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.

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Wednesday, September 16

2:00pm EDT

The Value of Really Working with Community Groups
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 works at Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), her first and only job, arriving straight from Boston College Law School in 1977, before most of you were born. For several years and currently, she serves as NLS’s Litigation Director. For nearly 25 years, she served as... Read More →
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Catherine 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
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Monday, September 21

2:00pm EDT

Recovery Dialects: The Words we Use Matter
Stigma is both a label and a stereotype and contributes to active discrimination against an individual or population. Terms like addict and abuse universally evoke a negative response that can lead to and reinforce stigma.

Learn positive language to effectively communicate with your client to gain their trust and defend them before judges to get the best possible outcome.


Brian Gorman

Executive Director, Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Aid
Brian Gorman has been the Executive Director of Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services (SPLS) since 2015. Prior to that, Brian served as assistant public defender in Crawford County and assistant and deputy public defender in Washington County for a total of 12 years, and he was... Read More →
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Melissa Ruggiero

Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services
Melissa Ruggiero is currently a Staff Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services in Pittsburgh. She provides legal services for the elder law program and represents clients denied Social Security disability benefits.Prior to joining NLS in 2020, she worked for five years as Associate... Read More →
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Adam Sledd

Recovery Support Services Director, Unity Recovery
Adam Sledd is the Recovery Support Services Director at Unity Recovery in Philadelphia. Adam is a person in recovery since 2011. He began his career in social services two decades ago as a special education teacher. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Special Education in 1998... Read More →

Monday September 21, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom .
Tuesday, September 29

10:00am EDT

Everything You Ever wanted to Know about the Economic Impact Payment and Why Your Client Hasn’t Gotten it (Yet)
Under the CARES Act, the IRS was tasked with issuing the $1200, plus $500 per qualifying child, stimulus payment known as the Economic Impact Payment (EIP). Months later, many people who should have received the payment have not.

Hear from a panel of Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) practitioners about common problem scenarios including cases of social security benefit and SSI recipients and other non-filers, separated spouses, identify theft, and dependents potential solutions, litigation, and about the anticipated second round of payments.


Anthony Marqusee

Paralegal, Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Anthony Marqusee is a paralegal at Philadelphia Legal Assistance, where he has served clients in the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic since 2017. He would describe taxes as "surprisingly interesting." Anthony is a graduate of Haverford College.

Rebecca Stavish

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Managing Attorney, MidPenn Legal Services
Rebecca Stavish is the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Managing Attorney at MidPenn Legal Services. She has served in that role since 2017. The clinic helps clients with various IRS, and PA DOR, controversy, and collection matters. Attorney Stavish earned her B.S from Carnegie Mellon University... Read More →
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Christine Speidel

Director of Federal Tax Clinic, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Christine Speidel directs the Federal Tax Clinic at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. In the Clinic, she supervises law students as they represent individuals in a wide variety of IRS controversy and collection matters. Her research interests lie in the intersection... Read More →

Tuesday September 29, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom .
Friday, October 9

2:00pm EDT

Best Practices for the Virtual Hearing
Hear from trial advocacy expert and the new Director of Trial Advocacy at Temple University Beasely School of Law, Elizabeth Lippy, on how to put your best case forward when appearing remotely for proceedings.

We'll discuss tips on presenting evidence, preparing witnesses, and other best practices for moving your advocacy from the physical to the virtual court room.


Chi-Ser Tran

Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
Chi-Ser Tran is a Staff Attorney in the SSI Unit and the Language Access Project at Community Legal Services (CLS). She represents low-income individuals with disabilities in administrative hearings, as well as other levels of appeal within state and federal processes. She also focuses... Read More →
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Sarah Katz

Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Sarah Katz joined the Temple Law faculty in July 2012. She directs and teaches the Family Law Litigation Clinic, where her students handle custody, child and spousal support, adoption, and other family law matters in Philadelphia Family Court. She researches and writes about trauma-informed... Read More →
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Elizabeth Lippy

Practice Professor of Law; Director of the Trial Advocacy Program, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Elizabeth Lippy joins Temple as a Practice Professor of Law and Director of the Trial Advocacy Program after serving as Assistant, and then Associate Director of Trial Advocacy at American University’s Washington College of Law for almost a decade. She brings extensive experience... Read More →

Friday October 9, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom .
Friday, October 16

10:00am EDT

Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession: An Interactive Legal Education Program
Objection is an interactive educational experience on diversity, inclusion, and bias issues in the legal profession. Developed by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLS) Board and Carnegie Mellon Entertainment and Technology Center, this program is designed to advance the awareness of these issues in the legal community.

Facilitator led, the program utilizes animated vignettes, audience polling technology, and group discussions to explore realistic workplace situations and contemplate issues, viewpoints and ethical issues.

Participant Requirements: Due to the interactive nature of this training, participants must clear the browsing history on their device (computer/laptop/ipad/tablet/phone) prior to the start of the training.

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Kadeem Morris

Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
Kadeem Morris is a Staff Attorney in the Housing Unit at Community Legal Services. He primarily provides same day representation to tenants in Municipal Court through the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project’s Lawyer of the Day Program. Prior to joining Community Legal Services... Read More →
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Brianna Bosak

Communications Officer, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
Communications Officer for the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
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Patrick Cicero

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
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Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith

Admin Officer, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, Esquire, is the Administrative Officer of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN, Inc.) where she oversees the Martin Luther King, Jr. Internship and Fellowship Programs, conducts regular contract compliance monitoring of PLAN programs, disseminates... Read More →
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Queenette Echefu

MLK Fellow, North Penn Legal Services
Queenette Echefu is the MLK and CLE Board Fellow through the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN, Inc.) Fellowship Program. She started her fellowship position in August 2019 at North Penn Legal Services (NPLS), Bethlehem, PA. Since her matriculation, Queenette has represented... Read More →

Friday October 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom .
Tuesday, October 20

2:00pm EDT

Responding to Clients in Crisis: Practical Skills for Engagement and Interviewing
This workshop will explore the impact of trauma and grief on brain functioning and decision-making to enable participants to better engage clients who are in crisis. We will include tips on how to recognize signs of trauma and grief and how to conduct screenings and trauma informed interviews with clients.


Maggie Potter

Community Legal Services
Maggie Potter is a Social Worker in the Family Advocacy Unit at Community Legal Services, where she has worked since 2012. Her role includes client casework, supervising student interns, community outreach, and policy advocacy. Some of her particular areas of interest include teen... Read More →

Caroline Rivera

Philadelphia Legal Assistance

Saadiqa Kumanyika

Community Legal Services

Irene Lindsay Brantly

Women in Transition

Tuesday October 20, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Monday, October 26

1:00pm EDT

Conducting an Environment of Mutual Respect: Professional Conduct and Anti-Harassment/Sexual Harassment
This program is delivered as a 90 min hour general session. The general session covers understanding perceptions, acting in a professional manner, legal definitions of harassment, company policy and reporting process. We will incorporate relevant scenarios that allow participants to discuss issues to impact learning. The break-out session focuses on executive leaders’ role in fostering a positive work environment.

Key Objectives:
  • Understand the legal requirements governing harassment in the workplace. 
  • Understand a non-manager and manager’s role/responsibility in maintaining a productive work environment. 
  • Recognize what constitutes harassment. 
  • By-stander training and interrupt harassment 
  • Identify the key elements of the organization’s anti-harassment policy. 
  • Understand retaliation 
  • Know the steps to take to handle complaints effectively. 
  • Know the appropriate corrective action step


Kim Nash

Senior Human Capital Consultant, Exude, Inc

Monday October 26, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
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Tuesday, October 27

2:00pm EDT

PALawHelp.org and PAVictimsHelp.org: How They Help People in Need
This session provides a review of the resources available through PALawHelp.org and PAVictimsHelp.org to help people understand legal issues they may be facing and how to use the site to get assistance with those issues.

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Henry Leone

Training and Information Facilitator, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
Training and Information Facilitator for Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. Project Manager for PALawHelp.org and PAProbono.net.
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Lacy Toline

LiveHelp Navigator, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.

Mariel Quiñones

VOCA Coordinator, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.

Tuesday October 27, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom .
Thursday, October 29

10:30am EDT

Introduction to Structural Racialization
This session will introduce the concept of structural racialization, a framework for understanding institutional and public policies that, whether intentionally or not, create and perpetuate fundamental barriers to economic and social equality for persons and communities of color and opportunities for white individuals and communities.

Pre-assignments and readings: https://bit.ly/StructuralRacialization-Part1

Thursday October 29, 2020 10:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Friday, October 30

10:30am EDT

Implicit Bias & Debiasing
This session introduces the science of social cognition and implicit bias and the ways in which implicit bias, identity anxiety & stereotype threat contribute to negative racialized outcomes. It also includes an introduction to bias mitigation strategies particularly in the context of staff hiring & retention.

Pre-assignments and readings: https://bit.ly/ImplicitBias-Debiasing

Friday October 30, 2020 10:30am - 12:30pm EDT
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