PRO BONO GROUP

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

Pro Bono Group

The seven reasons you will fall for a scam artist

Excellent analysis, and way overdue.  Share this with your friends and families.  Post it wherever you can post it.

One excerpt just to hook you into reading this:

... before I tell you what’s wrong with the tired old saw, “If it seems too good to be true, it is,” let me get this out of the way: I hate people who blame the victim. Yes, consumers can be dumb, foolish, and even greedy. None of these things should ever be construed as permission to steal from them. These are the kinds of excuses you hear from criminals and corporations all the time, and I hate them.  It’s always clear who the bad guy is: The guy who walks away with the money.  The test is easy: Any time you take someone’s money and that person is confused about why, you are wrong. Give the money back.

https://bobsullivan.net/gotchas/the-seven-reasons-you-will-fall-for-a-scam-artist-from-20-years-experience/

Baltimore Neighborhoods 55th Anniversary Celebration

Date: 
Wed, 05/21/2014 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Location
Location Name: 
Radisson Cross Keys
Address1: 
5100 Falls Road
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Contact
Name: 
Robert Strupp
Phone: 
410-243-4468
Sponsor: 
Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc

MVLS Celebrate Pro Bono - Save the Date

Date: 
Wed, 10/15/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

On Wednesday, October 15th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service will Celebrate Pro Bono by honoring volunteers, student interns, law firms and supporters at our annual recognition reception at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law’s Westminster Hall in Baltimore.

This annual event, held in partnership with the UMD Carey School of Law’s Leadership in Public Service and Maryland Public Interest Law Project, honors those who have made noteworthy contributions to the delivery of pro bono legal services over the past year.  Guests will enjoy a catered buffet while networking with peers and listening to remarks from a yet-to-be announced keynote speaker.

The reception also kicks off Maryland’s participation in the American Bar Association’s national Celebrate Pro Bono Week (October 19-25).  Celebrate Pro Bono is free for attendees but advanced registration is required.  Register online.  Please contact Stephanie Austin at saustin@mvlslaw.org or 443 451-4065 with any questions.

Location
Location Name: 
UMD Carey School of Law - Westminster Hall
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Stephanie Austin, MVLS Direct of Development
Phone: 
443-451-4065
Sponsor: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Family Law Legislative Update 2014 04-04

Attached is the latest from the General Assembly.  The things that have passed at least one house are in bold.  Of interest:  changing the the standard of proof in DV cases from clear and convincing to prepoderance looks like it's here to stay, and, at least as far as the website is updated, there is no action on the rebuttable presumption of joint legal and physical custody.
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2014-03-26 Family Law Legislative Update

 
The latest legislative update for bills of interest to family law advocates is attached.
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Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc-BNI 55th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting

Date: 
Wed, 05/21/2014 (All day)

Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., is celebrating! We are 55! SAVE THE DATE! May 21st. More information below and details to come! http://www.bni-maryland.org/Documents/05-21-14SavetheDateFlyer.pdf

Location
Location Name: 
Radisson Cross Keys
Address1: 
5100 Falls Rd
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21210
Contact
Name: 
Robert Strupp
Phone: 
410-243-4468
Sponsor: 
Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc

2014-02-03 Family Law Legislative Update

Here's the latest from the Maryland legislature.

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Extension of interpreters for court-ordered services

The Judiciary recently issued a policy to expand interpretation services to court-ordered services and programs, including:

-- Mediation

-- Court evaluations

-- Court-appointed attorneys

-- Self-Help Centers

and many more.

The attached list is intended to be inclusive. Please contact the Administrative Office of the Courts Program Services Unit at (410) 260-1291 for more information about coverage of particular services.

Feel free to bring to the attention of the Language Access Task Force if you think an interpreter should be appointed for a particular service, but a court refuses to assign one.

MD Judiciary's Language Access Plan

Here is the plan issued by the Maryland Judiciary as to their efforts to maintain and increase accessibility for limited English proficient clients in the courts.

Highlights include:

-- Plans to improve data collection re: LEP participation in the courts

-- Expand interpretation services to court-ordered services and programs

-- Hiring court-employed interpreters in several courts, including AA County, B. County and B. City, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's County

-- Improving the numbers of translated forms available on the courts' websites

 

 

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2014-01-26 Family Law Related Legislative Update

This is the time of year things happen pretty fast, so here's another legislative update.

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2014-01-23 Family Law Legislative Update

Here is the latest from the 2014 sesson of the Maryland legislature.  If there are any bills you want to follow that I haven't included in my list, or any bills you anticipate being introduced, please let me know.
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Domestic Human Rights Breakthrough from Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers Network

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to share a domestic human rights breakthrough from our work with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), a federal agency that includes members from a wide number of other federal agencies, including DOJ, HUD, HHS, ED, Labor, etc.

Starting on Dec. 10 (Human Rights Day), the USICH launched an ongoing blog series titled “I Believe in Human Rights” which invited key personnel from their member agencies, domestic and foreign NGOs, and formerly homeless persons, to share blogs on their belief in human rights. They also dedicated their December newsletter to the issue.

All of these resources are collected on their Human Rights page: http://usich.gov/issue/human-rights/ (That’s right, a domestic federal agency has a page dedicated to human rights).

Among the highlights are a blog by Maha Jweied, Senior Counsel at the DOJ’s Access to Justice Initiative, in which she calls for a right to counsel for homeless people, and addresses criminalization of homelessness as a potential violation of our human rights treaty obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Convention Against Torture. http://usich.gov/blog/i-believe-in-human-rights-the-right-to-counsel-for-people-experiencing-home

And a really creative article by the USICH addressing several human rights in addition to housing that may be violated for persons experiencing homelessness which demonstrates the seriousness and depth to which they are applying the human rights framework: http://usich.gov/issue/human-rights/human-rights-article-2

Also, great blogs by yours truly highlighting the progress and challenges in addressing homelessness as a human rights issue, which explicitly links into the broader Human Rights at Home Campaign: http://usich.gov/blog/i-believe-in-human-rights-homelessness-torture-on-the-streets-of-america, and by our Executive Director looking specifically at criminalization of homelessness as a human rights violation: http://usich.gov/blog/i-believe-in-human-rights-homelessness-is-criminalpeople-experiencing-homel

If you like what you see, please reinforce with them that this is a step in the right direction and give them some credit on their social media sites: Twitter (@USICHgov) and Facebook by using #RightsEndHomelessness.

All of this represents an unprecedented effort coming from within our federal government to change the baseline of our policy dialogue to one that includes human rights. It’s a major victory for us to have a broad number of agencies now agreeing in writing that human rights are the relevant standards we should be applying, but now it’s up to us to hold them accountable to those standards in our advocacy. Let’s make 2014 the year for Human Rights at Home

Forward,

Eric Tars
Director of Human Rights and Children’s Rights Programs
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

Please note our new address & phone number:

2000 M St, NW, Suite 210
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-638-2535 x. 120

Direct Dial: +1-202-464-0034
Fax: 202-628-2737

Email: etars@nlchp.org

nlchp.org

homelessnesslaw.org

www.facebook.com/homelessnesslaw  

www.twitter.com/nlchphomeless

Combined Federal Campaign #11947

Pro Se Manual for women who have fled domestic violence in their home countries seeking protection in the US

This looks like a very good resource for people we may not otherwise be able to help.

Dear Colleagues & Friends, 

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies is pleased to announce that we recently published a pro se manual for women who have fled domestic violence in their home countries and are seeking protection in the United States.  We developed this manual in response to a call from advocates after hearing countless stories of women who fled domestic violence but who did not apply for asylum or were denied relief because they were unable to obtain representation while in immigration detention.  Although this manual is geared at women in detention who face imminent removal from the United States, the manual also instructs women on how to file for asylum affirmatively.  We hope it will increase awareness of the availability of asylum based on domestic violence and provide the tools needed for women who have no choice but to represent themselves.      

The manual is available on our new website (check us out!) at this link.  Please share widely with your networks, community based organizations, and local detention centers.  Please contact us if you would like a hard copy of the manual mailed to you and/or have suggestions for where we should distribute the manual, as we have a limited number of copies available.   Versions in Spanish and Haitian Creole are forthcoming. 

Sincerely,

The CGRS Team
cgrs@uchastings.edu
(415) 565-4877 

Blaine Bookey
Associate Director/Staff Attorney
Center for Gender & Refugee Studies
200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA  94102
Tel: (415) 565-4877
Direct: (415) 703-8202
bookeybl@uchastings.edu

Social Security benefits for same sex couples

From the The Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers' Network listserv:

For those who have clients that may be eligible, to follow is the link for application information for benefits for same sex couples.

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/same-sexcouples/

MVLS March Madness themed Benefit-Save the Date

Date: 
Thu, 03/27/2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

SAVE THE DATE for MVLS’ annual March Madness-themed benefit!  For more information, contact Stephanie Austin at saustin@mvlslaw.org or (443) 451-4065.

http://www.mvlslaw.org/lawyers/events/benefit-2014/ Save the Date.

M&T Bank Stadium, Southeast Club Level

March 27, 2014

Location
Location Name: 
M&T Bank Stadium, Southeast Club Level
Sponsor: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Clinical Fellow for Immigrant Rights Clinic, University of Baltimore School of Law

CLINICAL FELLOW FOR IMMIGRANT RIGHTS CLINIC

The University of Baltimore School of Law invites applications for a Fellowship in its Immigrant Rights Clinic<http://law.ubalt.edu/clinics/clinics/immigrantrights.cfm> to start on or about July 1, 2014. This public interest fellowship program offers practicing attorneys exposure to law school clinical teaching, and is aimed at attorneys who wish to shift from law practice into clinical teaching.

The Immigrant Rights Clinic represents low-income immigrants in a range of direct client representation and immigrant rights policy work. Individual client work includes litigation of asylum and cancellation cases in Baltimore’s immigration court, and preparation of a broad range of applications before USCIS. The policy work has included such projects as state-level legislative amendments that would benefit immigrants in Maryland, building a brief bank for a coalition of clinics, and developing community education materials requested by a community partner.

This position is a contractual appointment for up to two years and can be extended for a third year under certain circumstances.

Qualifications: Excellent oral and written communication skills; at least two years of experience as a practicing lawyer primarily in immigration, including both defensive and affirmative work; a strong academic record and/or other indicia of high performance ability; commitment to work for low income and immigrant clients; and a strong interest in teaching. Fellows must be members of the Maryland Bar (currently licensed in Maryland or willing to take the next Maryland Bar exam) in order to supervise law practice by students.

Salary: The current salary is between $50,000 - $55,000.  The position includes full benefits, including retirement annuities, research support, and travel allowance.

Applications are now being accepted.  The deadline for letters of interest and resumes is January 17, 2014.

For detailed job descriptions of each position, please view our website at http://law.ubalt.edu/template.cfm?page=541.

To apply, submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:

Elizabeth Keyes
Assistant Professor
University of Baltimore School of Law
1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21201
ekeyes@ubalt.edu<mailto:ekeyes@ubalt.edu
Phone: 410-837-5666

The University of Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Clinical Fellow for Family Law Clinic, University of Baltimore School of Law

CLINICAL FELLOW FOR FAMILY LAW CLINIC 

The University of Baltimore School of Law invites applications for a Fellowship in its Family Law Clinic to start on or around July 1, 2014. This public interest fellowship program offers practicing attorneys exposure to law school clinical teaching.

The Family Law Clinic represents low-income individuals and organizations in domestic violence and family law litigation, legislative advocacy, legal reform and community education.  The Clinic handles a wide variety of cases, which include civil protection order, divorce, custody, support, adoption, paternity, Special Immigrant Juvenile Cases and name changes.  The Family Law Clinic is dedicated to serving low income clients residing in Baltimore City, and places a special focus on persons subjected to abuse and the LGBTQ community.

The Fellow’s duties include direct supervision of clinic students’ client, case, legislative advocacy and community education work, co-teaching a weekly clinic seminar, and engaging in course planning and preparation with the other faculty members in the Family Law Clinic.  Fellows also have the opportunity to pursue other professional goals, including scholarship, during the Fellowship.  Fellows are responsible for case coverage during school vacations.  This position is a contractual appointment for up to two years and can be extended for a third year under certain circumstances.

Qualifications: Excellent oral and written communication skills; at least two years of experience as a practicing lawyer preferably in family law litigation; a strong academic record and/or other indicia of high performance ability; commitment to work for low income clients; and a strong interest in law school teaching. Fellows must be members of the Maryland Bar (currently licensed in Maryland or willing to take the next Maryland Bar exam) in order to supervise law practice by students.

Salary: The current salary is between $50,000 - $55,000.  The position includes full benefits, including retirement annuities, research support, and travel allowance.

Applications are now being accepted.  The deadline for letters of interest and resumes is January 17, 2014.

For detailed job descriptions of each position, please view our website at http://law.ubalt.edu/clinics/fellows/familylaw.cfm.

To apply, submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:

Margaret E. Johnson
Associate Professor
Director, Family Law Clinic
University of Baltimore School of Law
1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21201
majohnson@ubalt.edu
Phone: 410-837-5706

The University of Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

SIMPLE ESTATE PLANNING FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS

Date: 
Wed, 01/29/2014 - 8:30am - 4:00pm

Training Will Cover: *Drafting simple wills; * Drafting Advance Medical Directives; * Drafting financial statutory Powers of Attorney, * Ethical considerations; * Assessing client competency

Participating attorneys must agree to assist 2 Senior Legal Services clients with simple estate plans (1-3 documents each) pro bono within one year of the training. Malpractice insurance, access to mentors, and use of a conference room for client meetings will be available to attorneys taking pro bono cases.

To register, visit www.probonomd.org/elder-law and click on the registration link. 

Questions?  Contact Kiah Pierre at 443-703-3046 or kpierre@probonomd.org

Location
Location Name: 
Saul Ewing, LLP
Address1: 
500 E. Pratt St., Suite 900
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21202
Contact
Name: 
Kiah Pierre
Phone: 
443-703-3046
Sponsor: 
Co-Sponsored by Senior Legal Services (SLS), a joint program of the Bar Association of Baltimore City and Baltimore Bar Foundation, Inc., Saul Ewing LLP, and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
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