2020

SIGNATURE
EVENT

MAKING CIVIL LEGAL AID INDISPENSABLE

Welcoming Remarks by

KATHLEEN KELLY JANUS

Office of Gov. Gavin Newsom

MARCH 19, 2020

Keynote by

KAREN LASH

3:00-5:00PM

Honoring

JULIA R. WILSON

2020 Access To Justice Award Recipient

Public Policy Institute of California

Signature Event Keynote Speaker

Karen Lash

Practitioner-in-Residence and Director, The Justice in Government Project

will present

The 4Rs: How Research, Relationships, and Roundtables Lead to Expanded Resources 

The Legal Services Funders Network's 2020 Signature Event, scheduled for March 19th, has been cancelled.

 

In compliance with the City of San Francisco's recommendation to forego all non-essential gatherings as an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Public Policy Institute of California has cancelled all events scheduled to be held in their venue for the at least the next three weeks. The LSFN understands and supports this decision.

The LSFN invites you to join us as we hear from 2020 Keynote Speaker Karen Lash, about the work she has done to:

  • Transform how federal and state government officials think about and use civil legal aid to improve their work project outcomes.

  • Increase the pool of government dollars available to legal service providers. 

  • Build allies and partners in the executive branch who will defend and support the role of legal services. 

  • Effectively leverage modest private philanthropic seed funding to gain access to ongoing large scale government funding.

R S V P N O W T O S E C U R E Y O U R S E A T

 

WE EXPECT THE EVENT TO REACH CAPACITY  

THERE IS NO CHARGE TO ATTEND

WHEN /

MARCH 19, 2020

3-5 PM

WHERE /

Public Policy Institute of California

Bechtel Conference Center

500 Washington St., #600

San Francisco, CA 94111 

ABOUT THE EVENT /


 

Our annual Signature Event is purposely open to a wide community, including legal service funders, NGOs, CBOs, law students, attorneys, judges, court staff, and other interested in civil legal aid.

Each year the LSFN puts on several events to help educate our community and bring together those with a shared interest in supporting legal services, as we believe these organizations are a critical tool to use to address poverty alleviation.  Visit the LSFN website to learn more.

KAREN

LASH

As a political appointee in the Obama Administration, Karen A. Lash served in leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice (ATJ) and as the first Executive Director of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR). Karen conceptualized, implemented, and led LAIR, a first-of-its-kind executive branch policymaking model for civil legal aid, that brought together 22 federal agencies to identify programs, policies, and initiatives that could work more effectively and efficiently by incorporating legal aid.

After leaving the Justice Department, Karen joined American University’s School of Public Affairs Justice Programs Office as a Practitioner-in-Residence and Director of The Justice in Government Project. With funding from the Open Society Foundations, Public Welfare Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation, Karen is applying the lessons learned from LAIR to state agencies to similarly ensure that scarce resources are most effectively used to achieve state goals regarding low income and other underserved populations by adding legal aid partners.

She is a frequent conference keynote and presenter, and her recent publications include Civil Justice Needs Federal Leadership, Center for American Progress Issue Brief (with Maha Jweied) (September 2019); Executive Branch Support for Civil Legal Aid, Daedalus, Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (Winter 2019); How Civil Legal Aid Can Tap Federal Funds to Support Partnerships with Schools, Bar Associations, Courts, and Hospitals to Improve the Lives of Those Affected by Substance Use Disorders, (with Casey Chiappetta) MIE Journal (Winter 2018); The Obama Legacy: Legal Aid Across Government Agencies, Talk Poverty, (December 22, 2016); and Federal Government as Your Partner: What Advocates Should know about Federal Resources for Veterans’ Legal Aid, 68 S. C. L. Rev. 209 (2016). She is a Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress and currently serves on the boards of advisors to the UC Berkeley/Irvine School of Law Civil Justice Research Institute, DC Bar Foundation, Voices for Civil Justice, and Tzedek DC.
 

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