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Friday, November 8 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Organizational Alignment for Community Lawyering

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This session will provide practical tips and a list of considerations for any organization wanting its work to build the capacity and power of the client communities it serves. Organizations wanting to adopt a community lawyering model must provide adequate staff and program supports for the model to succeed. Organizations committed to community lawyering must make decisions about caseloads (to allow more time in the community), office hours (to allow for evening community meetings), closed-case requirements (to allow for long-term campaigns), staff (to expand organizing or community-relations capacity), and priority issue areas (to allow for community-driven agenda setting).


Kimberly Jones Merchant

Director of the Racial Justice Institute, Shriver Center on Poverty Law
Kimberly Jones Merchant is the director of the Racial Justice Institute (RJI) and Network at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, where she leads and provides strategic oversight for the annual institute as well as its expanding alumni advocacy network. RJI is a national leadership... Read More →
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Rasheedah Phillips

Training & Business Development Attorney, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Rasheedah Phillips recently joined the Shriver Center on Poverty Law’s Advocate Resources and Training team. Previously, she served as managing attorney of the Housing Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, where she led a right to counsel campaign resulting in the significant... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EST
Marquette A 5th Floor