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ABA’s Preparing for 2021 and Beyond: The Outlook for Public Interest Lawyers and Advocacy

This year has seen systemic issues of race, rights, and access to justice brought to light in new ways through the lens of a global pandemic and a politically divided nation, and attorneys with LSC-funded legal aid programs have been on the frontlines of many of these challenges. Listen to the recording of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) discussion on what 2021 holds for you, civil legal aid practice, and clients, as well as how the ABA advocates on behalf of LSC programs and the issues you care about, and how you can get connected and make an impact.

Panelists discuss:
• How legal aid lawyers can make impactful change in the race equity arena
• The impact of the pandemic and the election on civil legal aid and public defender funding
• How to engage pro bono resources to meet clients’ unmet legal needs
• The state of the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
• How to lend your voice to national advocacy efforts
• ABA resources and opportunities to support legal aid

Remarks from:
ABA President Patricia Lee Refo and Legal Services Corporation President Ronald S. Flagg

Panelists:
Justice Adrienne Nelson – Oregon Supreme Court; Chair, ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center
David Carroll – Executive Director, Sixth Amendment Center
April Faith-Slaker – Associate Director of Research Innovations, Access to Justice Lab, Harvard Law School; Consultant, ABA Access to Justice Resource Center
Jaime Hawk – Legal Strategy Director, WA Campaign for Smart Justice, ACLU of Washington; Co-Chair, ABA CRSJ’s Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity Committee; ABA House of Delegates
Radhika Singh – Chief, Civil Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association; NLADA Liaison, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense
Brendon Woods (Moderator) – Public Defender of Alameda County