PRO BONO GROUP

Director of Advocacy for Training and Pro Bono: Amy Petkovsek
Moderator: Bobbie Steyer

Pro Bono Group

SECOND ANNUAL VETERANS' LEGAL ASSISTANCE CONFERENCE

Date: 
Thu, 04/01/2010 - 8:30am - 5:00pm

The Homeless Persons Representation Project, The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, The University of Maryland School of Law -Leadership in Public Service Program and The Military Law Committee of the Maryland State Bar proudly present:

SECOND ANNUAL VETERANS' LEGAL ASSISTANCE CONFERENCE April 1, 2010 8:30 am - 5 pm University of Maryland School of Law 500 W. Fayette Street Baltimore, MD 21201

This conference is designed for lawyers, law students, policy makers and other service professionals interested in veterans' issues, will examine the current state of legal and ancillary services for veterans and will contain a training for attorneys in representing homeless veterans in claims for service-connected disability.

This is a free conference / training opportunity. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information and to register please send an email to Danyell Cox dcox@probonomd.org or call the PBRC office at 410-837-9379.

Location
Location Name: 
University of Maryland School of Law
Address1: 
500 W. Fayette Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Danyell Cox, dcox@probonomd.org, or call the PBRC office at 410-837-9379
Sponsor: 
The Homeless Persons Representation Project, The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, The University of Maryland School of Law -Leadership in Public Service Program and The Military Law Committee of the Maryland State Bar
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Telebriefing Invitation: The Human Right to Health Care

Date: 
Wed, 03/31/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Health care is a hot topic in public discourse and a top priority for our policymakers. However, missing from most of the debates has been the fact that a majority of the American public consider health care a human right. What would and should real reform look like if this principle guided policy? And how would that affect health care policy and people’s lives in areas like maternal health? 

Join The Opportunity Agenda and the U.S. Human Rights Network for a discussion of the human right to health care. Speakers will analyze health reform legislation, maternal health issues, and public opinion. 

This presentation will include speakers from the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, Amnesty International, and The Opportunity Agenda.

To receive call-in information, please RSVP at partners@opportunityagenda.org by Monday, March 29.

Location
Location Name: 
Telephone conference call
Contact
Name: 
partners@opportunityagenda.org
Sponsor: 
The Opportunity Agenda and the U.S. Human Rights Network

Access to Justice Listening Events

Date: 
Tue, 03/23/2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

The Maryland Judiciary recently created the Maryland Access to Justice Commission to make and implement recommendations to expand access to the state’s civil justice system. The Commission hopes to enhance the quality of justice in civil legal matters for persons who encounter barriers when dealing with the courts or trying to solve a legal problem.

The Maryland Access to Justice Commission brings together leaders and stakeholders from the Maryland Judiciary its many justice system partners, including members of the legal services delivery system, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Executive and Legislative Branches, and the Governor’s Office.  The commission also seeks to create a meaningful voice for the public whose interest the commission serves.

The commission will focus on several key areas in making and implementing recommendations to enhance access to justice for all:

  • Enhancing the safety, accessibility and convenience of the courts and justice system for all. [Safety, Accessibility and Convenience Committee]
  • Supporting the legal services delivery system. [Access & Delivery of Legal Services Committee]
  • Assisting self-represented litigants. [SRL Committee].
  • Addressing critical barriers to justice for those with language, literacy, and cultural differences. [Critical Barriers Committee]
  • Promoting public information about the civil justice system. [Public Information Committee].
  • Articulating what access to justice for all should mean in Maryland and identifying ways to measure the impact of the commission’s work. [Definitions & Standards Committee].

The commission began its work by hosting a statewide Forum on Access to Justice on October 20, 2008.  To be a successful initiative, the Maryland Access to Justice Commission must provide a meaningful role for input from a broad range of Marylanders.

The Commission will be holding a series of regional listening events. Over 400 advocacy and service organizations and their clients have been invited to come and speak with members of the Commission and its several committees about their experience with the civil justice system. The events are open to the public.  See attached flyer for dates.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=uYxsGJmiYfLJ8jmUTLbULg_3d_3d

All individuals are welcome to submit written testimony to the Commission.  Get instructions and submit comments here: http://www.mdcourts.gov/mdatjc/regionalevents.html.

Location
Location Name: 
Our Daily Bread
Address1: 
725 Fallsway
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21202
Contact
Name: 
Pamela Cardullo Ortiz
Phone: 
410-260-1258
Sponsor: 
The Maryland Judiciary
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Hospital Debt Collection information

A memo that Louise Carwell circulated last year on the new law regulating hospital debt collections. Another bill which will add additional protections for consumers faced with hospital bill collections looks like it is going to pass during this legislative session.

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MDLC: Advanced Film Screening of "Healing Neen"

Date: 
Mon, 03/22/2010 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Maryland Disability Law Center invites you to a special advance screening of our latest documentary, Healing Neen, Monday, March 22 at The Charles Theater in Baltimore, MD, 6-8pm. The film chronicles the amazing recovery from trauma and addiction of one of the women profiled in our award-winning 2007 short-documentary, Behind Closed Doors.

Synopsis: After surviving a childhood of abuse and neglect, Tonier “Neen” Cain lived on the streets for two nightmarish decades, where she endured unrelenting violence, hunger and despair while racking up 66 criminal convictions related to her addiction. Incarcerated and pregnant in 2004, an innovative Maryland trauma, mental health and addictions program---Tamar’s Children—offered her a way out . . . and up.

We hope that you can join us to celebrate Tonier and the amazing work that all of you are doing to make a difference in people’s lives!

Tickets may be purchased for $9 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/102195

Or go to our website, www.mdlclaw.org under Latest News, in upper right corner, click on “Advance Screening of MDLC’s Healing Neen on March 22.”

Advance Purchase is Required! 

Please forward to anyone who is interested in issues related to trauma, child abuse, mental health, addictions and criminal justice.

Location
Location Name: 
The Charles Theater
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Sponsor: 
Maryland Disability Law Center

MACRO: What You Need to Know About Culture: Its Impact on Communication, Negotiation and Mediation

Date: 
Mon, 03/22/2010 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Free Judiciary Program Focuses on Multi-Cultural Mediation

The Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) will host a free program about negotiating and resolving conflicts in today’s multi-cultural society. The program will be held Monday, March 22, 6:30-9 p.m., at the University of Baltimore Student Center and Performing Arts Theater, 5th floor, 21 West Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore.

The event, “What You Need to Know About Culture: Its Impact on Communication, Negotiation and Mediation,” is part of MACRO’s “An Evening With” series, featuring national leaders in mediation and conflict resolution. The speaker for the evening is Nina Meierding, M.S., J.D., who has been providing training and mediation services throughout the United States and abroad for more than 25 years. She has consulted and trained many groups, including court systems, corporations, medical centers, government agencies, small and large businesses, and individuals in the areas of conflict resolution, cross-cultural and gender issues, and negotiation skills.

The “An Evening With” series is geared toward alternative dispute resolution professionals, but is open to the public. MACRO is hosting the series with the Negotiations and Conflict Management Program at the University of Baltimore.

The program is free. No reservations are required. Discounted parking vouchers will be given to the first 55 participants who sign in at the event. For more information, visit www.mdcourts.gov/macro.

Location
Location Name: 
University of Baltimore Student Center and Performing Arts Theater
Address1: 
5th floor, 21 West Mount Royal Ave.
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Sponsor: 
Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office

2009 Cruz vs. Silva

Cruz v. Silva, 189 Md.App. 196, 984 A.2d 295 (2009)

 

This CSA case deals with a complaint for absolute divorce and alimony.  The Circuit Court didn’t grant the divorce because there was no corroborating evidence of the grounds (adultery and abandonment).  The Circuit Court granted alimony to Wife.  Husband appealed.  The CSA held that:  (1) though a spouse could be awarded alimony in Maryland when a divorce was not granted, a solid basis for divorce in favor of the alimony recipient nonetheless had to be proved;

(2) wife was not entitled to an award of alimony, when she did not prove that she would have been entitled to a divorce decree in her favor; and (3) vacation of alimony award necessitated vacation of child support award.  Vacated and remanded.

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How to use Citrix GoToMeetings for Task Force Meetings and Trainings

In order to facilitate access to the various Task Force meetings of the Legal Aid Bureau, you can go to Links, and, if you are a member of a Task Force, you will find the link to that Task Force's GoToMeeting information.In addition, I recently added the link to each Task Force GoToMeeting page to the calendar item for each Task Force on the website.  Clicking on the name of the calendar item will take you to that calendar item page, show you the link to the GoToMeeting page for the Task Force, and there you will find the GoToMeeting link.  Click on thatlink and it will take you to the GoToMeeting website, where a small popup window will appear to ask you to download the GoToMeeting application. Say yes.  That will take a minute or two.  Then you will be asked for your name and email address - please let other folks know who you are and how to reach you.  If this does not work the first time you try it, click on the GoToMeeting link again.

Once you enter your name and email address, a panel (see picture at right)GoToMeeting panel and a GoToMeeting window appear on your desktop.  The panel will show the conference line number and access code that you will need to call, as well as the audio PIN requested, when you log onto the GoToMeeting online.  The window is where you will see what the Task Force is looking at on the computer used at the meeting, if they choose to use it.  

If you want folks online to see the materials discussed during the meeting, please email those materials to the chair before the meeting.  The Task Force may want to collaborate on making changes to brochures, pleadings and other documents during meetings, refer to or explore new online websites during the meeting, or show PowerPoint or video presentations during the meeting. This window is where you can see what the in-person attendees are seeing.

So remember, find the GoToMeeting link to connect to the online window, and call the conference number listed to participate in the discussion during the meeting.  

If anyone has any trouble connecting to the meeting, please call Katherine Jones at 443-604-4729 - that's my cell phone, and I don't use it to connect to the meeting conference line, so you can reach me there if there are problems. 

To schedule GoToMeeting, contact ITHelp@mdlab.org.  You need to give ITHelp a title for the meeting, and the date and time of the meeting. 

You will also need to ask for any equipment you need.  Sometimes the meeting is between people from different offices, and no one needs any special equipment, they all just join the link and the phone call.  But if you are having a meeting from a centralized place, you need to make sure you have access to a computer at that meeting place.  Every office has a laptop, laptops travel, so you can bring your office laptop to the meeting place.  If you do not want to bring a laptop to the meeting place, you will need to request that a laptop be provided.  You may need to request that from the office where the meeting will be held.  In Baltimore City, make your request to ITHelp. 

You may also need a projector, so people in your meeting can see what you are sharing with people online.  Request a projector from IThelp.  If your meeting is in Baltimore City, let ITHelp know where to set up the projector, and whether you will be using your office laptop, or the one you requested from ITHelp.  If your meeting is not in Baltimore City, you will need to make arrangements to go to Baltimore City to pick up the projector, and then to return it.  It helps to find out who is traveling to the meeting from Baltimore City to do this, but make sure you make that arrangement.  ITHelp will not be doing that part.  We do not know who may be attending the meeting, you do. 

If your meeting is not in Baltimore City, you will also need to set the projector and the laptop up yourself, and connect to the internet and to the Legal Aid network if you will be trying to use Practice Manager, to access your home drivce, or to access your email.  You may want to spend some time learning how to do that well in advance of the meeting, and then you may also want to get to your meeting early so you can get everything set up and ready to go for your participants. 

I can teach you how to start the GoToMeeting, and how to make it work during the meeting.  Reach me at ITHelp@mdlab.org.

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