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September 22: Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2016


The need for pro bono assistance with administrative hearings has never been higher. Clients who have been denied or are at risk of losing vital public benefits, employment benefits, and/or housing subsidies, have a right to an administrative hearing, but are often unrepresented in what can be a confusing and adversarial process. Significant changes to key benefits programs, including Social Security, General Assistance, CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal and In-Home Support Services have occurred in recent years imposing new complex rules. On the unemployment insurance front, while the number of applications has overall declined, we have yet to see a reverse of the recession-based trend of employers challenging many unemployment insurance benefit applications. Housing Authorities frequently seek to deny and revoke housing subsidies often due to tenuous allegations of criminal activity. Meanwhile, low-wage workers are experiencing wage theft at unprecedented rates and relying on the Labor Commissioner more than ever before to recover their unpaid wages.
Legal aid services have also suffered funding problems and staffing cuts with reduced ability to meet the demand to represent clients in these cases. Unfortunately, many individuals who are entitled to desperately-needed benefits but have had their benefits improperly denied, lowered, or terminated, who are at risk of losing a housing subsidy, or who are not paid according to basic wage and hour laws cannot make it through the administrative hearing process on their own. As a result, low-income families face the very real possibility of hunger, homelessness, and instability.
This training is designed to help mitigate the crisis faced by low-income families everywhere by providing attorneys with a basic understanding of common issues and strategies in providing pro bono assistance with administrative hearings. The program will focus on California law, but will also cover many topics such as due process and other rights that apply nationwide; therefore, advocates from other forums would benefit from the information and attending the program.
What You Will Learn

  • An overview of administrative hearings low-income clients most frequently need involving:
  • State public benefits, including General Assistance, CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal and Unemployment Insurance claims;
  • Federal public benefits, including Supplemental Security Income;
  • Federally assisted housing programs, including public housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP or "Section 8"); and
  • Unpaid wages, and other wage and hour-related rights.
  • Best practices and common advocacy strategies, preparation, and procedures for administrative hearings, including:
  • Obtaining evidence: informal and formal discovery
  • Drafting position statements/hearing briefs
  • Presenting your case at hearing
  • Alternatives: Informal resolution
  • Rehearings and further appeals
  • California law and practice specifics

All attorneys interested in or currently assisting pro bono clients with administrative matters through representation or in clinical settings; law firm pro bono coordinators, managers and partners; law clinic students and faculty; and public interest and non-profit legal services attorneys and staff would benefit from attending this program.
Title:
Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2016
When/Where:
September 22, 2016
9:00 AM Pacific
Webcast - Register Now!
Credit:
3 or more credits in most jurisdictions
Speakers:
  • Lauren Hansen ~ Staff Attorney, Public Interest Law Project
  • Adam Poe ~ Staff Attorney, Reentry Project Coordinator, Bay Area Legal Aid
  • Co-Chairs:
    • Carole Vigne ~ Staff Attorney and Director, Wage Protection Program, Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center
    • Steven Weiss ~ Staff Attorney and Regional SSI Advocacy Coordinator, Bay Area Legal Aid
  • Program Attorney: Christina Thompson ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute
By:
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September 20: Webcast - When Permanency Isn't Forever: The Problem of Broken Adoptions #MCLE

It is estimated that nearly 20 percent of children who are adopted out of foster care in New York City later return to placement. Although the total number of adopted youth who do not reach adulthood in their "forever" home is not known, many young adoptees find themselves homeless, or being raised by an adult other than their adoptive parent. Representing these young people presents a unique set of issues and challenges.
Please join Betsy Kramer of Lawyers For Children and Dawn J. Post of the Children’s Law Center for an introduction to the phenomenon of broken adoptions as they:
  • Provide tips for practitioners representing young people whose "forever" home has fallen apart;
  • Look at the ways in which youth come back under the jurisdiction of the family court;
  • Suggest how to work with youth toward finding stable homes after a disrupted adoption;
  • Review practices for maintaining connections with siblings;
  • Offer approaches to reestablishing connections with biological family; and
  • Discuss the problem of the recurring adoption subsidy.
Title:
When Permanency Isn't Forever: The Problem of Broken Adoptions
When/Where:
September 20, 2016
1:00 PM Eastern
9:00 AM Pacific
Webcast - Register Now!
Also Presented In-Person In San Francisco, CA
Credit:
1 credit in most jurisdictions
Speakers:

  • Betsy Kramer ~ Lawyers For Children
  • Dawn J. Post ~ Children's Law Center
  • Program Attorney: Amy Taub ~ Practising Law Institute

By:
PLI
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September 15: Webcast - Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income Clients 2016

Although the economy is improving and foreclosures in many parts of the country are in decline due to rising home values, financially marginalized people still file bankruptcy in disproportionate numbers. Many debtors are unrepresented and bankruptcy clinics are still in great demand. There is a critical need for pro bono attorneys to assist low-income clients at all levels. The practice of bankruptcy law is ever changing (all of the forms changed effective April 1, 2016) and can be quite complicated with even the simplest form of bankruptcy, Chapter 7. This basic program was developed for brand new practitioners and those who are either not familiar with the practice or have not practiced bankruptcy law since the passage of BAPCPA. The program hopes to develop practitioners who will volunteer their time and skills to those who cannot afford representation. The program will focus on Chapter 7 bankruptcy, from the day a new client walks into your office, to the day you receive notice that they have successfully received a discharge and their case is closed.
What You Will Learn
  • An overview of Chapter 7 bankruptcy
  • Duties and due diligence of the attorney
  • How the discharge works and the effectiveness of the automatic stay
  • How to protect the debtor’s property through exemptions
  • An overview of the means test for the low-income client
  • Issues in bankruptcy to be aware of and understand
This program was designed for practitioners, paralegals and legal assistants who are new to bankruptcy or new to BAPCPA. It is a basic “How to File a Chapter 7” program.
If you would like to volunteer in pro bono clinics, develop bankruptcy as one of your practice areas, or are a new attorney who wants to develop a bankruptcy practice, this program will give you the tools you need to get started in the practice of Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Title:
Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income Clients 2016
When/Where:
9September 15, 2016
9:00 AM Pacific
Webcast - Register Now!
Also Presented In-Person In San Francisco, CA
Credit:
6 or more credits in most jurisdictions
Speakers:

  • Chair: Sally J. Elkington ~ Partner, Elkington Shepherd LLP
  • Carl R. Gustafson ~ Managing Partner, Lincoln Law
  • Sarah Lampi Little ~ Attorney, Shareholder, Kornfield, Nyberg, Bendes & Kuhner, P.C
  • Program Attorney: Christina Thompson ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute

By:
PLI
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September 13: Webcast - California’s Proposition 47 Two Years On: Find Out What to Do Now

In November 2014, California’s Proposition 47 reduced many theft and forgery crimes worth $950 or less, and most simple drug possession crimes, for people without sex offenses or strike priors, down from felonies, or possible felonies, to straight misdemeanors. It also gave people with prior convictions three years to petition to have those reduced. For the most part, this is working well, but many recurring issues are still unresolved.
Join Garrick Byers as he addresses the following issues, including:
  • Is paying for a meal at a restaurant using a stolen credit card felony burglary, or misdemeanor shoplifting? Does the client still have a prison prior if the underlying felony is now reduced?
  • The Courts of Appeal keep filing cases, but the California Supreme Court keeps granting review. Have the amended Publication rules, letting us cite published cases that are on review, clarified things, or made the law more murky then ever? 
  • Hundreds of thousands of Californians are eligible for relief. A felony record makes housing and jobs hard to get. Can we reach them all in one year? And what about new clients who walk in your door with prior or present Prop. 47 offenses? 
  • Prop. 47 was supposed to generate millions of dollars to be used for education, drug treatment and to combat recidivism. What is happening to that?
Title:
California’s Proposition 47 Two Years On: Find Out What to Do Now
When/Where:
September 13, 2016
1:00 PM Eastern
Webcast - Register Now!
Also Presented In-Person In San Francisco, CA
Credit:
3 or more credits in most jurisdictions
Speakers:
  • Garrick Byers ~
  • Program Attorney: Amy Taub ~ Practising Law Institute
By:
PLI
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September 6: Webcast - Fair-Chance Employment Practices: Opening Job Opportunities for People with Records #MCLE

An estimated 70 million people in the United States—nearly one in three adults—have a criminal record. Too often the stigma of having a record presents an insurmountable hurdle to finding employment for jobseekers. As the national movement for criminal justice reform accelerates, learn about the efforts across the country to dismantle barriers to employment and advance job opportunities.
Please join Senior Staff Attorneys Nayantara Mehta and Michelle Natividad Rodriguez from the National Employment Law Project as they:
  • Cover the latest national developments in the movement toward fair chance employment;
  • Highlight policy trends and the latest challenges surrounding fair chance employment; and
  • Explore how on-demand companies, like Uber, fall short when it comes to compliance with the civil rights and consumer laws that regulate criminal background checks for employment.  
  • Save the date and don’t miss this important free presentation.
Title:
Fair-Chance Employment Practices: Opening Job Opportunities for People with Records
When/Where:
September 6, 2016
1:00 PM Eastern
Webcast - Register Now!
Also Presented In-Person In San Francisco, CA
Credit:
1 credit in most jurisdictions
Speakers:
  • Nayantara Mehta ~ National Employment Law Project
  • Michelle Natividad Rodriguez ~ National Employment Law Project
  • Program Attorney: Amy Taub ~ Practising Law Institute
By:
PLI
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September: Webcast - Silence of All Virtues: Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality in the Digital Age

Title:
Silence of All Virtues: Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality in the Digital Age

When/Where:
By:
LexisNexis
Credit:
Ethics: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas (pending), Vermont, Virginia, Washington (LN applies only if a WA Attorney attends), West Virginia, Wisconsin (pending).

September 20: Website - Marijuana in the Workplace: An Update and a Look Forward

Title:
Marijuana in the Workplace: An Update and a Look Forward

When/Where:
3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
09/20/2016
Webcast - Register Now!
By:
LexisNexis
Credit:
Most states that allow online credits.
More Information and Registration.