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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Webinar: Lessons from the Field: Pro Bono Spotlights

Date: 12:00pm - 1:15pm PDT August 13, 2014

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Victims’ rights is an emerging field of law.  Few lawyers are full time victims’ rights lawyers; often victims must rely on pro bono or no cost attorneys to advance their rights.  Wonderfully, when NCVLI reaches out attorneys rise to the challenge.  This session will highlight two attorneys who have taken a pro bono or low bono case for a victim.  The attorney will teach others what they did, how they did it, and what they would do differently! This turns the network of attorneys into colleagues and co-trainers.

This webinar may be eligible for CLE Credit; check with you local bar association regarding requirements.

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- About the Presenters - 

Rebecca S.T. Khalil, J.D.
Ms. Khalil is an attorney with NCVLI and is the Safeguarding Child-Victims’ Rights Initiative Director.  At NCVLI, Ms. Khalil researches victims’ rights laws and policies across the United States, drafts amicus briefs, provides technical legal assistance to attorneys and advocates nationwide, and creates and presents online and in-person trainings and webinars on a variety of victims’ rights topics.  Before joining NCVLI, Ms. Khalil was a litigation associate with Baker & Hostetler LLP in New York City, where she worked on a number of complex commercial and business litigations, including trade secret, securities, and contract cases, as well as white collar criminal defense, governmental and quasi-governmental matters, and corporate investigations.  During law school, she was an extern with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Jose, California.  Ms. Khalil holds a B.A. in History from Seattle University and earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Michael Garvin, J.D.
Michael Garvin joined Sheuerman, Martini & Tabari in 1997 and became a partner in the firm in 2003. He has 25 years experience representing physicians, hospitals, long-term care facilities, nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals.

Mr. Garvin obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1984, and his law degree from the University of California at Davis School of Law in 1988. He is admitted to practice in all state courts in California and in the U.S. District Courts for both the Northern and Eastern Districts of California. He is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association.

Allison Folks, J.D.
Allison Folks has been an attorney with Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services since 2012.  Her work primarily focuses on providing immigration representation to survivors of domestic violence and serious crimes.  Allison is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law and is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  

Randall Udelman, J.D.
Randall Udelman is a native Arizona resident who was born and raised in Paradise Valley, Arizona and currently is in private practice at the law firm DeFusco & Udelman, P.L.C. Randall has been an attorney in private practice for almost twenty-two years practicing in the areas of plaintiff’s insurance bad faith litigation, commercial disputes, product liability, personal injury litigation and crime victim assistance. Currently, Randall is a member of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, National Crime Victim Law Institute, American Association for Justice, the Insurance Bad Faith Litigation Group, United Policyholders and the Arizona Association for Justice. Randall is also past president of the Arizona Homeless Legal Assistance Project, former co-chair for the Arizona State Bar Convention and a founding member of the Arizona Crime Victim Legal Assistance Project.  With his spouse Theresa and girls Jessica and Talia,  Randall is also proud to serve as President of his religious institution which provides a spiritual home to seven hundred families in the Paradise Valley community.

As part of the Legal Assistance for Crime Victims: An OVC Capacity Building Initiative, OVC TTAC and the National Crime Victim Law Institute are working collaboratively to expand the availability of pro bono and no-cost legal assistance for victims of crime nationally.  Part of that collaboration includes developing and delivering a series of webinar trainings.  This webinar is one in the series. Visit to learn more. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the webinar are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Office for Victims of Crime or OVC TTAC.