Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Anytime/Web - #Ethics: Effect of Corporate IT Policies on Otherwise Privileged Communications

Jon Barton of
Sandberg Phoenix & vonGontard
(St. Louis, MO)

Personal use of corporate IT resources has become commonplace and, in some instances, essential for busy employees. If the company has an IT monitoring policy, however, that policy could prevent any privilege from attaching to personal communications from company employees to third parties (attorneys, spouses) that pass through the company's server. Counsel should be aware of the effect these corporate IT policies have (or could have) on evidentiary privileges and, therefore, the scope of discoverable information in various litigation settings.

Ethics: Effect of Corporate IT Politics on Otherwise Privileged Communications

.25 Ethics CLE Credit Hours Available for AK AZ CA CO FL GA HI IL KY LA MO ND NJ NY TX UT


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Monday, May 30, 2011

June 28-29/Lynnwood, WA - #Foreclosure #Mediation Training (Registration Deadline June 5!)

Registration is now available for the Foreclosure Mediation Training offered by the Washington State Department of Commerce. The  three-day training are June 28-29 plus a mandatory follow-up date to be determined
The training is required to receive  assignments from the department of Foreclosure Fairness Act mediations. Participation is limited to experienced mediators; see http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FMPTrainingReg for qualifications.
Registration closes June 5.
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th Street Southwest
Lynnwood, WA

CLE credit has not yet been assigned for this program; however, it is a multiday program with obvious legal education content, so the credit count should be high.

#Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Project

This Memorial Day, think about providing pro bono services to our veterans. The connection with "4freeCLE" is that you can get free training to prepare you to do so, and that training will (in most jurisdictions) earn you Continuing Legal Education credit. It's a fair exchange: your service for training, but mostly - it's the right thing to do!

From the #Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Project website:
IF: you are an attorney interested in our program, we will provide you with:
  • A day-long training class on veterans' law issues.
  • When you accept a case referred from the Program, we will provide you with the following services:
    • A comprehensive analysis of the appellant's case as a guideline for the appeal;
    • Extensive legal research materials, including a CD-ROM with an on-line research capability;
    • A mentoring attorney to assist you in formulating your litigation strategy;
    • A case monitor, to ensure that no deadlines are overlooked during the appeals process; and
    • We will take your phone calls and we wll answer your questions.
      If you are interested in volunteering you must attend a day-long training.
      To find out more about future training dates, please visithttp://www.vetsprobono.org/newsite/train/trainingdates.htm or
      email us at probonoprogram@nvlsp.org
LEARN MORE HERE: http://www.vetsprobono.org/attorney.htm

Jun 13/Boston, MA - Fair Debt #Collection Practice VLP Training

This training will prepare volunteer attorneys to assist low-income, unrepresented litigants in civil collection cases through VLP's Fair Debt Collection Lawyer of the Day project at the Boston Municipal Court.  The training will cover civil procedure and practice at the BMC, Limited Assistance Representation, as well as substantive areas of consumer and fair debt collection law that you will need as a volunteer.  Fair debt collection cases are a great opportunity for lawyers seeking courtroom experience.
Volunteer attorneys assist low-income debtors and creditors at the Boston Municipal Court in the Brooke Courthouse on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on a Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) basis.  LAR means that the attorney only represents the client in the proceeding (case management conference, motion, etc.) before the court that day.  The representation begins and ends on the same day.

VLP trainings are offered free of charge to active volunteers. Please see the VLP Training Policy.
Fair Debt Collection Practice 
June 13, 2011
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Sign Up Now:

Volunteer Lawyers Project
Location: VLP
 99 Chauncy Street, Suite 400
 Boston , MA
If you have questions, contact Hsindy Chen

About the Project
At the Fair Debt Collection Lawyer for the Day project, volunteer attorneys assist low-income debtors and creditors on Wednesdays at the Boston Municipal Court in the Brooke Courthouse on a Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) basis. LAR means that the attorney only represents the client in the proceeding (case management conference, motion, etc.) before the court that day. The representation begins and ends on the same day. The project is a joint effort of the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Senior Partners for Justice, and the Litigation Section of the Boston Bar Association.
This project offers attorney a unique opportunity to get courtroom experience in a supportive and collegial environment. Because representation is limited to one day, it is also a good project for busy attorneys who want to help but have limited time. For all, this project is a great way to meet and network with other attorneys.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Jun 27/NYC - Community #Medicaid in New York

This course is perfect for practitioners new to Community Medicaid, as well as experienced practitioners seeking updates on the latest changes to eligibility and procedures.

While the course itself is not free, there is the possibility of hardship waiver. However, the website notes:
"Financial scholarships, which may reduce or waive tuition, may be requested by those indicating unemployment or other financial hardship. Those seeking a Financial Scholarship must request a Financial Scholarship Application, which includes the criteria for review, and submit it to us at least two weeks before the date of the training. This policy is intended to make our programs accessible to those facing financial hardship."
Monday June 27 , 20111:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • By:
      Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.
    • Location:Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.520 8th Ave 5th FlNew YorkNY
  • Contact:David SilvaSelfhelp Community Services, Inc.212-971-7658
  • Website: www.brownpapertickets.com

We'll cover eligibility categories, income and resource limits and disregards, other eligibility criteria, spend-down, covered services, completing the application form, managed care, and advocacy strategies. This training will not discuss home care or nursing home care eligibility, supplemental needs trusts, or fair hearings.

Remote Participation Available
Participation also possible remotely online through GoToMeeting. If you choose to participate remotely, you will be sent instructions to call in via telephone and view the presentation on your computer using GoToMeeting. This is not a webcast - you will not be able to see video of the presenter, only the PowerPoint slides and other visual aides. You can listen to the presenter and ask questions over your phone. If you choose to participate remotely, you must write down any codes provided during the session in order to get CLE credit.

PresenterDavid Silva, Esq., Assistant Director, Selfhelp Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program

CLE Credit Comments: This course or program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 3.0 credit hours, of which 3.0 credit hours can be applied toward the Areas of Professional Practice requirement. The course is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys, except that CLE credit for remote online participation is only available for attorneys admitted at least two years, upon filing requisite certificate of attendance on form provided, subject to approval of accreditation. New attorneys may receive CLE credit only for live in-person attendance.

Jun 21/Web - Appellate #Mediation

"Upchurch Watson White & Max is happy to provide our client law firms and colleagues with continuing legal education opportunities on a variety of ADR issues AT NO CHARGE."

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 -  10:00 AM (Eastern)
Florida: 1.5 FL Bar CLE Hours Applied for
Other Jurisdictions: Check with your Credit-granting Authority
Presented by: 
Michael Orfinger and John Bogdanoff (5th District Court of Appeal)
Sandra C. Upchurch
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

June 14/Web - The Do’s and Don’ts of Starting an Online #Business (#law)

When establishing a Web-based business can you just cut and paste the terms and conditions of another e-commerce company? Should you have a privacy statement and, if so, what should it say? In what ways can you use the information you gather from customers and visitors via the Web? What are your limits of liability? What law should govern disputes? Have you protected your domain name? Are you violating e-marketing laws?
Paul D. McGrady Jr., author of Lexis McGrady on Domain Names and David Wheeler both of Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Susan Radde, Assistant General Counsel of True Value Company will tackle these questions and more during a complimentary CLE-approved webinar titled The Do’s and Don’ts of Starting an Online Business.” The program will take place June 14 from 2:00 to 3:15 pm Eastern Time.
More Information:
In this webinar designed for start-ups, small businesses, in-house counsel and law firms alike, McGrady and his fellow panelists will provide answers in the framework of the following topics, followed by a live Q & A:
  • Trademarks & Domain Names
  • Registering Domain Names: Registrars
  • The CAN-SPAM Act: What it Governs & How to Comply
  • Why Terms and Conditions Matter
  • Privacy Statements
The Do’s and Don’ts of Starting an Online Business

*LexisNexis® is approved for Telephonic/Webinar training in 43 states. This specific webinar is approved in 36 states including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York†, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. This specific webinar is in the approval process for Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming.
†Only experienced (having completed their first 32 hours of CLE) NY attorneys may take telephonic training for CLE.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Anytime/Web: Changing In-House/Outside #Counsel Relationships

In-house and outside counsel discuss law departments' and law firms' responses to the changing legal marketplace, ratcheting regulatory environment and continuing expansion of litigation as individual and corporate plaintiffs seek additional pockets to fund basic needs, find bailouts.

Changing In-House/Outside Counsel Relationships
David Neave -- Blake Cassels & Graydon (Canada)

With Discussion By:
John Letchinger - Wildman Harrold (Chicago, IL)
Arthur Molins - Lufthansa German Airlines (East Meadow, NY)
Kara Ong - AT&T Mobility (Atlanta, GA)
Victor Leo - Eaton Corporation (Cleveland, OH)
Livingstone Johnson - Coca-Cola (Atlanta, GA)

.50 CLE Credit Hours Available for AK AZ CA CO FL GA HI IL KY LA MO ND NJ NY TX UT

Register and access course and materials:

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Statutory Damages and the Tenenbaum Litigation

Joel Tenenbaum looks a lot like every other defendant who has been accused by the music industry of illegally sharing copyrighted work online, but with one key difference: his defense attorney is Harvard Law School Professor Charlie Nesson, and Nesson is out to turn his case into a public referendum not only on the music industry's efforts to enforce copyright through these direct-infringer suits, but also on the copyright rules that make the industry litigation possible.
This program engages Nesson's key arguments, focusing especially on Nesson's claim that copyright law's statutory damages regime runs afoul of constitutional protections against excessive and/or arbitrary civil damages awards.
Statutory Damages and the Tenenbaum Litigation
  • Professor Nesson
  • Steven Marks, General Counsel for the Recording Industry Association of America
  • Professor Catherine Sharkey, New York University
  • Professor Dan Markel, Florida State
  • Professor Thomas Colby, George Washington University
  • Moderating: Professor Doug Lichtman moderates, UCLE.
CLE credit:
California, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Illinois, Washington, and likely more via reciprocity. 
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Monday, May 23, 2011

June 1/NYC: Rivera v. Lutheran Medical Center - an #Ethical Issue: The Perils of Representing A Client's Employees

In Rivera, the Court concluded that a law firm representing a defendant violated New York’s attorney non-solicitation rules by contacting the defendant’s current and former employees and offering to represent them at depositions at the defendant’s expense. The Court referred the lawyers to the state disciplinary committee.

In an hour long seminar, we will discuss the impact of the Rivera decision.

  • After Rivera, when can a lawyer offer to represent a client’s current and former employees?
  • Can the client properly initiate a conversation with current and former employees about representation?
  • How should current and former employees be contacted about representation?
  • Does Rivera apply to current employees?
Title:An Ethical Issue: The Perils of Representing A Client’s EmployeesRivera v. Lutheran Medical Center Wednesday, June 1, 2011
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
 The New York offices of Sidley Austin LLP Download vCalendar
787 Seventh Avenue, 23rd Floor
New York, New York
Registration: 5:30 pm
Program: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served.

Please RSVP to nyevents@sidley.com.

Sidley Austin LLP is an Approved Accredited Provider of New York CLE credit. 1.0 Ethics credit pending.
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

June 9-11/Indianapolis, IN - #CJA Panel Winning Strategies

Rob Ruth writes:

"Registration is now open for the second 2011 Winning Strategies and Fundamentals Seminars. The seminar is in Indianapolis on June 9-11, 2011. Registration is open to all CJA panel attorneys. The seminar is also free, but space is limited.
Bob Burke, Training Branch Chief, describes the program as follows:
Winning Strategies provides attorneys with an array of continuing legal education topics central to the handling of federal criminal defense cases. The seminar employs plenary and break-out sessions on “nuts and bolts” defenses to firearms, drug, child pornography and immigration prosecutions, as well as more novel areas such as mortgage fraud, identity-theft, and more. Winning Strategies also provides guidance and insights to help practitioners safely navigate the post-Booker sentencing landscape. Also included is an analysis of the Supreme Court’s recent criminal law decisions and the Court’s pending criminal cases.
A separate program for new CJA panel attorneys, Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Program, is also offered on June 9, 2011 during the Winning Strategies seiminar. The Fundamentals program offers sessions on topics that every new practitioner should master such as pre-trial detention, the federal rules of evidence, sentencing generally, and the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. After participating in the Fundamentals Program, attorneys are encouraged to participate in the remaining Winning Strategies sessions on Friday and Saturday.
Participants must register for these two programs separately, and limited financial assistance for travel costs is available. Registration and the financial assistance form are available at http://www.fd.org/. Here are links to the draft agendas for the Winning Strategiesprogram and the Fundamentals program. For substantive information about these events, please contact Eric Vos at Eric_Vos@ao.uscourts.gov . For logistical information, please contact Jenna Shepard at Jenna_Shepard@ao.uscourts.gov "
Thanks for the head's-up on this from Rob Ruth at http://madisonattorney.com/cjablog/?p=285

Jun 13/Chicago - The #Watergate CLE (#ethics)

The Legacy of Watergate
Ethics of Representing an Entity Under the Current Model Rules
Monday, June 13, 2011 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Westin Chicago River North
320 N. Dearborn
Chicago, Illinois 60610 

John Dean was White House Counsel in 1972 when five burglars were arrested at the Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C. He was 34 years old. Events that unfolded in the week following the break-in would lead directly to the resignation of Richard M. Nixon, the nation's 37th President. A conversation held in the Oval Office on Friday, June 23, 1972, would prove to be the final straw. Two years later, when a tape recording of the June 23 conversation was released, Nixon's support in Congress evaporated and he resigned. The tape became known as the "Smoking Gun" tape.

This CLE focuses on John Dean's involvement as counsel in the events that led up to the "Smoking Gun" conversation. During this one week, Dean met with all the major players, from John Mitchell to G. Gordon Liddy. He learned first-hand about what had taken place and who was involved. He handled critical evidence (E. Howard Hunt's safe), and met with the Attorney General and the head of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice to track the government's investigation. He also had several meetings with the Acting Director of the F.B.I., L. Patrick Gray. Dean sat in on the F.B.I. interview of Charles Colson, Special Counsel to the President.

In short, this week provides a classic example of an internal investigation and brings up all the major ethical issues that any lawyer would face when representing an entity in which some of its constituents have been accused of wrongdoing. Who is the client? What are the lawyer's obligations of confidentiality? When can she report what he knows? Who in the entity is protected by the attorney-client privilege and who needs to be warned that the privilege belongs to the entity and not the individual (the so-called Upjohn warnings)? What are the lawyer's obligations to an investigating agency like the F.B.I.?
All these issues will be explored under today's standards and the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 3.75 hours of professional responsibility credit.

This listing has been revised to reflect new information. My most sincere thanks to Jim Robenatl amd Michael Fritz for corrections. Their comments reflect the earlier, incorrect listing and I greatly appreciate their helping us spread correct information!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Anytime/Web: #Ethics: Privilege and In-House Counsel

James Miller of
Akerman Senterfitt
 (Miami, FL)
Increased licensing requirements specifically addressing in-house counsel are causing the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine to come under review. Trial lawyer Jim Miller will examine the basis for the privilege and doctrine for in-house lawyers, survey challenges and suggest best practices to afford protection to attorney-client communications and work product.
Ethics: Privilege and In-House Counsel

CLE Credit:
.25 Ethics CLE Credit Hours Available for AK AZ CA CO FL GA HI IL KY LA MO ND NJ NY TX UT


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June 7/Richfield, OH - Public Practice Professional Conduct Seminar ( #Ethics )

The Ohio Ethics Commission, as a member of the Coalition for Continuing Legal Education, sponsors ethics and professionalism CLE seminars for public practice attorneys each year. The seminars are offered free of charge.
Seating at these events is limited.  In order to attend a seminar, please click here to register. 
June 7, 2011 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy
4055 Highlander Parkway, Suite B
Richfield, OH

This course has been approved by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal
Education for 2.50 total CLE credit hours, with 1.00 hour of ethics, 1.00 hour of professionalism and
0.50 hour of substance abuse instruction.

This seminar is one in a series of continuing legal education programs offered free of charge by
members of the Coalition for Continuing Legal Education. The Coalition is an informal consortium of
representatives dedicated to offering relevant programs to public practice attorneys.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Jun 1/New Orleans - A.P. Tureaud - A More Noble Cause (#civilrights #history)

The Federal Bar Association's New Orleans Chapter is pleased to co-sponsor a CLE presentation entitled "A.P. Tureaud - A More Noble Cause" on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at the Louisiana Supreme Court, 400 Royal Street. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will examine the life and legal career of Alexander Pierre Tureaud. Attendees will receive one hour of professionalism credit.
Please see the attached flyer: http://www.nofba.org/files/a-p-tureaud-cle-june-1.pdf
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May 24/Chicago - Effective Use of #Technology in File Preparation and Managemen

Effective Use of Technology in File Preparation and ManagementDescription:The course will feature the use of e-copy program with its many variations will be demonstrated to instruct lawyers how to use all for effective, efficient case and trial prep. The voice recognition software has features for improved dictation allowing for efficient use of secretarial services.Provider:Pretzel & Stouffer, Chtd.Delivery Method(s):Faculty in room with participantsCourse Dates:5/24/2011-5/24/2011
Total CLE Hours:      
2.00 hrsLocation:Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
Costs:Fees: $0.00; Other Costs: $0.00Website:Contact ProviderBasic Skills:NoCo-Sponsors:NoIn House:YesLaw Codes:Skills TrainingDifficulty Level:Advanced

I have not gotten contact information for the provider, and will gladly include it here is someone interested in the program researches the sponsor and confirms how to contact them. 
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

May 23/NYC - How Far Does the #Constitution Reach? The Insular Cases and the Territorial Clause of the U.S. Constitution

How Far Does the Constitution Reach? The Insular Cases and the Territorial Clause of the U.S. Constitution

(Puerto Rico and Overseas Territories 1898-Present)
May 23, 2011; 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Ceremonial Courtroom (Reception Room 85)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
500 Pearl Street, Room 850
New York, NY
Hon. Gustavo Gelpi
Federal District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico 
Hosted By:
Federal Bar Association
Hispanic National Bar Associations
RSVP to Tom Trivier at ttrivier@lockelord.com by May 20
Thanks for the Head's Up from:
Attorney Roy Dowd of the Copyright Litigation Blog

May 25/Web - The Federal Bureau of Prisons: An Overview Of #Drug Treatment (RDAP), Psychological And Medical Services For Inmates

"The Association of Federal Defense Attorneys (AFDA) is presenting a free online CLE on May 25, 2011, 11:00 a.m. Central Time, entitled: “The Federal Bureau of Prisons: An Overview Of Drug Treatment (RDAP), Psychological And Medical Services For Inmates.” Anyone is welcome to attend. The program will consist of an informal, 60-90 minute presentation by Dr. Gareth Lasky, Dr. B. Carl Gordon, and Dr. George H. Saltzberg.
Dr. Lasky worked for the BOP for 22 years, during which time he served as the Chief Psychologist at FCI Ashland and Drug Abuse Program Coordinator at FCI-Sheridan. While in the BOP, he completed over 1500 Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (RDAP) evaluations. Dr. Lasky will focus on the RDAP program during the seminar.
Dr. Gordon worked for the BOP for 25 years, during which time he served as a clinical psychologist, Drug Program Coordinator, and Chief Psychologist at FCI-Sheridan. He will focus on the Psychology Services department within the BOP facilities, including mental health screening and treatment.
Dr. Saltzberg retired from the BOP in 2005 after having served as the Clinical Director at FCI-Sheridan and FDC SeaTac. During the seminar, he will focus on medical services within the BOP, including medications and the process by which designations to federal medical facilities are made.
The program includes an online Question/Answer session where attendees may speak directly to the panelists, as well as post questions via a moderated chat room.
Apparently, the AFDA applied for CLE credit in California, but not in any other states. Thus, attendees seeking CLE credit in other states need to apply for it.
To attend this webcast, follow these steps:
On the AFDA home page (www.afda.org), complete the free membership form (“Click Here To Join Now”). The system will issue you a Username /Password to log in. Once completed, the membership form generates an online professional profile with a direct web address for you. If you don’t already have an online profile for your law practice, this is a convenient way to obtain one. On the date of the seminar, go to the AFDA home page and click the link to attend the seminar. This will take you to the Video Seminar webpage, where you enter your AFDA member Username and Password.
If this opportunity is relevant to your practice, be sure to go thank Rob at his website for researching this opportunity and giving us all a head's up!

May 23/Chicago - Disparities and Disproportionality: Challenges in the Child Welfare System and How Illinois is Responding

It is a fact that a disproportionately higher rate of black children are in the foster care system than white children. Why? To what extent is bias and racism the culprit? What role does poverty and economic injustices play?
Join us for a discussion with researchers, practitioners, and legal representatives to learn about the challenges involved in tackling these issues, as well as the exciting and innovative programs that are in place to address racial disproportionality and disparities in the child welfare system.
The Children's Summer Institute is an interdisciplinary program for social workers, educators, lawyers, psychologists, child development specialists, and child advocates.

ChildLaw Center's 13th Annual Children's Summer Institute

CSI Logo Program for Practitioners

Carol Harding Lecture Series

"Disparities and Disproportionality:
Challenges in the Child Welfare System and
How Illinois is Responding"

Monday, May 23, 2011 • 1:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Loyola University Chicago
School of Law
Power Rogers and Smith Ceremonial Courtroom - 10th Floor
25 East Pearson Street


  • The Honorable Judge Maxwell Griffin, Jr.
    Cook County Juvenile Court
    Child Protection Division
  • Robert Blackwell
    Regional Administrator
    Central Region
    Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • Jackie Bright
    Regional Administrator
    Cook North
    Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • Alan Dettlaff
    Assistant Professor
    Jane Addams College of Social Work
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Nancy Rolock
    Senior Research Specialist
    Jane Addams College of Social Work
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ada Skyles
    Associate Director and a Research Fellow
    Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
  • Krista Thomas
    Children and Families Program Specialist
    Children's Bureau - Region V
  • Greg Westbrook
    Child Welfare Services for Catholic Charities
    Diocese of Peoria
Convened by Loyola University Chicago Civitas ChildLaw Center and the Erikson Institute

This program has been approved for 3.5 hours of MCLE credit.
(Professional Responsibility credit may be offered, pending approval of the ILSCCP.)
To register early, please contact Griselda Sanchez at 312.915.6481.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Conversation with Chief Judge Paul Michel - an On-Demand CLE

The Honorable Paul Michel currently serves as Chief Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit and, in that role, has overseen a period of enormous growth and change in the patent system.
In this audio presentation, Chief Judge Michel joins moderator Doug Lichtman to talk patent reform, thinking not only about what has been accomplished in recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions, but also about what work is left ahead for Congress, the Supreme Court, the Patent Office, and the Federal Circuit itself.

A Conversation with Chief Judge Paul Michel
Intellectual Property Colloquium
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Monday, May 16, 2011

June 6/Boston, MA - New Panel #Attorney Orientation

This training course provides an introduction to working with the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Taught by one of the VLP staff attorneys and the referral coordinator, this course provides an in depth look at everything you need to know in beginning your work with our organization. We will touch upon many frequently asked questions like: what types of cases does VLP work with, what it's like to work with interpreters, and where can I get help on this case. Along with that, this training will provide a space for new panel attorneys to ask any questions they may have about the way our organization works, the referral process and anything other questions that may arise.
This training is meant to provide an introduction to VLP, our services, and our clients. It will be held the first Monday of every month from 4pm-5pm. Seating is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot.

VLP offers multiple trainings free of charge to active volunteers. Please see the VLP Training Policy.

New Panel Attorney Orientation
Monday, June 6, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sign Up Now: http://vlp.volunteerhub.com/Events/Event/Summary.aspx?EventID=483960
By: Volunteer Lawyers Project
Location: VLP
99 Chauncy Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA
Dyana Boxley

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

#Scholarships for ALI-ABA CLE Programs may cut or eliminate cost for eligible attorneys

The American Law Institute (ALI-ABA) writes at http://scholarships.ali-aba.org/:
"As a service to the legal profession, full and partial scholarships are available for ALI-ABA’s live courses, webcasts, and online CLE (on-demand web courses). In an effort to provide equal educational opportunities to all, ALI-ABA awards scholarships to those who otherwise may not be able to attend or participate in its high quality courses.
The following are encouraged to apply for scholarships:
Attorneys who are
Attorneys who work for
Nonprofit organizations
Legal services organizations
Judicial law clerks
Law professors
Law students 
Law librarians
Attorneys in private practice who
seek to learn skills that will assist them in pro bono activities or are in need.
ALI-ABA awards scholarships to those who would otherwise be unable to attend. To apply for a scholarship to a particular program, please complete the scholarship application and submit it prior to the program date. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
Full and partial scholarships are granted on need and availability"
This strikes me as a generous, praiseworthy and potentially very useful program. I urge people who may be qualified to give it a try, and let me know what their experience may be. More Information: http://scholarships.ali-aba.org/

Saturday, May 14, 2011

May 19/Columbia, MD - Hot Tips in Worker’s Compensation (#WorkersCompensation)

The Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC) are offering free and discounted slots for a selection of MSBA Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Courses.  Free/discounted slots are available for the following CLE Training Courses: 

Thursday May 19, 2011 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Hot Tips in Worker’s Compensation 
Ecker Business Training Center 
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046 

Wednesday June 29, 2011 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Civil Pre-Trial Practice 3 Pro Bono Slots Available for this Course 
Ecker Business Training Center 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046 
"Volunteer attorneys are eligible for one of three (3) free slots in exchange for accepting a pro bono case referral from a recognized pro bono legal services program.  Staff legal services attorneys (e.g., public defenders, prosecutors, Legal Aid Bureau, Public Justice Center, House of Ruth, etc.) may also register for one of three (3) discounted slots offered at 50% off the regular course cost.  Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To receive a free or discounted slot, volunteers and staff lawyers should register through the Pro Bono Resource Center by calling 410-837-9379; 800-396-1274; emailing Kiah Elmore atkelmore@probonomd.org; or downloading the below registration forms.
Volunteer attorneys who want a free slot should complete the MSBA Order Form and the Pro Bono Attorney Training Registration Form.  Please submit the MSBA Order Form to the MSBA in accordance with the instructions on the form.  You should mark in the “Fee” column “volunteer rate.”  Please also submit a copy of the MSBA Order Form to PBRC.  You will not be considered registered until you submit the Pro Bono Attorney Training Registration Form and a copy of the MSBA Order Form to PBRC.
Staff legal services attorneys who want a discounted slot should complete the MSBA Order Form. Please submit the MSBA Order Form to the MSBA in accordance with the instructions on the form.  You should mark in the “Fee” column “discounted rate.”  Please also submit a copy of the MSBA Order Form to PBRC.  You will not be considered registered until you submit a copy of the MSBA Order Form to PBRC.

Forms should be returned to Pro Bono Resource Center by email, fax or regular mail.
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
520 W. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
fax: 410-385-2616