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Lackawanna Pro Bono to Honor Susan S. Belin, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Attorneys Melinda C. Ghilardi and Sidney J. Prejean with the Attorney Robert W. Munley Distinguished Service Award

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 10:25am

The ballroom of the Scranton Cultural Center will be the setting for Lackawanna Pro Bono’s eighth annual Fundraising Gala, to be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served and a brief program will be held.

Proceeds from the Gala will support Lackawanna Pro Bono’s mission, which is to provide free legal representation to the poor by recruiting local attorneys to volunteer their professional services to financially eligible individuals, primarily Lackawanna County residents, who are faced with serious civil legal problems. Funds will be raised through ticket and program book ad sales.

At the event, Susan S. Belin, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Attorney Melinda C. Ghilardi, and Attorney Sidney J. Prejean will be honored for their service to the community with the Attorney Robert W. Munley Distinguished Service Award.

Susan S.. Belin is a longtime member and former chair of the Keystone College Board of Trustees. She is a founder and co-chair of the Scranton Area Foundation's Women in Philanthropy and was a founder of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, where she was executive vice president and president. She has served on many other boards, including the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Scranton Cultural Center, and the local chapters of the American Red Cross and the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She is a graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts and received a master’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a private, non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to provide excellence in the assessment and treatment of child abuse and neglect. CAC/NEPA provides medical assessments and child forensic interviews for victims of abuse and neglect and coordinates a multidisciplinary team response to child abuse and neglect in Lackawanna and surrounding counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Center provides child abuse prevention education to professionals and communities served.

Attorney Melinda C. Ghilardi has served as a Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Pennsylvania since 1986. Prior to joining the Federal Public Defender’s staff, she was an Assistant District Attorney in Lackawanna County. A past president of the Lackawanna Bar Association, she has been on the boards of numerous organizations, including the University of Scranton, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, the American Heart Association, Family Service of Lackawanna County, Friendship House, United Way of Lackawanna County, and Community Medical Center. She is a graduate of the University of Scranton and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Attorney Sidney J. Prejean is on the faculty of Lackawanna College and is the coach/advisor to the University of Scranton mock trial team. Formerly the Lackawanna County Chief Public Defender, he served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force, sits on the boards of ARC of Northeastern PA, Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, and the Kiwanis Club of Scranton and the advisory board of the Salvation Army, Scranton Citadel, and is a past president of the Pocono Mountains Chapter of the Retired Officers Association. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton, has a master’s degree in International Relations from Troy University in Alabama, and earned his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden. He is married to Attorney Melinda C. Ghilardi.

Tickets for the Fundraising Gala are $150 each. Program book ad opportunities range from $100 to $5,000.

Lackawanna Pro Bono was established in 1997 for the purpose of addressing the unmet need for pro bono legal services in Lackawanna County. Approximately 200 Lackawanna County attorneys volunteer their professional services through the organization. Since 1997, Lackawanna Pro Bono has matched pro bono attorneys to its clients in more than 3,000 legal matters, serving over 7,000 people, and close to 400 local attorneys have assisted one or more pro bono clients in cases that Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc. referred to them. Lackawanna Pro Bono is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

To qualify for Lackawanna Pro Bono’s services, a person’s household income must be less than 125 per cent of the federal poverty guidelines. Types of cases handled include landlord/tenant, unemployment compensation, mortgage foreclosures, debtor/creditor matters, child custody and visitation, protection from abuse, and others.

Further information can be obtained by calling Lackawanna Pro Bono at (570) 961-2714.

Disability Advocates Honored with Annual Awards

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 2:14pm
The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will recognize their service at annual Fall Celebration

Philadelphia, Pa. - According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every five Americans - or roughly 53 million - lives with a disability. The need for advocates is large. Each year at their Fall Celebration, the Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) recognizes individuals and organizations that work and advocate on behalf of the disabled community in Philadelphia.

Two awards are given each year. The Special Recognition award is given to a person nominated by LCD's Board of Directors who has shown outstanding commitment to the disability community and to LCD. This year's recipient is Frank M. McClellan, JD, LLM. The White Hat Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have done outstanding work for LCD and its clients. This year the law firm of Duane Morris LLP and Jeffrey S. Lichtman, Esq. are being recognized for their service with the White Hat Awards.

"I am thrilled to recognize Frank, Jeff and Duane Morris LLP for their service to the disability community and LCD," said Linda Peyton, Executive Director of LCD. "Their strength, knowledge, and dedication, has an immeasurable impact on the disability community and the work that we do to help over 3200 people every year in Philadelphia."

The awards will be given at LCD's 13th Annual Fall Celebration on October 27, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. For more information on LCD, please visit www.lcdphila.org.


About the recipients:

Frank M. McClellan, JD, LLM is a Professor of Law Emeritus and the former Beck Chair in Law of Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law and currently serves as Special Counsel to Freiwald Law. He was the Co-Director of the Center for Health Law, Policy and Practice and teaches courses on bioethics, medical malpractice, a law and medicine writing seminar, and torts. From Temple, he has received the professional honors of the Shusterman Alumni Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, the I. Herman Stern Chair for Excellence in Teaching, the Friel-Scanlon Award for Outstanding Scholarship, and the Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching. Professor McClellan has lectured regularly and taught in interdisciplinary courses at Temple Medical from 1981 to the present. He joined the Temple faculty as a full professor of law in 1982, after teaching for nine years at Duquesne University. He earned his J.D. degree from Duquesne in 1970 where he was a member of the law review, his A.B. Degree from Rutgers University 1967, and his L.L.M. degree from Yale University in 1974. McClellan has spent years of his legal career recognizing and educating others to recognize the health disparities that exist for low income people in all communities and on addressing the social determinants to health that prey on these people due to poverty. For more than 25 years he was a partner in the law firm of Eaton and McClellan, representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice and product liability litigation. Currently, McClellan is a member of the board of directors of the Aids Law Project of Pennsylvania, To Our Children's Future With Health, Inc., and Philadelphia Fight. He is also on the steering committee of Movement Is Life: A Catalyst for Change, a national summit focusing on musculoskeletal health disparities.

Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 750 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today's legal and business challenges. The firm has been recognized as an Am Law 100 firm since 2001 and has nearly tripled in size in the past 18 years. Throughout its global expansion, Duane Morris has remained committed to preserving the collegial, collaborative culture that has attracted many talented attorneys worldwide. Duane Morris has been the recipient of major awards in recognition of the firm's diversity and inclusion practices, commitment to environmental sustainability, advancement of women and pro bono work. In 2015, Duane Morris lawyers collectively dedicated more than 22,000 hours of pro bono legal assistant to those in need. The firm has been honored for its pro bono work by the Supreme Court of Florida; Lawyers Alliance for New York; Washington, D.C. Mayor's Office of Veteran's Affairs; Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation; Girls Educational & Mentoring Services; Tahirih Justice Center; Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation; and Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Jeffrey S. Lichtman, Esq. has been representing claimants for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits since 1990. His firm, The Disability Law Office of Jeffrey S. Lichtman, LLC, is devoted entirely to Social Security Disability law. Jeff's experience and thorough knowledge of the law, physical and mental illnesses, injuries and medicine work to benefit the firm's clients who are out of work or expect to remain out of work for at least one full year. He is a frequent lecturer on SSDI and SSI issues at seminars for various organizations. From 2004-2013, Jeff served as co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Social Security Disability Committee. He is currently a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, serving on the Philadelphia Bar Association's Lawyer Referral & Information Service Oversight Committee, a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and is on the Board of Directors of the Washington Square West Trust. Jeff was a member of the Board of Directors for the Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc. for many years and is always available to consult with LCD staff and volunteer attorneys about SSDI and SSI matters. He graduated from Temple University School of Law and also obtained his undergraduate degree from Temple University.


About The Legal Clinic for the Disabled: The Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) provides free legal services to low income people with physical disabilities and to the deaf and hard of hearing in Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Chester and Montgomery Counties. It is the only non-profit legal services organization focused solely on providing legal services to those with physical disabilities in the Philadelphia area. Incorporated in 1987, LCD began serving the community in 1990 and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which has helped thousands of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.
 

First Judicial District Seeks Submissions for 2016 Roll of Honor For Pro Bono Service

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 2:54pm

The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) is currently seeking submissions for its 2016 Roll of Honor For Pro Bono Service. The Roll of Honor will be recognized and honored by the Court at a Ceremony on October 27, 2016.

The following qualifications must be met in order to be considered pro bono public work:

  1. The attorney must practice in Philadelphia County and have provided the pro bono services to a client or client group for a case pending before the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania for the period October 1, 2015 to September 23, 2016.
     
  2. The attorney must not be employed by an organization that has, as its primary purpose, the provision of free legal services to the underprivileged. (Does not apply to Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award).
     
  3. The attorney must have (1) provided services to a client or client group who does not have the resources to compensate another attorney for the services, or (2) organized, implemented or managed an initiative to expand pro bono legal services in the courts.
     
  4. The attorney does not receive a fee or have any expectation of receiving a fee for the services. 

Completed the application forms must be submitted by September 23, 2016 to:

 

Victoria H. Johnson
Court Administrative Officer to
Charles A. Mapp, Sr.
Chief Deputy Court Administrator
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
336 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Fax: 215-686-3748
E-mail: victoria.johnson@courts.phila.gov

 

Recommendation forms in support of an applicant may be submitted from legal services organizations. All completed recommendations must be received by September 16, 2016 to be eligible for consideration. .

Complete information, including required forms, is available at:
http://www.courts.phila.gov/pdf/notices/2016/probono2016.pdf

ABA Announces Creation of Center for Innovation to Increase Access to Justice, Improve Legal Services Delivery

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 9:30am

The American Bar Association has announced the creation of the Center for Innovation, a venture designed to advance the ABA’s efforts to improve the delivery of legal services to the public through innovative programs and initiatives.

The center will drive innovation in the justice system and the legal profession by serving as a resource for ABA members, maintaining an inventory of the ABA’s innovation efforts and the efforts of the domestic and international legal services community, and operating a program of innovative fellowships to work with other professionals, such as technologists, entrepreneurs and design professionals, to create models that improve the justice system.

“Closing the access-to-justice gap and making the legal system accessible to all people is of critical importance. The Center for Innovation will help bring together the best and most forward-thinking ideas for making our system more efficient and available,” ABA President Linda A. Klein said.

Located in the ABA’s Chicago office, the Center for Innovation will identify and advance ideas that improve legal services and legal education and will include staff with substantive expertise and skills. Janet Jackson, formerly the director of the ABA’s Office of the President, will be managing director of the Center, which was created based on a recommendation from the ABA’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services.

Andrew Perlman, dean of Suffolk University Law School in Boston, will chair the governing council. The Governing Council Members will include leaders from the legal profession and business community, the judiciary, and legal education, as well as young lawyers, technology experts and other innovators.
 

Original News Release

 

 

Judith A. Algeo, Esq. Receives Jean Crowe Award from American Bar Association

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:39am

Judith A. Algeo, EsquireJudith A. Algeo, Esq. recently received the Jean Crowe Pro Bono Award from the American Bar Association Family Law Section at their Annual Meeting on August 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

Jean Crowe was an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee for nearly 30 years where she changed the lives of low income abused spouses and their children by giving them the protection of the law and the courage to begin a new life. 

This prestigious, annual award is given to one attorney who has made significant contributions to family law clients on a pro bono basis in their community. A $1,500 cash prize is given to the pro bono or public service organization of the recipient’s choice.

The 2016 Jean Crowe Award is being presented to Ms. Algeo because of her dedication to representing and standing up for the underprivileged in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Ms. Algeo is a Shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s family law practice. She represents individuals in all matters related to family law including divorce, custody, child and spousal support, alimony and matters of equitable distribution. Ms. Algeo is an experienced adoption attorney and handles both termination of parental rights matters and second parent adoptions.

Ms. Algeo is well-respected by her peers and has been an active member of the Bucks County Bar Association where she has served in various leadership positions for nearly 20 years. She was recently selected to become a member of the 2015-2017 Program Awards Committee of the American Inns of Court. This prominent committee shapes the programming of the American Inns of Court, a national organization dedicated to promoting the highest levels of professionalism in the practice of law. 
She is a member of the Board of Supervisors in Warwick Township, Bucks County where she and her colleagues are charged with overseeing the operation of the township.

For 5 years, Ms. Algeo has served on the Board of Directors for Legal Aid of Southeast Pennsylvania (LASP) and currently serves as Vice-President of the Board. She routinely represents clients in Protection from Abuse proceedings.

“Judith is a talented and successful lawyer at Eastburn and Gray,” said D. Rodman Eastburn, President and Chief Operating Officer at Eastburn and Gray. “We are honored she is being recognized in such a positive way.”

Ms. Algeo has identified the Legal Aid Society of Southeastern Pennsylvania to be the beneficiary of the cash prize this notable award comes with. “I would like to think that Jean and her family are pleased knowing these award funds will be funneled to our local chapter of Legal Aid,” said Ms. Algeo. “I have enjoyed the work I do on a local level and am humbled that colleagues from across the nation appreciate these efforts.”

The mission of Legal Aid of Southeast Pennsylvania is to provide quality legal representation to low-income and vulnerable people in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery County, to empower them to solve problems without legal representation through legal education and increased access to the courts, and to change community practices and systems that cause or aggravate poverty. To learn more about the organization, please visit its website, www.lasp.org.

Lawrence J. Beaser to be Awarded the 2016 Honorable Louis H. Pollak Champion of the Public Interest Award

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 11:15am

Larry Beaser - Blank Rome LLPThe Philadelphia Bar Foundation is thrilled to announce its decision to present Lawrence J. Beaser, Esq., Partner, Blank Rome LLP with The Honorable Louis H. Pollak Champion of the Public Interest Award

In announcing this award, Steven Bizar, Esq., Foundation President and Partner at Dechert LLP stated, “It is such a special occasion for the Bar Foundation to recognize Larry as a true champion of accomplishing access to justice for all. Larry is an extraordinary friend and supporter of the public interest community and his career long efforts have greatly advanced the legal aid mission of the Foundation for those struggling with poverty, abuse, and discrimination.” 

This important and prestigious honor will be officially presented at the Access to Justice Benefit of the Bar Foundation on Saturday evening, November 5, 2016 at the Independence Seaport Museum. 

“We truly look forward to giving this award to Larry at our annual benefit,” said Benefit Co-Chair, Deborah Gross, Esq., Bar Association Chancellor-Elect, Kaufman, Coren & Ress, P.C. “His commitment to philanthropy on behalf of legal aid and other nonprofits is a model for all attorneys,” added Tricia Horter, Esq., Citizens Bank, N.A. 

Larry has long served as the Philadelphia Bar Association’s board representative at The Philadelphia Foundation, counsel to the Bar Association, and a board member of numerous nonprofits. 

The Honorable Louis H. Pollak Champion of the Public Interest Award is presented by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation on special occasions to a lawyer who has been a true champion of the public interest legal community. The Pollak Award honors a lawyer, in private practice, who throughout his or her career has provided extraordinary service, including through support of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, to the mission of accomplishing access to justice for all. 

Robert C. (Bob) Heim, a partner at Dechert LLP, received the inaugural Pollak Award in 2014. 

The Pollak Award is a special award in memory of a remarkable man. As a lawyer, jurist and citizen, Judge Pollak championed the rights of the underprivileged in our community. With the greatest sensitivity and commensurate wisdom and intellect, Judge Pollak advanced the public interest, by his commitment to civil rights and the rights of all. It is a great honor that his wife has allowed the Bar Foundation to present this award in his name. More information is found online at http://www.philabarfoundation.org/grants-andawards/awards/honorable-louis-h-pollak-award

Larry Beaser was selected to receive the Pollak Award both to honor his lifetime of service and to recognize his exceptional service to and leadership on the Board of Managers of The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF). He has been a member of the TPF board for 20 years, serving as chair for seven and a half years, and now serves as Chair Emeritus. 

The Bar Foundation and TPF are partners in promoting greater philanthropy and stronger nonprofits to meet the most pressing community needs. TPF is one of America’s oldest community foundations (founded in 1918) and is committed to improving the quality of life in Greater Philadelphia. 

“Larry’s steady leadership, intellect, passion, and devotion to TPF and the community have brought great benefit to the people of our region and have made nonprofit organizations stronger,” said Pedro A. Ramos, TPF’s President and CEO. 

Larry is a longstanding member of the Bar Foundation’s Hamilton Circle, signifying at least $10,000 in donations over time. He held the position of Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 1994, and he currently serves as Counsel to the Association’s Board of Governors. Larry has been a board member for several nonprofits and, in addition to serving as Chair Emeritus and a member of TPF’s board, is currently an Advisory Board Member for Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, a grantee of the Bar Foundation. Each year Larry provides over 130 hours of pro bono service, including pro bono representation of Bar Foundation grantees. In government service, Larry previously was chief legal counsel to Pennsylvania Gov. Milton J. Shapp and a Deputy Attorney General. As a partner of Blank Rome LLP, he counsels individuals and entities in the fields of nonprofit and for-profit business law, health and health insurance law, and government law. 

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation embodies the legal community’s commitment to the fundamental principal of equal access to justice for all people, particularly those struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination. The mission of the Bar Foundation and its grants, training, and other forms of support for legal aid nonprofits reflect the core professional values that are binding on all attorneys. 

As stated in the Preamble to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct, a “lawyer should be mindful of deficiencies in the administration of justice and of the fact that the poor, and sometimes persons who are not poor, cannot afford adequate legal assistance. Therefore, all lawyers should devote professional time and resources and use civic influence to ensure equal access to our system of justice for all those who because of economic or social barriers cannot afford or secure adequate legal counsel. A lawyer should aid the legal profession in pursuing these objectives and should help the bar regulate itself in the public interest.” (emphasis added). 

 

Registration Open for 2016 NLADA Annual Conference

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 9:04am

National Legal Aid and Defender Association logo.Registration is now open for the 2016 National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) Annual Conference, "Advocacy at a Crossroads: Equality, Justice and Human Rights". The conference will take place from November 9 through 12, 2016 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The Early Bird Registration deadline is September 16 to get the best rate. 

The NLADA Annual Conference is the leading national training event of the year for the civil legal aid, public defense and public interest law communities, The conference will offer advocates substantive information and professional skills training, recognition of excellence among our peers, and a unique networking opportunity for all in attendance.Continuing legal education credit is also offered in most jurisdictions.

Visit the Annual Conference home page for the most up-to-date information about the conference. There, you will find the workshop program, preconference training opportunities, travel information, registration and more information about the conference.

NLADA members receive significant discounts on registration fees. To learn more about the benefits of membership in the NLADA, visit the membership pages.

Register for the conference.

 

PA Legal Aid Network Seeks Applicants for MLK Fellowship Positions

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 1:52pm

Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship and Fellowship Program logoPennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. is seeking applicants for two fellowship positions in its Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship program.

One fellowship is a two-year position at Northwestern Legal Services in Erie and the other fellowship is a one-year position at Friends of Farmworkers, in their Pittsburgh office.

The position at Northwestern Legal Services involves a general poverty law practice including, but not limited to, family, housing, consumer, and public benefits related issues.

Applicants must be new to practice attorney licensed in Pennsylvania with a commitment to public interest law. Will consider recent law school graduates sitting for July 2016 Bar Exam. However, a formal offer of employment is contingent upon passing the bar. Spanish fluency is helpful. Successful candidate must be willing to travel.

The Friends of Farmworkers position involves providing legal representation to low-wage immigrant and migrant workers in western and northwestern Pennsylvania. The position also includes outreach which will largely take place in the northwestern region of the state. Significant driving is required.

Applicants must be new to practice attorney licensed in Pennsylvania with a commitment to public interest law. Consideration will be given to recent law school graduates sitting for July 2016 Bar Exam.

Excellent Spanish language skills required. Other languages are helpful and welcomed. Excellent organization, time management and interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively and independently are a plus. Successful candidate must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle for work-related travel. Strong motivation to address exploitation of immigrant workers in low-wage industries is preferred.

Fellows are assigned mentors and supervised by experienced attorneys. Salary and benefits are determined by the host program. In addition, loan repayment assistance (LRA), up to $11,000 is available during the first two years of employment. The fellowship is intended to support and promote new lawyers who are interested in long term public interest careers. Employment is not limited to two years.

More Information on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Program

PA Legal Aid Network Seeks Applicants for MLK Fellowship Positions

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 1:52pm

Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship and Fellowship Program logoPennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. is seeking applicants for two fellowship positions in its Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship program.

One fellowship is a two-year position at Northwestern Legal Services in Erie and the other fellowship is a one-year position at Friends of Farmworkers, in their Pittsburgh office.

The position at Northwestern Legal Services involves a general poverty law practice including, but not limited to, family, housing, consumer, and public benefits related issues.

Applicants must be new to practice attorney licensed in Pennsylvania with a commitment to public interest law. Will consider recent law school graduates sitting for July 2016 Bar Exam. However, a formal offer of employment is contingent upon passing the bar. Spanish fluency is helpful. Successful candidate must be willing to travel.

The Friends of Farmworkers position involves providing legal representation to low-wage immigrant and migrant workers in western and northwestern Pennsylvania. The position also includes outreach which will largely take place in the northwestern region of the state. Significant driving is required.

Applicants must be new to practice attorney licensed in Pennsylvania with a commitment to public interest law. Consideration will be given to recent law school graduates sitting for July 2016 Bar Exam.

Excellent Spanish language skills required. Other languages are helpful and welcomed. Excellent organization, time management and interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively and independently are a plus. Successful candidate must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle for work-related travel. Strong motivation to address exploitation of immigrant workers in low-wage industries is preferred.

Fellows are assigned mentors and supervised by experienced attorneys. Salary and benefits are determined by the host program. In addition, loan repayment assistance (LRA), up to $11,000 is available during the first two years of employment. The fellowship is intended to support and promote new lawyers who are interested in long term public interest careers. Employment is not limited to two years.

More Information on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Program

ABA Military Pro Bono Project - Summer 2016 Newsletter for Volunteer Attorneys

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 8:32pm
 

PRO BONO ATTORNEY NEWSLETTER Summer 2016

 

News and Events

FREE CLE: Effectively Representing the Veteran Client: Legal and Cultural Basics 

This month's ABA Free CLE Series webinar will provide an analytic framework to understand who is a "veteran" under the law, what rights and benefits attach to that status, key issue identification, and cultural practices for attorneys serving veterans in a system where goodwill has not always yielded good outcomes.

  • Date: August 15, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:35 PM ET
  • Where: Webinar
  • Credits: 1.50 General CLE Credit Hours
  • ABA Member Price: FREE

Operation Stand-By 2016 Survey

Already signed up with Operation Stand-By? If so, and you have not already completed this survey, we need your feedback to help us provide the most effective attorney-to-attorney guidance to military attorneys. Click HERE to answer a short survey. Please note that this survey does not address participation with pro bono representation for cases through the Military Pro Bono Project.

View the latest news on military and veterans issues and pro bono legal aid, events and CLEs, and the LAMP CLE webpage.

 

Case Spotlight

Read here about an overseas sailor who was able to care for her homeless father with help from her pro bono attorney.

Find additional case stories on our blog to see how you, our volunteers, are successfully helping military families.

 

Get Involved

ABA Military Pro Bono Project: Pro Bono Representation

The ABA Military Pro Bono Project accepts case referrals from military legal assistance offices anywhere in the world on behalf of junior enlisted servicemembers facing civil legal issues, and it places these cases with pro bono attorneys where the legal assistance is needed in the U.S.

Explore pro bono case opportunities on our website, which is updated daily. 

  

Operation Stand-By: Providing Legal Guidance to Military Attorneys

Through the Military Pro Bono Project’s Operation Stand-By, you may offer to provide attorney-to-attorney guidance to military attorneys so they can further assist their servicemember clients. If not already signed up with Operation Stand-By, join by logging onto the Project website to update your profile by clicking on “I am registering to join the Project's Operation Stand-By."

Already signed up with Operation Stand-By? Please log onto the Project website to review your profile to ensure that your contact information and substantive legal areas of interest are up-to-date.

 

 

 

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Useful Books in the ABA Web Store:

The American Bar Association Legal Guide for Military Families: Legal resource for servicemembers, veterans, and their families.

A Judge’s Benchbook for the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: Information for judges of the provisions that protect servicemembers while on active duty.

The Military Divorce Handbook: Resource for representing servicemembers and spouses. 

Ripped Off!: Guide for military personnel about certain types of sales, scams and abusive commercial practices.

Veterans Appeals Guidebook:
Guide to representing veterans in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

 

ABA Military Pro Bono Project’s Online Library:

The ABA Military Pro Bono Project has an online library filled with resources that focus on legal issues faced by servicemembers, veterans, and military family members. Log onto the website and visit the Library.

 

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Lorrie Albert Takes Over as President of National Conference on Bar Foundations

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 8:27am

Lorrie Albert, Esq. Lorrie K. Albert, Associate Executive Director of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, is the new President of the National Conference on Bar Foundations. She officially took office on Aug. 6 and will hold the position for one year; she will also continue in her role at the ACBF.

The NCBF serves more than 200 bar foundations throughout the United States. The organization’s mission is to advance the works of bar foundations by promoting law-related philanthropy and to serve as a resource for bar foundations across the country, helping them to carry out their charitable missions.

As Associate Executive Director at the ACBF, Albert directs the daily operations and fundraising efforts of the foundation, known as “the heart of Pittsburgh’s legal community.” The ACBF oversees numerous pro bono, charitable and educational programs designed to help those in need. In her role as NCBF president, Albert will be in charge of developing the organization’s strategic plan. She will also establish board priorities, identify speakers and develop programing designed to help bar foundation leaders across the country.

“I am excited to begin my year as president of the NCBF. Holding this position is a great honor, as well as an enormous responsibility,” she said. “Increasing membership and strengthening the relationships between bar foundations and bar associations are among the goals I have for my term. By taking on this role, I hope to do my part to increase the impact the ACBF and bar foundations have in communities across the country.”

Albert was elected President-elect by the NCBF membership in August 2015. She replaces Leonard Pataki, whose term as president ended earlier this month.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure serving on the National Conference of Bar Foundations Board with Lorrie,” said Pataki, vice president and general counsel with Sheehan Pipeline Construction in Tulsa, Okla. “Her dedication to the NCBF, its mission and its members is amazing, but not nearly as amazing as her energy level. I just hope I can keep up. The NCBF is in good hands with Lorrie as its president, and I’m looking forward to working with her in what I know will be a great year.”

Richard S. Wiedman, President of the ACBF, said that Albert’s election is a testament to her dedication and commitment to the success of the foundation.

“Lorrie is certainly very deserving of this honor. Her accomplishments at the ACBF have been astounding, and as she takes her knowledge of legal-related charitable pursuits to the national stage it will reinforce the reputation that the ACBF currently enjoys in no small part as a result of her ongoing efforts here in Pittsburgh,” said Wiedman, an attorney with Eckert Seamans. “Everyone involved with the ACBF – our staff, volunteer attorneys, trustees and the individuals we serve – can take pride in Lorrie’s election to this important position.”

David Blaner, Executive Director of the Allegheny County Bar Association and ACBF, echoed those thoughts.

“I have the pleasure of watching Lorrie perform her work every day, and she truly has the passion and unique skills necessary to excel in the bar foundation environment,” Blaner said. “She has taken our foundation to new heights, and I am confident she will do the same with the NCBF.”
 

About Lorrie Albert

Attorney Lorrie Albert has been with the ACBF since 2005, initially joining as Pro Bono Coordinator. She became Foundation Director in 2007, before being promoted to Associate Executive Director in 2014, her current role. During her time with the organization, she has created more than 20 new pro bono programs and fundraising initiatives. Today, the ACBF oversees 50 charitable and pro bono programs, as well as 16 named charitable funds. Among the most noteworthy of these programs is Attorneys Against Hunger, which has raised more than $1.5 million to fight hunger in Allegheny County. During the 2015-16 fiscal year, the ACBF distributed more than $300,000 in grants, scholarships and financial assistance to help those in need, including legal assistance for low-income individuals.

Prior to joining the ACBF, Albert worked as an attorney at KidsVoice, representing dependent children in Juvenile Court. Previously, she worked in plaintiffs’ class action litigation, focusing on consumer protection law. She also worked with the insurance defense bar, concentrating on medical malpractice, product liability and general liability claims. At the beginning of her career, she was law clerk for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Albert is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American bar associations, the Executive Women’s Council of Greater Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council and Partners for Philanthropic Planning. She also serves as a Hearing Committee Member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Albert graduated from the the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1991; she earned a bachelor of Science degree from Pitt in 1988. She and her husband, Craig Fischman, live in Mt. Lebanon with their daughters, Alyssa and Amanda

Lorrie Albert Takes Over as President of National Conference on Bar Foundations

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 8:27am

Lorrie Albert, Esq. Lorrie K. Albert, Associate Executive Director of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, is the new President of the National Conference on Bar Foundations. She officially took office on Aug. 6 and will hold the position for one year; she will also continue in her role at the ACBF.

The NCBF serves more than 200 bar foundations throughout the United States. The organization’s mission is to advance the works of bar foundations by promoting law-related philanthropy and to serve as a resource for bar foundations across the country, helping them to carry out their charitable missions.

As Associate Executive Director at the ACBF, Albert directs the daily operations and fundraising efforts of the foundation, known as “the heart of Pittsburgh’s legal community.” The ACBF oversees numerous pro bono, charitable and educational programs designed to help those in need. In her role as NCBF president, Albert will be in charge of developing the organization’s strategic plan. She will also establish board priorities, identify speakers and develop programing designed to help bar foundation leaders across the country.

“I am excited to begin my year as president of the NCBF. Holding this position is a great honor, as well as an enormous responsibility,” she said. “Increasing membership and strengthening the relationships between bar foundations and bar associations are among the goals I have for my term. By taking on this role, I hope to do my part to increase the impact the ACBF and bar foundations have in communities across the country.”

Albert was elected President-elect by the NCBF membership in August 2015. She replaces Leonard Pataki, whose term as president ended earlier this month.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure serving on the National Conference of Bar Foundations Board with Lorrie,” said Pataki, vice president and general counsel with Sheehan Pipeline Construction in Tulsa, Okla. “Her dedication to the NCBF, its mission and its members is amazing, but not nearly as amazing as her energy level. I just hope I can keep up. The NCBF is in good hands with Lorrie as its president, and I’m looking forward to working with her in what I know will be a great year.”

Richard S. Wiedman, President of the ACBF, said that Albert’s election is a testament to her dedication and commitment to the success of the foundation.

“Lorrie is certainly very deserving of this honor. Her accomplishments at the ACBF have been astounding, and as she takes her knowledge of legal-related charitable pursuits to the national stage it will reinforce the reputation that the ACBF currently enjoys in no small part as a result of her ongoing efforts here in Pittsburgh,” said Wiedman, an attorney with Eckert Seamans. “Everyone involved with the ACBF – our staff, volunteer attorneys, trustees and the individuals we serve – can take pride in Lorrie’s election to this important position.”

David Blaner, Executive Director of the Allegheny County Bar Association and ACBF, echoed those thoughts.

“I have the pleasure of watching Lorrie perform her work every day, and she truly has the passion and unique skills necessary to excel in the bar foundation environment,” Blaner said. “She has taken our foundation to new heights, and I am confident she will do the same with the NCBF.”
 

About Lorrie Albert

Attorney Lorrie Albert has been with the ACBF since 2005, initially joining as Pro Bono Coordinator. She became Foundation Director in 2007, before being promoted to Associate Executive Director in 2014, her current role. During her time with the organization, she has created more than 20 new pro bono programs and fundraising initiatives. Today, the ACBF oversees 50 charitable and pro bono programs, as well as 16 named charitable funds. Among the most noteworthy of these programs is Attorneys Against Hunger, which has raised more than $1.5 million to fight hunger in Allegheny County. During the 2015-16 fiscal year, the ACBF distributed more than $300,000 in grants, scholarships and financial assistance to help those in need, including legal assistance for low-income individuals.

Prior to joining the ACBF, Albert worked as an attorney at KidsVoice, representing dependent children in Juvenile Court. Previously, she worked in plaintiffs’ class action litigation, focusing on consumer protection law. She also worked with the insurance defense bar, concentrating on medical malpractice, product liability and general liability claims. At the beginning of her career, she was law clerk for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Albert is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American bar associations, the Executive Women’s Council of Greater Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council and Partners for Philanthropic Planning. She also serves as a Hearing Committee Member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Albert graduated from the the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1991; she earned a bachelor of Science degree from Pitt in 1988. She and her husband, Craig Fischman, live in Mt. Lebanon with their daughters, Alyssa and Amanda

NAACP Chief Legal Officer Keynotes ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards, Honors 5 Legal Luminaries

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 9:01am

Sherrilyn Ifill, keynote speaker at the  American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Awards luncheon held Aug. 6 during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, apologized to the audience, saying  she was speaking a “little bit to the choir” when talking about the importance of lawyers.

But, she added, “I don’t think there is a more important moment to talk to lawyers about the moment we’re in in this country and what our role must be.”

Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, cautioned that the spate of fatal shootings of African–American men in St. Louis, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Staten Island, N.Y., Baton Rouge, Columbus, Ohio, and elsewhere around the nation and the perception of unequal justice in the criminal justice system had resulted in “a crisis of confidence in the rule of law.”

As a civil rights lawyer, Ifill said she was always optimistic no matter how difficult things got, “but I do want to impress on you that things are quite difficult at this moment.”

African-Americans and other minorities have “largely not been believed,” but “videos have made it impossible for people to avoid the truth,” Ifill said of the tragic police-involved killings.

“If the state can take your life when you pose no threat and no one is held responsible for it, then you are indeed a second-class citizen,” she continued. “For those of us who believe in the rule of law this is something we have to pay attention to.”

“There is a lot of pain out there that mainstream America is just becoming aware of,” Ifill said, adding that lawyers, who were automatically taken to be leaders, must find new  ways of solving old racial problems.

“I have no doubt that this moment is a moment that is so difficult because it is a transformative moment,” she said.  “When a wound is laid bare then we can figure out the proper treatment.”

She called on lawyers to step up to the challenge, saying it was a responsibility that they “owed,” and noting that what has made the United States “a country in which the principles of equality and justice are touchstones” came from the work of organizations like the Legal Defense Fund.

The hallmark of LDF lawyers like Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley, civil rights litigants who more than half a century ago argued the landmark, Brown v Board of Education case that desegregated public schools, was, Ifill said, their “duality of sight.” They had the ability to see the limitations of the society but “also to look around the corner and envision what the future can be like, envision what this country could be.”

Marshall, who was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Lyndon Johnson in 1967 and became the first African-American Supreme Court justice, “believed in the rule of law when the rule of law didn’t believe in him,” Ifill said. Click here to view a video of Ifill's Keynote Address.

Ifill’s address preceded the presentations of the 2016 Pro Bono Publico Awards to five recipients who demonstrated outstanding commitment to the kind of volunteer legal services that help the least of the nation’s citizens. Click on a recipient's name to watch video of their acceptance:

  • U.S. based lawyers of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP of New York, who dedicated more than 63,000 hours to pro bono work in 2015.
  • John O. Goss of Goss and Fentress, Norfolk, Va., a legal aid lawyer who 40 years ago helped some 1,500 Social Security disability recipients in rural Appalachia keep their benefits.
     
  • Renee M. Schoenberg of DLA Piper, Chicago, for her extensive charitable work, both in the U.S. and abroad.
     
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman of Katten Muchin Roseman LLP of Chicago, for starting a legal clinic in a Chicago pubic school to provide basic legal assistance to members of the school community and support education.
     
  • Hillary Gaston Walsh of The Law Office of Hillary Gaston Walsh, South Korea, for her representation of indigent asylum-seekers in their appeals to Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Pro Bono Publico Awards program is sponsored by the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.

NAACP Chief Legal Officer Keynotes ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards, Honors 5 Legal Luminaries

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 9:01am

Sherrilyn Ifill, keynote speaker at the  American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Awards luncheon held Aug. 6 during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, apologized to the audience, saying  she was speaking a “little bit to the choir” when talking about the importance of lawyers.

But, she added, “I don’t think there is a more important moment to talk to lawyers about the moment we’re in in this country and what our role must be.”

Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, cautioned that the spate of fatal shootings of African–American men in St. Louis, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Staten Island, N.Y., Baton Rouge, Columbus, Ohio, and elsewhere around the nation and the perception of unequal justice in the criminal justice system had resulted in “a crisis of confidence in the rule of law.”

As a civil rights lawyer, Ifill said she was always optimistic no matter how difficult things got, “but I do want to impress on you that things are quite difficult at this moment.”

African-Americans and other minorities have “largely not been believed,” but “videos have made it impossible for people to avoid the truth,” Ifill said of the tragic police-involved killings.

“If the state can take your life when you pose no threat and no one is held responsible for it, then you are indeed a second-class citizen,” she continued. “For those of us who believe in the rule of law this is something we have to pay attention to.”

“There is a lot of pain out there that mainstream America is just becoming aware of,” Ifill said, adding that lawyers, who were automatically taken to be leaders, must find new  ways of solving old racial problems.

“I have no doubt that this moment is a moment that is so difficult because it is a transformative moment,” she said.  “When a wound is laid bare then we can figure out the proper treatment.”

She called on lawyers to step up to the challenge, saying it was a responsibility that they “owed,” and noting that what has made the United States “a country in which the principles of equality and justice are touchstones” came from the work of organizations like the Legal Defense Fund.

The hallmark of LDF lawyers like Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley, civil rights litigants who more than half a century ago argued the landmark, Brown v Board of Education case that desegregated public schools, was, Ifill said, their “duality of sight.” They had the ability to see the limitations of the society but “also to look around the corner and envision what the future can be like, envision what this country could be.”

Marshall, who was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Lyndon Johnson in 1967 and became the first African-American Supreme Court justice, “believed in the rule of law when the rule of law didn’t believe in him,” Ifill said. Click here to view a video of Ifill's Keynote Address.

Ifill’s address preceded the presentations of the 2016 Pro Bono Publico Awards to five recipients who demonstrated outstanding commitment to the kind of volunteer legal services that help the least of the nation’s citizens. Click on a recipient's name to watch video of their acceptance:

  • U.S. based lawyers of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP of New York, who dedicated more than 63,000 hours to pro bono work in 2015.
  • John O. Goss of Goss and Fentress, Norfolk, Va., a legal aid lawyer who 40 years ago helped some 1,500 Social Security disability recipients in rural Appalachia keep their benefits.
     
  • Renee M. Schoenberg of DLA Piper, Chicago, for her extensive charitable work, both in the U.S. and abroad.
     
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman of Katten Muchin Roseman LLP of Chicago, for starting a legal clinic in a Chicago pubic school to provide basic legal assistance to members of the school community and support education.
     
  • Hillary Gaston Walsh of The Law Office of Hillary Gaston Walsh, South Korea, for her representation of indigent asylum-seekers in their appeals to Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Pro Bono Publico Awards program is sponsored by the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.

ABA President Linda Klein Announces Major Initiative on Legal Services for Veterans

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 8:20am

Linda Klein, Esq., President, American Bar AssociationAmerican Bar Association President Linda Klein has announced a major effort to mobilize lawyers on behalf of enhanced legal services for the nation’s veterans.

Persistent combat exposure, redeployment and separations have meant that too many of those who have served our country return from active duty to a variety of legal problem — including evictions, child-custody disputes or wrongful denial of benefits, Klein said.

“These are men and women who have signed a piece of paper saying they would die for us, for our country, in defense of our liberty,” she said in outlining her plans at the ABA Annual Meeting that concluded here Tuesday. “When our justice system fails these people, we as a profession must answer our own calls and oath on their behalf.”

Klein said that in order to expand on the outstanding work the ABA already does to help active-duty military and veterans, she has launched a Veterans Legal Services Initiative, led by a 20-member volunteer commission. The commission will be headed by Nanette DeRenzi, a retired three-star vice admiral, and Dwight Smith, a Tulsa attorney who has held key ABA leadership roles.

The commission will use the vast expertise of ABA membership and extensive nationwide relationships, Klein said, to build a comprehensive online resource that informs veterans of legal issues that could affect them and directs them to relevant local resources and legal providers.

Among the actions expected to be undertaken as part of the initiative:

  • Engaging with law schools and bar associations to promote legal-services incubators to assist veterans while providing valuable training for new and underemployed lawyers.
  • Promoting medical-legal partnerships that pair doctors with lawyers to solve clients’ underlying legal problems and encourage legal check-ups for veterans, their families and caregivers.
  • Extending National Pro Bono Celebration week activities in late October to include Veteran’s Day and sponsoring an additional volunteer activity around Memorial Day.

“As we lay the groundwork for this effort,” Klein said, “I hope we will create a legacy that will help millions of veterans who so bravely served our nation.”

Click here for more information on the initiative, including video comments by Linda Klein on the launch of the initiative, from the ABA Journal.

ABA President Linda Klein Announces Major Initiative on Legal Services for Veterans

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 8:20am

Linda Klein, Esq., President, American Bar AssociationAmerican Bar Association President Linda Klein has announced a major effort to mobilize lawyers on behalf of enhanced legal services for the nation’s veterans.

Persistent combat exposure, redeployment and separations have meant that too many of those who have served our country return from active duty to a variety of legal problem — including evictions, child-custody disputes or wrongful denial of benefits, Klein said.

“These are men and women who have signed a piece of paper saying they would die for us, for our country, in defense of our liberty,” she said in outlining her plans at the ABA Annual Meeting that concluded here Tuesday. “When our justice system fails these people, we as a profession must answer our own calls and oath on their behalf.”

Klein said that in order to expand on the outstanding work the ABA already does to help active-duty military and veterans, she has launched a Veterans Legal Services Initiative, led by a 20-member volunteer commission. The commission will be headed by Nanette DeRenzi, a retired three-star vice admiral, and Dwight Smith, a Tulsa attorney who has held key ABA leadership roles.

The commission will use the vast expertise of ABA membership and extensive nationwide relationships, Klein said, to build a comprehensive online resource that informs veterans of legal issues that could affect them and directs them to relevant local resources and legal providers.

Among the actions expected to be undertaken as part of the initiative:

  • Engaging with law schools and bar associations to promote legal-services incubators to assist veterans while providing valuable training for new and underemployed lawyers.
  • Promoting medical-legal partnerships that pair doctors with lawyers to solve clients’ underlying legal problems and encourage legal check-ups for veterans, their families and caregivers.
  • Extending National Pro Bono Celebration week activities in late October to include Veteran’s Day and sponsoring an additional volunteer activity around Memorial Day.

“As we lay the groundwork for this effort,” Klein said, “I hope we will create a legacy that will help millions of veterans who so bravely served our nation.”

Click here for more information on the initiative, including video comments by Linda Klein on the launch of the initiative, from the ABA Journal.

On-Demand CLE: Maintaining Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality in the Digital Age

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 9:02am

LexisNexis University is offering a free on-demand CLE program entitled Maintaining Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality in the Digital Age

As technological development moves seemingly at the speed of light, lawyers' ethical duties to zealously protect privilege and confidentiality are more complex than ever before. This course includes discussion on:

  1. Maintaining client confidentiality with employees and agents, including discussion of attorney’s obligations to understand data and data transmission;
     
  2. Maintaining security with opposing counsel communications, including watching metadata. Also, covering what happens with inadvertent disclosure, such as using private agreements and protective orders, and discussion of the federal rules provisions and select state provisions regarding the recipient attorney’s obligations.
     
  3. Maintaining client security in the age of social media, including discussion on attorney responsibilities and obligations regarding use of social media as well as counseling clients on use of social media with regard to client confidentiality.

Run Time: 94 Minutes
Presenter(s): Jeffrey Loop, Alan Lewis

This program has been approved for 1.5 Ethics Credits in Pennsylvania.

Attendance at this event is categorized as "distance learning" by the PA CLE Board.  Under current  rules,  lawyers have the option of completing six (6) hours per compliance year of distance learning by participating in pre-approved, interactive, Internet or computer based CLE programs. 

More Information and Registration

On-Demand CLE: Maintaining Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality in the Digital Age

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 9:02am

LexisNexis University is offering a free on-demand CLE program entitled Maintaining Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality in the Digital Age

As technological development moves seemingly at the speed of light, lawyers' ethical duties to zealously protect privilege and confidentiality are more complex than ever before. This course includes discussion on:

  1. Maintaining client confidentiality with employees and agents, including discussion of attorney’s obligations to understand data and data transmission;
     
  2. Maintaining security with opposing counsel communications, including watching metadata. Also, covering what happens with inadvertent disclosure, such as using private agreements and protective orders, and discussion of the federal rules provisions and select state provisions regarding the recipient attorney’s obligations.
     
  3. Maintaining client security in the age of social media, including discussion on attorney responsibilities and obligations regarding use of social media as well as counseling clients on use of social media with regard to client confidentiality.

Run Time: 94 Minutes
Presenter(s): Jeffrey Loop, Alan Lewis

This program has been approved for 1.5 Ethics Credits in Pennsylvania.

Attendance at this event is categorized as "distance learning" by the PA CLE Board.  Under current  rules,  lawyers have the option of completing six (6) hours per compliance year of distance learning by participating in pre-approved, interactive, Internet or computer based CLE programs. 

More Information and Registration

Pennsylvania Bar Association Seeking Volunteers for 1ts 'Lawyers Saluting Veterans' Program

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 1:05pm

The Pennsylvania Bar Association is recruiting lawyer volunteers to handle pro bono cases in their areas of practice or expertise for Pennsylvania's military veterans as part of the PBA's "Lawyers Saluting Veterans" program.

Lawyers interested in volunteering for the program should register via the PBA website at www.pabar.org/ public/lsv.asp. Registration requires certification of malpractice insurance. After registering, volunteer lawyers will be able to access electronic documents such as an agreement of representation, a pro bono checklist and a termination letter for use with the veteran clients.

Lawyer volunteers will receive an official certificate of participation for their use in publicizing their involvement in the program.

Veterans in need of pro bono assistance can directly contact those lawyer volunteers who publicize their participation in the program. If the legal matter is one the lawyer does not handle, there is no obligation to take on the veteran as a client. Instead, the volunteer can refer the veteran to the program hotline. The PBA Pro Bono Legal Services Office will also make referrals to volunteer lawyers.

The "Lawyers Saluting Veterans" program is coordinated by the PBA's Pro Bono Office and Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee. For more information call the program hotline at 800-932-0311, ext. 2570; call Gabriele Miller Wagner at 800-932-0311, ext. 2297; or email her at gabriele.miller wagner@pabar.org and put "LSV'' in the subject line.

Pennsylvania Bar Association Seeking Volunteers for 1ts 'Lawyers Saluting Veterans' Program

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 1:05pm

The Pennsylvania Bar Association is recruiting lawyer volunteers to handle pro bono cases in their areas of practice or expertise for Pennsylvania's military veterans as part of the PBA's "Lawyers Saluting Veterans" program.

Lawyers interested in volunteering for the program should register via the PBA website at www.pabar.org/ public/lsv.asp. Registration requires certification of malpractice insurance. After registering, volunteer lawyers will be able to access electronic documents such as an agreement of representation, a pro bono checklist and a termination letter for use with the veteran clients.

Lawyer volunteers will receive an official certificate of participation for their use in publicizing their involvement in the program.

Veterans in need of pro bono assistance can directly contact those lawyer volunteers who publicize their participation in the program. If the legal matter is one the lawyer does not handle, there is no obligation to take on the veteran as a client. Instead, the volunteer can refer the veteran to the program hotline. The PBA Pro Bono Legal Services Office will also make referrals to volunteer lawyers.

The "Lawyers Saluting Veterans" program is coordinated by the PBA's Pro Bono Office and Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee. For more information call the program hotline at 800-932-0311, ext. 2570; call Gabriele Miller Wagner at 800-932-0311, ext. 2297; or email her at gabriele.miller wagner@pabar.org and put "LSV'' in the subject line.