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Human Resources in Legal Aid, in Challenging Times

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Human Resources in Legal Aid, in Challenging Times
MIE presents a Webinar

Brenda Marrero, Deputy Director of Operations/Chief Diversity Officer, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Karen Holland, Director of Human Resources, Northwest Justice Project
Lisa D. Morris, Director of Human Resources, 
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Thursday November 19, 2020
2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time


Our clients and staff face the triple threat of the virus, a collapsing economy, and a moral reckoning around racial injustice in our country. Staff must balance professional and personal responsibilities and may struggle with conflicting demands.

Human Resources support is more important than ever. This 90-minute webinar provides an opportunity hear how our Human Resources leaders are sustaining their programs and staff through these tumultuous times.     

Topics to be covered:

  1. HR Roles  
    1. How HR fits into your organization’s management structure.
    2. The roles and goals of HR in legal aid. 
    3. How 2020 has changed HR priorities and strategies.
  2. Rethinking Approaches to Traditional HR Functions
    1. Recruit and onboard effectively, remotely.
    2. Discipline and terminations from a distance, and during a pandemic.
    3. Policies and procedures as a moving target.
  3. What HR can do to Support and Assist Staff Now
    1. Being “employee focused” during this difficult time.
    2. Supporting the physical and mental well-being of employees.
    3. Monitoring employees, and keeping them engaged.
  4. What Keeps HR Up at Night – and How to Sleep More Soundly!


Are you:

  • The executive director of a legal aid organization;

  • The human resources director or HR staff;

  • Thinking about creating, or expanding, a human resources office?

  • An operations or personnel manager; or

  • A board member who wants to understand how to support your organization during this crisis; 

If so, this webinar is for you!


Our Presenters Are: 

Brenda Marrero is the Deputy Director of Operations and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Community Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia. She provides critical oversight and support to CLS’s staff and management by directing human resources, managing union relationships and union contracts, implementing CLS’s personnel policies, negotiating vendor contracts, and providing facilities management. Brenda also works with other management staff on supervision systems, overseeing front desk operations and planning employee trainings. Previously, Brenda was a Supervising Attorney in the Aging and Disabilities and SSI Units at CLS. Brenda is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Brenda is also a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and a member of the local chapter in Philadelphia.

Karen Holland joined the Northwest Justice Project in 2014 as the Northwest Justice Project’s first Director of Human Resources. Karen has over 25 years of experience in human resources. She is a generalist with experience in recruiting, employee relations, labor relations, staff training and development as well as benefits, compensation, and payroll administration. Prior to joining NJP, the bulk of her career has been in the healthcare industry. Although her experience includes working in for profit organizations, more than 20 years of her experience has been in the in the not for profit sector. 

As the Director of Human Resources at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), Lisa Morris is responsible for providing strategic guidance and leadership for all aspects of the human resources, including recruitment, employee and labor relations, benefits and compensation, performance management, and employee training. Prior to her current role, Lisa served as a Managing Attorney at LAFLA ensuring that self-represented litigants have access to our courts. Lisa is a member of the California Bar and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. 

Eugene R. King is a career legal aid lawyer, manager, and trainer. He retired from the Ohio Poverty Law Center where he was the founding director. He now consults on training, staff development, executive recruitment and policy advocacy with legal aid programs and nonprofit advocacy groups.  He can be reached at Gene will facilitate this webinar.



MIE subscribers first registrant: $75
MIE subscribers additional registrant, each: $60

Non-subscribers first registrant: $100
Non-subscribers additional registrant, each: $85


For any questions, including to request accessibility accomodations, contact Eric Mittelstadt, MIE Director of Programs,



November 19th, 2020 from  2:00 PM to  3:30 PM
Event Fee(s)
Registration Fee
MIE subscribers first registrant $75.00
MIE subscribers additional registrant each $60.00
Non-subscribers first registrant $100.00
Non-subscribers additional registrant each $85.00