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

16 hours 11 min ago
The Practising Law Institute Is presenting its second annual massively open online course (MOOC) entitled Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client 2015 beginning on June 15, 2015. The format for the MOOC is unlike anything PLI has ever offered. The course will be held exclusively online from Monday through Friday. Participants are expected to participate each day but may attend each daily segment any time, day or night. The course is free to anyone who wants to learn more about how to meet the unique challenges posed by pro bono clients. This course will teach new attorneys and seasoned professionals how to work effectively and cooperatively with their pro bono client. What you will learn You will learn proper techniques for getting to know your pro bono client including: How to identify common problems that clients living in poverty have with access to resources (e.g., transportation, child care, Internet access). How to create an environment where clients living in poverty feel safe enough to communicate fully and honestly with their lawyer. You will learn how to communicate effectively with your pro bono client by: Implementing strategies for establishing a trusting and productive relationship with a client living in poverty. Recognizing the signs of poor literacy skills, especially reading comprehension, and make the necessary accommodations. Establishing effective lines of communication with clients whose native language is not English. You will learn how to educate your pro bono client about the legal process by: Preparing clients for meetings and courtroom appearances. Setting expectations for client behavior in court. Preparing clients for how judges and other court personnel may speak to them and treat them. You will learn how to help your pro bono client make informed choices by: Explaining legal options, the negotiation process, and court proceedings in a manner that is understandable to the client. Developing and documenting authority to ensure that decisions to make, accept, or reject offers are the client’s and are not the result of the attorney imposing his/her will on the client. Who should participate All attorneys assisting pro bono clients through representation or in clinical settings, firm pro bono coordinators and partners, corporate law department pro bono managers, law clinic students and faculty, and public interest and non-profit organization attorneys and staff would benefit from attending this program. Schedule (all times are approximate): Monday: The Initial Client Meeting (45 minutes) Tuesday: Barriers to Effective Legal Representation (40 minutes) Wednesday: Honesty and Confidentiality (30 minutes) Thursday: Capstone Activity (30 minutes) Friday: Wrap-Up (10 minutes) Faculty: Alicia Aiken – Executive Director, The Confidentiality Institute More Information and Registration

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 15: Divorce Practice in Philadelphia

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

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

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

Apr 24: Helping Domestic Violence Victims Obtain Protection Orders

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 2:11pm
Neighborhood Legal Services Association is offering its Spring 2015 Seminar entitled Helping Domestic Violence Victims Obtain Protection Orders on Friday April 24, 2015 from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm at K & L Gates, 210 6th Avenue, 28th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 who are hosting the training. SPEAKERS: Lorraine Bittner, Esquire Legal Director, Women's Center and Shelter Beth Keenan, Esquire, Director, PFA Division, Family Court, Allegheny County Sabrina Korbel, Esquire Staff Attorney, Women's Center and Shelter REGISTRATION FEE: $0.00 for attorneys or paralegals volunteering to take PFA referrals; $80.00 for non-volunteers; $20.00 for non-volunteers who do not want CLE credit. CLE CREDITS: 3 substantive credits; 1 ethics credit This course has been approved for the listed CLE credits by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. NLSA is the CLE Provider. Please make sure to bring photo identification with you to the CLE as this seminar is being held in a secure building and photo identification may be required for admittance into the building. If you would like more information about the seminar, contact Mary Ann Troper Malley at (412) 5866134. More Information and Registration

Jun 13: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Cumberland County

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:15pm
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 Saturday, June 13, 2015, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 5080 Ritter Rd, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Megan Riesmeyer at mam941@dsl.psu.edu 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

May 16: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Bucks County

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:07pm
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 Saturday, May 16, 2015, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program for all Pennsylvania First Responders (active and retired) and Military Veterans, all sworn personnel and their spouses, partners or significant others. The May 16th event will be held at the Bucks County Public Safety/Emergency Services Training Center located at 1760 South Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18901, beginning at 11 am. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Sandy Romaszewski at sromaszewski@foxrothschild.com. Invitation to this 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

May 02: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Chester County

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:58am
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 May 2, 2015, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program for all active and retired Pennsylvania First Responders of Chester County, all sworn personnel and their spouses or significant others (please note that proof of affiliation will be requested at the event). The Chester County event will be held at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus located at 137 Modena Rd, Coatesville, PA 19320, beginning at 11am. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Courtney Wiggins at courtneywiggins08@gmail.com or Jodi Oley at JOley@eckertseamans.com. Invitation to this 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

Apr 25: Wills for Heroes Clinic - New Castle

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:52am
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 April 25, 2015, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program at the Scott Township VFD - Station 1500, 3712 Harlansburg Rd, New Castle, Pennsylvania 16101 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

Apr 25: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Blair County

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:44am
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 April 25, 2015, volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program for all active and retired Pennsylvania First Responders of The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop G Stations, all sworn personnel and their spouses or significant others (please note that proof of affiliation will be requested at the event). The Penn State Altoona Wills for Heroes event will be held at 3000 Ivyside Park, Altoona, PA 16601, Cypress Building at Penn State Altoona beginning at 10 am. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Joel C. Seelye, Esq at joel@grabillandseelye.com or (814) 944-5090. Invitation to this 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

Apr 25: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Delaware County

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:37am
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 Saturday, April 25, 2015 volunteer lawyers will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Program for all active and retired Delaware County First Responders, all sworn personnel and their spouses/significant others as well as Pennsylvania military veterans. The April 25th event will be held at Springfield Fire Company, 217 Saxer Avenue, Springfield, Pennsylvania 19064 beginning at 11:00 a.m.. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Carolyn Capobianco at capobianco@ballardspahr.com. Invitation to this 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

Apr 18: Wills for Heroes Clinic - Philadelphia

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:32am
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 Saturday, April 18, 2015, 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 April 18th event will be held at the Northeast Regional Campus of the Community College of Philadelphia, Third Floor, located at 12901 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA beginning at 11:00 am. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Dan McKenna at mckennad@ballardspahr.com or Carolyn Capobianco at capobianco@ballardspahr.com. Invitation to this 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

May 04: Making Sense of Mobilehomes – Homeowner and Tenants’ Rights (Webcast)

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 8:55am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Making Sense of Mobilehomes – Homeowner and Tenants’ Rights on May 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm Eastern. Approximately 6% of all occupied housing in the United States consists of manufactured homes (generally referred to as mobilehomes). This almost uniquely American version of housing has been and continues to be a more affordable option for many people, but it is an option fraught with dangers that most homeowners do not understand or consider before making that choice. It is also an option regulated by an array of regulations, intended to protect homebuyers/homeowners that this training will cover. Attend this training for an overview of key issues and legal concerns from the perspective of homeowner and tenant advocates, and for information that can help you assist individual homeowners and tenants facing the possibility of repossession, defects in the home itself, or experiencing fair housing problems at the hands of their mobilehome park. What You Will Learn Legal framework governing manufactured homes, including both federal law and California’s own regulatory strictures Financing issues and repossession Renting and fair housing problems Foreclosure process (California focus) and what issues are being litigated right now Who Should Attend Practitioners who represent homeowners of mobile homes or tenants renting a mobile home will benefit from this program, as will general practitioners interested in learning more about the nitty gritty of how manufactured homes are regulated. More Information and Registration

May 01: Supreme Court and Social Media: Bringing the First Amendment into the 21st Century (Webcast)

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 7:49am
As part of Law Day the Practising Law Institute will offer a free briefing via webcast on The Supreme Court & Social Media: Bringing the First Amendment into the 21st Century on May 1, 20115 at 1:00 pm Eastern. The inevitable happened last December when a case involving Facebook made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Elonis v. United States presents the issue of what is a “true threat,” and does it amount to speech that is unprotected by the First Amendment? Anthony Elonis used Facebook to make angry statements after his wife, Tara, left with their two children. He was fired from his job in an amusement park after posting on Facebook a picture of a knife being held against the throat of a woman who had accused him of sexual harassment. After his firing, he posted messages that said that he still had keys and could come do violence at the amusement park where he had worked. He posted messages that he was going to go to a local kindergarten class and commit an act of unprecedented violence. Elonis was convicted for violating 18 U.S.C. §875(c), which prohibits transmitting “in interstate or foreign commerce any communication containing any threat to kidnap any person or any threat to injure the person of another.” The case is now before the Supreme Court and it is representative of many cases involving the First Amendment and social media. The presentation will address: Emerging issues of social media and the First Amendment What is a “true threat” in the 21st century? Other First Amendment issues such as prosecutions for revenge porn and the First Amendment, student discipline for internet speech, and suits for invasion of privacy for what is placed on social media Register now for this free special event in celebration of Law Day and plan to join Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law for this important discussion. More Information and Registration

Apr 17: Meeting the Education Requirement for DACA and the Parent/Child Relationship Requirement for DAPA (Webinar)

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:22pm
The Immigration Advocates Network and the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI) are sponsoring a free three-webinar series, "Bringing Clients into Eligibility for Administrative Relief." This series will address different ways that we can help prepare potential expanded DACA and DAPA applicants to be ready to apply for these programs once implementation is underway. Each webinar will address a different theme relating to steps that can be taken now to advance eligibility for either of these programs. Registration is now open for the first webinar in this series, which will focus on the DACA education requirement and the parent/child relationship required for DAPA eligibility. Bringing Clients into Eligibility for Administrative Relief: Meeting the Education Requirement for DACA and the Parent/Child Relationship Requirement for DAPA will take place on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm Eastern, This webinar will address: Strategies for meeting the DACA education requirements; Review of INA definition of child and implications for DAPA; and Overview of ways to establish paternity. The panelists are: Michelle Saucedo, DACA Legal Advocate, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles; Susan Schreiber, Managing Attorney, Training and Legal Support Section, CLINIC; and, Debbie Smith, Associate General Counsel / Immigration Law, Service Employees International Union. To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5778440844343639041. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. If you have questions, please email them to support@immigrationadvocates.org. Stay tuned for the registration information for the two additional webinars in this series: Bringing Clients into Eligibility for Administrative Relief: Getting the Facts through FOIAs and Criminal Record Review; and Bringing Clients into Eligibility for Administrative Relief: Seeking Expungements of Disqualifying Offenses

May 14: SeniorLAW Center 2015 GALA - 6 Over 60

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:05am
The SeniorLAW Center’s will be holding its 2015 Gala - 6 Over 60 on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. The theme of the gala is “6 Over 60” - Honoring Remarkable Older Pennsylvanian & Advocates for Elder Justice. The evening will feature cocktails, dinner, music, compelling life stories and celebration. The 6 OVER 60 Award Winners: Shelly Beaser Honorable Phyllis Beck Tobey Gordon Dichter David Fair Lovett Hines Juanita Ramos SeniorLAW Center's 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees: Richard J. Conn Cynthia B. Wishkovsky SeniorLAW Center's Partner of the Year: Fox Rothschild LLP For tickets and sponsorship opportunities visit the SeniorLaw Center website. More Information

May 12: Pennsylvania Innocence Project Annual Celebration of Justice

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:51am
The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will celebrate its 6th anniversary with its Annual Celebration of Justice on May 12, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the University of the Arts Dorrance Hamilton Hall, 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia. The celebration will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a catered cocktail party followed at 7:00 p.m. with a very special evening of true stories told by those who make a difference. The program, Seeking Truth: Stories from the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, will be hosted by Hillary Rea, award-winning storyteller and founder of Tell Me A Story. 2015 Award Presentation Hero of Justice Award – Charles and Barbara Haldeman Maureen K. Rowley Award – Ellen Greenlee, Defender Emeritus, Defender Association of Philadelphia Edward D. Ohlbaum Volunteer Award – Joshua Snyder, Boni & Zack LLC More Information and Registration

May 07 - May 09: 2015 Equal Justice Conference (Austin, TX)

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:33am
The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association will be holding the 2015 Equal Justice Conference on May 7-9, 2015 at the Hilton Austin, 500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701. Preconference sessions are offered on Tuesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 6 and are available to full conference registrants only. The Equal Justice Conference brings together all components of the legal community to discuss equal justice issues as they relate to the delivery of legal services to the poor and low-income individuals in need of legal assistance. The emphasis of this Conference is on strengthening partnerships among the key players in the civil justice system. Through plenary sessions, workshops, networking opportunities and special programming, the Conference provides a wide range of learning and sharing experiences for all attendees. Pro bono and legal services program staff, judges, corporate counsel, court administrators, private lawyers, paralegals, bar association leaders and many others attend this event. The main Conference will celebrate the ongoing collaboration between pro bono and legal services programs and will explore additional partnerships that must be created, the resources that must be tapped, and new issues facing clients. Full information on the conference is available on the event website at www.equaljusticeconference.org. Conference Brochure