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Jun 01: LAWYERPALOOZA (Ardmore)

7 hours 5 min ago
Montgomery Bar Foundation is pleased to present LAWYERPALOOZA, a very special 30th Anniversary Concert Event and Benefit. Come and enjoy a casual, stress-free night out with friends, family and colleagues on Thursday evening, June 1, 2017, while helping to support justice-related causes in our community. LAWYERPALOOZA will be held at the Ardmore Music Hall, which has established itself as a premiere landing spot for many renowned, local and national touring musical acts. It features a state-of-the-art sound system, a full bar with 21 craft beers on draught, a low & intimate stage, and balcony viewing area for larger events. Experience rare live performances by lawyers who truly rock, along with surprise guest appearances. The following acts are scheduled to appear at LAWYERPALOOZA: THE HONORABLE GARY S. SILOW your host and emcee for the evening ANALOG GROOVE with Mark Harris, Alfred Abel and Justin Mixon BRIGHTON ROAD with James Bainbridge CLASS ACTION and the Marshall Dennehey Horns CTO MIDTOWN EXPRESS featuring Assistant U.S. Attorney Virgil Walker MARK SCHULTZ AND THE WAYNE RANGERS featuring Mark Schultz and Richard Myers OUT OF ORDER featuring Cary Hall and Patrick Kurtas THE PUBLIC OFFENDERS with David Conver AND MORE!!! This event is presented by Montgomery Bar Foundation, which is the charitable affiliate of the Montgomery Bar Association. The mission of the Montgomery Bar Foundation is to improve, facilitate and support justice and fair treatment for all. Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities

May 25: Opioids: Physicians, Patients, Governments & Attorneys (Webinar)

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:45pm
The TASA Group is presenting a free webinar entitled Opioids: Physicians, Patients, Governments & Attorneys on May25, 2017 from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm. Dr. Steven Simon is the Medical Director at The Pain Management Institute as well as the assistant clinical professor with the Department of PMR at The University of Kansas, the Clinical associate professor for the Department of Family Practice as well as the Assistant Clinical Professor at Touro University, Department of PMR. Dr. Simon completed his residency at the University of Kansas where he was Chief Resident. He is an international/regional lecturer to physicians on pain diagnosis, treatments and rehabilitation topics. Dr. Simon has also been awarded a plethora of prestigious honors throughout his career. Note: This webinar is approved for CLE general credit in FL, IL, MN, NC, and WI; ethics credit in CA, IL, and PA; and substance abuse credit in FL and NC. More Information and Registration Founded in 1956, The TASA Group is North America's Largest and Most Experienced Expert Referral ServiceTM, giving you access to seasoned professionals in 10,000+ technical and medical specialties. With three distinct service divisions, each with a specific mission, The TASA Group is dedicated to providing the best experts and consultants available to meet your diverse needs.

Jun 10: Wills for Heroes Event (Cumberland County)

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:40am
Wills for Heroes provides free basic estate planning documents to first responders and military veterans in Pennsylvania. Wills for Heroes provides police, fire, emergency medical personnel, other first responders and military veterans - those on the frontlines for our personal safety - the tools they need to prepare adequately for the future. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. Lawyer volunteers at these events use laptop computers loaded with a software program designed specifically for Wills for Heroes. Using this technology allows lawyers from all specialties to participate in the program. During the events, each participant meets with a volunteer who inputs information from the questionnaire into the software. A lawyer volunteer reviews the draft estate planning documents with the first responder to make sure he or she understands and agrees to the plan. The documents are then finalized, signed, witnessed and notarized at the event so they are effective immediately. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP and the PBA Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program for all active and retired Pennsylvania First Responders and their spouses/partners as well as Pennsylvania military veterans on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The event will be held at the the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 5080 Ritter Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 beginning at 11am If you have any questions about this event, please contact Gabriele Miller-Wagner at wfh.gmillerwagner@yahoo.com or Hannah Suhr, Esq at h.r.suhr@gmail.com. For more information on the program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org. For more information about Wills for Heroes and its Pennsylvania programs and to register as a volunteer, visit http://www.pabar.org/site/YLD/Wills-for-Heroes or call the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at 800-932-0311. Event Invitation and Information for First Responders Information for First Responders Information for Lawyer Volunteers Facebook: Wills for Heroes-PA

Jun 07: Wills for Heroes Event (Philadelphia County)

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:32am
Wills for Heroes provides free basic estate planning documents to first responders and military veterans in Pennsylvania. Wills for Heroes provides police, fire, emergency medical personnel, other first responders and military veterans - those on the frontlines for our personal safety - the tools they need to prepare adequately for the future. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. Lawyer volunteers at these events use laptop computers loaded with a software program designed specifically for Wills for Heroes. Using this technology allows lawyers from all specialties to participate in the program. During the events, each participant meets with a volunteer who inputs information from the questionnaire into the software. A lawyer volunteer reviews the draft estate planning documents with the first responder to make sure he or she understands and agrees to the plan. The documents are then finalized, signed, witnessed and notarized at the event so they are effective immediately. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and with sponsorship by Comcast and Ballard Spahr LLP, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program for all active and retired Pennsylvania First Responders and their spouses/partners as well as Pennsylvania military veterans on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The event will be held at the Community College of Philadelphia, Center for Business and Industry, 3rd Floor, 1750 Callowhill Street (corner of 18th & Callowhill), Philadelphia, PA 19130 beginning at 2:00 p.m. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Carolyn Capobianco at capobianco@ballardspahr.com or Dan McKenna at mckennad@ballardspahr.com. For more information on the program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org. For more information about Wills for Heroes and its Pennsylvania programs and to register as a volunteer, visit http://www.pabar.org/site/YLD/Wills-for-Heroes or call the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at 800-932-0311. Event Invitation and Information for First Responders Information for First Responders Information for Lawyer Volunteers Facebook: Wills for Heroes-PA

Jun 03: Wills for Heroes Event (Lebanon County)

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:22am
Wills for Heroes provides free basic estate planning documents to first responders and military veterans in Pennsylvania. Wills for Heroes provides police, fire, emergency medical personnel, other first responders and military veterans - those on the frontlines for our personal safety - the tools they need to prepare adequately for the future. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. Lawyer volunteers at these events use laptop computers loaded with a software program designed specifically for Wills for Heroes. Using this technology allows lawyers from all specialties to participate in the program. During the events, each participant meets with a volunteer who inputs information from the questionnaire into the software. A lawyer volunteer reviews the draft estate planning documents with the first responder to make sure he or she understands and agrees to the plan. The documents are then finalized, signed, witnessed and notarized at the event so they are effective immediately. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP and the Quentin Volunteer Fire Company, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program for all active and retired Pennsylvania First Responders and their spouses/partners as well as Pennsylvania military veterans. The event will be held at the Quentin Volunteer Fire Company, 20 S Lebanon St, Quentin, PA 17042 beginning at 11am If you have any questions about this event, please contact Gabriele Miller-Wagner at wfh.gmillerwagner@yahoo.com. For more information on the program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org. For more information about Wills for Heroes and its Pennsylvania programs and to register as a volunteer, visit http://www.pabar.org/site/YLD/Wills-for-Heroes or call the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at 800-932-0311. Event Invitation and Information for First Responders Information for First Responders Information for Lawyer Volunteers Facebook: Wills for Heroes-PA

May 20: Wills for Heroes Event (Montgomery County)

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:14am
Wills for Heroes provides free basic estate planning documents to first responders and military veterans in Pennsylvania. Wills for Heroes provides police, fire, emergency medical personnel, other first responders and military veterans - those on the frontlines for our personal safety - the tools they need to prepare adequately for the future. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. Lawyer volunteers at these events use laptop computers loaded with a software program designed specifically for Wills for Heroes. Using this technology allows lawyers from all specialties to participate in the program. During the events, each participant meets with a volunteer who inputs information from the questionnaire into the software. A lawyer volunteer reviews the draft estate planning documents with the first responder to make sure he or she understands and agrees to the plan. The documents are then finalized, signed, witnessed and notarized at the event so they are effective immediately. On Saturday, May 20, 2017, In partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and with sponsorship by Timoney Knox LLP, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program for all active and retired Upper Dublin Police and Fire and other Pennsylvania First Responders and their spouses/partners as well as Pennsylvania military veterans. The event will be held at the Upper Dublin Township Building at 801 Loch Alsh Avenue, Fort Washington, PA 19034 beginning at 11:00 a.m. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Lisa Shearman at lshearman@hrmml.com. For more information on the program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org. For more information about Wills for Heroes and its Pennsylvania programs and to register as a volunteer, visit http://www.pabar.org/site/YLD/Wills-for-Heroes or call the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at 800-932-0311. Event Invitation and Information for First Responders Information for First Responders Information for Lawyer Volunteers Facebook: Wills for Heroes-PA

May 20: Wills for Heroes Event (Susquehanna County)

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:06am
Wills for Heroes provides free basic estate planning documents to first responders and military veterans in Pennsylvania. Wills for Heroes provides police, fire, emergency medical personnel, other first responders and military veterans - those on the frontlines for our personal safety - the tools they need to prepare adequately for the future. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. Lawyer volunteers at these events use laptop computers loaded with a software program designed specifically for Wills for Heroes. Using this technology allows lawyers from all specialties to participate in the program. During the events, each participant meets with a volunteer who inputs information from the questionnaire into the software. A lawyer volunteer reviews the draft estate planning documents with the first responder to make sure he or she understands and agrees to the plan. The documents are then finalized, signed, witnessed and notarized at the event so they are effective immediately. On Saturday, May 20, 2017, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program for all active and retired Pennsylvania First Responders, all sworn personnel and their spouses/significant others as well as Pennsylvania military veterans. The event will be held at the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, 270 Lake Ave., Montrose, PA 18801 beginning at 11am. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Zachary Morahan at ZMorahan@cglawoffices.com or Gabriele Miller-Wagner at wfh.gmillerwagner@yahoo.com. For more information on the program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org. For more information about Wills for Heroes and its Pennsylvania programs and to register as a volunteer, visit http://www.pabar.org/site/YLD/Wills-for-Heroes or call the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at 800-932-0311. Event Invitation and Information for First Responders Information for First Responders Information for Lawyer Volunteers Facebook: Wills for Heroes-PA

Jun 19: Summer Pro Bono Program for Law Students (Philadelphia)

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 8:32am
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will hold its Summer Pro Bono Program for Law Students on June 19, 2017 from 11:30 am-2:30 pm at Peco Energy Hall, 2301 Market Street, Lower Level, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Philadelphia VIP’s Summer Pro Bono Program educates law students about the critical legal needs of low-income Philadelphians. Particpants 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 Philadelphia VIP clients and VIP volunteer attorneys. Learn about poverty in Philadelphia and the opportunities that VIP offers its volunteers to pursue legal justice for Philadelphians in need. Registration: Organization Registration: $25.00 For organizations looking to register a group of law students or summer associates. Law Student Individual Registration (Paid Employment): $25.00 For law students with paid summer employment or paid internships. Law Student Individual Registration (Unpaid Employment): Free For law students with non-paying summer positions or for those seeking employment. More Information and Registration

Jun 26 - Jun 30: Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client 2017

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:56pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering this massive open online course (MOOC) entitled Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client 2017 online from Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30. 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. As states enact new pro bono requirements and ease some restrictions on pro bono representation, it is becoming more important than ever for lawyers to understand the unique challenges posed by pro bono clients. 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. More Information and Registration

Jun 22: Human Trafficking and Forced Labor: Litigation Trends and the Power of Pro Bono (Free Webcast)

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:47pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free one-hour briefing via webcast entitled Human Trafficking and Forced Labor: Litigation Trends and the Power of Pro Bono on June 22, 2017 from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm Eastern. The International Labor Organization estimates that 20.9 million people around the globe are held in all forms of servitude, including forced labor. For decades, impunity has been the norm. But the status quo is changing. Supply chains are under tremendous scrutiny, with legislation mandating greater transparency. Strategic litigation has emerged as a tool to combat forced labor in the United States and abroad. And federal prosecutors now have the power to bring extraterritorial cases in U.S. courts. Over the past five years, pro bono attorneys have played a key role in fighting for justice for victims of forced labor. The number of civil trafficking cases filed in U.S. federal courts has tripled since 2012. The trend is likely to continue, with demands for accountability increasing across the globe. Please join Martina Vandenberg, President of the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center, for this Briefing to learn more about: Recent federal indictments for forced labor in the U.S. Recent civil trafficking case trends in U.S. federal courts Extraterritorial jurisdiction for forced labor under federal law Pro bono representation of trafficking victims in the federal courts Labor trafficking victims’ rights in the United States More Information and Registration

Jul 20: Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings 2017 (Free Webcast)

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:40pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from New York entitled Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings 2017 on July 20, 2017 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm Eastern. With the new Administration and the Department of Homeland Security focused on enforcement and deportation initiatives, non-citizens facing removal are in need of competent and knowledgeable representation. Studies have shown that those without legal representation face a significantly higher risk of removal, regardless of eligibility for relief. In response to the acute need for trained attorneys to defend the record number of immigrants facing removal, prominent members of the bar and bench have called for more pro bono work to be done to fill the gap. At this program, expert practitioners will provide a comprehensive, nuts and bolts overview of how to most effectively defend immigrants facing removal proceedings. Topics Include Review of the evolving landscape in immigration enforcement and how to practice in immigration court Recent developments in asylum law Cancellation of removal Representing the criminal defendant in removal proceedings Representing children in removal proceedings and immigration relief for victims of crime or abuse Ethical issues in removal proceedings More Information and Registration

Jul 19: A Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for Advocates: How to Effectively Address PTSD in Matters Involving Veterans and Others Affected by Trauma (Free Webcast)

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:32pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled A Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for Advocates: How to Effectively Address PTSD in Matters Involving Veterans and Others Affected by Trauma on July 19, 2017 from 12:00 pm-3:30 pm Eastern. Although PTSD can cause symptoms that significantly affect cognition and behavior, the people who assist or make critical decisions affecting those who experience PTSD may not recognize or understand these symptoms well. This training provides advocates with an understanding of PTSD that will allow them to: Work productively with clients who have experienced trauma; Learn about PTSD and how it may relate to clients’ legal issues; Partner effectively with mental health professionals; and Develop compelling evidence to support advocacy for individuals affected by PTSD. What You Will Learn Led by a faculty that includes a VA psychologist with extensive clinical expertise in PTSD and lawyers specializing in mental health-related advocacy, this training will provide: An understanding of how trauma and PTSD affect the brain; A description of PTSD symptoms and how they affect people in their day-to-day lives; Discussion of how PTSD symptoms can be relevant in legal proceedings; Guidance for developing relevant information and evidence about PTSD; Insight into mental health reports, evaluations, and other clinical evidence; and Strategies for working effectively with mental health professionals to develop and present information about PTSD that supports advocacy for those affected by trauma. Who Should Attend Any advocate involved in services, benefits, access to justice, or other assistance to clients who experience PTSD should attend this training to expand their understanding and enhance their ability to work effectively on issues affecting this sometimes misunderstood population. More Information and Registration

Sep 20: Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2017 (Free Webcast)

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:22pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2017 on September 20, 2017 from 12:00 pm-3:30 pm Eastern. The need for pro bono assistance with administrative hearings has never been higher. Clients who have been denied or are at risk of losing vital benefits, housing subsidies, or are facing school discipline have a right to an administrative hearing, but are often unrepresented in what can be a confusing and adversarial process. Significant changes to key public benefits programs, including Social Security, General Assistance, CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal and In-Home Support Services have occurred in recent years imposing new complex rules. On the unemployment insurance front, while the number of applications has overall declined, we have yet to see a reverse of the recession-based trend of employers challenging many unemployment insurance benefit applications. Housing Authorities frequently seek to deny and revoke housing subsidies often due to tenuous allegations of criminal activity. Meanwhile, low-wage workers are experiencing wage theft at unprecedented rates and relying on the Labor Commissioner more than ever before to recover their unpaid wages. School discipline is a major driving force in the inequitable educational outcomes faced by low-income children and children of color, posing significant harm to students who are not adequately represented. Legal aid services have also suffered funding problems and staffing cuts with reduced ability to meet the demand to represent clients in these cases. Unfortunately, there are many individuals, who have been unlawfully deprived of critical benefits, are at risk of losing a housing subsidy, have not been paid according to basic wage and hour laws, and who are facing school discipline. This vulnerable population cannot navigate the administrative hearing process on their own. As a result, low-income families face hunger, homelessness, economic instability, and inadequate education. This training is designed to help mitigate the crisis faced by low-income families everywhere by providing attorneys with a basic understanding of common issues and strategies in providing pro bono assistance with administrative hearings. The program will focus on California law, but will also cover many topics such as due process and other rights that apply nationwide; therefore, advocates from other forums would benefit from the information and attending the program. What You Will Learn An overview of administrative hearings low-income clients most frequently need involving: State public benefits, including General Assistance, CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal; Federal public benefits, including Supplemental Security Income; Federally assisted housing programs, including public housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP or "Section 8"); Unemployment and state disability insurance claims and overpayments; Unpaid wages, and other wage and hour-related rights; and School discipline, including representing students at expulsion hearings. Best practices and common advocacy strategies, preparation, and procedures for administrative hearings, including: Obtaining evidence: informal and formal discovery; Drafting position statements/hearing briefs; Presenting your case at hearing;and Alternatives: Informal resolution Rehearings and further appeals California law and practice specifics Who Should Attend All attorneys interested in or currently assisting pro bono clients with administrative matters through representation or in clinical settings; law firm pro bono coordinators, managers and partners; legal clinic faculty and law students; and public interest and non-profit legal services attorneys and staff would benefit from attending this program. More Information and Registration

Sep 20: Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2017 (Free Webcast)

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:20pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2017 on September 20, 2017 from 12:00 pm-3:30 pm Eastern. The need for pro bono assistance with administrative hearings has never been higher. Clients who have been denied or are at risk of losing vital benefits, housing subsidies, or are facing school discipline have a right to an administrative hearing, but are often unrepresented in what can be a confusing and adversarial process. Significant changes to key public benefits programs, including Social Security, General Assistance, CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal and In-Home Support Services have occurred in recent years imposing new complex rules. On the unemployment insurance front, while the number of applications has overall declined, we have yet to see a reverse of the recession-based trend of employers challenging many unemployment insurance benefit applications. Housing Authorities frequently seek to deny and revoke housing subsidies often due to tenuous allegations of criminal activity. Meanwhile, low-wage workers are experiencing wage theft at unprecedented rates and relying on the Labor Commissioner more than ever before to recover their unpaid wages. School discipline is a major driving force in the inequitable educational outcomes faced by low-income children and children of color, posing significant harm to students who are not adequately represented. Legal aid services have also suffered funding problems and staffing cuts with reduced ability to meet the demand to represent clients in these cases. Unfortunately, there are many individuals, who have been unlawfully deprived of critical benefits, are at risk of losing a housing subsidy, have not been paid according to basic wage and hour laws, and who are facing school discipline. This vulnerable population cannot navigate the administrative hearing process on their own. As a result, low-income families face hunger, homelessness, economic instability, and inadequate education. This training is designed to help mitigate the crisis faced by low-income families everywhere by providing attorneys with a basic understanding of common issues and strategies in providing pro bono assistance with administrative hearings. The program will focus on California law, but will also cover many topics such as due process and other rights that apply nationwide; therefore, advocates from other forums would benefit from the information and attending the program. What You Will Learn An overview of administrative hearings low-income clients most frequently need involving: State public benefits, including General Assistance, CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal; Federal public benefits, including Supplemental Security Income; Federally assisted housing programs, including public housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP or "Section 8"); Unemployment and state disability insurance claims and overpayments; Unpaid wages, and other wage and hour-related rights; and School discipline, including representing students at expulsion hearings. Best practices and common advocacy strategies, preparation, and procedures for administrative hearings, including: Obtaining evidence: informal and formal discovery; Drafting position statements/hearing briefs; Presenting your case at hearing;and Alternatives: Informal resolution Rehearings and further appeals California law and practice specifics Who Should Attend All attorneys interested in or currently assisting pro bono clients with administrative matters through representation or in clinical settings; law firm pro bono coordinators, managers and partners; legal clinic faculty and law students; and public interest and non-profit legal services attorneys and staff would benefit from attending this program. More Information and Registration

Sep 13: Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income Clients 2017 (Free Webcast)

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:09pm
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income Clients 2017 on September 13, 2017 from 12:00 pm-8:00 pm 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 is ever changing (all of the forms changed effective April 1, 2016) 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 for the low-income client Issues in bankruptcy 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 in the practice of Chapter 7 bankruptcy. More Information and Registration

Jul 17: 25th Annual ACBA Golf Tournament and 5th Annual Bocce Tournament

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 9:21am
The 25th Annual ACBA Golf Tournament and 5th Annual Bocce Tournament will be held on July 17, 2017 at The Club at Nevillewood, 1000 Nevillewood Dr, Presto, PA 15142. The event benefits Benefits the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and Neighborhood Legal Services Association. The day's events include lunch, 18 holes of golf, bocce competition, skill contests, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, auction, raffles, and prizes. For more information, contact the ACBA at 412-402-6641 or erhodes@acba.org; or visit www.acbf.org Registration Form Online Registration

Jun 10: 13th Annual Trial Run 5K Race

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:50pm
The 13th Annual Trial Run 5K Race benefiting Legal Aid of Southeastern PA will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Downingtown, PA. Race starts at 8:00 at the entrance to Struble Trail that is across the street from Planet Fitness. Registration/Entry Fee: Before June 1, 2017 – $8 all ages After June 1, 2017 until morning of the race – $10 all ages Race day registration at 7:15 a.m. Course: Race starts at 8:00 at the entrance to Struble Trail that is across the street from Planet Fitness. Awards: Cash prizes awarded to first and second place overall male/female runner. Awards Ceremony and Post Race refreshments immediately following the race. Beneficiary Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP) is a non-profit organization committed to delivering high quality legal services to low income residents of Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware Counties. For more information about LASP, visit their web site: www.lasp.org. More Information and Registration

May 26: Motions to Suppress and to Terminate Removal Proceedings: Litigating Fourth Amendment Violations in Immigration Court (Webcast)

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 8:24am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Motions to Suppress and to Terminate Removal Proceedings: Litigating Fourth Amendment Violations in Immigration Court on May 26, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Why You Should Attend Threats of increased immigration enforcement, promises of increased hiring of immigration and border patrol agents, and the elimination of “priority enforcement” categories likely mean a return to unconstitutional practices such as racial profiling and unreasonable searches and seizures, forced entry into homes, and workplace raids. The constitution provides a remedy for egregious constitutional violations by immigration authorities: immigration courts may exclude evidence obtained through such means and terminate the removal proceedings. What You Will Learn The program will cover the legal standards and immigration court procedures that govern suppression and termination motions. Sample briefs and checklists will be provided for proving the elements necessary to succeed in a motion to suppress and related motions, including motions to terminate removal proceedings. Who Should Attend Suppression hearings are based on constitutional law and therefore are well-suited pro bono opportunities for immigration and non-immigration attorneys alike. Anyone who is interested in providing pro bono representation to individuals whose constitutional rights were violated in the course of an arrest—either alone or with a group that is representing multiple people arrested in a mass enforcement action—would benefit from this training. More Information and Registration

Aug 10: 2017 Raise a Glass to Justice - Benefit North Penn Legal Services

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:33pm
The annual Raise a Glass for Justice fundraiser for North Penn Legal Services will be held on August 10, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Blue Grillhouse, 4431 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18020. Raise A Glass To Justice, benefiting North Penn Legal Services, is a great event for networking, a chance to relax after a long day at work, and most importantly, a chance to make a difference. The popular Penn State 80s covers band, Velveeta, will again provide live entertainment. The Lehigh Valley Idol Competition will introduce a new MC, Teresa Hogan and will feature duets battling for the Idol Crown(s) instead of soloists. You will not want to miss this sing off battle! The net proceeds from this event benefit North Penn Legal Services - the only legal aid organization in the Lehigh Valley dedicated to providing free civil legal help to low-income people. The event will take place at a new location at Blue Grillhouse's Events Center --- where you can hang out with friends on the patio before and after joining us at the event. The minimum donation to attend is $50.00. For recognition from your peers, please consider making a donation of $100 or more and be listed as a "Friend" in the Northampton County Bar Association Law Reporter and on NPLS's website. 100% of your donation is tax deductible. Sponsorship opportunities are available. In addition to tickets for admission to the event, sponsors will be recognized in the Northampton County Bar Association Law Reporter, on NPLS's website, event page, and social media channels. Sponsors at the Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels will be displayed on a poster at the event. More Information and Purchase Tickets

May 23: What Is "Sex"? Federal Legal Protections for LGBT People (Webcast)

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 11:16am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled What Is "Sex"? Federal Legal Protections for LGBT People on May 23, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern. Since the 1970s and particularly after the Supreme Court’s decision in Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, the issue of whether federal sex discrimination laws protect LGBT people has been litigated all over the country. Courts have evaluated this key legal issue in different ways and in a variety of contexts, resulting in an unpredictable legal landscape for LGBT people and their families. In this session, we will provide a historical analysis of how courts have addressed this issue in the employment, school, and healthcare contexts as well as a roundup of key recent and pending cases to watch. We will also identify emerging issues and detail best practices that employers, schools, and health insurance providers should adopt to protect LGBT people and their families. What You Will Learn Historical overview of sex discrimination decisions around the country Key cases regarding this issue and cases to watch Emerging issues and litigation strategies in the employment, schools, and healthcare contexts Best practices for employers, schools, and healthcare providers Who Should Attend Attorneys, employers, and other professionals looking to expand their knowledge of federal sex discrimination law. Attorneys litigating sex discrimination cases on behalf of LGBT plaintiffs are encouraged to attend and will gain practical skills for litigating claims. Employers, school administrators, and insurance providers who want to implement best practices regarding LGBT employees, students, and plan participants. More Information and Registration