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10/04/2010

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Philadelphia Bar Association Celebrates National Pro Bono Week with Range of Events from October 18-29

The Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section invites members of the Philadelphia legal community to participate in a range of pro bono recruitment events, legal clinics for low-income clients and continuing legal education programs from October 18-29 in honor of National Pro Bono Week. The celebration is part of the American Bar Association's coordinated national effort to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services.

The below events in Philadelphia recognize the pro bono contributions of the city's attorneys and provide an opportunity for the recruitment and training of new volunteers to meet the increased demand for pro bono legal services.

October 18-22
Pro Bono Road Shows: Pro bono organizations Good Shepherd Mediation Program, HIAS and Council, Homeless Advocacy Project, Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Philadelphia VIP, SeniorLAW Center, SCRUB: Public Voice for Public Space and the Support Center for Child Advocates will hold 30-minute interactive workshops at local law firms and corporations to highlight their available pro bono opportunities. To schedule a Road Show, contact Jodi Schatz at jschatz@advokid.org.

October 22, 12 p.m.
Young Lawyers Division Spotlight on Pro Bono: The Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association will ceremoniously kick off the National Pro Bono Week celebration with a panel of pro bono volunteers discussing how to get involved in pro bono work and balancing this work with professional careers. Bar Association Vice-Chancellor John Savoth will give opening remarks and presenters include Andy Boczkowski of GlaxoSmithKline, Michele L. Purdue-Dean, a solo practitioner, Rebecca Santoro of Hangley Aronchick Segal and Pudlin, and Matt Olesh of Fox Rothschild LLP. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow the presentation. The event will take place at Bar Association’s headquarters, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor Conference Center. Register here.

October 25, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Life Planning Clinic: Senior LAW Center and Blank Rome LLP will present a life planning clinic at Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Ave. The clinic will serve low-income seniors 60-years-old and up with free advance planning counseling and documents. Client pre-registration is required with Karen Buck, kbuck@seniorlawcenter.org.

October 26, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How to Handle a Child Abuse Case CLE Program: The Support Center for Child Advocates will present a training program on handling child abuses cases at the PBI Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Suite 1010. The program is worth 5 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits. Register with PBI at 1-800-274-4724 or online here.

October 26, 10 to 11 a.m.
Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) Legal Clinic at Kirkbride/Traveler's Aid, 111 N. 49th St. Pre-registration is required with Cary Moritz, 215-523-9587 or cmoritz@philalegal.org.

October 27, 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m
VIP Pro Bono Opportunities Day: Spotlight on Stabilizing Families: Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono training program focusing on custody, protection from abuse, and guardianship at the law firm of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor. The program is worth 2 substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within 6 months of training. Register with Bailey Anderson at 215-523-9567 or jvolunteer@phillyvip.org.

October 28, 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Immigration Relief: How to Handle a Cancellation of Removal Case CLE Program: HIAS and Council and Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono training program on handling Cancellation of Removal cases at the law firm of Cozen O’Connor, 1900 Market St. The program is worth 2 substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a removal case within 6 months of training. To register, contact VIP at 215-523-9550.

October 29, 1:45 to 3 p.m.
Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) Legal Clinic at St. John’s Hospice, 1221 Race St. Pre-registration is required with Cary Moritz, 215-523-9587 or cmoritz@philalegal.org.

For a printable listing of the above events, click here. For more details about the American Bar Association’s 2010 National Pro Bono Celebration, visit www.celebrateprobono.org.

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