15 – 4:30 Justice Joint Break
Optimizing Volunteer Engagement Offered at 4:30-5:00 & 5:15-5:45 Room A Given the public’s heightened interest in community action, volunteer lawyer programs can strategically recruit and
engage volunteers. Focused on cultivating relationships and offering meaningful opportunities to serve, panelists will discuss and differentiate ways to work with volunteers delivering pro bono legal service, volunteer board members, and volunteers who are not attorneys. From interns and work-study students to retired legal professionals and everyone
in between, this session covers how to engage volunteers of all stripes. While panelists will offer concrete volunteer management strategies, each presentation will be  exible to accommodate attendees’ speci c areas of interest. Audience participation strongly encouraged!
• Eloise Barshes, Executive Director, Chelan-Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services
• Ariel Speser, Clallam-Jefferson Pro Bono Lawyers Board Chair and Northwest Justice Project Staff Attorney • Anita Garcia, Executive Director, Yakima Volunteer Attorney Services
Narrowing the Access Chasm:
A Conversation with the Low Bono Community Offered at 4:30-5:00 & 5:15-5:45
Rooted in a commitment to increase access to legal services and combined with the cost savings created by emerging low bono business models, more and more private practitioners are devoting some or all of their practices to serving people with moderate incomes (200%–400% FPL). Leading the conversation in this area, the WSBA Low Bono Section would
like to hear from you! After offering a quick overview of low bono, we’ll open things up for discussion: What questions
do you have about our work or the Section? How can we best support the work already begun within pro bono/legal aid community? What ideas do you have for how we can work together to narrow the access chasm?
• Forrest Carlson, Partner, Assemble Law Group
• Veronica Smith-Casem, Owner, Smith-Casem Law • John H. Varga, Attorney, Assemble Law Group
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