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Aug 24: Answering the Call: Overcoming Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession (Webcast)

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 10:11am
LexisNexis University is offering a free virtual training via webcast entitled Answering the Call: Overcoming Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession at the dates and times listed below: 08/24/2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm Eastern More Information and Registration

Aug 24: Answering the Call: Overcoming Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession (Webcast)

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 10:11am
LexisNexis University is offering a free virtual training via webcast entitled Answering the Call: Overcoming Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession at the dates and times listed below: 08/24/2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm Eastern More Information and Registration

Oct 26: PMC Annual Benefit: An Evening with Michael Smerconish

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:39pm
Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is thrilled to welcome Michael Smerconish as the keynote speaker at our 2016 Annual Benefit. Mr. Smerconish is the host of The Michael Smerconish Program on Sirius XM Channel 124, the host of CNN's Saturday morning news program Smerconish, a newspaper columnist and bestselling author. PMC's 2016 Annual Benefit will be held on October 26, 2016 from 6:00 PM-8:30PM at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia. Cocktails and light fare will be served.

Oct 26: PMC Annual Benefit: An Evening with Michael Smerconish

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:39pm
Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is thrilled to welcome Michael Smerconish as the keynote speaker at our 2016 Annual Benefit. Mr. Smerconish is the host of The Michael Smerconish Program on Sirius XM Channel 124, the host of CNN's Saturday morning news program Smerconish, a newspaper columnist and bestselling author. PMC's 2016 Annual Benefit will be held on October 26, 2016 from 6:00 PM-8:30PM at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia. Cocktails and light fare will be served.

Nov 09 - Nov 12: 2016 NLADA Annual Conference - Advocacy at a Crossroads: Equality, Justice, and Human Rights.

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 7:25am
The National Legal Aid and Defender Association will be holding its 2016 Annual Conference on November 9-12, 2016 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Early Registration for the conference is currently open and will continue until September 16. Regular Registration rates will be available from September 17 through October 14. Late Registration will be available after October 15. Registration information. This year’s conference theme is “Advocacy at a Crossroads: Equality, Justice, and Human Rights.” This is an election year, and throughout the nation, from presidential campaigns to congressional races and local elections, the sense that we are at a collective crossroads is everywhere. As we come together in the “Crossroads of America,” the conference will explore how our advocacy efforts can protect equality, justice, and human rights for the people we serve. NLADA’s Annual Conference is the leading national training event of the year for the civil legal aid, indigent defense, and public interest law communities. The conference offers advocates the substantive information and professional skills they need to respond to the legal needs of low-income people, provides unparalleled opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues from across the country, and helps fulfill continuing legal education requirements. All conference events will be at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, located at 350 West Maryland Street in Indianapolis. CONFERENCE INFORMATION For more inforrnation on the conference visit the Conference home page at http://www.nlada.org/conferences-and-training/2016-nlada-annual-conference, or contact NLADA at training@nlada.org or 202-452-0620 if you have additional questions.

Nov 09 - Nov 12: 2016 NLADA Annual Conference - Advocacy at a Crossroads: Equality, Justice, and Human Rights.

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 7:25am
The National Legal Aid and Defender Association will be holding its 2016 Annual Conference on November 9-12, 2016 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Early Registration for the conference is currently open and will continue until September 16. Regular Registration rates will be available from September 17 through October 14. Late Registration will be available after October 15. Registration information. This year’s conference theme is “Advocacy at a Crossroads: Equality, Justice, and Human Rights.” This is an election year, and throughout the nation, from presidential campaigns to congressional races and local elections, the sense that we are at a collective crossroads is everywhere. As we come together in the “Crossroads of America,” the conference will explore how our advocacy efforts can protect equality, justice, and human rights for the people we serve. NLADA’s Annual Conference is the leading national training event of the year for the civil legal aid, indigent defense, and public interest law communities. The conference offers advocates the substantive information and professional skills they need to respond to the legal needs of low-income people, provides unparalleled opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues from across the country, and helps fulfill continuing legal education requirements. All conference events will be at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, located at 350 West Maryland Street in Indianapolis. CONFERENCE INFORMATION For more inforrnation on the conference visit the Conference home page at http://www.nlada.org/conferences-and-training/2016-nlada-annual-conference, or contact NLADA at training@nlada.org or 202-452-0620 if you have additional questions.

Sep 27: Subsidized Housing Basics 2016 (Free)

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 8:44am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Subsidized Housing Basics 2016 on September 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm Eastern. This substantive training provides a basic overview of the federal housing programs, recent changes, current trends, and issues facing practitioners. The half-day training is designed for advocates with limited housing experience, but practitioners at all experience levels should benefit from this training. The panelists are noted experts in housing law who will cover a broad-range of topics in federally-subsidized housing with real-world examples. What You Will Learn How to identify federally subsidized housing in your community Defining features of the various federally assisted housing programs, including a brief overview of eviction protections Oversight of programs Who Should Attend Practitioners who want to gain a deeper understanding of subsidized housing, as well as housing attorneys looking for tools to represent their clients in federally-subsidized housing. The sessions will address issues pertinent to those new to federally-subsidized housing practice as well as experienced practitioners. More Information and Registration

Sep 27: Subsidized Housing Basics 2016 (Free)

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 8:44am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Subsidized Housing Basics 2016 on September 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm Eastern. This substantive training provides a basic overview of the federal housing programs, recent changes, current trends, and issues facing practitioners. The half-day training is designed for advocates with limited housing experience, but practitioners at all experience levels should benefit from this training. The panelists are noted experts in housing law who will cover a broad-range of topics in federally-subsidized housing with real-world examples. What You Will Learn How to identify federally subsidized housing in your community Defining features of the various federally assisted housing programs, including a brief overview of eviction protections Oversight of programs Who Should Attend Practitioners who want to gain a deeper understanding of subsidized housing, as well as housing attorneys looking for tools to represent their clients in federally-subsidized housing. The sessions will address issues pertinent to those new to federally-subsidized housing practice as well as experienced practitioners. More Information and Registration

Sep 22: Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2016 (Free Webcast)

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 8:36am
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 2016 on September 22, 2016 at 12:00 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 public benefits, employment benefits, and/or housing subsidies, have a right to an administrative hearing, but are often unrepresented in what can be a confusing and adversarial process. Significant changes to key 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. 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, many individuals who are entitled to desperately-needed benefits but have had their benefits improperly denied, lowered, or terminated, who are at risk of losing a housing subsidy, or who are not paid according to basic wage and hour laws cannot make it through the administrative hearing process on their own. As a result, low-income families face the very real possibility of hunger, homelessness, and instability. 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 and Unemployment Insurance claims; Federal public benefits, including Supplemental Security Income; Federally assisted housing programs, including public housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP or "Section 8"); and Unpaid wages, and other wage and hour-related rights. 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 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; law clinic students and faculty; and public interest and non-profit legal services attorneys and staff would benefit from attending this program. More Information and Registration

Sep 22: Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2016 (Free Webcast)

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 8:36am
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 2016 on September 22, 2016 at 12:00 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 public benefits, employment benefits, and/or housing subsidies, have a right to an administrative hearing, but are often unrepresented in what can be a confusing and adversarial process. Significant changes to key 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. 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, many individuals who are entitled to desperately-needed benefits but have had their benefits improperly denied, lowered, or terminated, who are at risk of losing a housing subsidy, or who are not paid according to basic wage and hour laws cannot make it through the administrative hearing process on their own. As a result, low-income families face the very real possibility of hunger, homelessness, and instability. 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 and Unemployment Insurance claims; Federal public benefits, including Supplemental Security Income; Federally assisted housing programs, including public housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP or "Section 8"); and Unpaid wages, and other wage and hour-related rights. 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 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; law clinic students and faculty; and public interest and non-profit legal services attorneys and staff would benefit from attending this program. More Information and Registration

Sep 15: Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income Clients 2016 (Free Webcast)

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 8:27am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income Clients 2016 on September 15, 2016 at 12:00 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

Sep 15: Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income Clients 2016 (Free Webcast)

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 8:27am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income Clients 2016 on September 15, 2016 at 12:00 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