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National Legal Aid and Defender Association
Student Legal Services Section Conference

July 10-14, 2017

Town and Country Resort & Convention Center

500 Hotel Circle North | San Diego, CA 92108

(800) 772-8527


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2017 NLADA Student Legal Service Section Conference Schedule

Monday, July 10

Registration     Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, Hotel Circle

6:00pm             Welcome Reception

7:00pm              Dinner and Program

Tuesday, July 11

7:30am – 8:45am         Breakfast, Hotel Meeting Room

9:00am – 11:00am      Practice Area Break-Out Session (Landlord-Tenant, Criminal, and Consumer Sections)

Discussion of student legal issues specific to each practice area, including frequently encountered case types, strategies for approaching recurring problems, etc.

11:00am – 11:15am     Break

11:15am – 12:15pm   Outreach to Veterans

Paul Wilkins, Esq., The Ohio State University

In this discussion, the presenter will discuss the unique hurdles in reaching out to veterans and the myths related to this student community. As a veteran, he will provide insight to what SLS attorneys can do to address the challenges that veterans face when transition from military to civilian life.

12:15pm – 12:30pm    Working Lunches Distributed

12:30pm – 1:30pm     Child Support, It’s Not Just for Minors: Exploring the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)

April Kusters, Esq., Portland State University

This presentation will include a brief overview of UIFSA, a discussion of who can obtain support, and an outline of how to help a student obtain and order and request collection services.

1:30pm – 2:30pm        A Look at Expungements Nationwide

Fran Muse, Esq., and Lauren Shoffner, Esq., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This program will explore expungement laws across the country, discuss internet takedowns, and explain variations in graduate school and job applications processes for different states.

2:30pm – 4:00pm        Teach-In

Open discussion of relevant case law and issues that were identified in the break-out session.


Wednesday, July 12

7:30am – 8:45am         Breakfast Buffet, Hotel Meeting Room

9:00am – 10:00am       Business Meeting

10:00am – 11:00am     Drunk Driving Convictions and Travel to Canada

Chris Sestak, Esq., Kent State University

The learning objective of this presentation is for attendees to become aware of restrictions upon travel to Canada for clients with drunk driving and other convictions.

11:00am – 12:00pm    Meeting the Legal Needs of the Transgender Community

Jamie Owen, Esq., University of Central Florida

This presentation will focus on helping attendees understand gender related terminology, common legal issues transgender students encounter, and strategies for outreach to transgender students.

12:15pm – 12:30pm    Break / Working Lunches Distributed

12:30pm – 1:30pm      Graphic Design for Lawyers: Practical and Ethical Issues (Ethics)

Kelly Mroz, Esq., The Pennsylvania State University

This session will cover basic design concepts and general ethical limitations useful both to DIY office, and those who have support from marketing and graphic design departments. 

1:30pm – 2:30pm        Free Speech Rights of Public Employees

Christopher Mallow, Esq., and Amanda Elkins, Esq., University of Iowa

The presenters will discuss the current state of the law with respect to First Amendment rights of public employees, and will include a review of relevant case law.

2:30pm – 2:45pm        Break

2:45pm – 3:45pm        Am I Free to Go? Safe, Civil, and Successful Interaction with Law Enforcement

Marc Abplanalp, Esq., and Kathleen Field, Esq., University of Indiana

This presentation will highlight the laws that govern police interaction, including what questions citizens are required to answer, Fourth Amendment protections, and how citizens can respond when law enforcement officials approach, stop or arrest them.


Thursday, July 13

7:30am – 8:45am         Breakfast Buffet, Hotel Meeting Room

9:00am – 11:00am       Immigration Panel: Representing Non-U.S. Citizen Clients

Tom Betz, Esq., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; Chelsea Flaherty, Esq., University of Minnesota; and Mark Karon, Esq., University of Minnesota, and Don Heilman, Esq., Rutgers University

The panel will discuss the impact of the recent executive orders, DACA, Padilla Advisory, and the best approaches for avoiding malpractice when providing immigration advice.

11:00am – 12:00pm    Avoiding Ethics Complaints & Malpractice Claims in Your Law Practice 2017 (Ethics)

Todd C. Scott, Esq., Vice President of Risk Management, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual

12:00pm – 1:00pm      Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm – 2:00pm        Eliminating Legal System Bias Encountered by Disadvantages Students (Elimination of Bias)

William Dane, Esq., University of Minnesota

This  presentation will feature four real cases that each address bias in a different setting: (1) unintentional bias in the legal system based on ethnicity; (2) intentional bias based upon race; (3) bias in the law based upon disability; and (4) bias against a student because she was a student.

2:00pm – 3:00pm        Handling DMCA Notices and Copyright Infringement Claims: An Overview for SLS Office

Orlando Simon, Esq., University of Michigan

This presentation will include a brief history of copyright as it relates to use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and how it impacts university students, approaches used by copyright holders using the DMCA notices to get to students, and an update on current develops of DMCA notices. The overall focus will be to provide SLS attorneys with a practical understanding of the kinds of DMCA issues that student frequently encounter.

3:00pm – 4:00pm  The John School

Peter J. Scranton, Esq., and Erin E. Woods, Esq., The Ohio State University

This final program will focus on the options available to students who are charged with solicitation. The presenters will describe “The John School” and its application to criminal defense and how this topic relates to sex/human trafficking.

Friday, July 14

8:00am – 9:00am         Closing Business Meeting


Notes on Locations:

Welcome Reception and Dinner, TBD

Breakfast, Meeting Room

Meetings and Sessions, TBD