Pro Bono Group

The Link Between Domestic Violence and Homelessness: A panel discussion

Date: 
Wed, 10/09/2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Join five local and regional experts working to end homelessness for victims of domestic violence: Danielle Cover, Visiting Professor, Family Clinic, UB School of Law; Antonia Fasanelli, executive director, Homeless Persons Representation Project; Peg Hacskaylo, executive director, District Alliance for Safe Housing; Asma Hanif, executive director, Muslimat Al-Nissa Women's Shelter; and Janice Miller, director of client services, House of Ruth Maryland.

Location
Location Name: 
John and Frances Angleos Law Center
Address1: 
1401 N. Charles Street
Address2: 
12th floor
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Margaret E. Johnson
Phone: 
410-837-5779
Sponsor: 
UB Center on Applied Feminism

Speaker Series on the Importance of Housing

Date: 
Mon, 09/16/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

What is the National Trust Fund? How can it be funded? Can it end homelessness? Join keynote speaker U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and a panel of experts who will discuss this important issue. Sponsored by the Homeless Persons Representation Project and the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition.The event is free and registration is not required. For questions, email info@hprplaw.org.

Location
Location Name: 
Enoch Pratt Free Library, Wheeler Auditorium
Address1: 
400 Cathedral Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Joe Surkiewicz
Phone: 
410-685-6589
Sponsor: 
Homeless Persons Representation Project and Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition

Maryland Health Connection Opens Call Center

From Maryland Health Connection:

Maryland Health Connection has opened the first phase of its state-of-the-art customer call center in Baltimore to provide support for residents and small employers statewide. During August and September, the call center will assist Marylanders with general questions about health coverage and preparations for open enrollment. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 am-6 pm. The toll-free phone number is 855.642(MHC).8572, and 1.855.642(MHC).8573 for TTY service.

The call center will be fully operational and staffed with 125 representatives on Oct. 1, 2013, when residents can begin selecting health insurance plans through Maryland Health Connection. The call center will operate seven days a week during the open enrollment period, which ends on March 31, 2014.
Representatives, including bilingual staff, will guide Maryland residents and small employers through their health coverage options, explain financial assistance options available including federal tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, and answer customer service questions.

Interpretation services in 200 languages for individuals who require additional assistance are available, as well as TTY service is provided for the hearing impaired.

Representatives will be available during open enrollment (Oct. 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014) Monday through Friday, 8 am-8 pm, Saturday, 8 am-6 pm and Sunday, 9 am-2 pm.
Following open enrollment in March 2014, the call center will be open during normal business hours to serve Maryland residents, Monday through Friday, 8 am-8 pm and Saturday, 8am-noon.

16th Annual Maryland Partners for Justice Conference

Date: 
Thu, 05/15/2014 - 8:15am - 3:30pm

SAVE THE DATE!

 

for the 16th annual 

MARYLAND

PARTNERS FOR JUSTICE

CONFERENCE

 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

from 8:15 AM - 3:30 PM


Baltimore Convention Center

1 West Pratt Street

Baltimore, MD 21201


Location
Location Name: 
Baltimore Convention Center
Address1: 
1 West Pratt Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Kiah Pierre
Phone: 
443-703-3046
Sponsor: 
Maryland Legal Services Corporation and the Maryland State Bar Association Section of Delivery of Legal Services

Housing Enforcememt Task Force

Date: 
Fri, 06/28/2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

This may be of interest to Housing folks in Baltimore.  Even though this is last minute, you may be able to be involved with the group by contacting Rob Strupp.

Happy Friday!

-Rachel

 

Friends, sorry this is last minute: Several years ago, we had an active Baltimore City Property Flipping and Predatory Lending Task Force. Through cooperation and joint efforts, dozens of people were prosecuted who preyed upon others through property flipping and mortgage fraud. The task force concluded its work and has not met in several years. The Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development and Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. are inviting agencies and organizations to a meeting Friday, June 28th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm 417 East Fayette Street – 13th floor conference room to examine if a task force approach is needed now for any patterns of fraud and illegal real estate practices that may be persisting or recurring in the current housing market in Baltimore City. It was greatly beneficial in the past to have a sharing of information and strategies to protect families from fraud, discrimination, tenant/landlord violations and other illegal/unethical real estate practices. We feel it would be worthwhile to get together again and at least consider if we need that level of enforcement collaboration today. We hope you can attend!

Location
Location Name: 
Baltimore City Housing
Address1: 
417 East Fayette St
Address2: 
13th Fl Conference Room
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21202
Contact
Name: 
Robert Strupp
Phone: 
410-243-4468
Sponsor: 
Baltimore City and BNI

Celebrate Pro Bono

Date: 
Thu, 10/10/2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

On Thursday, October 10, 2013, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law will honor volunteer attorneys, law students and donors who have made noteworthy contributions to the delivery of pro bono legal services at our annual "Celebrate Pro Bono" event.  Guests will enjoy a catered buffet, open beer and wine bar, networking with peers, a brief awards ceremony and remarks from a distinguished key-note speaker.  The event will take place from 6pm-8pm at historic Westminster Hall in Baltimore. 

Celebrate Pro Bono is free for attendees but advanced registration is required.  Visit www.mvlslaw.org/awards2013 or contact Stephanie Austin at 443 451-4065 or saustin@mvlslaw.org to register. 

Location
Location Name: 
Westminster Hall
Address1: 
519 W. Fayette Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Stephanie Austin
Phone: 
443 451-4065
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5th Annual Veterans' Legal Assistance Conference & Training

Date: 
Fri, 06/07/2013 - 8:30am - 4:30pm

An Opportunity to Serve Those Who Served Our Country


Designed for lawyers, law students, veterans, policy makers and other service professionals, this conference will provide a forum for discussion of critical legal issues facing our veterans, including claims processing changes at the Baltimore VA Regional Office, women in combat, compliance with Service Members Civil Relief Act, and other issues. The conference also includes a training for lawyers interested in representing veterans pro bono in claims for service-connected disability benefits.


The conference & training are FREE, but advance registration is required. Out of State Attorneys Welcome. 

To register for the conference or training, visit www.probonomd.org

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


Conference organizers include: 
Homeless Persons Representation Project, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law – Clinical Law Program, and the Veterans’ Affairs and Military Law Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association 

Co-Sponsored by: 
American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness & Poverty Veterans and Military Law Section of the Federal Bar Association

Location
Location Name: 
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Address1: 
500 W. Baltimore Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Kiah Pierre
Phone: 
443-703-3046
Sponsor: 
Homeless Persons Representation Project, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law – Clinical Law Program, the Veterans’ Affairs and Military Law Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association, American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness & Poverty Veterans and Military Law Section of the Federal Bar Association
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Pro Bono Training: Immigration Relief for Vulnerable Populations

Date: 
Thu, 06/20/2013 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Co-Sponsored by Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), Tahirih Justice Center and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC)

Thursday, June 20, 2013
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Maryland Bar Center
520 West Fayette Street 
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Faculty: Liz Shields, Esq.
Supervising Attorney, KIND

Deepa Bijpuria, Esq.
Immigration Staff Attorney, Tahirih Justice Center

Topics:
• Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) 
• Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Participating attorneys are required to accept one pro bono case from KIND or Tahirih Justice Center within 1 year of the training. Malpractice insurance, regular mentoring, case support, and sample materials will be available to attorneys taking pro bono cases. Attorneys will also have the opportunity to have a mentor review all filings prior to submission.

To register, please visit www.probonomd.org/training to download a registration form.

Questions? Contact Kiah E. Pierre, Training & Records Manager, at 443-703-3046 or kpierre@probonomd.org. 

Location
Location Name: 
Maryland Bar Center
Address1: 
520 West Fayette Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Kiah Pierre
Phone: 
443-703-3046
Sponsor: 
Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), Tahirih Justice Center and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC)
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MVLS Self-Help Bankruptcy Class

Date: 
Thu, 04/11/2013 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
On Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) will be conducting a self-help seminar on How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.  This class is being offered to people of low- or moderate-income who have a high school diploma and are not in a foreclosure proceeding.  The class is at the MVLS administrative office Downtown at One North Charles Street, Suite 222, Baltimore, MD 21201.   An experienced bankruptcy lawyer will be conducting the class and will instruct participants on how to fill out the necessary bankruptcy petition forms and represent themselves at the bankruptcy hearing.     There is a $30 fee to cover the cost of materials.  Advanced registration is required.  To register, call Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service at 410-547-6537 or 800-510-0050, Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Location
Location Name: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Address1: 
One N. Charles St.
Address2: 
Suite 222
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Tara Miles
Phone: 
443-451-4070
Sponsor: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

45th Anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act at BNI’s Meet & Greet & Annual Meeting

Date: 
Tue, 05/21/2013 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Save the Date: Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act at BNI’s Meet & Greet & Annual Meeting: 

Keynote Speaker: Baltimore native, attorney Paulette Brown,  partner and  chief diversity officer of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP ( Madison, NJ). Ms. Brown co-authored the nationally acclaimed Commission on Women in the Profession Women of Color Research Initiative study, Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms. A past president of the National Bar Association, Ms. Brown is slated to become the first woman of color to serve as American Bar Association president. 

Where:Temple Oheb Shalom
7310 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21208

For more information contact:

Robert J. Strupp
Executive Director
Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.
2530 N. Charles Street, Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21218
410-243-4468 (office)
410-243-1342 (fax)
rstrupp@bni-maryland.org
www.bni-maryland.org

Location
Location Name: 
Temple Oheb Shalom
Address1: 
7310 Park Heights Avenue
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21202
Contact
Name: 
Robert J. Strupp
Phone: 
410-243-4468
Sponsor: 
Baltimore Neighborhoods Incorporated

Pro Bono Training: Practical Skills for Veterans Law Practice

Date: 
Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Free Training Opportunity for Pro Bono Attorneys:  Practical Skills for Veterans Law Practice

Thursday, February 28, 2013

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

MARYLAND BAR CENTER - 1st Floor Conference Room
520 W. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

 

Faculty:          Rochelle E. Richardson, Esq.

                      Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, HPRP

 

                      Katie Meyer Scott, Esq.

                      Director of Pro Bono Programs, HPRP

Topics:

·         The VA Claims Process;

·         Appealing a VA Regional Office Decision;

·         Service Connection Claims;

·         Increased Ratings Claims; and

·         Non-service Connected Pension Claims.

 

Participating attorneys must be barred in any state and must commit to either volunteering 7 hours at the Homeless Persons Representation Project VA legal clinic or accepting 1 case referral.  Mentors, case support and malpractice insurance will be available to participating attorneys. 

Questions?  Contact Kiah Elmore at 443-703-3046 or kelmore@probonomd.org.

 

Location
Location Name: 
MARYLAND BAR CENTER - 1st Floor Conference Room
Address1: 
520 W. Fayette Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Kiah Elmore
Phone: 
443-703-3046
Sponsor: 
Homeless Persons Representation Project & Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
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PJC's Guide to Judgment Enforcement

PJC recently published a guide to collecting on judgments in Maryland. It is helpful not only after you have a judgment, but may also help you decide to litigate a case where you might have thought suing someone would result in a mere paper judgment. The guide focuses on judgments for unpaid wages and related damages, but is also useful for judgments in other cases.

The three fundamental components of this manual are: (1) pre- and post-judgment defendant investigation and asset research; (2) prejudgment tools to proactively prevent employers and other potential judgment debtors from hiding or selling off assets; and (3) judgment enforcement, including enforcement for unpaid wages.

Check it out here:

http://www.publicjustice.org/uploads/file/pdf/MD_Wage_Collection_Judgment_Enforcement_Guide_PJC_FINAL.pdf

Family Law Related Legislative Update 1/30/13

Here's an update of the proposed legislation before the General Assembly related to family law and children.

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Civil Justice Inc. Seeks Administrative Assistant

Civil Justice, Inc Administrative Assistant The Administrative Assistant supports Civil Justice Inc.’s (CJ) program and legal service program. The Administrative Assistance coordinates office services such as legal referral service, drafting correspondence, managing client intake and electronic filing system, and other administrative activities for the organization; exercises independent judgment in the resolution of administrative problems. This position reports to the Executive Director. The Administrative Assistant: •Maintains confidentiality of information. •Receives, screens and responds to inquiries on the phone or in writing. Provides general information about CJ and the multiple projects CJ currently operates. Makes appropriate referrals on inquiries requiring specific legal advice. •Sorts and files mail received on a daily basis. •Coordinates calendars for the Executive Director and other staff. •Orders supplies for the office. •Maintains all client files, including pleadings, motions, retainer agreements, and correspondence. •Assists with special event planning such as board meetings, attorney member functions, and trainings. •Operates personal computer to access e-mail, electronic calendars, and other basic office support software. •Uses various software applications, such as MS Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, and Adobe Acrobat to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and/or reports. The Administrative Assistant has no special certification requirements. The Physical Requirements for the Administrative Assistant include: •Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time •Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction •Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard •Communication skills using the spoken word •Ability to see within normal parameters •Ability to hear within normal range •Ability to move about This Position Description describes the general nature and level of work to be performed and is not to be construed as a complete list of all responsibilities. The Board of Directors reserves the right to change this description at any time. Hours: Approximately 24 hours per week, Four Days a Week. Some Flex Time Possible. Location: Adjacent to UMD School of Law Wage: Dependent Upon Experience If interested, please submit cover letter and resume to Admin Assistant Search, 520 W. Fayette St., Ste. 410, Baltimore, MD 21201 or via email to cj@civiljusticenetwork.org.
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2000 – Musser vs. Christie – Neglect of a Minor is Not Abuse Under the DV Statute

Musser v. Christie, 131 Md.App. 200, 748 A.2d 1027 (2000)
 
Grandmother sought, and was granted, a protective order and custody of Child based on the finding that Mother abused Child. Mother appealed. The Court of Special Appeals reversed:

Evidence did not support the trial court’s finding of “abuse,” thus requiring reversal of its order granting the maternal grandmother’s petition for an emergency protective order, which gave the maternal grandmother custody of the child for one year.  It was undisputed that the mother had left the child in the maternal grandmother’s care for days without any contact from the mother, and that the mother later violated court’s ex parte order precluding the mother from contacting either the child or the maternal grandmother; however, there was no evidence that any act of the mother placed the child “in fear of imminent serious bodily harm.”
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