Maryland Advocacy Institute

This group is for organizing, collecting, and distributing training that is useful for attorneys and advocates in legal services and the private bar providing services to clients in civil matters.

Guardianship Handbook

What do you do if your grandfather, who lives alone and can no longer cook for himself, won't leave his home for a nursing home or assisted living facility?

What do you do if your aunt can no longer manage her finances but seems capable of caring for herself in her small apartment?

These questions and others are answered in the new edition of the Guardianship Handbook . . .

The Law & Health Care Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (UM Carey Law) and the Delivery of Legal Services Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) have published a guide to help both laypeople and attorneys navigate adult guardianship in Maryland. “Guardianship and Its Alternatives: A Handbook on Maryland Law” was originally written by UM Carey Law Professor Joan O'Sullivan, a champion for the legal rights of the elderly, who passed away in 2007. The 2011 Edition was revised and updated by Virginia Rowthorn, JD, Managing Director of the Law & Health Care Program, and Ellen Callegary, JD, a prominent elder law and disability lawyer in Maryland.

The impetus for the updated Handbook was various changes in guardianship law over the last two decades and a realization by elder law and disability lawyers on the Delivery of Legal Services Section Council that there is a great need for practical, easy-to-read advice regarding guardianship for elderly and disabled Maryland residents. The Handbook also sets forth a comprehensive list of alternatives to the formal guardianship process, a time-consuming and sweeping process that may not always be necessary to address a number of problems associated with lack of decision-making capacity.

The book is available as an online guide you can page through at: http://issuu.com/umcareylaw/docs/law_handbook?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222

Guardianship Handbook Now Available

Revised and Updated Guardianship Handbook Now Available

What do you do if your grandfather, who lives alone and can no longer cook for himself, won't leave his home for a nursing home or assisted living facility?

What do you do if your aunt can no longer manage her finances but seems capable of caring for herself in her small apartment?

These questions and others are answered in the new edition of the Guardianship Handbook . . .

The Law & Health Care Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (UM Carey Law) and the Delivery of Legal Services Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) have published a guide to help both laypeople and attorneys navigate adult guardianship in Maryland. “Guardianship and Its Alternatives: A Handbook on Maryland Law” was originally written by UM Carey Law Professor Joan O'Sullivan, a champion for the legal rights of the elderly, who passed away in 2007. The 2011 Edition was revised and updated by Virginia Rowthorn, JD, Managing Director of the Law & Health Care Program, and Ellen Callegary, JD, a prominent elder law and disability lawyer in Maryland.

Callegary, a 1978 graduate of UM Carey Law and a member of the Alumni Board, is a founding partner of the Baltimore law firm of Callegary & Steedman, P.A and has a long history of involvement in disability and elderly issues. During her ten years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland, she worked directly with two Attorneys General advising state agencies on matters related to the rights of persons with disabilities and serving as principal counsel for the Department of Juvenile Services. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at UM Carey Law, where she most recently taught the Civil Right of Persons with Disabilities Seminar. Rowthorn, who has worked for DLA Piper and the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and served as a Legislative Assistant on the US Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, teaches the Health Law Workshop and directs the Health Law Externship Program.

The impetus for the updated Handbook was various changes in guardianship law over the last two decades and a realization by elder law and disability lawyers on the Delivery of Legal Services Section Council that there is a great need for practical, easy-to-read advice regarding guardianship for elderly and disabled Maryland residents. Suzanne Sangree, Chief Solicitor at the Baltimore City Department of Law, and Past Chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Section Council and Yoanna Moisides, Assistant Director of Advocacy for Training and Pro Bono at Maryland Legal Aid, and Current Chair of the Section Council also wanted a Handbook that set forth a comprehensive list of alternatives to the formal guardianship process, a time-consuming and sweeping process that may not always be necessary to address a number of problems associated with lack of decision-making capacity.

Supported by funds from the Law & Health Care Program, the Rueben Shiling Mental Health Law Fund, the Dr. Richard H. Heller Fund, and the Maryland Bar Foundation, the Handbook will be made available free of charge to attorneys and laypeople throughout the state. All or portions of the Handbook can be duplicated and distributed without charge with proper attribution to the UM Carey Law’s Law & Health Care Program and the Maryland State Bar Association.

MCVRC Pre-Superbowl Bull Roast

Date: 
Sun, 01/29/2012 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Date: Sunday,
January 29, 2012

Time: 2:00pm -
6:00pm

Price $ 50.00

Menu includes: Pit
Beef, Pit Ham, Pit Turkey, Greek Salad, Draft Beer, Soda, Coffee, Tea,
Fried Chicken, Swedish Meatballs, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Macaroni Salad,
Dessert

For more information, please call 301 952-0063. We look forward to seeing you
on Sunday, January 29th!

Maryland Crime
Victims' Resource Center, Inc.

 

mail@mdcrimevictims.org

 

301-952-0063
















 Jimmie's Seafood Restaurant

Date:  Sunday, January 29, 2012

 

Time:  2:00pm - 6:00pm

 

Price $ 50.00

 

Menu includes: Pit Beef, Pit Ham, Pit Turkey, Greek Salad, Draft Beer, Soda, Coffee, Tea, Fried Chicken, Swedish Meatballs, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Macaroni Salad, Dessert

 

Register Now!

I can't make it

For more information, please call 301 952-0063.  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, January 29th!

 

Sincerely,

 

Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc.

mail@mdcrimevictims.org

301-952-0063

 

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Location
Location Name: 
Jimmy's Seafood Restaurant
Address1: 
6526 Holabird Avenue
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21224
Contact
Name: 
Yang
Phone: 
301-952-0063
Sponsor: 
Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc

Corporate Pro Bono for Small Nonprofits Training

Date: 
Thu, 03/01/2012 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Co-sponsored by Community Law Center and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland

Join us for a pro bono attorney training on how to create a nonprofit in Maryland! Community Law Center Staff Attorney Robin Jacobs will teach attendees how to help clients create a 501(c)(3) organization, from drafting atricles of incorporation to reviewing an application for tax-exempt status. Attendees must agree to take one pro bono case from Community Law Center within one year.

Lunch will be provided!

For more information and to register, visit www.probonomd.org or contact Kiah Elmore at kelmore@probonomd.org or 410-837-9379 x3046.
Location
Location Name: 
Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP
Address1: 
7 St. Paul Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21202
Contact
Name: 
Kiah Elmore
Phone: 
410-837-9379 x3053
Sponsor: 
Community Law Center and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
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Gender-Based Asylum Law Training for Pro Bono Lawyers

Date: 
Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

THIS TRAINING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

If you would like to be informed when this training is rescheduled, please contact Kiah Elmore at Pro Bono Resource Center at 410-837-9379 x3053 or kelmore@probonomd.org.

 

Violence against women and girls is still a cruel global reality. Right now, one out of every three women in the world is a survivor of gender-based violence or abuse. These women and girls need your help! This is why the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and the Tahirih Justice Center joined forces to recruit, train and engage volunteer lawyers to provide pro bono legal assistance to these survivors.

We invite you to join the Tahirih Justice Center in our efforts to overcome gender-based violence and to achieve justice for women and girls fleeing violence. Through a combination of legal services, advocacy, and public education programs, Tahirih seeks to ensure the protection and safety of its clients, as well as their long-term well-being by raising their voices in the public policy arena, engaging in public education efforts, and, ultimately, creating lasting legal and social change.

To maximize the number of women and girls we can serve, Tahirih works closely with its pro bono attorneys through formal co-counsel agreements,ongoing training, and continued mentorship. Each pro bono team is assigned a Tahirih staff attorney mentor who is available to assist at every step of the process including responding to questions or assisting in witness preparation. An online e-forum contains sample applications, declarations and up to date training manuals while a monthly newsletter keeps our volunteer attorneys informed of recent changes in the law. Additionally, our holistic case management approach ensures that clients’ non-legal needs are met and attorneys can focus on their legal representation.

ATTORNEY TRAINING

This training class offered by the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and Tahirih Justice Center is FREE in exchange for a pro bono commitment. Specifically, for each class taken, volunteer attorneys must accept one pro bono case from Tahirih Justice Center. Tahirih will provide malpractice insurance for your pro bono case. To complete one case, we estimate the following time commitments: U visa, 20-40 hours; T visa, 30-70 hours; Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Petitions, 20-40 hours; Affirmative Asylum, 60-100 hours; Defensive Asylum, 100-150 hours.

GENDER-BASED ASYLUM LAW TRAINING FOR PRO BONO LAWYERS

The training will cover:

  • Gender-based asylum applications for victims of gender-motivated harms such as domestic violence, forced marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and rape
  • Client counseling/interviewing skills & tips on how best to work with survivors of violence

Attorneys can receive this free training at the next live training being held on:

POSTPONED UNTIL FURHTER NOTICE

To participate please download the Gender-Based Asylum Law Training Registration Form and submit it to the Pro Bono Resource Center by clicking the “Submit Form” button in the upper right corner. You may also send your registration by email, fax or regular mail. If you are not contacted by the Pro Bono Resource Center within two business days of submission, please contact PBRC to confirm receipt of your registration form.

All registration forms should be returned to the Pro Bono Resource Center by email, fax or regular mail.

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
520 W. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
phone: 410-837-9379; 800-396-1274
fax: 410-385-2616
kelmore@probonomd.org

For more information, contact Kiah Elmore of the Pro Bono Resource Center at (410) 837-9379 ext. 3053, (800) 396-1274 ext. 3053, or kelmore@probonomd.org.

Location
Location Name: 
Miles & Stockbridge, P.C.
Address1: 
10 Light Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21202
Contact
Name: 
Kiah Elmore
Phone: 
410-837-9379 x3053
Sponsor: 
Tahirih Justice Center and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland

Defending Debt Buyer Lawsuits in State Court

Date: 
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Pro Bono Training – Defending Debt Buyer Lawsuits in State Court

Date: On October 27, 2011

Pro Bono Resource Center invites volunteer attorneys to this pro bono training on Thursday, October 27, 2011. Attorneys who take the training will be expected to provide pro bono legal services to low-income consumers in debt buyer lawsuits.

Location
Location Name: 
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Address1: 
500 W. Baltimore Street
Address2: 
Room 202
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Kiah Elmore
Phone: 
410-837-9379
Sponsor: 
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
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District Court of Maryland Launches Live-Chat and Telephone Options for Self-Help Service

For a copy of the announcement: http://mdcourts.gov/press/2011/pr20111011a.html

(ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Oct. 11, 2011) The District Court of Maryland has launched free, online live-chat and phone-in self-help services for people across Maryland who need assistance with civil legal issues before any of the District Court’s 35 locations.

The new services are an extension of the District Court’s walk-in self-help center in Glen Burnie, which helps people who are representing themselves in small claims, landlord-tenant and other civil matters in District Court. Through a contract with Maryland Legal Aid, four full-time attorneys, a paralegal and an administrative assistant provide basic information, legal assistance and help in finding and completing court forms. As their cases proceed, users can ask for further help in preparing for a court proceeding or get additional assistance. If people need more help, the staff may refer them to mediation, other legal organizations or the private bar. The District Court’s self-help services are free.

“Few people who come to the District Court are represented by an attorney, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need help,” said Chief Judge Ben C. Clyburn of the District Court of Maryland. “Our challenge is to serve the needs of the many self-represented court users who may appear at any District Court location throughout the state, and provide that service in a fiscally responsible way. Budget and space limitations make it difficult to create walk-in centers in all our locations at this time, so we decided to create a ‘virtual self-help center’ by providing online and phone access to the resources that are already available at our walk-in center in Glen Burnie.”

OnlineUsers of the online self-help service can chat live with a program attorney or contact an attorney with questions by phone, 410-260-1392. The main website address is www.mdcourts.gov/district/selfhelpcenter/home.html. The District Court’s online self-help service is available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4:30 p.m., during regular court hours.

The Maryland Access to Justice Commission estimates that each year nearly 350,000 people appear in District and Circuit court proceedings involving basic human needs cases. These Marylanders, mostly individuals and families with low incomes, come to court without the benefit of counsel and usually without help from the existing voluntary legal services system.

Glen Burnie’s walk-in center has helped more than 10,000 self-represented litigants since it opened less than two years ago, and in August alone helped a record 626 walk-in visitors. The online self-help service is also proving to be popular. It was launched without fanfare in the middle of September, and has already responded to more than 660 requests from clients seeking help.

“Although many people do not realize it, the right to be represented by a lawyer in court applies primarily to criminal cases and does not apply in most civil matters,” said Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Esq., executive director of Maryland Legal Aid. “Our partnership with the District Court helps close the immense justice gap that exists for low-income Marylanders seeking resolution with their critical civil legal problems.”

In the near future, District Court Self-Help Services also plans to add email access, as well as Skype for live, Web-enabled video conferencing.

Maryland District Court Self-Help Services

Online, live-chat and phone:
Phone 410-260-1392
www.mdcourts.gov/district/selfhelpcenter/home.html
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-noon, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Walk-in:
Glen Burnie District Court
7500 Ritchie Highway, Room 206
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-noon, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Pro Bono Awards Reception

Date: 
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Mid-Shore Pro Bono and Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence will hold their third annual joint recognition program.  Both organizations work together to provide legal services to the five rural mid-shore communities.

Location
Location Name: 
The Milestone
Address1: 
9630 Technology Drive
City: 
Easton
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
21601
Contact
Name: 
Mid-Shore Pro Bono
Phone: 
410-690-8128
Sponsor: 
Mid-Shore Pro Bono and Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence

Foreclosure Solutions Workshop

Date: 
Sat, 10/22/2011 - 9:30am - 2:30pm

At this free event, Maryland homeowners can receive one-on-one advice from non-profit housing counselors and volunteer attorneys from the Foreclosure Prevention Pro Bono Project.

Location
Location Name: 
Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel
Address1: 
10207 Wincopin Circle
City: 
Columbia
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
21044
Contact
Name: 
Howard County Housing Commission
Phone: 
410-313-6320
Sponsor: 
Pro Bono Resource Center, Howard County Housing Commission, and Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

Allegany Law Foundation Benefit

Date: 
Wed, 10/19/2011 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Tickets are $25.00 each.  The price includes six wine samples and hors d'oeuvres.

Location
Location Name: 
Red's Billiard and Tobacco Shop
Address1: 
114 South Centre Street
City: 
Cumberland
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21502
Contact
Name: 
Melissa Buskirk
Phone: 
301-722-3390
Sponsor: 
Allegany Law Foundation

14th Annual Maryland Partners for Justice Conference

Date: 
Wed, 05/09/2012 - 8:15am - 3:15pm

 

14th Annual

Maryland Partners for Justice Conference

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

 

Baltimore Convention Center

1 West Pratt Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

 

Visit www.probonomd.org/conference to register today!

Early Bird Special ends April 27th! 

Location
Location Name: 
Baltimore Convention Center
Address1: 
1 West Pratt Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Kiah Elmore
Phone: 
410-837-9379 x3046
Sponsor: 
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
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Utilities Updates 2011

This book includes information provided at a Utilities Update Webinar presented by Cynthia J. Riely,Director, Consumer Assistance at the Office of People's Counsel on September 27, 2011.

In addition to the presentation, also included are resource sheets by jurisdiction and other fact sheets regarding contracting for electricity and natural gas services.

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CALVERT CO.pdf144.92 KB
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MONTGOMERY CO.pdf145.76 KB
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Advanced Veterans' Benefits Training for Pro Bono Lawyers

Date: 
Wed, 10/26/2011 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

ADVANCED TRAINING

This advanced training class for existing Veterans’ Benefits Project volunteers covers:

· a review of the types and reasons for military discharges
· a brief overview of the Uniform Code of Military Justice
· information regarding the in-service mechanisms for review of discharges
· strategies for assisting veterans in obtaining re-characterization of previously issued discharges
· understanding VA benefits and eligibility
· the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities
· how to read the 38 C.F.R.
· prevalent claims in the VA system, including PTSD and mental health claims

In exchange for free training, attorneys are required to provide pro bono representation to at least one veteran in his/her benefits case. Participating attorneys must be in good standing and licensed to practice law in any state. There is a Basic Veterans’ Benefits Training available via webcast through the Pro Bono Resource Center that potential attendees MUST view prior to the advanced course.  Please visit www.probonomd.org/veterans-benefits-training and download a registration form.

Attorneys can receive this training by attending the next live class on:

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Maryland Bar Center (first floor conference room)
520 West Fayette Street, Baltimore MD 21201

If you are interested in this class, please download and complete the Advanced Veterans’ Benefits Training Registration Form.  You can find the downloadable form at www.probonomd.org/veterans-benefits-training.

 

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: 
410-837-9379 x3053
Sponsor: 
Homeless Persons Representation Project & Pro Bono Resource Center
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Criminal Records Expungement Training for Pro Bono Lawyers

Date: 
Wed, 10/26/2011 - 9:00am - 11:00am
Many of Maryland’s citizens are barred from obtaining gainful employment or securing stable housing because of charges on their records that may be eligible for expungement. This is why the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and the Homeless Persons Representation Project joined forces to recruit, train and engage volunteer lawyers to provide pro bono legal assistance to defendants seeking to expunge their criminal records in ...order to remove these barriers.

Attorneys who volunteer for the Criminal Records Expungement Pro Bono Project will receive FREE training that will prepare them to handle an expungement matter, as well as comprehensive training materials, malpractice insurance and continuing mentorship and case support.

In exchange for free training, attorneys are required to commit to 6 cycles of expungement client/attorney meetings, taking 2-3 clients each cycle. Client/attorney meetings occur every other month at intake sites in Baltimore City and Montgomery County during late afternoon/evening hours. The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) arranges the meetings and pre-screens clients. An expungement matter takes on average one hour making the total commitment 12-15 hours over one year’s time. Participating attorneys must be in good standing and licensed to practice law in Maryland.

ATTORNEY TRAINING: Attorneys can receive the Criminal Records Expungement training via webcast or at the next live training being held on:

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Maryland Bar Center (first floor conference room)
520 West Fayette Street, Baltimore MD 21201

To participate please visit www.probonomd.org/criminal -record-expungement-projec t to download a registration form!
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: 
410-837-9379 x3053
Sponsor: 
Homeless Persons Representation Project & Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
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MVLS "March Madness" Benefit

Date: 
Thu, 03/15/2012 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Save the Date!  Thursday, March 15, 2012

MVLS will feature the NCAA basketball tournament on the big screens at Maryland Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards.  

Second and third rounds (March 15/17)
Location
Location Name: 
Maryland Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards
Address1: 
Camden Yards Station
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Contact
Name: 
Jamie Lee Fontaine
Phone: 
443-451-4062
Sponsor: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Training on Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID) Program eligibility process and outreach

Date: 
Wed, 10/05/2011 - 1:00pm - 4:30pm

You and your staff are invited to attend a training on the EID application and eligibility process and how to conduct EID outreach.  The training will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm at the Workforce and Technology Center, 2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218 in Room T-130.  The agenda is attached.  Light refreshments will be served.

As many of you know, the EID Outreach Project operated by the Maryland Department of Disabilities since 2008 will cease its operations on June 30, 2012 due to the end of its federal grant.  The project has assisted individuals to apply for EID and has conducted extensive outreach for the program.

The training is designed to enable other agencies to assist people to apply for EID and perform outreach to individuals they serve.  Note that the training will be more detailed than the outreach presentations many of you have attended before.  The session will review the intricacies of the EID eligibility process to enable agencies to help individuals navigate it successfully.  The training will be delivered by the Medicaid Division of Eligibility Waiver Services (which determines EID eligibility), the Medicaid Policy Unit, and the EID Outreach Project.

Please confirm your attendance by Monday, September 19.  Thank you very much!

Michael Dalto, Work Incentives Project Director
Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD)
217 E. Redwood St., Suite 1300
Baltimore, MD 21202
443-514-5922
1-800-637-4113
mdalto@mdod.state.md.us
www.mdod.maryland.gov

Location
Location Name: 
Workforce and Technology Center
Address1: 
2301 Argonne Drive
Address2: 
Room T-130
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21218
Contact
Name: 
Michael Dalto, Work Incentives Project Director
Phone: 
443-514-5922, 1-800-637-4113, mdalto@mdod.state.md.us
Sponsor: 
EID Outreach Project, Maryland Department of Disabilities
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Special Education & Medicaid Fair Hearing Training for Pro Bono Lawyers

Date: 
Tue, 10/25/2011 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

SPECIAL EDUCATION AND MEDICAID FAIR HEARING TRAINING

Co-Sponsored by Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC) and Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC)

This training is for attorneys who are interested in accepting Special Education and Medicaid cases from MDLC on a pro bono basis. Volunteers will also receive comprehensive training materials, malpractice insurance and continuing mentorship and case support.

The Special Education training is 3 hour training. It is designed to introduce attorneys with little or no experience to the Special Education process.  This training will start with; the laws that drive Special Education, how a child become eligible for Special Education, what to do when the school says no,  how an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting should operate and mechanisms for resolving disputes.

The Medicaid Fair Hearing training is an hour long training. This training will walk attorneys through the Fair Hearing process, starting with the initial denial of service and ending with the Fair Hearing Process.  Areas that will be introduced are; Overview of Medicaid and the Maryland Medical Assistance Program, Basic Legal Principals under Medicaid, Due Process and Administrative Fair Hearings Under Medicaid, Overview of Process for Handling Medicaid Fair Hearing Cases, Relevant Regulations, Denial Letters, Time Deadlines for Requesting Fair Hearings, The Right to Continued Benefits Pending the Hearing, The Medicaid Fair Hearing, Evidentiary Rules, Burden of Proof, Evidentiary Development, Relief and Appeals.

Support from MDLC extends beyond the training. Volunteers are not alone once they accept a case as MDLC will provide volunteers with technical assistance. This assistance may be in the form of advice over the phone or in person if preferred, sample forms or letters and malpractice insurance coverage for legal services rendered in connection with the matter referred.

Participating attorneys must be in good standing and licensed to practice law in Maryland.

ATTORNEY TRAINING

Attorneys can receive the Special Education & Medicaid Fair Hearing training via webcast or at one of our upcoming live trainings on:

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Circuit Court for Cecil County
129 East Main Street, Elkton, MD 21921
Click here for registration form

Attorneys can receive the training by downloading the corresponding Special Education and Medicaid Fair Hearing Training Registration Form and return it to the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland. If you are not contacted by the Pro Bono Resource Center within two business days of submission, please contact

All registration forms should be returned to the Pro Bono Resource Center by email, fax or regular mail.

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
520 W. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
phone: 410-837-9379; 800-396-1274
fax: 410-385-2616
kelmore@probonomd.org

For more information, contact Kiah Elmore of the Pro Bono Resource Center at (410) 837-9379, (800) 396-1274, or kelmore@probonomd.org.

Location
Location Name: 
Circuit Court for Cecil County
Address1: 
129 East Main Street
City: 
Elkton
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21921
Contact
Name: 
Kiah T. Elmore
Phone: 
410-837-9379 x3053
Sponsor: 
Maryland Disability Law Center & Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
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Special Education & Medicaid Fair Hearing Training for Pro Bono Lawyers

Date: 
Fri, 09/23/2011 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

SPECIAL EDUCATION AND MEDICAID FAIR HEARING TRAINING

Co-Sponsored by Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC) and Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC)

This training is for attorneys who are interested in accepting Special Education and Medicaid cases from MDLC on a pro bono basis. Volunteers will also receive comprehensive training materials, malpractice insurance and continuing mentorship and case support.

The Special Education training is 3 hour training. It is designed to introduce attorneys with little or no experience to the Special Education process.  This training will start with; the laws that drive Special Education, how a child become eligible for Special Education, what to do when the school says no,  how an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting should operate and mechanisms for resolving disputes.

The Medicaid Fair Hearing training is an hour long training. This training will walk attorneys through the Fair Hearing process, starting with the initial denial of service and ending with the Fair Hearing Process.  Areas that will be introduced are; Overview of Medicaid and the Maryland Medical Assistance Program, Basic Legal Principals under Medicaid, Due Process and Administrative Fair Hearings Under Medicaid, Overview of Process for Handling Medicaid Fair Hearing Cases, Relevant Regulations, Denial Letters, Time Deadlines for Requesting Fair Hearings, The Right to Continued Benefits Pending the Hearing, The Medicaid Fair Hearing, Evidentiary Rules, Burden of Proof, Evidentiary Development, Relief and Appeals.

Support from MDLC extends beyond the training. Volunteers are not alone once they accept a case as MDLC will provide volunteers with technical assistance. This assistance may be in the form of advice over the phone or in person if preferred, sample forms or letters and malpractice insurance coverage for legal services rendered in connection with the matter referred.

Participating attorneys must be in good standing and licensed to practice law in Maryland.

ATTORNEY TRAINING

Attorneys can receive the Special Education & Medicaid Fair Hearing training via webcast or at one of our upcoming live trainings on:

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Grantsville Senior Center
125 Durst Court, Grantsville, MD 21536-1381
Click here for registration form

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Circuit Court for Cecil County
 129 East Main Street, Elkton, MD 21921
Click here for registration form

Attorneys can receive the training by downloading the corresponding Special Education and Medicaid Fair Hearing Training Registration Form and return it to the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland. If you are not contacted by the Pro Bono Resource Center within two business days of submission, please contact

All registration forms should be returned to the Pro Bono Resource Center by email, fax or regular mail.

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
520 W. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
phone: 410-837-9379; 800-396-1274
fax: 410-385-2616
kelmore@probonomd.org

For more information, contact Kiah Elmore of the Pro Bono Resource Center at (410) 837-9379, (800) 396-1274, or kelmore@probonomd.org.

Location
Location Name: 
Grantsville Senior Center
Address1: 
125 Durst Court
City: 
Grantsville
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21536
Contact
Name: 
Kiah T. Elmore
Phone: 
410-837-9379 x3053
Sponsor: 
Maryland Disability Law Center & Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
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Evidence: how to get material from social network and other websites into evidence

If you need to know how to get that Facebook page, or Tweet, into evidence, this is the case for Maryland.

If I ever get a breather, I collected some good materials from a training I helped create and present at the MD Bar Association meeting in July.  This was one of the cases we reviewed for Maryland, and is the primary test for evidence now.  

Without meaning to offend the prosecutors in this case, the evidence presented on where the documents came from, and who had control over the website, was pretty thin.  As a result, it is now more important than ever that attorneys understand technology well enough to use it, or defend against it, in trial. 

Westlaw link to the decision - you have to have a Westlaw account to access the page: Griffin v. State of MD.

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Legal Services Resources Nationwide

 

The following organizations provide free legal assistance to eligible clients or state support to legal services programs. Most of the organizations are grantees of the Legal Services Corporation and subject to restrictions on the kinds of cases they may bring and clients they may represent.

Alabama
Alabama Legal Help  
Legal Services Alabama

Alaska
Alaska Legal Services Corporation
AlaskaLawHelp

Arkansas
Arkansas Legal Services

Arizona
Arizona Center for Disability Law
Arizona Justice Institute
DNA-People's Legal Services  
Law For Kids
Southern Arizona Legal Aid

California
Bay Area Legal Aid
Bet Tzedek Legal Services (L.A.)
California Center for Law and the Deaf
California Department of Consumer Affairs - Legal Agencies by County
California Indian Legal Services  
California Rural Legal Assistance
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation  
California Women's Law Center
Central California Legal Services
East Bay Community Law Center
Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.
Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law (L.A.)
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County  
Legal Aid of Marin
Legal Aid of Napa Valley
Legal Aid Society of Orange County, California
Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association
Legal Aid Society of San Diego
Legal Aid of San Mateo County
Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County
Legal Aid Society of San Francisco Employment Law Center
Legal Services of Northern California
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
Protection and Advocacy, Inc.
Public Interest Clearinghouse
Senior Legal Hotline


Colorado
Colorado Legal Services (Colorado Legal Services)
The Legal Center (Elder and Disability Law)

Connecticut
Connecticut Legal Services
CTElderLaw.org  
Greater Hartford Legal Assistance  
Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut  
New Haven Legal Assistance  
Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut

Delaware
Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.  
Deleware Legal Link

District of Columbia
The Children's Law Center
DC Employment Justice Center  
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia  
Legal Counsel for the Elderly
Whitman - Walker Clinic Legal Department (HIV related legal issues)

Florida
Bay Area Legal Services (Tampa)
Central Florida Legal Services  
Florida Legal Services, Inc.
Gulf Coast Legal Services
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid  
Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
Legal Services of Greater Miami
Legal Services of North Florida  
Three Rivers Legal Services

Georgia
Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.
Georgia Advocacy Office
Georgia Legal Services Program  
Legal Assistance in Georgia

Hawai'i
Legal Aid Society of Hawai'i  

Idaho
Idaho Legal Aid  

Illinois
Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic
CARPLS (Cook County)
Illinois Legal Aid  
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago  
Prairie State Legal Services

Indiana
Indianapolis Legal Aid Society
Indiana Justice Center
Legal Aid Corporation of Tippecanoe County

Iowa
Iowa Legal Aid

Kansas
Kansas Legal Services  

Kentucky
Appalachian Citizens Law Center
Kentucky Legal Aid
Legal Aid Network of Kentucky
Louisville Legal Aid Society

Louisiana
Acadiana Legal Services
Advocacy Center (Elderly and Disabled)
AidsLaw of Louisiana
Legal Services of North Lousiana
New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation

Maine  
Disability Rights Center of Maine
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
KIDS Legal Aid of Maine
Legal Services for the Elderly
Maine Equal Justice Project
Pine Tree Legal Assistance

Maryland
Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
Maryland Legal Services Corporation
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Massachusetts
Center for Public Representation
Children's Law Center of Massachusetts
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
Disability Law Center
Greater Boston Legal Services
Legal Advocacy and Resource Center
Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services  
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Massachusetts Legal Help
Massachusetts Legal Services
Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
Merrimack Valley Legal Services
Neighborhood Legal Services (Lynn and Lawrence)
New Center for Legal Advocacy (Bristol and Plymouth County)
South Middlesex Legal Services

Michigan
Farmworker Legal Services of Michigan  
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan
Legal Services of Northern Michigan
Michigan Indian Legal Services  
Michigan Legal Assistance Network (for clients)
Michigan Poverty Law Program (for advocates)

Minnesota
Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota
Mid-Minnesota Legal Services
Minnesota Legal Services Coalition
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Mississippi
Mississippi Legal Services  

Missouri
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.
Legal Aid of Western Missouri  
Missouri Legal Aid Offices

Montana
Montana Legal Services  

Nebraska
Legal Aid of Nebraska
Nebraska Equal Justice Clearinghouse

Nevada
Clark County Legal Services  
Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center
Nevada Legal Services  
Washoe County Senior Law Project
Washoe Legal Services  

New Hampshire
Legal Advice and Referral Center
New Hampshire Legal Assistance  

New Jersey
Camden Center for Law and Social Justice
Education Law Center  
Legal Services of New Jersey
LSNJ Law

New Mexico
DNA-People's Legal Services  

New York
Advocates for Children
Empire Justice Center
Farmworker Legal Services of NewYork  
HIV Law Project
Legal Aid Society of New York
Legal Assistance of Western New York  
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Legal Services for New York City
Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged (Western NY)
Nassau / Suffolk Law Services
Neighborhood Legal Services (Buffalo)
New York Legal Assistance Group
Public Utility Law Project  
Queens Legal Services
Rural Law Center of New York
South Brooklyn Legal Services  
Western New York Law Center

North Carolina
Legal Aid of North Carolina
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
North Carolina Justice and Community Development Center
North Central Legal Assistance Program  

North Dakota
Dakota Plains Legal Services
Legal Assistance of North Dakota  
Legal Services of North Dakota  

Ohio
Ohio Legal Services (Statewide resource finder)  
Equal Justice Foundation  
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Legal Aid Society of Columbus  
Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
Pro Seniors
Community Legal Aid (Central Northeast Ohio)

Oklahoma
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Indian Legal Services

Oregon
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Lane County Legal Services Programs (Eugene)
Marion-Polk Legal Aid Service

Pennsylvania
Center for Disability Law and Policy
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia  
Homeless Advocacy Project (Philadelphia)
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
MidPenn Legal Services
Neighborhood Legal Services Association (Pittsburgh)
NorthPenn Legal Services
Northwestern Legal Services
Pennsylvania Legal Services
Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Philadelphia Legal Assistance

Puerto Rico
Servicios Legales  

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Legal Services
HelpRILaw

South Carolina
South Carolina Law Help  
South Carolina Legal Services

South Dakota
Dakota Plains Legal Services

Tennessee
Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands
Memphis Legal Aid Society
Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services
West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc.

Texas
Advocacy Incorporated
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse
Legal Aid of Northwest Texas
Legal Hotline for Older Texans
Lone Star Legal Aid  
Texas Legal Services Center (State Support)
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid  
Women's Advocacy Project  

Utah
Disability Law Center  
Utah Pro Bono Volunteer Resource Guide
Utah Legal Services

Vermont
Legal Services Law Line of Vermont  
Vermont Law Help
Vermont Legal Aid  

Virginia
Blue Ridge Legal Services  
Central Virginia Legal Aid Society
Legal Aid Justice Center
Legal Services of Northern Virginia
Potomac Legal Aid Society
Rappahannock Legal Services
Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society
Virginia Legal Aid Society  
Virginia Poverty Law Center

Washington
Columbia Legal Services
Equal Justice Coalition
Legal Foundation of Washington
Northwest Justice Project

West Virginia
Legal Aid of West Virginia
Legal Help for West Virginians
West Virginia Senior Legal Aid  

Wisconsin
Legal Action of Wisconsin
Senior Law
Wisconsin Equal Justice Coalition
Wisconsin Judicare

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