Dear friends and partners,
It’s been 18 years, and our annual Legal Aid For Survivors of Abuse Cross-Training Conference is still going strong! We have an exciting agenda planned for you this year. I can’t wait to see everyone, as well as participate, as we share and learn from each other and from the amazing presenters lined up.
The conference will be held June 18-20, 2018 at the Omni Colonnade Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. We’ve been awarded a generous grant, which will allow us to pay for travel, lodging (generally one room for two advocates to share and one room for executive directors) and per diem expenses for two advocates and one executive director per invited partner or agency.
Once you’ve submitted your online registration, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)will book two rooms for your agency, which will be paid for directly by us. Registration is now open through the Register tile on this website. Please enter the name of each person attending, making sure names are submitted as they appear on state-issued I.D., particularly if we will be booking a flight!
Our conferences are always great due to the quality of our presenters and participants. The skills and experiences you bring, along with your thoughtful interactions with presenters, attorneys and each other, make our annual conference a true cross-training experience.
This year we will once again offer the Expert Witness Program training by Margaret Bassett, director of the Expert Witness Program at UT-Austin’s Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Twenty applicants will be selected to participate in her session, which will train people to provide expert testimony in civil and criminal cases and culminate with a mock cross-examination. This will be a full-day concurrent session on June 19. People who apply for the session will receive a separate confirmation letter.
Also on June 19, a yoga class (back by popular demand!) will be held at 7 a.m. Bring your yoga mat or, if you don’t have one, just bring yourself. Our class will be fun and designed for all levels. Finally, once again we will have a concurrent executive director track on June 20. The executive director of each agency is encouraged to attend or to designate a staff member to participate.
Please act quickly to register, since our group rates and room block are guaranteed only through May 8. Once your online registration has been received, you’ll receive a confirmation email. If there’s a problem with your registration, you’ll receive a call from us. Otherwise, you’ll get an email with your hotel confirmation number and, for those who must travel by air, your flight confirmation.
I look forward to seeing everyone again. If you have questions, please contact Carmen Hileman or me at LASAConference@trla.org.
18th Annual Legal Alliance for Survivors of Abuse
June 18-20, 2018
San Antonio, TX