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Mar 10 - Mar 11: Fair Debt Collection Practices Conference

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 8:06am
The National Consumer Law Center and the National Association of Consumer Advocates will hold a Fair Debt Collection Practices Conference on March 10-11, 2016 in Miami, FL. This 2-day conference will feature both an introductory and advanced track on bringing FDCPA suits. Faculty will be top consumer rights litigators from around the country. Introductory Track: This introductory track will get you up to speed on your first debt collection abuse cases. Learn about the laws protecting consumers from abusive debt collection practices and proceed to more in-depth sessions on developing these cases and a fair debt collection law practice. Advanced Track: The advanced track is for intermediate to experienced Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) practitioners who want to delve more deeply into developments in FDCPA law and discuss issues related to a busy FDCPA practice. At least one session will discuss issues arising under the Telephone Consumer Practices Act (TCPA). Faculty will be drawn from top consumer rights litigators from around the country. More Information and Registration

Mar 12: Philadelphia VIP 35th Anniversary Gala

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:30am
Philadelphia VIP will be holding a gala celebration for its 35th Anniversary on March 12, 2016 at the The WestIn Philadelphia. 99 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. 2016 is a particularly special year for VIP. For 35 years, VIP volunteers have served clients and the Philadelphia community. VIP’s 35th Anniversary is a year of celebration as well as a reminder of the work that remains. In commemoration of the event this gala event is being held. Summary details for the event are: Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016 Location: The Westin Philadelphia Time: Patron’s Reception – 5:30pm to 6:30pm Cocktails – 6:00pm to 7:00pm Dinner and Auction – 7:00pm to 10:00pm Young Friends of VIP After-Party – 10:00pm to 11:00pm Dress: Cocktail Attire Ticket Information: VIP CHAMPION: $1,000.00 (INDIVIDUALS ONLY - 4 Patron's Reception and Gala Tickets) VIP ADVOCATE: $500.00 (INDIVIDUALS ONLY - 2 Patron's Reception and Gala Tickets) INDIVIDUAL TICKET: $200.00 YOUNG FRIENDS OF VIP TICKET: $150.00 (YLD criteria-36 and under) PUBLIC INTEREST TICKET: $100.00 Additional Information on Tickets and Sponsorship can be found at the links below: General Information Ticket Information and Purchase Sponsorship Information

Feb 17: PA Patent Program Launch

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 10:15pm
Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA) is pleased to host the official launch of PA Patent, a statewide partnership with firms around the Commonwealth and with assistance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), to provide under-resourced inventors, makers, startups and nonprofits with the assistance of pro bono patent attorneys. Hear from representatives of the USPTO and leaders from the legal and startup communities, followed by a PVLA cocktail reception. Come learn about volunteering in or referring clients to this program, a part of a national effort to respond to a change in patent law. All attorneys and professional service providers welcome, but RSVP is required to mdechant@artsandbusinessphila.org.

Feb 25: Tools and Tips for Pro Bono Attorneys: The PFA Case (Williamsport)

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 7:37am
Tools and Tips for Pro Bono Attorneys: The PFA Case will be presented by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) and sponsored by North Penn Legal Services on February 25, 2016, from 8:45am to 12:00pm at The Elder & Special Needs Resource Center, 401 Washington Blvd., Williamsport, PA. The CLE is provided at a discounted rate to encourage attorneys to take pro bono Protection From Abuse cases in Lycoming County. The course will include an overview of the PFA act, PFA Practice and Procedure including county-specific information, and Ethical and Practical Representation. The course will review some of the unique ethical issues that arrise in handling domestic violence cases. Valuable reference material will be provided. Tools and Tips for Pro Bono Attorneys: The PFA Case provides three hours of CLE credit, two substantive and one ethics. There is no registration cost for attorneys who commit to pro bono PFA representation. Registration is $45.00 for all other attendees. This includes the cost of the CLE credits plus training materials. More Information and Registration Program Flyer

Feb 11: Someone Online Hates You: Ethical responses to negative online feedback (Webinar)

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 11:51am
Avvo, Inc. is presenting a webinar entitled Someone Online Hates You: Ethical responses to negative online feedback on February 11, 2016 from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm Eastern. In this webinar, Josh King, Avvo's Chief Legal Officer, 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. *Please note that CLE credit will only be given to those that attend the live online session. More Information and Registration

Feb 16: Recognizing and Remedying Elder Financial Abuse in Medicaid Denials (Free Webinar)

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:53pm
The National Consumer Law Center will be holding a free webinar entitled Recognizing and Remedying Elder Financial Abuse in Medicaid Denials on February 16, 2016 from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Eastern. This webinar will focus on the intersection of elder financial abuse and public benefits cases, including the underlying financial stresses of elders who are vulnerable to these types of abuses. It will discuss benefits that can be compromised such as Social Security and Medicaid as well as strategies and tactics to educate older adults and their caregivers, resolve cases and restore benefits. The webinar will cover such topics as power of attorney abuse, breach of fiduciary duties, and Medicaid hardship waiver applications. Speakers: Jennifer Goldberg, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging Amy Kurlansky, Attorney at Law, Pro Seniors, Inc. Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project/Elder Abuse Prevention webinars for the National Legal Resource Center. There is no charge for this webinar. All time listings are in Eastern Time. This webinar can hold a maximum of 3,000 attendees. If you log in and the webinar is full, a recording of the webinar will provided immediately following the webinar by email. If you have any questions email trainings@nclc.org More Information and Registration

Feb 25 - Feb 27: 50th Annual Conference of County Bar Leaders

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 9:06am
The Pennsylvania Bar Association will be holding its 50th Annual Conference of County Bar Leaders on February 25–27, 2016 at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College. "The Magic of CCBL" is the theme of the 50th Annual Conference. The program includes a keynote presentation by G. Terry Madonna, professor of public affairs and director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. He also is the director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll. Attendees arriving early on Feb. 25 are invited to attend the county bar leader and executive director roundtable and the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Inc. reception at the Lewis Katz Building at Penn State Law. The PLAN reception is a great way to connect with other bar leaders who support PLAN’s mission and work. Attendees at the conference can earn up to 7 CLE credits. The reservation deadline is Feb. 5. For overnight accommodations, contact the Nittany Lion Inn directly by Jan. 25 to obtain the PBA group rate. Additional details are included in the brochure at the link below. More Information and Registration form

Jan 14: Outreach Strategies for Undocumented Asian & Pacific Islander Communities (Free Webinar)

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 9:22am
The Immigration Advocates Network and the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI) will be holding a free webinar entitled, Outreach Strategies for Undocumented Asian & Pacific Islander Communities, on Thursday January 14, 2016 from 2:00 pm -3:30 pm Eastern. The webinar will discuss data on the undocumented Asian Pacific Islander (API) population, as well as an inside look into the community history and context, outreach obstacles and community concerns, and best practices with ethnic media messaging with the undocumented Korean, Chinese, and Filipino communities. The panelists are: Jenny Seon, Interim Executive Director, Korean Resource Center; Annette Wong, Immigrant Rights Program Manager, Chinese for Affirmative Action; and Tiffany Panlilio, DACA Legal Advocate, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles. The moderator is Aman Thind, Immigration Project Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles. Upon registration you will be send an email with the log-in information for the training. Registration

Jan 14: Working the Web: Delivering Legal Services Online (Live Webcast)

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 8:51am
Avvo Marketing will be presenting a free one-hour CLE program entitled Working the Web: Delivering Legal Services Online on Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern. E-commerce has exploded over the last 15 years, and this trend is finally finding its way to the law. Josh King, Avvo's General Counsel and VP of Business Development, will provide compelling insights to help lawyers and law firms understand the primary ethics issues that may arise when selling or delivering legal services online. *Please note, CLE credit will only be given to those that attended the session live. More Information and Registration

Jan 29: Landlord Tenant Law (Philadelphia)

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 8:40am
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, is sponsoring a free CLE training entitled Landlord Tenant Law on January 29, 2016 from .12:30 pm to 2:45 pm at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2808. This program will provide an overview of landlord tenant law as well as practical information for representing a client in a landlord tenant dispute in the Philadelphia courts. Training materials and lunch will be provided. Trainers Ethan D. Fogel Partner, Dechert LLP Kate Ericsson Associate, Dechert LLP Rasheedah Phillips Managing Attorney, Housing Unit, Community Legal Services Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within 6 months of the training will earn two free substantive CLE credits. More Information Registration

Mar 03: Representing the Pro Bono Client: Effective Written Advocacy 2016 (Free Webcast)

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 9:14am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Representing the Pro Bono Client: Effective Written Advocacy 2016 on March 3, 2016 from 12:00 pm - 3:45 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. More Information and Registration

Mar 18: Social Security Disability 2016: From Administrative Proceedings to Federal Practice (Free Webcast)

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 7:48am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from New York entitled. Social Security Disability 2016: From Administrative Proceedings to Federal Practice on March 18, 2016 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. After the Social Security Administration denies an initial disability claim, a claimant may find it confusing, difficult, and even overwhelming to appeal a denial. Many claimants cannot afford legal representation and must navigate the appeals process on their own. In this program, you will learn the basics of Social Security law and practice and how to represent disabled children and adults in appealing benefit claim denials. What You Will Learn An overview of Social Security eligibility and applications How to handle an administrative hearing and best practices Appeals Council: What is it and best practices Federal court appeals and practice How to be an effective advocate for your client Who Should Attend This program is designed for attorneys interested in learning more about Social Security disability appeals, including those who would like to get involved in helping disabled children and adults who need representation. Attorneys already working with Social Security claimants will benefit from this program’s coverage of practical tips and strategies. More Information and Registration

Mar 30: Next Steps in Social Media for Nonprofits and Public Interest Organizations: Deepening Your Online Outreach and Engagement Strategies (Free Webcast)

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 7:35am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Next Steps in Social Media for Nonprofits and Public Interest Organizations: Deepening Your Online Outreach and Engagement Strategies on March 30, 2016 from 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern. With the focus of social media in the legal profession, smart non-profits and public interest organizations are cultivating a robust social media presence. Learn what uses of social media are gaining traction, tools and tips that nonprofits are embracing, and how to effectively integrate social media with your overall communications and digital strategy. We’ll discuss how to deepen your understanding of what’s working to grow your network, engage your supporters and build on success. What You Will Learn Drawing on the latest research and trends and case studies of non-profits in the legal sector, we’ll explore how social media and networking tools can be used to grow your organization’s online presence, and in turn, attract more supporters and volunteers and reach more beneficiaries. By the end of this seminar attendees will be familiar with: Practical tips for getting the most out of social media tools How to identify and define achievable social media goals How to develop an effective and sustainable content strategy How to build a culture of social media within your organization How to create a “listening” dashboard to provide insight into how others view your organization and issues you care about How to engage with and respond to diverse constituencies online How to monitor and measure your social media impact Who Should Attend The session is appropriate for executive directors, program administrators, pro bono managers, and communications and fundraising staff at non-profit and legal services organizations. We will draw on research and real-life examples from the public interest legal community as well as the non-profit sector at large. This program is a companion to the introductory Social Media for Non-Profit and Public Interest Organizations 2015 program available as an On-Demand webcast. More Information and Registration

Mar 12: Allegheny County Bar Foundation 35th Anniversary Red Tie Gala (Pittsburgh)

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 7:31am
In celebration of its 35th Anniversary the Allegheny County Bar Foundation will be holding its Red Tie Gala on March 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Circuit Center & Ballroom, 5 Hot Metal Street, South Side, Pittsburgh 15203. Since its founding in 1980, the ACBF has shown pride in the legal profession by providing a variety of charitable, educational, pro bono, and public service programs in Allegheny County. Please join the ACBF as it celebrates 35 years of helping to build a stronger community and profession. More Information/Tickets/.Sponsorship

Nov 23: ABC’s of Language Access Advocacy (Webinar)

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:30am
The National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) in Partnership with Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence and California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) is presenting a free webinar entitled ABC’s of Language Access Advocacy on Monday, November 23, 2015 from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Eastern. Effective communication with limited English proficient (LEP) survivors requires that programs federally conducted and/or government funded have language assistance services in place. This webinar will explain Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 obligations of recipients of federal funding, including legal services and victim assistance programs. Faculty will provide information and resources on how to develop a language access plan within your program and how to use U.S. Census and local demographic data to assess the number or proportion of LEP persons from each language group in your service area. Building upon this information, the webinar will discuss language access requirements for courts, law enforcement, health care, and benefits providers and best practices for language access advocacy for LEP clients with these agencies. Webinar materials will include links to practice tools, statutes, government policies and regulations, and training materials, to better assist you in your work with LEP survivors. This is an interactive webinar in which attendees will be encouraged to participate and ask questions. Registration: The webinar is offered online. Conference call dial in number available as an alternative to internet sound and those unable to connect. Participants must register ahead of time at www.niwap.org/training/languageaccess If you need help with your webinar registration or have any technical questions, please contact NIWAP at (202) 274-4457 or info@niwap.org. More Information

Feb 23: Pro Bono Litigation Skills 2016 (Free Webcast)

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:01am
The Practising Law Institute will be offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Pro Bono Litigation Skills 2016 on February 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm Eastern. Faculty Co-Chair(s) Stephanie Haffner ~ Senior Litigator, Western Center on Law & Poverty Kent Qian ~ Staff Attorney, National Housing Law Project Program Attorney(s) Christina Thompson ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute More Information and Registration

Feb 05: Addressing Domestic Violence Across Practice Areas 2016 (Webcast)

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 8:41am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live training event from New York entitled Addressing Domestic Violence Across Practice Areas 2016 on February 5, 2016 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm Eastern. This program will explore the legal and practical challenges of representing victims of domestic violence. Experienced practitioners in the law and in social or counseling services will share their practical strategies for addressing common challenges across disciplines, and while these tips are certain to help advocates improve legal representation for domestic violence victims, the practical insights that will be shared can be useful to legal practitioners, advocates and service providers in a variety of practice areas. What You Will Learn Trauma informed lawyering including interviewing the client and confidentiality and safety issues Expert witness considerations Evidence and responding to evidentiary challenges Who Should Attend This program is designed for New York State judges, court attorneys, law clerks, government lawyers, and attorneys in private or public interest practice interested in learning about the problem of domestic violence and strategies for dealing with litigation challenges. More Information and Rrgistration

Feb 05: Addressing Domestic Violence Across Practice Areas 2016

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 8:41am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live training event from New York entitled Addressing Domestic Violence Across Practice Areas 2016 on February 5, 2016 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm Eastern. This program will explore the legal and practical challenges of representing victims of domestic violence. Experienced practitioners in the law and in social or counseling services will share their practical strategies for addressing common challenges across disciplines, and while these tips are certain to help advocates improve legal representation for domestic violence victims, the practical insights that will be shared can be useful to legal practitioners, advocates and service providers in a variety of practice areas. What You Will Learn Trauma informed lawyering including interviewing the client and confidentiality and safety issues Expert witness considerations Evidence and responding to evidentiary challenges Who Should Attend This program is designed for New York State judges, court attorneys, law clerks, government lawyers, and attorneys in private or public interest practice interested in learning about the problem of domestic violence and strategies for dealing with litigation challenges. More Information and Rrgistration

Feb 18: Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2016 (Webcast)

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 8:35am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live training event from New York entitled Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2016 on February 18, 2016 from 1:30 pm to 5:15 pm Eastern. The challenges to attaining diversity and inclusion in the legal and compliance professions remain formidable. At this year’s Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice program, a renowned faculty of attorneys and diversity professionals will discuss significant legal developments that impact diversity, the continued challenges presented by unconscious bias, and individual and organizational best practices. What You Will Learn Legal update on decisions/ recent developments impacting diversity (broadly defined to include diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, veteran status and religious beliefs) Unconscious bias: what it is and how to address it in your organization Best practices for advancing diversity in the legal and compliance profession Who Should Attend This program will be of great interest to all professionals concerned about issues of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including partners and associates, in-house counsel, diversity directors, and professionals working in government or nonprofit organizations. More Information and Registration

Nov 18: Providing Respectful and Culturally Competent Services to LGBT Clients (Webcast)

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 8:28am
The Practising Law Institute is presenting a free one-hour briefing via webcast entitled Providing Respectful and Culturally Competent Services to LGBT Clients on November 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm Eastern. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are incredibly diverse, are found in all communities, and have a variety of legal needs. Unfortunately, a common difficulty for LGBT people with legal problems is finding an attorney with the appropriate legal expertise who is also LGBT-friendly and culturally competent. Becoming more familiar with LGBT communities and issues facing LGBT people is key for attorneys to increase access to justice for LGBT people. The presentation will explain the basics of culturally competent legal services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients. Please join Lisa J. Cisneros of California Rural Legal Assistance and Ming Wong of the National Center for Lesbian Rights for this presentation. By the end of the session participants should be able to: understand the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity; develop strategies for outreach to LGBT communities; and develop ideas for how to modify their practices, including intake, to provide quality services to LGBT clients. Don’t miss this important free briefing. More Information and Registration