Pro Bono Webinar Roundup

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela.

The importance of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) goes without saying. CLE’s are important for the continual improvement of the profession but they also serve as a great tool in the pro bono context. Many states offer CLE credit for pro bono service and the announcement that a pro bono training includes CLE credit has enticed many a volunteer. This week we thought we would highlight a list of upcoming webinars relevant and useful to pro bono practice. Some are useful for volunteers but others are useful for pro bono programs and pro bono managers alike.

Representing the Pro Bono Client: Effective Written Advocacy

This program will teach new attorneys and seasoned professionals effective writing techniques to assist pro bono clients with a variety of legal issues.  Learn the tools to draft concise complaints, declarations and briefs to help your pro bono clients assert their legal rights and win their cases!

Social Media for Non-Profit and Public Interest Organizations 2013

With the growing focus on social media in the legal profession, smart non-profits are cultivating a robust social media presence. Learn how to stay on the forefront of new technology to grow your donor and volunteer base and expand your organization’s footprint.

How to Find and Handle Your First Pro Bono Case

This program is a great opportunity to get a strong overview of the world of pro bono, how it can enrich and advance your professional development, and how to make it happen.

A Course on Unbundling

Unbundling has emerged as an innovative way to reach clients who might not otherwise hire an attorney. Attorneys who offer unbundled legal services offer services “a la carte”, assisting clients who proceed pro se. The practice benefits both the attorney and client and can be a useful tool in handling pro bono cases. For those attorneys who are interested in pro bono but unable to make a large time committment, unbundling may be the perfect answer.

Social Security Disability 2013: From Administrative Proceedings to Federal Practice

Disabled children and adults need your help!  Learn federal practice as you learn how to represent disabled children and adults who need your assistance following denials of their claims by the Social Security Administration. After denial of an initial disability claim, claimants frequently find a possible appeal to be confusing, difficult, and even overwhelming.  Many claimants cannot afford legal representation and must navigate the appeals process on their own. By attending this free PLI program, you will learn about social security disability claims, and how to represent disabled children and adults in their appeals from denials of their claims by the Social Security Administration.  You will also learn about federal practice, within the context of social security disability, which will have broader application to anyone practicing in the federal courts. Regardless of your area of practice, this program is a perfect vehicle for attorneys interested in learning more about federal practice and social security disability and getting involved in pro bono opportunities with legal service organizations.

 The Practising Law Institute is also offering several substantive pro bono trainings for members of the California and New York Bars. Although these sessions are California or New York specific, they may also be helpful in learning basics for pro bono practice in substantive areas such as family law, residential foreclosure, eviction and  immigration.

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