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Jul 28: Poverty Simulation (Pittsburgh)

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:57pm
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 9:00 - 11:45 a.m. Registration and breakfast, 8:30 to 8:50 a.m. Provided by the Allegheny County Bar Association David L. Lawrence Convention Center 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd. 4th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15222 The Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and the Allegheny County Department of Human Services will present a Poverty Simulation, a unique experience designed to empower volunteers to better assist families living with very low incomes. Participants will assume various roles in families who are struggling to survive from week to week on very little. They will be given "play" money and fictional scenarios, and then must navigate through four 20-minute "weeks," balancing and negotiating the basic needs of daily life: food, housing, employment, child care, transportation, doctor visits, emergencies, etc. How would you cope in this situation? Two free CLE ethics credits are available to participants who are current pro bono volunteers or who agree to take a pro bono case. CLICK HERE to register. The number of participants is limited so register soon!

Jul 18: LSC Update (Webinar)

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:15pm
The National Association of Pro Bono Professionals (NAPBPro) will be presenting a webinar entitled LSC Update on August 18, 2015 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern. New revisions to the Legal Service Corporation regulations concerning private attorney involvement (PAI) were adopted in October 2014. The Rules (45 CFR Part 1614), as modified, are effective in November 2015. Learn about the rules and ask questions of its drafter! Registration: Member – Free Non-Member – $20.00 (USD) More Information and Registration

Jun 29: They're Not Just Lawyers, They're Volunteers (Webinar)

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:02pm
The National Association of Pro Bono Professionals (NAPBPro) will be presenting a webinar entitled They're Not Just Lawyers, They're Volunteers on June 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm Eastern. Running a pro bono legal program is all about lawyers, but it’s really about lawyers as volunteers. You need to be skillful at persuading, motivating, guiding, organizing, and thanking. And that puts you in the middle of the professional field of volunteer management. But chances are you were handed this role without much formal training. In this webinar, you’ll be introduced to the 12 elements of successful volunteer engagement and see your work in a wider context. You’ll get many practical tips for working smarter and out-of-the-box (but doable!) ideas for sharing your responsibilities with specially recruited volunteer leaders. Discover the wealth of resources (and colleagues) available online and in your local community to make your work easier and more effective. Learning Objectives: At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to: List the 12 elements of successful volunteer management Assess whether they are using their limited time to best advantage in coordinating pro bono volunteers Conceptualize how leadership volunteers who are not lawyers can help with program coordination Describe at least 5 different resources on volunteer management available online and locally Registration Member – Free Non-Member – $20.00 (USD) More Information and Registration

Sep 15: Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income Clients 2015 (Free Webcast)

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 1:11pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income Clients 2015 on September 15, 2015 at 12:00 Noon Eastern. Although the economy is improving and foreclosures in many parts of the country are in decline due to rising home values, financially marginalized people still file bankruptcy 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 basic 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 hopes to develop practitioners who will volunteer their time and skills to those who cannot afford representation. 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 Duties and due diligence of the attorney How the discharge works and the effectiveness of the automatic stay How to protect the debtor’s property through exemptions An overview of the means test Issues to be aware of and understand This program was designed for practitioners, paralegals and legal assistants who are new to bankruptcy or new to BAPCPA. It is a basic “How to File a Chapter 7” program. Who Should Attend If you would like 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. More Information and Registration

Aug 04: Limited Scope Representation 2015: Ethical & Practical Challenges (Free Webcast)

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 1:02pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from New York entitled Limited Scope Representation 2015: Ethical & Practical Challenges on August 4, 2015 at 12:00 Noon Eastern. 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. Information tables, drop-in legal clinics, websites and help lines are all models in which an attorney takes limited responsibility for a client’s case. Many of these models expand access by employing volunteer attorneys and law students to provide services on a “limited scope” basis. This program will address the ethical and practical issues and concerns arising from the diversification and expansion of this model of representation. What You Will Learn Update on ethical issues in limited scope representation, including competence, communications and the attorney-client relationship, candor before the tribunal and diminished capacity Supervisory issues and best practices Ethical and practical issues in helping the pro se litigant prepare pleadings and motions Best practices in limited scope representation programs More Information and Registration

Aug 04: Limited Scope Representation 2015: Ethical & Practical Challenges

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 1:02pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from New York entitled Limited Scope Representation 2015: Ethical & Practical Challenges on August 4, 2015 at 12:00 Noon Eastern. 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. Information tables, drop-in legal clinics, websites and help lines are all models in which an attorney takes limited responsibility for a client’s case. Many of these models expand access by employing volunteer attorneys and law students to provide services on a “limited scope” basis. This program will address the ethical and practical issues and concerns arising from the diversification and expansion of this model of representation. What You Will Learn Update on ethical issues in limited scope representation, including competence, communications and the attorney-client relationship, candor before the tribunal and diminished capacity Supervisory issues and best practices Ethical and practical issues in helping the pro se litigant prepare pleadings and motions Best practices in limited scope representation programs More Information and Registration

Jul 29: Seeking Safety in America: The Nuts and Bolts of Representing Domestic Violence Victims as Respondents in International Child Abduction Cases 2015 (Free Webcast)

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:54pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Seeking Safety in America: The Nuts and Bolts of Representing Domestic Violence Victims as Respondents in International Child Abduction Cases 2015 on July 29, 2015 at 12:00 Noon Eastern. Battered parents are sometimes forced to flee with their children across international borders, seeking safety in the United States. Their abuser, the left-behind parent in these cases, may file a petition under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction for the return of the children. These cases are filed in U.S. courts, with resources focused on the prompt return of children wrongfully removed from their habitual residence. However, resources for battered parents in these cases remain limited. This training is designed to prepare attorneys to represent battered parents in Hague Convention cases by providing attorneys a basic understanding of the Convention and how the Convention intersects with domestic violence. This program will also focus in on the mechanics of proving the Article 13(b) defense and the role of pro bono attorneys in these cases. What You Will Learn Hague Convention overview and basics Impact of exposure to domestic violence on children Best evidence under the grave risk defense Best practices in preserving the record for appeal Pro bono representation and the “best interest” of the client Who Should Attend All attorneys interested in or currently working with respondents in Hague Convention cases involving allegations of domestic violence. More Information and Registration

Jul 24: Representing the Pro Bono Client: Consumer Law Basics 2015 (Free Webcast)

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:46pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Representing the Pro Bono Client: Consumer Law Basics 2015 on July 24, 2015 at 12:00 Noon 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 Overview of State and Federal Restraints on Debt Collection Introduction to Fair Credit Reporting Act A Primer on Automobile Fraud Representing the Unsecured Debtor Mortgage Servicer Litigation Representing the Student Loan Borrower Developing a Working Relationship with Legal Services Organizations 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. More Information and Registration

Jul 14: Foreclosure Litigation – Real World Solutions That Work For Both Sides 2015 (Free Webcast)

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:23pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Foreclosure Litigation – Real World Solutions That Work For Both Sides 2015 on July 14, 2015 at 12:00 Noon Eastern. This substantive training provides an overview of: Ways to avoid foreclosure litigation by resolving disputes before filing suit, with the commentary of industry leaders representing both borrowers’ and the servicers’ perspectives; Foreclosure litigation and where there is common ground - which arguments help your case, which do not add anything to it, and which actually hurt your client’s chances of a favorable resolution from both “sides”; and A summary of recent decisions and developments regarding the California Homeowner’s Bill of Rights and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Loan Servicing Rules. The half-day training assumes familiarity with the basics of non-judicial foreclosures in California, but practitioners at all experience levels will benefit from this training. The panelists are noted experts in mortgage servicing, consumer and housing law who will cover a broad range of topics in foreclosure avoidance and litigation with real-world examples. What You Will Learn Loss mitigation options for homeowners Foreclosure litigation perspectives from attorneys representing both borrowers and lenders Litigation strategies in foreclosure cases New laws and cases affecting foreclosure mortgage servicing litigation Who Should Attend Practitioners who want to gain a deeper understanding of the foreclosure process in California, as well as attorneys looking for tools to represent their clients in foreclosure cases. The sessions will address issues pertinent to those new to foreclosure litigation, plaintiff or defense side, as well as experienced practitioners. More Information and Registration

Jul 08: Being Smart With Social Media (Webinar)

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 2:40pm
Avvo presents a free webinar entitled Being Smart With Social Media on July 8, 2015 at 1:oo pm Eastern. Josh King, Avvo’s General Counsel, will cover the latest decisions and opinions surrounding social media and the ethics rules governing legal marketing. Examples will be included highlighting the most effective – and ethical – ways lawyers can use social media to develop business, as well as a number of ways that social media is often misused by attorneys. Lawyers who attend this webinar will learn: The difference between inbound and outbound marketing – and why it’s critical to understanding ethical use of social media. How the rules governing attorney marketing are limited by the First Amendment. Why professionalism is of paramount importance in a world of easy, ubiquitous communication. One (1) hr Ethics CLE in PA. More Information and Registration

Oct 30: Jeans for Justice (Allegheny County)

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 2:03pm
Jeans for Justice is back! Join the Allegheny County Bar Foundation in celebrating Pro Bono Week and the 35th Anniversary of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation by holding a casual Friday to benefit legal services programs. Employees of participating offices make a small donation ($5, $10, etc.) for the right to dress in casual attire for the day instead of traditional business wear. Each office collects the donations from employees and submits the donations to the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. Your office can hold its Jeans for Justice day on Friday, October 30, 2015--during national Pro Bono Week--or on any other convenient date. 100% of the proceeds support programs that match volunteer attorneys with low-income residents of Allegheny County desperately in need of legal assistance. For more information or to just let the ACBF know know that your firm or legal department will include Jeans for Justice in its fall plans, please contact Erin Rhodes at erhodes@acba.org or 412-402-6641.

Jun 24: AOS Legal Roundtable: Military Families and Civilian Law

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:56am
AOS Legal Roundtable: Military Families and Civilian Law For Servicemembers returning home from deployment, the joy of happy reunions can sometimes be short-lived. Every day, these men and women face challenges unique to Military life – child custody, financial fraud, identity theft, foreclosure and even Veterans benefits. The aid and advice of a trusted attorney can be a lifeline of support. However, these challenges may require a better understanding of the dynamic between Military and civilian law. Often times, there are subtle nuances in the law that may affect their career, their Family, and perhaps even a unit’s combat readiness. JOIN HERE for this FREE web event as our panelists discuss examples of the convergence of Military and civilian legal situations. Participants will observe discussions on: Examples of Civil and Criminal legal circumstances How the status of advice given could impact a Servicemember’s combat readiness and/or their careers Moderator: Paul Freese Director of Litigation and Policy Neighborhood Legal Services Los Angeles, CA Panelists: Bryan Morgan Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) Director of Career Development Faulkner University, Jones School of Law Montgomery, AL Timothy Hansen Judge Ada County Idaho Boise, ID Jason T. Vail Senior Attorney/Chief Counsel, Legal Services American Bar Association Chicago, IL Steve Stokes CPT, U.S. Army JAG Officer Idaho National Guard Boise, ID Joshua Bode, LCSW Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator Boise VA Medical Center Boise, ID

Jun 11: Custody Conciliation — a Partnership Project (Pittsburgh)

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 9:01am
Provided by Neighborhood Legal Services Association Hosted by Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation Academy Room City-County Building, 9th Floor 414 Grant Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219 A training program will be held for new and current volunteers for the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership's Custody Conciliation Project, which provides attorneys to help low-income parents settle custody cases, thereby avoiding further litigation and relieving children of the difficult experience of a protracted custody dispute. The time commitment is very reasonable; attorneys enter an appearance in the case for the limited purpose of the conciliation only. Volunteers are greatly needed for this program. CLE CREDITS: 2.5 substantive credits REGISTRATION FEE: $0.00 for volunteers for the custody conciliation project. $60 for non-volunteers. $40 for non-volunteers who do not want CLE credit or for non-volunteer paralegals. PRESENTERS: The Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark, Administrative Judge, Family Division Amy Ross, Custody Department Manager, Family Division Antoinette Oliver, Esquire, Meyer Unkovic and Scott Melaine Rothey, Esquire, Jones Gregg Creehan & Gerace LLP Joseph Balestrino, Esquire, U.S. Steel Corporation CLICK HERE to register or contact Sharon Goldsmith at goldsmiths@nlsa.us. Be sure to provide your name and PA attorney ID #.

Jun 15 - Jun 19: Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client 2015 (Online)

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:21am
The Practising Law Institute Is presenting its second annual massively open online course (MOOC) entitled Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client 2015 beginning on June 15, 2015. The format for the MOOC is unlike anything PLI has ever offered. The course will be held exclusively online from Monday through Friday. Participants are expected to participate each day but may attend each daily segment any time, day or night. The course is free to anyone who wants to learn more about how to meet the unique challenges posed by pro bono clients. This course will teach new attorneys and seasoned professionals how to work effectively and cooperatively with their pro bono client. What you will learn You will learn proper techniques for getting to know your pro bono client including: How to identify common problems that clients living in poverty have with access to resources (e.g., transportation, child care, Internet access). How to create an environment where clients living in poverty feel safe enough to communicate fully and honestly with their lawyer. You will learn how to communicate effectively with your pro bono client by: Implementing strategies for establishing a trusting and productive relationship with a client living in poverty. Recognizing the signs of poor literacy skills, especially reading comprehension, and make the necessary accommodations. Establishing effective lines of communication with clients whose native language is not English. You will learn how to educate your pro bono client about the legal process by: Preparing clients for meetings and courtroom appearances. Setting expectations for client behavior in court. Preparing clients for how judges and other court personnel may speak to them and treat them. You will learn how to help your pro bono client make informed choices by: Explaining legal options, the negotiation process, and court proceedings in a manner that is understandable to the client. Developing and documenting authority to ensure that decisions to make, accept, or reject offers are the client’s and are not the result of the attorney imposing his/her will on the client. Who should participate 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. Schedule (all times are approximate): Monday: The Initial Client Meeting (45 minutes) Tuesday: Barriers to Effective Legal Representation (40 minutes) Wednesday: Honesty and Confidentiality (30 minutes) Thursday: Capstone Activity (30 minutes) Friday: Wrap-Up (10 minutes) Faculty: Alicia Aiken – Executive Director, The Confidentiality Institute More Information and Registration

Aug 06: Raise A Glass To Justice - 4th Annual Fundraiser

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 8:45am
SAVE-THE-DATE for North Penn Legal Services' 4th Annual Raise A Glass To Justice event at Melt, 2805 Center Valley Parkway, Center Valley, PA 18034 which will be held on August 6, 2015, beginning at 6:00 pm. More details available from North Penn Legal Services at: http://northpennlegal.org/events/raise-glass-justice-4th-annual-fundraiser

Jul 20: 23rd Annual ACBA Golf Tournament and 3rd Annual Bocce Tournament

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:05pm
Plan to join the Allegheny County Bar Association for its 23rd Annual Golf Tournament and 3rd Annual Bocce Tournament on Monday, July 20, 2015 at the Diamond Run Golf Club, 132 Laurel Oak Drive Sewickley, PA 15143. The event offers a day of golf, food, prizes and camaraderie – all for a great cause! Not a fan of golf? That’s okay, because a bocce competition is also being offered for the third consecutive year. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a wonderful event! Proceeds benefit the pro bono legal programs of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and Neighborhood Legal Services Association. Sponsorship Information More Information and Registration

Jun 12: 2015 Summer Pro Bono Program for Law Students (Philadelphia)

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:27am
Philadelphia VIP will be hosting its 20th Annual Summer Pro Bono Day on Friday, June 12, 2015 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, 10th floor, Philadelphia. VIP’s Summer Pro Bono Day is geared specifically to law students at the inception of their careers to educate them about issues of poverty in Philadelphia and to promote an ethic of service to address those issues through pro bono work. Participants in Summer Pro Bono Day will: Discuss the importance of pro bono service with judges from the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Bar Association leadership, and VIP Board Members Hear directly from a Philadelphia VIP client and the volunteer attorney who provided legal services not otherwise available Learn about poverty in Philadelphia and the various opportunities Philadelphia VIP offers its volunteers to pursue legal justice for Philadelphians in need Registration is $25. However, registration is free for those seeking employment, or for those that are employed in non-paying summer positions. For more information you can contact Maggie Stohler at phillyfellow@phillyvip.org. The registration deadline is Friday, May 29, 2015. More Information and Registration

May 15: Divorce Practice in Philadelphia

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:09am
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, is sponsoring a free* CLE Training Program for attorneys entitled Divorce Practice in Philadelphia on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 2:15 pm at the Family Court Building, 1501 Arch Street, 15th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Lunch will be provided. Training will be conducted by: Megan Watson, Esq. Berner Klaw & Watson LLP James Rocco, III, Esq. Rocco Law Offices, LLC Michael Viola, Esq. Philadelphia VIP The Honorable Margaret T. Murphy, Administrative Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Family Division, will deliver remarks. If you have any questions or concerns contact Maggie Stohler at (215) 523-9567 or phillyfellow@phillyvip.org Information Flyer Registration

May 05: Consumer Advocacy Issues in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (Webinar)

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:34am
Justice in Aging (formerly the National Senior Citizens Law Center) will be holding a webinar entitled Consumer Advocacy Issues in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports on May 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm-3:00 pm Eastern. This webinar will discuss how particular program policies may influence availability of services and the ability of consumers to access those services. The information presented will be of use to advocates from any state with a Medicaid managed care program, and will address both individual and systemic advocacy strategies. Presenters: Eric Carlson, Justice in Aging Julie Carter, Justice in Aging This webinar was made possible through a grant from The Retirement Research Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies. More Information and Registration

Apr 24: Helping Domestic Violence Victims Obtain Protection Orders

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 2:11pm
Neighborhood Legal Services Association is offering its Spring 2015 Seminar entitled Helping Domestic Violence Victims Obtain Protection Orders on Friday April 24, 2015 from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm at K & L Gates, 210 6th Avenue, 28th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 who are hosting the training. 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 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. CLE CREDITS: 3 substantive credits; 1 ethics credit This course has been approved for the listed CLE credits by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. NLSA is the CLE Provider. 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) 5866134. More Information and Registration