Welcome to the 2020 PLAN Virtual Statewide Conference

All workshops will be presented virtually by webinar on the Zoom platform. You must register for individual workshop webinars by clicking the Register for the Webinar button appearing in the workshop description and completing the registration information to be admitted into the webinar.

Pennsylvania CLE credits will be available to attorneys who actively participate in webinars and indicate their participation through polls displayed periodically during the webinars.
Wednesday, September 16 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Value of Really Working with Community Groups

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The tools we lawyers use often fail to provide the help our clients need. It is incumbant upon us to identify and engage with the partners in our communities whose work can amplify our own.

In this workshop, community stakeholders and PLAN lawyers who coordinated to provide resource navigation and legal assistance during the pandemic will share their lived experiences.

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Eileen Yacknin

Director of Litigation, Neighborhood Legal Services
Eileen Yacknin is the director of litigation at Neighborhood Legal Services. Her duties include client advocacy, representation, and litigation in all areas of poverty law (housing, consumer, family, unemployment, public benefits); supervision of staff attorneys, law students, and... Read More →
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Cathy Martin

Director of Advocacy, Neighborhood Legal Services
Catherine T. Martin has been a Managing Attorney in the central Pittsburgh office of Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS) since 1995. At all times she has maintained an active legal practice in Consumer law, focusing on foreclosure issues and bankruptcy law. In 2018, Catherine was appointed... Read More →

Carol Hardeman

Executive Director, Hill District Consensus Group
Carol Hardeman is the Executive Director of the Hill District Consensus Group. Carol is a dedicated community activist with more than 20 years of experience in managing public and community affairs. Carol’s professional background includes: program development, stakeholder relations... Read More →
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Guillermo Velazquez

Executive Director, Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation (PHDC)
Guillermo Velazquez is the Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation (PHDC). As Executive Director, Mr. Velazquez is responsible for the operations of PHDC and for implementing its mission in economic and community development. A Business Incubator, Housing... Read More →
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Crystal Jennings

Stewardship & Community Engagement Manager, City of Bridges Community Land Trust
As a core organizer with the Penn Plaza Support and Action Coalition, Crystal Jennings has worked tirelessly to mobilize displaced residents. Seeing the crisis of displacement firsthand as the daughter of a long time resident of Penn Plaza Apartments, where hundreds were displaced... Read More →
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Anne Wright

Director of Operations, Bodytrack, CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University
Anne Wright works on demographic mapping and community engagement as part of the EarthTime team at the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. She works with people and communities of practice, such as housing and environmental advocates and advocacy groups, to support their work... Read More →

Abby Rae LaCombe

Abby Rae LaCombe leads process innovation, cross-organizational collaborations, training, and the Resource Navigators and Help Desk providers for RentHelpPGH. She has been a key figure in evolving better processes for assisting clients in applying for the Allegheny County PA-CARES... Read More →

Kevin Quisenberry

Litigation Director, Community Justice Project
Kevin Quisenberry is the Litigation Director of the Community Justice Project (CJP), a statewide law firm within the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. CJP engages in class action litigation and other forms of impact advocacy to help create positive change for low-income residents of... Read More →

Wednesday September 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom .