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Aug 18: Lessons From the ‘Serial’ Case: Ten Evidentiary Missteps to Avoid

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 8:57am
LexisNexis presents a complimentary CLE-eligible webinar entitled Lessons From the 'Serial' Case: Ten Evidentiary Missteps to Avoid on August 18 , 2015 from 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm. Evidence is the lifeblood of a case. And your client’s livelihood or bottom line, liberty or life, may depend on how you handle it. There is no better illustration of this than a 1999 Maryland case involving the murder of an 18-year-old high school senior, Hae Min Lee, and the controversial conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, then 17. The case inspired the record-breaking Serial podcast, which has been downloaded more than 80 million times. The case continues to inspire millions of downloads of Undisclosed, a podcast which features three attorneys who enthusiastically run down the many rabbit holes of the case’s hotly disputed evidentiary issues. It was evidentiary concerns that prompted an appellate ruling calling for a new look at the case. Undisclosed was initiated by the same attorney who inspired the production of Serial, Rabia Chaudry, a close family friend of the defendant and an ardent advocate for his release. Joining Chaudry on Undisclosed are two attorneys with a penchant for evidentiary matters. Susan Simpson, an associate with the Volkov Law Group, handles both civil and criminal actions, and writes the blog The View From LL2 The other is Colin Miller, a professor and associate dean at the University of South Carolina School of Law and author of the popular Evidence Prof Blog. What You Will Learn Simpson and Miller will share what they believe the so-called Serial case can teach civil and criminal attorneys, courts, the prosecution and defense about evidence – and what not to do with it. They will use Maryland v. Syed to illustrate 10 evidentiary pitfalls, their consequences and how to avoid them. Don’t miss this exciting analysis and earn up to 75 minutes of CLE credit! More Information and Registration

Oct 17: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Lycoming County

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 1:42pm
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 17, 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 September 26th event will be held at the Old Lycoming Twp Vol Fire Co 1600 Dewey Ave, Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701, beginning at 11 am. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Kristine Waltz at kwaltz@dingeswaltz.com. 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

Sep 26: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Erie County

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 1:35pm
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, September 26, 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 September 26th event will be held at the Erie County Public Safety Building, 2880 Flower Road, Erie, PA 16509, beginning at 12 pm. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Melissa Shirey at mhshirey@eriefamilylaw.com. 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

Sep 19: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Bucks County

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 1:25pm
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, September 19, 2015 volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program for all Pennsylvania First Responders (active and retired) and Military Veterans, all sworn personnel and their spouses, partners or significant others. The September 19th event will be held at the Warrington Township Emergency Services, 852 Easton Rd, Warrington, Pennsylvania 18976, beginning at 11 am. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Sandy Romaszewski at sromaszewski@foxrothschild.com. 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

Sep 19: Wills for Heroes Clinic - York County

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 1:20pm
The Pennsylvania Bar Association, in association with the Young Lawyers Section of the York County Bar Association, the York County Paralegal Association and Leave a Legacy of York County, a program of the York County Bar Foundation, is proud to bring the Wills for Heroes program to York County Veterans. Wills for Heroes is a free and easy service that provides Wills, Living Wills and Health Care and Financial Powers of Attorney to local veterans, first responders and their spouses/partners. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. On Saturday, September 19, 2015, volunteer paralegals and lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes program for all York County Veterans. The event will be held at the Penn State York, 1031 Edgecomb Avenue, York, PA, in the Lee R. Glatfelter Library. For information on thi event please contact Wills for Heroes Program Coordinator MacGregor Brillhart, Esquire, Stock and Leader at (717) 849-4106 or by email at mbrillhart@stockandleader.com Information on 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

Sep 12: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Montgomery County

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 1:10pm
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 September 12, 2015, volunteer paralegals and lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes program for all Pennsylvania First Responders, including volunteer, active, and retired police officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel. The event will be held at the Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038. For information on events in Montgomery County, please contact Lisa Shearman at lshearman@hrmml.com. 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

Aug 22: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Chester County

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 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. On August 22, 2015 , volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program for all active and retired Pennsylvania First Responders of Chester County, all sworn personnel and their spouses or significant others (please note that proof of affiliation will be requested at the event). The Chester County event will be held at the PA State Police, 2 Moxley Lane, Avondale, PA 19311. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Courtney Wiggins at courtneywiggins08@gmail.com or Jodi Oley at JOley@eckertseamans.com. 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

Jul 27: Silence of All Virtues: Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality in the Digital Age

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 9:24am
Lexis Nexis University is presenting a free virtual CLE Training entitled Silence of All Virtues: Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality in the Digital Age on July 27, 2015 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. This program offers 1.0 Pennsylvania Ethics Continuing Legal Education credit. More Information and Registration

Nov 10: Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2015

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 2:09pm
The Practising Law Institute is presenting a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2015 on November 10, 2015 from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Eastern. IMPORTANT! If you get accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) before you attend this training, the first three hours will qualify for the CLE. Attorneys and other advocates must be accredited to practice before the VA.To obtain accreditation you must complete this form:www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA21a.pdf Accreditation by the VA may take several weeks, so do not delay filing your application.You can speed up the process by emailing the form to OGCAccreditationMailbox@va.gov. Within 12 months of accreditation you are required to complete three hours of qualifying CLE. The morning session of this program satisfies that requirement, but only if you have already received your accreditation from the VA. If you have not received it, you should still watch this program, but keep in mind that you will need to complete three additional hours of CLE within 12 months after receiving your accreditation. Attorneys and other advocates who become accredited will be listed on a national VA list, and are entitled to represent veterans in their claims for benefits, on a pro bono basis, and for attorney’s fees on appeals, where they are available. Why You Should Attend There are over 21 million veterans in the U.S; many of them are not aware of the benefits to which they are entitled. Medical and financial assistance are available to those who have served in the military, but many who need benefits the most are not receiving the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits that they need. Navigating the VA claims system and applying for discharge upgrades before the Department of Defense are difficult and complex processes. Attorneys play an essential role in assisting veterans with the problems that preclude them from receiving benefits, such as: VA eligibility determinations for those given less than fully honorable discharges for behaviors that were related to minor disciplinary infractions or symptoms of post traumatic stress or other service-related disabilities. Lack of proper paper trails to “service-connect” their injuries. Lack of current medical or mental health evidence documenting severity of symptoms for accurate disability ratings. What You Will Learn Nearly 45% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan seek compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for service related injuries. A stunning 30% suffer from post-traumatic stress. Many of those who should receive benefits will be denied. All of them will wait months or years for the VA to issue decisions on their claims. Learn how to navigate the VA claims process and to become an effective advocate for veterans in need. This all day program will provide an overview of VA disability law and military discharge review law. You will gain an understanding of different types of military discharges, why they are important, and how you can help veterans with less than Honorable discharges. The three one-hour morning sessions provide the basics you need to represent veterans before the VA. It will also cover the interactions between VA benefits and other public benefits, such as SSI and SSDI. The morning session fulfills the VA’s requirement for qualifying CLE within the first 12 months of your VA accreditation. The 1:45 session, Veteran Cultural Competency: Combat to Community will help veterans’ advocates to understand the challenges that veterans face in their transition to a noncombat community, and provide tips on interviewing and providing legal services to veterans with disabilities. The 2:45 to 5:00 sessions will provide attorneys with the tools that they need to assist veterans in upgrading their discharge status and removing stigmatizing information from their discharge documents. Who Should Attend Attorneys seeking meaningful pro bono opportunities and any advocate who wants to help change the life of a veteran with a disability. Attorneys seeking to meet VA’s CLE requirements for new and continuing VA accreditation should also attend. Finally, attorneys who hope to expand their practice areas to include veterans’ cases where fees are available should attend. More Information and Registration

Sep 25: Representing Clients with Mental Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors 2015 (Free Webcast)

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 1:54pm
The Practising Law Institute is presenting a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Representing Clients with Mental Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors 2015 on September 25, 2015 from 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern. Why You Should Attend You should attend this training if you are a pro bono or legal services attorney who provides, or would like to provide, legal services to clients with mental disabilities in disability cases and/or improve your representation of clients with challenging behaviors in any area of law. This two part training provides instruction on 1) components of a mental status exam and insight into interviewing clients with mental disabilities where the mental health of your client is the subject matter of the litigation; and 2) how to effectively represent clients with challenging behaviors generally. Experienced practitioners from across the California will share their expertise on how to best approach issues that arise when representing clients with mental disabilities and challenging behaviors including interviewing strategies, providing accommodations, harm reduction lawyering, and managing expectations. At the end of the morning, you will have many tools you can use to develop a positive working relationship with all of your clients. What You Will Learn Components of a mental status exam which can be used by attorneys to document a client's behavior for a disability case How to use potential questions within a clinical interview to understand functional impairment Techniques to prevent challenging client behaviors from undermining effective representation The harm reduction representation model, including meeting your clients where they are without judgment and recognizing alternative success outcomes Legal and ethical obligations when representing clients with disabilities How to provide reasonable accommodations Managing client expectations and setting appropriate parameters to foster a positive working relationship and optimal outcomes for both attorneys and clients Who Should Attend Legal aid and private practitioners who work with clients with mental disabilities or challenging behaviors in any area of civil law, including disability or other government benefits, housing, special education, immigration or family law. More Information and Registration

Sep 24: Providing Legal Assistance in the Aftermath of Disaster 2015 (Free Webcast)

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 1:43pm
The Practising Law Institute is presenting a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Providing Legal Assistance in the Aftermath of Disaster 2015 on September 24, 2015 from 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm Eastern. A major disaster is likely to strike within our lifetime. In the aftermath, survivors will need help to resolve legal issues related to the disaster. By attending this program, you will learn about the most common post-disaster legal issues and then be able to participate in a regionally coordinated disaster legal services pro bono effort by providing brief phone assistance to disaster legal helpline callers, in-person assistance through legal services help desks located at Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), or pro bono representation. What You Will Learn Overview of framework for providing disaster legal services Types of pro bono opportunities Post-disaster housing issues faced by both tenants and homeowners Insurance claims process and typical issues following an earthquake Eligibility, application process, denials and appeals for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Small Business Administration (SBA), and Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Immigrant eligibility for individual disaster assistance Consumer fraud and debtor issues Who Should Attend Non-profit organization attorneys and staff, pro bono attorneys, law firm pro bono coordinators, law school clinical faculty, or anyone who wants to learn how to assist low-income disaster survivors with legal issues related to housing (renters and homeowners), insurance, federal disaster assistance, public benefits and consumer matters. More Information and Registration

Aug 05: Philadelphia VIP New Volunteer Welcome and Orientation

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:27am
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, is hosting a program to welcome attorneys who are new to volunteering with VIP. This program will provide an overview of Philadelphia VIP and the opportunities and resources available to volunteers. Wednesday, August 5, 2015 8:30am to 9:15am Philadelphia VIP 1500 Walnut Street Suite 400 Philadelphia, PA 19103 Orientation materials and a light breakfast will be provided Please reserve your space at www.phillyvip.org/content/training-registration-form. More Information

Jul 23: Answering the Call: Overcoming Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession (Free Webcast)

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 9:49am
LexisNexis is offering a free webcast entitled Answering the Call: Overcoming Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession on July 23, 2015 from 6:00 pm -7:00 pm Eastern. This program offers one (1) hour of Pennsylvania Ethics/Substance Abuse CLE credit. More Information and Registration

Aug 14: Working on the Web: Delivering Legal Services Online (Webinar)

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 9:32am
Avvo is offering a free webinar entitled Working on the Web: Delivering Legal Services Online on August 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm Eastern. E-commerce has exploded over the last 15 years, and this trend is finally finding its way to the law. This webinar is designed to help lawyers and law firms understand the primary ethics issues that may arise when selling or delivering legal services online. Lawyers who attend will learn about: Online advertising and fee-splitting: A review of the first amendment considerations and limitations surrounding online referrals. The ethics of online Q&A: How does answering questions online from people who may be out-of-state mesh with state-based practice limitations? Online “deals” and unbundled services: To what extent do online deals or other unbundled offers implicate ethics rules around advertising, trust accounts, excessive fees, conflicts and the duty of competence? Technology & security: What special considerations around technology and cloud-based applications are in play when serving clients online? This program offers one (1) hour of Pennsylvania Ethics CLE Credit. More Information and Registration

Jul 19: 6th Annual Justice For All 5k

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:26pm
The 6th Annual Justice For All 5K will be on July 19, 2015! Register Now! Race Features: Whether you're an experienced runner or a first-timer, the Justice For All 5K run/walk is a great race for you. Our race will be held at the Schuykill River Running Loop, near Lloyd Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, on Sunday, July 19th at 8:00 a.m. The JFA5K features an Individual Competition and Team Competitions. Awards will be given to overall winners, age group winners, and teams. All participants will receive a short-sleeved soft cotton performance T-shirt while supplies last. Team Competitions: The Justice For All 5K will have two team competitions: the Summer Associate Challenge and the Corporate Challenge. Teams must include a minimum of 4 members and a maximum of 6. Awards will be given to the three fastest teams in each Challenge. The 4 fastest team members will count toward the score. All team members will be eligible to win individual awards. The Cause: The event supports the mission of Community Legal Services (CLS) and Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) to provide high quality, free legal assistance to low-income Philadelphians in areas of critical human need. Combined, CLS and PLA assist approximately 20,000 of Philadelphia's poorest residents with their legal problems each year. This year, CLS and PLA will join forces with Back on My Feet (BoMF), an organization that uses running to help boost self-esteem for those experiencing homelessness, and the Justice For All 5K will now be part of BoMF's annual Stroehmann in24 Race Weekend. Proceeds from the race will be shared among the three organizations. Can't make it to run or walk? You can donate directly to PLA and CLS by visiting their websites at www.philalegal.org/donate and www.clsphila.org/donate, and you can donate directly to BoFA by visiting its website at http://philadelphia.in24race.com/fundraising/2015-donation-page. Registration Fees: Online Registration (Closes July 16th) Individual: $35 Team (Private Companies and Firms): $260 Team (Nonprofit & Government): $180 Sponsor a BoMF Philly Member - $50 (the fee covers a race entry for you and a BoMF Member to compete!) For more information, or to register for the 5k, please visit http://philadelphia.in24race.com/jfa5k/.

Jul 21: Finding Out is Better: Effectively Using Technology for Factual Discovery (Free Webcast)

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:41pm
LexisNexis University is presenting a free webcast entitled, Finding Out is Better: Effectively Using Technology for Factual Discovery on July 21, 2015 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm Eastern. This program has been approved for 1.0 Pennsylvania CLE Credit. More Information and Registration

Jul 08: Silence of All Virtues: Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality in the Digital Age (Free Webcast)

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:37pm
LexisNexis University is presenting a free webcast entitled, Silence of All Virtues: Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality in the Digital Age on July 8, 2015 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern. This program has been approved for 1.0 Pennsylvania CLE Ethics Credit. More Information and Registration

Jul 07: Following, Friending and Pinning: The Intersection of Social Media and Evidentiary Principles (Free Webcast)

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:31pm
LexisNexis University is presenting a free webcast entitled, Following, Friending and Pinning: The Intersection of Social Media and Evidentiary Principles on July 7, 2015 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eastern. This program has been approved for 1.0 Pennsylvania CLE Credit. More Information and Registration

Jul 06: Drinking from a Fire Hydrant: Basic Legal Research in the Age of Technology (Free Webcast)

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:25pm
LexisNexis University is presenting a free webcast entitled, Drinking from a Fire Hydrant: Basic Legal Research in the Age of Technology on July 6, 2015 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern. This program has been approved for 1.0 Pennsylvania CLE Credit. More Information and Registration

Jul 13: Finding Out is Better: Effectively Using Technology for Factual Discovery (Free Webcast)

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:16pm
LexisNexis University is presenting a free webcast entitled, Finding Out is Better: Effectively Using Technology for Factual Discovery on July 2, 2015 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm Eastern. This program has been approved for 1.0 Pennsylvania CLE Credit. More Information and Registration