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May 20: Effective Handling & Use of Exhibits at Trial: How to Look Cool & Be Persuasive Using Stuff at Trial

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:49am
The National Institute for Trial Advocacy will be holding a free webcast entitled Effective Handling & Use of Exhibits at Trial: How to Look Cool & Be Persuasive Using Stuff at Trial on May 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm Eastern (11:00 am Mountain). This webcast will give you the 7 steps of how to handle exhibits. You will learn how to integrate exhibits into your direct examination to support your witness and how to use those paper exhibits effectively once they are in evidence. And you will learn the key questions to ask to use photographs and diagrams and how to use those to support and repeat your witness’s testimony. More Information and Registration

May 09: Deed Transfers: Drafting Basics

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:20am
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will be holding a free CLE training entitled, Deed Transfers: Drafting Basics on Friday, May 9, 2014, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at the offices of Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market Street, Suite 3500E, Philadelphia, PA 19102 This training is intended for deed-drafting novices. It will cover the basic types of deeds, drafting essentials, and completing the transfer tax forms necessary to have deeds recorded. Through the use of sample cases, emphasis will be placed on the drafting needs of VIP’s low-income clients. Deed forms will be provided. Keeping low-income Philadelphians in their homes is critical to preventing families from becoming homeless and in helping people break the cycle of poverty. It also combats the occurrence of abandoned properties and neighborhood blight. Once the clients have full title, they are eligible for payment plans for delinquent real estate taxes or mortgage modifications and can qualify for City-run home repair programs. Training materials and lunch will be provided. This seminar will be taught by Steven Rothberg, Esquire, President - General Land Division, First American Title Insurance Company. Attorneys receive 1 free CLE credit if they accept a VIP case within 6 months of the training. Please visit https://phillyvip.org/content/training-registration-form, to reserve your space. More Information

May 27: How to Find and Handle Your First Pro Bono Case 2014 (Free Webcast)

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 8:39am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a presentation being offered live in San Francisco entitled How to Find and Handle Your First Pro Bono Case 2014, on May 27, 2014 from 12:00 pm -3:30 pm Eastern. This program is a great opportunity to get a strong overview of the world of pro bono, how it can enrich and advance your professional development, and how to make it happen. What you will learn How to find the right case: What types of cases are right to meet your goals How to pick pro bono opportunities that fit in with your current employment situation Where to find cases or matters Options in types of volunteering commitments Handling your first case: Ensuring that you are or become competent Handling your first client meeting Understanding your client’s circumstances Working with the court Finishing up the case Who should attend People who have not yet handled their first pro bono case, or have just taken their first matter, and people who work with newer attorneys in professional development or pro bono. Faculty Chairperson(s): Tiela Chalmers ~ Tiela Chalmers Consulting Speaker(s): Hilarie A Atkisson ~ Senior Manager, Pro Bono Administration, Bingham McCutchen LLP Paul R Chavez ~ Senior Attorney & Pro Bono Coordinator, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area Elizabeth A. Hom ~ Director of Access Programs, Alameda County Bar Association Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi ~ Managing Attorney, Legal Services of Northern California - Senior Legal Hotline Program Attorney(s): Christina Thompson ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute More Information and Registration

Apr 24: Lehigh Valley Fair Housing Summit

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:23am
The Lehigh Valley Association of REALTORS® (LVAR), in partnership with North Penn Legal Services, will host a Lehigh Valley Fair Housing Summit on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 8:30 AM -12:15 PM at the Holiday Inn, 904 Hamilton Street, Allentown. Registration cost is $25/person. During the half-day event, which is open to the public, Fair Housing experts will discuss challenges using real scenarios that have occurred in the Lehigh Valley and how Realtors®, housing professionals and community leaders can learn more about complying with fair housing laws. The summit will be worth 3.5 hours of continuing education credit for Realtors® and two substantive CLE credits for attorneys. Details on Attorney CLE Program: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM: Fair Housing Enforcement and Testing Presented by Jim Berry and Megan Bolin, Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia One (1) Substantive CLE Credit will include: discrimination on the basis of protected classes including familial status, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability common problems identified in testing advertising steering risk management—helpful tips and best practices 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM: Choice of: 1. Disability Discrimination in Property Management and Rentals Presented by Patricia McGarvey-Knebels, Esq., HUD Trial Attorney One (1) Substantive CLE Credit will include: Overview of the Fair Housing Act Disability discrimination including reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications Assistance animals (service animals and emotional support animals) Or 2. Zoning: Obstacles to Fair Housing Compliance Presented by Becky Bradley, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission One (1) Substantive CLE Credit will include: Overview of the Fair Housing Act as it relates to zoning Provisions in zoning ordinances that raise fair housing compliance issues Best practices in drafting/revising zoning ordinances Topics subject to change based on speaker’s desired focus More Information Registration

Apr 12: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Erie County

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:21pm
The Erie County Bar Association, in partnership with Gannon University and with the support of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, is proud to announce the first ever Wills for Heroes event in Northwestern PA on Saturday, April 12 to police officers and firefighters of the City of Erie. At these events, free wills and powers of attorney are prepared for police officers, firefighters and other first responders who risk their lives every day to make sure our communities are safe. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. This event is being held at Gannon University, University Square in Erie. Appointments for City of Erie First Responders are required and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Sandra Brydon Smith, ECBA Executive Director at 814-459-3111 or sbsmith@eriebar.com. For more information on the program visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org. More Information about this Event Information for First Responders Questionnaire for First Responders Information for Lawyer Volunteers Online Registration Form for Lawyer Volunteers Wills for Heroes Foundation Web Site PA Bar Association YLD Website Wills for Heroes - Pennsylvania on Facebook

Apr 09: Naturalization Webinar Training - AILA Citizenship Day 2014

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:55am
The Immigration Advocates Network, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the NALEO Education Fund will be holding a webinar entitled, Naturalization Webinar Training - AILA Citizenship Day 2014, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm Eastern / 1:00 pm Central /12:00 pm Mountain / 11:00 am Pacific. This free webinar is for volunteers, attorneys and community based organizations preparing for events across the nation and throughout April to celebrate AILA Citizenship Day 2014 and more. It will cover the basics of filling out the new N-400 application, identifying red flags, eligibility requirements, legal insight into the naturalization process, and best practices on the group processing model. A brief Q&A session will follow. The panelists are: Laura Lichter, Founder/Managing Partner, Lichter Immigration; Julissa Gutierrez, Acting Director of National Programs and Community Relations & Northeast Director, Civic Engagement, NALEO Education Fund; and Susan Timmons, Associate Director, Practice & Professionalism Center, American Immigration Lawyers Association. If you have questions, please email at support@immigrationadvocates.org. To register for this free webinar, visit https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/459952182. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar.

Apr 15: KD & You and the Law

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:49am
The 30th annual KD & You and the Law telethon will be held in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at KDKA-TV studios in Gateway Center. Volunteers from the Allegheny County Bar Association will provide free assistance to callers with legal questions. Whether you are a veteran volunteer of this event or a newcomer, event organizers can use your help. Attorneys in all areas of the law are needed, but those specializing in family law, elder law, bankruptcy, real estate, and employment are especially needed due to a high volume of calls in those areas. Fifteen volunteers are needed for each shift. The available shifts are noon - 2 p.m., 2 - 4 p.m., and 4 - 6 p.m. To volunteer, contact Denise Velez at dvelez@acba.org or 412-402-6687 and let her know which two-hour shift you can work and the areas in which you feel most comfortable receiving calls.

Apr 30: Supreme Court and Informational Privacy: Bringing the Fourth Amendment into the 21st Century (Free Audio Webcast)

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:19am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free audio webcast of a presentation entitled Supreme Court and Informational Privacy: Bringing the Fourth Amendment into the 21st Century, on April 30, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Eastern. On January 17, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in two cases that hopefully will force it to bring the Fourth Amendment into the 21st century. In United States v. Wurie and California v. Riley the court will consider whether the police, after arresting an individual, may look at the contents of his or her cellphone. These cases may force the court to confront a question that it has so far ducked: What is the Fourth Amendment's protection for informational privacy? That is, to what extent should people be able to keep information from the government until it has probable cause to obtain it? The presentation will address: Emerging issues of technology and the Fourth Amendment Recent cases concerning informational privacy and the Fourth Amendment United States v. Wurie and California v. Riley Register now for this free special event in celebration of Law Day and plan to join Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law for this important discussion. More Information and Registration

May 09: Representing the Pro Bono Client: Consumer Law Basics 2014 (Free Webcast)

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:02pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a presentation being offered live in San Francisco entitled Representing the Pro Bono Client: Consumer Law Basics 2014 on May. 9, 2014 from 12:00 pm - 6:30 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 Introduction to Fair Credit Reporting Act Overview of State and Federal Restraints on Debt Collection A Primer on Automobile Fraud Representing the Unsecured Debtor Mortgage Servicer Litigation 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. Faculty: Chairperson(s) Robert W. Murphy ~ Law Office of Robert W. Murphy Speaker(s): Hawk Barry ~ Rosner, Barry & Babbitt, LLP Justin M. Baxter ~ Baxter & Baxter, LLP Carolyn E. Coffey ~ Supervising Attorney, MFY Legal Services, Inc. James A. Kowalski, Jr. ~ Executive Director, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. Program Attorney(s) Christina Thompson ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute This program has been approved for five (5) substantive CLE credits. However, PLEASE NOTE: Under current Pennsylvania CLE Rules, credit may be granted to an attorney who views a live webcast individually. There is a 4.0 credit limit per year for this type of viewing. More Information and Registration

May 12: Civil Forfeiture in Pennsylvania: Is Possession Still 9/10ths of the Law?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 9:23am
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Historical Society is pleased to present Civil Forfeiture in Pennsylvania: Is Possession Still 9/10ths of the Law?. a one hour Continuing Legal Education program (1 substantive credit) and a reception following the CLE presentation on Monday, May 12, 2014. The CLE Program will take place from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m, followed by the Reception with PaCCHS Members and Commonwealth Court Judges & Staff from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. The program and reception will be held at the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Widener Building, 9th Floor, 1339 Chestnut Street, One Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The presenter for the program will be the Honorable Mary Hannah Leavitt, Judge, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. The cost for the program is: Current PaCCHS member - $40.00 Non-member (includes 2014 membership dues in the PaCCHS) - $60.00 PaCCHS membership includes invitations to the annual lecture and dinner in September, and other planned CLE events and receptions. For more information, visit www.pacchs.org. Click here for more information and a registration form. Registration forms must by submitted by May 5, 2014. Space is limited - please register early.

May 03: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Delaware County

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:46am
The Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Wills for Heroes Foundation, with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP, are holding upcoming events across Pennsylvania. This program is presented in cooperation with the Delaware County Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Committee. At these events, free wills and powers of attorney are prepared for police officers, firefighters and other first responders who risk their lives every day to make sure our communities are safe. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. On May 3, 2014, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program for all Delaware County First Responders, all sworn personnel and their spouses or significant others. The May 3rd event will be held at the Tinicum Township Fire Company, 99 Wanamaker Avenue, Essington, PA 19029. If you have any questions about the program please contact Gail Copeland at copeland@ballardspahr.com or Carolyn Capobianco at capobianco@ballardspahr.com. For more information on the program visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org. Invitation to this Event Information for First Responders Questionnaire for First Responders Information for Lawyer Volunteers Online Registration Form for Lawyer Volunteers Wills for Heroes Foundation Web Site PA Bar Association YLD Website Wills for Heroes - Pennsylvania on Facebook

Apr 04: Representing the Pro Bono Client: Effective Written Advocacy 2014

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:56pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a presentation being offered live in San Francisco entitled Representing the Pro Bono Client: Effective Written Advocacy 2014, on April 4, 2014 beginning at 12:00 pm Eastern. This program will teach new attorneys and seasoned professionals effective writing techniques to assist pro bono clients with a variety of legal issues. Learn the tools to draft concise complaints, declarations and briefs to help your pro bono clients assert their legal rights and win their cases! What you will learn Drafting Effective Briefs Preparing Witness Declarations Crafting Complaints Who should attend All attorneys assisting pro bono clients through representation or in clinical settings, firm pro bono coordinators and partners, corporate law department pro bono managers, law clinic students and faculty, and public interest and non-profit organization attorneys and staff would benefit from attending this program. Faculty: Co-Chair(s) Robert P. Capistrano ~ Staff Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid Jocelyn Larkin ~ Executive Director, The Impact Fund Program Attorney(s) Christina Thompson ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute More Information and Registration

Mar 27: Marriage Equality in Pennsylvania and Beyond: Whitewood v. Wolf

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:16pm
The Pittsburgh Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society and the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, will be holding a program entitled, Marriage Equality in Pennsylvania and Beyond: Whitewood v. Wolf, on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm at the Offices of Cohen & Grigsby, PC, EQT Plaza, 625 Liberty Avenue 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA. This is a program focusing on marriage equality in the Keystone state. The panelists will speak about Whitewood v. Wolf, a case targeting Pennsylvania's discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and the state's refusal to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. In the wake of Windsor and recent federal court rulings overturning same-sex marriage bans in multiple states, what will be the outcome in Pennsylvania? Speakers: Witold "Vic" Walczak, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania Anthony C. Infanti, Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Credit: 1.5 Hours of CLE Credit pending. More Information and Registration

Mar 28: Free Webinar on Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs)

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 6:15pm
VA is offering a free webinar on March 28 at 9:30 AM ET or 1:30 PM ET that walks through filling out and submitting Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) for VA disability claims applications. Learn how these downloadable, electronic forms can be filled out by clinicians with an active medical license to help VA determine disability ratings. Please do your part to help our nation's Servicemembers and Veterans get faster decisions on their VA disability compensation claims! Follow these links to register today! 9:30 AM ET session: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/328412385573722114 1:30 PM ET session: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/536316840246637058

Mar 27: Federal Rural Housing Programs Update (Webinar)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 8:17am
The National Consumer Law Center will be holding a free webinar entitled, Federal Rural Housing Programs Update, on March 27, 2014 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern. This webinar will include a brief overview of the housing programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist lower income rural homebuyers, homeowners, and renters. Presenters will cover the funding outlook for the year and other issues. Can USDA continue to serve the lowest income rural residents? Can affordable rural rental housing be preserved? What is the definition of rural for USDA housing programs? And why are these programs at the Department of Agriculture at all? Presenters: Joe Belden and Leslie Strauss, Housing Assistance Council For more information email Jessica Hiemenz at Jhiemenz@nclc.org Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/459238616 More Information

Apr 16: Limited Scope Representation 2014: Ethical & Practical Challenges (Free Webcast)

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:00am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a presentation being offered live in New York entitled Limited Scope Representation 2014: Ethical & Practical Challenges, on April 16, 2014 beginning at 12:00 pm Eastern. Why you should attend: To respond to the access to justice crisis facing the legal system, the civil legal services community and the judiciary have partnered in the expansion of services based on limited scope representation models. In limited scope representation, known as unbundled legal services in the private sector, an attorney takes responsibility for only a portion of a client's case. It offers a partial solution to the access to justice crisis facing the legal system by enabling volunteer attorneys and law students to assist unrepresented litigants on a "limited scope" basis. Information tables, drop-in legal clinics, websites and help lines are all models in which an attorney takes a limited role in assisting a client with a legal issue. This program will address the ethical and practical issues, as well as best practices, in limited scope representation models. What you will learn: Relevant provisions of the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility Best practices for the administration of a limited scope representation model Who should attend: Legal services attorneys, paralegals and management interested in developing these programs Judiciary and court personnel interested in making sure there are adequate safeguards for unrepresented litigants seeking help from a limited scope representation program Attorney volunteers and Pro Bono Coordinators involved in limited scope representation programs Faculty: Chairperson(s) Liliana K. Vaamonde ~ Training Director, Civil Practice, The Legal Aid Society Speaker(s) Brenna K. DeVaney ~ Pro Bono Counsel, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP Lauren J. Donnelly ~ Supervising Attorney of the Housing Help Program, The Legal Aid Society Hon. Fern A. Fisher ~ Deputy Chief Administrative Judge; Director, New York State Courts Access to Justice Program, New York City Courts Professor Philip M. Genty ~ Everett B. Birch Clinical Professor in Professional Responsibility, Columbia Law School Program Attorney(s) Janet L. Siegel ~ Practising Law Institute More Information and Registration

Apr 25: Helping Domestic Violence Victims Obtain Protection Orders

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:34am
Neighborhood Legal Services Association will be holding its Spring 2014 Seminar entitled. Helping Domestic Violence Victims Obtain Protection Orders, on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Registration from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.). The seminar will be hosted by K&L Gates in its offices at 210 6th Ave, 28th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. SPEAKERS: Lorraine Bittner, Esquire - Legal Director, Women's Center and Shelter Beth Keenan, Esquire, - Director, PFA Division, Family Court, Allegheny County Sabrina Korbel, Esquire - Staff Attorney, Women's Center and Shelter CLE CREDITS: 3 substantive credits; 1 ethics credit REGISTRATION FEE: $0.00 for attorneys or paralegals volunteering to take PFA referrals; $80.00 for non-volunteers; $20.00 for non-volunteers who do not want CLE credit. This course has been approved for the listed CLE credits by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. NLSA is the CLE Provider. If special arrangements are required for a person with a disability to attend this course, please call Mary Ann 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. If you would like more information about the seminar, contact Mary Ann Troper-Malley at (412) 586-6134. Space is limited. More Information and Registration

Apr 10: Custody Conciliation Pro Bono Project CLE

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:13am
Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Registration from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) Provided by Neighborhood Legal Services Association Hosted by Allegheny County Bar Foundation Academy Room City-County Building, 9th Floor 414 Grant St Pittsburgh, PA CLE credits: 2.5 substantive credits Presenters: Amy Ross, Custody Department Manager, Family Division Katherine L. W. Norton, Esquire, Elliot & Davis, PC Dorothy M. Alke, Esquire, CBS Corporation Sarah L. Carlins, Esquire, Houston Harbaugh PC Registration: Free for program volunteers $60 for non-volunteers. $40 for non-volunteers who do not want CLE credit or for non-volunteer paralegals. More Information and Registration Information See Also: http://www.pittsburghprobono.org/Attorney-Continuing-Legal-Education.asp

Apr 10: ¡CARNIVALE!

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:07am
The Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will host ¡CARNIVALE! on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Rivers Club in Pittsburgh. Proceeds from the event benefit the Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation whose mission is to provide well-trained attorney volunteers to help meet the legal needs of low-income individuals and families in Allegheny County. Be sure to mark your calendars for this exciting evening of Casino Games, Hors d'oeuvres and Drinks! More Information and Registration

May 02: Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program Training

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 3:26pm
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program in Washington, D.C. is offering a Training for Volunteer Attorneys on May 2, 2014 at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, located at 1101 K Street NW, Washington DC 20005, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Program provides training free of charge to attorneys who agree to counsel and/or represent a veteran/VA claimant or family member before the Veterans Court. As well as receiving the day-long training, attorneys who participate are assigned a case that has been screened for merit and provided a screening memo outlining the issues in the case. Volunteers are also assigned a mentor (a practicing veterans' law lawyer or practitioner) to give advice and share sample pleadings. Attorneys also receive the Veterans Benefits Manual (VBM) and other resource materials. Attorneys with little or no prior veterans' law experience are generally able to capably represent an appellant before the Veterans Court provided they attend the training seminar and maintain contact with their mentor. Most cases can be completed in 50 to 60 hours; many cases may require fewer hours. A typical case lasts about 1 year from the time that the attorney enters the case. Some cases may be resolved more quickly and some may take longer. More Information and Registration