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Oct 27: Jeans for Justice 2017

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 1:41pm
The Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation invites you to Celebrate Pro Bono Week by holding a casual Friday to benefit the Pro Bono Center and its programs, which match volunteer attorneys with low-income individuals in desperate need of legal help. What is Jeans for Justice? – Employees of participating law firms and corporate legal departments make a small donation ($5, $10, etc.) for the right to dress in casual attire for the day instead of traditional business wear. Each office collects the donations from employees and submits the donations to the bar foundation. Feel free to mix it up! Opt for Halloween costumes, Steelers gear, or any other theme—all for a great cause. When is it? - This year’s Jeans for Justice day falls on October 27, but you can choose whatever day is convenient for your office. How do we participate? – To let us know that your firm or legal department will include Jeans for Justice in its fall plans, contact Jessica Pfauth at jpfauth@acba.org or 412-402-6681.

Oct 25: The Habits of Cross-Cultural Lawyering (Free Webcast)

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:36pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free one-hour briefing via webcast entitled, The Habits of Cross-Cultural Lawyering on October 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm. In today’s legal practice, lawyers often work across cultures to provide legal representation. As a diverse profession interacts with a diverse client base, lawyers improve interactions with their clients and other legal players by understanding how culture shapes legal practices and interactions and developing skills and approaches that help them be effective cross-cultural lawyers. All lawyering is cross cultural because non-lawyers have not been socialized or introduced to legal culture. Using examples from her practice, Professor Susan Bryant will: Explore how lawyers can work across cultures to introduce clients to the legal culture; Discuss how lawyers can better build client trust; Explain how lawyers can improve fact gathering; and Address how lawyers can engage clients in effective decision making. Register now and for this timely free presentation as part of the ABA’s National Celebrate Pro Bono Week. More Information and Registration

Sep 18: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: Leasing and Insurance Guidance for Restoring Order After the Wind, Rain and Floods Have Gone

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:06pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free one-hour briefing via webcast entitled Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: Leasing and Insurance Guidance for Restoring Order After the Wind, Rain and Floods Have Gone on September 18, 2017 beginning at 4:00 pm Eastern. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma left a massive trail of destruction, floods, power loss and business interruptions and closures. Now that these horrific back-to-back storms have passed, the legal issues to be addressed and answered must be identified and fast, accurate and practical answers provided to those individuals and businesses in need. Although damage issues vary on a case-by-case basis, knowing the accurate answers to the most frequently asked questions is the first step toward a meaningful recovery. This One-Hour Briefing will provide answers to your leasing and insurance issues. Expert faculty will discuss: Assessing and responding to landlord and tenant inquiries regarding lease rights, duties, obligations and remedies with respect to damaged premises Ascertaining the scope of insurance coverage, exclusions and limitations in the aftermath of the storms and insurance advice to give for the future Developing, publicizing, implementing and adapting a business continuity plan to expedite a return to normalcy Register now for this important free presentation. More Information and Registration

Sep 15: The End of DACA: What You Need to Know Now (Free Webcast)

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:26am
The Practicing Law Institute will be offering a free one-hour briefing via webcast entitled The End of DACA: What You Need to Know Now on September 15, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern. On September 5, 2017, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out and eventually end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) over two and half years. Sally L. Kinoshita, Deputy Director at Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Valerie A. Zukin, Lead Attorney Coordinator of the Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice, at the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco, and Amalia Wille of Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, L.L.P. will discuss: What this means for individuals who have DACA; or have filed, or are considering filing, DACA applications; What clients can and should do now; Advocacy approaches and strategies as DACA expiration approaches; and How immigration attorneys, advocates and pro bono volunteers can get involved. Register now for this important free presentation. More Information and Registration

Nov 14: Prison Law 2017

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:22pm
The Practicing Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from New York entitled Prison Law 2017 on November 14, 2017 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. In an area where advocates face increasingly challenging legal issues whether they represent incarcerated people from a public interest practice, private practice or as a policy advocate, and where government lawyers also grapple with complex concerns, PLI's Prison Law program offers a unique focus on evolving prison law issues. What You Will Learn Litigation strategies in connection with the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) and also monitoring and consent decrees Mental health challenges for incarcerated persons Ethical issues arising in prison actions Detention of immigrants Incarceration of young people: including treatment, conditions, and access to education This program is designed for lawyers who represent incarcerated persons or who work with respect to prison conditions and prisoner treatment. Prisoners' rights advocates, as well as lawyers or law students considering pro bono representation or who want to hear about the legal issues that arise in connection with state and federal prison populations, will find this program especially valuable. More Information and Registration

Sep 08: FEMA & Beyond: Disaster Legal Services Training for Pro Bono Attorneys (Webinar)

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 9:04am
Houston Volunteer Lawyers will be presenting a free webcast entitled FEMA & Beyond: Disaster Legal Services Training for Pro Bono Attorneys on September 8, 2017. This will be a webcast of a meeting that will be held in two sessions at 9:00 am-10:30 am and 10:30 am-12:00 pm Central Common issues, experiences, and needs will be discussed. Presented by Saundra Brown, Lone Star Legal Aid’s Disaster Legal Services Managing Attorney. More Information Registration

Nov 16: Small Business Clinic (Philadelphia)

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:31am
Philadelphia LawWorks, a project of Philadelphia VIP, is excited to be partnering with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and Comcast Corporation for a Small Business Legal Clinic on November 16, 2017. The clinic will be held at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. At this clinic, volunteer attorneys will provide free legal advice to business owners from The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. Clients will have the chance to: Meet individually with volunteer attorneys for free Ask volunteer attorneys questions about business structure and formation, conflicts of interest, indemnification, intellectual property, commercial leases, and other legal issues related to running a small business. More Information and Registration: Volunteer Attorneys Small Business Clients

Oct 24: Corporate Pro Bono Day (Philadelphia)

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 9:55am
Philadelphia VIP, the Women’s Business Development Center, Corporate Pro Bono, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and ACC Greater Philadelphia are co-sponsoring a free 1-on-1 legal clinic for micro-entrepreneurs on October 24, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The event will be held at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Prior to the counseling sessions, beginning at 4:00 pm, attorneys from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP will provide all volunteers with a free 1-hour CLE about legal issues and types of entities when starting up a small business. During the clinic, clients will have the chance to: Meet individually with volunteer attorneys for free Ask volunteer attorneys questions about business structure and formation, conflicts of interest, indemnification, intellectual property, commercial leases, employees and consultants, contracts, and other small business legal issues. More Information and Registration: Volunteer Attorneys Micro-Entrepreneur Clients

Oct 26: Lackawanna Pro Bono's 20th Anniversary Gala (Scranton)

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 9:16am
Lackawanna Pro Bono will be holding its 20th Anniversary Gala on Thursday October 26, 2017 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Scranton Cultural Center Ballroom, 420 North Washington Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served and a brief presentation and awards ceremony will be held. The Attorney Robert W. Munley Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Tom Donohue, Leah Ducato Rudolph, and Attorneys Timothy and Ruth Lenahan in recognition of their dedicated service to their community. Sponsorship Opportunities and Program Ads are available. More Information,Tickets and Sponsorship

Oct 26: Lackawanna Pro Bono's 20th Anniversary Gala

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 9:16am
Lackawanna Pro Bono will be holding its 20th Anniversary Gala on Thursday October 26, 2017 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Scranton Cultural Center Ballroom, 420 North Washington Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served and a brief presentation and awards ceremony will be held. The Attorney Robert W. Munley Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Tom Donohue, Leah Ducato Rudolph, and Attorneys Timothy and Ruth Lenahan in recognition of their dedicated service to their community. Sponsorship Opportunities and Program Ads are available. More Information,Tickets and Sponsorship

Sep 07: Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: Disaster Assistance (One-Hour Audio Briefing)

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:14am
Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: Disaster Assistance (One-Hour Audio Briefing) Historic rainfall and devastating destruction has left many in dire need of assistance. Register now for PLI's One-Hour Briefing and learn what resources are available and how you can help. Expert faculty from FEMA and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services will address: • An overview of federal disaster assistance • Eligibility criteria for the Individual and Household's Program • Broad overview of the National Flood Insurance Program: Sale of flood insurance; Mapping flood hazards; Floodplain management; Flood mitigation assistance • Understanding the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (SFIP) and claims: Terms and conditions in the SFIP; Proof of Loss and timelines for filing claims -building and contents; When experts are needed • Appeal and judicial review regarding a denial of a flood insurance claim: How to appeal a claim; Filing suit Don't miss this important FREE presentation. *If you are unable to participate during the scheduled time, note that this program will be available on-demand a few days later. More Information and Registration

Sep 30: Wills for Heroes Event (Bucks County)

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:22pm
Wills for Heroes provides free basic estate planning documents to first responders and military veterans in Pennsylvania. Wills for Heroes provides police, fire, emergency medical personnel, other first responders and military veterans - those on the frontlines for our personal safety - the tools they need to prepare adequately for the future. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. Lawyer volunteers at these events use laptop computers loaded with a software program designed specifically for Wills for Heroes. Using this technology allows lawyers from all specialties to participate in the program. During the events, each participant meets with a volunteer who inputs information from the questionnaire into the software. A lawyer volunteer reviews the draft estate planning documents with the first responder to make sure he or she understands and agrees to the plan. The documents are then finalized, signed, witnessed and notarized at the event so they are effective immediately. On Saturday, September 30, 2017, volunteer lawyers from the Centre County Bar Association will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Event, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP, The event is for all active and retired Pennsylvania First Responders, sworn personnel, and Military Veterans, and their spouses/significant others, and will take place at the Bucks County Public Safety Training Center located at 1760 South Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18901 (in Bucks County), beginning at 11 am. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Sandy Romaszewski at sromaszewski@foxrothschild.com. For more information on the program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org. For more information about Wills for Heroes and its Pennsylvania programs and to register as a volunteer, visit http://www.pabar.org/site/YLD/Wills-for-Heroes or call the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at 800-932-0311. Event Invitation and Information for First Responders Information for First Responders Information for Lawyer Volunteers Facebook: Wills for Heroes-PA

Sep 28: Nonprofit Legal Assessment Training/Clinic (Philadelphia)

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 8:03am
Philadelphia LawWorks, a project of Philadelphia VIP, is proud to announce Saul Ewing will be sponsoring our September 2017 Nonprofit Clinic on September 28, 2017 from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm at The Free Library of Philadelphia. At this clinic, volunteer attorneys provide free legal advice to Philadelphia area nonprofits to ensure that they are in compliance with relevant law. Prior to the counseling sessions, VIP will provide a free 1-hour CLE seminar on nonprofit legal compliance for attorney’s attending. During this clinic, experts on nonprofit law will be available to assist volunteers. Clients will have the chance to: Meet with volunteer attorneys who will walk them through LawWorks’s Nonprofit Legal Assessment Checklist to ensure their nonprofit organization operates legally and complies with the law. Ask volunteer attorneys questions about corporate governance issues, conflicts of interest, indemnification, intellectual property, commercial leases, employees and consultants, contracts, and other nonprofit legal issues. Registration for Volunteer attorneys will begin at 9:30 am. Registration for Nonprofit Clients will begin at 10:00 am. More Information and Registration

Dec 06 - Dec 09: 2017 NLADA Annual Conference

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 7:19am
The National Legal Aid & Defender Association will be holding the 2017 NLADA Annual Conference - Safeguarding Justice for All on December 6-9, 2017, at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. Justice, fairness, and equality are the bedrock principles of our nation and cornerstones of our democracy, and it is the responsibility and privilege of legal professionals to ensure that these principles apply equally to every individual. Lawyers and advocates in the NLADA community are on the front lines working to make equal justice a reality every day by providing low-cost or pro bono legal services and pushing for policies that support equal access to our justice system for all, regardless of income. #SafeguardJustice. NLADA’s Annual Conference is the leading national training event of the year for the civil legal aid, indigent defense, and public interest law communities. The conference offers advocates the substantive information and professional skills they need to respond to the legal needs of low-income people, provides unparalleled opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues from across the country, and helps fulfill continuing legal education requirements. All conference events will be at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, located at 999 9th Street NW in Washington, D.C. More Information and Registration

Aug 15: Is Criminal Record Clearing Right for Your Noncitizen Client? (Webcast)

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:47am
The August episode of the Advocacy Exchange, the Clearinghouse Community/Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law monthly conversation with advocates advancing change, features Attorney Seth Lyons of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia discussing the different possible consequences of clearing criminal records for clients with various immigration statuses. The webcast will take place on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm Eastern. The question of whether to take steps to clear an immigrant client’s criminal record can be tricky. On the one hand, criminal records are barriers to housing and employment and carry extra risks for immigrants such as detention or deportation. On the other hand, for some immigrants, taking legal steps to clear the criminal record may be riskier than letting it stand. How should an attorney weigh these risks and rewards? For more details, be sure to read Seth Lyon’s new Clearinghouse article, Risks and Rewards: Is Record Clearing Right for Your Noncitizen Client? More Information and Registration

Jan 25: Expanding Your Practice Using Limited Scope Representation 2018 (Free Webcast)

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 11:13am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled. Expanding Your Practice Using Limited Scope Representation 2018 on January 25, 2018 from 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern. This program will provide an introduction to the rapidly changing practice of limited scope representation (often called “unbundling”) in a family law context, including all of the fee agreements, forms and other materials you will need to practice limited scope representation competently, safely and profitably. What You Will Learn The ethical rules governing limited scope representation How to limit risk, including malpractice and insurance coverage issues How to identify the cases which lend themselves to limited scope representation How to reach a currently untapped pool of paying clients How to market your limited scope practice How to use limited scope to expand pro bono recruitment, lawyer for a day programs, and stretch legal services budgets farther Who Should Attend Solo and small firm family lawyers who serve middle class and moderate income clients, any family lawyer who wants to expand their client and referral base, and pro bono recruiters and legal services providers who want to learn how to help more clients with limited funding would benefit from attending this program. More Information and Registration

Dec 14: Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation 2017

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 2:23pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from New York entitled Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation 2017 on December 14, 2017 9:00 am - 11:10 am Eastern. As part of PLI’s commitment to public service and the pro bono activities of the legal community, there is no fee to attend this program. Why You Should Attend Using a lively, interactive format, will examine everyday issues of ethics and professional responsibility in pro bono and public interest practice. What You Will Learn Within the context of pro bono representation, using “all-new” hypotheticals as the basis of discussion, this program will review issues concerning: Who is the client? Confidentiality, conflicts of interest and privilege Limited scope representation: how it works for firm and in-house counsel Representing clients with diminished capacity Who Should Attend All attorneys working in nonprofit organizations and legal service organizations, as well as those involved in pro bono practice in law firms and corporate legal departments. More Information and Registration

Nov 02: Limited Scope Representation 2017: Ethical & Practical Challenges

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 2:14pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from New York entitled Limited Scope Representation 2017: Ethical & Practical Challenges on November 2, 2017 from 9:00 am - 11:10 am Eastern. To respond to the access to justice crisis facing the legal system, the civil legal services community and the judiciary have partnered in the expansion of services based on limited scope representation. As a community, we have extensive experience now with limited scope representation models. Various models with many technology assisted interventions are being developed and information tables, drop-in legal clinics, websites and help lines have expanded. Limited Scope Representation 2017: Ethical & Practical Challenges will focus on how these models employ best practices to respond to common ethical issues and problems that arise. What You Will Learn Update on ethical issues in limited scope representation, including communication, scope, competence, candor before the tribunal, ghostwriting, conflicts, and use of technology Best practices to respond to the everyday ethics challenges in limited scope programs Who Should Attend Judiciary and court personnel interested in making sure there are adequate safeguards for unrepresented litigants seeking help from a limited scope representation program. Attorney volunteers and pro bono coordinators involved in limited scope representation programs More Information and Registration

Oct 26: Successful Pro Bono Models for In-House Counsel: How to Effectively Provide Legal Assistance to Low-Income People (Free Webcast)

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 1:58pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free one-hour briefing via webcast entitled Successful Pro Bono Models for In-House Counsel: How to Effectively Provide Legal Assistance to Low-Income People on October 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm Eastern. In-house counsel will hear from pro bono professionals at the two largest legal services organizations in the country about the most effective ways for attorneys at corporations to engage in pro bono efforts. The discussion will include the basic ingredients of a successful in-house pro bono project; common pitfalls to avoid; examples of successful pro bono models; and where to find specific in-house opportunities to provide pro bono support to low-income people. Please join Karen Fisher Gutheil from The Legal Aid Society and Adam Heintz from Legal Services NYC as they address: How to navigate the corporate landscape: strengths and challenges of doing pro bono at corporations How to identify models that work and avoid common pitfalls when doing pro bono at corporations How to find pro bono opportunities and get involved now Register now and don’t miss this important free presentation as part of the ABA’s National Celebrate Pro Bono Week. More Information and Registration

Nov 04: 2017 Access to Justice Benefit (Philadelphia)

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 8:39am
The Philadelphia Bar Foundation will be holding the 2017 Access to Justice Benefit on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm, at the Mütter Museum, 19 S 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. The Foundation is Philadelphia’s philanthropic hub for access to justice, relying on your support to assist the full range of legal aid for people struggling with poverty, abuse, and discrimination. Every year at the Access to Justice Benefit, the Bar Foundation presents Awards to recognize the volunteerism of leaders and innovators in the Philadelphia legal community. You can read about the Award winners here. This year's award winners include: Honorable Louis H. Pollak of the Champion of the Public Interest: Richard C. Glazer, Esq., Pennsylvania Innocence Project; Cozen O’Connor Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award: Ayodele “Ayo” Gansallo, Esq., HIAS Pennsylvania Pro Bono Award of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation: Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Event Co-Chairs: Mary F. Platt, Esq. Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor-Elect and Counsel, Fineman Krekstein & Harris, P.C. Meredith S. Auten, Esq., Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Sponsorship/Tickets/Ads: Various Sponsorship Levels are available. you can view the Levels and the Sponsor Benefits, or purchase tickets to the Benefit by clicking here. Auction: If you or your friends are in the mood to donate to our silent or live auction, download the Fillable Auction Form or contact Adrienne E. Brown at 215-238-6322 or abrown@philabarfoundation.org. More Information and Tickets