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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 - 12:58pm
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 - 7:39am
The Philadelphia Bar Foundation will be holding the 2017 Access to Justice Benefit on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm, at the Mütter Museum, 19 S 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. The Foundation is Philadelphia’s philanthropic hub for access to justice, relying on your support to assist the full range of legal aid for people struggling with poverty, abuse, and discrimination. Every year at the Access to Justice Benefit, the Bar Foundation presents Awards to recognize the volunteerism of leaders and innovators in the Philadelphia legal community. You can read about the Award winners here. This year's award winners include: Honorable Louis H. Pollak of the Champion of the Public Interest: Richard C. Glazer, Esq., Pennsylvania Innocence Project; Cozen O’Connor Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award: Ayodele “Ayo” Gansallo, Esq., HIAS Pennsylvania Pro Bono Award of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation: Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Event Co-Chairs: Mary F. Platt, Esq. Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor-Elect and Counsel, Fineman Krekstein & Harris, P.C. Meredith S. Auten, Esq., Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Sponsorship/Tickets/Ads: Various Sponsorship Levels are available. you can view the Levels and the Sponsor Benefits, or purchase tickets to the Benefit by clicking here. Auction: If you or your friends are in the mood to donate to our silent or live auction, download the Fillable Auction Form or contact Adrienne E. Brown at 215-238-6322 or abrown@philabarfoundation.org. More Information and Tickets

Sep 18: A Taste for Justice with Philadelphia VIP

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 2:07pm
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: TasteForJustice@phillyvip.org. More Information and Tickets

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

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:20am
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 - 9:53am
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