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Jun 10: 13th Annual Trial Run 5K Race

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:50pm
The 13th Annual Trial Run 5K Race benefiting Legal Aid of Southeastern PA will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Downingtown, PA beginning at 8:00 am. Registration/Entry Fee: Before June 1, 2017 – $8 all ages After June 1, 2017 until morning of the race – $10 all ages Race day registration at 7:15 a.m. Course: Race starts at 8:00 at the entrance to Struble Trail that is across the street from Planet Fitness. Awards: Cash prizes awarded to first and second place overall male/female runner. Awards Ceremony and Post Race refreshments immediately following the race. More Information and Registration

May 26: Motions to Suppress and to Terminate Removal Proceedings: Litigating Fourth Amendment Violations in Immigration Court (Webcast)

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 8:24am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Motions to Suppress and to Terminate Removal Proceedings: Litigating Fourth Amendment Violations in Immigration Court on May 26, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Why You Should Attend Threats of increased immigration enforcement, promises of increased hiring of immigration and border patrol agents, and the elimination of “priority enforcement” categories likely mean a return to unconstitutional practices such as racial profiling and unreasonable searches and seizures, forced entry into homes, and workplace raids. The constitution provides a remedy for egregious constitutional violations by immigration authorities: immigration courts may exclude evidence obtained through such means and terminate the removal proceedings. What You Will Learn The program will cover the legal standards and immigration court procedures that govern suppression and termination motions. Sample briefs and checklists will be provided for proving the elements necessary to succeed in a motion to suppress and related motions, including motions to terminate removal proceedings. Who Should Attend Suppression hearings are based on constitutional law and therefore are well-suited pro bono opportunities for immigration and non-immigration attorneys alike. Anyone who is interested in providing pro bono representation to individuals whose constitutional rights were violated in the course of an arrest—either alone or with a group that is representing multiple people arrested in a mass enforcement action—would benefit from this training. More Information and Registration

Aug 10: 2017 Raise a Glass to Justice - Benefit North Penn Legal Services

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:33pm
The annual Raise a Glass for Justice fundraiser for North Penn Legal Services will be held on August 10, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Blue Grillhouse, 4431 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18020. Raise A Glass To Justice, benefiting North Penn Legal Services, is a great event for networking, a chance to relax after a long day at work, and most importantly, a chance to make a difference. The popular Penn State 80s covers band, Velveeta, will again provide live entertainment. The Lehigh Valley Idol Competition will introduce a new MC, Teresa Hogan and will feature duets battling for the Idol Crown(s) instead of soloists. You will not want to miss this sing off battle! The net proceeds from this event benefit North Penn Legal Services - the only legal aid organization in the Lehigh Valley dedicated to providing free civil legal help to low-income people. The event will take place at a new location at Blue Grillhouse's Events Center --- where you can hang out with friends on the patio before and after joining us at the event. The minimum donation to attend is $50.00. For recognition from your peers, please consider making a donation of $100 or more and be listed as a "Friend" in the Northampton County Bar Association Law Reporter and on NPLS's website. 100% of your donation is tax deductible. Sponsorship opportunities are available. In addition to tickets for admission to the event, sponsors will be recognized in the Northampton County Bar Association Law Reporter, on NPLS's website, event page, and social media channels. Sponsors at the Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels will be displayed on a poster at the event. More Information and Purchase Tickets

Apr 19: Bond Basics and Strategies for Representing Clients Subject to Prolonged Detention (Webcast)

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:09am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Bond Basics and Strategies for Representing Clients Subject to Prolonged Detention on April 19, 2017 from 12:00 pm -3:00 pm Eastern. Each year in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security places over 400,000 in immigration detention. Data shows that release from immigration detention on bond not only allows noncitizens to avoid detention during exceedingly lengthy court proceedings, but also, greatly increases their success rates in ultimately avoiding deportation. Because individuals in Immigration Court proceedings generally only have one chance at a bond hearing and bond is so vital to their cases, lives, and families, it is imperative to have a firm grasp of basic bond issues, such as how to adequately prepare clients for bond hearings. Even attorneys who have had experience handling bond hearings will benefit from a thorough review of the constantly evolving legal determinations of bond eligibility and the legal issues that often arise after bond is denied. This two-part training is designed to provide immigration attorneys with the basic tools necessary to represent detained clients during bond hearings, and also the knowledge to zealously advocate for clients who may be subject to prolonged detention. This training will also present information about efforts by advocates in Northern California to prepare for heightened enforcement and detention actions by ICE, and how you can help detained immigrants. What You Will Learn Who is Eligible for Bond? – Overview of How to Determine Bond Eligibility Based on the Client’s Immigration History and Criminal Background How Do I Prepare for a Bond Hearing? – General Mechanics and Tips on Preparing Clients and Witnesses for Custody Hearings Prolonged Detention – Discussion of “Joseph Hearings” in Relation to Mandatory Detention, as well as “Rodriguez Hearings” Who Should Attend All attorneys interested in or currently assisting immigrant clients who are detained or subject to conditions of custody, including private and pro bono attorneys, public interest and non-profit organization attorneys, would benefit from attending this program. Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of immigration law but need not have prior experience with representing detained clients. More Information and Registration

May 12: What Immigration Attorneys Need to Know to be an Emergency Responder to ICE Enforcement Actions (Webcast)

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:02am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled What Immigration Attorneys Need to Know to be an Emergency Responder to ICE Enforcement Actions on May 12, 2017 from 12:00 pm -3:00 pm Eastern. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has broad authority and discretion in respect to how it enforces immigration laws within the constraints of federal law and the Constitution. In January 2017, the President issued two Executive Orders, which directed ICE to prioritize the removal of more categories of immigrants in the United States than before and to more frequently use summary removal procedures and detention. The policies and practices encouraged in these executive orders would often bypass counsel and the due process protections afforded by removal hearings. This training is designed to provide immigration attorneys with the knowledge and tools to address – on an emergency basis - a wide variety of enforcement actions by ICE. The training will focus on the immediate actions that attorneys may need to take on the day, or days after, someone is arrested and detained, whether in a targeted enforcement action against one individual or a larger raid involving many individuals. The training will also focus on efforts by advocates in Northern California to prepare for heightened enforcement actions by ICE. What You Will Learn A review of current ICE enforcement priorities and actions taken in Northern California Practical tips when responding on an emergency basis to enforcement actions by ICE Defending clients against different kinds of removal procedures that ICE may seek to use Information on advocacy efforts in Northern California to respond to ICE enforcement efforts Who Should Attend Immigration attorneys interested in or currently assisting immigrant clients who may be subject to ICE enforcement actions, including private immigration attorneys and public interest and non-profit organization attorneys. Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of immigration law. More Information and Registration

May 12: Helping Domestic Violence Victims Obtain Protection Orders (Pittsburgh)

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 10:22am
Neighborhood Legal Services Association will be holding a training program entitled Helping Domestic Violence Victims Obtain Protection Orders on May 12, 2017 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. The program is being hosted by K&L Gates at 210 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222. CLE CREDITS: 3 substantive credits; 1 ethics credit REGISTRATION FEE: $0.00 for attorneys or paralegals volunteering to take PFA referrals; $150.00 for non-volunteers; $50.00 for non-volunteers who do not want CLE credit. SPEAKERS: Lorraine Bittner, Esquire - Legal Director, Women's Center and Shelter Beth Keenan, Esquire, - Assistant Administrator, PFA Dept., Family Court, Allegheny County Sabrina Korbel, Esquire - Supervising Attorney, Women's Center and Shelter If you would like more information about the seminar, contact Mary Ann Troper-Malley at (412) 586-6134. Space is limited. If special arrangements are required for a person with a disability to attend this course, please call Ms. Troper-Malley at 412-586-6134. Please make sure to bring photo identification with you to the CLE as this seminar is being held in a secure building and photo identification may be required for admittance into the building. Registration Form

May 23: What Is "Sex"? Federal Legal Protections for LGBT People (Webcast)

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 11:16am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled What Is "Sex"? Federal Legal Protections for LGBT People on May 23, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern. Since the 1970s and particularly after the Supreme Court’s decision in Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, the issue of whether federal sex discrimination laws protect LGBT people has been litigated all over the country. Courts have evaluated this key legal issue in different ways and in a variety of contexts, resulting in an unpredictable legal landscape for LGBT people and their families. In this session, we will provide a historical analysis of how courts have addressed this issue in the employment, school, and healthcare contexts as well as a roundup of key recent and pending cases to watch. We will also identify emerging issues and detail best practices that employers, schools, and health insurance providers should adopt to protect LGBT people and their families. What You Will Learn Historical overview of sex discrimination decisions around the country Key cases regarding this issue and cases to watch Emerging issues and litigation strategies in the employment, schools, and healthcare contexts Best practices for employers, schools, and healthcare providers Who Should Attend Attorneys, employers, and other professionals looking to expand their knowledge of federal sex discrimination law. Attorneys litigating sex discrimination cases on behalf of LGBT plaintiffs are encouraged to attend and will gain practical skills for litigating claims. Employers, school administrators, and insurance providers who want to implement best practices regarding LGBT employees, students, and plan participants. More Information and Registration

Aug 02: Serving on a Nonprofit Board: Practical and Ethical Considerations for Attorneys (Webcast)

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 11:02am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from New York entitled Serving on a Nonprofit Board: Practical and Ethical Considerations for Attorneys on August 2, 2017 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Eastern. Joining a nonprofit board can be one of the most personally and professionally rewarding experiences of an attorney’s career. Whether you’re an experienced attorney or just beginning to practice, serving on a nonprofit board can bring opportunities to deepen your skills, make valuable connections, and help a cause that is personally meaningful to you. This program is designed for all attorneys who currently serve, or are interested in serving, on a nonprofit board. Serving on a Nonprofit Board: Practical and Ethical Considerations for Attorneys will provide practical tips and review important ethical considerations for attorneys currently serving on nonprofit boards or thinking about joining a nonprofit board. (This program is an expanded version of the one hour briefing offered in July 2016, Serving on a Nonprofit Board: Practical and Ethical Considerations for Attorneys.) Topics Include How to identify and join a nonprofit board that interests you Do your due diligence: the questions to ask and documents to request before you join a nonprofit board Bring maximum value to your role—how to best assist your fellow board members with business decisions, risk management, and legal decisions What you must know about liability insurance, and indemnification Important ethics issues and concerns for attorneys who serve on nonprofit boards More Information and Registration

May 31: Public Interest Boot Camp 2017 (Webcast)

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:52am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Public Interest Boot Camp 2017 on May 31, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 3:45 pm. Public interest law students working with low and moderate income communities often lack the experience to address the issues that many clients face when seeking legal services. The Public Interest Boot Camp is a free program designed to prepare law students holding summer internships with public interest law organizations, government agencies, and other legal nonprofits to better serve these clients. All students and public interest advocates are encouraged to view this program to develop new skills for productive and successful client relationships. What You will learn How to better serve diverse communities by identifying and addressing personal bias The importance of professional responsibility for a successful summer internship Client-centered interviewing strategies Who Should Attend In addition to summer law students, all pro bono attorneys, legal organization staff, and other advocates seeking tools to better serve low and moderate income client communities would benefit from this program. Practising Law Institute is pleased to partner with the State Bar of California, Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, the Pro Bono Training Institute, and the SoCal Pro Bono Managers, to coordinate and present this program. More Information and Registration

Jun 09: Representing the Pro Bono Client: Consumer Law Basics 2017 (Webcast))

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 2:46pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Representing the Pro Bono Client: Consumer Law Basics 2017 on June 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm Eastern. Volunteer lawyers are needed to help the many low income clients facing a wide assortment of consumer law matters who are unrepresented. Attend this program to learn the basics of consumer law so that you can competently represent a client in need and learn new advocacy skills. What You Will Learn Overview of State and Federal Restraints on Debt Collection Introduction to the Fair Credit Reporting Act A Primer on Automobile Fraud Representing the Unsecured Debtor Mortgage Servicer Litigation Assisting Student Loan Borrowers Developing a Working Relationship with Legal Services Organizations Who Should Attend Attorneys who want to volunteer to help low income clients with consumer related issues and legal services advocates who want to enhance their skills in consumer litigation matters would benefit from attending this program. More Information and Registration

May 04 - May 06: 2017 Equal Justice Conference (Pittsburgh)

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 1:27pm
The 2017 Equal Justice Conference will be held on May 4-6, 2017 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The Equal Justice Conference is co-sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and National Legal Aid & Defender Association. The Equal Justice Conference joins all components of the civil legal aid community to discuss and address issues related to the delivery of legal services to low-income individuals in need of legal assistance. The emphasis of this Conference is on strengthening partnerships among the key players in the civil justice system. Through plenary sessions, workshops, networking opportunities and special programming, the Conference provides a wide range of learning and sharing experiences for all attendees. Preconference sessions are offered on Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3 and are only available to full conference registrants. REGISTRATION Registration opens Thursday, December 1, 2016 and closes Monday, April 3, 2017. Onsite registration will be available and will not be processed without payment. Registration may be done online, by mail or by fax. Conference Location David L. Lawrence Convention Center 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Hotel Reservations Hotel Accommodations are available at special conference rates at: Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh 1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA | (412) 281-3700 or (800) 937-8461 Omni William Penn Hotel (2 blocks from the convention center) 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA | (800) 843-6664 Conference Brochure More Information and Registration

May 04 - May 06: 2017 Equal Justice Conference

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 1:27pm
The 2017 Equal Justice Conference will be held on May 4-6, 2017 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The Equal Justice Conference is co-sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and National Legal Aid & Defender Association. The Equal Justice Conference joins all components of the civil legal aid community to discuss and address issues related to the delivery of legal services to low-income individuals in need of legal assistance. The emphasis of this Conference is on strengthening partnerships among the key players in the civil justice system. Through plenary sessions, workshops, networking opportunities and special programming, the Conference provides a wide range of learning and sharing experiences for all attendees. Preconference sessions are offered on Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3 and are only available to full conference registrants. REGISTRATION Registration opens Thursday, December 1, 2016 and closes Monday, April 3, 2017. Onsite registration will be available and will not be processed without payment. Registration may be done online, by mail or by fax. Conference Location David L. Lawrence Convention Center 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Hotel Reservations Hotel Accommodations are available at special conference rates at: Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh 1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA | (412) 281-3700 or (800) 937-8461 Omni William Penn Hotel (2 blocks from the convention center) 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA | (800) 843-6664 Conference Brochure More Information and Registration

Apr 26: New Volunteer Orientation - Philadelphia VIP

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 1:03pm
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, is hosting a free program to welcome attorneys who are new to volunteering with VIP on April 26, 2017 from 8:30 am-9:30 am.. The New Volunteer Orientation will take place at Philadelphia VIP, 1500 Walnut Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19102. 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. Orientation materials and a light breakfast will be provided. More Information and Registration

Mar 21: New Volunteer Orientation - Philadelphia VIP

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 10:29am
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, is hosting a program to welcome attorneys who are new to volunteering with VIP on March 21, 2017 from 8:30 am-9:30 am.. The New Volunteer Orientation will take place at Philadelphia VIP, 1500 Walnut Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19102. 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. Orientation materials and a light breakfast will be provided. More Information and Registration

May 20: Wills for Heroes Event (Beaver County)

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 10:10am
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, May 20, 2017, with the support of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Division, volunteer lawyers from the Beaver County Bar Association will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Event. The event is for all Pennsylvania First Responders, military veterans, and their spouses or significant others, and will take place at the Beaver County Bar Association, 788 Turnpike Street, Beaver, PA 15009. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Andrea Lyn Boyle at aboyle@andreaboylelaw.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

Apr 21: Fair Housing Forum: Understanding and Enforcing Fair Housing (Bethlehem)

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 9:40am
North Penn Legal Services is offering a day of education and awareness about fair housing in a program entitled Fair Housing Forum: Understanding and Enforcing Fair Housing. The forum will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Northampton Community College - Alumni Hall, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants. There is no cost to attend the forum. However, the forum is limited to 100 people. AGENDA: 8:15 - 8:45 AM - Registration and light breakfast 8:45 - 9:00 AM - Welcome and Reading of the Lehigh Valley Fair Housing Proclamation 9:00 - 9:30 AM - Overview of Fair Housing – Lori Molloy, Esq., and Marybeth Saporita, North Penn Legal Services. .5 CLE credit. Review of applicable federal, state and local fair housing laws, and protected classes. Who is protected, what types of housing is included and where are cases filed? 9:30 - 11:00 AM - Understanding Fair Housing and the Loss of Housing - Ira Goldstein, Ph.D., President, Policy Solutions, Reinvestment Fund. 1.5 CLE credit. Professor Goldstein, former Mid-Atlantic Director and Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at HUD, will review the impact of the loss of housing and lending practices on fair housing. He will discuss the impact of evictions and foreclosures on our communities and the connection with fair housing. Reinvestment Fund is a results-oriented, socially responsible community investment group. 11:00 - 11:15 AM - Break 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM – Enforcing Fair Housing Laws - Rachel Wentworth, Executive Director, Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania. 1 CLE credit. Rachel Wentworth has been working at the Housing Equal Center for 17 years, providing fair housing education, testing and enforcement. Rachel will highlight current issues in fair housing enforcement, including national origin, familial status and disability discrimination. Recent local issues include zoning issues raised about group homes in residential communities. 12:30 - 1:15 PM - Lunch 1:15 - 2:30 PM - Panel discussion: Case Studies in Understanding and Addressing Fair Housing Violations - Moderated panel discussion highlighting issues facing real estate professionals, service and support animals in housing and national origin discrimination. Opportunities for Q & A from participants. Funding for the Fair Housing Forum is made possible by the five funders of the Lehigh Valley Fair Housing Project - City of Allentown, City of Bethlehem, City of Easton, County of Lehigh, and Northampton County. The food sponsor for this year's Fair Housing event is the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors. More Information Registration

Apr 21: Fair Housing Forum: Understanding and Enforcing Fair Housing

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 9:40am
North Penn Legal Services is offering a day of education and awareness about fair housing in a program entitled Fair Housing Forum: Understanding and Enforcing Fair Housing. The forum will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Northampton Community College - Alumni Hall, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants. There is no cost to attend the forum. However, the forum is limited to 100 people. AGENDA: 8:15 - 8:45 AM - Registration and light breakfast 8:45 - 9:00 AM - Welcome and Reading of the Lehigh Valley Fair Housing Proclamation 9:00 - 9:30 AM - Overview of Fair Housing – Lori Molloy, Esq., and Marybeth Saporita, North Penn Legal Services. .5 CLE credit. Review of applicable federal, state and local fair housing laws, and protected classes. Who is protected, what types of housing is included and where are cases filed? 9:30 - 11:00 AM - Understanding Fair Housing and the Loss of Housing - Ira Goldstein, Ph.D., President, Policy Solutions, Reinvestment Fund. 1.5 CLE credit. Professor Goldstein, former Mid-Atlantic Director and Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at HUD, will review the impact of the loss of housing and lending practices on fair housing. He will discuss the impact of evictions and foreclosures on our communities and the connection with fair housing. Reinvestment Fund is a results-oriented, socially responsible community investment group. 11:00 - 11:15 AM - Break 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM – Enforcing Fair Housing Laws - Rachel Wentworth, Executive Director, Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania. 1 CLE credit. Rachel Wentworth has been working at the Housing Equal Center for 17 years, providing fair housing education, testing and enforcement. Rachel will highlight current issues in fair housing enforcement, including national origin, familial status and disability discrimination. Recent local issues include zoning issues raised about group homes in residential communities. 12:30 - 1:15 PM - Lunch 1:15 - 2:30 PM - Panel discussion: Case Studies in Understanding and Addressing Fair Housing Violations - Moderated panel discussion highlighting issues facing real estate professionals, service and support animals in housing and national origin discrimination. Opportunities for Q & A from participants. Funding for the Fair Housing Forum is made possible by the five funders of the Lehigh Valley Fair Housing Project - City of Allentown, City of Bethlehem, City of Easton, County of Lehigh, and Northampton County. The food sponsor for this year's Fair Housing event is the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors. More Information Registration

Mar 10: Representing Women from Central America

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:34am
On Friday March 10th, UNHCR and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS) will be hosting a free webinar on representing women from Central America and how to use international law to strengthen asylum claims in the U.S. The webinar will take place from 2-3:30pm EST. Speakers on the webinar will discuss: UNHCR’s work on protection of refugee women and relevant international guidance on gender-based asylum claims (Leslie Vélez and Colleen Cowgill, UNHCR); Representing women asylum-seekers from Central America- legal strategies for common claims and how to prepare the argument (Eunice Lee, CGRS). Registration: To RSVP, please email Colleen Cowgill at Cowgill@unhcr.org. Webinar directions will be emailed separately.

Mar 16: Right to the Cure - Legal Representation of Incarcerated Hepatitis C Patients (Pittsburgh)

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 1:36pm
The Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation is hosting a CLE Training presented by the Abolitionist Law Center entitled Right to the Cure - Legal Representation of Incarcerated Hepatitis C Patients on March 16, 2017 from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm Eastern. The program will be held at the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, Koppers Building Conference Center, Grant Room - Ninth Floor, 436 Seventh Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. The Hepatitis C Project is part of the Health and Environmental Rights Docket of the Abolitionist Law Center. The Hepatitis C Project is aimed at organizing a network of pro bono attorneys to provide legal services to Hepatitis C positive inmates in the Pennsylvania prison system. Because of medical advances, Hepatitis C can now be cured with new direct-acting antiviral medications but more than 6,000 incarcerated patients in Pennsylvania are being denied the cure. Attorneys are needed to provide representation n this important public health effort to establish a right to the cure. Two (2) substantive continuing education credits will be offered to all participating attorneys. There is a $20 registration fee. Register to attend by emailing ljohnson@alcenter.org. More Information

Apr 22: Wills for Heroes Event (Philadelphia County)

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:20pm
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, April 22, 2017, volunteer lawyers 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 and the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society at Community College of Philadelphia, The event is for all active and retired Pennsylvania First Responders and Military Veterans and their spouses/partners, and will take place at Community College of Philadelphia, Northeast Regional Campus, Third Floor, located at 12901 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA beginning at 11:00 a.m. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Sandy Romaszewski at sromaszewski@foxrothschild.com or Lisa Shearman at LShearman@hrmml.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