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

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:24am
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

Oct 24: Pro Bono Celebration - Lebanon County Bar Association

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:15am
The Lebanon County Bar Association invites members to the Association's annual Pro Bono Celebration honoring all attorneys who provide Pro Bono services in Lebanon County. The Celebration will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014 in Room 306, Lebanon Municipal Building, Lebanon, PA. Agenda 11:30 a.m.: Lunch 12:00 pm: CLE session - Explore the ethics of pro bono and look at the topic of access to justice through the prism of PFAs and Domestic Violence. (1 substantive credit; 1 ethics credit) 2 p.m.: Award Presentation This year’s Pro Bono Award Recipient is Colleen Gallo, Esquire The award is newly named the William H.G. Warner Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, in honor of the late Attorney Warner’s commitment to legal services and to helping to make pro bono legal service what it is today in Lebanon County. More Information

Oct 19 - Oct 25: Philadelphia Bar Association Public Interest Section Law School Outreach

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 2:41pm
During National Pro Bono Week, the Law School Outreach Committee of the Public Interest Section will raise awareness of the professional responsibility to contribute pro bono service on local law school campuses and celebrate student pro bono efforts. In addition to individual programming at the separate law schools, the committee is creating stickers with a slogan in celebration of pro bono legal work and will recruit student volunteers to distribute the stickers to law students at Drexel, Penn, Rutgers-Camden, Temple, Villanova and Widener Universities. Student volunteers will also share information about pro bono opportunities and experiences.

Oct 23: Pro Bono Reception

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:03pm
Pro Bono and Access to Justice volunteers from Chester County are invited to the home of Common Court Pleas Judge, the Honorable David F. Bortner, to be thanked for their Pro Bono services.

Nov 07: Immigration Advocates Network’s Third Annual e-Conference: U Visas for Workplace Crimes

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:32am
Conference Overview: The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is excited to announce its third annual e-conference, "Cutting Edge Issues in Immigration Law," from November 3 to November 7, 2014. Join us for a week-long series of interactive online trainings with national experts in screening and intake, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, the grounds of inadmissibility, advocacy for clients with criminal complications, and U Visas. The cost of each two-hour training session is $25. Your support helps IAN offer free training and resources throughout the year. This Session - U Visas for Workplace Crimes: This session will cover U Visas for victims of workplace-based crime, including how to screen and frame the case, safe reporting of crimes, showing nexus to substantial harm, and examples of workplace cases. In addition, it will offer an update on U Visa latest policies, best practices, and troubleshooting with USCIS. The panelists are: Eunice Hyunhye Cho, Staff Attorney, Immigrant Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center; Ellen Kemp, Director of Legal Advocacy, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild; and, Sonia Parras-Konrad and Gail Pendleton, Co-founders of ASISTA. Register for this Session E-Conference Features Listen to nationally-recognized experts from the comfort of your own office; Participate in "ask the expert" sessions during each interactive training; Access presentations and handouts before the training session; Take interactive quizzes and polls before and during conference sessions; and Obtain exclusive access to recorded trainings after the conference. All Sessions - Information and Registration

Nov 06: Immigration Advocates Network’s Third Annual e-Conference: DACA and Administrative Relief: Strategies for Potential Criminal Complications

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:29am
Conference Overview: The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is excited to announce its third annual e-conference, "Cutting Edge Issues in Immigration Law," from November 3 to November 7, 2014. Join us for a week-long series of interactive online trainings with national experts in screening and intake, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, the grounds of inadmissibility, advocacy for clients with criminal complications, and U Visas. The cost of each two-hour training session is $25. Your support helps IAN offer free training and resources throughout the year. This Session - DACA and Administrative Relief: Strategies for Potential Criminal Complications: This session will? ?focus on ?advocacy for clients with possible criminal compl?ications?? who are filing for DACA and non-DACA deferred action or other administrative relief. It will cover how to identify a problem, clean up criminal records, address arrests, and avoid negative consequences. The panelists are: Mony Ruiz-Velasco, Attorney, Law Offices of Mony Ruiz-Velasco; Paromita Shah, Associate Director, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIP-NLG); and Rosa G. Saavedra-Vanacore, DACA Fellow, NIP-NLG Register for this Session E-Conference Features Listen to nationally-recognized experts from the comfort of your own office; Participate in "ask the expert" sessions during each interactive training; Access presentations and handouts before the training session; Take interactive quizzes and polls before and during conference sessions; and Obtain exclusive access to recorded trainings after the conference. All Sessions - Information and Registration

Nov 05: Immigration Advocates Network’s Third Annual e-Conference: Common Grounds of Inadmissibility

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:25am
Conference Overview: The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is excited to announce its third annual e-conference, "Cutting Edge Issues in Immigration Law," from November 3 to November 7, 2014. Join us for a week-long series of interactive online trainings with national experts in screening and intake, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, the grounds of inadmissibility, advocacy for clients with criminal complications, and U Visas. The cost of each two-hour training session is $25. Your support helps IAN offer free training and resources throughout the year. This Session - Common Grounds of Inadmissibility: Understanding inadmissibility is key to practicing immigration law. This session will review when an individual is subject to the grounds of inadmissibility and then cover common grounds including misrepresentation, false claims to citizenship, smuggling, previous removals, the unlawful presence bars and the permanent bar. Reinstatement of removal based on prior orders will also be discussed. It will offer pointers on screening for these grounds and practice tips for representing clients who may be inadmissible. The panelists are: Susan Schreiber, Managing Attorney, Training and Legal Support, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC).and Kristina Karpinski, Senior Attorney, CLINIC. Register for this Session E-Conference Features Listen to nationally-recognized experts from the comfort of your own office; Participate in "ask the expert" sessions during each interactive training; Access presentations and handouts before the training session; Take interactive quizzes and polls before and during conference sessions; and Obtain exclusive access to recorded trainings after the conference. All Sessions - Information and Registration

Nov 04: Immigration Advocates Network’s Third Annual e-Conference: Unaccompanied Minors and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:19am
Conference Overview: The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is excited to announce its third annual e-conference, "Cutting Edge Issues in Immigration Law," from November 3 to November 7, 2014. Join us for a week-long series of interactive online trainings with national experts in screening and intake, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, the grounds of inadmissibility, advocacy for clients with criminal complications, and U Visas. The cost of each two-hour training session is $25. Your support helps IAN offer free training and resources throughout the year. This Session - Unaccompanied Minors and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: This session will cover screening unaccompanied minors for SIJS; and, the basic elements of a SIJS case, including state court, the I-360 and I-485. It will also offer guidance on troubleshooting common problems in SIJS cases. The panelists are: Deborah Lee, Senior Staff Attorney, Immigration Intervention Project, Sanctuary for Families; Lindsay Toczylowski, Directing Attorney for Representation Register for this Session E-Conference Features Listen to nationally-recognized experts from the comfort of your own office; Participate in "ask the expert" sessions during each interactive training; Access presentations and handouts before the training session; Take interactive quizzes and polls before and during conference sessions; and Obtain exclusive access to recorded trainings after the conference. All Sessions - Information and Registration

Nov 03: Immigration Advocates Network’s Third Annual e-Conference: Screening for Other Relief

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:11am
Conference Overview: The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is excited to announce its third annual e-conference, "Cutting Edge Issues in Immigration Law," from November 3 to November 7, 2014. Join us for a week-long series of interactive online trainings with national experts in screening and intake, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, the grounds of inadmissibility, advocacy for clients with criminal complications, and U Visas. The cost of each two-hour training session is $25. Your support helps IAN offer free training and resources throughout the year. This Session - Screening for Other Relief: This session offers an overview of screening prospective DACA applicants for other relief; best practices for general screening and intake; and, changing screening practices in response to developments in the law or different client populations, such as unaccompanied children. The panelists are: Laura Lichter, Founder/Managing Partner, Lichter Immigration; Hasan Shafiqullah, Staff Register for this Session E-Conference Features Listen to nationally-recognized experts from the comfort of your own office; Participate in "ask the expert" sessions during each interactive training; Access presentations and handouts before the training session; Take interactive quizzes and polls before and during conference sessions; and Obtain exclusive access to recorded trainings after the conference. All Sessions - Information and Registration

Oct 21: Friends of Farmworkers Annual Fundraiser 2014

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:54am
The Friends of Farmworker Annual Fundraiser 2014 will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 5:00 pm– 7:00 pm at Tequilas Restaurant, 1602 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Please join Friends of Farmworkers for an evening to celebrate their work and honor those who provide inspiration for the work. Cocktails & Antojitos Mexicanos Tickets: $85 per person Honorees at this year's fundraiser include: Adelante Award: Laurence E. Norton, III, Esq. Presented in recognition of an advocate who has made significant progress in advancing the rights of farmworkers in Pennsylvania & beyond. Guardián Award: David Wilderman, Esq. Presented in recognition of an outstanding advocate from the labor movement in Pennsylvania. Special Recognition: Patricia Pierce, Esq. For serving as outstanding pro bono counsel to FOF for many years on many different issues. Prebistera (Pennie) Rodriguez For her dedication to the work of FOF and to our clients. Joseph Sullivan, Esq. For outstanding leadership as an “interim” board member for FOF. More Information and Tickets

Oct 24: Access to Justice Pro Bono CLE Seminar

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 8:08am
The Chester County Bar Association will be holding a program entitled Access to Justice* Pro Bono CLE Seminar on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm at the CCBA - Lower Level, 15 W. Gay Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380. Agenda 8:00 am - Registration and continental breakfast 8:30 am - Welcome ~ John F. McKenna, Esq., Pro Bono Committee Chair Moderator - Hon. Ann Marie Wheatcraft 8:35 am - Protection from Abuse Matters Rachel H. Houseman, Esq., Legal Aid of SE PA Melanie McAteer, Esq., Family Court Administrator 9:30 am -Custody Matters Generally: A view from the Bench (featuring an overview of custody law and procedure, a review of recent changes in the law and procedure, and a discussion of ethical considerations and the Court’s expectations of lawyers and litigants) Honorable Ann Marie Wheatcraft Melanie McAteer, Esq., Family Court Administrator Clay N. Cauley, Sr., Esq., Custody Conciliator Carolyn Moran Zack, Esq., Custody Conciliator 10:30 am - Mock Custody Conciliation: Skip Persick, Esquire, Catherine H. Voit, Esquire, David M. Melchiorre, Esquire, Jean Speiser, Esquire, Clay N. Cauley, Sr., Esquire (example of a typical conciliation involving recurring custody issues) 11:15 am - Custody Practice and Problem Areas: A view from the Bar (featuring an analysis of the issues raised in the mock conciliation conference and other issues frequently addressed in custody matters, including children as witnesses, emergencies, relocation matters, Littman hearings, managing client expectations and other ethical issues) Catherine H. Voit, Esq. David Melchiorre, Esq. 12:00 pm - Expungements and No Asset Divorces Deborah Steeves, Esq., Legal Aid of Southeastern PA Melanie McAteer, Esq., Family Court Administrator 12:30 pm - Seminar Concludes You must take at least one Pro Bono Case in order to attend this seminar. Online registration is available until 10/24/2014. More Information and Registration

Oct 21: Tools Legal Services Attorneys can use to help Create easier-to-read Communications for Clients (Free Webinar)

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 2:18pm
The Legal Services Corporation will be holding a free webinar entitled Tools Legal Services Attorneys can use to help Create easier-to-read Communications for Clients on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern. The webinar will be conducted by the Center of Applied Linguistics staff from the Federal Trade Commission addressing the following subjects: Tools legal services attorneys can use to help create easier-to-read communications for their clients, such as as letters or explanations that help clients understand their situations Update by the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection on recent activities More Information and Registration

Oct 22: "Law Suits Wanted"

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 7:57am
As part of Pro Bono Month, the Washington County Bar Association will once again be collecting suits and office attire for the City Mission. Clothing is given at no charge to those who are indigent and need clothing for court appearances, work, job interviews, etc. Items may be dropped off directly at the City Mission on 84 W. Wheeling St. or on Wed., Oct. 22 from 9am to 7pm at the Bar Office.

Oct 22: Pro Bono "Oktoberfest" Party on the Porch

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 7:38am
Pro Bono "Oktoberfest" Party on the Porch will be hosted by the Washington County Bar Association on October 22, 2014 from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm, at the Bar Association Office located at 119 South College Street, Washington, PA 15301. Celebrate Pro Bono Month and join us on the porch to toast to WCBA's Pro Bono Volunteers of the Year: Mary Bates and Brian Gorman. Certificates of Appreciation will be distributed to all WCBA pro bono volunteers at the event. Registration

Oct 16: Law School for Non-Profit Organizations

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 7:31am
A training program entitled Law School for Non-Profit Organizations will be held on on Thursday, October. 16, 2014 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at W&J Dieter-Porter, Room 100 (Corner of South College & Maiden Streets), Washington. PA. This biennial program is hosted by the United Way of Washington County, Washington County Bar Association, Washington County Community Foundation and W&J College Pre-Law Program. The program is designed for non-profit agency staff members, board members, volunteers, attorneys and others interested in building a strong non-profit organization community! Please register by October 8, 2014. More Information and Registration

Oct 04: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Washington County

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 7:13am
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 October 4, 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 Washington County Bar Association, 119 South College Street, Washington, PA 15301. For information on events in Washington County, please contact John Pushcar at jkpush@yahoo.com. Attorney Registration for Event Information for First Responders Questionnaire for First Responders Information for Lawyer Volunteers Online Registration Form for Lawyer Volunteers Wills for Heroes Foundation Web Site PA Bar Association YLD Website

Oct 21: Sweet Child O' Mine: Representing Children with Pro Bono Lawyers

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:45am
The American Bar Association Section of Litigation Access to Justice and Children's Rights Litigation Committees are presenting a Section of Litigation Roundtable entitled Sweet Child O' Mine: Representing Children with Pro Bono Lawyers on October 21, 2014 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Lots of volunteer attorneys want to dedicate their pro bono time to protecting the legal rights and meeting the legal needs of children. If you don't have a local project that engages the private bar or you are thinking about new ways to recruit volunteer attorneys or you just want to hear about some of the best models around the country to inspire some new projects (including law firm and in-house partnerships), this teleconference will be an opportunity to hear from some folks who work with some best practice models. Speakers: Steve Schulman, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (moderator) Franchesca Hamilton-Acker, Acadiana Legal Services Marti Little, Support Center for Child Advocates Tsinena Thompson, Oklahoma Lawyers for Children More Information and Registration

Oct 17: WCBA Pro Bono CLE Roundup

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:58am
The Washington County Bar Association will hold its annual WCBA CLE Roundup on October 17, 2014 at City Mission, 84 West Wheeling Street, Washington, PA 15301 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. The Annual CLE Roundup is geared toward attorneys who participate in formal pro bono programs (Modest Means, Ltd Rep Custody, City Mission Legal Clinic), etc. Topics to be discussed include: Drafting Fee Agreements, The Ethical Lawyer, Pro Bono Topics Potpourri. Registration Fee (incl 3 subs/1 ethics CLE credits & lunch): $25 More Information and Registration

Oct 09: A Volunteer's Reflection of a Journey Toward Pro Bono Publico

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:42am
The Lackawanna Bar Association will be holding a program entitle A Volunteer's Reflection of a Journey Toward Pro Bono Publico on October 9, 2014 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. More Information

Oct 15: Pro Bono Public Seminar "Expungement"

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:35am
The Delaware County Bar Association will be holding a CLE Program entitled Pro Bono Public Seminar "Expungement" on October 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm. For more information contact the bar association.