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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 More Information and Tickets

Sep 18: A Taste for Justice with Philadelphia VIP

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:07pm
Philadelphia VIP will be holding A Taste for Justice with Philadelphia VIP on September 18, 2017 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at FMC Tower Cafe, 2929 Walnut Street, 25th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104. A Taste for Justice will feature a guest chef demonstration, drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres, and panoramic city views of the Philadelphia skyline. Individual Tickets for the event are $125. For sponsorship opportunities or general event questions, please email: More Information and Tickets

Aug 08: Ending PA's Pipeline to Poverty by Reducing Re-Entry Barriers (Philadelphia)

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:20pm
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia is presenting a CLE program entitled Ending PA's Pipeline to Poverty by Reducing Re-Entry Barriers on August 8, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The program is being generously hosted by White and Williams at their offices at One Liberty Place, 1650 Market Street, Suite 1800 , Philadelphia, PA 19103. An expert panel will discuss their innovative legal programs; the strategies and tactics they use to support effective re-entry, especially for young adults; and how those programs intersect and collaborate. A reception follows the program. The cost of this CLE is $49. The fee is waived for CLS and YSRP donors and volunteers, including Justice Rising Advocates. Panel members: Joanna Visser Adjoian, Co-Director & Co-Founder, Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project Jamie Gullen, Employment Attorney, Community Legal Services/Youth Justice Project Judge L. Felipe Restrepo, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Supervision to Aid Reentry (STAR) Program Moderator: Bill Cobb, Deputy Director, ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice; Board Member, CLS More Information and Registration

Aug 16: In-Kind Support and Maintenance in the Supplemental Security Income Program (Free Webinar)

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:53am
Justice in Aging is offering a free webinar entitled In-Kind Support and Maintenance in the Supplemental Security Income Program on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern. This webinar will examine the “in- kind support and maintenance” rule for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program and provide advocates with the tools to successfully navigate the rules on behalf of their clients. Why do many clients receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits only receive $490 each month instead of $735, and what can we do about it? In many cases, the reason is “in- kind support and maintenance” (ISM). A person who receives shelter and food from a friend or family member they live with is receiving in-kind support and maintenance. The Social Security Administration (SSA) counts that support against them as income and lowers their benefit. The ISM rule is unique to the SSI program, and causes a lot of confusion for recipients, advocates, and SSA. This free webinar, In-Kind Support and Maintenance, will explore the ins and outs of ISM, provide examples of how the rule works, and offer strategies for dealing with the rule. As SSI is a means-tested program, applicants and recipients must meet several financial eligibility criteria on an ongoing basis. The income and resources rules, including “in-kind support and maintenance,” are particularly complicated. These rules can cause significant hardship for low-income people trying to survive on SSI. Giving advocates the tools to successfully navigate the rules on behalf of their clients can make a big difference. The recipient in the example above could have an additional $245 per month for necessities like health care expenses, household expenses, transportation, and other basic needs. Presenters: Kate Lang, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging John Whitelaw, Supervising Attorney, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia More Information and Registration

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 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: 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