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Jul 24: Helping Low Income Families Establish Guardianships (Pittsburgh)

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:08pm
Neighborhood Legal Services Association will be holding a CLE program entitled, Helping Low Income Families Establish Guardianships, on July 24, 2017 from 9:00 am - 11:45 am (Registration 8:30 am - 9:00 am). The program is hosted by Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre Suite 411, 301 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. The Guardianship Project is a new Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership Signature Project providing legal assistance to low income families in need of establishing guardianships for a family member. The project will be administered by Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP. CLE CREDITS: 2.5 substantive REGISTRATION FEE: No registration fee for volunteers for any Partnership Project; $75 for non-volunteers; $30 for non-volunteers who do not want CLE credit or for non-volunteer paralegals. PRESENTERS: Carol Sikov Gross, Esq., Sikov and Love PA Daniel P. Buzard Esq. If you would like more information about the seminar, or if special arrangements are required for a person with a disability to attend this course, please call Sharon Goldsmith at (412) 586-6101. Please make sure to bring photo identification with you to the CLE, as this seminar is being held in a secure building and photo ID may be required for admittance into the building. More Information and Registration

Jul 19: Building a Strong Pro Bono Program of Retired Attorneys (Free Webcast)

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 9:45am
The July episode of the Shriver Center's Advocacy Exchange, entitled Building a Strong Pro Bono Program of Retired Attorneys, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm Eastern. Wouldn’t it be great to have a reserve of pro bono attorneys who have flexible schedules, an eagerness to put in volunteer hours, and decades of legal experience? Where can an organization find this magical unicorn? The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland has put together just such a pro bono program by recruiting and supporting retired and late-career attorneys who want to give their time to legal aid clients. The July episode of the Advocacy Exchange, the Shriver Center's monthly conversation with advocates advancing change will feature Ann Porath and Rachel Riemenschneider of the Volunteer Lawyers Program at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. They will tell us about how they built their successful “ACT 2” pro bono program for retired and late-career attorneys. The conversation will be streamed through YouTube Live, and we welcome your questions and comments during the broadcast. Have questions for Ann and Rachel, or about the Advocacy Exchange? Feel free to share them with Amanda Moore or use the YouTube chat box during the live program. For more details, be sure to read Ann and Rachel’s new advocacy story, Cleveland Legal Aid Taps Expertise of Retired and Late-Career Volunteer Attorneys. More Information and Registration

Oct 17: Consumer Bankruptcy Cases 2017 (Free Webcast)

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 11:11am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live program from New York entitled, Consumer Bankruptcy Cases 2017, on October 17, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:45 pm. Consumer bankruptcy lawyers are the solution for millions of individuals facing financial difficulties. This half-day program will provide legal and practical information for both experienced consumer bankruptcy lawyers and lawyers who do not regularly practice in this field, but are finding an increasing need to understand essential information in this area. The program will also feature an important review of recent cases and hot topics as well as ethical considerations for consumer lawyers. The program features a dynamic group of panelists including a Bankruptcy Judge, an attorney for the United States Trustee’s Office, Chapter 7 panel trustees and experienced debtor and creditor attorneys. What You Will Learn A View from the Bench: Ethical considerations for consumer bankruptcy lawyers A View from the Office of the United States Trustee: Role of the United States Trustee and Current Issues What Every Non-bankruptcy lawyer should know about bankruptcy including tips and traps Exemptions: Planning, choice, amendments and recent cases Recent case law and hot topics Who Should Attend The program is designed for attorneys practicing in the consumer bankruptcy law field. It is also designed for attorneys who do not regularly practice in this field, but find they are increasingly faced with bankruptcy issues and need a condensed version of the most essential legal issues and practice tips. More Information and Registration

Nov 13: Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017 (Free Webcast)

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 10:51am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017 on November 13, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. IMPORTANT! If you get accredited by the VA before you attend this training, the first three hours will satisfy the VA’s CLE requirement. Attorneys and other advocates must be accredited to practice before the VA.To obtain accreditation you must complete this form:www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA21a.pdf. Accreditation by the VA may take several weeks, so do not delay filing your application.You can speed up the process by emailing the form to: OGCAccreditationMailbox@va.gov. Within 12 months after accreditation you are required to complete three hours of qualifying CLE. The morning session of this program satisfies that requirement, but only if you have already received your accreditation from the VA. If you have not received it, you should still watch this program, but keep in mind that you will need to complete three additional hours of CLE within 12 months after receiving your accreditation. Attorneys and other advocates who become accredited will be listed on a national VA list, and are entitled to represent veterans in their claims for benefits, on a pro bono basis, and for attorney’s fees on appeals, where they are available. Why You Should Attend There are over 21 million veterans in the U.S.; many of them are not aware of the benefits to which they are entitled. Medical and financial assistance are available to those who have served in the military, but many veterans most in need are not receiving VA benefits. Navigating the VA claims system and applying for discharge upgrades before the Department of Defense are difficult and complex processes. Attorneys play an essential role in removing barriers to VA benefits, such as: Lack of evidence to “service-connect” their injuries or disabilities. Lack of current medical or mental health evidence documenting severity of symptoms for accurate disability ratings. VA eligibility determinations for those given less than fully honorable discharges for behaviors that were related to minor disciplinary infractions or symptoms of Post- Traumatic Stress or other service-related disabilities. What You Will Learn Nearly 45% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan seek compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for service related injuries; 30% of these veterans who file for VA benefits include claims for Post-Traumatic Stress. Many of those who should receive benefits will be denied. Many service members who may be VA eligible are unaware of their legal right to pursue VA benefits, and of those who do apply, more than 90% will be denied. All of them will wait months or years for the VA to issue decisions on their claims. Learn how to navigate the VA claims process and to become an effective advocate for veterans in need. This all-day program will provide an overview of VA disability law and military discharge review law. You will gain an understanding of different types of military discharges, why they are important, and how you can help veterans with less than Honorable discharges. The first three one-hour sessions provide the basics you need to represent veterans before the VA. It will also cover the interactions between VA benefits and other public benefits, such as SSI and SSDI. The morning session fulfills the VA’s requirement for qualifying CLE within the first 12 months of your VA accreditation. The 4:45 session, Veteran Cultural Competency: Combat to Community will help veterans’ advocates to understand the challenges that veterans face in their transition to a noncombat community, and provide tips on interviewing and providing legal services to veterans with disabilities. The 5:45 to 8:00 sessions will provide attorneys with the tools that they need to assist veterans in upgrading their discharge status and removing stigmatizing information from their discharge documents. Who Should Attend Attorneys seeking meaningful pro bono opportunities and any advocate who wants to help change the life of a veteran with a disability. Attorneys seeking to meet VA’s CLE requirements for new and continuing VA accreditation should also attend. Finally, attorneys who hope to expand their practice areas to include veterans’ cases where fees are available should register for one or more of the sessions. More Information and Registration

Aug 24: FTCA and Other Civil Rights Claims - Immigration Enforcement & Damages Actions (Free Webcast)

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 2:40pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled FTCA and Other Civil Rights Claims - Immigration Enforcement & Damages Actions on August 24, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Increased immigration enforcement is likely to include enforcement practices that give rise to damages action. Claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act, Bivens, and Section 1983 are important tools to combat abusive enforcement practices and ensuring that federal and local law enforcement abide by their constitutional obligations. This program will give a general overview of each of these claims. We will also discuss employing a media strategy, in addition to litigation, to highlight abusive enforcement practices, as an advocacy tool in its own right. What You Will Learn We will cover the legal standards and procedures to bring an administrative claim and both individual and impact litigation under the Federal Tort Claims Act. We will similarly cover Bivens and Section 1983, as well as the defenses government defendants commonly raise in these cases. This will include the types of conduct that can be challenged and the life of a damages claim from fact-gathering to judgment. Who Should Attend Anyone who is interested in providing representation to immigrants whose constitutional rights are violated should attend the training. Immigration-based damages actions often involve, but are not limited to, claims related to excessive force, unlawful detention, unlawful arrest, physical abuse, wrongful death, denial of medical services, unlawful search, and denial of religious freedom. More Information and Registration

Jul 12: Trump Administration Travel Ban and Bona Fide Relationships: The Supreme Court Speaks (Free Webcast)

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 11:28pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast entitled Trump Administration Travel Ban and Bona Fide Relationships: The Supreme Court Speaks on July 12 2017 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court’s 13 page per curiam order temporarily allowed portions of President Trump’s temporary travel ban to take effect on June 29. However, travelers with a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States" will be allowed to enter the U.S. Please join expert faculty as they address: What qualifies as a "bona fide" relationship to the U.S.? Will the individual seeking entry or the government have to provide the proof about the bona fides? Potential litigation arising from implementation of the order and advocacy strategies How can immigration attorneys and pro bono volunteers help people affected by the ban. More Information and Registration

Jul 31: Ethical Considerations for Attorneys Representing Detained Immigrants (Free Webcast)

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 1:56pm
Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Ethical Considerations for Attorneys Representing Detained Immigrants on July 31, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 1:35 pm Eastern. As of April 2017, there were 884 individuals detained ICE custody in Northern California alone. And in fiscal year 2016, the Department of Homeland Security reports having apprehended 530,250 individuals nationwide and conducted a total of 450,954 removals and returns. We are fortunate that in recent months, private and public funding has increased for pro bono representation of detained immigrants in several localities around the country. Representation of detained immigrants raises some unique challenges because the clients are particularly isolated, have extremely restricted means of communication available, their cases often entail procedural and criminal histories that raise numerous difficult legal issues, and their cases move at a fast pace. This training will provide you with the foundation that you need to navigate the many ethical challenges that may arise in representing detained immigrants. What You Will Learn How can I ethically address consent and confidentiality with a detained client? How should I keep my client reasonably informed? What conflicts of interest might arise in the context of ICE enforcement actions? What should I do if I become concerned about the validity of evidence or testimony? How can I ethically prepare my client to testify without eliciting too much information? What if my client has multiple forms of relief and some may not seem worth pursuing? How to discuss potential settlement offers with your client. Who Should Attend This training is designed for immigration attorneys who want to learn about ethical issues that arise in the context of detention work. Participants should have a basic knowledge of immigration law, but need not have prior experience defending detained immigrants against removal. More Information and Registration

Sep 26: Pro Bono Training: Landlord/Tenant (Philadelphia)

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:16pm
Philadelphia VIP will be holding a Pro Bono Training: Landlord/Tenant on September 26, 2017, hosted by Blank Rome LLP, 130 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. This training will focus on representing a client in a landlord tenant dispute, including an overview of the law, strategies and defenses. More Information

Jul 12: Law Firm Pro Bono Committee Small Business Clinic (Philadelphia)

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:06pm
Philadelphia LawWorks, a project of Philadelphia VIP, is proud to announce that the Law Firm Pro Bono Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association will be sponsoring our July 2017 Small Business Clinic in collaboration with The Enterprise Center. At this clinic, volunteer attorneys provide free legal advice to Philadelphia area small business owners. Clients will have the chance to: Meet individually with volunteer attorneys; at not cost Speak to volunteer attorneys about the following legal areas: Business structure and formation Conflicts of interest Indemnification Intellectual property Commercial leases Employees and consultants Contracts Other small business legal issues More Information and Registration

Jul 12: Philadelphia VIP Family Law Practice Group - July 2017

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 1:55pm
Philadelphia VIP provides volunteers handling family law cases and volunteers interested in handling such cases with the opportunity to have their questions answered and to learn about the experiences of other volunteers. This monthly practice group will be led by members of VIP’s Family Law Advisory Council, who are experienced family law practitioners. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Additional light refreshments and snacks will be provided. More Information and Registration

Jun 23: Legal Aid Golf Classic (Blue Bell)

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 8:41am
The Montgomery Bar Association and Montgomery Bar Foundation will be holding the 2017 Legal Aid Golf Classic on June 23, 2017 at the Bluestone Country Club (Formerly Meadowlands Country Club), 711 Boehms Church Rd, Blue Bell, PA 19422. Legal Aid of Southeastern PA provides essential legal services and representation to low-income individuals, victims of domestic abuse, and the elderly. As citizens and professionals, we all share the burden of those less fortunate in our community. Why not do your part while enjoying a relaxed day of golf and networking with neighboring LAWYERS, JUDGES and BUSINESSES? All proceeds from this year’s Golf Classic will directly benefit Legal Aid and a portion or all of your commitment may be tax-deductible. Be sure to bring your staff, clients, friends, family and neighbors as this year’s event promises to be nothing short of...a true Classic! More Information and Registration Event Brochure

Jun 27: Immigration Policy and Litigation Update (Free Webinar)

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 7:44am
The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) invites you to a free webinar entitled Policy and Litigation Update, on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from,2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern. The panelists will provide updates on immigration-related policy and litigation, including cases before the Supreme Court, the travel ban lawsuits, proposed legislation and administrative action. The panelists are: Debbie Smith, Associate General Counsel / Immigration Law, Service Employees International Union; and Iris Figueroa, Staff Attorney, Farmworker Justice. To register for this free webinar, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7095466676358071555. Your registration will generate an automatic email with details on how to join the webinar. If you have questions, please email IAN at support@immigrationadvocates.org

Jun 26: Recognizing and Responding to Secondary Trauma (Free Webinar)

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 8:25am
The American Bar Association Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants presents a FREE 45 minute webinar on secondary trauma on Monday, June 26 2017 from 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Eastern. Secondary trauma is a common consequence of listening to and witnessing the effects of others' traumatic experiences. Attorneys and other service providers who work with unaccompanied minor immigrants are exposed to a great deal of content that can trigger this kind of stress. This webinar will define primary and secondary trauma, explain how to recognize signs of secondary trauma in oneself and colleagues, and identify healthy ways to respond. The webinar will be interactive, drawing on participants' experiences, practices and ideas. No CLE Credits provided. Contact: Juliet Gilbert, staff for the Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants, ABA Center for Pro Bono. juliet.gilbert@americanbar.org Presenter: Megan Hope, MSW, is the Coordinator of the Social Service and Human Trafficking Projects at the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), a non-profit provider of free immigration legal assistance to immigrant children throughout Colorado and to adults in immigration detention. Date: Monday, June 26, 2017 Time: 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. CST Please register no later than Friday, June 23, 2017. A link to the webinar will be emailed to you the morning of June 26, 2017. Sponsor: ABA Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants

Jul 10: Emergency Legal Challenges to Imminent Removals: Emergency Petitions for Review of Administrative and Reinstatement Orders, Emergency Motions to Reopen, and Whether Habeas Might Be a Viable Option (Free Webcast)

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:21am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Emergency Legal Challenges to Imminent Removals: Emergency Petitions for Review of Administrative and Reinstatement Orders, Emergency Motions to Reopen, and Whether Habeas Might Be a Viable Option on July 10, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm. In 2015 alone, there were 333,341 documented removals, or deportations, from the United States. Not only is the large number of removals concerning, it is particularly alarming that so many removals could have been successfully challenged, but so many of the deportees were never advised regarding any such options. Many individuals facing removal do not obtain legal assistance, and unwittingly forfeit critical rights and legal protections. This training will provide you with the tools that you need to assess the options of individuals facing imminent deportations due to administrative or reinstatement orders, orders issued by the Immigration Courts, and the role of habeas and other legal actions in the context of imminent removal. What You Will Learn When can I file an Emergency Petition for Review in the context of Administrative and Reinstatement Orders? What type of Emergency Motions to Reopen might be possible? Is a Habeas Petition or another Federal Court action a viable option? Who Should Attend This training is designed for immigration attorneys who want to learn how imminent removals might be halted with legal challenges. Participants should have a basic knowledge of immigration law, but need not have prior experience with challenging orders of removal.

Jun 15: Legal Services at Stand Downs (Webinar)

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:58pm
The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) and the ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty are hosting a webinar entitled Legal Services at Stand Downs on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern. This panel will discuss a variety of legal topics relevant to working with veterans experiencing homelessness. Topics will include how to address criminal and civil legal matters and child support issues on-site at Stand Down. Panelists will also discuss how to develop initiatives to provide legal services in rural areas. The webinar will feature Steve Binder, San Diego Public Defender, and Sara Sommarstrom, Vetlaw Director of the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. You will receive instructions for joining the training when you register. For additional questions, please contact Maddie Goldstein at mgoldstein@nchv.org. More Information and Registration

Jun 28: Philadelphia VIP New Volunteer Orientation

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:11am
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia,VIP is hosting a free program to welcome attorneys who are new to volunteering with VIP on June 28, 2017 from 8:30 am - 9:30 am. This program will provide an overview of Philadelphia VIP and the opportunities and resources available to our volunteers. At this orientation you will: Receive an overview of Philadelphia VIP and discover the impact you will make in the community. Learn about the opportunities, events, and resources we have available. Find out what to expect when you take a case with VIP. Receive orientation materials and a light breakfast. More Information and Registration

Jun 14: Philadelphia VIP Family Law Practice Group

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:03am
June 14, 2017 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Philadelphia VIP 1500 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 Philadelphia VIP hosts this practice group to provide volunteers handling family law cases and volunteers interested in handling such cases with the opportunity to have their questions answered and to learn about the experiences of other volunteers. This monthly practice group will be led by members of VIP’s Family Law Advisory Council, who are experienced family law practitioners. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Additional light refreshments and snacks will be provided. More Information and Registration

Jun 13: Expedited Removal (Free Webinar)

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 7:55am
#StandWithImmigrants is holding a free webinar entitled Expedited Removal, on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at from 2:00 pm -3:30 pm Eastern. This webinar will cover who is subject to expedited removal, the limited procedures involved, the consequences of an expedited removal order, and advocacy strategies for getting your client out of expedited removal. Panelists include: Trina Realmuto, Litigation Director at the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild Jennifer Chang Newell, Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU Immigrant Rights Project Mary Kenney, Senior Staff Attorney with the American Immigration Council. #STANDWITHIMMIGRANTS is a collaboration between the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), The Advocates for Human Rights, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), and Pro Bono Net to empower legal advocates and other allies across the United States to protect our friends and neighbors from deportation and ensure fair treatment and due process through volunteer recruitment, training, advocacy, and support. More Information Register for the Webinar

Jun 27: Nonprofit Legal Assessment CLE & Clinic (Philadelphia)

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 8:03am
Philadelphia LawWorks, a project of Philadelphia VIP, has announced that Blank Rome LLP will be sponsoring its June 2017 Nonprofit Clinic. The clinic will take place on June 27, 2017 from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square 130 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 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: Registration for Volunteer attorneys will begin at 9:30 am. Registration for Nonprofit Clients will begin at 10:00 am. Please RSVP in advance for the event at the link below: RSVP for the Clinic

May 31: YLD Pro Bono Practice Lunch and Learn (Pittsburgh)

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 3:12pm
Join the YLD Public Service Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Koppers Building's ninth-floor Conference Center/Grant Room for a free lunch-and-learn featuring a discussion on the different pro bono opportunities available in the Pittsburgh area and various tips for working pro bono service into you overall legal practice. Please register by Friday, May 26th. The Lunch and Learn will feature the following panelists: Doug Smith- Office Managing Principal, Jackson Lewis Katie Kenyon- Partner, Meyer Unkovic and Scott; Immediate Past President, Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership Amy Carpenter- Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services Association Maggie Prescott- Staff Attorney, Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh Lauren Darbouze- Executive Director, Christian Legal Aid of Pittsburgh More Information and Registration