Friday, January 29, 2010

Feb 23/ New Britain, CT: Pro Bono Representation of Claimants in Unemployment Compensation Proceedings

As the unemployment rate climbs, growing numbers ofworkers depend on unemployment benefits for support.

This seminar will provide an overview of the unemploymentclaims⁄appeals process—from filing an initial claim to appealing denials to the lower-authority referee section or the higher-authority board of review. The programwill include presentations on substantive requirementsof Connecticut's Unemployment Act, as well as the Employment Security Appeals Division's procedural regulations and practice tips.

Title: Pro Bono Representation of Claimants in Unemployment Compensation Proceedings

9:00 AM 2/23/2010
CBA Law Center
New Britain CT

3.00 Hours CLE Credit

Please note the registration procedure for pro bono seminars: You may only register by calling the CBA Member Service Center at (860)223-4400. Free for CT Pro Bono Network volunteers, $250 for all others.

About the Program
The CT Pro Bono Network offers FREE CLE seminars for its registered volunteers. If you are new to the program, please register as a volunteer before signing up for the CLE's. As a volunteer, we request that you accept at least one pro bono case through our network of agencies during the calendar year.

These CLE seminars are designed specifically for volunteer attorneys and paralegals who accept cases through the CT Pro Bono Network. It is our hope that others attending this CLE (who can do so at a seminar fee of $250) would consider accepting a case through our program.

Faculty and Speaker
Program Chair:
Susan Nofi-Bendici,New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc., New Haven
Who Should Attend
While open to all, this training seminar is designed specifically for volunteer attorneys and paralegals who accept cases through the CT Pro Bono Network.

It is our hope that others attending this training would consider accepting a case through our program. 
Become a volunteer at or call (860)223-4400.
This seminar is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Feb 18/Iowa (10 locations): The Biggest Dossier: Contemporary Family Law Issues in Iowa

This event is not-quite-free, but if you volunteer to participate in specified pro bono programs, you can get the program cost down to $15, which for 3.25 credits is pretty darn cheap.

Title: The Biggest Dossier: Contemporary Family Law Issues in Iowa

Thursday February 18 , 2010

By: Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Project, Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Pro Bono Project of HELP Legal Assistance 

Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Over the Iowa Communications Network

Ten Locations in the State of , IA


Kara Johnson

Be Sure to Notice New "Go Green/Save Green" Options on the Attached Fillable pdf Registration Form

CLE Credit Comments: 3.25 Hours State CLE (including .5 Hour Legal Ethics) anticipated.

More Information (including registration form):

Multiple Dates/ Louisiana (multiple locations): Child Welfare Training Events

The Louisiana Court Improvement Program and Louisiana CASA Association are partnering in 2010 to provide informative educational workshops exploring essential areas for all professionals working with children in the Court system. Attorneys, Rehabilitation Counselors, Social Workers, and Licensed Professional Counselors will receive 6 hours of continuing education.
These events are not-quite-free, since there is a mere $20 charge to cover lunch, refreshments and handouts. For 6 credits, you can hardly do better and the intent is righteous!



January 28, 2010
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008: Analysis, Implications and Policy [More Information]

February 25, 2010
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions
Act of 2008: Analysis, Implications and Policy

March 12, 2010
When Is It Safe to Reunify?

April 29, 2010
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions
Act of 2008: Analysis, Implications and Policy

May 28, 2010
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions
Act of 2008: Analysis, Implications and Policy

June 25, 2010
Youth With Multi Systemic Needs
St. Tammany

July 23, 2010
Early Childhood Development
Baton Rouge

September 2, 2010
Early Childhood Development

More information:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Feb 8/Washington, DC & telecon: Responding to Haitian TPS: Training for Pro Bono Lawyers

Learn how to represent Haitian TPS Cases
Trainers: Peggy Gleason of Catholic Charities and CLINC

Responding to Haitian TPS: Training for Pro Bono Lawyers
Catholic Charities' Immigration Legal Services, Miller Chevalier

Monday February 08 , 2010
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Miller & Chevalier
655 15th Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC

Kathleen Wach
Miller Chevalier

To RSVP: Please email Kathleen Wach, Pro Bono Counsel at
Miller & Chevalier will graciously provide lunch.

There is also a call-in option.


Feb 5 / Indianapolis: Black History Month (CLE)

Federal agencies will sponsor a Black History Month Celebration on Friday, Feb. 5, at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse in the William E. Steckler Ceremonial Courtroom (Courtroom 202) located at 46 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis.

Professor Kevin D. Brown, Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington, will be the featured speaker. He has been a faculty member since 1987 and is a respected author, speaker and instructor on issues dealing with race, law and education.

Black History Month Free CLE
Start Date/Time: Friday, February 05, 2010 2:00 PM
End Date/Time: Friday, February 05, 2010 3:00 PM

The Black History Month Celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with a program for eighth and ninth grade students. This interactive experience will feature a lecture by Prof. Brown on the 14th Amendment and the rights of citizens and students, which will be supplemented by an activity that will force the students to evaluate, understand and discuss their rights. The second half of the program will present students with the question, "What would America be like if the Confederacy had won the Civil War?"

The afternoon program will be at 2 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. Prof. Brown will ask, "Why do we need a Black History Month?" This lecture will explore the many contributions, and the centrality of those contributions, that African-Americans have made to the United States and its society. One hour CLE credit pending!

For more information, please contact Deputy Clerk Doria Lynch at 317.229.3729.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jan 27/Chicago - Powers of Attorney

A free CLE training on drafting Powers of Attorney, as part of CDEL's SCI program, is provided on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at CDEL's office. Illinois licensed attorneys will receive 1 hour of MCLE credit for attendance at the training and should be able to commit to participating in at least one workshop. Students (especially students eligible for Supreme Court Rule 711 licenses) and retired attorneys are also welcome to attend. 
Sponsor(s): Center for Disability and Elder Law 
Date: 01/27/2010
Time: 01:00PM - 02:30PM
Location: 79 W. Monroe Suite 919, Chicago, IL 60603
Speakers: Thomas Wendt, Esq. Legal Director, Center for Disability & Elder Law. 

Program Description:
The SCI brings CDEL staff and volunteer attorneys to senior citizen residences across Chicago and suburban Cook County to prepare Powers of Attorney for Health Care and Property, as well as Living Will Declarations. In 2009, CDEL conducted 54 workshops scheduled, assisting approximately 650 seniors. Between 4 and 8 volunteer attorneys and 8 and 20 seniors participate in each workshop.

To administer the SCI workshops, CDEL staff attorneys and volunteers to travel to low-income senior citizens' residence facilities to conduct educational outreaches, teaching the residents of the facilities about CDEL and its services, in particular Powers of Attorney.

CDEL staff and volunteer attorneys then return to the site to conduct the workshop. Generally, volunteer attorneys travel directly to site, thus avoiding a trip downtown to CDEL's office. At the workshop, the CDEL volunteer attorneys meet one on one with seniors, where the attorneys consult with residents, explain the documents in detail to the residents and draft the documents. The documents are then witnessed, notarized, copied and presented to the senior. This is a great opportunity to provide assistance directly to seniors in a discreet, one time manner, with no lingering client matters. Once the documents are completed and the workshop is finished, the attorney client relationship ends. If any follow-up is needed, CDEL handles the follow-up.

  • The program is good for attorneys interested in providing pro bono service to clients, but do not have the time or availability to provide long term representation. 
  • The program is also good for retired and semi-retired attorneys, who simply wish to "give something back" to the community. For retired attorneys, CDEL can even facilitate those attorneys to obtain a Supreme Court Rule 756(j) license (for retired attorneys working for/volunteering at non-profit legal service providers). 
  • The program is also great for law students who are interested in obtaining practical legal and client interaction experience. For qualified students, CDEL will assist in obtaining a Supreme Court Rule 711 provisional license.
CDEL is also looking for volunteers to travel to the senior centers to provide the initial outreach speaking engagements. Complete training and speaking "scripts" are available for this program. For each presentation, the attorney volunteer would receive 2 hours of "pro bono credit."

Contact Information:
For more information or to register for the CLE training, please email CDEL at or call CDEL Chief Legal Officer Thomas Wendt at (312) 376-1880 ext 21.

And now, the Sales Pitch:
The SCI Workshop concept has been very successful and there is a demonstrated need for expansion of the program.

  • It is a positive experience for the residences, as they are able to schedule an activity that provides a much needed service. 
  • It is a positive experience for the law firms and attorneys, as the SCI provides the opportunity for pro bono work in a discreet workshop, as well as the opportunity to receive MCLE credit. 
  • It is a positive experience for CDEL, as it provides CDEL with the opportunity to provide service to a large number of seniors and is an incredibly efficient use of CDEL resources. 
  • Most importantly, the Workshop is a positive experience for the seniors as they receive these very important legal services and legal documents at no expense in an efficient manner.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Jan 28/New Orleans: Attorneys Fees and Recent Legislative Developments

By: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services LSC funded

Training agenda
10am -12 noon
Attorney fees statutes and litigation: David Williams and Mark Moreau
1:30 -2:30
Highlights from the 2009 Louisiana Legislature-what you need to know: Mark Moreau
Pre-register now.
Contact Brenda Washington by January 25, 2010:
  • CLE Credit Comments: 3 hours

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jan 27/Web: Crisis in Haiti: Addressing the Legal Issues

Join Julie E. Dinnerstein, Co-Director of the Immigration Intervention Project, Sanctuary for Families, and Miriam A. Buhl, Pro Bono Counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, for  Crisis in Haiti: Addressing the Legal Issues Wednesday January 27 , 2010 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, a free One-Hour Briefing By Practising Law Institute on Temporary Protected Status applications and disaster-related pro bono legal/non-legal assistance to minimize the risk of catastrophic loss of life and infrastructure.
Topics to be addressed include:

  • What is Temporary Protected Status, and how to apply?
  • Who is eligible for Haitian TPS?
  • Who should not apply for TPS?
  • What other legal needs are likely to emerge?
  • How can lawyers help with natural disasters?

Natural disasters may be unpreventable, but there are ways lawyers can help. The Obama administration has designated Haiti as a country whose nationals may be eligible for Temporary Protected Status - as it has to survivors of Latin American earthquakes and those fleeing extreme political upheaval in Africa - so that the Haitian diaspora in the United States will be allowed to work and send vitally needed money home.


Friday, January 22, 2010

Jan 25/ Web: Emerging legal issues from Haiti West LegalEdcenter

West LegalEdcenter has put together a free continuing legal education (CLE) program for Monday, Jan. 25 to address some of the legal issues surrounding the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti.

Haiti Crisis Update: Current and Emerging Legal Issues will be live at 3 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 25 and available as an on demand audio program afterward.

It is produced in partnership with the National Bar Association.

The panel of speakers will detail the policies and procedures put in place by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State that will impact Haitian nationals currently in the U.S., U.S. permanent residents stranded in Haiti, and Haitian orphans who are in the process of being adopted by U.S. citizens.

The goal of the CLE is to ensure participants that they are in the best position possible to assist those in need of immigration advice as a result of the ongoing tragedies in Haiti. The program also will address the emerging issues regarding infrastructure rebuilding.

The moderator will be Mavis Theassa Thompson, president of the National Bar Association. Presenters are Thomas A. Duckenfield III, Of Counsel at Adorno & Yoss and Romy Kapoor, Partner at Adorno & Yoss.

Registration for this free CLE is available on West LegalEdcenter.

AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CPE-NASBA, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, ME, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, RI, UT, VA, VI, VT, WI, WV (Note: also approved in WA; it just wasn't mentioned on the West website)


Friday, January 15, 2010

Jan 20/ Stillwater, MN - "Collaborative Divorce and Team Practice"

The Washington County Law Library is pleased to present the following Continuing Legal Education programs free of charge. These programs are presented in coordination with the Washington County Bar Association, but membership in the Association is not required for attendance.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are presented in Conference Room 21 (lower level), Washington County Government Center. All programs begin at noon and last for one hour.

Suggestions for programs are always welcome and should be directed to the County Law Librarian, who may be reached at 651-430-6330.

Jan. 20, 2010
"Collaborative Divorce and Team Practice"
Louise Livesay, Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator
Audra Holbeck, Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator
Stephanie Tschida, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Divorce Coach and Child Specialist
Patricia Rogers, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Divorce Coach and Child Specialist
Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota
Stillwater, MN
One standard CLE credit has been approved #140473


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Feb 10/Seattle, WA: 'Referendum 71: What Practitioners Should Know'

After an arduous and much publicized process, voters approved Referendum 71 in November 2009. Now you need to know what RCWs have been impacted. 

The SOGILI and Civil Rights Sections are pleased to bring you this CLE, presented by Mona Smith and Jonathan Bowman, Seattle practitioners, GSBA Board Members and Washington Families Standing Together volunteers.  Mona and Jonathan will provide an overview of the changes to Washington law and advice to practitioners to avoid pitfalls when counseling clients in areas impacted by Referendum 71.

WSBA-CLE Presents: 'Referendum 71: What Practitioners Should Know'

When: Wednesday, February 10, 2010
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

1325 Fourth Ave., Ste. 600
Seattle, WA

Credits: Approved for 1.5  general CLE credits

$0 for SOGILI and Civil Rights Law Section members
$25 for non-members
$0 Law Students

Please click on the following link to register for this timely seminar:

Jan 25/ New York City: Discrimination Against Immigrant Workers

Pre-register by 1.19.10 !

Topics covered will include employment discrimination based on age, gender, national origin and citizenship or immigration status, over-documentation in the employment eligibility verification process and retaliatory conduct by employers.

The training will cover the claims process under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of
1964 and the antidiscrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Also covered, updates on Social Security discrepancy notices or "no-match letters", and changes in the employment eligibility verification process, including electronic verification. It will focus both on employer practices covered under the law-such as recruitment, hiring, and firing -as well as the EEOC's and OSC's mediation process and litigation.

Date: Monday, January 25, 2010
Time: 2:00 p.m.--5:00 p.m.
Sponsor & Location:
The New York Immigration Coalition
137-139 West 25th Street, 12th Floor
New York, New York 10001-7277
Tel: (212) 627-2227
Fax: (212) 627-9314

The training will be conducted by Jennifer A. Sultan, Esq., Acting Special Litigation Counsel, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice and Robert Rose, Esq., Supervisory Trial Attorney, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission New York District Office.

CLE credit: 3 credits in professional practice.
This course provides transitional credit for newly admitted attorneys and non-transitional credit for experienced attorneys.

More information:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Jan 22-24 / NY Mock Trial Judging (up to 3 Credits)

Preregistration required for this opportunity to earn up to 3 credits judging a mock trial at New York University.

The announcement ( ) has the details:
Dear Prospective Judges,
On January 22nd, 23rd and 24th of 2010, the New York University Undergraduate Mock Trial Team will be hosting our fourth annual invitational tournament entitled the Downtown Invitational Classic. We are asking local legal practitioners to participate in the tournament by serving as judges.
To give you a better idea of what this entails, here is a brief description of what our tournament will consist of:
  • Mock trial is a trial advocacy competition in which over 250 colleges and universities participate.
  • The American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) is the governing body for undergraduate mock trial. Representatives from AMTA will be in attendance to oversee the event and ensure that everyone involved has a wonderful experience.
  • Our tournament will host some of the finest teams from around the country, including the defending champions, Northwood Universitty, in addition to Harvard University, Yale University, the George Washington University and many others.
For those of you who are interested in judging and looking for more information, here are the logistics:
  • Location. The tournament will take place at the United States District Courthouse, Eastern District of New York, located at 225 Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn. This is one of the finest courthouses in all of New York City. Judges should report to the courthouse approximately one hour before the round they are scheduled to judge for the Judges' Meeting.
  • Starting Times. The tournament will consist of four rounds: one on Friday, January 22nd, two on Saturday, January 23rd and one on Sunday, January 24th. Round times can be found at the form below. Rounds typically last approximately two hours. Judges are welcome to judge multiple rounds but are certainly not required to do so.
  • Judges' Meetings. Immediately preceding each round, there will be a presentation given by a representative from AMTA that will explain the judges' responsibilities and the criteria they will be using to score the competitors. We ask judges arrive 45 minutes before the round starts.
  • Food & Beverage. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided as a token of our appreciation.
  • Networking Opportunity. We estimate that approximately 150 local legal practitioners will be volunteering. It will undoubtedly be a terrific opportunity to meet and network with other attorneys from the New York area.
  • CLE Credit. Finally, judges can earn a maximum of 3 CLE credits in the category of skills for judging undergraduate mock trial. You can earn 3 credits simply by judging one round of competition (although we encourage you to stay for more)! The credits are non-transitional and are provided by New York University's School of Law. You will receive a certificate, via e-mail, within 6-8 weeks of the competition.
If you are interested in volunteering to judge, please fill out and submit the form ....
The form etc is at

Jan 21 / NY: Access to Justice in Federal Courts Symposium

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), the ACS New York Lawyer Chapter, and the ACS New York University Law School Student Chapter invite you to attend:

Access to Justice in Federal Courts
On Thursday, January 21, 2010, ACS will host a half-day symposium on Access to Justice in Federal Courts at New York University School of Law. The symposium will focus on recent decisions, including Ashcroft v. Iqbal, Bell Atlantic v. Twombly, and various class action decisions, that have curtailed access to federal courts and limited the types of claims and relief that plaintiffs can pursue. The event will feature:
• A keynote address by Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
• Two lively panel discussions moderated by Professor Arthur R. Miller of New York University School of Law. The first panel will focus on Iqbal and Twombly, while the second will focus on class action restrictions and other limitations on federal lawsuits. Each panel will include leading litigators and experts from a variety of perspectives.
• A closing cocktail reception sponsored by Huntington National Bank.
The symposium is free and open to the public, but space is limited.
Each panel is approved for 1.5 hours of New York CLE credit for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.
New York University School of Law
Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals. Our mission is to promote the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law. For more information about the organization, which has established student chapters at more than 170 law schools around the country and lawyer chapters in over 30 cities, please visit
American Constitution Society
phone: 202.393.6181
Follow ACS on Twitter: @ACSLaw

Monday, January 11, 2010

Jan 20/Web: Helping Difficult Clients - Free Webinar

Difficult clients challenge advocates with four common behavior traits; aggressiveness, anger, talkativeness, and silence. This workshop offers tips for identifying each behavior and strategies for helping even the most challenging of clients. The session also offers a proven strategy for helping unhappy clients and tips on maintaining your health and sanity while helping difficult clients. 

David Godfrey, Senior Attorney, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging ( ) is the presenter. David is responsible for the work of the Commission on Law and Aging in the National Legal Resource Center Prior to joining the staff of the Commission on Law and Aging David worked for over 9 years in a senior focused legal aid program. David draws on over 28 years of client and customer service experience in creating this workshop.   

Sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by the National Consumer Law Center, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, and a grant from the Administration on Aging.  This webinar is in a series of webinars for the National Elder Rights Training Project. 

There is no charge for this webinar. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST (1-2:30 Central)

You'll have to check with your own jurisdiction to see whether and how much CLE credit you can get for it.


Register here:

Sponsored by the National Consumer Law Center, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, and a grant from the Administration on Aging.

The webinar is part of the National Elder Rights Training Project:

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Web/CA: Understanding and Addressing LGBT Domestic Violence

While this program was created for California lawyers, you may or may not be able to get credit for this program in your jurisdiction.

Provider Name: UCLA SOL
Program Type: Self-Study
Credits: 1.50 hr.
Credit Type: General

Link to Program )

Friday, January 8, 2010

Jan 14 / Birmingham, AL: Criminal Justice (6 hrs)

The Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution and Alabama State Bar are co-sponsoring a free 6+ hour CLE for criminal justice practitioners January 14, 2010, 8:30-4:00 with lunch provided, in the courtroom of Hon. J. Scott Vowell, 3rd floor, Jefferson County Civil Courthouse, in Birmingham.  
Grant funding is from the American Bar Association Enterprise Fund, with technical support from the ABA Criminal Justice Section.  
Faculty includes V. Michelle Obradovic, Esq., R. Wendell Sheffield, Esq., and Danny Carr, Esq.
Participants MUST register to take the course, and registration must be complete by January 1.  Please call the Center for a registration form and draft agenda: 334-269-0409.