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Feb 02: LSC Pro Bono Innovation Fund Information Webinar

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 9:07am
The Legal Services Corporation will be hosting an informational webinar for LSC grantees to discuss the Pro Bono Innovation Fund Letter of Intent and and full application processes for 2015, on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm Eastern. The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has issued a Request for Letters of Intent to Apply for 2015 Grant Funding describing the conditions for submitting Letters of Intent to Apply for 2015 funding under the Pro Bono Innovation Fund. The Pro Bono Innovation Fund is LSC’s newest competitive grant program. It was created after the LSC Board of Directors formed a Pro Bono Task Force in 2011 to identify ways to better engage pro bono lawyers and other volunteers to serve low-income people. The purpose of the Pro Bono Innovation Fund is to develop and enhance pro bono programs that serve larger numbers of low-income clients and that improve the quality and effectiveness of the services clients receive by using pro bono volunteers. Projects should be innovative (new, replicable models and approaches to pro bono delivery) or replicate prior successful models. This webinar will discuss the letter of intent to apply and full application process. More Information on the grants. Register for the Webinar

Mar 12: Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts New Volunteer Orientation and CLE

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:48pm
Our Philadelphia Volunteers Lawyers for the Arts program (PVLA) provides much needed pro bono legal assistance to the region's creative sector. Whether it's a simple contract review or full-service representation, our volunteer attorneys are committed to providing their expertise and time in areas ranging from intellectual property issues to immigration and staffing to startup business counseling and nonprofit formation. This spring morning session orients new volunteers to the region's cultural sector and introduces them to the volunteer experience through conversations with seasoned PVLA volunteers, arts managers and artists who have recently completed a project. Breakfast and networking time are provided. PVLA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit legal services organization that has served the arts and cultural community of the Greater Philadelphia Region for more than 35 years. As a program of the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia since 2008, PVLA deepens and broadens its impact to create a stronger, more vibrant creative community in partnership with countless law firms and companies.

Feb 19: Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2015 (Webcast)

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 9:43am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live program from New York, NY entitled Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2015 on February 19, 2015 from 1:45 pm - 5:15 pm Eastern. The challenges of creating an inclusive work environment remain great. At this year’s Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice program, a renowned faculty of attorneys and diversity professionals will discuss significant legal developments that impact diversity, implicit bias, the current status of key diversity initiatives, and the challenges and best practices for achieving a diverse workplace. What You Will Learn Implicit bias: what it is, how it affects your business, how to address it Diversity Pipeline Initiatives: a discussion of best practices to strengthen the pipeline of diverse talent coming into organizations and creating an inclusive atmosphere that will promote their success. Roundtable update on diversity: Important legal developments , best practices, retention issues Who Should Attend This program will be of great interest to all attorneys concerned about issues of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including partners and associates, in-house counsel, diversity directors, and attorneys working in government or nonprofit organizations. More Information and Registration

Mar 16: Philadelphia VIP Annual Awards Ceremony

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 9:21am
Philadelphia VIP' will hold its Annual Awards Ceremony on March 16, 2015 at 5:30 pm at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street (Broad & Lombard Sts.), Philadelphia, PA 19146. This ceremony will recognize the tremendous pro bono efforts of VIP's volunteers in 2014. Details on the event will be posted at www.PhillyVIP.org when they are finalized.

Jan 28: Criminal Bars to DAPA (Webinar)

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 2:30pm
The Immigration Advocates Network and the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI) invite you to a free training entitled, Criminal Bars to DAPA, on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 2:00 pm -3:30 pm Eastern. This webinar will help immigration advocates assess a client's eligibility and the risk of applying for DAPA with a criminal record. It will address the following questions: What are the crimes bars to DAPA? What are the crimes bars to DACA, and how are they different? What key questions have not yet been resolved? What are the risks that an applicant will be referred to removal proceedings? What should advocates do now, before the application period starts? The panelists are: Angie Junck, Supervising Attorney and Lena Graber, Special Projects Attorney, Immigrant Legal Resource Center; Rosa Saavedra, DACA Fellow and Paromita Shah, Assistant Director, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. To register for this free training, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5631491113506501633. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar. If you have questions, please email them to support@immigrationadvocates.org.

Feb 06: Collaboration and Conflict: Litigating Felony Sex Trafficking Cases 2015 (Webcast)

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 9:28am
The Practising Law Institute is presenting a free webcast of a live presentation from New York city entitled. Collaboration and Conflict: Litigating Felony Sex Trafficking Cases 2015 on February 6, 2015 from 1;45 pm - 5:00 pm Eastern. Human Trafficking has long been a hidden problem in New York State and the US. In 2000, Congress passed the federal Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act (TVPA) and has since re-authorized it three times making important modifications. In 2005, the US ratified the UN Trafficking Protocol. This was followed by passage of the New York State Trafficking Victim Protection and Justice Act in 2007. The New York law has been heralded as the most comprehensive law of its kind in the country. Yet, relatively few cases have been prosecuted in any jurisdiction. This program will provide an overview of felony prosecution for human trafficking related crimes under related New York State statutes as well as relief for victims. What you will learn How to investigate and build a sex trafficking case Who traffickers are and how they operate How to interview a victim How to collaborate across conflicting civil and criminal attorney goals and limitations How to address immigration and other legal issues How New York State courts are addressing vacatur, sentencing, and immigration concerns More Information and Registration

Jan 23: Mortgage Foreclosure - Philadelphia

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 8:32am
Philadelphia VIP will be conducting a Mortgage Foreclosure Training for attorneys representing clients in the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program, instituted in April 2008 by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on January 23, 2015 from 12:00 – 2:15 PM at White and Williams LLP, 1650 Market Street, One Liberty Place, Suite 1800, Philadelphia, PA 19103-7295. The Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program, has provided thousands of homeowners an opportunity to negotiate face to face with lenders’ representatives to save their homes from foreclosure. Philadelphia VIP administers the pro bono legal assistance component of the Diversion Program, providing training and ongoing support to attorneys who wish to contribute their time to this important effort. Since the inception of the program in June 2008, over 600 attorneys have been trained. Those attorneys have helped over 1,000 Philadelphians remain in their homes. The mortgage foreclosure diversion program needs the investment of many pro bono attorneys to help clients negotiate affordable loan modifications, payment arrangements, or otherwise resolve clients’ mortgage foreclosure cases. Volunteer attorneys are asked to put their negotiation skills to work; litigating the mortgage foreclosure case is not expected of volunteers. Volunteers need NO experience in mortgage foreclosure law to participate. Volunteers will receive a total of two (2) free substantive CLE credits in exchange for representing three clients as a temporary volunteer in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program or accepting an ongoing VIP case within six months of the training. To register, please visit www.phillyvip.org/content/training-registration-form. More Information

Mar 06: All in the Family: the Basics of Divorce, Custody, and Support for Community Clinic Volunteers - Pittsburgh

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:34pm
Neighborhood Legal Services Association will be presenting its Winter 2015 Seminar entitled All in the Family: the Basics of Divorce, Custody, and Support for Community Clinic Volunteers on Friday March 6, 2015 from 9:00 am -11:00 am, hosted by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, One Oxford Centre 20th Floor, 301 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. PRESENTERS: Moderator: Kathryn M. Kenyon, Esquire, Meyer Unkovic & Scott LLP Panelists: Dawn K. Gull, Esquire, McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy Dottie Alke, Esquire, CBS Jeffrey L. Braun, Esquire, Neighborhood Legal Services Association CLE CREDITS: 2 substantive credits This course has been approved for the listed CLE credits by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. NLSA is the CLE Provider. If you would like more information about the seminar, contact Sharon Goldsmith at (412) 5866101. REGISTRATION FEE: $0.00 for volunteers for any Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership Signature Proejct or any community clinic; $60 for non-volunteers; $30 for non-volunteers who do not want CLE credit or for non-volunteer paralegals. More Information and Registration

Jan 30: Expanding Your Practice Using Limited Scope Representation 2015 (Webcast)

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 9:02am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live program from San Francisco entitled Expanding Your Practice Using Limited Scope Representation 2015 on January 30, 2015 from 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm. This program will provide an introduction to the rapidly changing practice of limited scope representation (often called “unbundling”) in a family law context, including all of the fee agreements, forms and other materials you will need to practice limited scope representation competently, safely and profitably. What You Will Learn The ethical rules governing limited scope representation How to limit risk, including malpractice and insurance coverage issues How to identify the cases which lend themselves to limited scope representation How to reach a currently untapped pool of paying clients How to market your limited scope practice How to use limited scope to expand pro bono recruitment, lawyer for a day programs, and stretch legal services budgets farther Who Should Attend Solo and small firm family lawyers who serve middle class and moderate income clients, any family lawyer who wants to expand their client and referral base, and pro bono recruiters and legal services providers who want to learn how to help more clients with limited funding would benefit from attending this program. Note: Although the program is broken into one-hour segments for convenience, it is strongly recommended that you take each segment in sequence and not skip ahead, as they build on each other. More Information and Registration

Jan 30: Expanding Your Practice Using Limited Scope Representation 2015

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 9:02am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live program from San Francisco entitled Expanding Your Practice Using Limited Scope Representation 2015 on January 30, 2015 from 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm. This program will provide an introduction to the rapidly changing practice of limited scope representation (often called “unbundling”) in a family law context, including all of the fee agreements, forms and other materials you will need to practice limited scope representation competently, safely and profitably. What You Will Learn The ethical rules governing limited scope representation How to limit risk, including malpractice and insurance coverage issues How to identify the cases which lend themselves to limited scope representation How to reach a currently untapped pool of paying clients How to market your limited scope practice How to use limited scope to expand pro bono recruitment, lawyer for a day programs, and stretch legal services budgets farther Who Should Attend Solo and small firm family lawyers who serve middle class and moderate income clients, any family lawyer who wants to expand their client and referral base, and pro bono recruiters and legal services providers who want to learn how to help more clients with limited funding would benefit from attending this program. Note: Although the program is broken into one-hour segments for convenience, it is strongly recommended that you take each segment in sequence and not skip ahead, as they build on each other. More Information and Registration

Mar 07: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Montgomery County

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:33am
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 March 7, 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 Limerick Fire Company, 390 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick, PA 19468 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

Feb 07: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Delaware County

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:27am
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 February 7, 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 Tinicum Township Fire Company, 99 Wanamaker Ave, Essington 19029 For information on events in Delaware County, please contact Gail Copeland at copeland@ballardspahr.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

Jan 31: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Allegheny County

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:23am
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 January 31, 2015, volunteer paralegals and lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes program for Pennsylvania First Responders, including volunteer, active, and retired police officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel. The event will be held at the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, 436 Grant Street, Room 111, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219. For information on events in Allegheny County, please contact Angel Revelant at arevelant@pollockbegg.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

Dec 06: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Chester County

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:17am
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 December 6, 2014, 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 Chester County Public Safety Training Campus, 137 Modena Rd, South Coatesville, Pennsylvania 19320 For information on events in Chester County, 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

Dec 10: Ethical Concerns Conducting Research via the open Web (Webinar)

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:02am
LexisNexis® is presenting a Complimentary CLE-eligible webinar entitled Ethical Concerns Conducting Research via the open Web on December 10. 2014 from 2:00 pm -3:35 pm Eastern. Join the highly credentialed panelists as they examine the topics below and more: Risks of legal research on the open Web Developing a firm policy on utilizing the open Web Preserving information found on the Internet Protecting your own Internet content Speakers: David V. Dilenschneider LexisNexis Brittany A. Nasradinaj, Esq. Schnitter Ciccarelli Mills PLLC More Information and Registration

Dec 12: Tools and Tips for Pro Bono Attorneys: The PFA Case

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:05pm
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence is presenting a program sponsored by North Penn Legal Services entitled Tools and Tips for Pro Bono Attorneys: The PFA Case on December 12, 2014 - 8:45am to 12:00pm at The Elder & Special Needs Resource Center, 401 Washington Street. Williamsport, PA 17701. Tools and Tips for Pro Bono Attorneys: The PFA Case will provide 2 hours of substantive and 1 hour of ethics continuing legal education. The program will provide the following: A comprehensive overview of the Protection From Abuse Act 1 hour Ethics CLE A View from the Bench Understanding Domestic Violence Practical Tools & Tips for representing a pro bono PFA client Cost for Attending CLE: There is no registration cost for attorneys who commit to pro bono PFA representation. Registration is $45.00 for all other attendees. This includes the cost of the CLE credits plus training materials. The registration deadline is December 9, 2014. More Information and Registration

Nov 25: Unaccompanied Immigrant Children - Effective Representation 2014 (Free Webcast)

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:24am
Practicing Law Institute is presenting a free webcast of a live presentation from New York entitled Unaccompanied Immigrant Children - Effective Representation 2014 on November 25, 2014 fom 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Faculty: Co-Chair(s) Brenna K. DeVaney ~ Pro Bono Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Wendy T. Wylegala ~ Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Speaker(s) Heather Axford ~ Central American Legal Assistance Elvis Garcia Callejas ~ Case Manager, Catholic Charities Community Services, Anthony Enriquez ~ The Door - A Center of Alternatives, Inc. Kathleen M. Maloney ~ Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society Elizabeta Markuci ~ Director, Immigration Project, Volunteers of Legal Service Rebecca Press ~ Chadbourne & Parke LLP Cristina Romero ~ Staff Attorney, Immigration Law Unit, The Legal Aid Society Maureen Schad ~ Chadbourne & Parke LLP Eve Stotland ~ Director, The Door's Legal Services Center Program Attorney(s) Doreen Odom ~ Practising Law Institute More Information and Registration

Nov 25: Unaccompanied Immigrant Children - Effective Representation 2014 (Free)

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:24am
Practicing Law Institute is presenting a free webcast of a live presentation from New York entitled Unaccompanied Immigrant Children - Effective Representation 2014 on November 25, 2014 fom 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Faculty: Co-Chair(s) Brenna K. DeVaney ~ Pro Bono Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Wendy T. Wylegala ~ Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Speaker(s) Heather Axford ~ Central American Legal Assistance Elvis Garcia Callejas ~ Case Manager, Catholic Charities Community Services, Anthony Enriquez ~ The Door - A Center of Alternatives, Inc. Kathleen M. Maloney ~ Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society Elizabeta Markuci ~ Director, Immigration Project, Volunteers of Legal Service Rebecca Press ~ Chadbourne & Parke LLP Cristina Romero ~ Staff Attorney, Immigration Law Unit, The Legal Aid Society Maureen Schad ~ Chadbourne & Parke LLP Eve Stotland ~ Director, The Door's Legal Services Center Program Attorney(s) Doreen Odom ~ Practising Law Institute More Information and Registration