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Feb 25: Wills for Heroes Event (Chester County)

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:16pm
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, February 25, 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, 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 Baptist Church in the Great Valley located at 945 N. Valley Forge Road, Devon, PA 19333 (Chester 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/Public/YLD/WillsforHeroes.aspx 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

Feb 16: The Road to U.S. Citizenship: Navigating the Naturalization Process (Pittsburgh)

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 8:53am
The Allegheny Bar Association is offering a CLE program entitled The Road to U.S. Citizenship: Navigating the Naturalization Process on Friday, February 17, 2017, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. The program will be held at the Koppers Building Conference Center, 436 Seventh Ave., 9th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. This fundamental-level CLE is designed to provide volunteer attorneys with the skills needed to represent clients through the naturalization process in front of Department Homeland Security-USCIS. The first hour will focus on the basics of naturalization law, including who is eligible to file and what possible issues need to be spotted. The second hour will focus on the process itself and how to avoid “going off track.” Specifics include how and when to fill out the application, waivers (health and others), residency issues, criminal issues, taxes and other hurdles to watch out for. Thanks to the John A. Meehan Citizen Institute, a limited number of volunteer attorneys who agree to represent clients on a pro bono basis may register and attend at no cost. Upon completion of this CLE, volunteer attorneys will be asked to work with a client and take their case from initial intake to the citizenship ceremony. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Barbara Griffin at bgriffin@acba.org for more information and to register. Regular Cost: $70 for ACBA members $90 for all others. Speakers include: Jacqueline Martinez, JBM Legal, LLC Barbara Bower, Barbara L Bower Law Firm, LLC Jamie Englert, Jewish Family And Children's Service Robert S. Whitehill, Fox Rothschild LLP Registration for this program will close on February 15, 2017, 11:59 pm. More Information and Registration

Mar 31: Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program Training

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:25am
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program is holding a full day training program for volunteer attorneys on March 31, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program provides veterans and other VA claimants who have been denied by the VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals with free attorney representation in their appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The Program recruits and trains attorneys and evaluates court appeals for merit. The trained volunteer attorneys are then matched with a client whose appeal has merit. The Pro Bono Program is funded by a Congressional appropriation and a grant administered by the Legal Services Corporation, plus donated time and money from the four participating veterans service organizations. The program’s staff of veterans law specialists screen the appeals of individuals who file pro se at the Court, and appeals are referred to trained volunteer attorneys (if the appellant meets income eligibility guidelines). Volunteer attorneys are trained in veterans law by attending this day-long training seminar. After being trained and accepting a case, each participating attorney also receives the latest version of the Veterans Benefit Manual (usually 2 bound volumes and a CD-ROM), a comprehensive guide to litigating veterans benefits claims. The volunteer is also assigned a mentor who specializes in this area of the law. Register for the Training More Information on the Volunteer Attorney Program

Feb 22: Elder Justice Resource Center Volunteer Attorney Training Program (Philadelphia)

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:05pm
The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) will be holding an Elder Justice Resource Center Volunteer Attorney Training Program on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at: Philadelphia Municipal Court Conference Center 1339 Chestnut Street, 10th Floor Widener Building Philadelphia, PA 19107 Registration: 8:30 a.m. Program begins: 9:00 a.m. Agenda Training will be provided on the following topics: Ethics for Serving Seniors / Aging Elder Justice Resource Center / Elder Justice Initiatives Housing: Landlord-Tenant / Homeowners Mortgage & Tax / Ejectment Orphans Court Issues: Guardianship, Probate, & Protective Services Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Overview Aging and Legal Services Network / Resources Presenters: Introduction will be made by: Honorable Marlene F. Lachman Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil Presentations will be made by: Karen C. Buck, Esq. Executive Director, SeniorLAW Center Cateria R. McCabe, Esq. Director, Veterans, Kinship Care & Tenants Rights, SeniorLAW Center Elizabeth P. Shay, Esq. Director, Homeownership Rights, SeniorLAW Center Dana N. Goldberg, Esq. Director, Victim Services, SeniorLAW Center Diane A. Menio, MS Executive Director, Center for Advocacy for the Rights & Interests of the Elderly Keelin S. Barry, Esq. Attorney, The Law Office of Keelin S. Barry, LLC Registration is FREE for attorneys who sign-up to volunteer. Registration Fee for non-volunteer attorneys: $90.00. Payment accepted at the door by check to “First Judicial District of Pennsylvania” Approved by the Pa. CLE Board for two (2) hours of substantive CLE credit and one (1) hour of ethics CLE credit. Pre-Registration online at http://www.courts.phila.gov/cleregistrations/ or by email to elderresource@courts.phila.gov Event Flyer

Feb 22: Elder Justice Resource Center Volunteer Attorney Training Program

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:05pm
The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) will be holding an Elder Justice Resource Center Volunteer Attorney Training Program on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at: Philadelphia Municipal Court Conference Center 1339 Chestnut Street, 10th Floor Widener Building Philadelphia, PA 19107 Registration: 8:30 a.m. Program begins: 9:00 a.m. Agenda Training will be provided on the following topics: Ethics for Serving Seniors / Aging Elder Justice Resource Center / Elder Justice Initiatives Housing: Landlord-Tenant / Homeowners Mortgage & Tax / Ejectment Orphans Court Issues: Guardianship, Probate, & Protective Services Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Overview Aging and Legal Services Network / Resources Presenters: Introduction will be made by: Honorable Marlene F. Lachman Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil Presentations will be made by: Karen C. Buck, Esq. Executive Director, SeniorLAW Center Cateria R. McCabe, Esq. Director, Veterans, Kinship Care & Tenants Rights, SeniorLAW Center Elizabeth P. Shay, Esq. Director, Homeownership Rights, SeniorLAW Center Dana N. Goldberg, Esq. Director, Victim Services, SeniorLAW Center Diane A. Menio, MS Executive Director, Center for Advocacy for the Rights & Interests of the Elderly Keelin S. Barry, Esq. Attorney, The Law Office of Keelin S. Barry, LLC Registration is FREE for attorneys who sign-up to volunteer Registration Fee for non-volunteer attorneys: $90.00 Payment accepted at the door by check to “First Judicial District of Pennsylvania” Approved by the Pa. CLE Board for two (2) hours of substantive CLE credit and one (1) hour of ethics CLE credit. Pre-Registration online at http://www.courts.phila.gov/cleregistrations/ or by email to elderresource@courts.phila.gov Event Flyer

Feb 02: Challenging Immigration Detention with Habeas Petitions – A Basic Overview (Webcast)

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:52pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a one-hour briefing via webcast entitled Challenging Immigration Detention with Habeas Petitions – A Basic Overview on February 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm Eastern. Please join expert faculty as they provide basic training on habeas petitions for detained immigrants. Topics to be addressed include: Nuts and bolts of filing a motion for temporary restraining order Legal standard for TROs Nuts and bolts for filing a petition for writ of habeas corpus Common legal claims for habeas petitions This important free briefing is offered in response to community demand and the great need for training on this topic. For a more in-depth discussion of habeas and immigration, please register for PLI’s three-hour Habeas Petitions for Detained Immigrants program on March 3rd in San Francisco and live webcast. Speakers: Holly S. Cooper, UC Davis School of Law Matthew H. Green, Law Offices of Matthew H. Green More Information and Registration

Feb 10: Mortgage Foreclosure - Saving Homes through Negotiations (Philadelphia)

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 3:17pm
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will be presenting a free CLE program entitled Mortgage Foreclosure - Saving Homes through Negotiations on February 10, 2017 from 8:30 am - 11:00 am. The program will be held at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103. The Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program, instituted in April 2008 by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, has provided thousands of homeowners an opportunity to negotiate face to face with lenders’ representatives to save their homes from foreclosure. The mortgage foreclosure diversion program needs the investment of many pro bono attorneys to help clients negotiate affordable loan modifications, payment arrangements, or otherwise resolve clients’ mortgage foreclosure cases. Volunteer attorneys are asked to put their negotiation skills to work; litigating the mortgage foreclosure case is not expected of volunteers. Volunteers need NO experience in mortgage foreclosure law to participate. Join us in assisting to prevent homelessness in Philadelphia. Training materials and breakfast will be provided. Trainers: Robert Lukens,Esq. Lauren Ascher, Esq., Supervising Attorney, Philadelphia VIP More Information and RSVP

May 21: 38th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 12:42pm
Change the story for abused and neglected children. Participate in the 38th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park and race to help abused children find more stable lives. The Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk attracts more than 1,300 runners and walkers of all ages each year, and is one of the oldest and most respected events of its kind in the City of Philadelphia! The Run/Walk format provides the opportunity for athletes of all levels to participate in this charity event organized by the Philadelphia Bar Association to spotlight its concern for the children of Philadelphia and to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates. People of all ages will enjoy fun, family-friendly activities including the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids Dash, the Caesar Rivise Team Competition, Face Painting, Balloon Animals and more! Caesar Rivise PC Team Competition: Law firms, corporations and groups of individuals (not from the same law firm) may enter 5K Run teams. For an application contact Michael Berkowitz at mjberkowitz@crbcp.com or 215-567-2010 (ext 132). Register online by February 28th for $5 off the registration fee. More Information

May 17: 2017 SeniorLAW Center Gala: Age Out Loud

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 9:06am
The 2017 SeniorLAW Center Gala: Age Out Loud will be held on May 17, 2017, from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Crystal Tea Room, 100 East Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107 SeniorLAW Center is proud to be at the forefront of helping to give aging a new voice by protecting seniors' rights and celebrating what getting older looks like today. More Information

Mar 13: Philadelphia VIP Awards Ceremony

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 1:27pm
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will be holding its Annual Awards Ceremony on March 13, 2017 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. The Awards Ceremony will take place from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm followed by a Cocktail Reception from 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm. Formal Attire encouraged. Light hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Each year, Philadelphia VIP hosts its annual Awards Ceremony to honor ALL of its dedicated volunteers and supporters. Please join them as they say thank you for going above and beyond in providing access to justice for all More Information and RSVP for the Event Sponsorship Information.

Jan 26: Foreclosure Prevention and How to Help Homeowners (Webinar)

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 1:31pm
The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania is holding a webinar entitled "Foreclosure Prevention and How to Help Homeowners" on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The webinar will provide all the basics of the foreclosure process, including prevention, do’s and don’ts, and remediation options. The presenters will offer helpful tips on how to navigate the process and explore options such as housing counseling, loss mitigation, loan modifications, and bankruptcy. Participants in this webinar will: Be provided with a chronological explanation of the foreclosure process Learn about ways to prevent foreclosure Learn about the options available once the foreclosure process has begun, including: What housing counselors have to offer Should I file for bankruptcy, and Where to find other helpful resources. Presenters: Michael Froehlich, Managing Attorney, Homeownership & Consumer Rights Unit, Community Legal Services William H. Hall IV, Esquire, Senior Manager, Housing Programs, Clarifi More Information

Jan 25: New Volunteer Orientation - Philadelphia VIP

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 3:57pm
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. The program will take place on January 25, 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 that are 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 RSVP

Jun 06: Prison Litigation Issues 2017: Practical Strategies (Webcast)

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:55am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from New York City entitled Prison Litigation Issues 2017: Practical Strategies on June 6, 2017 at 1:30 pm Eastern. Why You Should Attend This prison litigation course is a companion to PLI’s fall Prison Law program (available on-demand) and will provide more in-depth analysis of practical strategies for lawyers litigating prison practices and treatment of incarcerated persons. The program will examine topics such as complaint filing, discovery issues, pretrial motion practice, trial practice, and common challenges in prison litigation. What You Will Learn Considerations when commencing litigation Motion and trial practice issues Common challenges in prison litigation Who Should Attend This program is designed for lawyers who represent incarcerated persons, prisoners’ rights advocates, and also lawyers or law students considering pro bono representation. More Information and Registration

May 01: Working with Immigrants: The Intersection of Basic Immigration, Housing, and Domestic Violence Issues in California 2017 (Webcast)

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:45am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Working with Immigrants: The Intersection of Basic Immigration, Housing, and Domestic Violence Issues in California 2017 on May 1, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Eastern. Why You Should Attend You should attend this training if you would like to provide pro bono services to immigrant clients in the areas of housing, immigration, or domestic violence or you would like to improve your representation of immigrant clients generally. Many immigrant clients require assistance with a constellation of related yet distinct issues. This day-long program attempts to address these particular areas of overlap. Experienced practitioners in the areas of immigration, family law, and housing will share their expertise by providing insight into cultural issues that arise when working with immigrant clients, how these areas of law overlap to provide special protections and remedies to immigrants and domestic violence survivors, and how immigration status impacts eligibility for federally subsidized housing. What You Will Learn Cultural competency issues to be aware of when working with immigrant clients generally and specific issues that arise in housing and domestic violence cases What is domestic violence and how does it impact immigrant and LGBT communities How immigration status affects eligibility for federally subsidized housing Fair Housing laws that protect immigrants and domestic violence survivors Special housing protections for domestic violence survivors in the Violence Against Women Act and other California laws What family law issues are implicated when working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence How to get your client legal immigration status based on domestic violence Who Should Attend Legal aid and private practitioners who work with immigrant clients or who would like to provide pro bono services to immigrant clients in the areas of immigration, housing, or domestic violence would benefit from attending this program. More Information and Registration

Feb 10: Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2017 (Webcast)

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:34am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from New York City entitled Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2017 on February 10, 2017 from 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm Eastern. Why You Should Attend The challenges of creating an inclusive law office environment remain great. At this year’s Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice program, a renowned faculty of attorneys and diversity professionals will discuss significant legal developments that impact diversity, measuring diversity initiatives for accountability, and best practices for achieving a diverse law office workplace. What You Will Learn Recent legal developments that impact diversity The metrics of diversity initiatives: how can we measure progress? Best practices to achieve a diverse workplace Who Should Attend Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2017 will be of great interest to all legal professionals concerned about issues of diversity and inclusion in the law office, including partners and associates, in-house counsel, diversity directors, and professionals working in government or nonprofit organizations. More Information and Registration

Mar 30: Pro Bono Basics New York 2017: Best Practices and Ethics (Webcast)

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 9:27am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from New York City entitled Pro Bono Basics New York 2017: Best Practices and Ethics March 30, 2017 from 3:00 pm - 5:10 pm. Why You Should Attend This program will address practical issues that often arise in pro bono representation and strategies for successfully handling them. What You Will Learn Tools for working effectively with low-income clients How to balance other professional obligations with pro bono representation Strategies for securing adequate training and mentorship for unfamiliar areas of law and venues Strategies for obtaining pro bono opportunities for in-house, transactional, and litigation attorneys Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation Who Should Attend New York attorneys considering pro bono representation as well as attorneys new to public interest and legal services practice will benefit from this program. Attorneys involved in law firm or corporate legal department pro bono coordination also will find this program useful. More Information and Registration

Mar 17: Social Security Disability 2017: From Administrative Proceedings to Federal Practice (Webcast)

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 9:20am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from New York City entitled Social Security Disability 2017: From Administrative Proceedings to Federal Practice on March 17, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Why You Should Attend After the Social Security Administration denies an initial disability claim, a claimant may find it confusing, difficult, and even overwhelming to appeal a denial. Many claimants cannot afford legal representation and must navigate the appeals process on their own. In this program, you will learn the basics of Social Security law and practice and how to represent clients with disabilities in appealing benefit claim denials. What You Will Learn An overview of Social Security eligibility and applications How to handle an administrative hearing and best practices Appeals Council: What is it and best practices Federal court appeals and practice How to be an effective advocate for your client The role of pro bono counsel in social security disability cases Who Should Attend This program is designed for attorneys interested in learning more about Social Security disability appeals, including those attorneys would like to get involved in helping clients with disabilities who need representation. Attorneys already working with Social Security claimants will benefit from this program’s coverage of practical tips and strategies. More Information and Registration

Mar 03: Habeas Petitions for Detained Immigrants (Webcast)

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 9:12am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Habeas Petitions for Detained Immigrants on March 3, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Why You Should Attend The U.S. Department of Homeland Security detains more than 400,000 noncitizens in civil immigration detention every year. A congressional quota mandates that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) maintain 34,000 beds daily for immigrants in detention, many in privately run detention facilities. Tens of thousands more are subject to onerous conditions of release, including high bonds and GPS tracking devices. Immigrants who are detained include asylum seekers, victims of trafficking or crimes in the United States, longtime lawful permanent residents, and others with avenues to immigration relief. Research shows that in Northern California, represented noncitizens who are released from detention are nearly three times more likely to win their immigration case as represented noncitizens who remain detained. The writ of habeas corpus is a constitutionally-protected device by which individuals can petition a federal district court judge to remedy unlawful deprivation of liberty by government officials. Yet many immigration advocates---whose day-to-day practice is largely before administrative agencies---feel ill-equipped to enter federal court to challenge ICE and immigration court custody decisions. This training is designed to provide immigration attorneys the knowledge and tools necessary to litigate habeas petitions on behalf of detained immigrant clients. What You Will Learn When Can I File a Habeas Petition? – Overview of Immigration Custody Regimes and Corresponding Habeas Opportunities What Are My Arguments? – Common Challenges to Detention Through Habeas and Possible Hurdles How Do I Get into Federal Court? –Nuts and Bolts of Filing a Habeas Petition 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, law clinic students and faculty, and 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 habeas petitions. More Information and Registration

Feb 28: Subsidized Housing 2.0 - Advanced Topics in Subsidized Housing (Webcast)

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 9:04am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Subsidized Housing 2.0 - Advanced Topics in Subsidized Housing on February 28, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Why You Should Attend This substantive training provides more in-depth coverage of select topics in the federal housing programs. The half-day training is designed for advocates with some housing experience, but practitioners at all experience levels should be able to benefit from this training. The panelists are noted experts in housing law who will cover a broad-ranged of topics in federally-subsidized housing with real-world examples. What You Will Learn Admissions issues in subsidized housing Defending evictions from federally-subsidized housing Preventing subsidy terminations Who Should Attend Practitioners who want to gain a deeper understanding of subsidized housing, as well as housing attorneys looking for tools to represent their clients in federally-subsidized housing. The sessions will address issues pertinent to those with limited federally-subsidized housing practice as well as experienced practitioners. More Information and Registration

Feb 24: Incubator Boot Camp: Tools for New Lawyers Looking to Go Solo 2017 (Webcast)

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 8:57am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Incubator Boot Camp: Tools for New Lawyers Looking to Go Solo 2017 on February 24, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 6:50 pm. Why You Should Attend Incubators train and support new lawyers to set up practices that charge affordable rates to otherwise underserved clients. This boot camp will benefit all lawyers that want to create sustainable practices serving clients of modest means. You will learn how to set up your firm, practice ethically, and handle firm finances. What You Will Learn Forming the practice entity Designing a sustainable practice Basics of malpractice insurance Ethical considerations when starting a practice Mechanics of practice Finance issues Who Should Attend Law students, new graduates, attorneys participating in incubator programs, and attorneys or students interested in developing a solo practice. This program is specifically tailored to benefit individuals serving a modest means population but the program information will greatly benefit all attorneys and law students from attending. More Information and Registration