"Pro Bono From Your Desk" Providing Pro Bono Legal Services Through the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine: An Introduction for Volunteer Attorneys


Event Details

In-Person MeetingCLE Event
Event Date: 
Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Event Type: 
Event Format: 
In-Person Meeting
Arcadia University
1150 First Avenue 7th Floor,
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc., will be sponsoring a volunteer attorney training on July 13, 2012 entitled, "Pro Bono From Your Desk" “Providing Legal Services Through the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine: An Introduction for Volunteer Attorneys.”

The program will be held at Arcadia University, 7th Floor, 1150 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406, on Friday, July 13, 2012 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 p.m. Eastern.

Description of Program

This course will train attorneys to provide legal counseling through the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Helpline. A project of SeniorLAW Center in Philadelphia, the HelpLine is a toll-free telephone service offering free, confidential legal advice, information and referrals to senior citizens statewide. SeniorLAW Center is a nonprofit organization which improves the lives of older Pennsylvanians and protects their rights through representation, education and advocacy.

The course will focus on the logistics of handling HelpLine cases and the most common areas of law about which callers seek information. In addition, since most callers to the Helpline are lower-income, the course will include a primer on poverty law (such as public benefits). The ethics component of the course will cover the professional responsibility requirements of both pro bono service and limited representation. Services can be provided from the privacy of a volunteer’s office or any private location.

Course materials will arm attorneys with the resources to provide legal advice and information, as well as quality referrals, on a variety of topics. Materials will be provided on compact disc, to allow participants quick access to a myriad of resources while handling HelpLine calls.


  • Bonnie Dahl, Esq.,
  • David Trevaskis, Esq., and
  • Raquel Smith

CLE Credit

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hour of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and 1.0 hour of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.


The course is free. Registration is required. To register, contact David Trevaskis, Esq. at 717-571-7414 or dkt@pabar.org

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