Legal Services, Public Defenders, and Our Clients in the Trump Era

December 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
256 W 38th St
New York, NY 10018

Please join the Legal Services Staff Association and the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys at a forum to discuss the effect that Donald Trump's election will have on organizations and employees that provide free civil and criminal legal services to New York City's low-income residents.

Our panelists will discuss the likely effect that Trump and the Republican Congress will have on funding and legislation that affects our clients, and what we as legal services providers can do to mobilize and fight back. Topics will include:

  • What is Congress likely to do to LSC funding and restrictions?

  • As a "Sanctuary City," President-Elect Trump has threatened to cut funding to NYC to pressure NYC to change

    policies regarding cooperation with immigration enforcement. How serious are these threats? What funding could

    be threatened?

  • How might changes to or repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impact NYC and New York State?

  • What is on Trump's legislative agenda that will impact low-income people of color and immigrants?

  • What can lawyers do to fight back against the Trump agenda?

  • How can we as lawyers and legal services workers, and as union members, work most effectively with community organizations.

    Panelists include Julie Kushner, Regional Director of UAW Region 9A, Josh Nassar, Legislative Director of the UAW International, Maritza Silva-Farrell, Executive Director of ALIGN NY, and Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director of the Alliance for Quality Education. The panel will be moderated by LSSA union members Ivan Marchena and Andrea Shang.

    Union members at all New York City organizations providing civil and criminal legal services to New York City's low-income communities are invited to attend.