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November 2020 - NLADA Virtual Annual Conference Edition
Live From the 2020 Virtual Annual Conference!
NLADA's 2020 Virtual Annual Conference has kicked off today!

We are excited to welcome Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director of Advancement Project National Office, as our featured Opening Plenary speaker for the 2020 NLADA Virtual Annual Conference! Among many other things, Ms. Dianis currently leads Advancement Project National Office’s work in combating structural racism in education, voting, policing, criminal justice and immigration.

She will join NLADA president & CEO, Jo-Ann Wallace, for a fireside chat at 12:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

The pair will dive deep into many of the pressing access to justice issues that have arose during the course of this year. They will touch on topics such as the recent election, racial injustice and the roles that many different types of advocates play in achieving justice.

We are certainly looking forward to this fireside chat with Ms. Dianis. Learn more about her here. Be sure to join us!
Also, do not miss our Closing Plenary featured speaker, Nicole Austin-Hillery, the executive director of the U.S. Program at Human Rights Watch, who will be delivering remarks on Friday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET

We have a lot planned for you, so do not forget to tune in to the 2020 NLADA Virtual Annual Conference!
2020 Virtual Annual Conference Awards Ceremony
NLADA looks forward to recognizing the work and achievement of these awardees. Join us online at the Annual Awards Ceremony and Closing Plenary on Friday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET Learn more about the honorees here.
National Equal Justice Library Special Screening

Be sure to join us Wednesday evening at 5:15 p.m. ET for a special screening of Strands of Justice - The History of Civil Legal Aid in the United States, presented by the National Equal Justice Library and NLADA. The free virtual screening will be hosted by Judge Lora Livingston of the 261st District Court in Texas and Jack Londen, NLADA board member. Be sure to remain following the screening for a brief Q&A discussion. This is a do not miss event!
Caucus Meetings

Each year, the NLADA Annual Conference gives advocates from every constituency a chance to gather and discuss the issues that matter to them. Whether you're a current or aspiring member of the civil, defender or client advocate community, there is a place for you to come together and learn. Don't miss your virtual caucus meeting! Caucus meetings will take place Wednesday, November 11 from 1:45 - 3:15 p.m. ET
2020 Beacon of Justice Awards Publication

At this year’s annual gala, NLADA was proud to present the Beacon of Justice Award to firms providing life-changing and often lifesaving pro bono legal services to vulnerable people seeking asylum or hoping to immigrate to the United States. From challenging detrimental immigration policies in court to providing direct legal representation in family separation-related or removal proceedings, these law firms’ efforts are inspiring. Please enjoy examples of each of the awardees’ work and impact.
Business Advancing Justice: Goal 16 Working Group Toolkit

Last week, we released a new toolkit for our Corporate Advisory Committee (CAC) members and other justice-focused allies. The toolkit highlights some of the reasons why business cares about civil legal aid and public defense and includes case studies of successful corporate activity to advance access to justice policy reform. It spotlights the work of the CAC, individual CAC members and other corporate leaders, while providing practical tips and advice for both the business and public interest communities on how to effectively partner with each other on a shared policy agenda. Click here to learn more and access the toolkit.
Resource Center

Stay up to date with the most pertinent information regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic. NLADA's COVID-19 Updates and Resource Center provides information by issues most relevant to you in an easy to access format. Access it here.
Upcoming Events
Start your year off right with the 2021 Appellate Defender Training. Act soon! this training sells out early! Click here to learn more and register for ADT
Be on the lookout for emails regarding the 2021 Equal Justice Conference. Registration for the nation's premiere civil legal aid event is opening soon!
Member's Corner

Stop by the Membership exhibit booth at our 2020 Virtual Annual Conference for an entry ticket to win a Wine Country Gift Basket and to learn more about the benefits of membership in NLADA.

Remember, the only way to win is to come in! The winner will be selected at the end of the conference. See you all soon!
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