Dear Directors:

We've created an Annual Conference Special Edition of the Client Newsletter Update, as we gear up for our 2018 Annual Conference. Please pass this issue along to your current client board members.

Thank you!

Message from the Chair
Welcome Clients!

We welcome the many clients that will come to this year's NLADA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Our goal is to make sure we meet your many needs by giving you client focused workshops and sessions where you gain much needed knowledge and will be able to take it back to your community to share. We made it a priority to listen to your feed back from last year's sessions to make sure we deliver and meet your expectations. 

NLADA has been working diligently on restructuring our board and organization. Thank you all for being so patient. I, Regina Kelly, am the new Chair of the Client Council. I am from Hearne, Texas and come from the Lone Star Legal Aid out of Texas. I was introduced to most of you last year as Chair, however, I have been with NLADA several years already.

My goal and focus is to make sure each client has a voice at the table and to also make sure as clients we get the information that is needed to make an impact back home in our communities. Let's keep the clients in Texas and Florida, who were impacted by the hurricanes in our prayers. Also please pray for the people who were affected by the fires in California. 

At this year's Client Reception we will acknowledge our past Clients who have been with NLADA many years who have now moved on. We also will introduce and welcome our newly elected Clients: Sue Lau, Lorenzo Jones, Rochelle Jackson Jeremiah Grace, Richard Simpson-Bey, and Gwendolyn Hanley-Pamplin. Please be sure to give them a warm welcome.

This year we are trying something a little different on Thursday night immediately after the client reception. Join us for a fun filled game night. We will have Bingo, Spades, Dominos, etc. Grab your partner and bring your dollars! 

We look forward to seeing you all in December. 

With much gratitude,  
Regina Kelly
Chair, Client Council 
Regina Kelly (Chair)


Message from the Chair

Client Track Session Highlights

Client Spotlight

AC17 Game Night

Client Track
The Client Track this year will consist of 8 sessions that will prove to be quite enlightening, interactive, and extremely informative! Highlighted are a few new and exciting tracks that will be featured that you won't want to miss!

Thursday, Dec 7, 2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
The New Disability: Homelessness vis a vis Mental Health – An Interactive Reentry Simulation
Juwanna N. Brown, Student & Advocate
Shawntelle Fisher, Founder & CEO, The SoulFisher Ministries

The purpose of this interactive workshop is to raise awareness about the complexities that individuals involved with the criminal justice system encounter when released from jail or prison and to offer an additional perspective when crafting policy recommendations. Participants will experience challenges to successful reentry that individuals recently released from incarceration face, especially men and women who are homeless and have mental health issues. As a result of this simulation experience, individuals will be able to advance equitable justice under a system that does not afford individuals involved with the criminal justice system the opportunity to access adequate services necessary to live a productive life post-incarceration. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to apply the principles of economic justice to the work in their field in ways that will provide sufficient opportunities for recently released individuals with mental illnesses and/or who are homeless to be successfully reintegrated into society.

Friday, Dec 8, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
Making Sense of Medicaid, Medicare, and HIPAA
Jennifer Goldberg, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
Mara Youdelman, Managing Attorney, National Health Law Program

Do you know the difference between Medicaid and Medicare? Need help understanding health care programs? Join us to learn about (1) who is eligible for Medicaid and Medicare; (2) what services they can get; and (3) important protections for consumers. We will also discuss how personal health information for patients is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Friday, Dec 8, 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Making Rights Real: Hot Topics in Housing
Jennifer Berger, Manager, Legal Aid Attorney, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly
T.J. Sutcliffe, Director of Income & Housing Policy, The Arc of the United States
Deborah Thrope, Supervising Attorney, National Housing Law Project

This panel will explore cutting edge topics in housing with a focus on the rights of seniors, people with disabilities, and people who have come in contact with the criminal justice system. Panelists will first present a broad national framework for these issues and discuss what is at risk on a federal level. We will then identify how policies play out locally and what participants can do to defend and expand their rights. Interaction with panelists and each other is highly encouraged, and we will reserve time during the session to share strategies and ideas to make housing rights real.

Saturday, Dec 9, 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
LSC and the Client Voice
Julie Reiskin, Board Member, Legal Services Corporation
James Sandman, President & CEO, Legal Services Corporation

This session is an annual tradition where LSC hears directly from client board members in the field. We will share what has been done over the past year based on client board member recommendations and listen to client board members' new ideas and recommendations. This year, we specifically want to get feedback on Section 1607 because LSC is considering revising this regulation that addresses how client board members are selected. This is based on feedback in prior sessions. LSC will also report on the client involvement in program visits and discuss ongoing client engagement.

Check out the full conference agenda at

***NLADA highlights clients' contributions to their communities and the vital work they do in supporting legal aid efforts around the country.***
The clients featured in this segment have made tremendous strides with addressing injustice in their communities, and battling for the integrity and growth of legal services programs across the country. NLADA in collaboration with TimeBanks USA recognized the efforts of these individuals, groups, and programs that promote client service and engagement.

NLADA is grateful to all of our featured client members for their contributions and achievements.

Read about all their contributions at

2016 Client Contribution Award Winners
Larry Carlton
Committed Citizens of Waverly – CCOW Inc.
Latryna Carlton
Florida Rural Legal Services/Committed Citizens of Waverly – CCOW Inc.
Rev. Terence A. Dicks
Georgia Legal Services Program
Lucinda Horne
Legal Aid Society of Orange County
Ofelia Zapata
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid 

2016 Client Contribution Award Nominees
Juanita Alvarez – Legal Services of Greater Miami
Larry Barbee – Haywood County (Tennessee) NAACP
Linda Bingham – Bay Area Legal Services
Courtney Green – Empowering a Generation (EAG)
Jessica Keith – Legal Aid of Wyoming 
Leaders for Equality and Action in Dayton (LEAD)
Greta Moran – Broken Chains Ministries, Inc.
Rosita Stanley – National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Don’t Miss Out on NLADA’s

Hosted by NLADA’s Client Council

Join the Client Council for an evening of

Featured Games include:
First game is FREE !
Additional BINGO boards available 3 for $1 for that EXTRA Chance to WIN Fun Prizes!

Who’s Got Game?!
Grab your partner and find out who takes home the WINNING trophy at the end of the night!


Come press your luck, take a chance, maybe win a buck!
When: Thursday, December 7, 2017
(immediately following the Client Reception)
Time:  8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Where:  Congressional Ballroom C

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