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Dec 08: Simple Divorce (No Assets, Debts, or Economic Relief) (Philadelphia)

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 9:37am
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, is sponsoring a free CLE training program for attorneys on the topic of Simple Divorce (No Assets, Debts, or Economic Relief) on December 8, 2017 from 8:30 am-11:00 am. The program will be held at Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Obtaining a divorce is crucial for a client who needs to move on to the next chapter of her life. While a no-asset divorce is transactional in nature and well-suited for attorneys of any skill set, it can be quite challenging for a pro se client to achieve on her own. This CLE training will take a step-by-step look at the divorce process, including filing, service, and obtaining a final decree. Our clients depend on our volunteers for expert legal advice. Join us in assisting to build and support strong, stable families in Philadelphia. Breakfast and a comprehensive packet of sample forms will be provided. Trainer: Megan Watson, Esq., Berner, Klaw & Watson LLP Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within 6 months of the training will earn 2 free substantive CLE credits. More Information and Registration

Nov 14: Law Student Open House (Philadelphia)

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:49pm
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, the Homeless Advocacy Project, AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia VIP invite law students to our Law Student Open House taking place on November 14, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, 1424 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102. Come and learn about the work at our organizations and the opportunities available for law students this upcoming summer. A brief presentation will be followed by a wine and cheese “meet & greet” event with our attorneys and paralegals. RSVP to spatterson@clsphila.org by November 8, 2017.

Feb 09: Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Crime Victim, and Other Immigration Relief 2018 (Free Webcast)

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 9:22am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from New York entitled Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Crime Victim, and Other Immigration Relief 2018 on February 9, 2018 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. The program will provide an overview of immigration relief that may be available to children, victims of crime and trafficking, and individuals eligible for asylum. Experienced faculty will discuss substantive and procedural issues as well as new developments in relevant case law and processes. What You Will Learn Asylum: establishing eligibility and case law update Representing children in immigration matters and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Immigration relief for victims of crime or abuse Cancellation of removal and related relief Who Should Attend The program will benefit attorneys who represent, or who are seeking to represent, these vulnerable populations, and is offered for free to encourage pro bono representation. More Information and Registration

Feb 02: Domestic Violence 2018: Survivors as Defendants, Respondents, and Parole or Clemency Applicants

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 9:13am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from New York entitled Domestic Violence 2018: Survivors as Defendants, Respondents, and Parole or Clemency Applicants on February 2, 2018 from 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm. This program is designed for attorneys and social workers in private, pro bono, or public interest practice interested in assisting domestic violence survivors "on the other side of the law." These include survivors facing criminal charges directly related to abuse they suffered, survivors charged with failing to protect their children from exposure to domestic violence, and survivors serving prison sentences for crimes that emerged from domestic violence. By focusing on skills and strategies for attorneys and social workers advocating for survivors both in criminal and family law cases in court and in parole and clemency proceedings before executive branch bodies, this program will benefit both new and experienced practitioners, and will enhance their ability to address domestic violence issues and represent their clients. What You Will Learn Victim as respondent in abuse and neglect and order of protection proceedings Victim as criminal defendant Victim in parole and clemency proceedings Who Should Attend This program is designed for attorneys and social workers in private, pro bono, or public interest practice interested in representing victims of domestic violence; and while the program will highlight New York law and practice, the legal doctrines and strategies explored by the presenters will have relevance for practitioners in other jurisdictions. More Information and Registration

Dec 08: Wrongful Conviction 2017: Litigating Exoneration Cases (Free Webcast)

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 9:05am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from New York entitled Wrongful Conviction 2017: Litigating Exoneration Cases on December 8, 2017 from 1:30 pm -3:45 pm. The conviction of innocent individuals is among the issues getting increased attention as our nation looks more closely at our criminal justice system. While there are a number of ways individuals can be wrongly convicted, successfully reversing a conviction is incredibly difficult. This is an area where competent legal representation can make a big difference and where there are myriad opportunities for lawyers interested in providing pro bono legal services. Many of the recent DNA and non-DNA exonerations have occurred as a result of work from innocence organizations in collaboration with pro bono partners. What You Will Learn The contributing causes of wrongful conviction and how to recognize these issues Using DNA to show innocence Post-conviction re-investigation and fact development Who Should Attend This program is designed for lawyers who advocate post-conviction claims of innocence or who are interested in getting involved in this area. Prisoners’ rights advocates, as well as lawyers or law students considering pro bono representation or who want to hear about the legal issues that arise in connection with exoneration work will find this program especially valuable. More Information and Registration

Dec 14: Public Interest Section Awards Ceremony and Reception (Philadelphia)

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 8:14am
The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will be holding its annual Public Interest Section Awards Ceremony and Reception on December 14, 2017 in Philadelphia. Details about the event will be released as they are finalized. For more information please visit: http://philadelphiabar.org/page/PublicInterestSection?appNum=1

Dec 14: Public Interest Law Day CLE Program (Philadelphia)

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 8:10am
The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will be holding its annual Public Interest Law Day CLE Program in Philadelphia on December 14, 2017. Details on the program will be announced as they are finalized. For more information visit: Public Interest Section: http://philadelphiabar.org/page/PublicInterestSection?appNum=1 or Delivery of Legal Services Committee: http://philadelphiabar.org/page/PISDelivery?appNum=1.

Nov 15: Removal Proceedings: Basic Terms and Procedural Overview (Free Webinar)

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 7:49am
The Immigration Advocates Network, American Immigration Council, and Stand with Immigrants campaign are holding a free one-hour webinar entitled, Removal Proceedings: Basic Terms and Procedural Overview, on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm Eastern. This introductory webinar will help to orient lawyers and other advocates who are new to immigration law and procedure. The panelists are Jennie Guilfoyle, Education and Training Attorney, and Ilana Greenstein, Senior Training and Technical Assistance Attorney, both with the American Immigration Council's Immigration Justice Campaign. To register for this free webinar, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5509854363901149955. Your registration will generate an automatic email with details on how to join the webinar. If you have questions, please send them by email to support@immigrationadvocates.org. For more information about the Stand with Immigrants campaign, visit www.standwithimmigrants.org.

May 10: 2018 Equal Justice Conference

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 1:07pm
The 2018 Equal Justice Conference is scheduled for May 10-12, 2018 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California. The Equal Justice Conference is co-sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and National Legal Aid & Defender Association. Additional pre-conference sessions will be held in the same location on May 9, 2018. More information is available at http://www.equaljusticeconference.org https://www.americanbar.org/groups/probono_public_service/ejc/general.html http://www.nlada.org/equal-justice-conference

Dec 18: Better Serving Older or Disabled Veterans: A Special Session on the Intersections between Veterans Benefits, Social Security, and Medicaid (Free Webcast)

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 8:44am
The Practising Law Institute is offering a free webcast of a live presentation from San Francisco entitled. Better Serving Older or Disabled Veterans: A Special Session on the Intersections between Veterans Benefits, Social Security, and Medicaid on December 18, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern. Well over one-half of the American Veteran population is elderly or disabled and entitled to a wide-range of government benefits— from income to health care to in-home services. These benefits can help a veteran and their family stave off poverty, prolong independence, and receive the supportive services they need to thrive. Yet, while many elder law, disability rights, and benefits practitioners are versed in Social Security and Medicaid, few attorneys are aware of how these benefits intersect with benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. As part of PLI’s Advocating for Veterans series, this free half-day session will empower practitioners with the tools they need to maximize their Veteran clients’ income and well-being, and to better meet their health care and long-term needs. More specifically, expert veterans and government benefits attorneys will provide practitioners with an in-depth understanding of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ lesser known Non-Service-Connected Pension benefit and break down the interplay between VA Benefits, Social Security benefits, Medicaid, and In-Home Supportive Services. What You Will Learn How to determine whether a Veteran is eligible for VA Non-Service-Connected Pension, including how to reduce a Veteran’s countable income in order to ensure entitlement and maximize income How VA Benefits and Social Security benefits intersect, including how they offset one another, the main differences between VA Non-Service-Connected Pension and SSI, and the impact of VA Non-Service-Connected Pension on SSI How to prolong a Veteran’s independence by using VA Non-Service-Connected Pension with or without In-Home Supportive Services to pay for in-home care and assisted living How to expand a Veteran’s long-term care options using VA Benefits, Medicaid, and In Home Supportive Services Who Should Attend Attorneys and advocates that work with or are interested in serving American Veterans will benefit from this program. Elder law, disability rights advocates, and government benefits advocates may find the session particularly applicable to their practice areas. • IMPORTANT! If you are a VA-accredited attorney and have already completed the VA’s initial CLE requirement, this program may satisfy the VA’s continuing CLE requirement to maintain accreditation. Within 12 months after accreditation, you are required to complete three hours of qualifying CLE. This program does not satisfy that initial CLE requirement. However, PLI offers another free program that does meet the initial CLE requirement: Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017 Once an attorney has completed their initial CLE requirement, the VA requires ongoing CLE to maintain accreditation. This program does satisfy the VA’s CLE requirement that accredited attorneys complete an additional three hours of CLE not later than 3 years from the date of initial accreditation and every 2 years thereafter. Attorneys and other advocates who become accredited will be listed on a national VA list, and are entitled to represent veterans in their claims for benefits, on a pro bono basis, and for attorney’s fees on appeals, where they are available. For additional information, please see the FAQ page on the VA’s Office of General Counsel website. • Pursuant to 38 C.F.R. § 14.629(b)(1)(iii) and (iv), To maintain accreditation, agents and attorneys are required to complete an additional 3 hours of qualifying CLE on veterans benefits law and procedure not later than 3 years from the date of initial accreditation and every 2 years thereafter. To qualify under this subsection, a CLE course must be approved for a minimum of 3 hours of CLE credit by any State bar association and, at a minimum, must cover the following topics: representation before VA, claims procedures, basic eligibility for VA benefits, right to appeal, disability compensation (38 U.S.C. Chapter 11), dependency and indemnity compensation (38 U.S.C. Chapter 13), and pension (38 U.S.C. Chapter 15). More Information and Registration

Nov 18: Wills for Heroes Event (Chester County)

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:42am
Wills for Heroes provides free basic estate planning documents to first responders and military veterans in Pennsylvania. Wills for Heroes provides police, fire, emergency medical personnel, other first responders and military veterans - those on the frontlines for our personal safety - the tools they need to prepare adequately for the future. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. Lawyer volunteers at these events use laptop computers loaded with a software program designed specifically for Wills for Heroes. Using this technology allows lawyers from all specialties to participate in the program. During the events, each participant meets with a volunteer who inputs information from the questionnaire into the software. A lawyer volunteer reviews the draft estate planning documents with the first responder to make sure he or she understands and agrees to the plan. The documents are then finalized, signed, witnessed and notarized at the event so they are effective immediately. On Saturday, November 18, 2017, volunteer lawyers in partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP, Villanova Inn of Court and Villanova University School of Law will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Event. The event is for all active and retired Pennsylvania First Responders, sworn personnel, and Military Veterans, and their spouses/partners and will take place at The Baptist Church in the Great Valley located at 945 N. Valley Forge Road, Devon, PA 19333 (Chester County), beginning at 11 AM. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Sandy Romaszewski at sromaszewski@foxrothschild.com. For more information on the program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org. For more information about Wills for Heroes and its Pennsylvania programs and to register as a volunteer, visit http://www.pabar.org/site/YLD/Wills-for-Heroes or call the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at 800-932-0311. Event Invitation and Information for First Responders Information for First Responders Information for Lawyer Volunteers Facebook: Wills for Heroes-PA

Nov 18: Wills for Heroes Event (Pike County)

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:35am
Wills for Heroes provides free basic estate planning documents to first responders and military veterans in Pennsylvania. Wills for Heroes provides police, fire, emergency medical personnel, other first responders and military veterans - those on the frontlines for our personal safety - the tools they need to prepare adequately for the future. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. Lawyer volunteers at these events use laptop computers loaded with a software program designed specifically for Wills for Heroes. Using this technology allows lawyers from all specialties to participate in the program. During the events, each participant meets with a volunteer who inputs information from the questionnaire into the software. A lawyer volunteer reviews the draft estate planning documents with the first responder to make sure he or she understands and agrees to the plan. The documents are then finalized, signed, witnessed and notarized at the event so they are effective immediately. On Saturday, November 18, 2017, volunteer lawyers in partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Event. The event is for all active and retired Pike County First Responders, all sworn personnel and their spouses/significant others as well as Pennsylvania military veterans and will take place at Hampton Inn, 122 Westfall Town Drive, Matamoras, PA 18336 beginning at 11:00 am If you have any questions about this event, please contact Gabriele Miller-Wagner at wfh.gmillerwagner@yahoo.com. For more information on the program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org. For more information about Wills for Heroes and its Pennsylvania programs and to register as a volunteer, visit http://www.pabar.org/site/YLD/Wills-for-Heroes or call the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at 800-932-0311. Event Invitation and Information for First Responders Information for First Responders Information for Lawyer Volunteers Facebook: Wills for Heroes-PA

Nov 14: Wills for Heroes Event (Philadelphia County)

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:26am
Wills for Heroes provides free basic estate planning documents to first responders and military veterans in Pennsylvania. Wills for Heroes provides police, fire, emergency medical personnel, other first responders and military veterans - those on the frontlines for our personal safety - the tools they need to prepare adequately for the future. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. Lawyer volunteers at these events use laptop computers loaded with a software program designed specifically for Wills for Heroes. Using this technology allows lawyers from all specialties to participate in the program. During the events, each participant meets with a volunteer who inputs information from the questionnaire into the software. A lawyer volunteer reviews the draft estate planning documents with the first responder to make sure he or she understands and agrees to the plan. The documents are then finalized, signed, witnessed and notarized at the event so they are effective immediately. On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, volunteer lawyers, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and with sponsorship by Comcast and Ballard Spahr LLP will be conducting a Wills for Heroes program. The event is for all active and retired Pennsylvania First Responders, all sworn personnel and their spouses/partners as well as Pennsylvania military veterans and will be held at the 1735 Market Street, BNY Mellon Center Atrium (Concourse Level), Philadelphia beginning at 2:00 p.m. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Lindsey Beideman at Beidemanl@ballardspahr.com. For more information on the program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org. For more information about Wills for Heroes and its Pennsylvania programs and to register as a volunteer, visit http://www.pabar.org/site/YLD/Wills-for-Heroes or call the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at 800-932-0311. Event Invitation and Information for First Responders Information for First Responders Information for Lawyer Volunteers Facebook: Wills for Heroes-PA

Nov 10: Wills for Heroes Event (Lackawanna County)

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:15am
Wills for Heroes provides free basic estate planning documents to first responders and military veterans in Pennsylvania. Wills for Heroes provides police, fire, emergency medical personnel, other first responders and military veterans - those on the frontlines for our personal safety - the tools they need to prepare adequately for the future. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. Lawyer volunteers at these events use laptop computers loaded with a software program designed specifically for Wills for Heroes. Using this technology allows lawyers from all specialties to participate in the program. During the events, each participant meets with a volunteer who inputs information from the questionnaire into the software. A lawyer volunteer reviews the draft estate planning documents with the first responder to make sure he or she understands and agrees to the plan. The documents are then finalized, signed, witnessed and notarized at the event so they are effective immediately. On Friday, November 10, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., volunteer attorney members of the Lackawanna Bar Association will host a Wills for Heroes event. This program, open to military veterans and their families in Lackawanna County, will offer preparation of wills, living wills, medical directives and power of attorney. This important event, providing valuable legal documents is free and will be held at the Lackawanna Bar Association, 233 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503. If you have any questions about this event, please contact please contact the Lackawanna Bar Association at (570) 969-9161. For more information on the program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org. For more information about Wills for Heroes and its Pennsylvania programs and to register as a volunteer, visit http://www.pabar.org/site/YLD/Wills-for-Heroes or call the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at 800-932-0311. Event Invitation and Information for First Responders Information for First Responders Information for Lawyer Volunteers Facebook: Wills for Heroes-PA

Nov 04: Wills for Heroes Event (Dauphin County)

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:00am
Wills for Heroes provides free basic estate planning documents to first responders and military veterans in Pennsylvania. Wills for Heroes provides police, fire, emergency medical personnel, other first responders and military veterans - those on the frontlines for our personal safety - the tools they need to prepare adequately for the future. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. Lawyer volunteers at these events use laptop computers loaded with a software program designed specifically for Wills for Heroes. Using this technology allows lawyers from all specialties to participate in the program. During the events, each participant meets with a volunteer who inputs information from the questionnaire into the software. A lawyer volunteer reviews the draft estate planning documents with the first responder to make sure he or she understands and agrees to the plan. The documents are then finalized, signed, witnessed and notarized at the event so they are effective immediately. On Saturday, November 4, 2017, volunteer lawyers from the TE Connectivity and the law firm of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC will be conducting a Wills for Heroes event. The event is for for all active and retired First Responders and their spouses/domestic partners and will take place at Lower Swatara Fire Department, 1350 Fulling Mill Rd, Middletown, PA 17057, beginning at 11:00 a.m If you have any questions about this event, please contact Wills for Heroes county coordinator Sam Koda at samuel.koda@te.com or john.langan@te.com. For more information on the program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org. For more information about Wills for Heroes and its Pennsylvania programs and to register as a volunteer, visit http://www.pabar.org/site/YLD/Wills-for-Heroes or call the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at 800-932-0311. Event Invitation and Information for First Responders Information for First Responders Information for Lawyer Volunteers Facebook: Wills for Heroes-PA

Nov 04: Wills for Heroes Event (Lehigh County)

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:49am
Wills for Heroes provides free basic estate planning documents to first responders and military veterans in Pennsylvania. Wills for Heroes provides police, fire, emergency medical personnel, other first responders and military veterans - those on the frontlines for our personal safety - the tools they need to prepare adequately for the future. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. Lawyer volunteers at these events use laptop computers loaded with a software program designed specifically for Wills for Heroes. Using this technology allows lawyers from all specialties to participate in the program. During the events, each participant meets with a volunteer who inputs information from the questionnaire into the software. A lawyer volunteer reviews the draft estate planning documents with the first responder to make sure he or she understands and agrees to the plan. The documents are then finalized, signed, witnessed and notarized at the event so they are effective immediately. On Saturday, November 4, 2017, volunteer lawyers from the Bar Association of Lehigh County will be conducting a Wills for Heroes Event, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP, The event is for all active and retired First Responders, sworn personnel and Pennsylvania military veterans, and their spouses/significant others and will take place at The Barristers Club, 1114 W Walnut Street, Allentown, PA 18102 beginning at 11:00 am. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Gabriele Miller-Wagner at wfh.gmillerwagner@yahoo.com. For more information on the program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org. For more information about Wills for Heroes and its Pennsylvania programs and to register as a volunteer, visit http://www.pabar.org/site/YLD/Wills-for-Heroes or call the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at 800-932-0311. Event Invitation and Information for First Responders Information for First Responders Information for Lawyer Volunteers Facebook: Wills for Heroes-PA

Oct 28: Wills for Heroes Event (Cumberland County)

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:40am
Wills for Heroes provides free basic estate planning documents to first responders and military veterans in Pennsylvania. Wills for Heroes provides police, fire, emergency medical personnel, other first responders and military veterans - those on the frontlines for our personal safety - the tools they need to prepare adequately for the future. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. Lawyer volunteers at these events use laptop computers loaded with a software program designed specifically for Wills for Heroes. Using this technology allows lawyers from all specialties to participate in the program. During the events, each participant meets with a volunteer who inputs information from the questionnaire into the software. A lawyer volunteer reviews the draft estate planning documents with the first responder to make sure he or she understands and agrees to the plan. The documents are then finalized, signed, witnessed and notarized at the event so they are effective immediately. On October 28, 2017, volunteer lawyers from the Cumberland County Bar Association, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association and with sponsorship by The Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, will be conducting a Wills for Heroes program hosted by the Cumberland County Department of Public Safety, The event is for all Pennsylvania First Responders, including volunteer, active, and retired police officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel and will be held at the 911 Call Center, 1 Public Safety Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. If you have any questions about the program please contact Megan Riesmeyer at mam941@dsl.psu.edu. For more information on the program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org. For more information about Wills for Heroes and its Pennsylvania programs and to register as a volunteer, visit http://www.pabar.org/site/YLD/Wills-for-Heroes or call the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at 800-932-0311. Event Invitation and Information for First Responders Information for First Responders Information for Lawyer Volunteers Facebook: Wills for Heroes-PA

Oct 31: VAWA Confidentiality and Protections for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence (Webinar)

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 2:03pm
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges with support from the TA2TA Project through the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges will be hosting a webinar entitled VAWA Confidentiality and Protections for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence on October 31, 2017 beginning at 12:00 pm Eastern. More Information and Registration

Oct 30: Free Legal Clinic for the Homeless

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:52am
Homeless persons who have civil legal problems are encouraged to visit any of the following clinics to receive free legal assistance; they may either go directly to a clinic or call HAP for an appointment at 1-800-837-2672 or 215-523-9595. Volunteer attorneys and paralegals can provide help with a wide variety of legal matters, including child custody, credit issues, landlord-tenant and public benefits.

Oct 20 - Oct 28: The Art & Science of Interviewing Pro Bono Clients 2017 (On-Demand)

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:45pm
The Practising Law Institute will be offering an on-demand program from its Interactive Learning Center entitled The Art & Science of Interviewing Pro Bono Clients 2017 beginning on October 20, 2017. Why you should participate Asking the right questions in the right way can start your attorney-client relationship off on the right note and prevent unnecessary frustration. This skill is especially important when working with pro bono clients who have had limited experience with the legal system or face other barriers. PLI’s latest massive open online course (MOOC) is free to anyone who wants to learn more about how to master the art and science of interviewing pro bono clients. What you will learn You will learn the science of collecting information, including: Preparing properly for client interviews Asking your client the right kinds of questions in the right order to get the information you need You will learn the art of collecting information, including: Framing your interview questions and responding to your client’s answers Identifying behaviors to use and avoid when interviewing clients Creating an environment where your client feels comfortable sharing the truth about their case You will learn how to manage frustrations, including: Identifying common frustrations for pro bono clients and attorneys Anticipating and preventing client and attorney frustrations before they happen Practicing techniques for mitigating frustrations when they arise You will learn third party basics, including: Identifying when a third party is covered by privilege Communicating the implications of a third party presence to your client Controlling the interview when a third party is present 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. PA CLE Credit will be available for this program through October 28, 2018. More Information and Registration