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Thursday, November 7 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Using Social Workers to Reduce Client Barriers and Achieve Better Outcomes

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Do your clients ever struggle to make decisions? Keep track of papers and court dates? Remember details or have problems staying on track during interviews? Including social workers on the interdisciplinary team is not a new legal service delivery model used to address clients’ barriers to getting legal assistance – such as mental illness, homelessness, low-literacy, cognitive deficits, and lack of transportation – so they can effectively engage with their attorney and achieve positive outcomes in their case. In this program, we hope to take the topic of using social workers in your practice setting a step further. You will hear from social workers as well as a senior attorney who will share case studies and lessons learned from integrating social work in the civil legal aid and criminal law context and how with the effective use of social worker in your practice setting, you and your organization can improve legal services to your clients and achieve better outcomes in your legal cases.


Dani Lachina

Staff Social Worker II, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Dani Lachina is the staff social worker at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, where she addresses problems that interfere with an attorney’s ability to represent some of the most difficult clients while reducing barriers clients may have in participating in their legal case. Whether... Read More →

Jessica Newsome

Associate Director of Social Work, Cabrini Green Legal Aid
Jessica Newsome is the associate director of social work at Cabrini Green Legal Aid and oversees the interdisciplinary model between attorneys and social workers, including overseeing the collective impact work between CGLA and partner organizations in workforce development. Jessica... Read More →

Jenelle Pedroza

Supervisory Social Worker, Legal Aid Chicago
Jenelle Pedroza, LSW, is the supervisory social worker at Legal Aid Chicago. She graduated with a BSW from Asbury University and an MSW from Jane Addams School of Social Work at University of Illinois at Chicago. Throughout her career, Jenelle’s work has included interdisciplinary... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
Marquette A 5th Floor