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MARYLAND ADVOCACY INSTITUTE
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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.
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
· 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 email@example.com.
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:
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AWARD WINNING NON-PROFIT LAW FIRM SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Civil Justice Inc., a Maryland non-profit legal services program, is seeking a full time Executive Director.
Civil Justice provides legal services, including in impact cases, to people throughout Maryland and supports a network of small firm and solo attorneys to help meet the legal needs of historically underserved Marylanders.
About Civil Justice
Civil Justice was established in 1998 to increase the delivery of legal services to clients of low- and moderate-income while promoting a statewide network of community based lawyers who share a common commitment to access to justice.
Since it was founded, Civil Justice has become a recognized leader nationally and in Maryland by: (i) helping solo and small firm lawyers integrate public interest and private practices; (ii) successfully pursuing impact ligation on consumer and housing issues affecting Marylanders; (iii) providing policy advocacy at all levels of government; and (iv) providing other essential services to homeowners in foreclosure, debtors in bankruptcy, and other vulnerable consumers who have been victims of predatory practices.
About The Position & Qualifications
The Civil Justice Board of Directors seeks applications from candidates who have the commitment and capacity to lead the organization, including in new ways. It will give preference to candidates who have five years of related professional experience (including a background in consumer, foreclosure and/or housing law and solo or small firm practice), and three years or more of active litigation practice (federal and/or state courts), and who are licensed or eligible to practice law in Maryland within one year of the hire date.
Candidates should have the ability to:
• Provide support and vision to the organization’s network of solo and small firm attorneys;
• Direct/manage the organization’s active litigation practice, create and implement a litigation plan, and coordinate with staff and outside counsel;
• Oversee the organization’s various projects;
• Lead the organization’s Development Program (which heavily relies on grant proposals);
• Direct the administration and financial management of the organization;
• Lead and implement strategic planning initiatives; and
• Exercise creativity and vision in leading the organization and developing new legal services delivery mechanisms.
Interested candidates should apply by sending a confidential resume and cover letter detailing (i) the candidate’s interest in this opportunity and (ii) salary requirements and expectations for a position to: Civil Justice Inc., Attention: Executive Director Search, 520 W. Fayette Street, Suite 410, Baltimore, MD 21201, or via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Foreclosure Prevention Project Manager
Immediate opening for an experienced lawyer to manage Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service’s (MVLS) Foreclosure Prevention Project. This project serves low-income homeowners in multiple Maryland counties by providing pro bono and reduced-fee legal services through a panel of trained volunteer lawyers.
The mission of MVLS is to provide quality legal services to Marylanders of limited means. MVLS is the largest pro bono legal services provider in the state both in terms of volunteers, over 3,000 lawyers on its panel, and clients served, over 65,000 since its founding in 1981. Our core pro bono program helps approximately 3,000 Marylanders every year.
- Manage intake and placement of pro bono and reduced fee foreclosure cases with MVLS volunteer lawyers.
- Administer all aspects of MVLS foreclosure prevention grant compliance, including timely submission of monthly, quarterly, and annual grant reports to DHCD or other project funders.
- Represent clients in foreclosure mediations on an as-needed basis or when MVLS is unable to place a client with a volunteer or reduced-fee lawyer.
- Provide brief advice to clients when our housing counselor is unable to assist.
- Mentor less experienced foreclosure volunteers or assign mentors.
- Interview experienced foreclosure lawyers to represent clients on a reduced-fee basis. Monitor these volunteers to ensure quality legal services are provided to clients.
- Review reduced-fee lawyer invoices and handle other administrative aspects of reduced-fee foreclosure panel.
- Supervise MVLS housing counselor to ensure client access to loan modifications and other programs available through Maryland’s mortgage settlement or other DHCD programs intended to help distressed homeowners.
- Recruit and supervise experienced foreclosure lawyers to provide case review services to housing counseling agencies on a reduced-fee basis.
- Attend all DHCD Legal Partners team meetings, trainings, webinars, etc. and stay informed about developments in state and federal housing programs that prevent foreclosure and provide loss mitigation assistance.
- Coordinate services with other Foreclosure Project Legal Partners to ensure clients receive appropriate legal services and MVLS is not duplicating services.
- Identify volunteer training needs and work with Pro Bono Resource Center to ensure MVLS volunteers and reduced fee lawyers receive up-to-date foreclosure prevention training
- Other project management duties as assigned.
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Must possess strong time management and organizational skills
- Able to work with diverse client population and to collaborate with legal partners
- Skilled in case management, dealing with multiple priorities and deadlines
- Ability to identify and resolve problems quickly.
- Ability to work independently and manage a team.
- J.D. from an accredited law school.
- At least three years of housing/foreclosure legal experience.
- Must be admitted to practice in Maryland and in good standing.
- Demonstrated commitment to public interest
- Strong computer skills, especially Microsoft Office Suite and case management software
- Outside practice of law is not permitted
Salary commensurate with experience, in the mid $50,000 range. Generous benefits, including paid health insurance. Full-time exempt position funded through a three-year grant with Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office. Employment is dependent upon grant funding.
How to Apply:
Please write “Foreclosure Prevention Project Manager” in e-mail subject line and attach cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format.
Send email with attachments to email@example.com
Please no telephone calls.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice settled a case against Countrywide for discrimination in fair lending practices among Hispanic and African-American borrowers who received loans from Countrywide between 2004 and 2008. Awards range from $200-$15,000.
Letters were sent to borrowers in November 2012 with a deadline of January 7, 2013. (See sample letters attached.) THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED for two weeks UNTIL JANUARY 25, 2013.
Only borrowers contacted as part of the settlement are eligible. Sample letters are attached. Questions about the settlement should be directed to (800) 843-5148 or info@CWFLSettlement.com.
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On December 17, 2012 at 2 pm EST, NITVAN will be hosting a free webinar on the use
of identity theft by domestic violence perpetrators as a method of
power and control. Featured speakers include Erika A. Sussman, the Executive
Director of the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice, Sara Shoener, Project
Manager of the Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors Initiative at
CSAJ, and Deirdre Keys, the coordinator of the Minnesota Identity Theft
Coalition. Contact Merry O'Brien on 301-952-0063 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Training Opportunity for Pro Bono Attorneys:
LGBT LEGAL 101
Co-Sponsored by FreeState Legal Project, Brown Goldstein & Levy, and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Brown, Goldstein & Levy
120 East Baltimore Street, Suite 1700
Baltimore, MD 21202
- Aaron Merki, Esq., FreeState Legal Project
- Jessie Weber, Esq., Brown, Goldstein & Levy
- Mark Scurti, Esq., Pessin Katz Law
- Working with LGBT clients;
- Transgender Basics: Name & gender changes; and
- Current landscape of LGBT Family Law.
Participating attorneys must be barred in Maryland and agree to take at least one pro bono case from FreeState Legal Project. Mentors, case support and malpractice insurance will be available to attorneys taking pro bono cases.
Questions? Contact Kiah Elmore, Recruitment & Training Coordinator, at 443-703-3046 or email@example.com.
Free Training Opportunity for Pro Bono Attorneys: VETERANS' BENEFITS
Co-Sponsored by Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC)
Monday, October 22, 2012
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
MARYLAND BAR CENTER – 3rd Floor Conference Room
520 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
- Working with homeless clients
- Taking a pro bono case with HPRP
- Representing veterans in obtaining service-related disability benefits
Participating attorneys must be barred in Maryland and agree to take at least me pro bono case from Homeless Persons Representation Project. Access to a mentor, case support, and malpractice insurance will be available to attorneys taking a pro bono case.
To register, please visit www.probonomd.org/veterans-benefits and download a registration form. Completed registration forms should be returned to PBRC by email, fax or regular mail at:
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
520 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Questions? For more information about the training, please contact Kiah Elmore, Recruitment & Training Coordinator for the Pro Bono Resource Center, at 410-837-9379 x3046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Training Opportunity for Pro Bono Attorneys: Special Education & Medicaid Fair Hearing
Co-Sponsored by Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC) and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Medicaid Fair Hearing: 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Special Education: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
MARYLAND DISABILITY LAW CENTER
1500 Union Avenue, Conference Rooms 1 & 2
Baltimore, Maryland 21211
Faculty: Lauren Kallins, Esq.
Maryland Disability Law Center
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
- Laws that drive Special Education
- How a child becomes eligible for Special Education
- What to do when a school says no
- How an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting should operate
- Mechanisms for resolving disputes
Medicaid Fair Hearing
12:30 PM-1:45 PM
- Overview of Medicaid and the Maryland Medical Assistance Program
- Basic legal principles under Medicaid
- Due process and administrative Fair Hearings under Medicaid
- Overview of process for handling such cases including: relevant regulations, denial letters, time deadlines, evidentiary rules, burden of proof, relief, appeals & more
Participating attorneys must be barred in Maryland and agree to take at least one pro bono case from Maryland Disability Law Center. Attorneys accepting cases from MDLC will receive malpractice insurance, technical assistance, and case support.
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Promoting Diverse Communities and Communicating Fair Housing - Free Webinar - National Fair Housing Alliance
Please join us on September 10, 2012 for the Free 90 Minute Webinar:
Promoting Diverse Communities and Communicating Fair Housing
Offered by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), funded in part under a HUD Fair Housing Initiatives Program Grant.
In this third webinar in NFHA’s series about affirmatively furthering fair housing, we will discuss how communicating effectively about fair housing, disparate impact, and equal opportunity can be challenging, but is paramount to creating change in your community. Drawing from his expertise in messaging and public opinion research about how Americans view these issues, Alan Jenkins, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Opportunity Agenda, will discuss strategies for framing fair housing issues that advocates may use to engage allies and decision-makers about the importance of fair housing.
When: Monday September 10, 2012 2:00 -3:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME
Presenter: Alan Jenkins, Executive Director
The Opportunity Agenda
Who May Attend: Registration is open to employees of fair housing organizations, disability rights organizations, nonprofit housing counseling agencies, affordable housing advocates and non-profit housing developers, nonprofit legal services organizations, Fair Housing Assistance Programs, state and local housing and community development agencies, and other local, state and federal agencies.
You may also access the registration page from the Fair Lending Training tab on our homepage at: www.nationalfairhousing.org and scroll down to the link for the September 10, 2012 webinar.
Pro Bono Connection: A Day of Free Trainings, Pro Bono Fair and Reception for Maryland Attorneys and Law Students
Co-Sponsored by University of Baltimore School of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Maryland State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
When: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Where: University of Baltimore School of Law
1415 Maryland Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Trainings: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Open to law students and Maryland attorneys in exchange for a volunteer commitment.
Session A: Defending Debt Buyer Lawsuits in State Court
Faculty: Peter Holland, Esq.
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
- Common claims & defenses
- Affirmative claims
- Sample pleadings & motions
- Attorney’s fees and more
Session B: Criminal Records Expungement
Faculty: Katie Meyer Scott, Esq.
Homeless Persons Representation Project
- Record research
- Preparation of petitions
- Filing and post-filing procedures
- Client intake training for law student
Pro Bono Fair & Reception: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- Visit tables staffed by Maryland legal services providers!
- Learn about available pro bono opportunities!
- Accept pro bono cases on-site!
- Visit mentoring table with experienced attorneys!
- Lite fare, beer and wine!
For more information and to register, visit www.probonomd.org (look for the link under “Highlights & Upcoming Events”) or contact Kiah Elmore of Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland at 443-837-9379 ext. 3046 or email@example.com.
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COLLATERAL CHALLENGES AND IMMIGRATION RELIEF: FILING AND LITIGATING CORAM NOBIS AND POST-CONVICTION PETITIONS
Co-Sponsored by Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Maryland Immigration Rights Coalition and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
Thursday, July 26, 2012
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
6 St. Paul Street, 21st Floor Training Room
Baltimore, MD 21201
Faculty: Lisa Marquardt
Assistant Public Defender
Collateral Review Division of the Maryland Public Defender’s Office
• Common forms of Immigration Relief
• Overview of Post-Conviction vs. Coram Nobis Petitions
• The nuts and bolts of pleadings
• Strategies for filing claims
• Issues regarding the Opinion and Order
Participating attorneys must be barred in Maryland and agree to take at least one pro bono case from the Public Defender’s Office. Mentors and case support will be available to attorneys taking cases. Two years of litigation experience is preferred.
For more information and to register, visit www.probonomd.org (look for the link under “Highlights & Upcoming Events”) or contact Kiah Elmore at 443-703-3046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.