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Thursday, November 7 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Examining Eviction: Resources, Best Practices, and Strategic Interventions

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This panel session will examine innovative methods of approaching the eviction crisis to improve legal practice and secure better outcomes for clients. It is intended to promote discussion, collaboration, and information sharing between eviction law specialists from across the country. LSC staff will summarize the strengths and weaknesses of empirical resources (e.g., datasets, maps, interactive websites) available to help practitioners understand and communicate the scope of the issue in their communities. Gary Smith (Legal Services of Northern California) will explore the implementation and impact of seals on public eviction records in California. Mark Fessler (South Carolina Legal Services) will explain how housing advocates formed cross-agency partnerships to improve problematic Rule to Vacate or Show Cause forms used for evictions in South Carolina. Nan Heald (Pine Tree Legal Assistance) will discuss how the creation of a state-wide housing law group has helped attorneys in Maine improve their practices.


Sarah Abdelhadi

Research Analyst, Legal Services Corporation
Sarah Abdelhadi holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. After working in health program design, monitoring, and evaluation for private companies and nonprofits, Sarah joined the Office of Data Governance and Analysis... Read More →

Ranya Ahmed

Project Manager & Data Analyst, Legal Services Corporation
Ranya Ahmed earned a Master’s in Public Affairs from The University of Missouri, with an emphasis in nonprofit management, and a Master’s in International Studies from The University of Kansas, focusing on human rights and international law. She also earned a PhD in Political... Read More →

Mark Fessler

Housing Unit Head/Staff Attorney, South Carolina Legal Services
Mark Fessler graduated from Furman University with a B.A. in English and then attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, graduating with a J.D. in 2008. After passing the South Carolina bar, he began working with S.C. Legal Service’s Greenville Office. In the wake... Read More →

Nan Heald

Executive Director, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc.
Nan Heald has been the executive director of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Maine’s oldest and largest civil legal aid provider, since 1990. In 1996, Pine Tree was the first legal aid program in the country to create a website with self-help materials posted on it. Since that time... Read More →

Gary Smith

Executive Director, Legal Services of Northern California
Gary F. Smith graduated from Yale Law School in 1983. After clerking for a federal judge, he spent three years with DNA-People's Legal Services, a legal aid organization serving low-income Native Americans across the Navajo Nation in the Southwest. In 1988, he joined Legal Services... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm EST
LaSalle A 5th Floor