Brooklyn Volunteers Lawyers Project

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  1. The Basic CLARO Training Program

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    Bronx County Bar Association, Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Brooklyn Law School,
    Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice, New York City Bar Association, New York County
    Lawyers’ Association, Queens County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Richmond County Bar
    Association, Staten Island Women’s Bar Association, and Wagner College present:

    THE BASIC CLARO TRAINING PROGRAM

    When: MONDAY, April 29, 2013 – 6:00-9:00 pm
    Where: Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
    123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201
    3 MCLE CREDITS: 1.5 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, 1.5 SKILLS
    Appropriate for both newly admitted & experienced attorneys

    Topics include: Introduction to CLARO; Ethical Considerations; Client Interaction; Pre-Litigation & The Life of a Debt;
    The Court Process & Key Motions; Substantive Defenses; Negotiating a Settlement; Stipulations; Preparing the Pro Se
    Consumer Debt Defendant for Trial

    Your Commitment
    This course is FREE to those who volunteer for six total hours with CLARO by October 31, 2013. The commitment may
    be different for the Civil Court programs.

    Volunteers may serve one of the following consumer debt pro se assistance programs, all of which provide limited legal
    advice to unrepresented consumers: Bronx CLARO; Brooklyn CLARO; Manhattan CLARO (must be a NYCLA member or
    Fordham Law School alumnus/a); Queens CLARO; Staten Island CLARO; Westchester CLARO; The Civil Court
    Consumer Debt Lawyer for the Day Program; The Civil Court Help Center Consumer Debt Advice Program.

    Download the registration flyer.

  2. CLE: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

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    When: Monday, September 10, 2012 – 6:00-7:30 pm
    Where: Brooklyn Bar Association – Auditorium
    123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn
    1.5 MCLE CREDITS: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
    Appropriate for both newly admitted & experienced attorneys

    Presented by: SARAH NOLAN, Staff Attorney, Brooklyn Defender Services MEREDITH FORTIN, Lutheran Social Services of New York

    Program Overview: Under President Obama’s new immigration policy, thousands of young immigrants under age 31 who arrived in the U.S. as children can now apply for “deferred action”, which provides protection from deportation and permission to work legally. This will be life-changing for these young New Yorkers. The need for volunteer attorneys to help register them is already overwhelming and will continue to grow in the coming months.

    Training topics will include: Eligibility requirements, risks and benefits of applying for DACA, completing application forms and submitting supporting documents, fees and fee exemptions, clinic intake and exit procedures.

    Your Commitment: This course is offered FREE in exchange for your commitment to volunteer for a minimum of two three-hour clinic sessions sponsored by the presenting organizations. Clinics will be held in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and Astoria, Queens. Experienced attorneys receive additional MCLE credit for every 6 hours of eligible pro bono service.

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  3. CLE: DETERMINATION AND MODIFICATION OF ORDERS OF CHILD SUPPORT IN FAMILY COURT

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    When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 – 6:00-8:00 pm
    Where: Brooklyn Bar Association – Auditorium
    123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn
    2 MCLE CREDITS: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
    Appropriate for both newly admitted & experienced attorneys

    Presented by PATRICK GARCIA, Esq., The Law Office of Patrick R. Garcia
    SIDNEY CHERUBIN, Esq., Director of Legal Services, Volunteer Lawyers Project

    Program Overview
    Join us for a discussion on the support proceedings and modification proceedings in family court. The course materials consist of two case law digests. The course assumes a basic familiarity with child support proceedings.
    Your Commitment
    The cost of this course is $100 or is FREE to those who accept at least one pro bono referral from the Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project before September 21, 2012. Experienced attorneys may receive additional MCLE credit for every 6 hours of eligible pro bono service.

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  4. CLE: BASIC CLARO TRAINING PROGRAM

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    When: WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2012 – 6:00-9:00 pm
    Where: New York County Lawyers’ Association
    14 Vesey Street, New York, New York 10007 (Near City Hall)
    3 MCLE CREDITS: 1.5 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, 1.5 SKILLS
    Appropriate for both newly admitted & experienced attorneys

    Presented by the CLARO Program Partners:
    Bronx County Bar Association, Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Brooklyn Law School, Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice, New York City Bar Association, New York County Lawyers’ Association, Queens County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Richmond County Bar Association, Staten Island Women’s Bar Association, and Wagner College

    Your Commitment
    This course is FREE to those who volunteer for six total hours with CLARO by September 30, 2012. The commitment may be different for the Civil Court programs. Volunteers may serve one of the following consumer debt pro se assistance programs, all of which provide limited legal advice to unrepresented consumers: Bronx CLARO; Brooklyn CLARO; Manhattan CLARO (must be a NYCLA member or Fordham Law School alumnus/a); Queens CLARO; Staten Island CLARO; The Civil Court Consumer Debt Lawyer for the Day Program; The Civil Court Help Center Consumer Debt Advice Program.

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  5. CLE: INTRODUCTION TO CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY LAW: PARTS 1 & 2

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    Part One: Wednesday, February 15 – 6:00-8:00 pm

    Part Two: Wednesday, February 29 – 6:00-8:00 pm

    Where: Brooklyn Bar Association – Auditorium 123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn

    4 MCLE CREDITS: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

    (2 CREDITS/EACH PROGRAM) Appropriate for both newly admitted & experienced attorneys

    Presented by: JOHN MCMANUS, ESQ., Director, Consumer Bankruptcy Project, City Bar Justice Center BRUCE WEINER, ESQ., Partner, Rosenberg, Musso & Weiner, LLP

    This program is designed for attorneys who are new to low-asset, low-income Chapter 7 Bankruptcies.

    Topics will include: Overview of Steps in a Consumer Bankruptcy; General Principles of Consumer Bankruptcy; Changes under BAPCPA 2005 and Petition and Form Preparation.

    Your Commitment

    The cost of these courses is $100/each or is FREE to those who accept at least one pro bono referral for a Bankruptcy or other matter from the VLP before August 30, 2012. Experienced attorneys receive additional MCLE credit for each 6 hours of eligible pro bono service.

    Download the flyer to register.

  6. CLE: Serving Our Seniors

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    When: Monday, November 7, 2011 — 6:00-8:00 pm
    Where: Brooklyn Bar Association – Auditorium
    123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn
    2 MCLE CREDITS: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
    Appropriate for both newly admitted & experienced attorneys

    Presented by FERN FINKEL, Esq., Brooklyn Heights Elder Law Attorney and Chair, VLP Senior LEAP

    Program Overview
    Join us for this two hour training to attorneys on the topic of providing services and community outreach to the elderly population. Healthcare and financial advance directives, testamentary substitutes, benefits and long term care planning for community, assisted living and nursing home care will be covered. Asset and income protection strategies, the Deficit Reduction Act, pooled income trusts, insurance and Medicaid will be discussed.

    Your Commitment
    The cost of this course is $100 or is FREE to those who accept at least one pro bono referral for an Elder Law or other matter from the Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project before May 7, 2012. Experienced attorneys receive additional MCLE credit for every 6 hours of eligible pro bono service.

    Download the registration form to register.

  7. CLE: 2.8 YEARS IN REVIEW: A FORECLOSURE PROGRAM ROUNDTABLE

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    When: TUESDAY, October 4, 2011 – 6:00-8:00 pm
    Where: Brooklyn Bar Association – Auditorium
    123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn
    2 MCLE CREDITS: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
    Appropriate for both newly admitted & experienced attorneys

    Presented by:

    JAIME LATHROP, ESQ., Director, Foreclosure Intervention Program, Volunteer Lawyers Project
    TANYA DWYER, ESQ., Dwyer & Associates, LLC, VLP Attorney Volunteer
    SERGE PETROFF, ESQ. Petroff Law Firm, P.C., VLP Attorney Volunteer
    ELEANOR TAYLOR, ESQ., VLP Attorney Volunteer

    Program Overview:

    This program, intended for homeowner advocates only, is a panel discussion focused on pro bono representation in VLP’s Foreclosure Intervention Program. The training will present an overview of volunteer attorneys’ successful strategies and experiences specific to foreclosure settlement conferences in Kings County.

    Your Commitment:

    This course is intended solely for homeowner advocates who plan to volunteer through the VLP Foreclosure Intervention Program. There is no charge for the training. Participants agree to accept at least one pro bono referral for a Foreclosure or other matter from the VLP before April 4, 2012. Experienced attorneys receive additional MCLE credit for every 6 hours of eligible pro bono service.

    Download the registration flyer.

  8. CLE: CIVIL COURT PRO SE DEBTOR ASSISTANCE AND THE CLARO PROGRAM

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    When: WEDNESDAY, October 26, 2011 – 6:00-9:00 pm

    Where: Brooklyn Bar Association – Auditorium
    123 Remsen Street (between Clinton & Henry Streets)
    (2/3/4/5 to Borough Hall, R to Court Street, A/C/F to Jay St-MetroTech)

    3 MCLE CREDITS: 1.5 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, 1.5 SKILLS
    Appropriate for both newly admitted & experienced attorneys

    Your Commitment
    This course is FREE to those who volunteer for six total hours with CLARO or 12 total hours with the Civil Court consumer debt pro se assistance programs by April 30, 2012. Volunteers may serve one of the following consumer debt pro se assistance programs, all of which provide limited legal advice to unrepresented debtor-defendants: Bronx CLARO, Brooklyn CLARO, Manhattan CLARO (must be a NYCLA member or Fordham Law School alumnus/a), Queens CLARO, The Civil Court Consumer Debt Lawyer for the Day Program, Brooklyn, The Civil Court Help Center Consumer Debt Advice Program, Manhattan

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  9. CLE: Haitian Immigration Legal Assistance Program Volunteer Training

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    When: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 — 6:00-8:00 pm
    Where: Brooklyn Bar Association Auditorium
    123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY
    2 MCLE CREDITS: SKILLS
    Appropriate for both newly admitted & experienced attorneys

    Presentations by:MEREDITH FORTIN, Staff Attorney, Lutheran Social Services of New York
    SARAH NOLAN, Project Coordinator, Brooklyn Defender Services

    Topics include: Temporary Protected Status (TPS): Initial and Re-Registration process: benefits and risks;
    eligibility requirements; fees and fee waiver requests
    Clinic Process: Intake; Filling Out Forms; Exit Procedures

    Volunteer Commitment:
    Last year, following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, many pro bono attorneys assisted at legal clinics throughout the city assisting Haitians in the United States with applications for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a legal status that allowed them to remain and work in the United States.  On May 17, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security announced an extension and re-designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals. Those with TPS have until August 22, 2011 to renew their status. Significantly, however, TPS is now available to those who arrived in the US up to a year after the earthquake. These individuals have until November 15, 2011 to apply. With this extension and expansion of TPS, there is once again the need for pro bono assistance to help with TPS applications. This course is FREE to those who agree to volunteer for a minimum of two three-hour clinic sessions with the Haitian Immigration Legal Assistance Program (HILAP) or Lutheran Social Services of New York. Experienced attorneys receive additional MCLE credit for every 6 hours of eligible pro bono service.

    Download the registration flier to register.

  10. CLE: INTRODUCTION TO CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY LAW

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    When: WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2011 – 6:00-8:00 pm
    Where: Brooklyn Bar Association – Auditorium
    123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn
    1.5 MCLE CREDITS: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
    Appropriate for both newly admitted & experienced attorneys

    Presented by: JOHN MCMANUS, ESQ., Director, Consumer Bankruptcy Project, City Bar Justice Center
    BRUCE WEINER, ESQ., Partner, Rosenberg, Musso & Weiner, LLP

    This program is designed for attorneys who are new to low-asset, low-income Chapter 7 Bankruptcies. Topics will include: Overview of Steps in a Consumer Bankruptcy; General Principles of Consumer Bankruptcy; Changes under BAPCPA 2005 and Petition and Form Preparation.

    Your Commitment
    The cost of this course is $100 or is FREE to those who accept at least one pro bono referral for a Bankruptcy or other matter from the VLP before December 1, 2011. Experienced attorneys receive additional MCLE credit for each 6 hours of eligible pro bono service.

    Download the flyer to register.