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Description: This session will explore housing-related pro bono opportunities and developments, including the need for pro bono attorneys to address the housing crisis, status of available pro bono opportunities, emerging issues including the right to counsel, how to get started, and opportunities for collaboration.
 
Speakers:
 
Jodie Boderman, Pro Bono Manager, Faegre Baker Daniels  
 
Jodie Boderman is Pro Bono Manager at Faegre Baker Daniels.  Jodie develops and manages pro bono initiatives for the firm’s lawyers and paralegals to volunteer their unique professional skills, focused on addressing the unmet legal needs of disadvantaged and underserved persons. Jodie liaises with numerous nonprofit public interest, charitable, community and legal services organizations in need of pro bono legal services for themselves and/or their clients. Jodie evaluates pro bono requests, develops potential projects, recruits volunteers, organizes legal teams, and coordinates training and support. Her areas of particular expertise include:
Pro Bono Clinics: Jodie manages Faegre Baker Daniels’ involvement in over 10 community-based legal clinics in Minnesota. She also led a multiprovider, multidisciplinary Legal Section to serve clients at over 25 Project Homeless Connect events in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Housing Advocacy: For over 24 years, Jodie has managed an award-winning housing advocacy practice focused on the needs of low-income tenants at every point on the continuum of service—including impact litigation and policy work, individual case representation, and regular service at legal advice clinics. She also serves on multiple collaborative groups working to preserve and increase stable, safe and affordable housing in the Minneapolis area.
Professionalization of Pro Bono: Jodie has also contributed to the professionalization of pro bono professionals in private law firms. She was instrumental in the establishment of a formal pro bono and community service department at the firm. She also assists the firm and the Faegre Baker Daniels Foundation in grant review related to pro bono and legal service-related nonprofit organizations.
Jodie joined the firm in 1990 as a litigation paralegal and began serving in a pro bono program capacity in 1994.
 
Adam Heintz, Director of Pro Bono Services, Legal Services NYC  
 
Adam Heintz is LSNYC's Director of Pro Bono Services. Mr. Heintz works with staff and pro bono partners to create and manage pro bono projects, place cases, access in-kind resources, and match individual volunteers with appropriate LSNYC offices. Mr. Heintz also manages communications related to pro bono, builds and maintains relationships with private partners, and ensures that pro bono partners are adequately trained and supervised. 
 
Prior to joining LSNYC, Mr. Heintz spent six years as a litigation associate at Morrison & Foerster, LLP, where he maintained an active pro bono docket. He clerked for the Hon. Cheryl L. Pollak, in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York. Mr. Heintz has served on the Pro Bono Advisory Council for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. He is also a founding member of the Brooklyn Family Defense Project’s Associate Advisory Board. Previously, Mr. Heintz was employed as the HIV-Related Violence Program Coordinator at the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, and as Director of Education at the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project. Mr. Heintz received his B.A. from Oberlin College, and J.D. from NYU Law School.
 
Cassidy Waskowicz, Pro Bono Counsel, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty  
 
As Pro Bono Counsel for the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, Cassidy coordinates the pro bono work that lawyers at law firms and corporations complete on behalf of the Law Center.  She also keeps these lawyers aware of available pro bono projects and Law Center events and assists with the planning of such events.
 
Prior to joining the Law Center, Cassidy served as the acting general counsel for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission - a commission created by Congress in 2009 to "Examine the causes of the current financial and economic crisis of the United States."  While at the Commission, Cassidy was involved in all aspects of the Commission's legal work, including drafting and negotiating the publishing agreements of the Commission; advising the Commission on how to respond to requests made by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; coordinating the Commission's document retention policy with the National Archives and Records Administration; advising Commission staff on obligations under confidentiality agreements; and drafting staff and vendor contracts.  Before working at the Commission, Cassidy worked at Hunton & Williams, in both the firm’s New York and Washington offices.  While at the firm, Cassidy was a corporate lawyer with varied experience related to real estate, asset securitization and corporate governance.  During the summer after her first year at Cornell Law School, she worked at Legal Aid, Brooklyn Office for the Aging.  Cassidy also worked on Al Gore’s 2000 Presidential Campaign. 
 
Cassidy earned a J.D. from Cornell Law School.  She is a graduate of Wellesley College, graduating cum laude in history.  Cassidy lived in Singapore for two years with her family where she also worked as a contract lawyer for a small telecommunications company located in California.   


Gabriella Lewis-White, Managing Attorney (Housing), D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center 
 
Gabriella Lewis-White is Managing Attorney (Housing) at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center.  Prior to joining D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, Gabriella was a Supervising Attorney for D.C. Law Students in Court.  Cassidy earned a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from Hampton University.



Practice Areas: Administrative Law & Regulation
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 10/18/2018
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 6 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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Speakers:
Jodie Boderman - Pro Bono Manager, Faegre Baker Daniels
Adam Heintz - Legal Services NYC, Director of Pro Bono Services
Cassidy Waskowicz - Pro Bono Counsel, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Gabriella Lewis-White - Managing Attorney (Housing), D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
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