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Oct 23: First Judicial District Pro Bono Awards and Reception

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:54pm
First Judicial District will hold its annual pro bono awards ceremony on Thursday October 23, 2014 at City Hall at 4 p.m., followed by a reception.

Oct 22: “How to Handle a Child Abuse Case” Volunteer Training Workshop

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:44pm
The Pennsylvania Bar Institute, together with the Support Center for Child Advocates will be presenting a Volunteer Training Workshop entitled “How to Handle a Child Abuse Case” on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. at THE CLE CONFERENCE CENTER Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010 Philadelphia, PA 19107 The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy to abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County. Child Advocates is one of the most successful volunteer models serving children in the country. Each pro bono attorney is teamed with a staff case handler and assigned one child or sibling group. The child advocate team conducts home visits, participates in service planning meetings and court hearings. All volunteers must attend this full-day training program, which includes presentations on the Juvenile Act, the Child Protective Services Law, the role of a child advocate in a criminal case, representing parents in Dependency proceedings, service planning, and the dynamics of child abuse. The training manual How to Handle A Child Abuse Case, with the latest Juvenile Act amendments and Juvenile Court rules, is provided to attendees. This course also provides certification for eligibility to receive court-appointed dependency cases. More Information and Registration

Oct 21: Corporate Pro Bono Day

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:27pm
Philadelphia VIP will hold Corporate Pro Bono Day on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market Street, Philadelphia. During Corporate Pro Bono Day VIP provides counsel to microenterprises, including retail stores, restaurants, and services for accounting, staffing, and childcare. In assisting small business owners, VIP is helping to strengthen neighborhoods, stimulate commerce, and bring business services directly to neighborhood residents in Philadelphia. This event is limited to Corporate Counsel. To register, visit www.phillyvip.org.

Oct 21: Pro Bono Opportunities Day: The Ethics of Pro Bono Service

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:56pm
Philadelphia VIP will present Pro Bono Opportunities Day: The Ethics of Pro Bono Service, on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., hosted by Marrone Law Firm, LLC, at The Bellevue, 200 S. Broad Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia. This program will navigate the ethics of pro bono work and the impact it has on low-income Philadelphians with critical legal needs. The event will begin with a networking breakfast with judges from the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, followed by the CLE training event. Each attorney who attends the seminar and handles a VIP pro bono case within 6 months of the training will earn two and a half ethics CLE credits. This event is free. Breakfast and education materials will be provided. To register, visit www.phillyvip.org.

Oct 20: SeniorLAW Center Helpline Training

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:43pm
The SeniorLAW Center will present a pro bono training program on the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:00 noon . Further details TBA. Visit www.seniorlawcenter.org for more information on the work of the Center and the Helpline.

Oct 02: Pro Bono Road Show and Interactive Fair

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:31pm
In celebration of National Pro Bono Week, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee is pleased to offer a Pro Bono Road Show and Interactive Fair introducing pro bono opportunities available in Philadelphia. The event will be held on Monday, October 2, 2014 from 8:30-10:00 a.m., at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, 1101 Market Street, Philadelphia. At this event, public interest legal organizations will present two-minute highlights about their work, which will be followed by an open forum where attendees can learn more about the agencies of their choice. All bar association members and law students are invited to attend. The event is geared toward solo, small and mid-sized firm practitioners and is free, but preregistration is required. A light breakfast will be available. This event is co-sponsored by DLSC, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, and DELVACCA. Register online at www.philadelphiabar.org.

Sep 26: Divorce Practice in Philadelphia

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:05pm
Philadelphia VIP will present a free pro bono CLE training on Divorce Practice in Philadelphia on September 26, 2014 from 12:00 to 2:15 p.m., at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 1600 Market Street, Suite 3600, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Training materials and a light lunch will be provided. Participants will receive two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. Training will be conducted by: The Honorable Margaret T. Murphy Supervising Judge, Domestic Relations,Philadelphia Family Court Megan Watson, Esq. Berner Klaw & Watson LLP James Rocco, III, Esq. Rocco Law Offices, LLC Michael Viola, Esq. Philadelphia VIP If you have any questions or concerns contact Maggie Stohler at (215)523-9567 or phillyfellow@phillyvip.org. To register, visit https://phillyvip.org/content/training-registration-form. More Information

Sep 26: Divorce

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:05pm
Philadelphia VIP will present a free pro bono CLE training on Divorce on September 26, 2014 from 12:00 to 2:15 p.m., at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 1600 Market Street, Suite 3600, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Training materials and a light lunch will be provided. Participants will receive two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, visit https://phillyvip.org/content/training-registration-form.

Oct 08 - Oct 10: The Fundamentals of Domestic Violence for Lawyers and Custody Litigation Training: Representing Victims of Domestic Violence in Custody Cases

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:16am
The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, in collaboration with the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, is pleased to present a three-day training, The Fundamentals of Domestic Violence for Lawyers and Custody Litigation Training: Representing Victims of Domestic Violence in Custody Cases, on October 8-10, 2014, in Harrisburg, PA. This training is an attorney-focused track of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2014 Conference: Violence Against Women Act: Fulfilling the Promise of Safety and Justice. Registration is limited to 40 participants. If accepted, participants will receive a confirmation e-mail that will include information about travel and hotel arrangements. Please allow at least 3 business days before contacting the CDSV about the status of your registration. Workshops are approved for 20 hrs. of PCCD annual training for RASA/VOJO/VOCA. Registration for the Fundamentals of Domestic Violence and Custody Training is free; however if you would like to attend PCADV’s breakfast and lunch with other members at the 2014 conference, there are meal packages available. REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE SEPTEMBER 01, 2014 at 5:00 ET If you need assistance with completing this registration or have any questions, please contact Catherine Fernández at catherine.fernandez@americanbar.org. More Information Registration

Sep 10: Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income Clients 2014 (Free Webcast)

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:53am
The Practising Law Institute will be holding a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income Clients 2014 on September 10, 2014 from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Eastern. Although the recession is beginning to even out and foreclosures in many parts of the country are in the decline, the recession continues to affect financially marginalized people in disproportionate numbers. Many debtors are unrepresented and bankruptcy clinics are still in great demand. There is a critical need for pro bono attorneys to assist low-income clients at all levels. The practice of bankruptcy law changed dramatically with the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA). The implications of BAPCPA continue to develop in the Courts, all the way up to the Supreme Court. In the meantime the practice is ever changing and can be quite complicated with even the simplest form of bankruptcy, Chapter 7. This program was developed for brand new practitioners and those who are either not familiar with the practice or have not practiced bankruptcy law since the passage of BAPCPA. The program will focus on Chapter 7 bankruptcy, from the day a new client walks into your office to the day you receive notice that they have successfully received a discharge and their case is closed. What you will learn An overview of Chapter 7 bankruptcy including legal sources, jurisdiction, venue, eligibility and the parties Your duties as a bankruptcy attorney and debt relief agency, how to evaluate and interview a client, how to choose between a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, and your responsibilities of investigation (due diligence) How the discharge works and the effectiveness of the automatic stay How to protect the debtor’s property through exemptions An in depth overview of the means test How to prepare the schedules in a Chapter 7 and prepare your client for the meeting of creditors Who should attend This program was designed for the practitioner, paralegal and legal assistant who is new to bankruptcy or new to BAPCPA. It is a basic “How to File a Chapter 7” program. If you want to volunteer in pro bono clinics, develop bankruptcy as one of your practice areas or are a new attorney who wants to develop a bankruptcy practice, this program will give you the tools you need to get started. Faculty Chairperson(s) Sally J. Elkington ~ Elkington Law Speaker(s) Carl R. Gustafson ~ Lincoln Law Sarah Lampi Little ~ Law Offices of Sarah Lampi Little Program Attorney(s) Christina Thompson ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute More Information and Register for the Program

Oct 23: Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts New Volunteer Orientation

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:42am
Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts will be holding an orientation program for new volunteers on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Arts + Business Council offices, located at 200 South Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. For 30+ years, thousands of Philadelphia area attorneys have addressed innumerable unique and exciting arts-related legal cases. Lawyers have assisted artists and arts and cultural organizations on subjects ranging from reviewing contracts and preparing documents to negotiating leases and exhibition agreements; securing protection of artwork; and setting up new community-wide arts initiatives. If you have an interest in sharing your legal expertise with the arts and cultural community, the PVLA program may be the exciting community involvement opportunity for you. To apply to become a volunteer complete the online application form. After your application is received, you will be will contacted to confirm your participation in the orientation session. There is a one-time participation fee of $300 per participant. Many firms and companies subsidize this fee, recognizing that having employees involved as PVLA volunteers offers both professional development opportunities and a way to enhance the firm's presence in the community. For more information visit www.artsandbusinessphila.org/pvla/lawyers.asp or contact Miriam Dechant, Esq., Director, Legal Services at 215.790.3822 or mdechant@artsandbusinessphila.org. More Information on this Program

Oct 24: "Jeans for Justice" Day

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:48pm
Your firm or legal department can support Pro Bono Rocks by participating in "Jeans for Justice" Day on October 24, 2014. Your attorneys and staff members can enjoy a casual Friday and celebrate National Pro Bono Week while raising funds to benefit legal services programs. More Information to Come from the Pro Bono Center.

Oct 23: Pro Bono Rocks - The Karaoke Edition

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:44pm
The 2014 edition of Pro Bono Rocks - The Karaoke Edition will be held on Thursday October 23, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Olive or Twist in Pittsburgh. Back by popular demand, Pro Bono Rocks will return this year with a special Karaoke Edition. Step up to the mic and let us hear your amazing voice. Or belt one out just for fun! The evening will include food, prizes, raffle items, and best of all, the hidden talents of Pittsburgh's legal community. Tickets will go on sale in September, but be sure to save the date and plan to join the fun for the first-ever Karaoke Edition of Pro Bono Rocks!

Sep 16: 17th Annual Fellows Grand Reception & Dinner

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:57am
The Allegheny County Bar Foundtion will be hosting the 17th Annual Fellows Grand Reception & Dinner on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the LeMont Restaurant on Mount Washington. The Fellows Grand Reception & Dinner is held to honor and celebrate attorneys who are committed to public service and pro bono, and who uphold the highest level of professionalism. Each year, a new class of Fellows and Young Lawyer Fellows is inducted at the dinner. The program also features the presentation of the annual Edward G. O’Connor Award and the annual Pro Bono Achievement Awards. Keynote speaker will be Deirdri Fishel, Centre County Domestic Violence Detective. Fishel is the narrator of “Telling Amy’s Story”, a documentary which chronicles the events leading up to a 2001 domestic violence homicide in State College. Cost: $75 (Fellows); $90 (non-Fellows) To register for the event, please contact Erin Rhodes at 412-402-6641 or erhodes@acba.org. More Information is available on the ACBF website.