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.

Criminal Records Expungement Training for Pro Bono Lawyers

Date: 
Wed, 08/17/2011 - 9:00am - 11:00am

CRIMINAL RECORDS EXPUNGEMENT PRO BONO PROJECT

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 on:

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Maryland Bar Center, 1st Floor Conference Room
520 W. Fayette St., Baltimore MD 21201

To participate please download the Criminal Records Expungement Project Registration and Training 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 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, (800) 396-1274, 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: 
410-837-9379
Sponsor: 
Homeless Persons Representation Project, Pro Bono Resource Center
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Veterans' Benefits Training for Pro Bono Lawyers

Date: 
Fri, 07/08/2011 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

VETERANS’ BENEFITS PRO BONO PROJECT

Many of our homeless veterans are not receiving the benefits to which they are entitled and that are necessary for their daily survival. 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 Maryland veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and are seeking service-connected disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Attorneys who volunteer for the Veterans’ Benefits Pro Bono Project will receive FREE training that will prepare them to help a veteran file and/or defend a claim for service-connected disability benefits. Volunteers will also receive comprehensive training materials, malpractice insurance and continuing mentorship and case support.

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.

ATTORNEY TRAINING

Attorneys can receive the Veterans’ Benefits training via webcast, or at the next live training being held on:

Friday, July 8, 2011
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Maryland Bar Center, 1st Floor Conference Room
520 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
To participate, please download the Veterans’ Benefits Project Registration and Training 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 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.

 

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

 

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

Location
Location Name: 
Maryland Bar Center
Address1: 
520 W. Fayette Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Kiah Elmore
Phone: 
410-837-9379 x3049
Sponsor: 
Homeless Persons Representation Project and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
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Health Benefit Exchange Board Meeting

Health Benefit Exchange Board Meeting on June 27, 2011

1:00pm – 4:30pm

Maryland Department of Transportation (Directions)
7201 Corporate Center Drive
Hanover, MD 21076

Agenda and MAterials attached and available online at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/healthreform/exchange/meetings.html

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Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child ID Theft

Date: 
Tue, 07/12/2011 - 8:30am - 5:00pm

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, will hold a forum to discuss child identity theft. Government, business, non-profit, legal service providers, and victim advocates will explore the nature of child identity theft, including foster care identity theft and identity theft within families, with the goal of advising parents and victims on how to prevent the crime and how to resolve child identity theft problems. The forum is free and open to the public.

A website for the upcoming child id theft forum is found at: http://ftc.gov/bcp/workshops/stolenfutures/.  An agenda is attached (and on the website).  To pre-register, please email your name and affiliation to childidtheft@ftc.gov. Pre-registration information is also available at the website.  The forum is free and open to the public. 

Attendance and Pre-Registration
“Stolen Futures:  A Forum on Child ID Theft” will be open to the public.  There is no fee to attend.  For admittance to the building, all attendees will be required to display a valid form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license.

Pre-registration is not necessary to attend the Forum, but is encouraged so that we may better plan this event.  To pre-register, please email your name and affiliation to childidtheft@ftc.gov.  Participants are encouraged to submit articles or other written materials in advance of the Forum, which will be used by the FTC and OVC in planning the Forum and understanding the issues surrounding child id theft.

Forum Privacy Act Statement
When you pre-register, we collect your name, affiliation, and your email address.  We use the name and affiliation that you have provided for forum administration purposes - to estimate how many people will attend, prepare name tags, and better understand the likely audience for the forum, and we may use your email address to contact you with information about the forum.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or other laws, we may be required to disclose the information you provide to outside organizations. For additional information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see the Commission's Privacy Policy at www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.htm. The FTC Act and other laws the Commission administers permit the collection of this contact information to consider and use for the above purposes.

FTC PRIVACY POLICY
For additional information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see the Commission's comprehensive Privacy Policy.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS
The Conference Center is accessible to people with disabilities. If you need an accommodation related to a disability, please contact Carrie McGlothin at cmcglothlin@ftc.gov or 202-326-3388. Such requests should include a detailed description of the accommodations needed and a way to contact you if we need more information. Please provide advance notice.

Maryland Legal Aid advocates interested in attending should register directly with the FTC and cc: Yoanna at ymoisides@mdlab.org. As always, you should seek supervisor approval prior to attending.

 

Location
Location Name: 
FTC Conference Center
Address1: 
601 New Jersey Avenue, NW
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Zip: 
20001
Contact
Phone: 
childidtheft@ftc.gov
Sponsor: 
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
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Free State's First Annual Celebration (to thank volunteers, community members and donors)--September 13, 2011

Date: 
Tue, 09/13/2011 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Colleagues and Friends,

Please save the date for our first celebration.  We'll celebrate the launching of our pro bono resource for LGBT Marylanders and thanking all who have made this happen.

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 from 6-9p.m. at Venable, LLP, 750 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202.

Look forward to seeing you there.  Formal announcements will be forthcoming!

Thank you,

Lee Ann Hopkins, Esquire

Executive Director, Free State Legal Project

Location
Location Name: 
Venable, LLP
Address1: 
750 E. Pratt Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
21202
Contact
Name: 
Lee Ann Hopkins, Esq.
Phone: 
410-625-5428
Sponsor: 
Venable, LLP

Medicare Parts A, B, C and D for Advocates of Low-Income Older Adults

Date: 
Thu, 06/23/2011 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Join us for a Webinar on June 23, 2011. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/747189238 

 

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

 

Webinar on Medicare Parts A, B, C and D for advocates of low-income older adults. This is the third in a monthly series of free Webinars from the National Senior Citizens Law Center.  NSCLC's Deputy Director Kevin Prindiville and David Lipschutz from the Center for Medicare Advocacy will be the expert presenters. Please send your questions and comments to: trainings@nsclc.org 

Sponsor: 
National Senior Citizens Law Center

Understanding Pension Rights

Date: 
Wed, 06/22/2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/112364088

 Pension plan participants, retirees and their family members often have trouble understanding and exercising their pension rights due the complexity of the issues involved and the comparatively small population of attorneys skilled in pension and tax laws. This program will give an overview of the spectrum of pension rights and remedies. Topics covered will include: plan and sponsor types, vesting and accrual of benefits, distribution issues, spousal rights and protections, collecting the right documents, and making effective claims. This is an introductory course for those with little or no exposure to the area of pension law.

The presenter is John P. Hotz, Deputy Director of the Pension Rights Center.

Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging.  This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.

There is no charge for this webinar.
All time listings are in Eastern Standard Time.
Questions? Email trainings@nclc.org

Contact
Name: 
Jessica Hiemenz
Phone: 
(617) 542-8010
Sponsor: 
National Legal Resource Center

Sample PIA - DHMH

Jennifer Goldberg offered this sample, with her usual humble disclaimer about how good it might be.  But it is a fine example, in concert with the one from Peter Sabonis for DLLR.

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Sample PIA - DLLR

You can find a sample of a PIA, along with an accompanying letter requesting additional information, prepared by Peter Sabonis regarding DLLR issues at: http://www.mdjustice.org/node/1668.

I am not reattaching it, beause that would take up a good bit of space on the website server.

National Forum on the Human Right to Housing

Date: 
Mon, 06/06/2011 - 8:00am - 5:00pm

National Forum on the Human Right to Housing

National Forum on the Human Right to HousingThe National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty will sponsor a National Forum on the Human Right to Housing on June 7-8, 2011, at the Thurgood Marshall Center in Washington, D.C. Discussion topics will include preventing homelessness, combatting criminalization of homelessness using a human rights framework, civil rights as human rights, federal and local budgets and human rights, violence and the right to housing, veteran homelessness, communications strategies. The conference will include a congressional briefing and an opportunity for participants to arrange meetings with their congressional delegations. The registration fee is $100 until May 16.

Location
Location Name: 
Thurgood Marshall Center
Address1: 
1816 12th Street, NW
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Zip: 
20009
Contact
Name: 
Christine Hwang
Phone: 
202-638-2535, chwang@nlchp.org
Sponsor: 
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

8th Annual Chocolate Affair: Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC)

Date: 
Sat, 10/15/2011 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Once a year, MCVRC makes a concerted effort to raise funds so that we can continue to advocate for victims’ rights as well as provide free support services to victims. 

Come share a wonderful evening with friends and supporters. Enjoy silent/ live auctions, delicious food, delectable chocolate desserts, and an awards ceremony honoring those who have made a difference in the lives of crime victims.

 

Location
Location Name: 
The Heritage Room
Address1: 
12010 Woodmore Rd.
City: 
Mitchellville
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
20721
Contact
Name: 
Yang Zhao, mail@mdcrimevictims.org
Phone: 
301-952-0063

Foreclosure Solutions Workshop -Allegany County

Date: 
Thu, 06/23/2011 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Homeowners who pre-register for a workshop are guaranteed a free legal consult.

Homeowners do not need to be in foreclosure to obtain a consultation with a volunteer attorney.

Homeowners should bring the following documents (or copies) to the event with them:

*All paperwork related to current and former mortgages, including loan application, settlement paperwork, and lender statements.

*Information about the monthly household budget (income and expenses).

*All foreclosure notices or threats (if any).

To pre-register call Andy at (410) 837-9379 or (800) 396-1274

Or visit www.probonomd.org

 

Location
Location Name: 
Human Resources Development Commission
Address1: 
125 Virginia Avenue
City: 
Columbia
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21502
Contact
Name: 
Adrienne Hagepanos
Phone: 
(800) 492-1274 or (410) 837-9379
Sponsor: 
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland

Maryland Partners for Justice Conference

Date: 
Thu, 05/26/2011 - 9:00am - 3:30pm

13th Annual MARYLAND PARTNERS FOR JUSTICE CONFERENCE

Welcome & Opening Remarks by Chief Judge Robert M. Bell

Keynote Speaker: Senator Jamie Raskin

This Confrence presents a unique opportunity for legal services program staff, the public and private bar, members of the judiciary, human services agencies, elected officials and others to discuss critical issues facing the poor and underrepresented in our state. The economic downturn has impacted all aspects of society yielding an unprecedented ripple effect. The upside down housing market, rising unemployment and lack of community stability have pushed many into a new realm of poverty or near poverty to which they are unaccustomed. This causes a level of frustration and stress for legal services advocates who are already overwhelmed. Having a conference to strategize about new approaches and rejuvenate one another is that much more meaningful during these challenging times.

For more information and to register, visit www.probonomd.org/pjc.html or contact Kiah Elmore at 800-396-1274, 410-837-9379 or kelmore@probonomd.org

Location
Location Name: 
Baltimore Convention Center
Address1: 
One West Pratt Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Kiah Elmore
Phone: 
(800) 492-1964 or (410) 837-9379
Sponsor: 
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, MSBA, Maryland Legal Services Corporation
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THE NEW FORECLOSURE PREVENTION 101 – A BEGINNER’S GUIDE

Date: 
Fri, 04/29/2011 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

 Please consider volunteering for Maryland’s Foreclosure Prevention Pro Bono Project and help your neighbors in need. Since the launch of the Project in July 2008, over 1,150 pro bono attorneys have been trained and more than 2,500 homeowners have received free legal assistance through the Project. With the passage of Maryland’s Foreclosure Mediation Act, homeowners now have a new tool in their fight against foreclosure. They need legal counsel, however, to ensure the best possible outcome and a sustainable solution.

 Volunteer attorneys will receive this basic training program for FREE in exchange for providing homeowners pro bono representation in their mediation sessions and volunteering at foreclosure solutions workshops where homeowners receive free legal advice about possible solutions to their mortgage issues. Participating attorneys will have access to malpractice insurance and mentoring support.

 

 This basic training program will cover:

  • Mortgage lending and loan servicing;
  • Maryland Foreclosure Law 101 – Real Property Law, Maryland Rules regarding foreclosure actions, Maryland Foreclosure Mediation Law;
  • Loss mitigation including loan modifications, forbearance agreements, short sales, etc.
  • ABC’s of President Obama’s Home Affordable Modification Program; and
  • Defensive litigation strategies.

In order to register for this training, please download a registration form at:

http://www.probonomd.org/foreclosure-attorney-training.html

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

 

 

Location
Location Name: 
Howard Community College
Address1: 
Ecker Business Training Center
Address2: 
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
City: 
Columbia
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21046
Contact
Name: 
Andy Hagepanos
Phone: 
410-837-9379; 800-396-1274
Sponsor: 
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, DHCD, Civil Justice Inc.
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Federal Courts Discuss Smartphone Policies

http://www.citmedialaw.org/blog/2011/federal-courts-discuss-smartphone-policies

"The U.S. Judicial Conference, which helps set policy for federal circuit (appeals) and district (trial) courts, has issued a memo, first reported by Wired's "Threat Level" blog, that is meant to help individual courts set policies on when and how smartphones and similar devices can be brought into and used in courthouses and in courtrooms."

From Eric P. Robinson's blog post for the Citizen Media Law Project, "Federal Courts Discuss Smartphone Policies"

The memo does not recommend that district courts adopt any particular policy, but lists several factors that courts should consider in formulating a policy, including:

* which devices will fall under the policy (the memo's list includes cell phones, PDAs, earpiece (Bluetooth) devices, laptops, and digital and other types of video cameras or recorders);

* how the policy will apply to and perhaps distinguish amongst the various types of persons entering the courthouse and courtrooms (see this post for a critique of this approach);

* the lack of court security officer resources to implement such a policy;

* the times, locations, or proceedings at which the devices may be used;

* whether the same policy should apply in every division and courthouse of the district or circuit;

* the policy's effect on access to the courts by the public and family and friends of litigants and criminal defendants, as well as the policy's effects on jury service;

* the policy's effect on other tenants and visitors to the building housing the court;

* whether the court should provide training on the risks and benefits of bringing the such devices into the courthouse or courtroom; and

 

* the effects of the policy on court administration.

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Foreclosure Solutions Workshop -Baltimore County

Date: 
Sat, 06/25/2011 - 9:00am - 3:30pm

To pre-register call Andy at (410) 837-9379 or (800) 396-1274

Or visit www.probonomd.org

Location
Location Name: 
Woodlawn Senior High School
Address1: 
1801 Woodlawn Drive
City: 
Gwynn Oak
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21207
Contact
Name: 
Adrienne Hagepanos
Phone: 
(800) 492-1964 or (410) 837-9379
Sponsor: 
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland

Foreclosure Solutions Workshop -Prince George's County

Date: 
Sat, 06/11/2011 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Homeowners who pre-register for a workshop are guaranteed a free legal consult.

Homeowners do not need to be in foreclosure to obtain a consultation with a volunteer attorney.

Homeowners should bring the following documents (or copies) to the event with them:

*All paperwork related to current and former mortgages, including loan application, settlement paperwork, and lender statements.

*Information about the monthly household budget (income and expenses).

*All foreclosure notices or threats (if any).

To pre-register call Andy at (410) 837-9379 or (800) 396-1274

Or visit www.probonomd.org

 

Location
Location Name: 
Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex
Address1: 
8001 Sheriff Road
City: 
Landover
State: 
MD
Zip: 
20785
Contact
Name: 
Adrienne Hagepanos
Phone: 
(800) 492-1274 or (410) 837-9379
Sponsor: 
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland

Foreclosure Solutions Workshop -Talbot County

Date: 
Thu, 05/05/2011 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

To pre-register call Andy at (410) 837-9379 or (800) 396-1274

Or visit www.probonomd.org

Location
Location Name: 
Talbot Senior Center
Address1: 
400 Brookletts Ave.
City: 
Easton
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21601
Contact
Name: 
Andy Hagepanos
Phone: 
(800) 492-1964 or (410) 837-9379
Sponsor: 
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland

Last Chance to Submit Pro Bono Award Nominations!

Date: 
Fri, 04/08/2011 (All day)

Last Chance to Submit Pro Bono Award Nominations

 


If an individual or firm you know has made an impact by donating their professional time and expertise, this is your chance to nominate them for one of these awards. The Maryland Pro Bono Service Awards are given to individuals, law firms, programs, projects, and others across the state who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to helping the poor or disadvantaged.  The awards will be presented at the Maryland State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in Ocean City on June 11, 2011. 

Application deadline is Friday, April 8, 2011

Visit http://www.probonomd.org/Awards.html or see attachement for a nomination form and more information.

For questions, contact: Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
email- drogers@probonomd.org
Phone: (410) 837-9379 or (800) 396-1964
www.probonomd.org

 

PBRC

Contact
Name: 
Diana Rogers
Phone: 
(800) 492-1964 or (410) 837-9379
Sponsor: 
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
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MD Association for Justice Training- How the Judges Want you to Try your Alimony Case

Date: 
Fri, 04/01/2011 - 9:00am - 12:30pm

How Judges Want You To Use Alimony Guidelines To Try Your Alimony Case:

A Presentation by Circuit Court Judges, Financial Expert Witnesses and Experienced Family Law Attorneys

Maryland Association for Justice (formerly MTLA)
Family Law Section Annual Seminar

April 1, 2011
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Maryland Association for Justice has extended a discount to all legal services attorneys. We are currently offering the MAJ member price of $165. Slots may be limited.


Location
Location Name: 
Doubletree Hotel
Address1: 
5485 Twin Knolls Road
City: 
Columbia
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21045
Contact
Name: 
Jenna Kellum
Phone: 
410-872-0990
Sponsor: 
Maryland Association for Justice
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