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Oct 23: Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts New Volunteer Orientation

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:42am
Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts will be holding an orientation program for new volunteers on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Arts + Business Council offices, located at 200 South Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. For 30+ years, thousands of Philadelphia area attorneys have addressed innumerable unique and exciting arts-related legal cases. Lawyers have assisted artists and arts and cultural organizations on subjects ranging from reviewing contracts and preparing documents to negotiating leases and exhibition agreements; securing protection of artwork; and setting up new community-wide arts initiatives. If you have an interest in sharing your legal expertise with the arts and cultural community, the PVLA program may be the exciting community involvement opportunity for you. To apply to become a volunteer complete the online application form. After your application is received, you will be will contacted to confirm your participation in the orientation session. There is a one-time participation fee of $300 per participant. Many firms and companies subsidize this fee, recognizing that having employees involved as PVLA volunteers offers both professional development opportunities and a way to enhance the firm's presence in the community. For more information visit www.artsandbusinessphila.org/pvla/lawyers.asp or contact Miriam Dechant, Esq., Director, Legal Services at 215.790.3822 or mdechant@artsandbusinessphila.org.

Aug 11: Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings 2014 (Free Webcast)

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:58pm
The Practising Law Institute will be presenting a free webcast of a live presentation from New York, NY entitled Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings 2014 on August 11, 2014 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern. With more than 300,000 deportation and removal cases initiated by U.S. immigration authorities each year, immigrants in the United States are in need of competent and knowledgeable representation in this important area of law. Over half of those facing removal proceedings are unrepresented, and those without legal representation face a significantly higher risk of removal, regardless of eligibility for relief. At this comprehensive program, panels of nationally-recognized experts will provide a nuts and bolts overview of how to most effectively defend immigrants facing removal proceedings. What you will learn: Recent developments in asylum law The nuts and bolts of cancellation of removal How to represent clients in detention Representing the criminal defendant in removal proceedings Representing children in removal proceedings and Violence Against Women Act claims Ethical issues in removal proceedings Who should attend: This program will benefit lawyers who currently represent or are interested in representing immigrant clients facing removal proceedings. More Information and Registration

Jul 23: Medicare & Medicaid Post-DOMA: Changes for Same Gender Couples? (Free Webinar)

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:14pm
The National Senior Citizens Law Center will be holding a free webinar entitled Medicare & Medicaid Post-DOMA: Changes for Same Gender Couples? on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm Eastern. This webinar is part of a two-part webinar series on July 22-23, where you will learn what’s happened since the Supreme Court decision in United States v Windsor, and what’s still needed to ensure the rights of LGBT same sex couples are fully recognized by the the Social Security Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Presenters: Georgia Burke, NSCLC Directing Attorney Aaron Tax, SAGE Director of Federal Government Relations More Information Registration

Jul 22: Social Security and SSI Post-DOMA: Changes for Same Gender Couples? (Free Webinar)

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:09pm
The National Senior Citizens Law Center will be holding a free webinar entitled Social Security and SSI Post-DOMA: Changes for Same Gender Couples? on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm Eastern. This webinar is part of a two-part webinar series on July 22-23, where you will learn what’s happened since the Supreme Court decision in United States v Windsor, and what’s still needed to ensure the rights of LGBT same sex couples are fully recognized by the the Social Security Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Presenter: Gerald McIntyre, NSCLC Directing Attorney More Information Registration

Aug 04 - Aug 08: Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client (Online Interactive Course)

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 8:56am
The Practising Law Institute is launching its first Pro Bono Open Interactive Course, Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client, on August 4-8, 2014. The course will run for five days (varying between 10-45 minutes each day), from August 4-8, 2014. It is open to all, without cost, and blends traditional course materials with videos, discussion forums (to which you will be asked to contribute your observations) and other activities that can be viewed at any time of day or night. 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. PLI’s first Open Interactive Course is free to anyone who wants to learn more about how to meet the unique challenges posed by pro bono clients. The format 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. 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 settlement 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

Jul 29: Legal Clinic for Nonprofits

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:24pm
Philadelphia VIP will be holding a Legal Clinic for Nonprofits on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street | Room 108' Philadelphia, PA 19103. Nonprofit organizations with active 501(c)(3) status can meet individually with a lawyer– for free–to discuss: Corporate governance issues Conflict of Interest Indemnification Trademarks and logos Commercial leases Employees and consultants Contracts and other nonprofit legal issues Limited Enrollment - Registration is required by 7/22/2014. Contact Marco Gorini at 215-523-9565 or mgorini@phillyvip.org to register. More Information

Jul 15: Best Practices for Screening and Representing Unaccompanied Children (Webinar)

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:07am
The Immigration Advocates Network and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center will be holding a free webinar entitled, Best Practices for Screening and Representing Unaccompanied Children, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm Eastern / 3:00 pm Central / 2:00 pm Mountain / 1:00 pm Pacific. The webinar will discuss the deportation system for children; the attorney-client relationship and ethical considerations; working with children who are traumatized; best practices for screening; and options for relief, with a focus on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and asylum. The panelists are Hayley Upshaw, Senior Attorney, Legal Services for Children; Kristen Jackson, Senior Attorney, Public Counsel; and Erin Maxwell, Social Worker, Legal Services for Children. The moderator is Angie Junck, Supervising Attorney, Immigrant Legal Resource Center. To register for this free webinar, visit https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/541007126. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar. If you have questions, email us at support@immigrationadvocates.org. ______________________________ The Immigration Advocates Network is a collaborative project of the ABA Commission on Immigration, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, ASISTA, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, National Immigration Law Center, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Pro Bono Net, and The Advocates for Human Rights. For more information about IAN, visit www.immigrationadvocates.org.

Jul 18: 22nd Annual ACBA Golf Tournament and Bocce Tournament

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 9:34am
The Allegheny County Bar Association will be holding its 22nd Annual ACBA Golf Tournament on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the historic Longue Vue Club in Verona, PA 15147-1716. This year’s outing offers something for everyone – Golf, Bocce, even Sporting Clays! Proceeds benefit the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and Neighborhood Legal Services Association. For more information, please contact Erin Rhodes at 412-402-6641 or erhodes@acba.org. Registration Form Sponsorship Form Online Auction In conjunction with the Golf and Bocce Tournament an Online Auction is also being held. The Allegheny County Bar Foundation is auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to raise funds for the ACBF and Neighborhood Legal Services Association. Help raise funds for pro bono legal services by participating in this online auction. Funds raised by the auction will benefit the pro bono programs of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and Neighborhood Legal Services Association. These programs provide crucial legal services to low-income individuals and families facing legal issues ranging from housing to domestic abuse. Your support will make a difference in the lives of so many in the community! Bidding on the Auction ends on July 16, 2014 at 03:00 PM EDT. More Information on Online Auction

Oct 24: "Jeans for Justice" Day

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:48pm
Your firm or legal department can support Pro Bono Rocks by participating in "Jeans for Justice" Day on October 24, 2014. Your attorneys and staff members can enjoy a casual Friday and celebrate National Pro Bono Week while raising funds to benefit legal services programs. More Information to Come from the Pro Bono Center.

Oct 23: Pro Bono Rocks - The Karaoke Edition

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:44pm
The 2014 edition of Pro Bono Rocks - The Karaoke Edition will be held on Thursday October 23, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Olive or Twist in Pittsburgh. Back by popular demand, Pro Bono Rocks will return this year with a special Karaoke Edition. Step up to the mic and let us hear your amazing voice. Or belt one out just for fun! The evening will include food, prizes, raffle items, and best of all, the hidden talents of Pittsburgh's legal community. Tickets will go on sale in September, but be sure to save the date and plan to join the fun for the first-ever Karaoke Edition of Pro Bono Rocks!

Sep 16: 17th Annual Fellows Grand Reception & Dinner

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:57am
The Allegheny County Bar Foundtion will be hosting the 17th Annual Fellows Grand Reception & Dinner on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the LeMont. The Fellows Grand Reception & Dinner is held to honor and celebrate attorneys who are committed to public service and pro bono, and who uphold the highest level of professionalism. Each year, a new class of Fellows and Young Lawyer Fellows is inducted at the dinner, and the annual Pro Bono Achievement Awards are presented. This year's event will feature guest speaker Detective Deirdri Fishel, a court-recognized expert on domestic violence. More Information will be posted on the ACBF website when details are finalized.

Aug 01: Drama & Storytelling in the Opening: Winning the Intergenerational Jury Trial (Webcast)

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:03am
The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) will be presenting a free webcast entitled Drama & Storytelling in the Opening: Winning the Intergenerational Jury Trial on August 1, 2014 from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm Eastern. Today’s jurors see what they believe. They vote for their beliefs, not the evidence. They want everything in text form, right away. Persuading today’s Intergenerational juries of Boomers, Gen Xs, Gen Ys and soon, Gen I’s demands that a trial lawyer deliver a trial in cinematic story form that involves their minds and hearts and confirms their beliefs. Winning is all about meeting expectations. Jurors expect the openings to be exciting and cinematic, to reveal the motives of the parties and to convince them that the case confirms their own beliefs, affirms their own attitudes and values. Creating such a cinematic opening is an art. In this program, two of America’s most powerful advocates and NITA superstar teachers of advocacy and persuasion, and also co-authors of 'Opening Statements: Winning in the beginning by Winning the Beginning' share the art and the science behind creating and delivering powerful, winning openings. To Enroll: You must enroll for this webcast through this website. Simply put the program in your shopping cart then follow the instructions to check out. Faculty: Dominic Gianna and Lisa Marcy Pre-Registration is required to attend this program. More Information and Registration

Aug 01: Advanced Public Assistance and Food Stamp Eligibility 2014: Special Populations (Free Webcast))

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 9:50am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from New York, NY entitled Advanced Public Assistance and Food Stamp Eligibility 2014: Special Populations, on August 1, 2014 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern. PLI recently offered training on basic Public Assistance and Food Stamps (SNAP) eligibility. The intricate web of rules for these two programs is further complicated by the fact that there are special rules for certain populations. Immigrants, people who are homeless, and people with disabilities are among the populations who experience various exceptions or modifications of the usual program rules and who are among those most in need of assistance and representation. Two of the primary forums in which advocates assist people with public assistance and food stamps problems are administrative Fair Hearings and Article 78 special proceedings. High quality representation calls for a grounding in both the substantive program provisions and the procedural in these forums. What you will learn You will learn about special provisions in the law for certain populations and about the two key forums for advocacy on behalf of these populations. Topics to be covered include: Representing special populations – immigrants, people who are homeless, and people with disabilities – with regard to public assistance and food stamps Representing clients in Fair hearings and Article 78s – including recovering attorneys’ fees Who should attend All attorneys interested in helping low-income clients, especially clients who are members of these population groups, with public assistance and food stamp matters, will benefit from attending this program. More Information and Registration