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Sep 17: Children's Asylum: Legal Theories and Volunteer Opportunities (Webinar)

4 hours 57 min ago
The Immigration Advocates Network will be holding a free webinar entitled Children's Asylum: Legal Theories and Volunteer Opportunities, on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm Eastern. This webinar will cover political asylum for children, with a focus on unaccompanied children from Central America. The panelists will give a brief overview, then discuss asylum legal theories and arguments on behalf of children. They will also identify resources and opportunities to volunteer. The panelists for this program are: Eunice Lee and Blaine Bookey, Co-Legal Directors, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies; Susan Timmons, Associate Director, Practice and Professionalism Center, American Immigration Lawyers Association; and Abigail Krusemark, Immigrant Youth Resources Coordinator, Immigration Advocates Network. You can register for this free webinar at the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. If you have questions, please contact IAN by email to support@immigrationadvocates.org. Register for the Webinar

Sep 16: Education Law Center's 40th Anniversary Celebration

5 hours 16 min ago
On September 16, 2015, the Education Law Center will hold its 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia at 5:30 pm Eastern. The Celebration will honor Fred Magaziner, Catherine C. Carr, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Hear Me. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets to the event are available from the Education Law Center. For more information follow the link below or contact Spencer Malloy at smalloy@elc-pa.org. More Information - Tickets and Sponsorship

Oct 29: Staying Whole, Even When Clients Go to Pieces: Three Tools for Decreasing Secondary Trauma

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:29pm
The National Association of Pro Bono Professionals will be holding a webinar entitled Staying Whole, Even When Clients Go to Pieces: Three Tools for Decreasing Secondary Trauma on October 29, 2015 at 1;00 pm. Working in the pro bono arena is often emotionally challenging, for those working with volunteers and for volunteers themselves. Learning how to channel these emotions and educating those we work with to do the same can make all of the difference. This interactive training identifies the symptoms and results of vicarious trauma. It introduces three specific tools participants can use to increase the body’s natural resiliency and demonstrates proper use of self-administered “resiliency scan” to reduce body constrictions and damage to emotional and reasoning functions. Participants will learn and experience the impact and incidence of vicarious trauma, and help increase their natural body, mind and emotional staying power. Presenter Michelle Sylvain holds an MBA and JD from the University of Denver and has completed post-graduate work at Harvard University School of Law. Registration: NAPBPro Member – Free Non-Member – $20.00 (USD) More Information and Registration

Dec 10: Public Interest Section Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception (Philadelphia)

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:47am
The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception on December 10, 2015 beginning at 5:30 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City, 237 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. More Information

Dec 10: 2015 Public Interest Law Day (Philadelphia)

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:41am
The Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will be presenting the 2015 Public Interest Day CLE program on December 10, 2015 at the CLE Conference Center Wanamaker Bldg., 10th FL, Ste. 1010 Juniper Street Entrance Philadelphia PA 19107. Discover what public interest attorneys need to know about the changing rules in public interest law Hear ethical and practical issues arising from the expansion of Limited Representation Models Learn how changes in healthcare and the aftermath of King v. Burwell have affected advocating for the Examine eligibility and access to benefits, court programs, and common consumer problems and special remedies for veterans Explore methods of working with city and state administrations to combat poverty more effectively Attention NON-public interest attorneys – something for you too Evaluate the criminal process for the non-criminal practitioner, starting from Stop-and-Frisk Discuss the use of statistics for measuring outcomes, prioritizing services and performing cost benefit analyses to improve the delivery of legal services Identify ethical issues (and learn valuable practice tips) in representing non-citizens Learn what you need to know about protest law before DNC 2016 Network—Network! Interact with your colleagues throughout the day Join your colleagues in attending the Public Interest Section Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception, immediately following the CLE program. (Learn more and register for the reception at www.philabar.org) Registration Fee: Paralegal Attending w/ Attorney : $99.00 Judge (admitted after 1/1/11): $105.00 Judicial Law Clerk (admitted after 1/1/11): $105.00 Judge: $115.00 Judicial Law Clerk: $115.00 Paralegal Attending Alone: $129.00 Member (admitted after 1/1/11): $209.00 Member (PBA or County Bar Assn): $229.00 Nonmember Tuition: $249.00 Please note: additional fee for registrations at the door—$25. This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 6 hours of CLE credit. Workshop choices will determine whether credits are in substantive law, practice and procedure or ethics, professionalism or substance abuse. More Information and Registration

Sep 11: Enforcing Wage Claims for Low-Income Workers (Free Webcast)

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 11:50am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast entitled Enforcing Wage Claims for Low-Income Workers on September 11, 2015 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. State wage and hour laws were a Progressive Era reform that initially met fierce resistance from industry and the United States Supreme Court, most famously in Lochner v. New York, which invalidated New York’s law prescribing maximum working hours for bakery employees. In 1937, however, the Supreme Court narrowly changed its course, upholding Washington State’s minimum wage law by a 5-4 vote in West Coast Hotel Company v. Parrish. This paved the way for enactment of the first federal minimum wage law, the Fair Labor Standards Act, in 1938. Today, wage and hour laws are among the most fundamental of worker protections, but violations of these laws are rampant. Low-income workers are particularly vulnerable, and violations of worker protection laws are common in low-wage labor markets. Karen Cacace is the Supervising Attorney and Young Woo Lee is a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society Employment Law Unit. They will give an overview of federal wage and hour laws and the discussion will include: The legal framework and basics of the wage and hour laws Exceptions and limitations to wage and hour laws Common legal issues, including identifying who is an employer and who is an employee Investigating and litigating wage and hour claims More Information and Registration

Nov 07: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Pike County

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 1:24pm
The Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Wills for Heroes Foundation, with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP, are hosting upcoming events across Pennsylvania. 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 Saturday, November 7, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program at the Pike County Emergency Training Center, 135 Pike County Blvd., Lords Valley, PA 18428, beginning at at 9:00am If you have any questions about this event, please contact Frank O'Connor at fxoconnor@frontiernet.net. 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

Oct 03: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Lackawanna County

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 1:03pm
The Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Wills for Heroes Foundation, with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP, are hosting upcoming events across Pennsylvania. 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 program is being held in partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association and with sponsorship by the Lackawanna Bar Association, the Lackawanna County Emergency Communication Center (“911 Center”). On Saturday, October 3, 2015, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes program. The October 3rd event will be held at the 911 Center located at 30 Valley View Drive, Jessup, Pennsylvania. If you have any questions about the program please contact Lee Ann Munley at lmunley@lackawannabar.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

Nov 12 - Nov 15: 24th Annual Consumer Rights Litigation Conference and Consumer Class Action Symposium

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:25am
The 24th Annual Consumer Rights Litigation Conference and Consumer Class Action Symposium, sponsored by the National Consumer Law Center and the National Association of Consumer Advocates will be held on November 12-15, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. No matter your level of experience in consumer law, you will be certain to find tremendous value at the conference and to come away energized by the justice and fairness we all pursue in the work we do every day. Earn valuable CLE credits while having the opportunity to meet, connect with, and learn from other attorneys who share your commitment to justice and consumer rights. Early Registration ends Early September 21, 2015. NACA membership rates are available, but you must submit your membership application to NACA by August 31, 2015 to qualify for the special member rates. More Information

Sep 24: Pro Bono Mediation at the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (Harrisburg)

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:12am
The Dauphin County Bar Association will be presenting a program entitled Pro Bono Mediation at the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission on September 24, 2015 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the Dauphin County Bar Association, 213 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Lunch will also be included, beginning at 11;30 am, for all attendees who have made timely reservations. Lunch cannot be guaranteed for late registrants. This CLE program is open to all interested attorneys but is required for attorneys interested in mediating employment discrimination complaints for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission as part of their pro bono service. The training will lay out the basics of employment discrimination under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act including who is covered under the Act, the types of employment actions covered under the Act, and the theories of proving unlawful discrimination. The training will also cover some of the special concerns that arise during PHRC mediations such as privilege and working with the unrepresented. The program will feature: Katherine S. Petruczok, PA Human Relations Commission Jim Kayer, Director of Enforcement Pursuant to Continuing Legal Education Rules, this program has been approved by the PA CLE Board for 3 substantive credits for all attendees who participate in the complete program. Materials will be emailed to registrants by Wednesday, September 23, 2015. You may also find them on the DCBA website under the on-line events calendar. The cost of the program will be waived for any attorney willing to assist with a ProBono mediation for the PA Human Relations Commission. Otherwise, the cost of the program is $35 for DCBA members and $50 for non-members. Registration deadline is Thursday, September 17, 2015. Cancellations must be received by Monday, September 21, 2015. Space is limited, so please register early. Registration can be done online, or can be submitted by mail or by fax to (717) 234-4582. Register Online Registration Flyer

Nov 06: Asylum (Philadelphia)

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 1:56pm
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, HIAS Pennsylvania and Nationalities Service Center (NSC), both non-profit resettlement and immigration and nationality law organizations in Philadelphia, are pleased to present a free CLE training entitled Asylum on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 11:30 – 4.00 pm, At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, 1701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Lunch will be provided Presenters: Ayodele Gansallo, Esq. of HIAS PA Jonah Eaton, Esq. of Nationalities Service Center Special appearance by Presiding Immigration Judge, The Honorable Charles M. Honeyman, Chair of the Philadelphia Immigration Court’s Pro Bono Liaison Committee, and Sunil Varghese, Deputy Director of the Newark Asylum Office. HIAS PA and NSC will provide training on basic asylum law as applied in the U.S. This is a complex yet important area of law, offering the opportunity to represent and assist those seeking humanitarian protection from persecution in their home countries. Areas to be covered include the definition of asylum, qualification criteria and the standards of proof that apply to these forms of relief. We will also touch on asylum claims based on membership in a particular social group which in many ways offers opportunities to expand the law. The training will equip participants to handle asylum cases pro bono. The impact of winning these cases is life-changing, both for the respondent and for pro bono counsel. HIAS PA and NSC also provide on-going mentoring to those who are willing to give of their time. Attorneys will receive 4 free substantive CLE credits if they accept a VIP, HIAS or NSC case within 6 months of the training. To register, please visit http://www.phillyvip.org/content/training-registration-form or contact Christina Rodriguez at crodriguez@phillyvip.org. More Information

Nov 06: Asylum

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 1:56pm
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, HIAS Pennsylvania and Nationalities Service Center (NSC), both non-profit resettlement and immigration and nationality law organizations in Philadelphia, are pleased to present a free CLE training entitled Asylum on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 11:30 – 4.00 pm, At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, 1701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Lunch will be provided Presenters: Ayodele Gansallo, Esq. of HIAS PA Jonah Eaton, Esq. of Nationalities Service Center Special appearance by Presiding Immigration Judge, The Honorable Charles M. Honeyman, Chair of the Philadelphia Immigration Court’s Pro Bono Liaison Committee, and Sunil Varghese, Deputy Director of the Newark Asylum Office. HIAS PA and NSC will provide training on basic asylum law as applied in the U.S. This is a complex yet important area of law, offering the opportunity to represent and assist those seeking humanitarian protection from persecution in their home countries. Areas to be covered include the definition of asylum, qualification criteria and the standards of proof that apply to these forms of relief. We will also touch on asylum claims based on membership in a particular social group which in many ways offers opportunities to expand the law. The training will equip participants to handle asylum cases pro bono. The impact of winning these cases is life-changing, both for the respondent and for pro bono counsel. HIAS PA and NSC also provide on-going mentoring to those who are willing to give of their time. Attorneys will receive 4 free substantive CLE credits if they accept a VIP, HIAS or NSC case within 6 months of the training. To register, please visit http://www.phillyvip.org/content/training-registration-form or contact Christina Rodriguez at crodriguez@phillyvip.org. More Information

Sep 11: Quiet Title: Handling Cases Involving Problems with Title to Real Estate (Philadelphia)

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 1:39pm
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will be holding a free CLE training entitled Quiet Title: Handling Cases Involving Problems with Title to Real Estate on Friday, September 11, 2015 from 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm at Fox Rothschild, 2000 Market Street, 20th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Lunch will be provided. This seminar will be taught by Edward J. Hayes, Esquire, Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP. The training will cover the legal grounds, procedures, and forms for bringing a Quiet Title action, with an emphasis on the issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a property. Keeping low-income Philadelphians in their homes is critical to keeping families from becoming homeless and in helping people break the cycle of poverty. It also combats the occurrence of abandoned properties and neighborhood blight. Attorneys receive 2 free CLE credits 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

Sep 11: Quiet Title: Handling Cases Involving Problems with Title to Real Estate

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 1:39pm
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will be holding a free CLE training entitled Quiet Title: Handling Cases Involving Problems with Title to Real Estate on Friday, September 11, 2015 from 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm at Fox Rothschild, 2000 Market Street, 20th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Lunch will be provided. This seminar will be taught by Edward J. Hayes, Esquire, Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP. The training will cover the legal grounds, procedures, and forms for bringing a Quiet Title action, with an emphasis on the issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a property. Keeping low-income Philadelphians in their homes is critical to keeping families from becoming homeless and in helping people break the cycle of poverty. It also combats the occurrence of abandoned properties and neighborhood blight. Attorneys receive 2 free CLE credits 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

Oct 31: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Cumberland County

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 9:47am
The Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Wills for Heroes Foundation, with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP, are hosting upcoming events across Pennsylvania. 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 Saturday, October 31, 2015, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program at the Cumberland County 911 Call Center, Department of Public Safety, 1 Public Safety Drive, Carlisle PA 17013-7300 If you have any questions about this event, please contact Megan Riesmeyer at mam941@dsl.psu.edu 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

Oct 10: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Berks County

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 9:35am
The Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Wills for Heroes Foundation, with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP, are hosting upcoming events across Pennsylvania. 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. Saturday, October 10, 2015 volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program for all Pennsylvania First Responders (active and retired), all sworn personnel and their spouses, partners or significant others. The October 10 event will be held at the American Legion Post 626, 445 E Main St, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Wendy Ashby at wja.ashbylaw@verizon.net. 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

Nov 07: Andrew Hamilton Benefit BASH! (Philadelphia)

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 9:09am
The Philadelphia Bar Foundation will be holding the 2015 Andrew Hamilton Benefit BASH! on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. More Information and Registration

Nov 07: Andrew Hamilton Benefit BASH!

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 9:09am
The Philadelphia Bar Foundation will be holding the 2015 Andrew Hamilton Benefit BASH! on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. More Information and Registration

Sep 29: Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia 2015 Annual Event – In Pursuit of the Promise: Education for All

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 8:59am
Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia will be holding its 2015 Annual Event – In Pursuit of the Promise: Education for All on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 6:00 pm-8:30 pm at Fringe Arts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. (at Race St.) in Philadelphia. Join the Center on September 29 for its annual event and support their work to ensure all Pennsylvania children have access to a high-quality public education. Honorees at the event include clients in the Center's school funding lawsuit and board member and renowned plaintiff’s attorney H. Laddie Montague of Berger & Montague, P.C. More Information, Tickets and Sponsorship

Sep 10: Someone Online Hates You: Ethical Responses to Negative Online Feedback (Webinar)

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:51am
Lawyernomics by Avvo will be presenting an online webinar entitled Someone Online Hates You: Ethical Responses to Negative Online Feedback on September 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm Eastern. In this webinar, Josh King, Avvo’s General Counsel and VP of Business Development, will discuss ways to help lawyers and law firms get comfortable with the rapid proliferation of online feedback and the most effective – and ethical – ways to respond. Lawyers who attend this webinar will learn about: The spread of online feedback via social media and review sites, and the importance of this trend to professional services and reputation Why suing for defamation is the technique of last resort Avoid violating the ethics rules around misleading advertising and attorney-client confidences when responding to online feedback One (1) hr Ethics CLE in CA, FL, IL, PA, TX and WA. PLEASE NOTE: CLE credit will only be given to those that attend the live online session. More Information and Registration